The 2012 WWE TLC pre-show kicks off with Matt Striker and Scott Stanford at ringside as fans continue to file into the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Striker and Stanford talk about tonight’s pre-show match with the WWE Divas and then hype tonight’s card.
- Michael Cole and Josh Matthews talk about the online Slammys. Brodus Clay wins the Slammy for Best Dancer of the Year. Charlie Sheen wins the Slammy for Social Media Ambassador of the Year. The WWE.com Exclusive Video of the Year was Jerry Lawler returning home at the airport after his heart attack. The Slammy for Crowd Chant of the Year is “Feed Me More.” The Slammy for Upset of the Year goes to Daniel Bryan for beating Mark Henry and Big Show at Royal Rumble. The Slammy for Diva of the Year goes to AJ Lee.
Santa’s Little Helpers Match: Alicia Fox, Aksana, Naomi, Cameron, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Layla, Natalya, Rosa Mendes
WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres comes out for commentary. The Divas are out next and here we go. Rosa Mendes is eliminated first. Naomi and Cameron double team Aksana. Tamina eliminates Cameron next.
Aksana wastes time on the ropes and gets eliminated. Layla and Natalya go at it now. Tamina comes over and helps Natalya with the double team. Layla drops them both with boots and then hits a double crossbody. Tamina eliminates Layla after she fights with Natalya on the apron. Kaitlyn hits Tamina and Natalya. Kaitlyn and Naomi eliminate Natalya. Tamina runs over Kaitlyn and drops Naomi. Tamina with a big Samoan Drop on Naomi. Tamina and Kaitlyn tangle on the apron now. Naomi pushes them and Tamina is eliminated. It’s down to Naomi and Kaitlyn. The winner gets a title shot later tonight. Eve laughs at them from ringside. They go at it. Kaitlyn misses a dropkick. Naomi dumps her to the apron. Eve runs over and slaps Kaitlyn. Naomi dropkicks Kaitlyn off the apron for the win and the title shot.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Naomi
- After the match, Eve mocks the challenger as Naomi celebrates to Brodus Clay’s music.
- Back to Cole and Matthews backstage with more web Slammys. The Slammy for Insult of the Year goes to John Cena for his jokes on Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler. The Slammy for Tweet of the Year goes to Daniel Bryan for talking about his face. The Slammy for YouTube Show of the Year goes to Zack Ryder. The Slammy for Facial Hair of the Year goes to Daniel Bryan. The Slammy for Betrayal of the Year goes to Big Show for turning on John Cena at Over the Limit.
- Back to Stanford and Striker at ringside. They hype tonight’s card some more.
- The 2012 WWE TLC pay-per-view opens up with Lilian Garcia. They sound the bell 26 times for the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy. Lilian thanks everyone and we go to an opening video for TLC.
- The pyro goes off and we’re live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Cole welcomes us to TLC for WWE’s debut in Brooklyn. He’s joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler.
Tables Match for the #1 Contendership: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
We go to the ring and out comes Rey Mysterio for his team. Tables, ladders and chairs are set up on the way to the ring. Sin Cara is out next for his team. The winners of this match will get a future WWE Tag Team Title shot. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes are out next. Sandow cuts a promo and disses Brooklyn. Cody rips their facial hair and a small “Cody’s mustache” chant starts. Sandow says they will give everyone something to talk about tonight.
The match starts and they go at it. Sandow and Rey, Cara and Rhodes. They double team Cody and send him out to the floor. Cara leaps off Rey’s back and elbows Sandow in the face. Rey and Cara toss Sandow out and they’ve cleared the ring early. They hit a double slide kick on Sandow and go under the ring for a table, sliding it back in the ring. Cody comes in but they drop him with the table. Sandow ducks it but they kick his legs out. They hit Sandow in the face with the table next. Rey and Cara set the table up now. Rey puts Sandow on it while Cara goes up top. Cody makes the save. Cody throws Rey out of the ring while they double team Cara.
