Roundtable TLC Predictions

This Sunday at 8 EST time, the words TLC will change lives. As these gladiators battle it out for pride and honor. After this Sunday, TLC will not just be a word, it will be a tragic event in time. As 5 WWE championships are on the line, questions must be answered. Who will overcome the dramatic odds? Time will only tell what will happen Sunday, but join us as we try to predict the outcomes of these events.

Who are we?
Perhaps I should introduce the cast.

Michael Brennan: Currently writes for Examiner as the Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner and has an upcoming podcast on The Super Marks.

Ben Turpen: Runs a brand new website named The Super Marks with a podcast in the works named “SUPER MARKS~!”

Jake Simpkins: Has a blog titled The Blog of Honor on a forum. It is relatively new so he needs your support.

Kyle Fitta: Writes for The Powerdriver Review. He mainly deals with reviewing major promotions of the past and present, as well as some independent shows worked in.

Women’s Championship
Michelle McCool (c) vs. Mickie James

Michael Brennan
(Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: I would undoubtedly put over Mickie James. Michelle McCool’s act has grown stale, but so has Mickie’s. An interesting situation is presented.

What will happen: For a while now, I’ve been making some pretty bad predictions so let’s go with the opposite of what I would do! Michelle McCool!

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: Get rid of the women’s division. Michelle McCool is possibly the worst actor I have ever seen in my life. And not a very good wrestler either. Mickie is one of the few watchable things in the division and she wins.

What will happen: McCool retains because Mickie is fat in the “WWE Universe.” That sure is a catchy phrase, isn’t it?

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: McCool retains I guess.

What will happen: Mickie wins to get her revenge on McCool. The entire IWC continues to not care what so ever.

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Review)
What I would do: Personally speaking, I am not that big of a fan of Mickie James’s character since she was feuding with Trish, or much of her ring work, honestly. So with that being said, I would have McCool retain the title here; then have her move on to another top face.

What they will do: Most likely, I see McCool retaining here because of Mickie’s weight problems with the company. Once she does lose her so called tummy or fatness that Vince does not like, I can see them putting the title back on her, but until then—she will not be champion. Much like most Diva matches in WWE; I do not think this will be a good match at all. It will most likely be a short, filler match lasting only 5 minutes with little action and a poor payoff that nobody cares for.

ECW Championship (Ladder Match)
Christian (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin

Michael Brennan
(Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: First off I’m really entertained by this idea. This one has a lot of potential. This one is easily a match of the night candidate. I’m a big advocate of moving Christian to Smackdown. In order to do that, we have to give the title to Benjamin here.

What will happen: As I said, I’ve been pretty bad as of late with my picks, but I am really feeling a title change here though. Let’s go with the gold standard.

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: This looks really sweet. I would tell them to go out and steal the show. I could write a book on how poorly Shelton has been treated in his time in WWE. Christian retains.

What will happen: They likely have a good, but not memorable 10 min. ladder match. Christian retains.

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: Let Christian continue the best single title reign in WWE this year.

What will happen: Shelton takes the belt so Christian can move to Smackdown or Raw.

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Review)
What I would do: Since I do not think this is the right time to take the title off Christian, I will have to say I will have Christian retain here. As of right now, Shelton does not feel like he should be the champion. He is too blah and stale. If he would happen to freshen up his character in some way, he would be a shoe in for the ECW belt.

What will happen: Since Christian has been the superman of ECW, I do not see them taking the title off him at this moment. Christian has had many tremendous ladder matches in his career, and Shelton always does something crazy. I just hope that Shelton is on, and does not botch or miss spots. If he is on, this match could an innovated, high action, and deifying ladder match.

Intercontinental Championship
John Morrison (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

Michael Brennan (Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: Oh, man. This match has many possibilities. I think you keep the strap on Morrison though. I am a big fan of McIntyre, but probably not as big as the WWE’s creative team and Vince right now.

What will happen: Considering that Shawn and Hunter are big on McIntyre, it is almost a given he’s going to take this one. How long will he hold it? I don’t know.

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: Not going to lie, I had to google this Drew McIntryre character, and I still have no idea who he is. Keep the belt on Morrison for that reason and because he is one of the more watchable workers in the company.

What will happen: Morrison retains and McIntyre has rematches for 12 consecutive weeks, Dolph Ziggler style. Of course he goes 0-12.

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: McIntyre goes over with a low blow or his feet on the ropes or some other typical heel way.

What will happen: Morrison retains. I see him keeping the title until at least the Royal Rumble, if not Wrestlemania.

