Well, we’ve reached the end of the line: the final WWE
PPV of 2018. And despite December PPVs often being throwaway shows, this one
could actually be an important one for WWE.
With Raw ratings plummeting to new record lows
almost every week, some major outcomes could shake things up – as well as a
Monday visit from Mr. McMahon.
But first, we have Tables, Ladders and Chairs in
front of us.
While this is the 10th installment of this PPV,
those with a decent sense of history know that TLC matches go back several
years further than the PPV does. The first several tables, ladders & chairs
matches defined several wrestlers’ careers and raised the bar in terms of performance,
risk-taking and overall workmanship.
The TLC match itself has become one of WWE’s
signature gimmick matches, right up there with Royal Rumble, Survivor Series,
Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber and Money in the Bank. However, unlike many
of these other specialty matches, TLC matches are not limited to PPV, even with
a specific event named after and dedicated to the gimmick. We saw this just
this past Monday on Raw.
So as TLC 2018 rapidly approaches, let’s look back
at the previous events and earlier TLC matches and break them down. Some of the
stats might surprise even longtime WWE fans.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.