WWE TLC 2018 was a night of solid matches, but what will happen to continue that positive momentum?
WWE has had a tough few weeks. When you think about it, they've had a tough year, but lately, the product seems to be getting worse. Raw and Smackdown continue to bore audiences and storyline direction is inconsistent. However, PPV events seem to deliver solid matches throughout the card.
WWE TLC 2018 featured twelve matches including the pre-show and each match delivered. The kickoff started with a Cruiserweight title rematch that saw Buddy Murphy retain over Cedric Alexander. Both 205 Live superstars are always fun to watch and I wouldn't mind seeing another match between the two. Elias defeated Bobby Lashley in a ladder match with a guitar hanging above. A short match to the point with the fan favorite Elias getting a good win.
Let's go through the rest of the card with the matches that highlighted the night along with my reaction.
Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin. It was supposed to be a TLC match but Stroman's injury prevented him from participating. He still showed up and with the help of a bunch of superstars, got the win. Now Strowman will face Lesnar at Royal Rumble for the Universal title and Corbin is out as Raw GM. They did what they could with this one because of Braun's injury but it will be interesting to see if he will get the win over Lesnar next month. I don't think he will, but how much longer will they portray him as a monster who can't win the big one?
Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins. Ambrose pinned Rollins clean to win the Intercontinental title for the third time in his career. A good singles match that should continue further. But how far should it go? Rumors are running rampant right now about what will take place at Wrestlemania. The idea seems to be a payoff match between the former Shield brothers, but I would rather see Rollins win the Rumble and become Universal champion at Wrestlemania. The Kingslayer is arguably their biggest male superstar right now and should be treated as such by becoming champion. Then let Ambrose and Rollins feud over the main title on Raw.
Asuka defeated Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. The main event of the night saw a triple threat TLC match for the Smackdown Women's title and with a surprising outcome. I'm glad Asuka got the win and is now champ but I kinda gave up on them putting the strap on her. I see why they did it though. Ronda Rousey came out and prevented Becky and Charlotte from winning by pushing over the ladder they were on while trying to grab the title. This clearly sets up what we all think will be the Wrestlemania main event. Becky Lynch will win the Women's Royal Rumble match and challenge Ronda for the Raw Womens title. So this means Becky will move to Raw and Charlotte will somehow be involved as well and move with her. The void on Smackdown will be filled by Asuka which is not a bad thing at all. Now we will get to see the real Asuka. I say put her with Nikki Cross and renew the great rivalry they had during their NXT run. As for the Raw women's title picture. I think it's about to get real good with the two biggest stars in the company going head to head.
Other notable matches were Daniel Bryan retaining the WWE title over A.J. Styles. Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton in a chairs match. Finn Balor defeated Drew McIntyre. Raw Women's champion Ronda Rousey submitted Nia Jax. Natalya got revenge over Ruby Riott in a tables match.
Overall a solid night of good matches that didn't get boring at all. WWE needs to capitalize on the momentum the PPV's setup. A shakeup is coming on Raw courtesy of Vince McMahon and hopefully, the weekly shows will provide the proper build into the PPV events. Will we see what changes are made on the weekly shows but I am looking forward to the next PPV event.