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Review)
What I would do: I really think Morrison has done a good job with the IC title. I do think if Morrison learns the main event style and can stretch out his matches with a solid story in him, he could become something special. I do think you have to get the title off Morrison soon or a later, but I do not think this is the place or time. I say I would have Morrison retain the title here.

What they will do: The story around the campfire is that Vince is high on Drew, but I think even Vince knows that putting him over in this situation is premature. Therefore, I think this is more or less Drew’s test drive to see how he is in a big match situation. If he looks good, I really think he will defiantly win the title soon or later. On the other hand, I do think this match will be good. John Morrison has pretty much had a good match with everyone who is challenging for the title, and I do not think that it will stop here. I have not seen much of Drew’s work, so I looked for some of it. I only found one match, but he looked pretty solid. I understood that his debut match was with R-Truth, and nobody really cared about the match, therefore, that was why it turned out like it was—uninspiring.

Unified Tag Team Championship
Chris Jericho (c) & Big Show (c) vs. D-Generation X (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match)

Michael Brennan (Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: Well it does look like it is time for DX to take the straps here. I do feel as though they need to have the straps in order to plant the seeds for a Wrestle Mania match I would love to see, HBK vs. Triple H. The problem is, I am not too sure it is going to happen.

What will happen: As much as I have questioned myself, I’m thinking Shawn and Hunter go over here. The way they have been building this up just makes sense. Maybe too much sense?

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: Not put Big Show in ladder matches. Having said that, this is one of three matches I’m looking forward too on this card. I would keep the belts on Jericho, but Hunter and Shawn are sure going to have something to say about that.

What will happen: Simple, DX has never had a tag title run. That will end Sunday night.

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: Keep JeriShow champs, I like the fact that DX have never been tag champs, shows how relevant they have been over the years without needing the belts.

What will happen: This one is probably the toughest for me to call, but I say JeriShow retains.

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Review)
What I would do: It seems like they are building up for DX for the title in some shape or form at Wrestlemania, or just simply a one on one match between the both of them. Therefore, I would put DX over here; then have them have miscommunications and struggles of getting along setting up the break up between them. In addition to that, this would allow Big Show to get his surgery and start up a nice singles run for Jericho, and build him up for Edge when he returns.

What will happen: I think they will do what I said: put DX over. I mean I cannot really see them putting over Jerishow here. I think this will be the best match on the show, and will main event the show. I think HBK always shines in a ladder match and Jericho can also be phenomenal in ladder matches. I think this will be a very high spot, innovated, highlight real TLC match, but also have a good amount of storytelling and psychology—much like all of HBK’s ladder matches. This match will defiantly steal the show, and might be worth watching just for this match

Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton

Michael Brennan (Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: I cannot begin to explain how mad this feud makes me. I still cannot take Kofi Kingston seriously and frankly it makes no sense. I am a big fan of the way this is could be going though. If done correctly, this should turn Kofi into a legitimate contender. I would put Kofi over here I think and have a bigger match at the next pay per view.

What will happen: WWE probably will give Orton the win here. If I had to guess, the finish will not be clean. Where are DiBiase and Rhodes? Oh there they are interfering in another match of Orton’s.

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: Well, Kofi has had quite the extended push here, and gasp, he is getting a reaction. This would be a complete toss up for me. I’ll put over Kofi because I’m in favor of pushing fresh faces.

What will happen: There comes a time in many careers within this company, and that time is now for Kofi. The push is over and Orton wins handily in a 10-12 min. extended squash. Kofi will be lucky to last another two years in the company.

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: Orton wins from Legacy interfering or whatever, so Kofi doesn’t dominate the whole feud.

What will happen: Same as above.

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Review)
What I would do: This is a tough decision of what to do, but I would actually put over Kofi Kingston here. I would not put him over clean, however, but I would more so have Legacy interfere and have Ted Dibase hit Orton with a chair aiming for Kofi. With that taking place it would lead up to their match at Wrestlemania, and then Kofi Kingston winning the MITB, so that it can give him a legit reason to be a main contender for the title. When I think of Kofi’s situation right now, I think of Cm Punk when he first won the title.

What will happen: I see WWE doing what they usually do and that is place the bullet in the trigger but never fire it. Therefore, I see Randy Orton winning this match and Kofi Kingston ending up being just like the others who never got *the* opportunity. This match could be decent depending on if their styles click together; it could work, but it could also fail. It is a total coin flip, but not a two face coin flip; a regular coin, but without the tails getting the 51 percent advantage. A flat sided, 50-50 sided coin.

