Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Date: December 5, 2014
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, and JBL
The show opens up with a shot of Santino Marella in a suit. Santino greets the WWE Universe. Santino says he has been put in charge of running Smackdown tonight. Tonight, he’s in charge, so hold on to your cobras.
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps what happened on Monday Night RAW. The Anonymous RAW General Manager booked John Cena to take on Seth Rollins in a Tables Match at WWE TLC. If Cena loses, he’ll no longer be the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The remnants of The Authority then laid out Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper (c)
Replays are shown of Dolph Ziggler defeating Luke Harper via count-out last week on Smackdown in an Intercontinental Championship match. Ziggler then laid him out with a Zig-Zag.
The bell rings, and Harper quickly powers him to the corner before punching and chopping him down. Harper puts him in the opposite corner, pulls his hair, and Ziggler kicks out of it. Harper quickly powers him back to the corner and applies a side headlock. Ziggler whips him off, but Harper takes him down with a shoulder block. Harper hits the ropes and catches Ziggler trying a leapfrog, but Ziggler counters out with a roll up for a two count. Harper swats away a dropkick attempt and kicks him before standing on his head. Harper punches him down before chopping him in the corner. Harper goes for a suplex, but Ziggler stomps the foot and hits a neckbreaker for a one count. Ziggler quickly pops up, kicks him, and drops an elbow for a one count. Ziggler goes for a big DDT, but Harper shoves him off and runs him over with a back elbow. Harper hits an uppercut and signals for the end. Harper grabs him by the hair on the apron, but Ziggler snaps him off the top rope. Harper quickly comes back with a big boot that knocks him to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock. Ziggler soon fights up to his feet and hits a jawbreaker to get out. Ziggler sidesteps a shoulder thrust in the corner, and both men are now down.
Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick for a two count. Harper stumbles to the corner, and Ziggler catches him with a splash. Harper gets out of a neckbreaker and goes for a big boot, but Ziggler slides under it and hits a big DDT for a near fall. Harper sidesteps a famouser and pushes a superkick away before hitting a superkick of his own for a near fall. Harper waits for Ziggler to get up, and he connects with a running elbow. Ziggler ducks a short-arm clothesline and hits the famouser for a near fall. Ziggler goes to the top rope and connects with a cross-body block for another near fall. Harper chops the throat and goes for a sit-out powerbomb, but Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler then connects with a superkick for a near fall. Ziggler picks him up, but Harper kicks him in the groin for the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: * 1/2
Ziggler is writhing in pain on the mat while Harper stares at him. Harper then goes under the ring and takes out a ladder. Harper slides it into the ring and sets it up on its side. Harper sets up for a sit-out powerbomb on the edge of the ladder, but Ziggler counters into a face-buster! Harper falls out of the ring and gets to his feet. Harper stumbles around ringside before Ziggler takes him out by throwing the ladder out of the ring and into his head!
Santino Marella’s music hits, and the General Manager for the evening makes his way to the stage. Santino says Smackdown is off to a rousing start. These two with their fascination of ladders has given him an “ah-ha” moment. They will face each other in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at TLC!
Seth Rollins, Big Show, Kane, and J&J Security are seen walking backstage. They’ll be out, next.
Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane address their WWE TLC matches
Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show, and J&J Security are in the ring. The crowd boos them as Rollins says it is almost that time of year again. A “You sold out” chant breaks out. Rollins laughs it off before saying he’s not talking about the wretched, awful, terrible holiday Christmas. Rollins hates Christmas. Rollins says he’s talking about WWE’s version of a demolition derby, the annual PPV TLC. Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, but this year, its Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Stairs. Big Show smirks.
At TLC, he will be competing in a Tables Match against the beloved superhero, John Cena with the provision of the match being that if Cena loses, which he will, he will lose his status as number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That excites him to no end that he can be the one to take away every single thing that John Cena has been working for. The best part is he doesn’t have to make Cena tap out, even though he could. He doesn’t have to pin Cena’s shoulders to the mat like he did at Survivor Series. All he has to do is what he did to John Cena this past Monday night. All he has to do is put Cena through a table. Just like that, everything he has worked for is up in smoke. It won’t just be Cena and the table that are broken, it’ll be his spirit. When he comes to, he’ll realize that he is the one and the future and everything Cena worked for is gone. Rollins says it’s like a demolition derby with the key word being demolish. At TLC, he’ll have tables in the ring, around the ring, and up and down the aisle. Cena will fall to him and not only lose his status as number one contender; he’ll also get some splinters in his butt along the way. Rollins laughs evilly.
