Rumor has it, The Revival were a back-up plan as The New Day’s opponents at TLC. Whatever the circumstances that landed Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson in a ladder match with Kofi Kingston & Big E for the SmackDown Tag titles on Sun., Dec. 15, it worked out pretty well... for fans, at least.
Both teams are familiar with stealing the show, and they didn’t waste time proving how creative they can be - and how smart it was to book them to keep the Minneapolis crowd fired up on a cold night.
.@ScottDawsonWWE and @DashWilderWWE staying a step ahead of Kofi!— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) December 16, 2019
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As you can tell from that GIF, the ladders came out and into play early. Which meant a fair share of obligatory “wrestler slowly climbs the ladder toward the titles” moments, but also made a great showcase for Kofi’s innovative offense.
Quick thinking from @TrueKofi!— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) December 16, 2019
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.@TrueKofi is unbelievable! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/OJYlQQ7EbM— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 2019
E actually opted not to climb at all when he had both members of The Revival down, instead setting up a ladders in a configuration that ended up working against him.
TOP GUY TEAMWORK on display #WWETLC @ScottDawsonWWE @DashWilderWWE pic.twitter.com/gKTnVT7Ib6— WWE (@WWE) December 16, 2019
Kingston leapt from the ropes to a ladder to stop Dawson from reaching the belts after those spots. Then when he was incapacitated moments later, E recovered to hit a Big Ending on Wilder from an elevated position.
BIG ENDING OFF A LADDER!!! @WWEBigE #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/rLuzKZa1rP— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) December 16, 2019
A short time later, the match ended on a scene we’ve seen quite a bit this year - Kofi holding up a title.
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