By Ryan Clark on December 15, 2013
Event: WWE TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs) Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, December 15th, 2013 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Toyota Center in Houston, TX
WWE TLC Opener:
The show opens with Triple H’s music, and The Game makes his way into the arena with Stephanie McMahon by his side.
Stephanie says tonight, each and every one of us will be part of history, as we’ll witness one of the most important matches in professional wrestling. The WWE Champion vs. the World Champion. Hunter talks about Lou Thesz wrestling Buddy Rodgers. He talks about how that match led to the split of the titles. Hunter name checks some of the most important champions of all time, people like Hogan, Austin, Flair and Michaels. Hunter says tonight those two championships become one. Only one man will walk out, and into the history books, as the champion of champions. Stephanie asks if it will be Cena or Orton, and says tonight we’ll crown the WWE World Heavyweight Champion before the two walk to the back.
– This leads to a video package highlighting the unification match, and the history behind those two belts.
– The pyro hits, and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show, calling it the single most important night in WWE history.
3-on-1 Handicap Match
CM Punk vs. The Shield
CM Punk’s music plays, and the straight edge superstar makes his way to the ring for the first match of the evening. The Shield is out next, of course making their way to the ring through the crowd.
We see the Spanish announce team which features Ricardo Rodriguez tonight. Punk starts things off with United States Champion Dean Ambrose. They lock up and break. They lock up again and Punk avoids going into their corner. They never get into it before Rollins tags in. Punk goes to the floor a break. Rollins chases after him but Punk runs back in the ring. Punk decks Ambrose and turns around to ducking a clothesline from Rollins. Punk takes Rollins to the corner and unloads with shoulder thrusts. Punk with back elbows to the face now.
Punk nails a neckbreaker and keeps control of Rollins. Reigns tags in and stares Punk down. Punk ducks Reigns and fires back with forearms. Reigns grabs Punk and tosses him into their corner. Reigns unloads. Punk kicks him and knocks Rollins and Ambrose off the apron. Punk turns around and Reigns levels him. Reigns mounts Punk with right hands now. Reigns stomps Punk and tags Rollins back in for some double teaming. Rollins works Punk over before tagging Ambrose back in. Ambrose with a pin attempt. Ambrose keeps control of Punk with a slow pace. Ambrose picks Punk up by his hair and whips him hard into The Shield’s corner. Reigns tags back in and keeps Punk down.
Reigns drops Punk and kicks him in the gut. Punk starts to make a comeback but Reigns cuts him off and tosses him out to the floor. Reigns follows and waits. Punk gets up and Reigns goes for a spear but Punk moves and Reigns flies over the announce table. Punk comes back in the ring as a doctor checks on Reigns. Reigns makes it back in and ends up tossing Punk back to the floor. It appears Reigns is suffering an eye injury after hitting the announce table. Rollins comes in and goes at it with Punk. Punk goes for GTS but Ambrose makes the save. Punk is distracted and turns around to a big shot from Rollins for a 2 count.
Reigns is still being looked at by a doctor. Punk shoves Rollins into Ambrose, sending Ambrose to the floor. Punk fights back for a 2 count on Rollins. We see Reigns on the floor and it looks like his eye is in bad shape. Punk ducks Rollins and hits a heel kick. Punk makes a comeback and nails a swinging neckbreaker. Punk realizes that Rollins is all alone. Punk with the high knee in the corner and a clothesline. Punk goes to the top and nails a crossbody for a 2 count. Punk with the Anaconda Vice on Rollins now. Ambrose makes the save and breaks it. Rollins tags Ambrose in. Ambrose with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Ambrose takes Punk to the top for a superplex but Punk headbutts him to the floor. Punk nails the big elbow drop and knocks Rollins off the apron. Punk with a 2 count.
Punk goes for GTS but Ambrose slides out. Rollins comes in and Punk hits a GTS on him. Ambrose comes in and slides out of GTS. Punk side steps a Reigns spear. Reigns accidentally spears Ambrose. Punk takes advantage and covers Ambrose for the win.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, Punk hits the stage to celebrate. Reigns, puffy eye and all, shows frustration in the ring as we go to replays. Rollins and Reigns talk as Ambrose tries to recover on the mat.
AJ Lee is interviewed with Tamina. AJ tells Renee that if she paid attention, she’d know AJ always wins when it counts. AJ’s number is one, as in the one woman who counts. She didn’t win Slammy for Diva of the year because the WWE Universe is a joke, as is Natalya, and Total Divas. AJ says it’s sad, but after tonight, she’ll be the only one laughing.