Big Show says that is funny. The crowd boos him and chants, “You sold out.” Big Show says he’s been in the WWE for a long time. He’s had thousands of matches: chair matches, table matches, ladder matches, hardcore matches, and lumberjack matches. This is his first Steel Stairs Match. What does that mean? That means he can, as a giant, can swing those chairs into his opponent, Erick Rowan. Big Show then goes outside the ring, grabs the top half of the steel stairs and slams them on the lower half and the ring post a bunch of times. Big Show gets back in the ring, and he warns the crowd to not kid themselves. That’s a giant swinging those stairs. He doesn’t care is Rowan is a genius or can play classical guitarist. None of that prepares him for what he’ll do to him at TLC. There will be Steel Stairs, but Rowan won’t be climbing them. He’ll be eating them.
Kane says, “Speaking of eating, that would bring us to Ryback, whose favorite expression is ‘Feed me more.'” Kane says when he faces Ryback in a Chairs match, the only thing he’ll be fed is chair after chair after chair after chair.
Santino Marella’s music hits, and the General Manager for the evening comes out to the stage. Santino tells them to take it easy. The WWE Universe comes first when he runs Smackdown, which he’s doing tonight. In tonight’s main event, it will be Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins and his friend Big Show versus Ryback and his partner, Erick Rowan.
A replay is shown of The Miz talking to Naomi about her twerking before giving her the card of a Hollywood producer. Later on RAW, Jimmy Uso slapped the taste out of The Miz’ mouth before warning him to stay away from his wife. On Main Event, The Miz apologized to Jimmy Uso for taking his goodwill gesture the wrong way. Miz thinks she’s extremely talented. Miz wonders if Jimmy is jealous that Miz can help his wife’s career more than he can. They then brawled.
Jey Uso will fight in his brother’s honor against The Miz later tonight. The New Day will be in action, next.
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd w/ Natalya vs. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston w/ Big E
Xavier Woods will start the match against Cesaro. They lock up, and Cesaro quickly wrenches the arm. Woods twists out and applies a front face lock. Kofi Kingston tags in and hits a sunset flip for a one count. Woods tags back in. Kingston sends Cesaro into the ropes, and Woods takes him out with a flying clothesline for a one count. Cesaro powers him to the corner, and Tyson Kidd tags in. Cesaro uppercuts Woods down, and Kidd bounces him off the turnbuckle. Cesaro tags in, and he stomps away at Woods. Cesaro pulls him to the center of the ring and picks up a two count. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Woods fights up. Woods fights Cesaro and Kidd off before tagging in Kingston.
Kingston hits Kidd with a springboard chop before hitting some chops and a dropkick. Kingston then hits the Boom Drop before signaling for the end. Kidd ducks Trouble in Paradise and goes for a clothesline, but Kingston counters with the SOS. Cesaro breaks up the pin. Woods quickly kicks Cesaro, and Kingston throws him out of the ring. Kingston flips through a back suplex from Kidd. Woods tags in, and they hit a double-team backbreaker/flying elbow drop for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day
Match Rating: *
Gold and Stardust appear on the TitanTron. Stardust says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Stardust asks where the bright side is that The New Day speaks of. They’ve been searching and can only see a never-ending abyss of darkness. Goldust says they’ve been awakened. Their positive message means nothing to them. Here’s a message for them: Darkness falls on The New Day.
Xavier Woods starts off with some insults, but he calms down. What they don’t understand or comprehend is that darkness will not prevail. When they’re together, no force in the cosmos can hold them back. Kofi Kingston says that’s what The New Day is all about. They’re about unity, strength, intelligence, camaraderie, and trust. If they have a problem with that, they’ll take the latex wearing cosmos cowboys back to wherever they came from. Big E says (like a Southern preacher) the power that flows through their veins will be felt. They then dance in the ring.
Ryback and Erick Rowan will face Seth Rollins and Big Show in tonight’s main event.
Naomi smells flowers backstage. Jimmy Uso walks up, and she kisses him. She thanks him for the flowers. Jimmy says he didn’t get them. Jimmy looks at the card, and it’s an apology from The Miz. Jimmy then takes the vase and slams it on the floor. Jimmy walks off, as Naomi looks exasperated.
The commentators talk about the attack on Zeb Colter on RAW. Colter sustained a severe leg injury and is out indefinitely. A replay is shown of Jack Swagger responding to Rusev’s attack on Colter on WWE Main Event. Swagger says everything he does will be to take that United States Championship off his waist.
