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The last WWE Smackdown Live Brand PPV for 2016 is TLC which will be at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. TLC starts at 8pm EST on the WWE Network & at 7pm EST hour Pre Show plus Match during the Pre-Show. Take a look at the Card & Predictions below.
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWE World Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Setup to TLC: At No Mercy, AJ Styles defeated both Dean Ambrose and John Cena to retain the WWE World Championship. On the October 25 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose fought Styles to become the number one contender for the title, butJames Ellsworth attacked Styles, causing Ambrose to be disqualified. A rematch took place on the November 1 episode and Ambrose successfully defeated Styles, earning a title match at TLC, for which Commissioner Shane McMahon scheduled a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. At Survivor Series, Ambrose and Styles, both part of Team SmackDown, got into a heated argument during their Survivor Series elimination matchagainst Team Raw. Ambrose attacked Styles, but was surprised by Braun Strowman, who scored a pinfall after a running powerslam; Styles did not attempt to break the pin. Later in the match, Ambrose returned to the ring to attack Styles and helped his former Shield partners Rollins and Reigns to perform a triple powerbomb on Styles through a broadcast table, which enabled Rollins to eliminate Styles. On the following SmackDown, Ambrose was given the night off for his actions and Ellsworth was granted a SmackDown contract. AJ Styles criticized this decision, arguing that Ellsworth should earn his contract in a ladder match. Ellsworth accepted the challenge, with both his new contract and a future opportunity at the WWE World Championship on the line. Dean Ambrose, who had been repeatedly sent out of the arena, returned during the match and helped Ellsworth defeat Styles. On the November 29 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose hosted his Ambrose Asylum with Ellsworth as the guest. Styles interrupted and attacked both, resulting in Ellsworth being taken away on a stretcher. Later, Ambrose attacked Styles backstage as the show ended.
Prediction– The middle man known as James Ellsworth have breathe life into these 2 as its made Ambrose more liked & AJ Styles more hated indeed. I do see these 2 just going all out at it for the WWE World Championship TLC match. AJ Styles to me will be showcase in this type of match. Personally I can’t wait for it. Ambrose to me is better as he is chasing the title than being the Champion as his run was not that interesting to me, while AJ Styles is so great in the ring that its hard to cheer against him but to make him a bully & keeping a underdog plus taking advantage of him can get him some heat indeed. I do think Ellsworth help cost somebody this match as also a certain Deadman could also be in the wings for both Ambrose or Styles. I like AJ Styles to retain the title.
Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Setup to TLC: On the November 15 episode of SmackDown, The Miz, with help from Maryse, defeated Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship and then retained the championship at Survivor Series against Raw’s Sami Zayn; this was an open challenge originally made by Ziggler before he lost the title to Miz. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, following a controversial win over Kalisto, Miz was surprised by Ziggler, who hit him with a superkick. Later, General Manager Daniel Bryan scheduled The Miz to defend his championship against Ziggler at TLC in a ladder match.
Prediction– Back & Forth between The Miz & Ziggler. Granted I call Dolph Ziggler aka Ziggy Jobdust, I do think Ziggler is one of the best in the ring for the WWE today. The Miz has really stepped his game up along with Maryse his wife being with him since after WrestleMania 32. These 2 really to have chemistry in the ring with each as when I seen for Backlash both was going to fight each other again i was tired of it, but both have brought me in & won me with their rivalry this go around. I do want to see there rivalry take a reprieve for a moment tho after this. I want to see the Miz retain, but I like Ziggler to win back the title over the Miz on this go around.
Tables Match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Setup to TLC: SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch was originally scheduled to defend the title against Alexa Bliss at No Mercy, but due to a legitimate out-of-ring injury, she was unable to compete and the match was rescheduled for the November 8 episode of SmackDown. Becky won the match by submission, despite Alexa placing her foot on the rope. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, Alexa demanded a rematch, to which Becky agreed for TLC. Later that night, Alexa attacked Becky, who had just defeated Natalya. The following week, Alexa and Becky had a contract signing which ended with Alexa putting Becky through a table. Later, Alexa requested their match to be a tables match, and Becky accepted.
Prediction– Alexa Bliss has brought her A game into trying to beat Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women’s Title. I would say Bliss & Carmella should work together in the future they would make a good team. Becky Lynch has that good babyface get over with the crowd also which makes this matchup good & how we had a questionable finish in their last match gives Bliss juice to say she deserves a rematch. In this table match I expect both women to bring it similar to what we seen on Raw with Charlotte & Sasha Banks. I like Becky to retain the title.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Heath Slater and Rhyno (c) vs. The New Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton)
Setup to TLC: On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, American Alpha became the number one contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship by defeating The Hype Bros, The Ascension, American Alpha, Breezango, The Usos, and The Vaudevillains in a Tag Team Turmoil. However, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (of The Wyatt Family), who had won the Survivor Series match for SmackDown’s men’s team, immediately challenged American Alpha to a match for the number one contender’s spot the following week. On the November 29 episode, Wyatt and Orton defeated American Alpha to become the number one contenders. Backstage, SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno warned Wyatt and Orton to be prepared for TLC.
Prediction– Love the New Wyatt Family vs. American Alpha match on Smackdown Live Tuesday to setup for this title match. Right now it looks like the Wyatt Family with Randy Orton looks like a more better unit than Rhyno & Slater. At some point American Alpha has to be the Smackdown Tag Team Champions, so Randy Orton & Luke Harper could however still not on the same page however. Also midnight have to strike with Rhyno & Heath Slater at some point. I see Rhyno & Heath Slater retain the tag title with Luke Harper costing the Wyatt family the match.
No Disqualification match
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Setup to TLC: At SummerSlam, Nikki Bella returned from injury and joined Natalya and Alexa Bliss to replace the suspended Eva Marie against Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi. Nikki won the match for her team by pinning Carmella. Carmella then attacked Nikki on the following SmackDown and the aftershow Talking Smack, beginning a long, heated rivalry between the two. At Survivor Series, Nikki was the captain for Team SmackDown, which included Carmella, for the women’s Survivor Series elimination match, but was kept out of the match when someone attacked her backstage. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, Nikki Bella accused Carmella of being the attacker, which Carmella denied. Nikki added that regardless of who attacked her, she would settle her differences with Carmella at TLC in a no disqualification match. On the November 29 episode, Carmella apologized to Nikki’s boyfriend John Cena for what will happen to her at TLC. Frustrated, Nikki came out and attacked Carmella, but she managed to escape.
Prediction– The rivalry between Carmella & Nikki Bella has gotten personally but really haven’t really got Carmella over & she sounds more annoying than entertaining. I do think Sunday Nikki will find out who knocked her out of the Team Smackdown Live vs. Team Raw match at Survivor Series, and it wasn’t Carmella for once. I think Carmella will get some help to be Nikki & Nikki will find out a certain coach was her reason why she was knocked out of Survivor Series.
Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin
Setup to TLC: On the August 2 episode of SmackDown, Kalisto was injured by Baron Corbin. Kalisto returned on the November 8 episode and faced Corbin; during the match, Kalisto injured Corbin’s knee, preventing Corbin from competing at Survivor Series. At that event, Kalisto was granted an opportunity for Raw’s WWE Cruiserweight Championship; if Kalisto won, the cruiserweight division would transfer to SmackDown. However, Corbin interfered in the match, costing Kalisto the title and SmackDown the division. On the following SmackDown, Kalisto received an Intercontinental Championship match against The Miz, but lost due to distraction by Corbin, who then executed End of Days on Kalisto. For interfering in both of Kalisto’s championship matches and also costing SmackDown the cruiserweight division, he was scheduled to face Kane. During the match, Kalisto attacked Corbin. Afterwards on Talking Smack, a chairs match between the two was scheduled for TLC.
Prediction– I am tired of this program between Kalisto & Corbin, I think both can be used in better ways. But with that being said Corbin costing Kalisto 2 title matches has made their issue more personally. Hopefully we see a pay off mainly in Baron Corbin which to me is need to become a star in the WWE IC Title Picture soon to me. I like Corbin for the win over Kalisto.
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