WWE Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee (c) vs. Natalya
They lock up and Natalya goes for a quick roll up. AJ kicks out but Natalya takes her right back down with a headlock. AJ breaks out and starts working on Natalya’s arm. More back and forth. Natalya with a suplex for another 2 count. Natalya goes back to working on the arm as Tamina looks on. Natalya with a dropkick to the back of the head. AJ goes to the floor to regroup. Natalya follows and comes face to face with Tamina. AJ takes advantage with a baseball slide but Natalya sends her face first into the fan barrier. Natalya brings AJ back in the ring and stares at Tamina. Natalya comes back in but AJ kicks her off the apron.
AJ with a 2 count now. AJ with a headlock but Natalya stands up with her on her back. Natalya runs into a heel kick and AJ covers for another 2 count. Natalya rams AJ back into the corner and they both go down. Natalya runs into boots in the corner. AJ takes her back to the corner and kicks away. AJ charges with a clothesline but Natalya moves. Natalya goes for a slam but AJ turns it into a Black Widow submission. Natalya overpowers but AJ rolls her up. Natalya rolls through and dropkicks AJ in the face. Natalya catches a kick and clotheslines AJ. More offense from Natalya. Natalya nails a nice suplex and hits another. Natalya talks some trash and nails a sitdown slam. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter and locks it in. AJ crawls for the ropes but Natalya pulls her back to the center of the ring. AJ breaks it and slams Natalya.
Tamina gets on the apron but Natalya knocks her off. AJ locks in the Black Widow again but Natalya breaks it. Natalya nails a big clothesline and goes for the Sharpshooter again but AJ rolls her up by her hair for the win.
Winner: AJ Lee
After the match, Natalya gets emotional in the ring as we go to replays. AJ laughs her way up to the stage with Tamina.
– We get another video package highlighting the history of the WWE Championship, showing some of the big names that have held the belt, including Backlund, Rodgers, Hogan, Hart, the Rock, Edge, Guerrero, and the Undertaker. Also, those who have held the World Championship, including Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and more.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match
Damien Sandow vs. Big E Langston
We go to the ring and out comes Damien Sandow with a public service announcement. He rips on Southern slang and says he is about to become our champion. WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston is out next to not much of a reaction.
They lock up and both go for their finishers but have no luck. They go at it. Big E nails a huge back drop and throws Sandow out of the ring under the bottom rope. They meet on the floor and Big E runs over Sandow. Sandow sends Big E into the ring post and he goes down. Sandow brings Big E back in for a 2 count. Sandow drops right hands and an elbow for another pin attempt. Sandow with a headlock.
More back and forth. Sandow counters Big E and nails a big clothesline for another 2 count. Sandow is very aggressive tonight. Sandow drops the Elbow of Disdain and a knee drop before covering for 2. Sandow with another headlock. Big E comes back and runs over Sandow into the corner. Sandow comes right back with a dropkick for another 2 count. Sandow with a knee drop. Sandow with headbutts to the back as he takes Big E to the corner. Big E ends up dropping back and slamming Sandow with an electric chair. Big E with a pair of clotheslines and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E with a splash to the back and another 2 count. Langston goes for the Big Ending but Sandow counters and drops him for a 2 count.
Sandow goes for You’re Welcome but it’s blocked. Sandow slides out of a Big Ending and rolls Big E up for 2. Sandow with more offense. They run the ropes and Big E runs over Sandow. Langston drops his straps and nails the Big Ending for the win.
Winner: Big E Langston
– Mr. McMahon approaches Randy Orton backstage, and gives him a firm handshake with a smile. We don’t hear them speak, though.
– We go back to the panel, and The Miz is absent. Foley is also wearing a Christmas hat. Foley chants erupt. They go to highlights of Kofi and Miz’s brawl. They announce Kofi and Miz will take part in a No Disqualification Match later on tonight.
WWE Tag Team Championship
Fatal Four Way Match
Cody Rhodes & Goldust (c) vs. The Real Americans vs. Big Show & Rey Mysterio vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
Ryback starts things off with Cody. They lock up and Ryback sends him to the mat. They lock up again and Ryback takes control. Cody turns it around and tags in Goldust for some double teaming. Ryback takes Goldust to the corner and tags in Axel. Axel nails a big dropkick and they go at it. Goldust makes a comeback and kicks Axel to the mat before going to work on his arm. Goldust tags in Big Show. Axel tries to attack but Show overpowers and works on Axel’s arm. Show with a big chop to the chest.
