This year’s Tables Ladders & Chairs (& Stairs) was a very divisive show bookended by two outstanding matches, the show opening Ladder Match and the show closing TLC Match. While I agree with many saying Thursday’s NXT Takeover special was better, this wasn’t a show that made me feel ripped off or overly disappointed. Sorry, I’m not an internet outrage kind of guy. There were 3-4 matches I enjoyed and hey, it’s entertainment. There are worse ways to spend 3 hours.
What many are talking about, for the second time in 3 months, is a controversial gimmicky ending in the main event. Much like the vision from the lantern at Hell in a Cell, many aren’t happy with the sparking television signaling the downfall for young Dean Ambrose against Bray Wyatt. Silly? Perhaps. Guess what, wrestling is silly which is part of what I love about it. One of the biggest stars in the industry is an undead zombie whose brother was burned alive by a fire that who the hell even remembers started but then wasn’t burnt anymore and now wears slacks to the ring.
Some will call Ambrose’s character “stupid” for not knowing to unplug the monitor that blew up in his face. I counter that the character of Dean Ambrose is insane. Insane to the point where he is a danger to himself. With the ladder sizes getting bigger each time as he delivered elbow after elbow onto Bray Wyatt through a table, the damage to his opponent and himself became greater and greater. Ambrose was consumed with destroying Wyatt and not considering the ramifications of his actions. Is someone blind with rage going to stop and think, “Hey, better unplug this TV?” More likely the thought is, “I’m gonna put his head through this powered on TV and electrocute him!”
Look at this major positive: the past three pay-per-views have ended with someone other than Cena in the spotlight. We as fans want the WWE to not be so predictable, so perhaps when they try to step out of that pro wrestling box and do something different, we not be so fast to crucify them.
TLC Match: Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose with Sister Abigail after Ambrose was temporarily blinded by an electrical explosion in a monitor he was going to use as a weapon.
Now that I’ve made my case for the finish, let’s discuss the actual match. I loved it, brutal Attitude era style brawl which saw Wyatt go through 3 tables. Ambrose started the proceedings by launching a ladder at Wyatt in the entrance way. The spot of the match was Ambrose’s third dive onto Wyatt through at table, after which lying next to Wyatt, Ambrose kissed him on the forehead only to be met with a Wyatt headbutt. Great moment. If anything this match was hurt by following an evening of ladder and table spots, so much that the crowd wasn’t as shocked at that point in the night.
Would I have liked a clean finish? Sure. But this also means we get more Dean Ambrose versus Bray Wyatt. Sign me up, may they feud for years.