When I was growing up, WWE’s final PPV of the year was Armageddon. A word that means “a final destructive battle or conflict” (thank you, Merriam-Webster!) was used as the symbolic tag for the final series of PPV battles and conflicts on the WWE calendar. Basically, it was fitting to end the year with it. Along the way, WWE did away with that event and replaced it with a PPV dedicated to the match type that three of the biggest tag teams of the Attitude Era helped to popularize: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. The latest installment takes place this Sunday; and while I’m kind of looking forward to a few matches, I don’t know if I would consider this a very strong overall card. I’m honestly looking more forward to NXT TakeOver: London; but I’ll tackle that Forecast on Tuesday, along with my Year-End Top 10s in music. But for now, let’s put TLC into the forecast!
Ryback vs. Rusev (w/ Lana)
On October 11th, 2015, TMZ broke the news that Rusev and Lana, who were embroiled in an emotionally heated, painfully corny storyline against each other at the time, were engaged. Lana made her grand return to WWE by squashing the beef and standing alongside her new fiancé. Ryback, for reasons not quite explained, decided to butt in and cause problems for the two…..or something. I have no idea what his problem is with these two; maybe he’s just bored when WWE has nothing for him to do and his copy of The Secret goes missing.
Who I Want to Win: I’m gonna let Demi Lovato handle this one for me:
Who Will Win: Rusev, and it’ll be with the help of his lady.
Chairs Match for the WWE United States Championship
Alberto Del Rio © vs. Jack Swagger
The United States Championship returned to prominence this year via the John Cena U.S. Title Open Challenge this year. After months of putting away up-and-comers in RAW highlights for months, his run came to anti-climactic whimper of an ending when Alberto Del Rio returned with Zeb Colter by his side and pinned him in 8 minutes with a move that wasn’t even his finisher. Since then, Jack Swagger has grown curious about their partnership and it’s led him to go into battle against them in a feud where everyone is in some portrayed as a racist jackass. Also, Del Rio and Colter just happened to have a last-minute argument this past week that puts their alliance in jeopardy.
Who I Want to Win: I return your attention back to Demi Lovato:
Who Will Win: Alberto Del Rio, because for all intents and purposes, Jack Swagger’s days of relevance are done.
8-Man Tag Team Elimination Tables Match
Team ECW VS. The Wyatt Family
The Wyatt Family are running out of people to trash-talk and eventually lose to. After getting soundly vanquished by John Cena, Undertaker, Kane, Roman Reigns, and many others, The Wyatt Family moved on to The Dudley Boyz, who are pretty much only here to help lend tag teams credibility. And what team needs it more than The Wyatts at this point? Joining the Dudleyz into Battle for this match that would fit a lot better at Survivor Series are fellow ECW Originals Rhyno and Tommy “Yup, He’s Still Wrestling” Dreamer.
Who I Want to Win: The Wyatt Family; again, I can barely take these dudes seriously because they lose so much.
Who Will Win: The Wyatt Family; this is likely the only time WWE will let them have a significant PPV victory over any kind of legends.
WWE Divas Championship
Charlotte © vs. Paige
Much has been made about how many title shots Paige has received throughout 2015, and she will be taking part in the final Divas Title PPV match of the year as well. After her controversial promo against Charlotte before Survivor Series, there was no question that Paige was an opportunistic villain that Charlotte shouldn’t take lightly. The problem is that Charlotte is quickly becoming that as well; not only did she cheat to defeat the monkey-in-the-middle of this feud, Becky Lynch, a couple of weeks ago, but she’s accompanied by her father so much now that it feels like he watched his good buddy Triple H and Ariel Winter in The Chaperone and decided to give it a try. Damien Sandow is surely envious of the screentime that the Nature Boy is getting, right?
Who I Want to Win: Paige; not just out of favoritism, but also just because Charlotte’s reign has been underwhelming to me.
Who Will Win: Charlotte, so they can keep her heel persona up.
Triple Threat for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The New Day © vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons
I recently named The New Day my favorite tag team of the year because of how funny they’ve been all year, as well as how successful they’ve been. By comparison, The Usos haven’t had a very great year because one of them have been injured for most of the year. And the Lucha Dragons have lost a lot of matches (and notched a lot of Sin Cara botches along the way) since debuting on the main roster. But both teams have gathered enough momentum to challenge the New Day at the same damn time.
Who I Want to Win: The New Day; these are champions I’d love to see retain until WrestleMania.
Who Will Win: I honestly think it’s going to the Lucha Dragons with how much momentum they’ve gotten.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens © vs. Dean Ambrose
At first, I thought this feud came out of nowhere. That is not the case, though. In fact, Ambrose and Owens both actually competed on the previous WWE PPV for a spot in the finals of the WWE Title tournament. Ambrose won that bout, but luckily for Owens, his U.S. Title was not at stake. But it will be this Sunday, and the athletes formerly known as Jon Moxley and Kevin Steen will take each other to the limit. No word on if Dean Ambrose will use movie theater refreshments to his advantage this time.
Who I Want to Win: Dean Ambrose, because I’m always up for seeing Ambrose win something.
Who Will Win: Kevin Owens, because WWE is always up for seeing Ambrose lose something.
TLC Match from the WWE Championship
Sheamus © vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns finally reached the top of the mountain at the Survivor Series. He won the WWE Championship and it was a happy moment for the people who haven’t decided to boo him. But them…..he got Daniel Bryan‘d. In more ways than one. Like Daniel Bryan in 2013, he lost the title shortly after due to a MiTB cash-in and the presence of Triple H. And like Daniel Bryan in 2012, they decided to push Sheamus (the guy who won the title) by incorporating a period of time into things; this time, instead of 18 seconds, it’s 5 minutes and 15 seconds. Now, Roman Reigns gets his shot at redemption in WWE’s December event.
Who I Want to Win: Roman Reigns; I don’t know if I’m ready for him to reign yet, but I AM ready for Sheamus NOT to.
Who Will Win: Sheamus; this is one champion I KNOW is holding on to the title until WrestleMania.
Do you agree with the forecast? Who do you see winning at TLC? Who are you rooting for to win? Tag me on Twitter @FearlessRiOT and let me know or leave a comment below. Then check out TLC on the WWE Network this Sunday to see which predictions come true. Hope you all enjoy the show.