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TLC Predictions That Won’t Come True




With TLC less than two weeks away, matches are starting to stack up on a card that many believe to be rushed. The bout to crown a single champion is set atop the list, and Monday’s RAW started filling out the rest. CM Punk will take on The Shield in a 3-on-1 handicap match, with Daniel Bryan facing the same challenge against the Wyatt Family. Big E Langston defends his Intercontinental Championship against intellectual savior of the masses, Damien Sandow, and AJ Lee puts her belt on the line against Natalya. Surely, the TLC card will continue to develop over the next couple of weeks, but enough foundation exists to make some bold, probably unrealistic predictions. These won’t happen, but we can dream.

The Shield will break up, prompting a Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose feud for the United States Championship. Let’s examine the facts on this one. First, the United States Championship scene is just about dead, desperately in need of some life. Roman Reigns seems primed for a monster push, and would surely benefit from some gold. Finally, WWE needs to create a match at TLC that isn’t a boring 3-on-1 squash, and Reigns breaking off might do that. Reigns spears Ambrose, leading to the GTS for a Punk victory.

Mark Henry will get involved in the John Cena vs. Randy Orton match. The World’s Strongest Man is back from injury, but still doesn’t have a place in the current events. If WWE is at all concerned with Randy Orton becoming stale as the only main event heel, who better to call on than Henry? The entire universe expects Cena to walk away with both belts, but perhaps a Henry-led swerve is a creative way to fool us all. Henry comes out to knock Cena off the ladder. Orton gets the belts, setting the tone for Cena vs. Henry Part 2, and CM Punk vs. Randy Orton for all the marbles.

The Real Americans will become Tag Team Champions, then lose the titles on RAW. Everyone (myself included) believes we are heading for a Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust match at Wrestlemania. While it’s easy to forecast, we don’t have any actual seeds planted for that match other than speculation and hope. Assuming The Real Americans find their way into a title shot at TLC, the seed could get planted then. Goldust’s leg gives out, allowing Swagger to tap him out with the Patriot Lock. A motivated Cody and an injured Goldust get a rematch on Monday Night RAW. Cody wins the titles back himself with Goldust injured, and celebrates alone in the ring. Goldust looks on as his younger brother gets all the glory.

Kane will be interrupted by Undertaker’s bell. Now, I’ll admit this one is completely out there, but humor me. Kane’s Director of Operations gimmick is actually going smoothly, but soon it will need a kick. If TLC creates a moment for Kane to flex his new Authority muscles, it could provide a perfect opportunity to start the annual Undertaker teasers. We could take this crazy theory one step further and say it even plants a seed for the rumored Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match at Wrestlemania. Kane comes out to flex his power. The lights go off, and one bell sounds, but Undertaker is nowhere to be found. Over the next few weeks, this continues to happen when Kane appears, throwing the Authority into panic mode. The Authority will need an enforcer, someone to prevent Undertaker from returning and ruining what’s best for business. They call on Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.

None of this will happen, but the fact any of it is remotely possible means TLC might not be as bad as some might think. Follow me on Twitter for more insane predictions and theories as we head into TLC.