Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match

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A Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, often abbreviated as a TLC, is a type of professional wrestling match originated within the World Wrestling Federation, what is known now as the WWE, but can be seen under different variations in other wrestling promotions.

History[edit]

The TLC match is a variation of a ladder match, which is modified to co-emphasize two other weapons: tables and chairs. The goal is to acquire the item (usually championship belts) which starts the match suspended above the ring. A TLC match can be seen as a more complicated ladder match, where tables and chairs, along with ladders, can also be used as legal foreign objects. As the match concept was originally conceptualized around the tag teams of the Dudley Boyz, the Hardy Boyz, and Edge and Christian, the particular weapons of tables, ladders and chairs were, respectively, seen as unique to each team's style. The Hardys were seen as high-flying daredevils, and a key element to the Dudley Boyz gimmick was their flagrant use of tables as weapons. Edge and Christian became notable for using steel chairs in tandem against opponents.

WWF/E[edit]

World Wrestling Federation created and adapted the matches to make it known today as a TLC match. The idea of the TLC match in WWF had its origins in a tag-team ladder match for the managerial services of Terri Runnels between Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz, Matt and Jeff, at No Mercy 1999, with audiences giving all four wrestlers a standing ovation at the end of the match. The move catapulted both tag teams to the top of the tag team world. The following months had the Hardy Boyz face the Dudley Boyz, Bubba Ray and D-Von, in a tag-team Tables match, which had similar success.

The three teams would be known for their three respective foreign objects, as well as the hardcore wrestling styles associated therein: the Dudley Boyz often had a spot in their tag team matches where Bubba Ray Dudley would say "D-Von, get the tables!" when a table spot was imminent; the Hardy Boyz, in singles matches, would challenge main-event singles wrestlers (such as The Undertaker) in Ladder matches, considered at that time to be the "signature match" of the team (as they were both high-flyers, they specialized with high spots, and doing them off the top of ladders amplified their effectiveness); while Edge and Christian developed the "Con-Chair-To" finishing move, which involved the two hitting an opponent's head simultaneously, on opposite sides, with chairs. Eventually, the three teams were brought together in a Triple Threat Ladder match in WrestleMania 2000, in what would be the forerunner of the TLC in terms of the spots involved (tables were involved in some of the major spots, even though it was technically a Ladder match). It is incorrectly referred to by some fans as the first TLC match. The match was called a Triangle Ladder Match.

The first TLC match (that was officially called a "TLC" by the World Wrestling Federation) was contested between these three teams using the weapons (and to a lesser extent, the type of match) that they had made famous at SummerSlam 2000. These TLC matches frequently involved members of these three teams, and are largely remembered for the dangerous stunts, injuries, and length. The TLC matches slowly met its end, however, when Edge and Christian broke up and Jeff Hardy was released. Additionally, the matches that have incorporated more weapons created an overall trend of increased concussions and neck injuries that plagued the WWF/E roster, and as a result, led to the return of a more traditional mat-based style of matches. Although the tables remain, to this day, a Dudley Boyz (now known as Team 3D) gimmick, Team 3D is virtually the only tag team to use it, and thus table matches are now few and far between. Chairs were reduced to their former roles as a mainstay form of interference and disqualification in wrestling matches, while ladders and Ladder matches are now used sporadically.

The second TLC match occurred at WrestleMania X-Seven the following year, which also sprung the infamous Swanton Bomb off a 16 ft ladder by Jeff Hardy on Rhyno and Spike Dudley. These matches involved the three aforementioned teams, with each having Edge and Christian winning.

TLC III occurred on the May 24, 2001 edition of WWF SmackDown! when the tag team of Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit had to face the usual other three tag teams in order to retain their tag team championship, which they did. This TLC is sometimes referred to as the Forgotten TLC due to the fact that there was no hype prior to the match and it was on a weekly TV show rather than a pay-per-view event. Clear evidence of this is shown to the hype of TLC VI where Edge continually stated that to John Cena, TLC was "A match you never had, and a match I never lost." The match was the first TLC match to air on broadcast television as well as the first one to involve four tag teams.

The fourth TLC match, TLC IV, occurred on the October 7, 2002 edition of Raw, where four tag teams had drawn, as a result of "Raw Roulette" (where the match type of every match of the card was determined by spinning a wheel), a TLC match. The match saw defending champions Kane and The Hurricane putting their World Tag Team Titles up against the teams of Christian and Chris Jericho, Bubba Ray Dudley and Spike Dudley, and Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam. Being the veterans that they were to the match itself, general manager Eric Bischoff allowed Jeff, Christian and Bubba Ray to choose their own partners, as their former parters Matt Hardy, Edge, and D-Von Dudley who were at the Smackdown brand at that time due to being drafted early that year. Before the match, The Hurricane was assaulted backstage, leaving Kane completely alone in the match. Despite this, Kane managed to retain the titles.

