Daddy’s Hangout 2018 WWE TLC PPV Review

Daddy’s Hangout 2018 WWE TLC PPV Review

It’s hard to believe that it’s about to be the end of another year. In a little over 2 weeks, we’ll be celebrating 2019. With that, we have the final PPV of the year for the WWE. Honestly, there have been a lot said about the booking of the main roster for a long time. With the new deal for SmackDown Live on Fox starting in the Fall of 2019, things will be changing and hopefully for the best. The TLC PPV had about three or four matches I was looking forward to. Daniel Bryan defended the WWE Championship against former champ, A.J. Styles. Becky Lynch put up her SmackDown Women’s Title in a TLC match against Charlotte Flair and Asuka. The Bar put their SmackDown tag titles on the line against the Usos and New Day. Seth Rollins put up his Intercontinental Championship against former Shield buddy, Dean Ambrose. Cedric Alexander got his rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship against Buddy Murphy. Let’s see what took place on the final PPV of the year.

We kicked things off with the Cruiserweight Championship match. Buddy Murphy won the title from Cedric Alexander in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia at the Super Showdown. The guys from 205 Live has arguably the best roster in the WWE and these two are a pair of the best. For cruiserweights, they put on a very physical match and one that didn’t disappoint. In the end, Murphy nailed Alexander with a running knee followed by the Murphy’s Law for the win. Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champ: Buddy Murphy

Match Rating: 4.25/5

The Mixed Match Challenge and the Elias/Lashley match didn’t get reviewed because I didn’t thin its worth it. This was a triple threat match for the SmackDown Live tag team championship. The Bar put their titles on the line against the Usos and New Day. One quick question…. where’s Sanity? Anyways, this was a match that I was really looking forward to and wished it was a TLC match. This match should’ve been given a lot of time because all of them can go in that ring. The spot of the match may have come when Cesaro’s suplex attempt on Kofi Kingston was interrupted by Jey Uso splashing Kingston off the top rope. In the end, Sheamus caught Xavier Woods with a Brogue Kick as he ducked through the ropes to get the pin. Winners and Still SmackDown Tag Champs: The Bar
Match Rating: 3.25/5

This was the match that was in the air because of the injury to Braun Strowman. After the attack on Raw, Braun Strowman had elbow surgery and haven’t been heard from since. If Baron Corbin win the match, he’ll remain the Raw GM. If he were to lose, he would be relieved of the job and Braun Strowman will receive a Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble. As they began to countdown, the music of Braun Strowman hit, and he came down to the ring in a sling. Strowman enlisted the help of all those who were wronged by Corbin recently: Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Finn Balor, referee Heath Slater and even Kurt Angle showed up with chairs that they used on Corbin due to the no-disqualification rules. Strowman pinned Corbin earning himself a title match. Winner: Braun Strowman
Match Rating: None

We had the Tables Match between Ruby Riott and Natalya. Honestly, this feud has been cringeworthy with the fact they’ve brought in Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart who recently passed away. My expectations weren’t that high coming into this match. I’ll admit that I was wrong because the match was really good as both ladies did their thing. During the match, the other members of the Riott Squad were put through tables. The match got personal with Natalya calling Riott a bitch for messing with her family. Riott returned the favor by rubbing Natalya’s face into the table with her dads’ image saying he’s be ashamed of her. Natalya power bombed Riott through a table after putting on Anvil’s jacket and the sunglasses afterward. Winner: Natalya
Match Rating: 3.25/5

We had Finn Balor battling Drew McIntyre in a match that we thought wouldn’t take place. Finn Balor have been dealing with a sickness that got him sent home. The match was a pretty good one and with McIntyre you know that it’ll be physical. It seems like they’re building McIntyre for the future and I wish they had that kind of confidence in Balor. They battled until Dolph Ziggler made an appearance to go after Drew McIntyre again. In the end, Balor hit the Coup De Grace on McIntyre for the win after the distraction from Ziggler. Winner: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 3/5

We had a battle between two future Hall-Of-Famers and a couple of the best to ever do it. Rey Mysterio battled Randy Orton in a Chairs Match. Randy Orton has targeted Rey Mysterio ever since he’s made his return to the WWE. Orton has attacked, beat down and even took off the mask of Mysterio injuring him in the process. The match wasn’t bad as they definitely found some interesting ways to use chairs in the match. In the end, Mysterio rolled up Orton to pick up the win. Winner: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: 3/5

We had Ronda Rousey defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. Of course, Nia Jax had her cousin, Tamina in her corner and we knew she would get involved. The match was really physical between these two. We also had our fair share of nearfalls with a sit-down power bomb and Samoan Drop from Jax. In the end, Rousey made Jax tap to the armbar in a pretty good match. Winner and Still Raw Women’s Champ: Ronda Rousey
Match Rating: 3.75/5

We had the WWE Championship match as Daniel Bryan defended his title against A.J. Styles. As we all know, Daniel Bryan turned heel on Styles which lead to winning the WWE Championship a few weeks back. This was another match that I was looking forward to and they didn’t disappoint. I’ll admit that I’m loving this new heel Daniel Bryan and A.J. Styles is his perfect opponent for it. This match had its fair share of technical wrestling and a lot of hard-hitting spots. In the end, Bryan rolled up Styles to pick up the win and retain the WWE title. Winner and Still WWE Champ: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: 4.25/5

We had Seth Rollins putting up his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose. As we all know, Dean Ambrose turned his back on Seth Rollins the night Roman Reigns announced his leukemia had returned. Ambrose have attacked Rollins multiple times since he turned his back on his former Shield partner. This was one of the matches I was looking forward to because they both can go. The match actually received a “this is boring” chant. For me, the match wasn’t as bad as some are saying because the match had its moments. In the end, Ambrose hit the Dirty Deeds out of nowhere to win. Winner and New Intercontinental Champ: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 3.25/5

We had the main event of the evening as Becky Lynch put her SmackDown Women’s Championship on the line. The opponents for Lynch was Charlotte Flair and Asuka in a TLC Match. This was another match that I was looking forward to. As far as this match, it was awesome and the best one of the night with all the ladies doing their thing. As expected, all three were over with the fans and Lynch is on another level. This match was laid out perfectly with all of them looking great throughout the match. Any of the ladies could’ve walked away with the title, but Asuka retrieved the title after Ronda Rousey knocked Lynch and Flair off the ladder. Winner and New SmackDown Women’s Champ: Asuka
Match Rating: 4.5/5- It was great seeing Asuka finally capture the title and it made sense for Rousey to get involved.

Overall Rating: 6.75/10- This wasn’t a bad PPV and way to end the year for the WWE. Below are my top 3 matches of the night.

1. Becky Lynch© vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
2. Buddy Murphy© vs. Cedric Alexander
3. Daniel Bryan© vs. A.J. Styles

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