That's not an observation intended to spoil any excitement or anticipation for the card. Quite the opposite in fact. December's supershow looks to have every chance of continuing WWE's pay-per-view hot streak following some superb events since SummerSlam, but the biggest obstacle it faces in achieving such success is sheer bloat. There are too many matches on this show.
A 12-contest B-show - even if a few clashes are demoted to the pre-show - is simply too much wrestling for any crowd to remain hyped throughout for. There are clashes on this card that honestly wouldn't look out of place on a WrestleMania, but there's little demand for a December event to go as long as the 'Show Of Shows'.
WWE threaten to undermine the best potential moments of Tables, Ladders and Chairs by force-feeding fans the worst. Pacing and match placement are everything to show with this range of possibilities. Get it right, and it's an Evolution-level blockbuster. Make a misstep, and audiences will be heading for the exits like the blunderous Backlash.
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