On the January 16, 2006 edition of Raw, WWE had its fifth TLC match, the first in over three years. Edge successfully defended his WWE Championship against Ric Flair. It was the first TLC match to be held in singles competition and the first to have the WWE Championship on the line. It also marked the first (and only to this point) TLC match where a wrestler has "bladed" (Ric Flair bladed). This also marked the second time there was a TLC match in Raleigh, North Carolina.

TLC VI was held at Unforgiven on September 17, 2006, where John Cena won the WWE Championship from Edge in his first TLC match.

TLC VII was held at One Night Stand on June 1, 2008, where Edge won the vacated World Heavyweight Championship, defeating The Undertaker and (kayfabe) banishing him from WWE.

TLC VIII was held at SummerSlam on August 23, 2009, where CM Punk won the World Heavyweight Championship from TLC veteran Jeff Hardy. This marked the first time Jeff Hardy had participated in a singles TLC match.

The first six TLC matches are included on the Ladder Match DVD that was released in June 2007.

The seventh TLC match was included on the Edge: A Decade of Decadence DVD that was released in December 2008.

So far, following the TLC, every subsequent TLC match until the 2010 match between The Miz and Jerry "The King" Lawler featured at least one TLC veteran.

Forgotten in the list of TLC matches; Jeff Hardy and CM Punk would battle for the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam in 2009.[1]

The WWE's newest pay-per-view event for December 2009 was titled TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs where main events were a table match, a ladder match, a match where chairs are legal as weapons and the last match on the card was a TLC match. TLC IX in the 2009 event featured Chris Jericho and The Big Show against D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. This event has replaced WWE Armageddon on the PPV calendar. This was the first TLC match to not feature a member from either Edge & Christian, The Hardyz or The Dudleyz.

A year later at TLC 2010 the TLC match returned and, for the first time, was a Fatal 4-Way. The match was between Edge, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the end, Edge won the match and became World Heavyweight Champion. This would also be Edge's last TLC match because of his retirement in early April the following year.

The next year at TLC 2011 CM Punk defended his WWE Championship in a first ever Triple Threat TLC match against Alberto Del Rio and The Miz. Punk retained his Championship, and it marked the second time that all three competitors had competed in a TLC match.

CM Punk was scheduled to defend his WWE Championship against Ryback at TLC 2012 in a TLC match but suffered a knee injury on December 3. Subsequently, Vince McMahon and WWE released a press release cancelling the match and instead scheduling one featuring The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) versus Ryback and Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan).[2] This was the first TLC match decided by pinfall or submission. It was the first TLC match to contain teams of three and was the first TLC match for everyone involved except Kane. CM Punk's TLC match with Ryback would eventually happen on the January 7, 2013 edition of Raw. CM Punk would retain the title after The Shield got involved. This was the first TLC match where all the weapons would have to be retrieved from under the ring.

At TLC 2013, WWE Champion Randy Orton defeated World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a TLC match for both the WWE and World Heavyweight titles. Orton became the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion after winning this match.

At Extreme Rules (2014), a "WeeLC match" was contested between El Torito and Hornswoggle, the first TLC match to involve midget wrestlers (and only the second to be won by pinfall rather than retrieving an object from above the ring).

Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Matches[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location Length
1 Edge and Christian (c) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) Triple Threat Tag Team TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship SummerSlam (2000) August 27, 2000
Raleigh, North Carolina
14:51
2 Edge and Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz (c) Triple Threat Tag Team TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania X-Seven April 1, 2001
Houston, Texas
15:53
3 Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit (c) defeated Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz, and The Hardy Boyz Fatal 4-Way Tag Team TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WWF SmackDown May 24, 2001
Anaheim, California
21:00
4 Kane (without The Hurricane) (c) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & Spike), Christian & Chris Jericho, and Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam Fatal 4-Way Tag Team TLC Match for the World Tag Team Championship WWE Raw Roulette October 7, 2002
Las Vegas, Nevada
25:08
5 Edge (c) defeated Ric Flair Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship WWE Raw January 16, 2006
Raleigh, North Carolina
16:40
6 John Cena defeated Edge (c) Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship Unforgiven (2006) September 17, 2006
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
25:28
7 Edge defeated The Undertaker Singles TLC Match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship One Night Stand (2008) June 1, 2008
San Diego, California
23:50
8 CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy (c) Singles TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship SummerSlam (2009) August 23, 2009
Los Angeles, California
21:34
9 D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeated Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & Big Show) (c) Tag Team TLC Match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2009) December 13, 2009
San Antonio, Texas
22:32
10 The Miz (c) defeated Jerry Lawler Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship WWE Raw November 29, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11:52
11 Edge defeated Kane (c), Alberto Del Rio, and Rey Mysterio Fatal 4-Way TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2010) December 19, 2010
Houston, Texas
22:47
12 CM Punk (c) defeated The Miz and Alberto Del Rio Triple Threat TLC Match for the WWE Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2011) December 18, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
18:25
13 The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns) defeated Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) & Ryback[3] Six-Man Tag Team TLC Match (victory only via pinfall or submission) TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2012) December 16, 2012
Brooklyn, New York
22:46
14 CM Punk (c) defeated Ryback Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship WWE Raw January 7, 2013
Tampa, Florida
18:52
15 Randy Orton (c - WWE) defeated John Cena (c - World) Champion vs. Champion TLC Match to unify the World Heavyweight & WWE Championships TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2013) December 15, 2013
Houston, Texas
24:36
16 El Torito defeated Hornswoggle WeeLC Match (first time a TLC match features midget wrestlers) Extreme Rules (2014) May 4, 2014
East Rutherford, New Jersey
10:53
17 Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose Singles TLC Match TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2014) December 14, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
26:58

Participant list[edit]

Superstar Victories Appearances
Edge 5 7
CM Punk 3 3
Christian 2 4
Chris Benoit 1 1
Triple H 1 1
Shawn Michaels 1 1
Seth Rollins 1 1
Roman Reigns 1 1
Randy Orton 1 1
El Torito 1 1
Bray Wyatt 1 1
The Miz 1 2
John Cena 1 2
Dean Ambrose 1 2
Chris Jericho 1 3
Kane 1 3
Spike Dudley 0 1
Rob Van Dam 0 1
Ric Flair 0 1
The Undertaker 0 1
Big Show 0 1
Jerry Lawler 0 1
Rey Mysterio 0 1
Daniel Bryan 0 1
Hornswoggle 0 1
Alberto Del Rio 0 2
Ryback 0 2
Matt Hardy 0 3
D-Von Dudley 0 3
Bubba Ray Dudley 0 4
Jeff Hardy 0 5

Usage in other promotions[edit]

Extreme Championship Wrestling[edit]

In other promotions, the TLC match has quite the following, appealing to a niche market within professional wrestling. Predating the TLC matches, two "Tables and Ladders matches" took place. These were traditional matches won by pinfall or submission, not by climbing the ladder for the belts. However, the term "TLC" itself was trademarked by WWE, thus other promotions give different names to these types of matches despite having an identical setup. In more hardcore-style promotions, the chairs were often replaced, or were used alongside, chains. One example of a variation of the TLC match is the Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Canes match. This match is a TLC match with the addition of Singapore Canes. The first and only TLC match was at Guilty as Charged on January 7, 2001 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, New York, involving Steve Corino, Justin Credible, and The Sandman.

Tables & Ladders Matches/Tables, Ladders, Chairs, & Canes Matches[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location Length
1 The Eliminators (Perry Saturn & John Kronus) (c) defeated Sabu and Rob Van Dam Tag team Tables & Ladders Match for the ECW World Tag Team Championship CyberSlam 1997 February 22, 1997
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20:40
2 Sabu defeated The Sandman Tables & Ladders Match November to Remember 1997 November 30, 1997
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20:55
3 The Sandman defeated Steve Corino (c) and Justin Credible Three-Way Tables, Ladders, Chairs, & Canes Match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship Guilty as Charged 2001 January 7, 2001
New York, New York
13:20

Participant List[edit]

Superstar Victories Appearances
Perry Saturn 1 1
John Kronus 1 1
Sabu 1 2
The Sandman 1 2
Rob Van Dam 0 1
Steve Corino 0 1
Justin Credible 0 1

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

TNA Wrestling used a variation of the TLC match called Full Metal Mayhem as a bout between Jeff Hardy and Abyss at Against All Odds 2005. The added stipulation to the match was that "anything metal is legal", though this only included the use of Abyss' trademark chain and bag of tacks. In reality, anything is legal; it's just that TNA provides tables, ladders, chairs and chains.

