It has become an annual tradition. WWE calls for WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
It is WWE’s version of Demolition Derby and it has produced a lot of explosive main events over the years.
Now we are going to look at the most shocking moments in the ten years this PPV has been around.
Before someone mentions it: Yes, in 2014 we also had Stairs involved, but bringing stairs into a wrestling match? Don’t be ridiculous!
5. Batista Does NOT Win The World Title
In what was known as the debut of the now infamous ‘Chairs Match’, Batista took on The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship in 2009.
While WWE left the actual rules of a Chairs Match open, the bout itself did not benefit from the unnecessary amount of chairs being involved.
The match ended to much confusion, when Batista pushed the Phenom into the referee and low-blowed Undertaker to win the title.
However, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long then came out to inform everyone that low-blows are not allowed in Chairs Matches, while restarting the match, allowing Taker to retain.
4. Asuka Wins The SmackDown Women’s Championship
In late 2018, Asuka, who won the Royal Rumble in January, had fallen from grace.
But on the final PPV of the year, she was surprisingly inserted into the TLC main event for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Her opponents were none other than multi-time Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and, back then, the most over person in the business, Becky Lynch.
No one thought Asuka could pull this off, but in the end the Empress of Tomorrow shocked everyone and pulled down the strap thanks to Ronda Rousey.
3. Kurt Angle Is In The Shield!?
The TLC event in 2017 was haunted by a number of problems.
First Bray Wyatt was unable to compete due to an undisclosed sickness, then the virus started spreading and also caught on Roman Reigns.
This led to WWE being unable to present the hardly pushed Shield reunion at the event. With their backs against the wall on delivering a worthy replacement, WWE found a solution.
In order to take on the monstrous franken-team of Braun Strowman, The Miz, The Bar and Kane, Kurt Angle returned to a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years.
To make Kurt Angle a one-night-only member of The Shield turned out to be raging success for WWE and the TLC event as a whole.
2. Daniel Bryan Cashes In to Become World Heavyweight Champion
Since winning SmackDown’s Money in the Bank briefcase in 2011, Daniel Bryan promised to become the first ever man to cash in at WrestleMania.
In December however, Bryan’s plans suddenly changed and he pinned Big Show to win the World Title.
Bryan capitalised on a weakened Show, who just won the World Title from Mark Henry after a brutal Chairs Match. The enraged Henry destroyed Show afterwards – opening up the opportunity for Bryan.
1. Sheamus Beats John Cena To Become WWE Champion
No one ever thought that the first edition of WWE TLC would also become such a historic evening.
When WWE Hall of Famer Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura called for a Breakout Star tournament, that culminated in a Battle Royal on Raw, it was Sheamus who surprisingly won.
The Celtic Warrior was very fresh into his WWE career and just arrived on the red brand, so taking on record-champion John Cena for the WWE Title was already very big.
Then the unthinkable happened and Sheamus pushed Cena through a table at WWE TLC in order to win his first WWE Championship.
No one in their right mind could have ever predicted that.