WWE’s 2018 ended with Asuka standing tall atop a ladder as the SmackDown Women’s Champion after she defeated Becky Lynch and Charlotte in a TLC match. We could see a reprisal of that Sunday at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, as Asuka defends her Women’s Championship with Kairi Sane against the team of Becky Lynch and Charlotte in a TLC match.
It should be an excellent match, a needed one of a pay-per-view strangely lacking in stakes. Brock Lesnar is absent, so there’s no WWE Championship match. Bray Wyatt will wrestle The Miz, but his Universal Championship isn’t on the line. The other big match pits Roman Reigns against Baron Corbin in a TLC match.
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Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin
One of the most pushed matches on the show is up next.
Viking Raiders draw with The OC
The Good Brothers Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows answer a very corn open challenge by the Viking Raiders. The OC are going by The Best Tag Team in the World thanks to the tournament they won at Crown Jewel, and say they’re the only team who have beaten The Viking Raiders.
The match ended in a double count-out, so it looks like WWE is keen to get some more mileage out of this feud. The Viking Raiders beat down Gallows and Anderson afterwards, putting Anderson through a table.
This match was on the cusp of getting really good, and then it ended with a flat finish. The crowd was upset.
Rating: 3 stars. Good, was getting very good and then it ended abruptly.
Aleister Black beats Buddy Murphy
Surprising approximately no one, these two had a fantastic match. It ended after a bloody Aleister Black caught Buddy Murphy with a surprise Black Mass.
Black got a busted nose early, giving the crisp, strike-heavy match an appreciated gritty feel. Black fought from underneath for much of the bout, with the story being that he’s not able to breathe properly given his possibly broken nose. Murphy’s offense was incredibly tight and often gnarly-looking.
This match was designed to establish both as promising stars of tomorrow. I question how effective it will be: Black is the one getting a strong spotlight now, and it probably would have been more appropriate for him to wrestle and decisively beat a more established character. But the match itself was a winner.
Rating: 4 stars.
The New Day retain SmackDown tag titles
Kofi Kingston and Big E beat Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson in a strong opening tag team title ladder match.
Kingston was absolutely the star of this match. Not only did he snatch the championship belts to win the match for The New Day, his athleticism was the centerpiece of the bout’s best moments. He jumped over ladders, onto ladders, onto ladders. He was great.
No strong story throughout the match, but a lot of escalating tit-for-tat big moves between teams. We got a Shatter Machine off a ladder, Big E giving a wicked spear through the middle rope and, later, The Revival crashing Big E through a ladder, breaking it like a table.
The crowd ended up super into the match, booing when The Revival looked poised to win and cheering big for The New Day as they retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
Rating: 3.75 stars. Very strong, though lacking in psychology.
Kick-off show results
Humberto Carrillo pinned Andrade: Carrilo picked up the win with a beautiful top-rope moonsault.