The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota had the privilege of hosting not only WWE’s last event for the year 2019 but also the last WWE pay-per-view event of the decade! And now, thanks to our friends at Madman Entertainment, you can relive this epic event on DVD.
TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) is the sports-entertainment equivalent of a human demolition derby. 2019’s event featured two of these unique matches.
The first of the night saw “locker-room leader” Roman Reigns taking on King of the Ring winner King Corbin in a continued game of humiliation and one-upmanship where the numbers game certainly came into play in favour of Corbin.
Not only did Corbin’s personal security get involved, but he also had assistance from Dolph Ziggler and The Revival to help him pick up the victory in a match that spent more time around the arena than it did in the ring.
Before we get to the main event and second TLC match on the card, quick shout-out to The New Day defending their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The Revival in an epic Ladder Match to start the show.
Aleister Black’s physical battle with Buddy Murphy was an awesome display from both men.
The Raw tag team titles were defended by The Viking Raiders in an open challenge where you’d be forgiven for thinking the “C” in TLC stood for “chicken”.
And, the Table Match highlighting the “splintered” relationship between Rusev and Lana that got even more personal after “The Almighty” Bobby Lashley drove Rusev through the wood!
Speaking of things getting personal, the targeted actions of Universal Champion Bray Wyatt towards the children and wife of The Miz brought the “A-Lister’ and former WWE Champion to his breaking point in what he called the “most personal match” of his career. This match also marked the first in-ring appearance of Bray Wyatt himself since his return as The Fiend at SummerSlam 2019.
Finally, the main event: the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship TLC Match! The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka and Kairi Sane, had targets painted on their backs following pointed attacks on Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair – who had their own issues between each other.
If you’re looking for a respectful tag team title bout with strictly reinforced rules and a definitive pinfall finish, then this isn’t the match for you.
The action started hard and fast as the challengers took their pent-up frustrations and blasted the champions with a flurry of attacks. It wasn’t long before the match name’s featured arsenal came into play too – there were (announce) tables, a plethora of ladders, and (comfy office) chairs in play throughout the match.
On top of this, there were also guest weaponry appearances from some rope, with creative innovation and offence from the Kabuki Warriors, a kendo stick, which made the aforementioned “comfy office chair” a less-than-fitting throne for Queen Charlotte, and a special red canister under the ring for cooling things down that only served to add fuel to the challengers’ fire!
This match was an epic conclusion to a decade of “first-evers” in the rise of the women’s revolution. Unfortunately, it was immediately overshadowed with a continuing brawl through the arena by the men’s locker room, spear-headed by King Corbin and Roman Reigns.
Overall, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this event. Definitely one to have in your collection.