WWE Championship (Tables Match)
John Cena (c) vs. Sheamus

Michael Brennan (Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: The match up as a whole does not spark my interest. Sheamus has given me no reason to care about him. What I understand is that, Sheamus is undefeated and a monster. Cena is the guy who usually beats that type of wrestler. This is why I give Sheamus the win. Do I think he’s ready? No I don’t. I just think WWE booked themselves into a corner here.

What will happen: Attitude Adjustment through a table, for the win?

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: Anything to get the belt off Cena is a plus in my book, so Sheamus does the unthinkable and takes down the MIGHTY SUPER CENA.

What will happen: Cena wins and the table stipulation likely draws this out a bit longer to either a Raw squash or a match at the Royal Rumble.

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: Cena retains, but let Sheamus get plenty of offense but Cena goes through the “5 moves of doom” to retain and successfully p*ss off all the Cena hating smart marks.

What will happen: Same as above

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Report)
What I would do
: This is a very difficult decision for me. I mean I could put over Cena logically here, but then where does that leave Sheamus? On the other hand, if I put the belt on Sheamus, will it affect the ratings or the credibility of the title? This would be different if they actually built Sheamus up appearing strong for this match, but in the Battle Royal, he looked like a coward. He also looked stupid when Mark pushed him down. With that being said, I guess you have to put over John Cena here.

What will happen
: I am almost 100 percent sure they will put Cena over here. I do not think this to be that good of a match. It is not because I think they suck, it is because of the limitations of a table match. When you wrestle in a table match, you can only do so much to make the match interesting. You do not get the full effect of a regular match or a better gimmick match. It is almost like you are working against the gimmick rather than the stipulation helping you. Then, the worst part about a table match is the payoff. I mean does a table spot really make you jump out of your seats anymore, since like 1998? I strongly think table spots have come and gone ever since the Original ECW and Attitude Era expired. So I see Cena retaining here, in a not so great match, but you never know. They might surprise us.

World Heavyweight Championship (Chair Match)
Undertaker (c) vs. Batista

Michael Brennan
(Chicago Pro Wrestling Examiner)
What I would do: I would definitely keep the strap on Undertaker. I am a big fan of heel Batista and am sufficiently entertained. I’m not just feeling a title reign right now. What is a damn chairs match anyway?

What will happen: Rey Mysterio will probably make an appearance in this one causing Batista to kill everyone. Guessing Undertaker retains only to lose to Batista down the road.

Ben Turpen (The Super Marks)
What I would do: First off, what is a chair match? If I was WWE, I would stop booking myself into holes with these ridiculous stipulation ppvs. Undertaker wins because well, yeah, all we need is another Batista title run.

What will happen: Undertaker wins in what is likely a watchable match. These two usually have good matches.

Jake Simpkins (Blog of Honor)
What I would do: Have Taker retain, and then drop the belt to Punk or Jericho or something at the Rumble.

What will happen: Batista wins the belt.

Kyle Fitta (The Powerdriver Review)
What I would do: This is a pretty easy choice for me. I would put Batista over here since Undertaker has not lived up to expectations of what a main event match ought to be; therefore, I think logically you have to put over Batista over here because he has been on a role as of late. Ever since they booked him as a heel, he has been rolling over wrestlers, and for the most part he is getting decent heat (besides the PPV in his hometown). In addition to that, I actually think Batista character wise is less stale. I guess that might be just because he has been babyface for so long, and any change could make Batista more entertaining than he was. I do not know the reason, but he has been pretty watchable for the most part, and I can’t say the same about Undertaker or his matches right now.

What will happen: I actually think they will listen with me and put over Batista. He has been on a role of late, and they really have been trying to hide the flaws of the not so healthy Undertaker by putting him in triple threats, and other shenanigans. So I think they will put over Batista here. However, I do not think this match will be anything close to a work of art. Granted they have had pretty good chemistry in the match, and have put on some solid showings, but right now Undertaker seems like he is on his last limb. I also think that the stipulation of this match is pretty stupid. A chairs match. Serious what were they thinking when they said, “lets have Batista vs. Undertaker in a chairs match”. Ugh I find it stupid, and honestly I do not really understand the whole concept of the match. I suppose just chairs are legal, so I guess if you hit your opponent with any other foreign weapons, you get DQ’ed.

That just about wraps things up for us. Leave your own predictions in the comment section and see how you match up.Don’t forget to support all four writer’s websites! Thanks for reading and happy pay perviewing.

Posted on December 12, 2009, in WWE. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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