Cody works on Rey outside now. Back in the ring for more double teaming on Cara. They go to double team Cara through the table but he counters and sends Sandow to the floor. Rey stops Cody from attacking Cody. Cara goes at it with Cody and arm drags him across the ring. Cody drops Cara’s face in the corner and hits the Disaster Kick. Sandow whips Rey into the ring post. More double teaming on Cara. Sandow and Rhodes in control on the floor now. They put Cara’s leg in between the steel steps and ram it with a table. They set up two tables on the floor and put Rey and Cara on top of them. Cody runs the ropes but Rey trips Sandow. Rey stops Cody and hits a senton from the top. Rey with the DDT on Sandow. Cody tries to powerbomb Rey but Rey sends him to the floor. Rey leaps from the apron to the floor and takes out Rhodes. Cara leaps in and unloads on Sandow.
Cara takes Sandow out on the floor while Rey brings Cody in the ring for back and forth. Rey goes for 619 and nails it. Rey puts Cody on the table and goes up top. Sandow knocks Rey off the top and makes the save. They hit Rey in the head with a table and he goes to the floor. Cara comes in and takes down Sandow with an enziguri. Cara limps as he sends Cody to the floor. Cara with another big kick to Sandow. Cara tries to springboard in on Sandow but Cody rushes in and shoves Cara out of mid-air, sending him crashing through a table on the floor.
Winners and New #1 Contenders: Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
- After the match, officials and Rey check on Cara while Rhodes and Sandow celebrate in the ring.
- We get a video from earlier today from The Shield. Tonight, they’re going to feed Ryback more than he can take. They also have doubts about how much of a team Kane and Daniel Bryan are. They call them a disgrace to all tag teams and say it’s an injustice.
WWE United States title Match: r-Truth vs. Antonio Cesaro
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. R-Truth is out next. Back and forth to start the match. Cesaro takes control and gets the first pin attempt. Cesaro with a headlock now. Truth turns it around and takes Cesaro to the mat.
More back and forth action. Cesaro with a submission now. He keeps it locked for several minutes as the crowd boo’s and Truth struggles to get out. Cesaro takes Truth to the turnbuckles but Truth hulks up and fights back. Truth drops Cesaro twice and hits the big elbow off the ropes. Truth with a kick and then the scissors kick. Truth covers for 2. Cesaro looks to come back but Truth kicks him in the jaw for a close 2 count.
Cesaro comes back again. Cesaro hits an uppercut from behind and then the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
- After the match, Matt Striker interviews Cesaro in the ring about the fans reaction to him. Cesaro says unlike America, he is an international superpower. Cesaro says he is the greatest US Champion in history. Cesaro says fans are booing their own country when they boo him. Cesaro goes on before hitting the turnbuckles with his title.
- We get a video for WWE’s Tribute to The Troops.
- Josh Mathews is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler talks about how tonight’s match doesn’t make sense. He wants Cena’s career to be over if he wins tonight. Ziggler is actually glad about the match tonight. Ziggler says everything changes tonight.
- We go to the ring and out comes The Miz for another episode of MizTV. Miz brings out his guests – Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal of 3MB.
Slater isn’t happy about Miz calling them a trainwreck. McIntyre disses Jay-Z. Slater knocks the Rolling Stones. Slater says tomorrow night at The Slammys, they will be performing live. Mahal picks a fight with the Spanish announce team. 3MB go down and surround them. Slater says in this country, we speak American. Drew shoves one of the announcers into the other. Ricardo Rodriguez comes down and tries talking to 3MB. They push him up against the apron and rough him up. Alberto Del Rio runs down and takes out all three members of 3MB. Del Rio unloads on them until they get the triple team in. They come in the ring and Miz helps Del Rio. They clear the ring of 3MB. Miz and Del Rio are going to find a partner to face 3MB later tonight.
- Kane and Daniel Bryan are backstage. Bryan talks about “Feed Me More” and says he hates it when someone repeats themselves over and over again. Kane asks if he’s kidding. Kane doesn’t care what Ryback says, what’s important is what he does. Kane says bodies will be broken tonight but they will be the ones who do the breaking. Kane says if Ryback is hungry, they will feed him The Shield. Bryan chants yes over and over.
