The Smackdown Live! roster ends the year with the Tables, Ladder & Chairs PPV, which is typically one of the most exciting shows on the WWE calendar.
With one of the best wrestlers in the world, #AJStyles, headlining the event against Dean Ambrose, expect some classic, high-flying, daredevil and explosive moves in the main event for the WWE Championship.
But Styles and Ambrose will have some competition on this card. #TheMiz will defend his Intercontinental championship against #DolphZiggler in a ladder match. Ziggler shines on PPV, and with several ladders involved, we could see a career-defining moment for the Shawn Michaels-Mr. Perfect hybrid.
With only six matches on the show, and two of them involving women, expect the matches to go long, with plenty of run-ins and surprises.
Unfortunately, #JamesEllsworth-mania will be running wild. Will he turn on Dean Ambrose? Will he help Ambrose win? Anything is possible when a guy's entire gimmick consists of being ugly. And what about The Undertaker? Will the Dead Man rise again?
With the power of a Dolph Ziggler super-kick and the finesse of Kalisto's Salida del Sol, let's dive into our preview and predictions for Tables, Ladders & Chairs, and we'll try not to whiff like a #RomanReigns Superman Punch.
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose, TLC Match, WWE Championship
Expect an instant classic. Styles is as flawless as one gets inside a WWE ring. Ambrose is desperately trying to hold onto his spot as a top guy in the company. Anything less than stellar would be a disappointment for these two stars. Styles can fight and he can fly, and we have never seen him in this kind of environment in the WWE. Styles is 39 and although he has an impressive body of work all over the wrestling world, he wants to create greater memories in the WWE, where they will live forever.
This is the AJ Styles show, and he is going to bump like he's Shawn Michaels against Hulk Hogan at Summerslam. Ambrose's sidekick will somehow get involved here, likely to turn on Ambrose and cause him to lose. You can bet your bottom dollar, somehow, someway, Ellsworth is going through a table. Styles needs to retain the title here because life is fair and fair means the best wrestler in the world is champion, right?
Expect #TheUndertaker to appear outta nowhere (Sorry Randy) after Styles is triumphant, and chokeslam the champ, setting up an epic Royal Rumble championship match.
Prediction: Winner, AJ Styles
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss, Tables Match, WWE Women's Championship
Alexa Bliss is the total package. On one hand, she looks like a 1990s WWE Diva, but she can wrestle like a 2016 member of the women's revolution. And she, along with Charlotte, is one of the best natural actresses in the company. Lynch has disappointed as women's champ, failing to gain a strong following with the fans. Bliss is hot with the crowd right now and the title will change hands when Lynch goes through a table. Let's hope they keep this match short and sweet, just like Alexa Bliss.
Prediction: Winner, Alexa Bliss
Carmella vs. Nikki Bella, No Disqualification
This is a No DQ match, but the writers should be disqualified just for booking it. Let's fantasy book right now: Move Carmella to Raw and return her to her rightful spot with Enzo Amore and Big Cass, "And this is Carmella, and she's hotter than hell, and you can't teach that." She would be a perfect fit for that team again, and she can feud with Lana: PUPPIES!
I've got nothing to say about Nikki Bella because my mama told me if you can't say anything nice about someone don't say anything. Well, since my mama is upstairs with Gorilla Monsoon, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and a host of other wrestlers who died too early, I'll say this, the only good thing I can say about Nikki: She has good taste in men. Or shall I say "smart" taste in men.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler, Ladder Match, Intercontinental Championship
For some mysterious reason, Ziggler dropped the title to The Miz on an episode of Smackdown Live! last month. Most of us wrestling fanatics assumed it was because The Miz was going to drop the title to Sami Zayn at the Survivor Series, but that didn't happen. Now, we get a redux of the incredible match these two had from No Mercy in October.
Ziggler is the superior performer here, but The Miz knows how to have good matches with great wrestlers and this should be no different. The Miz won't take many bumps because, as we all know, he is the King of Soft Style. Ziggler, on the other hand, is gonna be sore when this all over. I am gonna presume that somehow, someway, The Miz is going to win this, since he seems to be a favorite of the bookers, but not before a classic match, full of high spots. Can you see Ziggler getting punched off the top of the ladder, through three stacked tables? I can, and it will be GLORIOUS!
Prediction: Winner, The Miz
Baron Corbin vs. Calisto, Chairs Match
For every great matchup like Styles vs. Ambrose, we get one like this, because we all love to watch a guy who stands 6' 8" tall beat up a guy who stands 5' 6" tall. Big guys need chairs to beat up little guys, right? Not to mention the fact that Corbin is a former Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion. Let's root for the little guy here. Kalisto is always good for about 5 minutes of flair; he's no Rey Misterio Jr., but he's a talented high-flyer who will undoubtedly lose this match when he gets chokeslammed on top of two chairs set up in the middle of the ring. Shots to the head with a chair are banned, for real, by the WWE, so don't expect to see any of those.
Prediction: Winner, Baron Corbin
Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton
Randy Orton surprisingly fits in well with Bray Wyatt. Wyatt, the son of former wrestler Mike Rotundo, who also wrestled as Irwin R. Schyster (IRS) is a second-generation wrestler, like Orton, who is actually a third. Maybe they have some kindred spirit. Orton, who has never been a great talker, fits right in with Wyatt because, let's face it, Orton has always been a little moody.
The Smackdown Live! tag team titles are going nowhere with Slater, a perennial jobber, and Rhyno, a veteran who has always been a mid-carder. Orton and Wyatt are slowly turning into babyfaces, and it would make no sense for them to lose to jabronis like Slater and Rhyno. There's one small wildcard: Luke Harper. Will Harper turn on Orton, jealous that he's no longer the No. 1 Wyatt disciple in the group, and cause Orton to lose? Probably not. Expect an RKO OUTTA NOWHERE on Slater for the title change.
Prediction: Winners, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton