12/18/11 – WWE Presents Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV

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Commentary Team for the evening is Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole. Oh god. Not off to a good start.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder (US Title Match) – I could argue this has been the most hyped up match of the evening. And damn was the crowd eating it all up. It’s amazing to see Zack’s road to success, and this was what he’s been working for. Hope his steam doesn’t die from here now that he has the title. As usual, it was a great match from Dolph Ziggler, and Zack Ryder pulled off some awesome moves (Hurricarana, Plancha). Great match. ***3/4

Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne) vs. Primo and Epico (Tag Team Title Match) – Primo made it on PPV? YES!!! Not bad impromptu match here. The best of the three we got tonight. Primo and Epico brought out some cool moves, and Air Boom was their usual awesomeness. **1/2
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett (Tables Match)- I don’t know. It’s been hard to really care about this feud. I enjoy both wrestlers. And they had a nice little match. Good drama here and there, but I’ve seen better from both men. Still a solid effort though. Ending was sick. **3/4
Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly (Divas Title Match) – Kelly Kelly is hot. Otherwise probably one of the worse matches these two have put on together. *1/2
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash (Sledgehammer Ladder Match) – You know, there’s been a lot of haters on Kevin Nash being back in the WWE. But I like it. He can talk well, and in my opinion can still go in the ring. The match was a little slow at times, but I thought the intensity was there. Nash took probably some of the sicket bumps of his career, and the figure four through the ladder was awesome. The story told was nice, and the crowd ate it up. I thought it was an above average match, and you can go ahead and hate me for it. ***1/4
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger – Give them time and they could easily bust out three and a half stars, unfortunately, they did nott, nor did the crowd really care. *3/4
Mark Henry vs. Big Show (Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Title) – I’ve been a huge (no pun intended) Mark Henry fan since his heel turn. He’s been a good worker, and a crazy good champion. Unfortunately this match was not very good at all. And BIG SHOW WON??? What!?! *1/2
Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan (MITB Cash-in for the World Heavyweight Title) – DANIEL BRYAN WINS! DANIEL BRYAN IS YOUR NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WWE. SUCK IT COLE. YES!!!!!!!!!! Interested to see who turns heel in this. Big Show or Daniel Bryan. Looks like Big Show. N/A
Cody Rhodes vs. Booker T (Intercontinental Title Match) – After Booker has been attacked twice earlier in the show by Rhodes, we finally get this match as Rhodes makes the first entrance. This is also my first time noticing that Lillian is announcing. I guess I’m so used to her from before that I forgot she was back! Good to have her. The match was all-right. It was cool to see Booker T back in the ring, and I’d be more than okay if he came back instead of commentating. This feud still has some life in it in my opinion, so maybe we’ll get a little more out of it **1/4
CM Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio  (TLC Match for the WWE Championship)  – I love me some Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Too bad I’ve been spoiled by it all night. It’s why I’m not huge on these gimmick PPVs. But damn this was good. Ricardo took an INSANE bump from the top of the ladder. Props to him. Punk was able to go all Super Cena by overcoming Ricardo, Alberto, Miz, and Handcuffs. But the difference between Punk and Cena? I like Punk.****
Overall Rating – Everyone’s been saying it. But damn. The Internet Wrestling Community Won tonight. Zack Ryder is the US Champ. CM Punk retained the WWE Championship. And DANIEL BRYAN is your New World Heavyweight Champion. Who’d have thought that either CM Punk or Bryan Danielson would become champions in the WWE? Nevertheless at the same time. Then you have Beth Phoenix, Air Boom, and Cody Rhodes as your other champs. I don’t know where the WWE is going with this, but I like it.  ***1/4

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