TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2010)
|TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2010)|
Promotional poster featuring Rey Mysterio
|"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" by My Chemical Romance|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||December 19, 2010|
|TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs chronology|
TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2010) was the second annual TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was presented by THQ's WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011 and took place on December 19, 2010, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Seven matches took place at the event.
TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main rivalry from SmackDown involved the Champion Kane against Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. In November, Edge was named number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. In his quest for the title, Edge abducted and psychologically tormented Kane's father Paul Bearer. At the previous pay-per-view, Survivor Series, Edge failed to claim the championship after the match ended in a draw via double pinfall. With Edge still in custody of Bearer, he continued to taunt Kane leading to a match on the December 3 episode of SmackDown. Edge beat Kane and as a result, determined the stipulation to be a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match (a match type that Edge helped pioneer) for the World Heavyweight Championship. On the December 17 episode of SmackDown, General Manager Teddy Long added Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio, who were previously in a rivalry themselves and scheduled to be in a Chairs match against each other, to the World Championship match making it a four-way Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
The main rivalry from Raw involved the Champion The Miz against the former Champion Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. After Orton successfully defended the WWE Championship against Wade Barrett on the November 22 episode of Raw, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to face Orton immediately afterward and defeated Orton for the championship. On the December 6 episode of Raw, Orton tried to use his rematch clause, but the Raw General Manager said that The Miz did not have to defend his championship that night, but would instead defend it at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, with The Miz choosing the stipulation. After interfering in Orton's match with The Miz's apprentice, Alex Riley, The Miz decided that the stipulation would be a Tables match.
Another rivalry from Raw involved John Cena and Wade Barrett in a Chairs match. In November 2010 at Survivor Series, former Nexus member John Cena lost his job after Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett under the stipulation that if Barrett did not win the WWE Championship, Cena would be fired for not following Wade's orders. However, following his firing, Cena continued to attack Nexus members knowing that since Nexus attacked the security upon their debut, Cena would be free to attack Nexus without any restraints. This came to a head when on December 6, John Cena stated that his attacks on Nexus may stop, but the attacks on Barrett will not. This caused a mutiny within Nexus. The following week, during the Slammy Awards, Barrett would rehire Cena, who would have been kicked out by the other members of Nexus had he not, under the condition that Cena would face Barrett in a Chairs match.
The first match of the night was the triple threat ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This match saw the champion Dolph Ziggler defending against Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger. Ziggler was the first to climb the ladder only to be stopped by Kingston and Swagger. There were a few more attempts made to capture the championship from above the ring. Ziggler performed a scissors kick on Kingston onto a ladder which Swagger was lying under. With all three men down, Ziggler's manager Vickie Guerrero attempted to climb the ladder, Kingston tried to tip her off the ladder but was stopped by Swagger. Later, Swagger performed an ankle lock on Kingston whilst he was trying to climb the ladder. Ziggler attempted to grab the title but was stopped by Kingston, Ziggler locked in the sleeper hold on him at the top of the ladder but Kingston managed to escape. Kingston tried to grab the title when Swagger arrived up the ladder, both of them unhooked the title and it fell to the canvas. Ziggler took the opportunity to grab the title and was declared the winner thus retaining the championship.
The second match was the first Divas tag team Tables match which saw LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool) face off against the Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya). Phoenix and Natalya wasted little time as they brought in the customized pink table which featured a caricature drawing of Lay-Cool. McCool and Layla dominated the duo for a while, they tossed Phoenix out of the ring and focused on Natalya. McCool attempted to put Natalya through one of the standard tables only for Phoenix to come to her rescue. Phoenix and Natalya picked Layla up ready to put her through the table but McCool knocked the table over. Later, Natalya performed a double sharpshooter on Layla and McCool whilst Phoenix prepared the caricature table. McCool and Layla gained control and attempted a double suplex on Natalya from the top turnbuckle however, Natalya pushed the duo onto the customized table which made it crack. She then came at them with a crossbody which broke the table and left the Divas of Doom victorious.
The third match was for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The champions Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov faced The Nexus members Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater. Before the match began, Marella cut a promo. The match went back and forth with Gabriel and Slater tagging in and out regularly. Eventually, Gabriel and Slater were disqualified when fellow Nexus member Michael McGillicutty interfered. Afterward, the rest of the Nexus beat down on Marella and Kozlov until Nexus leader Wade Barrett arrived with a steel chair. He attacked the two of them and the Nexus left the ring.
The fourth match was a ladder match to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship. This saw John Morrison face his rival Sheamus for the contract hanging above the ring. Not long after the bell the match spilled outside the ring with Sheamus using a ladder to build a bridge between the ring apron and the commentator's table. Morrison stopped Sheamus from picking up another ladder, he took the ladder into the ring and attempted to reach the contract. Sheamus pushed the ladder and Morrison landed on his feet. Sheamus backed Morrison into the corner using the erect ladder, Morrison leap frogged over it and performed a corkscrew on Sheamus. Later, Sheamus trapped Morrison by causing him to hang upside down on the ladder by his knee and then tipped the ladder over. Sheamus continued to work on Morrison's knee for a while. Morrison gained control and attempted to climb the ladder only for Sheamus to deliver a "Brogue Kick" to Morrison's knee. Sheamus tried to grab the contract but Morrison came on the attack, Morrison climbed the ladder but Sheamus pushed it over. Whilst Sheamus was standing on the steps on the ladder, Morrison tried to suplex him onto the ladder outside the ring that mimicked a bridge. The two switched places so Morrison was now stood on the steps of the ladder. The pair eventually fell with Morrison tumbling to the outside whilst Sheamus crashed straight through the bridge like ladder thus breaking it in half. Morrison managed to get back in the ring and climb the ladder. Sheamus tried to tip him off the ladder but Morrison delivered a big kick to the face knocking Sheamus down. Morrison then grabbed the contract to become the new number one contender for the championship.
