By RJ Marceau
Last night was a good show live from the TD Garden and was better than the build for the show. The worst bout of the night was Rusev vs. Ryback, which didn’t surprise me. Del Rio and Swagger was better then predicted and both divas matches were good.
I thought the pre-show match with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks was better then the Divas Championship match. Best match of the night was easily the tag team ladder match between the New Day, Lucha Dragons and the Usos. TLC as a whole was a success and here are my 3 Biggest Takeaways from TLC.
1. The New Day Is the Best Thing Going Right Now in WWE
I wrote an article about a month back stating how The New Day is the best thing going right now and last night proved why they are. The New Day got the biggest pop of the night and was in the best match of the night. The group couldn’t have been more over in Boston and played their part in this Ladder match.
Kofi Kingston along with the Lucha Dragons and Usos used high-risk spots throughout the match to keep the pace constant. The New Day won after Xavier Woods threw his trombone at Kalisto and Kofi whipped him off the ladder. The New Day sold out of the merchandise that I saw and luckily got the last shirt at the stand I was at. I hope Team B.A.D. singing before there match wasn’t an attempt to make them The New Day of the divas division. The crowd booed their terrible song and aren’t even close to the level The New Day is at.
2. Charlotte Should Stop Acting Like Her Father, Ric Flair
The WWE has always seemed to have 2nd generation superstars act like their father grandfather or relative. Curtis Axel attempted to be like Mr. Perfect, Chavo tried to lie, cheat and steal like Eddie Guerrero and now Charlotte acts like her father Ric Flair. All 3 of those examples haven’t worked out well for any of them and I don’t know why WWE officials think Charlotte imitating Ric Flair will work.
The crowd booed Charlotte and wooed for the Nature Boy. When she did the “Flair Flop”, I cringed. She does the woooo’s, the chops and the figure four. I don’t mind Ric Flair as a manager but be your own character. It wasn’t like Randy Orton used a cast when his father managed him or used his mannerisms. He was his own person and became successful without implementing his father's fame like Charlotte.
3. Reigns vs. HHH Is More Intriguing Than Reigns vs. Sheamus
The main event between Reigns and Sheamus was how everyone expected… Terrible. The crowd sat on their hands and chanted “We Want Cena”, which could be the first time this has ever been chanted. The match wasn’t intriguing and you had to know The League of Nations would get involved.
Sheamus won after interference from The League of Nations but where were Roman Reigns' buddies? The Usos and Dean Ambrose have teamed against The League of Nations for weeks before the show but nowhere to be found in the main event. The aftermath with Reigns destroying the League of Nations and then HHH was better then the match. Reigns against HHH seems to be the plan heading into WrestleMania 32 which is way more interesting then Sheamus vs. Reigns.
Ambrose winning was a blessing in disguise for Kevin Owens so he can now go on to better things, hopefully face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania and was good to see The Wyatt Family look strong in a win over Team ECW (Dudleys, Dreamer and Rhyno). Paige and Charlotte will probably continue but the WWE should implement Sasha Banks or Becky Lynch into the Divas title picture.
As a whole the show was good especially for the build of the card and how the matches that seemed underwhelming were better then expected. The WWE’s last PPV of 2015 was a success and hopefully Raw can be as compelling to end out the year.