WWE TLC: Styles retains thanks to Ellsworth
Ellsworth pushed Dean Ambrose—the man largely responsible for Ellsworth’s SmackDown contract—from the top of a ladder and sent him crashing through two tables at ringside. With Ambrose unconscious, Styles climbed the ladder with ease to retrieve his title.
Before Ellsworth’s appearance, Ambrose and Styles fought a competitive main event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Highlights of their wild brawl include an elbow drop from The Lunatic Fringe—who set a ladder up on one commentary table and dove from it to put Styles through the other commentary table—and a springboard 450 Splash from Styles, who dove from the top rope to the outside of the ring to put Ambrose through a table.
Ambrose and Styles eventually took their battle to the top of a ladder set up mid-ring. It was then that Ellsworth (sporting a neckbrace from his last meeting with Styles) made his way to the ringside area.
Both men traded shots atop the ladder with Ambrose getting the better of Styles. A right-hand from Ambrose sent The Phenomenal One crashing to the mat, and tumbling out of the ring. As such, Ambrose had a clear path to the WWE World Championship.
Ellsworth entered the ring and began to tip the ladder – surprising everyone in the American Airlines Center. Ambrose flew over the top rope and through two tables he and Styles had set up earlier in the night.
Styles then crawled back into the ring and, with Ellsworth cheering him on, climbed the ladder once more to take down the WWE World Championship.
While Styles retained his title, two championships changed hands at WWE TLC.
Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton dethroned SmackDown’s other odd couple, Heath Slater and Rhyno, for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Orton and Wyatt worked well together throughout the short match and picked off Rhyno with an RKO to claim the titles.
Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in a Tables Match, powerbombing Lynch off the apron and through a table to claim her first belt in WWE.
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Results:
- American Alpha, Apollo Crews & The Hype Bros def. The Ascension, Curt Hawkins & The Vaudevillains
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship:
Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton w/ Luke Harper def. Heath Slater & Rhyno (c)
- No Disqualification Match:
Nikki Bella def. Carmella
- Intercontinental Championship, Ladder Match:
The Miz (c) w/ Maryse def. Dolph Ziggler
- Chairs Match:
Baron Corbin def. Kalisto
- SmackDown Women’s Championship, Tables Match:
Alexa Bliss def. Becky Lynch (c)
- WWE World Championship, TLC Match:
AJ Styles (c) def. Dean Ambrose