- Matt Striker is backstage with Wade Barrett. Barrett is confident that he will beat Kofi Kingston tonight. Barrett says he will mute Kofi tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston
We go to the ring and out first comes Wade Barrett followed by WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston. Barrett slams Kofi to start but can’t get a 1 count. A chant for Barrett breaks out in the crowd. Barrett goes for another easy pin attempt and another.
Kofi makes a comeback with an elbow and a dropkick. Kofi goes on but Barrett turns it around and knocks him out of the ring. Barrett goes to the floor and works Kofi over. Barrett whips Kofi but he leaps in the ring. Kofi leaps right back out to the floor and takes out Barrett with a dive. Barrett comes back in and hits the abdominal stretch into a slam for a 2 count. Barrett slingshots Kofi off the ropes into a backbreaker for another pin attempt.
Barrett goes on and hits another backbreaker for a 2 count. Barrett goes to the corner and nails a big elbow drop for another pin attempt. Kofi counters a move off the ropes and hits a Russian leg sweep this time. Kofi unloads and hits the Boom Drop. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but Barrett ducks. Barrett goes for the big sideslam but Kofi counters with a roll up. Kofi hits SOS for another 2 count. Kofi mounts Barrett in the corner with right hands. Barrett with a big boot and then the big sideslam for another 2 count. Barrett charges but Kofi kicks him in the corner. Kofi with a big crossbody from the top but Barrett rolls through and holds it for a 2 count. Kofi with another roll up for 2. Barrett nails the big sideslam again but Kofi kicks out. Barrett goes for the Bullhammer elbow but Kofi counters with Trouble in Paradise for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
- After a WWE App promo, we see WWE Champion CM Punk and Paul Heyman up in their own skybox. Punk says everyone wants a status update on his knee and Heyman says, “fuhgeddaboudit.” Punk says that means it’s none of our business. He rips the Brooklyn fans and calls them animals. He calls Brooklyn the slums of Staten Island. Punk says the fans are just like Ryback – dumb. Punk says Ryback is dumb and lucky because he’s injured. Punk goes on and says he isn’t affiliated with The Shield.
TLC Match: Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ryback vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
We go to the ring and out first come the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan. Ryback is out next to a nice pop from the crowd. The Shield are out next with their own music. They finally appear and make their way down through the crowd.
As soon as they make their way to ringside, a brawl breaks out at ringside with everyone. Kane goes at it with Roman while Ambrose tangles with Ryback in the corner. Ambrose with big chops but it doesn’t phase Ryback. Ryback chops Ambrose down. Ambrose counters a slam and kicks at Ryback. Ambrose beats him to one knee and the Goldberg chants start. Ryback comes back with a Thesz press and slams Ambrose’s head into the mat. The Shield rush the ring and beat down Ryback. Kane and Bryan are out. Ryback fights them off but gets knocked to the floor by Ambrose. Kane grabs a ladder but Rollins kicks it into his face. The Shield triple team Bryan now.
Bryan takes a ladder to the head. Ryback comes in and takes he Shield out with a ladder. He beats Rollins and Ambrose with it over and over. Reigns makes the save with a chair. Kane comes in and takes care of Reigns. Bryan with a ton of kicks to Reigns in the corner. Kane props a ladder up in the corner and they whip Reigns into it. Kane whips Bryan’s dropkick into Reigns. Kane covers Reigns for a 2 count. Ambrose takes out Ryback and Bryan on the floor. The crowd chants for tables. Rollins comes off the top but Kane drops him for a 2 count. Kane grabs another chair and a ladder. Ambrose uses a chair on Bryan on the floor. Kane with chairshots on top of a ladder while Rollins is under it. Ambrose comes in and hits Kane with a chair. Ambrose with a DDT on the chair. Ryback comes in and rams Ambrose back into the corner. He does the same to Rollins in the other corner. Ambrose holds Ryback while Rollins shoves a ladder in his gut. They send Ryback head first into the ladder now.
