WWE TLC 2018 results were unexpected for many reasons. From Ronda’s unexpected interference in SmackDown Women’s championship match to Kurt Angle’s return, some moments were not expected by fans.
In short, WWE ended the last pay-per-view of 2018 with a bang. There were total title changes in which one was shocking for WWE Universe. Let’s see the results. (Images and Videos credited to WWE)
Buddy Murphy (c) def. Cedric Alexander via pinfall to retain Cruiserweight Championship
Murphy and Alexander showed the class of wrestling and the chemistry between them was classic. In 10 minutes they put the classic to kick off TLC pay-per-view. The match was ended when Murphy hit two running knees and Murphy’s Law to Alexander for the pinfall.
Elias defeated Bobby Lashley
The rules of the match were changed before the match and now the first wrestler to climb the ladder and claim the guitar hanging above the ring will be the winner. Lio Rush tried many times to prevent Elias grab the guitar but in the end, Elias climbed the ladder and claim the guitar to win the match.
R-Truth & Carmella def. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox to win the Mixed Match Challenge.
The match was full of comedic acts with some interference of Singh brothers. Now R-Truth and Carmella will enter in Royal Rumble match at 30th spot. There was another reward with this match, “an expense-paid vacation to anywhere in the world” and R-Truth choose a trip to WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. 🙂
However, the match was average with fun dance break segment in halfway where Singh brothers also joined.
The Bar (c) def. New Day and The Usos to retain.
When three top teams of SmackDown Live collide in a match, then you can expect the good match. The Bar, New Day and the Usos delivered in the match. There were many good spots including Cesaro’s suplex attempt on Kofi Kingston, interrupted by Jey Uso splashing Kingston off the top rope. The match had also many near falls one after another.
Braun Strowman def. Baron Corbin in TLC match
The prize of the match was very clear. If Corbin won, the will continue his services as Raw General Manager. If Strowman won, Strowman will face Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble for the Universal title and also Corbin also removed from his services.
Although Strowman was not fit enough to fit and he got help from all those who were frustrated from Corbin. Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Finn Balor, referee Heath Slater, and even Kurt Angle showed up with chairs and destroyed Corbin. Slater counted the pin for Strowman and ended Corbin’s services as Raw General Manager.
Natalya def. Ruby Riott in Tables match
The match was surprisingly awesome and Tables stipulation made it much better. The storyline was revolving around Natalya’s late father and Riott squad once again bring her father’s pictured table with them. Liv Morgan took the hard spot in the match. She was bumped through a table when she saved Riott by pushing her out of the way. Natalya slammed Riott outside by exclaiming “You want to mess with my family, bitch?!”.
In the end, Natalya put late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s jacket and slammed Riott through the table to win the match.
Finn Balor def. Drew McIntyre
The match was hard hitting standard wrestling match. The result was somehow expected to many. Ziggler emerged from the crowd and hit McIntyre with a superkick but somehow McIntyre throws Ziggler in the ring with a chair. Balor took advantage and hit Coup de Grace finish to win the match.
Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton in Chairs match
This was one of the best matches of the night. Mysterio and Orton used chairs very well inside and ring and outside the ring. Mysterio used a chair as a makeshift boogie board and Orton also attacked Mysterio with multiple chairs.
The finish of the match saw Orton set up four chairs next to each other for an RKO but Mysterio freed himself and hit with hurricanrana to Orton to win the match.
Ronda Rousey (c) def. Nia Jax
Rousey’s PPV matches remain a thing of beauty and whenever she entered the ring it became one of the best moments. Jax and Rousey delivered the classic submission to hard hits. Rousey cross-body attempt was then intercepted by Jax into a Samoan Drop for a dramatic near fall. Rousey lifted Jax off the second rope into a powerbomb for another near fall. The finish saw Rousey hit a step-up judo toss into an armbar for a tap out to Jax.
Interestingly after the match, Jax refused an interview backstage and was attacked by Becky Lynch. She said, “Remember when you broke my face?”.
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Daniel Bryan (c) def. AJ Styles
A slow and deliberate build, the match was everything a wrestling fan wants to see. The match was filled with springboard 450 splash, Phenomenal Forearm, and the Lebell Lock.
The “New” Daniel Bryan still popular with fans for his Yes kicks and once again Styles tasted it. The finish came when Bryan reversed Styles’ roll-up attempt for a pinfall.
Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (c) to win Intercontinental Championship
The violence and execution made this rivalry and both the men delivered very well. Renee Young on commentary saved the actions of her husband Dean Ambrose very well. Rollins sold an injured left knee throughout the match and Ambrose continuously attacked it.
However the match of bit long but filled with intensity. The finish saw Ambrose hit Rollins with Dirty Deeds to win Intercontinental championship.
Asuka def. Becky Lynch (c) and Charlotte in TLC match to win SmackDown Women’s Championship
The match best of the night. And the finish setting the table for the main event of WrestleMania 35. Auska returned on a top spot once again with this win. Rousey’s run-in escalated the hottest angle in all of sports entertainment. This was the right call and it saved all three women.
Charlotte put her body on big spots. Asuka slammed Charlotte through the table and later on, we saw Charlotte slammed Becky through the table. The finish was dramatic, Rousey’s music hit and she entered the ring. Becky and Charlotte both are on the ladder and Rousey tip over the ladder to take her payback to attack over the past month. Auska took advantage and climb the ladder to win the title. This was the kind of booking fans deserve.
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