The Universal Championship and WWE Championship will both be on the line in tables, ladders, and chairs matches tonight.
Tonight's TLC pay-per-view will feature Roman Reigns defending his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre defending his WWE Championship against AJ Styles in tables, ladders, and chairs matches. Styles has warned McIntyre that he won't be facing him alone, with Money in the Bank briefcase holder The Miz, John Morrison, and Styles' associate Omos also set to get involved in the match.
The first-ever Firefly Inferno match will also take place as Randy Orton faces "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. A game of hide-and-seek between Orton and Wyatt on last week's Raw ended with Orton putting Wyatt in a box and lighting it on fire. But The Fiend then emerged and put Orton in the Mandible Claw.
Also at TLC, Sasha Banks will defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against Carmella, The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) will defend their Raw Tag Team titles against The Hurt Business (Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander), and Asuka and a partner of her choosing will challenge for Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax's Women's Tag Team titles. Asuka was originally set to team with Lana before Lana was attacked by Baszler and Jax on Raw last week.
Tonight's pre-show begins at 6 p.m. Eastern time and will feature Big E, Daniel Bryan, Chad Gable & Otis facing Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura in an eight-man tag match. The main card then starts at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Charley Caruso started the Kick-Off Show by introducing her panel members Jeff Jarrett, Booker T, and Pete Rosenberg. They ran down the line up for tonight. Each panel member mentioned which match they're most interested in tonight.
They recapped the Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens feud. They also aired a clip from Talking Smack of Owens speaking to Paul Heyman.
The panel then took a closer look at the match. The panel all praised Reigns, with Rosenberg calling him the best wrestler. They all had little faith that Owens can overcome the odds and win the Universal title.
They recapped the Sasha Banks and Carmella feud. The panel then took a closer look at the SmackDown Woman's Championship match.
The panel then turned their attention to the Raw Tag Team Championship match.
The panel interviewed MVP about the title match tonight. MVP praised The New Day as being one of the best tag teams of all time. He's confident that Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin would win the titles tonight.
Back from the break, they recapped the Drew McIntrye and AJ Styles feud. Caruso mentioned that Omos, Sheamus, and The Miz could all get involved. The Miz and John Morrison interrupted and joined the panel.
Miz teased cashing in tonight. Booker pointed out Miz and Morrison are working together, but only Miz is Mr. Money In The Bank. Miz noted everyone keeps asking when he is going to cash in. He pointed out that McIntrye is difficult to pin.
Caruso changed the subject to tonight's WWE Women's Tag Team title match. They recapped the Nia Jax and Lana feud, including the Lana injury on Raw this past Monday. They briefly discussed the mystery partner when 24/7 Champion R-Truth interrupted. He offered to be Asuka's partner tonight.
Daniel Bryan, Otis, Chad Gable & Big E defeated Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & King Corbin (w/Knights Of The Lone Wolf)
This was a good pre-show eight-man tag match.
They recapped the Sami Awards and Big E's attack before the match. Michael Cole laughed that Zayn couldn't win a rigged award cermoney. They did a parody of the Tom Cruise incident. They then aired leaked audio of Zayn yelling at a stagehand for Big E winning Superstar of the Year. Cole compared the incident to Tom Cruise yelling at a crew member.
Zayn teased starting the match with Big E but tagged in Corbin. Corbin had the brief advantage, but Big E hit a belly-to-belly suplex. The faces took over and worked over Cesaro's arm. Bryan attempted the Yes kicks, but Cesaro grabbed the leg. Bryan countered into a near fall.
Cesaro and Nakamura worked together against Bryan. The heels took over and cut Bryan off from his corner. Zayn tagged in and beat down Bryan in the corner. Corbin attempted a superplex, but Bryan shoved him off. He followed up with a missile dropkick.
Zayn pulled Big E off the apron. Big E chased Zayn on the floor, but Cesaro rocked him with an uppercut.
Otis got the hot tag and ran wild. He hit the caterpillar, but Gable demanded a tag. The heels then regained control, so Zayn tagged into the match. Gable rolled out of the way and tagged in Big E.
Zayn had nobody to tag anymore. Zayn attempted the helluva kick, but Big E countered with the uranage. Big E then hit the Big Ending on Zayn for the win. Cole pointed out that Big E pinned the I.C. champion.
They recapped the Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton feud.
TLC match: WWE Champion Drew McIntyre defeated AJ Styles (w/Omos) and The Miz (w/John Morrison) to regain the title
This was a great TLC match with some great spots and lots of action. It started with McIntrye and Styles. Midway through the match, Miz cashed in his MITB, which turned the match into a triple threat match. McIntrye and Styles had a great match, and Miz was only in for the end.
