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WWE TLC 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE TLC 2019, out of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about TLC by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Humberto Carrillo vs. Andrade

This was a last-minute addition to WWE TLC 2019, but that didn’t take away from the action in the slightest, as Humberto and Andrade pulled out all of the stops for their pre-show showdown.

Determined to prove Humberto’s victory on Raw was simply a fluke, Andrade charged his opponent the moment the match began, wearing Carrillo down until Humberto eventually threw him to the floor, giving himself some breathing room.

Andrade responded by launching Humberto from the top rope to the floor, using this heavy-hitting maneuver as a starting point for beating Carrillo down once again, blocking any attempt at a comeback.

With a dive to the floor onto Andrade, Humberto found an opening but was hit with a double stomp from Andrade before he could gain much momentum.

Andrade threw everything in his arsenal at Humberto, nearly repeating his mistake from Monday where he ran into Zelina, but he was able to stop himself. And after Humberto Carrillo weathered the storm, he came back with his own, firing off an intense string of offense and winning the match with an avalanche poison rana/moonsault combo.

Winner: Humberto Carrillo

The New Day vs. The Revival

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Ladder Match

The first match of the main card featured The New Day defending their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The Revival in a ladder match.

Following the opening chaos, Kofi Kingston flung himself onto Dash and Dawson in a crossbody, crushing them into a ladder. And the match was all New Day from there until unfortunately, Big E fell from a ladder onto the mat and twisted his knee, opening the door for Dash and Dawson to take control.

Kofi Kingston came back into the match ready for battle, smashing into The Revival with a ladder before taking Dash out with his Trouble in Paradise. Dash and Dawson caught him with a Shatter Machine off a ladder, but Big E lept back into the action before they were able to ascend.

After laying out both Dawson and Dash, Big E set up a few ladders in the ring and it wasn’t long until we found out why. Big E slung Dawson into the bridged ladder, but Dawson refused to stay down. Dawson suplexed Big E onto a suspended ladder before Dash splashed onto him, breaking the ladder and sending both men to the mat.

Dash and Dawson began to climb but were thwarted by Kofi Kingston. Big E hit Wilder with a Big Ending off the ladder, leaving Kofi to use the titles as a weapon against Dawson before taking them for his team and winning the match.

Winner: The New Day

Buddy Murphy vs. Aleister Black

This was easily the match I was most excited to see, and Black and Murphy delivered from the second the entrances began, as Buddy Murphy came to the ring first, seating himself cross-legged in the middle, sending a message to his opponent.

Aleister calmly sat down across from Buddy, but when the bell rang, Black unleashed on The Best Kept Secret, wearing him down until Murphy caught him on the apron, sending him into the ring post before throwing him into the steel steps.

After a particularly nasty knee strike, Aleister Black came up bloody, his face swelling rapidly, but the Anti-Hero was far from finished. Buddy Murphy thought he had gained the upper hand by throwing Black into the announce table, but Aleister recovered quickly, brawling back into the ring.

A strike exchange ended with a moonsault from Aleister, who followed up with an absolutely disgusting knee strike for a near fall. A powerbomb and a brainbuster from Murphy gained a near fall each, but neither was enough to put Black away.

Buddy Murphy held on as long as he could, but a Black Mass from Aleister spelled the end for the challenger.

Winner: Aleister Black

The Viking Raiders vs. The OC

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

After defeating The Street Profits in their previous open challenge on Raw, The Viking Raiders were again in search of new competition, this time receiving Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (along with their Best in the World trophy).

Gallows and Anderson were, perhaps, slightly too confident going into this match, which allowed The Viking Raiders to hold dominion until a referee distraction allowed a cheap shot that gave them the upper hand.

Erik took a great deal of abuse, but withstood the attack and tagged Ivar into the match, who took out both members of The OC, overcoming everything they could throw at him.

The two teams brawled to the floor, where they became so enthralled in the action that they didn’t realize the referee was nearing the end of his 10 count. The bell rang with all four men at ringside, ending the match in a double count-out, but they weren’t done fighting.

Throughout the entire match, the commentators were discussing a KFC table set up at ringside, where a few “fans” were given the opportunity to sit while eating dinner. So, of course, Karl Anderson had to go through it.

Winner: Double Count-Out (Viking Raiders Retain)

Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin

TLC Match

As expected, Baron Corbin did his best to keep The Big Dog at bay with a large group of security guards, but at this point, Roman Reigns had grown tired of Baron’s games, throwing the guards left and right on his way toward the King. Corbin tried to head him off, but Roman overpowered him, firing off a barrage of strikes all around the arena as Corbin attempted to escape.

Back in the ring, Corbin leveled Roman with a Deep Six and a clothesline, but it wasn’t enough to keep Reigns down. When he realized that he wouldn’t be able to defeat Roman with his own two hands, he brought ladders and chairs into the mix, but still couldn’t finish Reigns.

After recovering from a chokeslam backbreaker, Reigns brought a table into the ring, preparing for a little bit of payback, but Corbin saw what was coming and rolled out to avoid it.

Reigns followed, but before he could get Corbin where he wanted him, The King smashed a can of dog food on his head and chokeslammed him through his own table.

