Event: WWE TLC Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Location: The American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
American Alpha, The Hype Bros, and Apollo Crews defeated The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, and Curt Hawkins on the WWE TLC Kickoff Show.
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that showcases the major matches on tonight’s card. Tonight, AJ Styles will defend his WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose in a TLC Match. We’ll also see The Miz defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match, as well as Becky Lynch defending the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Alexa Bliss in a Tables Match.
We go live into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Mauro Ranallo, JBL, David Otunga, and Tom Philips welcome us to the show.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships Match
Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno (c’s)
Bray Wyatt will start the match against Rhyno. They lock up, and Rhyno wrenches the arm. Wyatt fights him off and sends him into the ropes, but Rhyno takes him down with a clothesline. Wyatt quickly hits some throat thrusts and tags in Randy Orton. Orton stomps him and uppercuts him. Rhyno chops back at him until Orton sends him into the ropes. Rhyno ducks a clothesline and hits a shoulder tackle. Heath Slater is tagged in, and he comes off the top rope with a sledge to the arm. Slater punches away at Orton until Orton kicks him. Slater takes him down with a leg lariat and forearms him in the corner. Orton drops him onto the apron. Luke Harper gets on the apron to distract the referee, so Wyatt clips Slater’s knee. Orton gives Slater a front suplex on the top rope and stomps the injured midsection. Orton stomps the rest of his limbs and tags Wyatt in. Wyatt viciously forearms him in the back of the neck for a two count. Wyatt puts Slater in the corner and annihilates him with an avalanche for another two count. Wyatt throws Slater out of the ring and tags in Orton. Slater is desperately trying to regain his footing at ringside. Orton pulls him to the apron before trying for a draping DDT, but Slater fights out. Slater goes for a slingshot maneuver, but Orton counters into a powerslam for a near fall. Wyatt tags in and clubs him before sending him into the ropes, but Slater kicks him in the face. Slater boots him down and kicks Orton off the apron. Wyatt gives Slater a one-armed slam, but Rhyno tags in. Rhyno takes him down and uppercuts him before coming off the second rope with a diving shoulder. Orton pushes Wyatt out of the way of a Gore, so Rhyno knocks him off the apron. Rhyno goes to give Orton a Gore at ringside, but Harper pushes him out of the way and sacrifices himself. Orton tags himself in and gives Rhyno an RKO out of nowhere for the win.
Winners and new WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt puts his Tag Team Championship belt on the shoulder of Luke Harper. Randy Orton is a bit trepidatious about doing the same, but eventually does. Wyatt then poses.
An advertisement is shown for WrestleMania 34.
Dean Ambrose is being interviewed backstage. Ambrose says that James Ellsworth is okay and resting at home. Ambrose is asked about his temper, so he mentions that he rolls with it. In a different setting, it might be an honor to share the ring with AJ Styles, but he likes to go for the easy way out. There is no “easy way” in the TLC Match. Ambrose likes it that way. Horrible pain and suffering equals glory. It’s gonna be hard times tonight.
AJ Styles is elsewhere backstage with Renee Young. Styles laughs at the “hard times” line. Styles says he knows exactly what these kinds of matches can do to the body. The problem with Ambrose wasn’t putting him down — it’s keeping him down. After some tables, ladders, and chairs, he’ll get up… just in time to see him holding his WWE World Championship.
No Disqualification Match
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Carmella is sporting a black eye from last week. Carmella gets out of the ring at the sound of the bell. Nikki follows her out, but Carmella knocks her down. Carmella gets her in the ring, but Nikki immediately spears her down. Nikki pulls her out of the ring and goes for a powerbomb, but Carmella fights her off and gives her a head-scissor into the steel steps. Carmella sends her into the barricade and goes for a count-out in a no disqualification match, but Nikki gets in the ring at six. Carmella stomps her and picks up a one count. Carmella gives her a suplex, and Nikki’s legs hit the ropes. Carmella taunts the crowd before covering for a two count. Carmella goes for another suplex into the ropes, but Nikki counters into an inside cradle for a two count. Carmella quickly pops up and clotheslines her down for a two count. Carmella comes back with a second clothesline, and Nikki’s injured leg hits the ropes again. Carmella picks up another two count. Carmella ties her up in the tree of woe and goes under the ring for a kendo stick. Carmella gets in the ring and taunts John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” taunt before hitting her in the leg a few times with the stick. Carmella rolls her over for a one count. Carmella applies the Code of Silence, but Nikki uses the kendo stick to fight out of it. Carmella gets to her feet and takes Nikki down before picking up the stick. Nikki quickly kicks her down and picks up the stick. Carmella spears her into the barricade, but Nikki fights right by driving her into the apron. Nikki stands on the barricade and gives her a flying roundhouse kick. Nikki gets her in the ring and hits her three times with the kendo stick. Carmella quickly kicks her in the injured leg to stop her momentum. Carmella pulls her out of the ring and takes a few more moments to recover. They take their time before Carmella goes to grab her, but Nikki sprays a fire extinguisher in her face. Nikki gets in the ring and sprays her some more. Nikki then gives her Rack Attack 2.0 to pick up the victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Nikki Bella