As Styles made his entrance, Tom Philips pointed out that Styles has been in this type of match before, but McIntyre hasn't.
Styles attacked McIntyre's knee at the bell. He had the early advantage as he continued to attack the leg. McIntrye fired back and slammed down Styles with a suplex. Styles tried to fight back, but McIntrye caught Styles with a high back body drop.
McIntrye rocked Styles with a hard chop knocking him off the turnbuckle to the floor. He slammed Styles head-first on the announce table. McIntrye attempted to suplex Styles through a table, but Styles escaped the hold.
McIntrye and Omos had a brief staredown. He dropped Styles on the barricade and then sent him through the chairs set up on a table. McIntrye then set up a ladder in the ring. He climbed up, but Styles hit him in the injured knee with a chair.
Styles wedged a chair in the corner. Styles tried to send McIntrye into the chair, but he blocked it. McIntrye gave Styles a slingshot into the ladder, but Styles landed on the ladder and climbed up. McIntrye cut him off and gave him a slingshot into the chair.
McIntrye attempted to climb up again, but Styles attacked the injured leg. Styles then dropped a ladder on McIntrye. He tried to set up for the Styles Clash, but McIntrye reversed into the Future Shock DDT. McIntrye lifted the ladder and dropped it on Styles.
Styles recovered and went back to McIntrye's knee. Styles used the ladder to apply the Calf Crusher. Styles then attacked McIntrye's leg with a chair. He then reapplied the Calf Crush, but this time with a chair.
McIntyre fought back and dropped Styles on the ladder to break the hold. Styles took back over and slammed McIntyre's leg against the post. They fought around ringside, and Styles rocked McIntrye with a ladder shot to the face.
Styles placed McIntrye on the table on the floor. Styles then walked up a ladder on an angle in the corner.
McIntyre recovered and smashed a chair in Styles's face.
McIntrye brought in a table and set it up in the corner. Styles fought back and dropped McIntrye face-first on the bottom rung of a ladder.
McIntrye threw Styles into the table, but he slid under and pushed the table into McIntrye's injured knee. Styles charged at McIntrye, but he caught him and gave Styles an overhead belly to belly suplex onto the ladder in the corner.
Styles hit a Phenomenal forearm and climbed up the ladder. McIntyre cut him off, and press slammed Styles through a table at ringside.
McIntrye started climbing up the ladder when Miz ran out. Miz gave McIntrye a powerbomb through the table. Miz then cashed in his Money In The Bank contract, and the match became a triple threat TLC match.
Miz climbed up the ladder, but Omos pulled Miz down and held him in his arms like a baby. He then dropped Miz through a table at ringside. John Morrison jumped in and smashed a chair over Omos' back. The chair broke into pieces. Omos just looked at Morrison and stalked him to the back.
McIntrye struggled to get to his feet. Styles got back in and climbed up the ladder. They fought on the top, and Miz got back in and set up a second ladder. McIntrye knocked Styles and Miz off. Styles recovered and springboarded onto the ladder and knocked off McIntrye.
Miz and Styles fought on the top of the ladders. McIntyre recovered and pushed over the ladders. Styles took a nasty bump to the floor and seemed to be bleeding from the face.
Miz landed on the ropes. McIntrye then hit the Claymore kick on Miz and climbed up the ladder to pull down the title for the win.
In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Paul Heyman. He gave a spoiler that Owens is going to get hurt. He promised that Roman Reigns is going to hold onto the title.
SmackDown Woman's Champion Sasha Banks defeated Carmella (w/Reginald) to retain the title.
Banks and Carmella had a good match. They both worked hard.
Carmella stalled at ringside but Banks dragged her in the ring. Carmella fought back and gained control of the match.
Banks knocked Carmella off the apron, but Reginald caught her. Banks then knocked him out, but Carmella hit a superkick on Banks.
Carmella slowed the pace down, but Banks fought back.
Banks hit the running knees in the corner and followed up with the Three Amigos suplexes. Banks then hit the frog splash for a close near fall.
Banks attempted the Meteora, but Carmella avoided it. Banks went for the tilt-a-whirl head scissors, but Carmella dropped her on the top of her head.
Carmella nailed Banks with a superkick as she hung over the apron. Carmella attempted a hurricanrana off the top, but Banks rolled through for a near fall.
They went back and forth with pin attempts. Carmella rolled through into the Code of Silence, but Banks countered into the Bank Statment.
