We’ve already taken care of the superstars missing from TLC 2017, but who are the lucky few who will not only perform, but likely steal the show in some capacity?
Whether it’s in a scripted or non-kayfabe sense by factoring in everything from wins and losses, how much of an emphasis they’re given on the show, their momentum for the next TV episode, match performances and everything between, here’s my shortlist for who I think will be stealing the show at TLC.
Duh. This entire pay-per-view rests SOLELY on The Shield reforming. There’s really nothing else going for it, and their feud isn’t even properly built up in a more standardized way.
WWE struggled to slap something together and are clearly hoping that the stable’s return will be good enough to sell the event, so there’s no way in Hell they aren’t the absolute premiere most featured people in the spotlight.
This is whether or not they end up winning their match, too. Even in a loss, it will be more about their reunion and how they just happened to be overpowered by the numbers game rather than anything coming out of the heel team’s side.
The Miz, Kane, Braun Strowman and The Bar are just the best possible options on the roster to go up against The Shield. They aren’t there to be the stars.
The second-biggest aspect of this event is the main roster debut of Asuka, who will assuredly demolish Emma in her first match as part of the Raw roster.
This is another obvious guarantee that shouldn’t be in question whatsoever, as it would be absolutely insane for Emma to come out victorious instead.
If that does happen and the world turns upside down, this will be an entirely different story, but Asuka’s most likely going to be the pinnacle of the women’s division for the next few months leading into 2018 and then that entire year to follow.
It all has to start somewhere, and TLC is that starting point.
There’s a trend in the way WWE has booked things in 2017 where titles are changing hands just for a short amount of time so people can buzz for a hot minute until the championship finds its way back home.
We’ve seen it happen with nearly every belt, and some of those (like the United States Championship) have had it happen multiple times.
The Cruiserweight Championship was a victim of this with Akira Tozawa temporarily taking it from Neville only to drop it soon after, and I can’t help but to feel the same thing is going to happen to Kalisto.
WWE clearly enjoys the luchador to a certain extent, giving him now four title reigns to his name (one NXT tag title and two United States titles), but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to usurp Enzo Amore’s position as the top dog on 205 Live.
My guess is Enzo finds a way to cheat, securing himself a win and title reign #2 begins here.
Those are my picks, but who do you think will end up being the primary focal points? Drop your predictions in the comments below!