Wednesday, March 29, 2023

WWE TLC 2017: Match Card, Predictions, and Analysis

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Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox

Kickoff Match


The Raw creative team has been doing a much better job booking their women’s division lately. This storyline features two talented women and isn’t centered around the championship because it doesn’t need to be. WWE has more than enough depth to have these layers in every division.

Sasha Banks is going to be doing something at WrestleMania, and we’re at the point in the year where everything is being done with the grandest stage in mind. Banks will get the victory, starting her ascension up the women’s division ladder.

Winner: Sasha Banks


Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander vs. The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher


I’m excited to see what the cruiserweights do with a match on the main card of a pay-per-view. This has the potential to be a fantastic addition to the show, especially if they can get some crowd participation. All four of these dudes can go in the ring and are being given a decent opportunity, so I have high expectations for this bout.

Kendrick and Gallagher are doing excellent work right now and a win on PPV would create some much-needed steam.

Winner: Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher 


“The Demon” Finn Bálor vs. AJ Styles


Due to an illness sweeping the locker room, WWE was forced to call an audible. Instead of Bray Wyatt (as Sister Abigail) facing off with “The Demon” Finn Bálor, we are getting a potential match of the year candidate in AJ Styles versus The Demon.

There is no build, no storyline, just a solid match-up worthy of a spot on a pay-per-view card.

This one is a toss-up, but I think Bálor takes the victory in a hard-fought match.

Winner: Finn Bálor


Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James

Raw Women’s Championship Match


Alexa Bliss has been fantastic for over a year now, and she’s going to continue her reign as Raw Women’s Champion going forward.

However, don’t be surprised to see Asuka dethrone The Goddess of WWE in the very near future.

Winner: Alexa Bliss


Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore

Cruiserweight Championship Match


Honestly, all of my love and passion for WWE’s cruiserweight division vanished the moment Neville walked out the door.

That being said, there are still a ton of talented guys in the purple squad and tonight is going to be pivotal for the future of the division. With two matches on the card, it’s now or never for the 205 Live guys. I expect to see them bring everything they have.

WWE is notorious for flip-flopping championships, and I think they’ll do it again, with Enzo Amore recapturing the WWE Cruiserweight Championship via some sort of shenanigans.

Winner: Enzo Amore 


Asuka vs. Emma


The Empress of Tomorrow has finally arrived.

I’d be surprised to see this match go longer than five minutes. I expect to see Asuka squash Emma rather quickly, cementing herself as a legitimate threat to every woman on the Raw roster going forward.

Winner: Asuka


Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Kurt Angle vs. Braun Strowman, The Miz, Kane, and The Bar

Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match


This match was also affected by whatever illness has hit the WWE Raw locker room. Instead of The Shield reunion the WWE Universe was so anxious to see, Roman Reigns has been replaced by a returning Kurt Angle. Oh, it’s true, it’s damn true.

I have no idea what is going to happen, which is a good thing. WWE is at its best when they are backed into a corner, which is the case for tonight’s show.

With Asuka debuting, AJ Styles and Finn Bálor facing off for the first time, and the return of Kurt Angle, I could not be more excited for tonight’s show.

Winner: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Kurt Angle 


What are your predictions for tonight’s WWE TLC pay-per-view special? Let us know on Twitter, @TheRumbleRamble.

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Evan Cole
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