Carmella locked on a submission, but Banks rolled through for another near fall. Carmella became frustrated and charged at Banks but she locked on the Bank statement. Carmella briefly fought back. The finish came when Banks locked on the Bank Statement for the win.
In the back, Billie Kay approached Asuka about being her partner. Asuka turned her down and told her she's not ready for Asuka.
The Hurt Business defeated The New Day to win the Raw Tag Team Titles
This was a really good tag team match with lots of fast-paced action.
Charley Caruso interviewed The New Day in the back before the match. Xavier Woods noted they fought The Hurt Business before, but they never fought big match New Day.
Kofi Kingston rocked Cedric Alexander with a superkick to start the match. The New Day was firmly in control as they isolated Alexander.
Shelton Benjamin slammed Woods down with a spinebuster to gain control of the match.
MVP gave Alexander a bottle of water at ringside. Kingston hit a double stomp on Benjamin for a near fall.
Kingston hit a dive onto Alexander at ringside. Woods hit a tornado DDT on Benjamin for a near fall.
Benjamin rocked Woods with a knee and sent him into the bottom turnbuckle. Alexander kicked Woods in the back for a near fall.
Alexander slowed the pace down. The heels isolated Woods and cut him off from his corner.
Woods fought back, and Kingston got the hot tag. In a cool spot, Kingston attempted the boom drop, but Benjamin picked him up for a powerbomb.
The Hurt Business attempted the Doomsday Device, but Kingston rolled through. Kingston hit the SOS of a near fall. Alexander then hit the brainbuster for a very close near fall.
Benjamin and Kingston fought on the top rope. Benjamin ran up the top and hit a superplex.
Benjamin had the match won, but Alexander tagged himself in and hit the lumbar check for the win.
Benjamin was shocked that Alexander tagged himself in, but The Hurt Business celebrated after the match.
They recapped the Sami Awards and the leaked audio of Sami Zayn yelling at a crew member.
In the back, Zayn approached Kayla Braxton to find out who gave her the audio. He's sure that it's Big E. Braxton noted she's a journalist and won't reveal her sources.
Zayn was furious as she walked away.
Asuka & Charlotte Flair defeated Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax to win the WWE Women's Tag Team Titles
Tom Philips gave an injury update on Lana. He noted she has an injured elbow and knee. Lana didn't make an appearance, so she's not putting Jax through a table tonight.
As was reported earlier today, Charlotte Flair ended up being Asuka's partner for tonight. The commentators noted Jax injured Flair, but Flair and Asuka were feuding.
This was a fine match that started at a slow pace but picked up towards the end.
Baszler and Asuka traded hard kicks to start the match. Baszler attempted to stomp on Asuka's arm, but she escaped. Flair got the tag and demanded Jax get in the ring. The faces were briefly in control until Jax sent Asuka into the ring post.
The heels isolated Asuka and cut her off from her corner. Baszler stomped on Asuka's elbow and worked over her arm. Asuka fought back and attempted to make the tag, but Baszler pulled Flair off the apron.
Flair knocked Baszler down with a right hand. Flair got the hot tag and ran wild on the heels. They showed Ric Flair watching in the back.
Flair attacked Jax's leg and sent her to the floor. Asuka rocked Baszler with a sliding knee on the apron. Flair then hit the moonsault to the floor, taking out both heels.
Asuka made the blind tag as Jax hit the Samoan drop on Flair. Baszler attempted the Kirifuda Clutch, but Flair tagged into the match.
The finish came when Asuka took out Jax with the hip attack. Baszler locked on the Kirifuda Clutch on Flair, but she rolled through. Flair then hit Natural Selection for the win.
In the back, Sami Zayn approached Big E and R-Truth. He accused Big E of leaking the audio. Zayn made the mistake of getting in Big E's face.
TLC Match: Universal Champion Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman) defeated Kevin Owens to retain the title
This was a good TLC match, and they tried to make it different from the earlier match. They worked at a slower pace with less high-risk dangerous spots but still very brutal and unsafe in their own way.
Roman Reigns made his entrance first and watched as the referee hung the Universal title in the air. Suddenly, Kevin Owens jumped Reigns to start the match. Owens beat Reigns around ringside and hit a cannonball against the barricade.
Owens then hit a frog splash off the apron onto Reigns. Owens brought in a ladder, but Jey Uso ran in to stop him. Owens was ready and rocked Uso with a superkick. He continued to beat down Reigns.
Uso attempted a superkick, but Owens blocked it with a chair. Owens then attacked Uso's leg and pillmanized his leg. Referees and officials took Uso to the back. Suddenly, Reigns hit the drive-by on Owens.
