TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2011)
|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2011)|
Promotional poster featuring CM Punk
|"Days Are Forgotten (Z-Trip Remix)" by Kasabian featuring LL Cool J|
|Date||December 18, 2011|
|Venue||1st Mariner Arena|
|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs chronology|
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs was the third annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on December 18, 2011 at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
Eleven matches were contested at the event, ten of which took place live on pay-per-view. In the main event, CM Punk defeated The Miz and Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to retain the WWE Championship.
TLC featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines that played out on WWE's television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in one or more matches. Traditionally, matches during this event involved the use of tables, ladders, and chairs.
The main rivalry heading into TLC involved CM Punk, The Miz and Alberto Del Rio over the WWE Championship. At Survivor Series 2011, Punk won the WWE Championship from Del Rio and retained the title against him the following night on "Raw". The following week, Miz, Del Rio, John Cena and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler argued over should be #1 contender. John Laurinaitis announced that each of them would face a SmackDown superstar and if they won, they would receive a match for the title. Del Rio defeated Daniel Bryan, Miz defeated Randy Orton by countout, Ziggler lost to Sheamus and Cena defeated Zack Ryder, who was not a Smackdown superstar, but gave up his opportunity to give Ryder a United States championship match. During the contract signing, Laurinaitis announced the match would be a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
Another rivalry involved Mark Henry and Big Show over the World Heavyweight Championship. At Money in the Bank, Henry crushed Big Show's fibula, keeping him out of action for nearly 3 months. At Night of Champions, Henry won the World Heavyweight Championship from Randy Orton. At Vengeance, a title match between Henry and Big Show ended in a no- contest after the ring imploded. They had a rematch at Survivor Series, but Big Show won by disqualification when Henry attacked him with a low blow. On WWE.com, it was announced the two would face each other in a Chairs match for the title at the event.
The first match was the WWE United States Championship match between Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder. After a back-and-forth contest, Ryder appeared to have Ziggler pinned but Vickie interfered and put Ziggler’s foot on the ropes, leading to Vickie being ejected from ringside. Ryder executed the "Rough Ryder" to win the title.
The third match was a tables match between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett. The match saw both competitors attempting to put the other through a table. The finish came when Barrett positioned Orton on a table and attempted a diving elbow drop but Orton countered with an RKO on Barrett through the table for the win.
The next match was for the WWE Divas Championship between Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly. The match started off with both divas brawling outside the ring. After some back-and-forth action, Phoenix attempted the Glam Slam but Kelly countered the attempt into a pin, which Phoenix kicked out of. Kelly then attempted a Hurricanrana but Phoenix countered into a Reverse Electric Chair to retain the title.
The fifth match was a Sledgehammer Ladder match between Triple H and Kevin Nash. After back-and-forth action, both men tried to retrieve the sledgehammer but Triple H used the sledgehammer on Nash, knocking Nash off a ladder through a table, and unhooked the sledgehammer. Triple H executed a Pedigree and grabbed the sledgehammer. Nash pleaded for mercy with the Kliq hand sign but Triple H responded with a crotch chop and hit Nash with the sledgehammer to win the match.
The sixth match was between Sheamus and Jack Swagger. After back-and-forth action, Sheamus attempted a Brogue Kick but Swagger countered and applied an ankle lock but Sheamus countered. Sheamus executed a Brogue Kick to win the match.
Next was a chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Mark Henry and The Big Show. Big Show threw chairs into the ring as Henry tried to leave but Big Show stopped him. After the two attacked each other with chairs and countered the other's attempts to execute their finishers, Big Show executed a KO Punch to win the title. After the match, Henry executed a DDT on Big Show onto several chairs. Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and pinned Show to win the title.
The next match was for the Intercontinental Championship between Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Booker T. The match was scheduled for earlier but Rhodes twice attacked Booker before the start. After a quick start by Booker, Rhodes took control. After Booker missed a Scissors Kick, he tried a Superkick but missed, allowing Rhodes to execute two Disaster Kicks to retain the title.
Main event match
The main event was the Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWE Championship between The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk. At the outset the others double teamed Punk. Punk ducked a double clothesline and knocked both opponents down. Miz & Del Rio recovered and landed a superplex. Miz and Del Rio went to the floor to grab a ladder. Del Rio broke the alliance and smacked Miz with a chair. Del Rio grabbed a ladder but Punk dove onto Del Rio. Punk and Miz returned to the ring where Miz stomped on Punk and landed a chair shot to Punk’s gut. Punk put his knee in Miz's face, but missed a running bulldog, allowing Miz to drop Punk head first into the chair. Del Rio came back into the ring where Miz tried a Skull Crushing Finale while Del Rio was on the ladder. Del Rio reversed it and slammed Miz on the ladder. Punk slammed Del Rio with the ladder and threw Del Rio into the barrier. Del Rio escaped Punk's superplex but not the following neck breaker. Miz landed a second chair shot to Punk’s gut. Punk grabbed it and started beating on Miz. Punk put Miz on top of the barrier and Punk executed a high knee, sending both men over the barrier. Del Rio handcuffed Punk to the ladder. Punk broke the ladder but was still handcuffed. Punk used them to backdrop Del Rio onto the ladder. Miz climbed the ladder, but Punk knocked him down and attempted a GTS, but Miz escaped. Punk and Miz went to the top rope, where Punk tried to superplex Miz. Del Rio kicked Punk through a table onto the floor. Del Rio used the chair against Miz and applied a Cross Armbreaker on Miz, whose arm was trapped in the chair. Del Rio headed back to Punk and attacked him with a chair shot. Del Rio laid a cross armbreaker on Punk and then climbed the ladder. Miz & Punk knocked him off and the ropes end up between his legs. Punk and Miz fought inside the ring where they took each other out with clotheslines. Ricardo Rodriguez came into the ring and climbed the ladder. Miz and Punk tipped the ladder over, sending Ricardo into a table on the floor. Both men blocked the other's finisher. Miz went to the corner, where Punk tried to execute a high knee only to go into the ring post. Miz hooked Punk's handcuff to the turnbuckle. After missing some punches, Punk knocked Miz out of the ring with a roundhouse kick. Del Rio and Miz pulled a ladder into the ring. Punk broke the turnbuckle to free himself. All three men climbed the ladder. Punk knocked out Del Rio down to the mat. He and Miz finished the fight in the ring where Punk executed a GTS. The Champion Punk climbed the ladder and retrieved the WWE Championship.
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