|What It’s All About|
R-Truth and Carmella vs. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox (Mixed Match Challenge Finals):
Why, yes, this year’s Mixed Match Challenge has been weird. I keep meaning to watch it and never get around to it because too much wrestling, but it seems like it’s been going on forever, I have no sense of what the format is, teams keep changing because of injuries and unavailabilities, and, yes, these are your four finalists. At stake? The #30 entrant slot in their respective Royal Rumbles. Since none of these four people are winning either Rumble, no way, no how, that’s pretty irrelevant. I’m gonna give it to Truth and Carmella because they’re over.
Buddy Murphy vs. Cedric Alexander (Cruiserweight Championship):
I’m not feeling this match because 205’s been a little lackluster in the booking of how this even came about. If they were gonna take the belt off Murphy, they would have done it last month. Murphy retains.
Natalya vs. Ruby Riott (Tables Match)
This, on the other hand, is that rarest of things. A non-title, women’s, singles match with an actual story. Sure, it’s a story around Natty’s dead dad, but a story nonetheless. Riott’s been so wrestling-vile during the build for there’s no way she doesn’t get her comeuppance. Natalya wins.
The Bar vs. The New Day vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Titles):
Bit of a tossup here, but my gut says it’s time for a title change, so let’s say the New Day get the belts back for a month or two.
Bobby Lashley vs. Elias (Guitar Above The Ring Ladder Match)
This is dumb and I want Elias to win and Lashley beat up Elias on Raw so that should mean Elias should win but I’ve got way too many faces winning in my predictions so Lashley wins.
Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio (Chairs Match)
Never Pick Randy Orton Rule applies here. Mysterio wins.
Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor
I hate making this pick but unless the theme of TLC is the comeuppance of the entire Lashley-McIntyre-Corbin faction, and unless I’m wildly wrong about the relative levels WWE is willing to push McIntyre and Balor, McIntyre is gonna win this one.
Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax (Raw Women’s Championship)
Rousey is almost to the point where she could lose the belt and chase the belt and win back the belt but she’s not there yet. Rousey retains. Couldn’t tell you if it’s gonna be clean or not though.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship):
THe only way this story keeps going is if Ambrose wins, and this story is definitely going to keep going no matter how little we like it, so Ambrose gets the belt.
The New Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles (WWE Championship)
AJ doesn’t want the belt back. Newly heel Bryan will retain and probably move on to a new challenger, which is fine.
Braun Strwoman vs. Baron Corbin (TLC)
If Corbin wins, he becomes the full time non-acting Raw GM. He’s counting on a forfeit, so I have to imagine Strowman shows up, demolishes Corbin with one move, and Corbin goes back to mediocre wrestling matches. (
Becky Lynch vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (Triple Threat TLC)
I’m officially instituting the Becky Lynch Rule, which is the opposite of the Randy Orton Rule. Always bet on The Man. Eventually I’ll be wrong. I may be wrong this Sunday, since conditions are perfect for Charlotte to get the belt without hurting Lynch. But I don’t care. THE MAN RETAINS.