Reigns picked up the steps and hit Owens several times. He then hit Owens in the face with a ladder. Reigns destroyed Owens with chair shots and then set up two chairs in the ring.
Owens fought back and attempted to powerbomb Reigns through the chairs. Reigns countered and gave Owens a backdrop onto the chairs.
Reigns climbed up the ladder, but Owens cut him off with several chair shots. He followed up with a fisherman suplex onto an upright chair. Owens climbed up to the top of the ladder when Uso ran back out and pulled him down.
Owens and Uso were brawling when Reigns hit the Superman Punch. Uso brought two tables into the ring, but Owens fought back. He hit a superkick on Uso and the stunner on Reigns.
Owens set the ladder up, but Uso pulled him out of the ring. They fought around ringside until Owens gave Uso and pop-up powerbomb through the announce table. Owens then buried Uso under the announce table and climbed to the top of the ladder.
Reigns jumped back in, and they fought on the ladder. Reigns pulled Owens down and countered a superkick into a powerbomb on a ladder. He then gave Owens a back suplex on a ladder on its side.
Reigns dragged Owens to the floor and choke slammed him through a table. He then gave Owens a Samoan Drop through another table.
Reigns got back in the ring and climbed up the ladder, but Owens dragged himself back in the ring. Owens grabbed at Reign's leg. He climbed back down and mocked Owens.
Owens slapped Reigns in the face. Reigns snapped and speared Owens through a table in the corner. Owens dragged himself back to his feet and taunted Reigns at ringside. Reigns went for the spear, but Owens moved, and Reigns crashed through the barricade.
Owens climbed up the ladder but Reigns cut him off. Owens fought back and gave Reigns the pop-up powerbomb through a table.
Owens climbed to the top and touched the title, but Uso cut him off again. Owens dropped down and gave Uso the stunner.
He climbed back up, but Reigns hit a low blow. Reigns then applied the guillotine submission, and Owens fell to the mat. Reigns then pulled down the title for the win.
After the match, a dejected Owens watched as Reigns celebrated in the ring.
They announced Intercontinteal Champions Sami Zayn defends against Big E on SmackDown this Friday night.
Firefly Inferno match: Randy Orton defeated The Fiend
This was just a basic brawl with the special effects of fire. There wasn't much to the match, and it bordered on silly at times. It was like the fifth sequel of a bad horror movie. The psychology didn't make sense either since it was unclear who was the face and heel.
There are no pinfalls, submissions, count-outs, or disqualifications in the match. The only way to win is to set a body part on fire. There's no referee either.
Randy Orton came out wearing long black pants and a black hoodie. The Fiend kept his black jacket on as well.
Unlike past inferno matches, there was no fire around the ring or any fire at all. The match started with no fire. It appeared during the match after several minutes. Also, unlike previous inferno matches, the fire was not around the ring itself.
Instead, the fire was on the other side of the barricade with the fans and near the commentators. It was a cool visual to see the fire throughout the ThunderDome. Anytime there was a big move on the floor, the flames became bigger.
Orton and The Fiend had a brief staredown. Orton tried attacking The Friend, but it did not affect him.
The Fiend took over and rocked Orton with a cross-body block. The Fiend attempted Sister Abigail, but Orton countered with a backbreaker. The move didn't hurt him and The Fiend jumped up to his feet. He then hit Sister Abigail.
The Fiend lifted his arms, and the fire finally appeared. They fought around ringside and teased Orton getting set on fire. The Fiend attempted to hit Orton with an ax, but Orton avoided it.
The Fiend then set up the rocking chair and covered it in gasoline. He placed Orton on the chair and set it on fire, but Orton moved in time. Orton briefly took over with an ax handle and a chain.
The Fiend fought back and set the ax handle on fire, but Orton cut him off. Orton then gave The Fiend the draping DDT off the apron.
Orton attempted the RKO on the floor, but The Fiend applied the mandible claw. He backed Orton into the flames, but Orton turned around and set The Fiend on fire.
Orton and The Fined jumped back in the ring. Orton then hit the RKO on The Fiend, who was still on fire. At first, Orton seemed afraid and checked on The Fiend. By this point, The Fiend wasn't on fire anymore or moving.
Orton grabbed the gasoline and covered The Fiend in gas. He slowly lit a matchstick and tossed it on The Fiend. The Fiend's body was set on fire and burned in the middle of the ring. The commenters were disgusted with Orton's actions.
Clearly, they replaced The Fiend with a dummy when the camera was off of him. Orton celebrated as The Fiend's body continued to burn in the ring.