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WWE TLC 2018: Match Card, Predictions, and Analysis

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WWE TLC 2018 is coming to you live out of the SAP Center in San Jose, California, this Sunday, December 16th, on the WWE Network. We’ve got the WWE TLC match card, as well as our predictions and overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you think is going to happen during TLC by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Fabulous Truth (R-Truth and Carmella) vs. Mahalicia (Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox)

Mixed Match Challenge Finals

The Mixed Match challenge is pure silliness, so it only makes sense for the silliest duo of all to win it all – and have an epic dance break to celebrate. Not to mention, can you imagine the hilarity that will ensue with the vacation clips from R-Truth and Carmella?

Winner: R-Truth and Carmella

The Bar (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match

The Usos are on top of the tag division right now, despite The Bar being the actual champions. As neither The Usos nor The New Day really need the titles to solidify them as top teams, we think The Bar will retain, giving another team the chance to bring them down.

Winner: The Bar

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Cedric Alexander

Cruiserweight Championship Match

The cruiserweight match will be on the main card. There. Maybe we can will it into reality. Buddy Murphy and Cedric Alexander are about to tear the house down and deserve to do it in front of a full house. Alexander will come close, but Murphy will be the one to walk away with the title.

Winner: Buddy Murphy

Natalya vs. Ruby Riott

Tables Match

Ruby Riott has made it her personal mission to destroy Natalya, both mentally and physically. This week on Raw, she presented Natalya with a table decorated with a massive picture of her late father. And as we all know, it’s an unspoken rule that if you set the table up, you have to go through it, meaning Natalya will finally defeat her tormentor.

Winner: Natalya

Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin

Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match

The future permanent general manager, Baron Corbin, is about to watch his dreams come crashing down around him. Stephanie McMahon proclaimed that he could only become GM if he beats Braun Strowman in this TLC match, which we are fairly certain he will not be doing.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Finn Bálor vs. Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre has been on a full on rampage as of late, destroying any relationship he had in blind pursuit of proving that he is the very best, like no one ever was. Finn Bálor is caught in his path and will be the next superstar he knocks down on his way to the top.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Elias vs. Bobby Lashley

Ladder Match

The rivalry between Elias and Bobby Lashley has been nothing short of bizarre. Where else but professional wrestling can you watch a guy brag about the size of his butt and then get hit over the head with a guitar? This should be fun to watch, with plenty of interference from Lashley’s outspoken manager, Lio Rush.

Winner: Elias

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nia Jax

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Nia Jax certainly talks a big game, but we don’t think she’ll quite be able to put her money where her mouth is, come Sunday night. Rousey has to hold onto that title to face Becky Lynch at ‘Mania, after all.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

The first match in what is sure to be a lengthy blood feud, you can bet this will be brutal. These two probably won’t actually kill each other just yet (but who knows), but Dean Ambrose will be taking his former Shield brother’s precious Intercontinental Championship, twisting the knife deeper into Rollins’ back.  

Winner: Dean Ambrose

Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton

Chairs Match

For us, this was the most difficult match to predict on the card. It really could go either way, especially considering both men have taken their fair share of beatings throughout the feud. That being said, we’re going with The Viper on this one simply because the fan favorite can’t win every time? 

Winner: Randy Orton

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles

WWE Championship Match

The New Daniel Bryan isn’t finished with his reign over SmackDown Live just yet. This will undoubtedly be a hard-hitting match, and poor AJ Styles will likely take more abuse below the belt, as Bryan has already said that he is willing to do anything to hold onto his title.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship TLC Match

This match was already going to be great, and the addition of The Empress only made it that much more exciting. As much as we love Becky, it’s time Asuka became SmackDown Women’s Champion; plus, that opens The Man up for a Royal Rumble entry and a WrestleMania match against Ronda Rousey.

Winner: Asuka

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