By Graham "GSM" MatthewsNXT Women's Champion Paige def. Natalya
These two work very well together and had a great match. As talented as the women's division is in NXT, Paige has faced almost everyone there is to face, so having her go up against a veteran in Natalya was a smart move. She scored the clean victory and boosted her credibility as champion. It is worth noting that Paige received something of a mixed reaction when she entered, so it will be interesting to see if she ends up turning heel before long.Aiden English def. Local Athlete
The name of English's opponent was never announced, so I am unsure as to what it was. This was a basic squash match designed to put English over, but how many more of these matches can English partake in before it gets old? He turned face a few weeks ago, but his status wasn't made all that clear on this show aside from the roses raining down in the post-match. This was the first since his repackaging that he didn't receive a strong reaction from the Full Sail University crowd, but that might have been due to being overexposed at this set of tapings.
Goldust slaps the taste out of Ryback's mouth.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsWWE Tag Team Champion Goldust def. Ryback by Disqualification
Needless to say, Goldust has been putting on some of the best matches of his career in recent months. I wouldn't go as far to say that this was one of those matches, but it was still a solid match that was given good time. The finish seemingly came out of nowhere, but at least the disqualification loss somewhat protected Ryback. I don't understand why Ryback would take the loss here if the plan is for he and Curtis Axel to contend for the tag titles at some point, and I am still baffled by the Ryback-Axel pairing. Ryback went from headlining pay-per-views with CM Punk to losing to Goldust on Main Event. Think about that for a second.The Usos def. 3MB
We have seen this match countless times in the point, so essentially there was nothing out of the ordinary. However, they worked a fine match with nice back-and-forth action. They made the most out of the small amount of time they were allotted, but there was no need for it to go any longer than it did. The ending outcome was never in doubt, but it is good to see the strong momentum of The Usos continue.
Stephanie McMahon responds to CM Punk.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsStephanie McMahon and Kane Interrupted CM Punk
Although I am still not thrilled with WWE's current product, at least they are taking a step in the right direction by inserting Punk into the ongoing Authority. As he stated in his promo, he has always been rebelious against authority, so it's a natural fit for him. The handicap matches have been done to death since August, but at least this one pitting Punk against all three members of The Shield at WWE TLC has the potential to be great. Adding an extra stipulation to it would be a nice touch as well.Damien Sandow def. Dolph Ziggler in a No. 1 Contender's Match for the Intercontinental Championship
It was nice to see these two have an actual one-on-one encounter without a stipulation attached, although there wasn't much they could do in only four minutes. Nonetheless, they made the most out of the time they were given and the right person went over. I hate to see Ziggler so underutilized, but Sandow was the better choice here and it is a good addition the TLC undercard. Furthermore, Big E Langston did well on commentary and didn't seem as nervous as he has in past promos.
Was Seth Rollins the latest victim of the Cross Rhodes?
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsRenee Young Interviewed WWE Champion Randy Orton
Orton has never been a strong mic worker, and this segment was pure proof of that. As much as I love Renee, she wasn't at her best here and her questions sounded stupid. Orton didn't reveal anything we didn't already know and didn't show any signs of character progression, so it is safe to say that this segment was a waste of time. Kicking off a wrestling show with a talk segment is always annoying, but it is even worse when said talking segment accomplishes nothing.Mark Henry def. Curtis Axel
The fact that neither competitor received an entrance (well, a full entrance anyway) goes to show how little the match meant. It was over within minutes and was nothing more than a showcase for the returning Henry. It is good to have Henry back on WWE TV, but hopefully they have something meaningful in mind for him to do. If Ryback and Axel are no longer "Paul Heyman Guys", then why are they still hanging out with each other?
Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode come face-to-face.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsThe Carters Opened the Show
Dixie's heel shtick can be hit or miss most of the time, but I didn't really mind her performance here. Sure, the concept that every winner gets a turkey dinner was stupid and gimmicky, but her mic work was kept short and sweet for the most part. It was also good to see Ethan Carter III finally say something different and appear alongside Dixie, as that is who is helping him generate heat in the first place. Adding Rockstar Spud to the Carter act is fine by me, if only because he hadn't been doing anything else since the moment he was signed to a contract. He isn't a necessary addition to the act, but at least he'll be a regular on television going forward.Ethan Carter III def. Curry Man
I started watching TNA around August 2008 and didn't get to see much of Curry Man before he was "released" from the company, so it was fun to see him make an appearance here. It was same old shtick for EC3, but as I said last week, at least it is better than him facing Dewey Barnes and Norv Fernum for a millionth time. It was a basic enhancement talent match for EC3, but he needs an actual program with an established star and fast.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsAntonio Cesaro def. Yoshi Tatsu
It has been quite a while since we last saw Cesaro on NXT, so it was great to have him back. Come to think of it, when was the last time Tatsu was ever on NXT, much less on WWE programming? The match was over within mere minutes and was a basic squash match for Cesaro. The most interesting thing about the match was Cesaro constantly looking over at William Regal, who he is now apparently feuding with. A match between the two was advertised for an upcoming taping (or perhaps it already happened?), so this was to be expected, but I am still very much anticipating it.NXT Champion Bo Dallas def. CJ Parker (Non-title)
The Full Sail University crowd hates Dallas, but they don't necessarily like Parker either, so they didn't care for either competitor in this match. It was a fine match for what it was, but it was mostly forgettable and no one (myself included) seemed to care about the action. It was a nice win for Dallas, who hasn't competed on NXT in the nearly two months, but it was over an individual who doesn't mean much right now.