Show with another big chop to the chest. The crowd chants for one more so Show gives it to them. Rey tags in and keeps up the attack on Axel. Axel turns it around and slams Axel as Ryback tags in. Ryback comes off the second rope with a splash and a 2 count. Ryback slams Rey’s face into the turnbuckles and tags back in Axel. Rey ends up countering and they clash in mid-air with crossbody attempts. Ryback comes back in but Rey tags in Goldust. Goldust unloads on Ryback and hits the big right hand. Goldust with a spinebuster. Goldust knocks Axel off the apron but turns around to a big shot from Ryback. Ryback misses a powerbomb and Goldust rolls him up for the pin. Ryback and Axel are eliminated.
Ryback drops Goldust on his way out of the ring. Jack Swagger comes in and takes Goldust to the corner before grounding him to the mat. Swagger takes it back to the corner and tags in Antonio Cesaro. Fans chant “we the people” as Cesaro and Swagger keep control. Goldust ends up on the floor. Swagger follows and runs over him with a big clothesline. Swagger brings Goldust back in for the ankle lock but he fights it off. Cesaro tags in and stops Goldust from tagging. Cesaro with a gutwrench slam and a 2 count. Goldust makes a comeback but Cesaro cuts him off and tags Swagger back in. Swagger with a bear hug now. Goldust finally rolls Swagger up for a 2 count and is almost able to make a tag but Swagger stops him. Goldust nails a springboard back elbow out of nowhere.
Cesaro tags in and hits the Cesaro Swing on Goldust. Swagger comes in and Cesaro catapults Goldust into a big slam from Swagger. Swagger covers for 2. Swagger nails a big Swagger Bomb and Cesaro tags in for more double teaming. 2 count by Cesaro. Another pin attempt by Cesaro. Cesaro with a headlock now. Goldust kicks Swagger off the apron and kicks Cesaro away. He goes to tag but Swagger pulls Cody off the apron. Goldust comes off the top with a hurricanrana on Cesaro. Show grabs Swagger on the floor and tosses him into the barrier. Goldust and Cesaro go at it. Goldust nails a powerslam. Goldust tags in Show. Show runs over Cesaro and slams him face first from high in the air. Show with a back splash in the corner and a big forearm. Show knocks Swagger out and turns around to knock Cesaro out of the air. Show covers for the pin. Swagger and Cesaro are eliminated.
It’s down to Show and Rey vs. Goldust and Cody now. Show helps Goldust to his feet and makes sure he’s good to go before they lock up. Goldust with a headlock. Show fights out and knocks Goldust out of the ring. Show brings Goldust back in by his head and slams him on the mat. Show runs into a boot in the corner. Goldust goes up top for a crossbody and nails it but Show kicks out at 2. Show catches a kick but Goldust blocks a chokeslam. Goldust nails a DDT for a 2 count. Cody tags in for some double teaming on Show. They nail a double suplex and Cody covers for 2.
Cody goes for a Disaster Kick but Show knocks him out of the air. Rey tags in and unloads on Cody. Rey goes to the top and nails the senton. Cody comes back with a kick and a sunset flip. Rey rolls through with a kick to the head and a 2 count. More back and forth. Cody nails a Disaster Kick for a 2 count. Rey blocks Cross Rhodes and drops Cody for 619. Goldust comes in and Rey drops him for 619 also. Rey hits it on Goldust first. Show grabs Goldust and throws him into the barrier outside of the ring. Cody gets caught but rams Show back into the apron. Show scoops him but Cody slides out and sends Show face first into the ring post. Cody springboards in but Rey powerbombs him for a 2 count. Rey comes off the top but gets caught. Rey blocks Cross Rhodes. Cody blocks a 619 but Rey rolls him up for another close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome.” Cody finally nails Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Goldust
After the match, Show comes back in the ring and shakes hands with the Rhodes brothers. Show helps Rey up and Goldust checks on him also. Rey falls back to the mat and Show helps him to the back.
There’s a backstage segment with Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, The Great Khali, Los Matadores and El Torito to promote the Brawlin’ Buddies toys. Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox come in and play fight with each other until everyone else walks out. Kane walks in and his music plays. He stares at Vickie and Brad as they hurry away. Kane picks up the Cena toy and has the Brodus Clay toy knock him out of the room.
Brodus Clay vs. R-Truth
We go to the ring and out comes Brodus Clay, Tensai, Cameron and Naomi. R-Truth is out next with Xavier Woods.
They go at it to start the match. Truth takes Clay to the corner and works him over. Clay turns it around but runs into a forearm and a pair of boots. Truth with a missile dropkick and a pin attempt. Truth with a scissors kick and another pin attempt. They end up on the floor and Truth takes Clay back down. Truth brings it in the ring but Clay turns things around. Clay drops Truth in the corner and stomps away. Clay goes to the second rope and squashes Truth.