Abyss defeated Jeff Hardy by climbing the ladder to retrieve a contract for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on a future episode of TNA Impact!. Abyss was never granted such title shot, and the story was retconned to state he lost his title shot to A.J. Styles at Lockdown, even though the shot Styles won was used at Hard Justice and not on Impact!, though Abyss would later get title shots at Slammiversary and No Surrender that year.

TNA used the "Full Metal Mayhem" match again at Sacrifice 2006 on May 14, 2006 when Abyss went one on one with Christian Cage for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Cage defeated Abyss to retain the championship.

It made its third appearance at Victory Road in 2008, in a 6-man tag team match featuring Christian Cage, A.J. Styles and Rhino against Kurt Angle and Team 3D, where Angle pinned Styles to win the match for his team.

TNA held the fourth "Full Metal Mayhem" match at Bound for Glory 2009, in which four tag teams (The British Invasion, Team 3D, Scott Steiner and Booker T and Beer Money, Inc.) competed for both the TNA World Tag Team Championship and the IWGP Tag Team Championship. The British Invasion grabbed the TNA World Tag Team Championships whilst Team 3D got the IWGP Tag Team Championships.

On December 5, 2010, at Final Resolution, The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated Generation Me (Max and Jeremy Buck) to successfully retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship in the fifth "Full Metal Mayhem" match.

On October 16, 2011, at Bound for Glory, Rob Van Dam defeated Jerry Lynn in the sixth "Full Metal Mayhem" match.

The seventh edition of the Full Metal Mayhem match occurred on the April 11, 2013 edition of Impact Wrestling. It is the first such match not aired on pay-per-view and also the first Full Metal Mayhem match to decide the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Jeff Hardy was challenging for Bully Ray's championship in a rematch from Lockdown (2013). Ray was victorious after sending Hardy through a table from atop the ladder and claiming the belt.

The November 7, 2013 edition of Full Metal Mayhem match was decided by "The Wheel of Dixie", a roulette that determined the match type for all participants in the qualifying tournament for TNA World Heavyweight Title.[4] On November 7, 2013, Jeff Hardy pinned Chris Sabin to win the first round bout.

List of TNA Full Metal Mayhem Matches[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location Length
1 Abyss defeated Jeff Hardy Full Metal Mayhem match for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on a future episode of TNA Impact!. Against All Odds 2005 February 13, 2005
Orlando, Florida
15:21
2 Christian Cage (c) defeated Abyss Full Metal Mayhem match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Sacrifice 2006 May 14, 2006
Orlando, Florida
26:01
3 Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and Kurt Angle defeated Rhino, Christian Cage, and A.J. Styles Six-Man Tag Team Full Metal Mayhem match. Victory Road (2008) July 13, 2008
Houston, Texas
15:55
4 The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams; previous IWGP and new TNA) and Team 3D (new IWGP) defeated The Main Event Mafia (Booker T and Scott Steiner; previous TNA) and Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm) Four Team Full Metal Mayhem match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship and the IWGP World Tag Team Championship. Bound for Glory (2009) October 18, 2009
Irvine, California
17:13
5 The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) (c) defeated Generation Me (Max Buck & Jeremy Buck) Tag Team Full Metal Mayhem match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Final Resolution (2010) December 5, 2010
Orlando, Florida
16:27
6 Rob Van Dam defeated Jerry Lynn Full Metal Mayhem match. Bound for Glory (2011) October 16, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13:15
7 Bully Ray (c) defeated Jeff Hardy Full Metal Mayhem match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Impact Wrestling April 11, 2013
Corpus Christi, Texas
17:10
8 Jeff Hardy defeated Chris Sabin Full Metal Mayhem match for TNA World Heavyweight Championship Qualification Tournament Impact Wrestling November 7, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio
10:38
9 The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) (c) defeated Team 3D and The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) Full Metal Mayhem match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Impact Wrestling October 8, 2014
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
27:03

Participant List[edit]

Superstar Victories Appearances
Brother Ray/Bully Ray 3 4
Brother Devon 2 3
Kurt Angle 1 1
Brutus Magnus 1 1
Doug Williams 1 1
Alex Shelley 1 1
Rob Van Dam 1 1
Davey Richards 1 1
Eddie Edwards 1 1
Abyss 1 2
Christian Cage 1 2
Chris Sabin 1 2
Jeff Hardy 1 4
Rhino 0 1
A.J. Styles 0 1
Booker T 0 1
Scott Steiner 0 1
Robert Roode 0 1
James Storm 0 1
Max Buck 0 1
Jeremy Buck 0 1
Jerry Lynn 0 1
Matt Hardy 0 1

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