Alberto Del Rio takes control of Dolph Ziggler.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsAlberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler
I have honestly lost track of how many times these two have crossed paths over the course of 2013, but it still amazes me that Del Rio and Ziggler continue to have great matches. Simply put, they are incapable of having a bad match together. Their chemistry is off the charts and the live crowd was very much into the action. It was a nice, clean win for Del Rio and Ziggler looked strong in defeat. The winner was never in doubt given Ziggler current status in the company, but it is shocking to think these two were fighting over the World Heavyweight Championship a few short months ago.Damien Sandow def. Santino Marella
The match was mere minutes long and was only used to showcase Sandow's newfound aggressive side. Thus, this match was essentially everything I expected it to be. Santino sold well for Sandow's vicious offense and it was good to see Sandow score a rare win, but he needs an actual program to become relevant again. No, facing Ziggler in themed hardcore matches every week doesn't count.
John Cena locks in the STF on Alberto Del Rio.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsWorld Heavyweight Champion John Cena Confronted WWE Champion Randy Orton
This was the standard segment everyone expected to see following the conclusion of the Survivor Series pay-per-view. I, for one, am not in favor in unifying the world titles just yet, and I certainly don't agree with rushing into the match by holding it at the TLC event. If the titles were truly "prestigious", then it would go down at WrestleMania 30, but I have no desire to see Cena and Orton face off on the grandest stage of them all. Then again, I have no desire to see them face each other at all.The Shield def. Rey Mysterio and WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Is it surprising to anyone that The Shield were the highlight of the night much like they were at Survivor Series? I didn't think so. They worked a highly entertaining match with a flurry of finishers toward the end. Everyone in the bout works so well together that they are simply incapable of having a bad match together. Roman Reigns once again shined with his Spears onto Goldust and Mysterio, while Dean Ambrose avenged his loss to Rhodes last night by pinning him for the win.
By Abiel Tesfamariam
Actions speak louder than words. While most people think the first ever screwjob was the Montréal Screwjob, this really was it. This event took place back in 1985. It was a screwjob no one saw coming and it stunned many people around the world. This is known as the “Original Screwjob”.
This match was advertised as Wendi Richter vs. The Spider Lady for the Women's Championship at first. But this was all a plan by The Fabulous Moolah and Vince McMahon. This was done because current reigning champion Wendi’s relationship had soured over the month. Vince also stated for his reasoning to screw Wendi over was because she did not sign a contract. Despite claiming she did not re-sign, she said she was on a five year contract. Vince feared that Wendi would leave the company along with the champion.
John Cena and Randy Orton come face-to-face.
By Graham "GSM" MatthewsThe Miz def. Kofi Kingston (Kickoff Match)
Miz didn't act heelish at all from what I saw, so I like the slow-burning heel turn they are doing with him. I still think there was a lot left in the tank for him as a babyface, but the fact of the matter is that he was so badly damaged in that role that he had to be turned. His match with Kingston was well wrestled, which shouldn't be any surprise given how many matches they have had against each other over the years. It was certainly one of the more intriguing pre-show matches in quite some time and Miz going over clean was a nice touch. Kingston refusing to shake his hand afterward was a good way of keeping the feud alive and leaving me anxious to find out what comes next.The Shield and The Real Americans def. Rey Mysterio, WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust, and The Usos in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match
In what was undoubtedly the match of the night, everyone in this match managed to shine one way or another. I was disappointed to see the only five on five tag team match kick off the show, but it surely made for a hot opener. Dean Ambrose should have lasted a little longer, but it was a nice swerve to have him eliminated early on. I didn't at all expect the heels battle back and score the victory, nor did I expect Mysterio to be beaten in his first match back (excluding SmackDown). Obviously, Roman Reigns was the breakout star of this match, coming off like an absolute beast with his scintillating spears on four of the five faces on the opposing team. My only question is why they just didn't have him eliminate all five men by himself. Regardless, the finish was fantastic and all signs point to Reigns branching off on his own sooner rather than later.