What to Look for at TLC 2018

Tomorrow night, the 2018 edition of Tables, Ladders, and Chairs: TLC takes place in San Jose, CA and there are a lot of things to look out for on a card that features 12 matches. Here’s my breakdown of the top five things to look for tomorrow night.

1) Multiple Title Changes

WWE has indicated that a number of championships will change hands tomorrow night, and I can see that actually happening. For starters, while the United States Championship is not currently slated to be defended tomorrow, it will likely be added to the Kickoff Show a few hours before the event. Shinsuke Nakamura has not been treated well since his feud with AJ Styles, and, as a result, Japan has made demands for Nakamura to return to his native country. Putting the United States Championship on the Artist was a desperation move by WWE to keep Nakamura from jumping ship, though I think they may have reached the end of their rope with that. Expect Rusev to become a two-time United States Champion. Other titles I expect to change hands are both Women’s titles and the Intercontinental Championship.

2) Continuation of Rousey v. Flair

WWE all but gave away that Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair will cross paths again before the year is out. Of course, the company will want to end the 2018 pay-per-view schedule with a bang, and this would be a good way to do it. Everyone knows the Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen feud is on the horizon in 2019, so I believe WWE will use TLC to get the fireworks started.

3) Setup for Vince McMahon on RAW

In case you didn’t know, Vincent Kennedy McMahon is returning to Monday Night RAW following TLC to “shake things up.” This likely primarily pertains to Baron Corbin and the role of RAW General Manager (though I have seen some of you indicate that you hope it’s a Superstar Shakeup). Going into the weekend before the announcement, I fully believed that we were going to see the typical heel wants a forfeit and the face bursts in at the last possible moment. Now I am fully convinced that Corbin will get his forfeiture victory… only to be fired by Vince the following night. Of course, this is only speculation on my part, but it is mostly certainly something to keep an eye on.

4) The Road to Wrestlemania Begins

I know the Road to Wrestlemania doesn’t officially begin until the Royal Rumble, but for me it actually starts at the turn of the New Year. Why is that? Because even the setup needs to be set up. As I indicated in Item 1, I believe the Intercontinental Championship will change hands on Sunday. This will give Dean Ambrose’s heel turn some legitimacy and give Seth Rollins something fresh to do. Furthermore, I, like most others, am picking Drew McIntyre to win the men’s Royal Rumble, so of course he must dominate Finn Balor. On the women’s side, as I’ve already stated, the Horsewomen angle must be advanced on Sunday, but also the Women’s Tag Team Championships. Don’t believe they’re coming? Why else would they keep mentioning them and handing out signs to fans that say “WE WANT WOMEN’S TAG TITLES”, huh?

5) The Beginning of the End for The Bar

Don’t get me wrong, Sheamus and Cesaro are a great tag team to watch, face or heel. But the novelty has long worn off and both Superstars deserve better. And as we all know, the best way to revive a tag team is to blow them up (unless you’re Enzo and Cass, then just fire them outright). Expect the Smackdown Tag Team Championships to change hands as well tomorrow night and the dissolution of The Bar to begin.

Other Key Points

  • San Jose, CA is Bayley’s hometown, so expect her to at least make an appearance.
  • Both Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax are from California, so don’t expect the location to affect the match.
  • Finn Balor is reportedly sick, so Dolph Ziggler may replace him against Drew McIntyre.
  • The Mixed Match Challenge finals don’t mean anything.
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Vince McMahon to be on RAW TLC Aftermath Show

Late this afternoon, WWE broke the news that Vince McMahon would be making an appearance on Monday Night RAW next week to “shake things up.” In the announcement, WWE directly referenced Baron Corbin’s role current role as Acting General Manager and his upcoming match against Braun Strowman, where he has the opportunity to become permanent RAW GM.

Seeing as this is not a milestone episode, RAW is mostly certainly in for a shakeup when the Chairman arrives. Exactly what will this shakeup entail? While I’m not entirely sure of everything that will go down, I can promise you that by the night’s end, Baron Corbin will not be in any sort of position of authority, if he retains his job at all. Many of you believe that Kurt Angle will regain his role as General Manager, which does make some sense seeing as Angle was presented as Vince’s handpicked GM. However this may not be the case, at least not immediately. Angle may have his own job on the line at Royal Rumble in a match against Corbin.

I am highly excited to see what is in store for RAW after TLC with Vince showing up. But usually, when Vince shows up, the rest of the show is mediocre at best. But we shall see.

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