Rusev will face Dean Ambrose, next.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone. Ambrose wants to let the crowd in on a little secret: he really enjoyed himself this past Monday night. He really took great, sick pleasure in destroying Bray Wyatt‘s stupid rocking chair. He can tell by the tears in Wyatt’s eyes that the chair held a special place in his heart. Maybe Sister Abigail herself used to rock back and forth in it. Maybe grandma sat in the chair on the porch spitting in her spittoon. Maybe he got it from the local Cracker Barrel.
What he does know is that chair was a symbol to Wyatt. Now it’s a symbol to him because it symbolizes what he’ll do to him at TLC. Wyatt thought he was going to pick him apart piece by piece, but that hasn’t worked out. Just like he did to that chair, he’ll pick Wyatt apart piece by piece and destroy him. He’ll do that with tables, ladders, and chairs. Ambrose says, “The mind games are over!”
Rusev’s music hits and he comes out to the stage with Lana. They stay at the top of the stage. Lana says tonight is Ambrose’s lucky night because his destruction has been delayed. Rusev will not be competing tonight. Lana says we can thank the cowardly American Jack Swagger for that. A replay is shown of Swagger attacking Rusev on RAW. Lana says they will no longer be subject to American intimidation. The entire country is full of cowards. Americans are opportunists. Lana says America is weak and their mere existence is just a disgrace in the world. Rusev says, “Jack Swagger, I will snap every bone in your body, just like I did to the old man Zeb Colter. This United States Championship belongs to me, I Rusev. It belongs to Mother Russia.”
Ambrose apologizes for tuning them out a long time ago. He tuned them out after Lana said Rusev wouldn’t be competing. Ambrose tells Lana to stop shooting him flirtatious looks because he’s here to fight. He’ll fight Rusev right now, injury or not.
Ambrose leaves the ring and starts walking toward them when Bray Wyatt attacks him from behind! Wyatt throws him into the barricade and grabs a steel chair. Ambrose quickly attacks him, but Wyatt clubs him down and sends him into the metal of the ring apron. Wyatt then smacks the chair off his back. Wyatt then puts the edge of the chair on Ambrose’s throat and slams him down on the steel steps! Ambrose clutches at his throat and struggles to breathe as Wyatt looks on, smiling.
Doctors and referees run down to check on Ambrose. Wyatt kicks him before being backed up by the referees. Wyatt then walks off to the back, as Ambrose is loaded onto a stretcher. Replays are shown of Wyatt’s attack on Ambrose. Ambrose is then wheel off to the back on the stretcher.
The Miz and Damien Mizdow make their way to the ring. The crowd boos Miz, and he thanks them. Miz wants to know what is the matter with Jimmy. Is it insecurity or jealousy? Miz doesn’t know. He’s trying to help his wife with an agent. This is an agent from the same agency that made Kate Upton. Miz says the agent loves Naomi. He loves her looks and voluptuous body. The agent thinks Naomi is a star and is hot.
The Usos make their way to the ring, and the referee holds Jimmy back from attacking Miz. Jimmy is really fired up.
The Miz w/ Damien Mizdow vs. Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso
The bell rings, and The Miz takes his sunglasses off. Miz taunts Jimmy at ringside. Jey tells Jimmy to relax. They circle the ring, and Miz pretends to kick dirt on Jimmy. Jimmy gets in the ring, and Jey restrains him. The referee then ejects Jimmy from ringside.
The Miz tries to get a cheap shot in on Jey, but Jey blocks it and punches him. Miz quickly reverses a whip and knees him in the midsection. Miz hits a running kick to the head before talking some trash. Miz elbows him in the shoulder a few times before applying a chin lock. Mizdow is mimicking everything at ringside. Jey fights up and applies a side headlock of his own. Miz sends him to the corner, but Jey slingshots over him and hits a Samoan Drop. Jey goes for a running hip bump, but Miz moves. Jey brings him into the ring the hard way, and Mizdow mimics that. That distracts Jey, allowing Miz to hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Ryback and Erick Rowan will face Big Show and Seth Rollins in the main event.
AJ Lee will be on commentary for the next match.
Naomi vs. Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella
They lock up, and Brie wrenches the arm. Naomi applies a side headlock, but Brie whips her off. Naomi takes her out with a flipping clothesline. Brie quickly boots her in the face and hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Brie sends her into the ropes and knees her in the midsection. Brie hits a running knee to the face and kicks her before picking up a two count. Brie applies a chin lock, but Naomi fights up. Naomi hits the ropes, and Brie clotheslines her down. Nikki is taunting AJ with the title at ringside. Brie applies a chin lock, but Naomi fights up again. Naomi hits a snapmare and a pair of dropkicks. Naomi kips up and goes for a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Brie falls down. Naomi hits a baseball slide on both Bella Twins and goes to the top rope. AJ pulls Nikki off the apron. Naomi jumps over Brie and rolls her up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Naomi
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Ryback and Erick Rowan will face Seth Rollins and Big Show in the main event.
