WWE TLC had a couple of disappointments but overall it was a pretty enjoyable show, especially when you consider that the build for the show was quite lackluster. The show was headlined by Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch challenging for the WWE Women's Tag-Team Championships in a TLC match.
We also had Bray Wyatt facing The Miz in a non-title match. Another bright spot on the show was the SmackDown Tag Team title match which kicked off the main card. One of the weirdest moments on the show was the strange KFC ad/plug which took place during the Viking Raiders' RAW Tag-Team title defense.
With TLC now behind us, let's take a look at the best and the worst of WWE's last PPV of 2019.
#3 Best: Hot opener to start the show
The main card started off with a ladder match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships between The New Day and The Revival. Both teams laid it out on the line, as they threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other to try and leave with the win. All 4 men also took some nasty bumps, including bumps on a laid-out ladder by Big E and Dash Wilder. Big E pulled off a couple of incredible spots himself including his patented Spear through the ropes to Dash Wilder.
Former WWE Champion Kofi Kingston was also particularly impressive during the match. The finishing segment saw Kofi leap onto a ladder before knocking down both Scott Dawson as well as Dash Wilder before reaching out and grabbing the SmackDown Tag-Team Championships to pick up the win for his team. Overall, it was a fast-paced match with some great action and the perfect way to start the show.
#3 Worst: The weird KFC ad/plugs during the RAW Tag-Team title match
Our first 'worst' of the night is an easy one. It has to be the weird KFC ad plug during the RAW Tag Team title match. As The Viking Raiders came down to the ring, we saw a KFC branded table at ringside along with Fried Chicken and other sides with people at the table cheering.
This led to The King shouting, "Throw some drumsticks over here" on commentary. This wasn't the end of it though and we also got a couple of shots of the action from behind the KFC branded table during the match itself. There were also a number of distracting puns and plugs during the match at commentary alluding to the KFC table at ringside which didn't really add anything to the action.
The RAW Tag Team title match between The Viking Raiders and The OC was pretty decent until it finished in a double DQ by count-out. We were also a little disappointed that it was The OC who answered The Viking Raiders' open challenge. After the match, we saw the Viking Raiders hitting Luke Gallows with a double powerbomb through the KFC table.
#2 Best: Bray Wyatt's character work and Daniel Bryan returns with new look
Bray Wyatt faced The Miz in a non-title match at TLC. The match itself was pretty good but what was spectacular about the match was Wyatt's character work during it. Wyatt started off not wanting to hit Miz back but kept getting more aggressive as the match went on. Even when he dished out some offense of his own, Wyatt kept oscillating between rage and the happy-go-lucky side of his character.
After Wyatt pinned Bryan to win the match, The Fiend appeared on the screen and encouraged Wyatt to go further. This led to Bray Wyatt bringing out a huge mallet from under the ring, which he'd previously shown off in one of the Funhouse segments. Wyatt brought the mallet into the ring but didn't end up using it.
This also led to Daniel Bryan coming out and blindsiding Wyatt with a running knee strike. When Daniel Bryan took his hoodie off, we saw his new slightly clean-shaven look, a throwback to his look from the early 2010s. This new throwback look was probably done to cement Bryan's return to being a babyface. After taking Wyatt out, Bryan took the mallet and went to smash him with it. The lights went off at this point and Bray was gone when they came back.
This segment also did an excellent job of setting up Bryan and Wyatt's match, probably at Royal Rumble in January.
#2 Worst: The way Roman Reigns versus Baron Corbin ended
The TLC match between Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin didn't really feel like a TLC match at all. No ladders and tables were used during the match although we did see the return of the can of dog food.
The finish to the match saw Dolph Ziggler come out and hitting Reigns with a Superkick. Reigns briefly fought back and took out both Ziggler and Corbin with a Drive-By. The Revival came out at this point and eventually the numbers game proved to be too much for Reigns despite his best efforts. Just when it looked like he had Baron Corbin in his crosshair, Dolph Ziggler threw a chair at his face and followed it up with a Zig-Zag. The Revival followed it up with a Shatter Machine before Corbin finished Reigns off with an End of Days to win the match.
Not only does the finish make Corbin, Ziggler and The Revival look a little weak, it also means that we haven't seen the last of the Reigns vs Corbin feud. The only way this storyline can redeem itself at this point would be if The Usos return as Reigns' backup.
#1 Best: The right choice for the main event
WWE made the right choice letting the WWE Women's Tag-Team match main event TLC. The ladies tore the house and it was easily one of the matches of the night. They used ladders, chairs, tables, and Kairi Sane even used a fire extinguisher at one point.
We also saw a lot of innovative offense including a spot early on where the Kabuki Warriors trapped Charlotte in a chair by wedging in a kendo stick. The Kabuki Warriors followed this up by tying Becky Lynch to a ladder.
The match also had its share of brutal spots. At one point near the end of the match, Asuka powerbombed Charlotte off the middle turnbuckle and through a table set up at ringside. The finish to the match was also innovative. As Becky Lynch climbed the ladder, Asuka pulled a rope that had been tied to the ladder earlier in the match, bringing Becky down. This took Becky out of the match and allowed Asuka and Kairi Sane to climb up and retrieve their WWE Women's Tag-Team Championship belts.