When this still wasn’t enough, Baron cleared off every announce table at ringside, determined to do whatever it took to put Roman through one of them. But Roman was faster, flattening Corbin on an announce table with a Samoan Drop. From here, Roman began to gain momentum, but just as it looked like it might be the end for Corbin, Dolph Ziggler appeared from beneath the ring.

Ziggler superkicked Reigns, smirking as he and Corbin brought out more dog food and the handcuffs they used against Reigns on SmackDown. They had taken their eyes off Reigns for a moment too long, however, and Roman took them out before beating down their security team with a kendo stick.

Roman Reigns had successfully overcome both Baron and Ziggler, but The Revival joined in to turn the tides. The Big Dog actually took them out too, but the distraction gave Corbin and Ziggler enough time to recover, and Ziggler clobbered him with a steel chair.

And after a ZigZag, a Shatter Machine, and an End of Days onto a steel chair, King Corbin (with plenty of help) won the match.

Winner: King Corbin

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The Miz vs. Bray Wyatt

I would first like to point out that Fun House Bray Wyatt’s entrance was exactly how I said it would be on the podcast previewing TLC. And fit perfectly with Bray’s delusional Mr. Rogers persona.

But The Miz was having none of his playful demeanor, knowing that under that cheerful facade was a man who threatened his family. And so he attacked Wyatt as the opening bell was ringing. Bray maintained his smile throughout the beatdown, creating an unsettling scene to watch.

Wyatt allowed Miz to pummel him, with only flashes of his sinister alter ego making themselves known throughout the match. Bray eventually hit a Sister Abigail but chose to ask Miz to put their fighting to rest instead of taking the win. Miz declined, however, so with a second Sister Abigail, Bray Wyatt was victorious.

Post-match, Bray was on his way out of the ring when The Fiend appeared on the big screen. Wyatt stared, enamored, for a moment before happily saying, “okay, I’ll do it” and pulling The Fiend’s mallet from beneath the ring. The lights began to flicker as Bray excitedly screamed “he’s here” in the ring, but instead of The Fiend, Daniel Bryan appeared, having apparently escaped from the upside-down

After beating Wyatt down, Daniel Bryan removed his hood to reveal a new (relatively) fresh-faced appearance. The crowd exploded as he threw a few more strikes Bray’s way to get his point across.

Daniel Bryan grabbed the mallet, but as he lifted it to strike, the lights went out again, and Bray was gone when they had come back on. So Daniel threw the mallet down and led the raucous crowd in Yes Chants instead.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Bobby Lashley vs. Rusev

Tables Match

Knowing the opportunity to end his feud with Bobby Lashley once and for all laid before him, Rusev wasted no time in raining down an avalanche of offense on The All-Mighty. Bobby Lashley was caught off guard at first but pulled himself together in time to fight back before the match slipped out of his grasp completely.

After bringing a table into the ring, Lashley let loose a series of strikes on the midsection of Rusev, doing his best to send the Brute crashing through the table, but Rusev persevered.

Rusev was gaining momentum outside of the ring, but Bobby Lashley came back with a powerbomb onto the guardrail before battering Rusev with a kendo stick. When Rusev responded with some shots of his own, Lana intervened, leaping onto his back, allowing Bobby to spear him through a table before suplexing him through a second and winning the match.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

The Kabuki Warriors vs. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch

Women’s Tag Team Championship TLC Match

In an effort to bring down their common enemy, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch put their differences aside to take on Asuka and Kairi Sane, The Kabuki Warriors.

And Charlotte and Becky proved they were out for blood, brutally attacking both Asuka and Kairi with everything from their fists, to tables, to the announcers’ monitors. Every attempt Asuka or Kairi made to turn the tides was blocked until finally, The Kabuki Warriors caught Becky in the face with steel chairs.

In an effort to keep their grip on the upper hand, Asuka and Kairi trapped Charlotte in an announcer’s chair with a kendo stick before throwing a series of strikes and knocking her down.

They then moved on to Becky, who they tied to a ladder on the floor. Seeing their opportunity to take the gold before them, Asuka and Kairi ascended the ladder, but Charlotte broke free of her prison in time to stop them, hitting them with the same kendo stick they had used against her.

After taking out Charlotte, Kairi turned her attention toward Becky, leaping in an Insane Elbow attempt, but Becky got her knees up, breaking free of the ropes that tied her down shortly afterward.

From there, Becky and Charlotte took control a second time, mercilessly attacking the Warriors and even putting Asuka through a table. When they tried to do the same to Kairi, however, they were stopped with a DDT, followed by a successful Insane Elbow onto Becky Lynch.

Charlotte snatched Kairi up, powerbombing her through a table, and at some point, Kairi was forced to leave the match, as she has simply suffered too much abuse. Asuka avenged her fallen partner by powerbombing Charlotte through a table, leaving Becky to climb the ladder alone, but Asuka pulled the ladder down via a rope tied to the side.

With both opponents incapacitated, Asuka climbed the ladder with no disruption, claiming the titles hung above the ring and retaining.

Post-match, a brawl that had been mentioned periodically throughout the action burst into the arena, with Roman Reigns focusing his attention on Baron Corbin, spearing him into the other men to close the show.

Winner: The Kabuki Warriors

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