Over the course of seven days, there’s a lot of wrestling on TV. But only some of it is actually worth watching. That’s where Spoiler Alert comes in: we break down the spoilers of all of WWE’s pre-taped shows to let you know what you should watch, and which segments and full shows you should skim or skip. This week, Andy sits back and enjoys the build to Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
(spoilers via Wrestlezone.com)
Curtis Axel d Dolph Ziggler in what is probably a pretty good match. As long as they keep Curtis away from the mic, this should be really excellent. Axel is solid in the ring, but needs someone to make him look like he’s the second generation stud he’s supposed to be. Dolph Ziggler is definitely the guy for the job.
Natalya d Alicia Fox. They’ve been building Nattie up for a credible run with the Divas title, so this is probably little more than a quick squash. It doesn’t hurt that Alicia has improved over the years.
Xavier Woods & R-Truth d Tons of Funk when Brodus Clay starts arguing with Tensai. Woods continues to get face time with the fans, Brodus continues his heel turn, and the match ends in a logical, inoffensive way.
WATCH this show. Everything is story-and-character based. All of it matters. And it looks like the action should be pretty good, too.
(spoilers via ProWrestling.com)
Kaitlyn d Aksana. Man, they sure made a point to kill Kaitlyn, didn’t they? If you find either of these women attractive, then enjoy the show. The wrestling itself won’t be so pretty.
Los Matadores d 3MB. Yes, again. This time, 3MB was represented by Jinder and Drew. We’re sure El Torito did something the kids will enjoy. That’s the last of the nice things I have to say for this show.
SKIP THIS SHOW. Just do it. You’ll thank me.
(spoilers via Wrestlezone.com)
Daniel Bryan d Luke Harper & Erick Rowan by disqualification, in a 2-on-1 handicapped match. Bray attacks, but Bryan fights him off with a running knee. Bryan stands tall… which means he doesn’t have a chance at TLC.
The Real Americans d Goldust & Cody Rhodes in a non-title match. I’d be totally ok with Cesaro and Swagger playing the role of the Quebecers in 2K14 version of the Bret/Own split. They’re two very talented, very HUGE men, who are both fantastically underrated in the ring. They’re also joined by one of the best managers in wrestling today… so why not strike while the iron’s hot?
Bad News Barrett talks about the Slammy Awards. I’m ok with this. People are complaining, but they’re establishing a new character. Let them establish him before you demand he wrestle the same match, against the same midcarders, that made you sick of him the first time around.
Mark Henry d Damien Sandow by countout, with Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston on commentary. I’d guess he didn’t get to see too much in this scouting mission.
John Cena makes an appearance, to talk about his TLC match with Randy Orton.
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins d The Usos. Punk appears on the titantron after the match, guaranteeing victory at TLC. Maybe he hired a sniper.
Big Show d Ryback again. This time, they continued brawling, along with Curtis Axel and Rey Mysterio. I smell a filler tag match for TLC… oh, and a tag team nobody asked for: Mysterio and Big Show.
Kofi Kingston v Alberto Del Rio never happened, because Del Rio has a concussion. That, and Miz came out to give Kofi the Skull Crushing Finale. I guess that’s better than watching Del Rio beat Kofi for the hundredth time.
Randy Orton and Triple H kiss and make up after what happened in Raw’s awesome closing segment.
WATCH THIS SHOW. WWE is clicking on all cylinders heading into TLC. They’re putting on quality matches, and booking to logical storylines. Watch and enjoy it while it lasts.