WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs

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TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
WWE TLC Logo
The 2015 WWE TLC logo
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Other name(s) TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs...and Stairs (2014)
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw (2009–2010, 2017–present)
SmackDown (2009–2010, 2016, 2018–present)
ECW (2009)
First event TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2009)
Signature match types Match types featuring tables, ladders, and/or chairs as weapons

TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs is a professional wrestling event produced annually by WWE, a Connecticut–based promotion, and broadcast live and available through the WWE Network and pay-per-view (PPV). The event was established in 2009, replacing Armageddon in the December slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar. However, the concept of the show is based on the primary matches of the card each containing a stipulation utilizing tables, ladders and/or chairs as legal weapons.[1] The event's concept was voted by fans via WWE's official website and was chosen over an event with street fight main events and an event featuring a single-elimination tournament.[2]

Championship bouts were scheduled on every card, with the lower-tier titles featured on the undercard and the top-tier featured on the main card.[3]

The 2014 event was also referred to as Tables, Ladders, Chairs... and Stairs, because the first ever Steel Stairs Match, between Erick Rowan and Big Show, took place at the event.

With the brand extension reinstated in 2016, the pay-per-view in 2016 was a SmackDown branded event. In the 2017 edition of the event, it was moved from its usual December slot to an October slot together with making the event as a Raw branded event, allowing TLC to occur before the annual Survivor Series event that is held in November. Notably, the 2017 edition of the event also features an interpromotional match with a wrestler from the SmackDown brand, since the original opponents on that event was unable to perform at that time due to viral infection. In 2018, it was announced that TLC would be a dual brand event but moved again to December slot due to cancellation of |Clash of Champions was originated in December.[4]

Concept[edit]

The concept of this pay-per-view is that the main event matches have stipulations that involve legally using tables, ladders, or chairs. In 2010, every match involved tables, ladders, or chairs. During the show, there were Tables matches, Ladder matches, Chairs matches, and TLC matches. In a tables match, the only way to win is to put your opponent through a table. In a ladder match, the only way to win is to climb the ladder and retrieve the item above the ring. In a chairs match, the only way to win is by pinfall or submission in the ring, while using a chair as a legal weapon. In a TLC match, the same rules apply as a ladder match, but tables and chairs can also be used.

Dates and venues[edit]

Raw-branded event SmackDown-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main event
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2009) December 13, 2009 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and Big Show) (c) vs. D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2010) December 19, 2010 Houston, Texas Toyota Center John Cena vs. Wade Barrett in a Chairs match
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2011) December 18, 2011 Baltimore, Maryland[5] 1st Mariner Arena CM Punk (c) vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2012) December 16, 2012 Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. John Cena in a Ladder match for Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2013) December 15, 2013[6] Houston, Texas[6] Toyota Center Randy Orton (WWE) vs. John Cena (WHC) in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the unification of the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship
TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs...and Stairs (2014) December 14, 2014 Cleveland, Ohio[7] Quicken Loans Arena Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2015) December 13, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Sheamus (c) vs. Roman Reigns in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2016) December 4, 2016 Dallas, Texas[8] American Airlines Center AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWE World Championship
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2017) October 22, 2017 Minneapolis, Minnesota[9][10] Target Center Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, and Kane in a 5-on-3 handicap Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2018) December 16, 2018[11][12] San Jose, California SAP Center TBA

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