WWE TLC 2017 Review

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Asuka defeated Emma
Pretty decent match for the debuting Asuka. We all knew that she wasn’t going to lose in her debut match so that she could keep her undefeated steak alive. Emma put up a good fight, but Asuka was just too much for her and Asuka made Emma tap out to the Asuka lock.

Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann defeated The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher
This match was underrated as it ended up being a pretty good match. Kendrick and Gallagher worked a slow pace while Swann and Alexander worked a quicker, more high flying pace and it ended up paying off for them as the end of the match included jumping over the ropes as well as finishing maneuvers.

Alexa Bliss (c) defeated Mickie James to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Mickie James was able to show that she still has it as she put on a pretty good match with Alexa Bliss. Bliss is also showing signs that she is getting better and better in the ring which is a great sight to see. The result makes sense too as WWE is definitely preparing for a Asuka versus Bliss program soon.

Enzo Amore defeated Kalisto (c) to become to New WWE Cruiserweight Champion
This match was alright throughout. The main focus was Amore gaining his championship back as he really is the reason why 205 Live is starting to get more recognition. Amore was able to accomplish this by using dirty tactics, which makes sense as he is willing to do whatever it takes to be on top and stay there.

Finn Balor defeated AJ Styles
While this was an awesome match from start to finish, I do think that this match could’ve gotten more time. It ran for a total of 18 minutes, but it only took one finisher to take out Styles, which doesn’t make sense considering we have seen Styles kick out of way worse. Hopefully, we get to see these two go at it again because they put on a great match and they deserve to get more time when these two are in the ring.

Jason Jordan defeated Elias
Instead of having this match, the time this match took should’ve been put into the Balor versus Styles match. They ran three different promos throughout the night with Elias trying to sing, while Jason Jordan was interrupting him throwing vegetables at him. While it was funny that Elias kept coming out, this really should’ve been used during a Raw show instead of a PPV.

Styles and Balor shared an awesome moment after the match showing respect for one another (Credit: WWE)

Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, Cesaro, and Sheamus
While it was very nostalgic seeing Kurt Angle back in the ring, this match was pretty sloppy. It did run on very long (35 minutes) and there were moments that didn’t make sense. The craziest moment being the entire team turning on Braun Strowman. It started with Kane turning on him because they had a few disagreements throughout the match, but then when Strowman decided to confront Kane after all of this, the whole team decided to turn on Strowman. They do realize that Strowman is one of the most dominant forces in WWE and wouldn’t you rather have him fighting by your side instead of an old veteran like Kane? Best moment of the match was when after we thought Kurt Angle was gone from the match after being slammed through a table, he came back and took out everybody and this led to their teams victory.

Overall, this event had its ups and downs. It had great moments such as Balor versus Styles, Kurt Angle back in the ring, a decent Cruiserweight match, and a good debut for Asuka. But, then it had its bad moments such as a promo and match that wasn’t necessary to be done on a PPV, sloppy moments in the main event, along with pretty dull moments in some of their singles matches. It will be interesting to see where some of the storylines go since they had to do these last second substitutions, but then again, it is the WWE and they could just scrap all of this since this was all done last minute. In conclusion, this was an average PPV that did have moments to remember and moments to forget.