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WWE TLC 2012 PPV Predictions

By December 11, 2012

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On Sunday night, WWE presents TLC which is also the final pay-per-view event of 2012. However, it is not the only pay-per-view event the company will be holding this weekend. The company will be the pay-per-view distributor of the Rolling Stones concert taking place on Saturday night which is part of the band's 50th anniversary celebration. This is a huge step up for WWE as the last time I remember them doing something like this it was for a Girls Gone Wild event.

As is always the case, you can let me know what you think will be happening on Sunday night by clicking on the "Leave a Comment" link below. I just ask that you help me keep this site non-spoiler and avoid writing about anything that happened at Tuesday's SmackDown taping until that show airs on Friday night.

Pre-show "Santa's Helper" No. 1 Contender's Diva Battle Royal - 2012 was not a good year for the Divas division. Following a year in which Maryse and Michelle McCool left the company, 2012 saw Kelly Kelly, the Bella Twins, and Kharma leave the company. All of these loses have left a giant void in the division. On the bright side, in 2012 Sara Del Ray was hired by NXT as a trainer. Hopefully her work down in Florida will pay off and some of the Divas will step their games up to fill the massive void. However, I have to admit that I'd much rather see her step into the ring instead of being a trainer. Predicted Winner: AJ

Tables Match: Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow - One of the bright spots for the company in 2012 was the rebirth of the tag team division. I have a feeling that we will be seeing a match between Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania XXIX. The best way for that feud to start would be with a high profile loss. I don't think that loss will be happening here though. I picking Sin Cara and Rey to get the win here but lose in their title shot at next month's Royal Rumble event. Predicted Winners: Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio

Intercontinental Championship: Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett
United States Championship: Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth
I've decided to lump both of these matches together for a reason. Since Kofi and R-Truth are tag team partners loved by the fans and Antonio and Wade are both tough-guy Europeans, I think that what happens in one match will impact the other. If the face wins the first match then I'm picking the heel to win the second match and vice versa. Because the US Championship is helping to establish Antonio Cesaro in the company and I think that Wade Barrett is bigger than either of these titles at this point in his career, I'm picking the champions to retain their titles in both matches. Predicted Winners: Kofi Kingston & Antonio Cesaro

TLC Match: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns) vs. Ryback & WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) - I was looking forward to the original match between Punk and Ryback. While I understand that the match had to be changed due to Punk's injury and the company wanted to keep the title on Punk since everything is set up for him to fight The Rock at The Royal Rumble, I can't figure out for the life of me why the company has made such a horrible match for one of their greatest stipulation matches. Even more shocking, the ending of the match won't involve climbing a ladder. I'm also trying to figure out why Randy Orton isn't scheduled to appear during this event. I can only guess that creative is burning out quickly because over the past few months the company has added two-and-a-half more hours of first-run programming for them to do weekly (extra hour of RAW, Main Event, and Saturday Morning Slam). Plus, they also not only have to do this pay-per-view this week, they also had to write up something for the 2-hour Tribute to the Troops show airing next week. Predicted Winners: The Shield

Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Big Show vs. Sheamus
Ladder Match for the World heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Contract: John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
I'm lumping these two matches together for a reason also. As it stands with all of the matches I've previously written about, on paper this is looking to be one of the weakest shows in WWE history. Something needs to be done to make this show memorable and shake things up as we begin the Road to WrestleMania. One thing that has never happened has been a night where four men have all held the same title. Everything is lining up perfectly for this to happen. I think that the title match will be taking place earlier in the show. Sheamus will finally pin his nemesis and regain the title. Big Show will go crazy following the match and hit Sheamus with the WMD. That will lead to Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank Briefcase under the theory that he might as well use it before he has to put it on the line. He will get an easy victory and then try to claim that he doesn't have to fight Cena because he no longer has the Money in the Bank title shot to put on the line. Either Vince McMahon or Teddy Long will rule that the match between Cena and Ziggler will still be taking place, but instead of a briefcase hanging over the ring, the World Heavyweight Championship will be dangling over the ring instead. John Cena will win that match and start off the company's 50th anniversary as World Heavyweight Champion. Predicted Winners: Sheamus then Dolph Ziggler then John Cena

Photo of Mick Jagger & Keith Richards: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Comments

December 13, 2012 at 1:24 am
(1) Trevor says:

you need to write for WWE. Your storylines are much better.

December 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(2) Jay says:

Eric,

LOVE your thoughts on the World Title. I had predicted something similar in the weeks leading up to the PPV, but did not consider that it could all go down in one night. If Cena wins the belt, then that can set up several potential scenarios for Wrestlemania…title vs title against the Rock, perhaps?

December 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(3) Paul says:

really like your predictions its just a shame that WWE writers dont have these great ideas

December 15, 2012 at 8:40 am
(4) Kevin says:

Sources tell me that AJ Lee has been removed, while Cameron & Naomi have been added to the Diva’s battle royal.

December 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm
(5) Doug, says:

Absolutely LOVE your thoughts, ideas, predictions, etc….. If only the WWE un-Creative team would take the time to read your articles, perhaps RAW or WWE in general would be exciting once again.. I truly do enjoy reading your e-mail EVERY week.. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy set of holidays. Take care and once again…… Thank You…!!!!

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