Ryback finally fights off Rollins and Ambrose. Ryback sandwiches them both on a ladder and splashes into it. Ryback grabs Rollins and Ambrose for a double suplex on top of the ladder. Reigns comes in and beats Ryback down before he can punish Rollins and Ambrose any more. They triple team Ryback again with a ladder and a chair. They take Ryback to the floor and hit the triple powerbomb through the Spanish announce table. Bryan finally re-appears and leaps through the ropes, taking The Shield out. He tries to fight them but they beat him down. Kane comes over to even the odds a little bit. Bryan wit chairshots to Rollins in the ring. Ambrose stops him and slams him into the chair. Ambrose beats down Bryan and slams the chair with him. Rollins and Ambrose work over Bryan and taunt him now.
They lay a table over the top rope and work Bryan over some more. We see Ryback still down on the floor. They send Bryan mouth first into the edge of the table and he goes back down. Ambrose and Rollins put Bryan up on the table while Reigns keeps watch on the floor. Ambrose and Rollins climb on top of the table on the top rope and superplex Bryan from it. Reigns with a 2 count on Bryan as Kane makes the save. They turn it around and Kane gets beat down now. They send Kane into the edge of the table now. Now they put Kane on top of the table and climb up with him. Kane fights them off and shoves Rollins out to the floor. Kane leaps off the top and takes Ambrose down. Kane with a splash on Reigns, and another. Kane with a big sideslam and a 2 count.
Ambrose turns it around on Kane and sets up a chair. Kane counters and chokeslams Ambrose through the chair. They end up on the floor again. Reigns spears Kane through the fan barrier and it looks like they took out the timekeeper too. They stack chairs, barrier pieces and other stuff on top of Kane, burying him. The fans chant “this is awesome.” Bryan has Ambrose in the Yes Lock in the ring. Roman reigns rushes the ring but gets caught in the hold. The Shield beat Bryan down again. He counters and goes for the submission on Reigns again. Ambrose breaks the hold and beats on Bryan some more. They set another chair up. Ambrose and Rollins try to double suplex him onto it but he fights them off. Bryan with kicks to both men as the crowd chants. They get the upperhand. Rollins leg drops Bryan’s face into the chair. We see Kane is still down. Ryback breaks a pin and comes back in to clean house. Ryback kicks a chair into Reigns’ face. Ryback with a running powerslam on Rollins. Ryback presses Rollins and tosses him out to the floor onto Ambrose. Ryback slams Reign and grabs a chair. Ryback grabs Reigns but Ambrose runs in and unloads. Ryback nails a spear out of nowhere and Ambrose goes down. Ryback drops Ambrose with the big clothesline. Ryback hits Shell Shocked on Ambrose but Rollins and Reigns break the pin.
Ryback continues brawling with The Shield at ringside. He ends up on the stage. Ambrose drops him with a chairshot to the back. More chairshots to Ryback. Rollins knocks the ladder over onto him as Ambrose hits him with chairshots. Reigns sets the table up and they put Ryback on top of it. The Shield point to a very tall ladder. Rollins climbs up high as Bryan gets up in the ring. Ryback comes to and gets up off the table. Rollins climbs up but Ryback follows. Rollins tries to jump to another ladder but Ryback pulls him off. Ryback pulls Rollins to the floor and he crashes hard through a bunch of tables. Ambrose and Reigns go back to Bryan in the ring now. They double powerbomb Bryan through a table. Reigns covers for the win as Ryback stumbles back to the ring.
Winners: The Shield
- After the match, Reigns and Ambrose head over to the stage area to check on Rollins. We see Kane is still buried under the rubble at ringside. Ryback stares at The Shield as they try to hold Rollins up.
WWE Divas Title Match: Naomi vs. Eve Torres
Back to the ring and out first comes WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres. Naomi is out next to Brodus Clay’s music. Eve taunts her and strikes first. We see Brodus and Cameron watching backstage. Naomi turns it around and hits some offense. Naomi with a butt bump to the face, sending Eve to the floor to regroup. Naomi with some nice moves on the ropes. She kicks Eve back into the fan barrier and the crowd pops.