Clay with a 2 count and an elbow drop. Clay drops a big double leg drop. Clay keeps control and socks Truth in the mouth with a right hand. Clay hits a big suplex and starts mocking Truth. Tensai has been yelling at Clay to get the pin. Clay with a pair of splashes in the corner that sends Truth out to the floor. Clay goes to throw Truth into the steel steps but Tensai gets in the way and they argue about Clay getting the win. Clay brings Truth back in and follows. Clay turns Truth upside down in the corner and charges with a pair of splashes. Tensai comes up on the apron and argues with Clay, telling him to get the cover. Clay says he’s better than Tensai. Tensai drops off the apron and walks off. Cameron and Naomi argue with Clay now. They also walk out. Clay turns around to a kick to the jaw from Truth. Truth rolls Clay up for the win.
– Vince and Cena are in the back, and McMahon gives Cena the same handshake and smile he gave Orton – wishing Cena good luck.
No Disqualification Match
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
They go at it and Kofi beats Miz down in the corner. Kofi follows Miz to the floor and continues the aggressive attack. Kofi brings Miz back in but tosses him right back over the top rope. Kofi charges with a suicide dive through the ropes but Miz cuts him off with a big right hand to the jaw. Kofi comes back and sends Miz crashing into the barrier. Kofi with kicks to the gut now. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but Miz ducks and Kofi kicks the ring post. Miz works on the leg now.
Miz ends up bringing Kofi back in the ring and working on his leg. They go back to the floor with Miz in control. He brings Kofi back in for another 2 count. More back and forth. Miz with the big clothesline in the corner. Miz comes flying off the ropes but Kofi dropkicks him in mid-air. Fans chant “boring” and they want tables. Kofi ends up getting the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
– We go to the ring and out first comes Daniel Bryan to a big pop. The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes The Wyatt Family. Bray sits at ringside in his rocking chair as Rowan and Harper enter the ring.
3-on-1 Handicap Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family
Bray sits in his chair, and Bryan rushes Rowan. Kicks to the leg from Bryan. Big elbow from Rowan. In comes Harper, and Bryan attacks the legs. Bryan stomps on Harper’s legs. Kicks to the chest from the “Yes!” man. Harper counters with a huge slap to the chest. He tags in Rowan, who attacks Bryan in the corner.
Bear hug from Rowan, who is rag dolling Bryan. Bryan fights out, but Rowan throws him face first on the mat. Two count for the Family. In comes Harper, who uppercuts Bryan in the corner. Bryan tries to fight back, but Harper hits him with a sitdown slam. Bray postures up, and here comes the leader.
Bray screaming at Bryan, that he could have helped him. Monster splash by Bray in the corner, who savagely attacks Bryan with punches in the corner. Bray hits Bryan with a suplex throw, and does the Exorcist walk. Bray tags in Harper, and they do a bit of double team.
Harper working a headlock, and tags in Rowan after tossing Bryan. Headbutt from Rowan. Fall away slam by Rowan. Punches in the corner from Rowan, and he tags in Harper, who nearly kicks Bryan’s head off with a big boot. Tag to Bray. More screaming from Bray, who says Bryan could have been like them. He extends his hand, and Bryan ponders it. Bryan kicks Bray’s hand and starts to fight back. Bray hits Bryan with a flying elbow, and tags in Harper. He tells him to finish it.
Monster powerbomb from Harper, but he only gets the two count. Bray gives Harper instructions, and misses a big boot in the corner. Bryan is “hulking up.” He sends Bray and Rowan off the apron. He sets up Harper on the top rope, and hits a reverse suplex off the top. Bryan with “Yes!” kicks to the chest, followed by a big one to the head. Bryan climbs to the top, and hits Harper with a headbutt. Rowan breaks up the count, but Bryan attacks him in the corner. Rowan is trapped in the ropes, and Bryan kicks his chest, too. In comes Bray, who gets tagged, but Bryan clears the ring and rolls up Bray for the two count. Bray swipes Bryan’s head, but as he whips him to the ropes, Bryan flies onto the outside and crashes into Harper. He sends Rowan into the steps. He gets back into the ring, and Bray starts to pound on Bryan. “Sister Abigail” by Bray, and that ends that.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
After the match, Bray pets Bryan’s head – and they stand above the superstar who remains out cold.
– It is time for the main event – and the broadcasters thank Korn for the official theme song. This led to the usual video package recapping the events leading to this match.