The fifth match was a Tables match for the WWE Championship. This match saw the champion The Miz (accompanied by Alex Riley) square off against Randy Orton. The match started off as a traditional singles match until the action spilled outside the ring where Orton performed a suplex on The Miz. The Miz set up the first table of the match outside the ring and Orton attempted to put him through it only for The Miz to counter him using the steel steps. He then set up another table and laid Orton on it but the legs of the table gave way. The Miz then set up a third table in the corner of the ring. Orton tried to suplex The Miz through this table from the turnbuckle but Riley dragged the table away. Orton went for a fourth table outside the ring and delivered a clothesline to Riley in the process. With the fourth table now in the ring Orton prepared to put The Miz through it but Riley distracted him. The Miz attempted to perform the "Skull Crushing Finale" but Orton countered it, and the referee was accidentally knocked out of the ring in the process. Orton hit Riley with an "RKO" and powerbombed him through the table. The Miz then gave Orton his "Skull Crushing Finale", moved Riley away from the broken table and put Orton in his place. He then tried to tell the groggy referee that he had put Orton through the table so the referee called for the bell. The Miz was then declared the winner of the match. However, the referee saw the replays after the match and cancelled his decision which meant the match would continue. Orton went on the attack and The Miz retreated to the ring. As Orton climbed the apron to get back in, The Miz pushed Riley towards Orton and sent him crashing through the table outside the ring. The Miz was once again declared the winner of the match and retained the championship.
Main event matches
The sixth match was a fatal four-way TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. This match saw defending champion Kane take on Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio and Edge. Wasting little time Mysterio set up the first ladder and climbed it but was pushed off by Del Rio and landed outside the ring on top of Kane and Edge. Del Rio tried to climb the ladder but was stopped by Mysterio. Mysterio used a smaller ladder to perform a seated senton on Del Rio with the ladder sandwiched between them. Edge and Kane went one on one for a while until Kane turned his attention to everyone which resulted in the other three participants teaming on him. After placing Kane on a table outside the ring, Edge climbed the ladder inside the ring and jumped straight onto Kane breaking the table. Del Rio and Mysterio took the opportunity to fight one on one. Edge performed the "Spear" on Mysterio and climbed the ladder, Kane pushed the ladder over. Kane then went on to dominate all three men. All four of them took the match to the stage where Edge gave Kane a "Spear". Mysterio climbed onto one of the tables that was hanging from the stage and jumped off it landing on Kane. Del Rio, Mysterio and Edge returned to the ring where Edge blocked Mysterio's "619" with a chair. Mysterio and Edge both climbed the ladder and both fell to the canvas too. During this time Ricardo Rodriguez climbed the ladder only to be chokeslammed by Kane. Del Rio tried to grab the title but Mysterio pushed the ladder sending Del Rio through a table outside the ring. Mysterio was stopped from climbing the ladder by Kane and received a tombstone piledriver. Edge speared Kane off the apron and through a table. With all three men down, Edge climbed the ladder and grabbed the title to become the new champion.
There was an in-ring segment with 'Dashing' Cody Rhodes. Big Show arrived dressed as Santa Claus with the Bella Twins playing his little helpers by giving gifts to the crowd. Rhodes insulted Big Show's new movie Knucklehead so Big Show embarrassed Rhodes by stripping him down to his underpants which said 'Sunday' on them.
The final match was a Chairs match between John Cena and The Nexus leader Wade Barrett. CM Punk made his way down to the ring for commentary. Not long into the match Barrett picked up a chair and tried to strike Cena numerous times but was unsuccessful. Cena delivered a bulldog to Barrett on a steel chair. Later, Barrett dominated and slowed down the pace of the match as he followed Cena around the ring and upp the ramp whilst hitting him with a chair. Barrett then set the steel steps upright at the bottom of the ramp. Cena went backstage and returned with a swivel chair. He sat a groggy Barrett in the swivel chair, threw water at his face and pushed him down the ramp straight into the steel steps. Barrett quickly recovered, placed a steel chair around Cena's neck and pushed him into the ring post. Barrett tossed Cena back into the ring and trapped Cena under a chair by sitting on it. Barrett continued to dominate again as he trapped Cena's arms between the top and middle ropes and attacked him with a chair. Cena managed to kick Barrett away, escape from the tangled ropes and build some momentum. However, Cena's dominance was quickly diminished as Barrett seized control once again. Barrett went to the top rope with a steel chair and attempted an elbow drop but Cena rolled out of the way. Cena went to the top rope this time and successfully performed a leg drop with a steel chair. He then set up six chairs, in two rows and delivered an "Attitude Adjustment" to Barrett through them. Cena then got the pin fall on Barrett to win the match. Afterward, Cena followed a crawling Barrett up the ramp with a steel chair. He positioned Barrett under the hanging steel chairs at the side of the stage and pulled the set down which led all the chairs to come crashing down on top of Barrett thus ending the show.
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