Highs and Lows: WWE TLC 2014's Best and Worst Moments

WWE Tables, Ladders, Chairs...And Stairs (long enough name for you?) had a chance to top the stellar NXT R Evolution from Thursday night. In the last PPV outing for WWE in 2014, and still missing a World Champion, TLC 2014 was an opportunity for the big stars to burn brighter and for hungry talents to make a mark. But did it happen? Here are the highs and lows from WWE TLC(S) 2014. 

High Point: Dolph Ziggler wins the Intercontinental Championship

TLC 2014 kicked off with a ladder match between reigning Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper and challenger Dolph Ziggler. This was an excellent opener for the show and both men were looking to make a statement. The psychology of the match was excellent and Ziggler benefited from being in the ring with a guy who can go just as hard as he can. 

I cringed, as did everyone else watching, when Harper utilized a suicide dive to the outside of the ring and landed flush on his arm on a prone ladder on the floor. By the conclusion of the match, Ziggler was bleeding from his head and his back was covered with a litany of bruises and welts. Harper was sporting a gash in his head, a deep cut on his arm and an equal amount of lumps. 

All in all, an excellent ladder match with the right guy picking up the win. These guys had a lot to prove and I expected nothing less from them, but, unfortunately, the rest of the show didn’t have the same flair. 

Low Point: Miz and Mizdow Finish Prematurely

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that the Usos were tearing the house down with the Wyatts, the Shield was obliterating everything in sight and Gold and Stardust were freaky-freaking their way into the title picture. So, what happened? I know some folks are less-than-enamored with the whole Damien Mizdow stunt-double thing but I’ve enjoyed it so far. I think it’s funny as hell when Mizdow stands outside the ring copying every hit and miss The Miz makes. I’m also a fan of the Usos, and I firmly believe they’re the most consistently good tag team in the entire WWE.

So, there’s absolutely no excuse for what happened at TLC. It was a thrown-together 8 minute tag team match that made little sense and ended with a DQ when The Miz hit one of the Usos with a Slammy award. It was a sloppy match with a lame ending that completely sapped the energy from the live crowd that had just witnessed an extremely good ladder match. 

Low Point: Big Show vs Erick Rowan in a Steel Stairs match

 

Why? Why did this have to be a thing? A steel stairs match? That’s like putting two guys in an “exposed turnbuckle” match. This was an awful match between two guys who could have done a thousand times better with a less restrictive stipulation. I’m of the same mind with Chair matches. These kinds of matches are only made to play off the gimmicky name of the PPV. In this case, they even re-worded the name and made it even longer by adding the “...and Stairs” crap to it, all just for this one match!

And what did we get? We got an extremely awkward and poorly placed showcase of two very large men going to extreme lengths to find creative ways to throw heavy metal stairs at each other. Seriously, this kind of crap is what gives pro wrestling a bad name

Low Point: Ryback bludgeons Kane in a Chairs match

Same issues I had with the Stairs match. Why does this need to be its own match? Where was the psychology? This was by far the most stoic emotionless match of the night. Both men simply arrived, beat each other with steel chairs, and left. Ryback just happened to be the guy who got the pinfall. 

 

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Mr. Quinn Gammon is a writer of varying interests, most of which are nerdy. He enjoys comics, movies about comics, TV shows about comics, pro wrestling, shows about pro wrestling, games about pro wrestling, video games in general, Neapolitan ice cream and movies about Neapolitan ice cream (because they DO exist) and is currently plotting to take over the world using a combination of the Thu'um, forbidden Jutsu, and the White Tigerzord from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
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