TLC 2012: Odds, Wants, & Predictions
Well, 2012 is coming to a close, and WWE‘s final PPV of the year is drawing near. TLC usually ends up being surprisingly good, and although the WWE Champion isn’t on the card this year, I still have some hope for a good PPV. Unlike most PPV’s, TLC has a little bit of unpredictability, as every match is a little up in the air as to who is going to win. Well, I’m going to throw my two cents in and tell you my predictions, what I want to happen, and the statistical odds as to who is gonna win.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow
Odds: Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes have pretty much won every match they’ve been in building up to TLC, while Rey has been missing in action lately and Sin Cara has been on the losing end. Rhodes Scholars have a 1-2 chance of winning while Rey and Sin have a 1-10 chance.
Want: Let’s be honest here, we all know that Rhodes Scholars are going to capture the Tag Team Championships soon or later. So, the best possible outcome would be for Sandow and Rhodes to win here. Doesn’t matter if it’s clean or dirty, as long as they pick up the win.
Prediction: Rhodes Scholars through less than conventional means. Expect a roll-up.
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
Odds: Super Cena or the constantly losing Ziggler? Cena has a 1-2 chance of winning the briefcase while Ziggler has a 1-8 chance at keeping his guaranteed title shot.
Want: Ziggler needs to win this. That’s all that can be said. Ziggler needs to be World Heavyweight Champion, and John Cena in no way should be anywhere near that title. I don’t care if Vickie costs Cena the match, or even AJ costs Cena the match, as long as Ziggler retains his briefcase.
Prediction: Although the brand separation is pretty much non-existant, WWE is not going to make there flagship guy be a regular on their B show by giving him the World Heavyweight Championship (which he’ll win soon or later with the briefcase). Although it’s not that far-fetched to think that WWE will insult our intelligence by having Cena cash-in on the WWE Championship, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ziggler wins. But keep in mind, I’m saying that with extreme doubt.
Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Odds: Although it seems that the two men have been on a level playing-field throughout their feud, Antonio Cesaro managed to get the edge on Smackdown with a count-out victory over Sheamus. Cesaro has a 1-2 chance of winning, while R-Truth has a 1-4 chance.
Want: Antonio Cesaro is an awesome champion, and there is no way in hell I want his reign to end right now. Cesaro for the win.
Prediction: Cesaro pins Truth after a lackluster match.
Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett
Odds: Kofi Kingston has been a roll lately, so he is definitely the odds on favorite. Kingston has a 1-2 chance of winning while Wade has as 1-8 chance.
Want: As much as I love Barrett, he shouldn’t be winning this one. When he came back, everyone expected him to be placed into the World Title scene immediately. Seeing as he’s facing Kingston for the IC title, that clearly didn’t happen. But the Royal Rumble is coming up, and there is no better time to thrust Wade Barrett back into the main event scene. Kofi Kingston needs to retain, so Wade can (hopefully) win the Royal Rumble.
Prediction: Kingston retains his title in a great match.
Big Show vs. Sheamus
Odds: Sheamus is kind of like the John Cena of Smackdown, so naturally he’s going to have the edge. Sheamus has a 1-2 chance of recapturing his title, while Big Show has a 1-6 chance of retaining.
Want: I would usually say that I don’t care who wins, as long as Ziggler cashes in, but seeing as the Ziggler/Cena match is most-likely happening after this match, Ziggler should wait another time. Big Show should retain the title and go on to feud with someone new.
Prediction: This is probably my most unlikely prediction, but I have a feeling that Sheamus is going to win the title here, so I’m going to go with my gut. Sheamus wins after a Brogue Kick to Big Show while Big Show is holding a chair.
Daniel Bryan, Kane & Ryback vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins
Odds: The Shield hasn’t even competed in a match yet, while all of their opponents have been pretty successful this month. The good guys have a 1-2 chance of winning while the Shield has a 1-4 chance.
Want: The Shield should really win this one. We don’t want to pull another Brad Maddox and bury these upstarts right after they make a huge impact, do we?
Prediction: Ryback is in this match. Ryback, unfortunately, is not losing three PPV main events in a row. The Shield is going to lose, look weak, and we’ll probably never be interested in them again. Ryback and Team Hell No pick up the win here.