The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the TLC event set to take place on Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. This is the company’s annual showcase playing off the popular Tables, Ladders, and Chairs gimmick match that took the pro wrestling world by storm in the early 2000s.
We’re just one week out from showtime and the card looks like this:
- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nia Jax (Raw women’s championship)
Jax won a battle royal at Evolution, earning a title shot in the process. This is where she gets it.
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka (SmackDown women’s championship)
This was going to be a singles match until the women of SmackDown Live campaigned and were booked in a battle royal, with the winner earning entry. Asuka won by last eliminating Sonya Deville. This will also be a TLC match.
- Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental championship)
Ambrose turned on Rollins the same night Roman Reigns announced he was leaving to fight cancer. They lost the Raw tag team titles shortly after and are now embroiled in a blood feud. Ambrose is scared of getting sick.
- Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles (WWE championship)
Bryan won the title by turning heel and kicking Styles in the nuts. This is the rematch. The story here is that Bryan has changed and Styles has becoming a supporting character in it.
- The Bar (c) vs. The Usos vs. The New Day (SmackDown tag team championship)
Both The Usos and The New Day have scored non-title wins over The Bar in recent weeks, so they both get a shot at the titles here.
- Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin (TLC match)
There are a lot of stipulations at play here, and that’s assuming the match happens at all considering Strowman just had elbow surgery. If Corbin wins, he’ll be Raw General Manager on a full time basis. If he loses, he’s back to being just a regular wrestler. If Strowman wins, he’ll get a Universal title shot against Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble. Strowman is talking like he’ll be there, and all indications point to that being the case.
- Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
This was announced just last week, and continues a program they’ve been working on television.
- Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
This was also announced just last week, and also continues a program they’ve been working on television. Elias, by the way, does not have a PPV win in 2018.
- Natalya vs. Ruby Riott
This will be a Tables match.
This is where the Mixed Match Challenge 2 final will take place, where the winners earn entry number 30 in their respective Royal Rumble matches.