TLC Match for the Unified WWE Title
John Cena vs. Randy Orton
Justin Roberts begins the lengthily introductions, and both men get their fair share of boos.
The crowd is completely divided. They lock up, and Cena drags Orton in the corner. Takedown from Cena, and he works the side headlock.
Shoulder tackle from Cena as they get up, and Cena goes for the tables. Orton attacks him, and brings a ladder into the ring. He posts it up, but Cena kicks Orton in the gut and hits him with the ladder. Cena goes and gets a table.
Cena postures the table in the corner, and Cena throws Orton outside of the ring after a failed “Attitude Adjustment”. Orton brings a chair in the ring. Orton goes for the swing, and Cena stops it. Orton kicks Cena, and cracks him in the back with the chair. Cena rolls outside the ring, in pain. Orton misses a chair shot, but he cracks Cena in the back with another one. Orton goes for another, but hits the post. Cena going to town on Orton with the chair.
Cena puts a table up, and goes for the powerbomb. Orton escapes, and throws Cena into the steps. Orton mocking Cena, and he grabs a ladder. Orton dives into the ring, and sets up the ladder. Orton starts to climb, and Cena stops him. Orton has one hand on the title, but Cena brings him down. Dropkick from Orton.
Orton working the body. The crowd is making a lot of noise. Orton punches Cena in the head a few times, and delivers a powerslam. Orton taking his time, picking apart Cena with some elbows and kicks. Orton brings in a chair, and a ladder, but as he makes his way back to the ring, Cena hits him with the ladder in the ribs. Cena starts to climb the ladder, and Orton starts to attack his back. Reverse suplex from Orton, who goes to get the chair.
Orton decides to grab the ladder and Cena ducks under the hit. Orton throws the ladder to the outside, and goes for the chair. He hits Cena in the back twice, and sets it up between the second and top turnbuckle. Cena revives, knocking Orton down with shoulder strikes, and as he goes for the “Five Knuckle Shuffle,” Orton kicks him in the head and throws him into the chair. Orton goes to the outside for another ladder.
Orton goes to climb the ladder, and Cena stops him. Cena punches him out, and grabs the ladder. He hits Orton with the ladder, and Orton crashes onto the table outside. Cena starts to climb, and clenches the titles. Orton runs into the ring, and drags him down – RKO from Orton.
As they both get up, Orton headbutts him three times. Cena fights back, and clotheslines him onto the outside. Cena follows, and hits him with the steel steps. Orton gets back up, and Cena nails him with the steps once more. Cena steps back into the ring. Two tables are set up in the ring, and Cena brings in a ladder, too. He goes back for Orton on the outside, but Orton grabs the microphone and blasts him. Orton sends Cena’s heads crashing into the steel steps, and hits Cena with the microphone about ten times. Orton rips apart the Spanish announce table. This match is riveting so far.
Cena is struggling to get up, and Orton misses the punt. Cena gets up, and delivers an Attitude Adjustment on the Spanish announce table. Cena enters the ring, and sets up the ladder. He starts to climb slowly…Cena is showing fatigue, and Orton moves the ladder – Cena is hanging onto the titles. Orton grabs a chair, and hits him with it. Cena falls, and eats five more chair shots.
Orton taunts Cena, and as he goes for another shot, Cena tackles him through one of the tables in the corner. Orton falls to the outside, and Cena is struggling to get up. Orton grabs handcuffs, which are hidden underneath the mats on the outside. Orton handcuffs Cena to the bottom rope.
With the key in hand, Orton is taunting Cena, who is on his feet trying to break free. Orton throws the key into the crowd. Cena is trying to break free, while Orton fetches an immense ladder from the entrance ramp. Cena is on his feet on the outside, and Orton drills Cena in the head.
Cena is frantically trying to break free, and Orton climbs the ladder. Cena rips the turnbuckle right off the post, and follows Orton. Cena drills him with the turnbuckle, Orton falls. Cena has one arm, and is hung up by the ropes. Orton trying to tug Cena down. Orton pulls Cena down, crashing into the table in the corner. Orton goes to climb the ladder, and stops to look at the crowd.
Orton grabs the titles, savoring the moment. Unified champion – Randy Orton.
Winner and NEW unified WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton
Cena looks up and realizes he just lost. Orton hoists up both titles, as he beats Cena clean without any interference. However, Vince McMahon’s music hits…
Vince, Triple H and Stephanie approach the ring, clapping. Did they provide the handcuffs?
The four stand in the ring, as the brass claps for Orton. The PPV goes off-air.
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