Naomi goes on and shows off some nice moves. She misses a crossbody from the top and turns it around. Eve hits her neckbreaker for the win.
Winner: Eve Torres
- After the match, Eve calls a photographer into the ring and poses over Naomi while she has her photos shot.
- We get hype for Big Show vs. Sheamus. Matt Striker speaks with Big Show backstage. Show says Sheamus hit him with 31 chair shots at Survivor Series but he’s still here.
Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Sheamus vs. Big Show
Out first comes the challenger Sheamus. The World Heavyweight Champion Big Show is out next and the use of steel chairs in this match is legal.
The bell rings and they start brawling. Sheamus takes Show to the corner and unloads. Sheamus mounts Show with right hands but gets pushed to the mat. Sheamus takes the leg out and hits Show with a bunch of forearms to the chest. Show fights out but Sheamus takes his knee out. Sheamus drops knees on Big Show now. Sheamus keeps control and Show rolls out to the floor to re-group. Sheamus grabs a chair and follows. Show stops and back kicks the chair into the mouth of Sheamus.
Sheamus comes back on the floor and takes Show down with a shoulder. Show turns it around again and brings it back in the ring. Sheamus fights back but Show levels him with a big clothesline. They end up back in the ring and Sheamus unloads with chairshots. Sheamus scoop slams Show for a 2 count. Sheamus leaps from the top with a chair in hand and takes Show down again. Sheamus tries the same move but Show spears him in mid-air. Sheamus falls out to the floor and Show tries to get up. Show with chairshots to Sheamus on the floor now. They come back in the ring. Show kicks Sheamus in the head and hits him with a chair some more. Sheamus fights back but Show drops him with a knee to the face. Show keeps control and splashes Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus finally turns it around after catching Show held up on the top rope. They trade shots from their knees now.
Sheamus rams Show in the corner and nails a running knee. Sheamus goes on but Show chokeslams him out of nowhere for 2. Show goes to the floor and gets some more chairs from under the ring. Show starts tossing chairs into the ring. He comes in and kicks Sheamus before grabbing one of the chairs. More chairshots to Sheamus. Show drops the chair on top of him and goes to the second rope for the big splash. He nails it and covers Sheamus for a 2 count. Show sets up chairs for a chokeslam through them but Sheamus counters. Sheamus hits White Noise through the chairs for a close 2 count. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick but Show moves and Sheamus gets hung up on the ropes. Show nails the knockout punch for another close 2 count. Show goes under the ring and pulls out an extra large steel chair, one made for a big man. Show cracks Sheamus in the back with the massive chair and covers him for the win.
Winner: Big Show
- John Cena is backstage when AJ Lee walks up. She apologizes for going crazy last week and thanks him for being there for her. He says to thank him later tonight when he defeats Dolph Ziggler. She say she can’t wait and leaves.
Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre vs. Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and Brooklyn Brawler
We go to the ring and out comes 3MB for the next match. Ricardo Rodriguez is up next to begin the introduction for Alberto Del Rio. The Miz is out next. He says they picked their partner right here from Brooklyn. Out comes The Brooklyn Brawler, longtime WWE employee. Brawler comes out wearing a Nets jersey.
Slater starts off with Del Rio and they go at it. Brawler tags in and takes control of Slater. Jinder comes in but Brawler takes control of him too. Brawler turns around to a superkick from Slater and 3MB turns things around. Drew comes in and continues the beat down on Brawler. Drew suplexes him and covers for 2. Slater comes back in and works over Brawler. Slater misses a second rope splash and Brawler tags in Miz. Miz unloads on Mahal and knocks Slater off the apron. Miz with the big DDT and a 2 count on Mahal. Del Rio ends up diving out of the ring and taking out Drew. Ricardo gets involved. Miz hits Skull Crushing Finale on Mahal and tags in Brawler. Brawler locks in the Boston Crab for the win.