Santino Marella says when you’re a man in power, everyone wants something to you. If anyone can relate to the pressure on his shoulders, it’s this person. The camera zooms out, and The Bunny is standing there. Santino says when you have power, your grandmother will not hesitate to call at 3 AM to ask you to change the clock on the microwave. The Bunny pats Santino on the back.
Seth Rollins is taping up when Big Show walks in. Rollins says he wants to make sure they’re on the same page and working as one. Kane walks in and says they have to stick together. They’re the last remnants of The Authority. They’re all that’s left. Big Show says they’re three of the most selfish individuals in WWE history. They don’t care about anything but themselves. Before they worry about Table Matches, Chair Matches, and Stair Matches, tonight they’ll focus on Ryback and Erick Rowan. That’s all they need to be on the same page about.
Ryback’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. The main event is next.
Ryback and Erick Rowan vs. Seth Rollins and Big Show
J&J Security is at ringside for Seth Rollins. Rollins will start the match against Rowan. They lock up, and Rowan backs him to the corner and clubs him. Rowan pushes him and rakes the face. Rowan then throws him across the ring. Rowan applies a side headlock and drives him headfirst into the turnbuckle. Rollins slides through his legs and scurries to his corner. They lock up again, and Ryback tags in. Ryback punches Rollins and puts him in the corner for a shoulder thrust and a chop. Ryback puts him in the corner and sends him to the opposite corner, but Rollins slingshots over him. Rollins punches and chops him before elbowing him in the corner a few times. Ryback powers out and drives him into the opposite corner. Ryback hits some shoulder thrusts and punches him some more. Ryback hits the ropes, and Rollins lays him out with a dropkick.
We come back from the break to see Big Show kick Ryback down. Big Show head-butts him a few times before elbowing him in the head. Big Show punches him in the midsection before pushing him into the ropes. Ryback kicks him, but Big Show simply punches him to the corner. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, but Ryback gets out and tags in Rowan.
Rowan punches away at Big Show before hitting a clothesline. Big Show only stumbles. Rowan tries again for the same result. Finally, Rowan ducks a clothesline and hits one that finally takes Big Show down. Big Show gets out of the ring to recover. J&J Security distracts Rowan, and Big Show clotheslines him on the floor. Big Show throws him into the ring and kicks him in the ribs. Rollins tags in, and he kicks away at Rowan in the corner. Rollins hits a running forearm to the face before kneeing him in the face. Rollins chokes him on the ropes, as Kane smiles at ringside. Rowan begins to fight back, but Rollins punches him down. Big Show tags back in, and he kicks Rowan in the midsection. Big Show hits a snapmare and kicks him in the chest. Big Show talks some trash before hitting a DDT for a near fall. Big Show steps on Rowan’s head before lifting him by the beard. Big Show hits a big body slam before going for an elbow drop, but Rowan moves out of the way.
Ryback and Rollins are tagged in. Ryback hits a running forearm before ducking a clothesline and hitting a back body drop. Ryback then goes for a military press slam, but Rollins slides out. Rollins tries to roll him up, but Ryback hangs on to the ropes. Rollins then ducks a clothesline and goes for a running cross-body, but Ryback catches him. Ryback goes for a swinging sidewalk slam, but Rollins counters into a crucifix pin for a near fall! Rollins then catches him with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle. Rollins goes for a diving shin to the head, but Ryback moves. Ryback then catches him with a military press powerslam for a near fall. Ryback goes for Shell Shocked, but J&J Security distracts him. Ryback knocks them off the apron. Rollins then rolls Ryback up for a near fall. Rollins quickly comes back with a kick to the jaw for another near fall.
Rollins goes for a Curb Stomp, but Ryback moves and hits a spinebuster. Ryback sets up for a meat hook clothesline, but Kane gets on the apron. Ryback knocks Kane off the apron, and Rollins takes him out with an enziguri. The referee ejects Kane from ringside. Big Show is tagged in, but the referee never saw the tag. Rowan then knocks Big Show out of the ring. Rollins argues with the referee before turning into a meat hook clothesline. Ryback then connects with Shell Shocked for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Ryback and Erick Rowan
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Ryback and Erick Rowan celebrate in the ring as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper via DQ (WWE Intercontinental Title)
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston def. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
The Miz def. Jey Uso
Naomi def. Brie Bella
Ryback and Erick Rowan def. Seth Rollins and Big Show