If you were to give TLC a pre-PPV grade based solely on TV
build to Sunday, you’d have to flunk it. Going into Sunday, you couldn’t be
blamed if your expectations were low.
So naturally, TLC actually delivered some really good
matches and moments, with three of the last four matches turning out really
well. AJ Styles versus Daniel Bryan and the two women’s title matches made for
an enjoyable final hour-plus of the show.
Unfortunately, there was an entire three hours before that
point that was more miss than hit. We got matches with stipulations riveted
onto them, slow, plodding affairs that just didn’t work. Worse, we saw the
writers trying to pump up the drama for a couple feuds, and then witnessed the
blow-off matches falling far short of the reaction and quality you would
Overall, TLC was more than watchable if you skipped the kickoff
show and nixed 3-4 of the main show’s matches. Otherwise, it was a bit of a
Still, there were some nice moments scattered throughout,
which we’ll detail in the following items. TLC closed out 2018 not on a
super-high note, but it did set the table for some interesting feuds and
matches in 2019.
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.