Winners: Brooklyn Brawler, The Miz and Alberto Del Rio
- We get a look at the storyline with John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Vickie Guerrero.
Ladder Match for Dolph Ziggler’s Money in the Bank Briefcase: John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go to the ring and the Money in the Bank briefcase is hanging high as Dolph Ziggler makes his way out first. John Cena is out next and he’s met with boos from the Brooklyn crowd.
The bell rings and here we go. They lock up. Cena drops Ziggler with a shoulder first and the crowd boos him. They lock up again and Ziggler applies a headlock. They run the ropes and Ziggler shows off some. Cena with a headlock now. More back and forth but Cena takes Ziggler to the mat. More boos for Cena. A “you can’t wrestle” chant breaks out now. Ziggler with a headlock but Cena breaks it. Cena with some holds and a suplex now. Cena with a monkey flip out of the corner. Cena tosses Ziggler out to the floor and stands tall in the ring as most of the crowd boos.
Ziggler with a chair shot to the gut on the floor. Ziggler brings it back in the ring and props the chair up in the corner. Cena catches him and slams him face first. Cena tries coming back in the ring with a ladder but gets it kicked into his face. Ziggler sets the ladder up in the ring but Cena stops him. Cena grabs the ladder and hits Ziggler in the face with it. Cena tosses Ziggler over the announce table. Cena grabs part of the steel steps and rams Ziggler in the head with it. Cena sets the table up in the ring but Ziggler trips him up. Ziggler sets the ladder up and they trade shots. Ziggler gets the sleeper hold locked in.
Cena climbs up the ladder while Dolph is on his back. They both fall back and crash through the table that was set up. Ziggler starts climbing back up the ladder but Cena stops him. Cena presses Dolph and the ladder over his head at the same time. Cena tries to toss them out of the ring but Dolph slides off. Cena’s eye is bruised now. Cena fights back and hits his usual moves but Ziggler cuts him off and drops him face first. Cena ends up locking in the STF. Ziggler makes it to the ropes and starts tapping but that means nothing in this match. Cena sets the ladder up again.
Cena tries to use the ladder but it’s blocked. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Ziggler counters and hits the Zig Zag. Ziggler goes under the ring and brings a table in. Ziggler sets it up in the corner but Cena slams him. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the AA but Ziggler counters with a big DDT. Ziggler brings one of the taller ladders back into the ring. Ziggler sets the ladder up and starts to climb. Cena runs up and meets him at the top. They trade shots up high. Cena headbutts Ziggler to the mat. Cena climbs up for the briefcase but Ziggler hits him from behind. They trade shots on the mat now. Ziggler sends Cena into the ladder and it tips over. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits a flying head scissors, sending Ziggler crashing through a table.
Cena has the ladder but Ziggler dropkicks it in his face. The ladder falls back out to the floor. Ziggler tries to send ?Cena into a chair but Cena turns it around and makes a comeback. They end up on the top turnbuckle. Ziggler headbutts Cena down to the mat. Ziggler leaps from the top but Cena catches him and rolls through. Cena goes for the AA but Ziggler blocks it. Ziggler with chairshots, taking Cena back down. Cena counters a superkick and hits the AA but Ziggler rolls to the floor. Vickie Guerrero runs down and brings a chair in the ring. She goes to hit Cena with it but AJ comes down. Vickie swings but AJ ducks and takes her out. AJ spears Vickie and slams her. AJ hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Vickie. AJ celebrates as Vickie rolls out of the ring. Cena sets the ladder up as AJ watches from in the ring. Cena climbs up but AJ pushes the ladder over and Cena goes down. Ziggler looks at her surprised. AJ is upset. AJ stares at Dolph, smiles and skips away. Ziggler climbs the ladder and retrieves his briefcase for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
- After the match, Ziggler celebrates as we go to replays. Ziggler heads up the ramp with his briefcase as Cena recovers in the ring. TLC goes off the air with Cena looking disappointed in the ring.