Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of WWE TLC 2020!
Tonight marks the final WWE PPV of the year and the 12th annual TLC event. And, because WWE thinks you can never have enough of a good thing, we’re getting two huge tables, ladders, and chairs matches on tonight’s card. The first of which is between Drew McIntyre and AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, and the second, and far more interesting, is for the Universal Championship between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens. Even though the McIntyre/Styles matches has no real build, it should be a barn-burner once the bell rings. And Roman Reigns is, by a long way, the best thing in wrestling at the minute and everything he touches turns to gold. So these matches should be pretty damn special.
Of course, that’s only two out of the seven scheduled for tonight. The next biggest match is undoubtedly the Firefly Inferno Match between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. These two have a long-running feud dating back a few years and it’s recently reached new heights. Nobody really knows what to expect from this match but it will be a spectacle if nothing else.
The rest of the PPV is made up of Sasha Banks Vs. Carmella for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler defending the Women’s Tag Team Titles against Asuka and a mystery partner, and the RAW Tag Titles on the line between New Day and The Hurt Business. Before all of that however, the show will open with an 8-man tag team bout featuring Big E, Daniel Bryan, Otis & Chad Gable taking on Sami Zayn, King Corbin, Cesaro & Nakamura on the Kick-Off Show! We’ll have live updates when the show starts at 6 PM EST.
The TLC Kick-Off Show begins with the panel of Charly Caruso, Booker T, Peter Rosenberg and surprise guest, Jeff Jarrett. The panel joke around, then run down the entire card for the show.
We see a video package for the intensely personal feud between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns. A replay is shown of Talking Smack last Friday, where Kevin Owens told Paul Heyman he is willing to sacrifice anything to win the title. Jeff says he believes Kevin Owens because pain is temporary, but regret lasts a lifetime. Rosenberg says he understands having heart but when is enough enough? Booker says when you come from nothing you never want to go back to that lifestyle, you’ll do anything, and that’s where Kevin Owens is. Jeff says it’s going to be interesting to see if Owens regrets tonight.
Sasha Banks and Carmella are up next for discussion, and Booker T says Banks is one of the best women he’s ever seen. That said, since Carmella came back she’s done a lot of talking and tonight she has to back it up. Jarrett says Sasha has been doing the same thing for years and tonight we’re getting a showdown.
MVP is interviewed in a split-screen and he talks-up The Hurt Business. He says all he has done is remind his boys how good they are and get them back to winning ways. MVP says he doesn’t have to give them advice because they’re all former Champions. And as for the New Day, every day must come to an end and that happens tonight.
The Miz and John Morrison interrupt the panel as they’re discussing Drew McIntyre Vs. AJ Styles. