Winner: Ronda Rousey
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Dean Ambrose – Intercontinental Championship
This feud has been okay, but it hasn’t gotten off the ground as much as I thought it would. Initially, they were doing the same shtick as the Nattie/Ruby feud in exploiting real-life tragedies. Here, it’s just sort of a typical breakup deal and no deeper elements to it. When Seth broke up with The Shield, Dean looked to make Seth’s life a living hell. Four years later, Dean is inoculating himself and wearing gas masks because it’s the people’s fault. It just doesn’t click to me. However, Seth and Dean routinely put on great, competitive matches, and I’m looking forward to another one at TLC. I have to believe that Seth will be moving onto the Universal Championship scene, and why I don’t know how it will happen, I believe that Seth will drop the Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose.
If Dean Ambrose loses this match this Sunday, it sort of makes everything he’s done for the past month completely pointless. You can’t come out, call out the people weak after weak, get the better of Seth every time you fight against each other and end up empty. In addition, Seth just competed in a TLC match on Monday. If you can’t beat him when he’s not fresh, what does that say? Seth’s done about everything he possibly could do with the IC Title, and ideally, he’d hold it for the next year. But there’s a time to move on, and I think this Sunday will be Seth’s time to move on.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Daniel Bryan (C) vs. AJ Styles – WWE Championship
I don’t know about you guys, but I am loving Bryan’s run as a heel. He is a far more natural babyface underdog, but when he’s a bad guy, he just has this edge to him that may be unmatched on the entire roster. Especially when he is chastising us for not taking care of the environment. He’s actually telling the truth about us and I love it. While AJ Styles enjoyed a nice successful run, he was bound to lose it sooner or later, and there is no way that he is winning it back so soon after initially losing it. I believe it is far more likely that Bryan defends the WWE Championship next against The Miz, and it’s unbelievable how the roles have been reversed. While The Miz is still somewhat of a heel at the moment, he’s bound to turn now that Bryan is a bonafide heel. I’m really interested to see how that dynamic works.
Bryan and AJ have put on competitive matches with each other on Smackdown, and I believe we will get another one of those at TLC. I give this victory to Daniel Bryan.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin – Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
This match is probably going to be the main event, and it’s going to suffer from a lot of burnout. By this point, we will already have had a tables match, a ladder match, and a TLC match. Therefore, there won’t be anything these two will be able to do to each other that we would not have already seen during the night. And Corbin just isn’t a high-quality worker. I also find it strange how they can build to Corbin having a TLC match by having him lose a TLC match. If he can’t beat Seth, why should we believe he can beat Braun? Even if he hires Heath Slater to come out for his sake? We already saw Seth take care of that problem, so what advantages does he have?
We have no idea if the match will even happen or not, but assuming that it does, Braun will probably win. If Corbin wins, it would be a booking atrocity. In light of Braun Strowman essentially getting squashed by Lesnar, having him lose to Corbin, no matter what the conditions, would be disgraceful. Then again, I wouldn’t put anything past this booking team. That said, I take Strowman.
Winner: Braun Strowman