Tables, Ladders, and Chairs…oh my! It has been nearly two decades since Mick Foley introduced the TLC match to the WWE and they have been some of the most consistently great matches in the company’s history.
The first match took place at SummerSlam 2000 and involved Matt and Jeff Hardy, D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley, and Edge and Christian. The concept was to adapt the format of the preexisting ladder match and add tables and chairs to the ringside area for the combatants to use. During 2000, Edge and Christian became known for their use of steel chairs, the Dudleys were known for putting people through tables, and the Hardys frequently jumped off tall ladders. Following the Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania 2000, which was the precursor to the TLC match in many ways, the three teams clashed once again in the historic, first ever TLC match.
The three teams participated in the first three TLC matches before they all went their separate ways. In the years that followed, the TLC match became the signature match of Edge. Upon his push into the main event picture, Edge began defending the WWE Championship in TLC matches against Ric Flair and John Cena. He would continue to compete in TLC matches until he retired in 2011.
In 2009, WWE created the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view event. At this event there were tables matches, ladder matches, and chairs matches, as well as a yearly TLC match. As this was the age of WWE creating “gimmick pay per views” such as Hell in a Cell and Fatal 4-Way, the TLC matches began to start involving people whose style did not match the style usually found in TLC matches. The high-flying styles of the Hardys, and the manipulative style of Edge made for different blends of TLC matches with impressive results. However, the introduction of the yearly scheduled TLC match lead to wrestlers such as Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Braun Strowman’s involvement. Their matches are not bad per se, they do represent a change in the TLC match over time.
In this post we will rank every TLC match in history based on its star rating courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter. If you disagree with this list in any way feel free to leave your own list in the comments below!