TLC took place on Sunday and, to say the least, it was a show that was thrown together last minute thanks to some huge changes that affected the card. Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt were out with viral infections and in were Kurt Angle and AJ Styles. How would that translate as far the shaping of the show was concerned?
Would it mean big changes in storylines or was the pay-per-view now a speedbump on the road to what WWE had already planned? Could Kurt Angle go? Would anyone miss Wyatt?
In other action, Asuka was set to make her main roster debut, Bliss was to defend her title against Mickie James and Enzo Amore was going to try and earn back his Cruiserweight Title.
Here are your Winners and Losers From TLC 2017.
Asuka made her debut and looked like the star WWE is hoping she'll be for the Women's Division. In a match that wasn't nearly as one-sided as many in the WWE Universe might have assumed it would be, Asuka defeated Emma in an exciting bout which was a good way to start the TLC pay-per-view. Emma looked strong, but Asuka looked stronger and has essentially put the rest of the female roster on notice.
Asuka will now move on to a prominent spot on Raw and it might come with a rematch against Emma who will want to avenge her loss.
It didn't appear like the loss Elias suffered on Sunday was supposed to go down the way it did. It is likely what the company had planned, but if it wasn't, there was a screw-up and if it was, the WWE didn't do a great job of selling the finish.
Elias would have been better served to drag this feud with Jason Jordan out over a couple weeks and to fight later when it meant more. It was thrown together last minute and Elias looked weak for one of the first times in a long time. He was a casualty of the WWE needing to fill time on the card.
In a match that was much better than most people might have assumed, the crowd was hot and into the Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann match versus Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher. The match was good and with that comes the shame from the fact that WWE barely made it known the match was happening.
We completely forgot this bout was scheduled for the card, and we would have been disappointed not to have seen it. The WWE needs to do a better job of promoting these guys. With Neville now gone, WWE needs to showcase the true talent these guys have in the ring.
There was real concern that adding Kurt Angle to the main event was going to leave Jason Jordan in a very bad spot. Fortunately, the WWE has decided to move Jordan immediately into a feud with Elias and this is going to be a huge step up for Jordan over what he's been doing on recent episodes of Raw.
In a funny moment (that the WWE did twice), Jordan interrupted an Elias' song performance and began throwing vegetables at "The Drifter". It appeared at first it was a fan until the cameras revealed Jordan was stirring the pot. It led to an impromptu match where Jordan earned a surprising and potentially unscheduled win. Expect there to be some fall-out on Monday.
After Sunday, it became crystal clear that Kalisto was merely a placeholder before Enzo could come back and win his Cruiserweight Title back. When Neville walked out, Kalisto made a surprising return. This tenure as champion was short-lived and he was thrown out just as quickly as he came in.
Amore is the new champion and Kalisto appears to be going back to the lineup on 205 Live and it's hard to say where that leaves him. The Cruiserweight Division looks like it will be about Amore and Kalisto will be nothing more than a small player.
It was a last-minute match but it was an incredible match as most expected it would be. The two competitors ran each other through the ringer and the crowd was hot for every move. Balor eventually came out on top as it seemed clear he would once it was announced he'd be wrestling as The Demon, but the Too Sweet hand gesture at the end made up for everything.
Great match, cool ending, right winner. The WWE made the most out of a bad situation and it wound up being the match they will see a return bout somewhere down the line. A bit more promotion and a bit more story and it could be WrestleMania worthy.
The reality is, nobody missed Bray Wyatt. In fact, much of the WWE Universe was probably happy that he wasn't present and the fans got to see the AJ Styles versus Finn Balor match instead.
The possible letdown of Sister Abigail showing up will simply have to be delayed and Balor may go back to being in a feud few people really seem to want to see. This is not a good place for Wyatt and his character to be when he eventually returns.
The TLC match between The Shield (with Kurt Angle) and the Miz, The Bar, Braun Strowman, and Kane didn't make much sense and the booking was odd with way too long a contest to close the story, but Angle, who at first looked weak, came back strong.
He was wiped out early in the match but made the ultimate return to take out most of the team. He looked good in Shield garb and there is no telling where this puts him but WWE will probably simply put him right back to his old role as GM. Hopefully, if that's the case, he'll get a proper push when they pick an opponent they can promote him fighting against.
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