The build to Survivor Series has just begun. However, Smackdown Live has already started thinking post-Survivor Series, as tonight on Talking Smack, Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that the main event of TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs will be AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose in a TLC match for the WWE World Championship.
The PPV takes place on December 4th in Dallas, Texas.
Although Dean Ambrose failed to defeat AJ Styles last week on Smackdown Live, due to James Ellsworth accidentally attacking AJ Styles and disqualifying Ambrose, the latest edition of Smackdown Live, saw General Manager Daniel Bryan give Dean Ambrose one last chance at AJ Styles.
If Ambrose was to beat Styles that would make him the Number One Contender for the WWE World Championship.
With Ellsworth being barred from ringside, and a lot of antics including an Ellsworth run-in, Ambrose managed to get the victory over The Phenomenal One. Here is the opening segment of Smackdown Live which saw Ellsworth try and be the mediator.
It was definitely a smart creative move, as there are only two episodes of Smackdown Live between Survivor Series and TLC, so they need to have a premature build up. It won’t be surprising to see more matches for TLC announced in advance, during the next two weeks before Survivor Series.
Next week, Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defends her title against Alexa Bliss. It is quite likely that there may be a finish in a manner that prompts a rematch for TLC. Now, Talking Smack has become an avenue for such an announcement, if one was to be made.
With regards to teaming with his rival AJ Styles at Survivor Series knowing that he is facing him at TLC, Ambrose stated that he is a “great team man”. The Smackdown Survivor Series male’s team consists of AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, & Baron Corbin.
It will be interesting to see how the build to TLC is, given that they only have two weeks to build to the event. This is clearly Smackdown Live’s answer to Hell In A Cell.