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5 surprising moments from WWE TLC 2020

Can any of us say we expected a man of fire to attack Randy Orton in 2020?
Can any of us say we expected a man of fire to attack Randy Orton in 2020?

Who called murder as the way the WWE would choose to end a year of pay-per-views? Randy Orton might be in a little trouble after WWE TLC 2020. He might want to lay low for a while after Sunday night.

WWE TLC 2020 was a unique way to end the year of pay-per-views in 2020. The show was filled with some great matches, interesting title changes and some truly surprising moments. The ending of the show will certainly be pretty polarizing with professional wrestling fans. WWE has had a good year of pay-per-views and WWE TLC 2020 was a strong way to end this most unique of years.

As we are still trying to figure out why Randy Orton decided to murder his opponent before Christmas, let's take a look at the five most surprising moments of WWE TLC 2020:


#5 The Hurt Business wins the Raw Tag Team Championship at WWE TLC 2020

It has been a great year for The Hurt Business
It has been a great year for The Hurt Business

Not many expected Shelton Benjamin to win a WWE title in 2020. It was a 17-year gap from the last time Benjamin had won a Tag Team Championship. But after joining The Hurt Business, he has become truly relevant again and won a title in surprising fashion at WWE TLC 2020.

The tag match was what one would expect out of a tag team match with these four talented competitors at WWE TLC 2020. There were some athletic spots and good false finishes, but the most interesting part was the ending of the match. Shelton Benjamin was about to get the pinfall when Cedric Alexander tagged himself in to get the victory.

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The cocky Cedric Alexander character continues to be built nicely. It is great to see The Hurt Business have so much gold to end a very successful year.

#4 Charlotte Flair returns and wins the Women’s Tag Team Championship at WWE TLC 2020

Asuka and Charlotte Flair are friends now we guess
Asuka and Charlotte Flair are friends now we guess

Who knew that the "Lana is an underdog" storyline was just an excuse to get Charlotte Flair another title in 2020?

It was certainly a surprise to see Charlotte Flair return at WWE TLC 2020. It does make some real logical sense since she should be really mad at Nia Jax for taking her out of action in June. While Charlotte Flair is more effective as a heel, it would make sense to have her work with Asuka to get some revenge. And she did get some real revenge at WWE TLC 2020.

The match was a pretty solid one but a traditional tag team match. Shayna Baszler did an excellent job of working on body parts in the match as she twisted Asuka in all sorts of uncomfortable looking shapes. The match had Asuka as the tag partner in peril until Charlotte Flair made the save.

It was some sweet revenge to see Charlotte and Asuka pick up the victory and the Women’s Tag Team Championship title at WWE TLC 2020. It will be interesting to see how Lana fits into this storyline upon her return. She certainly deserves more than to be shoved aside for Charlotte Flair yet again.

#3 The Miz cashes in Money in Bank and fails at WWE TLC 2020

AJ Styles takes a brutal fall in the WWE TLC match
AJ Styles takes a brutal fall in the WWE TLC match

It certainly didn’t seem that The Miz would be cashing in on Sunday night at WWE TLC 2020 ahead of the show. It isn’t very often a Money in the Bank briefcase holder cashes in on a lower level pay-per-view event. The Miz taking advantage during the WWE Championship ladder match was certainly a huge surprise. The only thing that was more surprising was to see a rare Money in the Bank holder actually lose their opportunity.

The WWE Championship ladder match between Drew McIntyre and AJ Styles was as excellent as one would expect it to be. They took some brutal looking bumps, especially through some tables, on Sunday night at WWE TLC 2020. As both were laid out in and outside of the ring, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. He likely should have remembered that Styles has help from the 7-foot Omos.

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Omos threw The Miz through a table and led the match into its chaotic ending where all three men had a real chance to win the title at WWE TLC 2020. Drew McIntyre retained his title in an excellent ending to the TLC match. The Miz might go down as a rare cash-in failure but at least he did so in spectacular fashion.

#2 Kevin Owens impresses at WWE TLC 2020

Kevin Owens drives Roman Reigns through a table in their WWE Championship match
Kevin Owens drives Roman Reigns through a table in their WWE Championship match

Kevin Owens has taken quite a beating in recent weeks on WWE Smackdown. It seemed like he would get destroyed at WWE TLC 2020 against Roman Reigns. In surprising fashion, he looked quite impressive on Sunday in the WWE Championship TLC match.

The TLC match at WWE TLC 2020 was likely the best of the entire night. Roman Reigns played the dastardly heel perfectly. Reigns and Jey Uso did their best to brutalize Kevin Owens on Sunday night on multiple occasions. The table spots, chair shots and the brutal fall on the ladder sold Kevin Owens as the babyface who simply wouldn’t quit.

He had multiple and very believable false finishes and got Reigns to drive himself through the ringside barricade. He got another false finish after his brilliant pop-up powerbomb of Reigns through a table.

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After Jey Uso prevented Kevin Owens from winning yet again, it allowed Roman Reigns to recover and get the Guillotine choke on Kevin Owens. This finally allowed Reigns to retain the title. It cannot be denied that Kevin Owens looked like an unstoppable force in the process. That is a win for all involved going into 2021.

#1 Randy Orton sets The Fiend on fire at WWE TLC 2020

Randy Orton a few mere moments before homicide at WWE TLC 2020.
Randy Orton a few mere moments before homicide at WWE TLC 2020.

It was a surprise to see the Firefly Inferno match as the main event of the final pay-per-view of 2020. As the match drew to a close at WWE TLC 2020, it made a lot of sense why this match was last. After the match’s shocking ending, could anyone else have possibly followed that?

The match got off to an interesting start at WWE TLC 2020. It started like a normal match but quickly went off the rails. Fans don't expect many matches to end with a Superstar catching on fire. But in a year that is like a horror movie in itself, we might as well get it on Sunday night.

There were some truly surprising and crazy things that fans witnessed on Sunday night. The Fiend tried to attack Randy Orton with an axe. He even tried to set him on fire while Orton was in a rocking chair. It was a pretty cool visual but more was to come that was even crazier.

After a few attempts to set each other on fire, Randy Orton was able to push The Fiend into the fire. The Fiend was on fire and he attempted to attack Randy Orton in the ring. Randy Orton hit the best RKO of his career - on a man on fire.

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That would have been an insane and crazy way to end WWE TLC 2020, but the WWE had one more surprising twist in store. Randy Orton must have felt winning the Inferno match wasn’t enough so he doused The Fiend in gasoline and set him on fire. Yes, Randy Orton murdered a man in the wrestling ring to end 2020. In this the craziest of years, why not end 2020 in the WWE with a cold-blooded murder?

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Edited by Nishant Jayaram
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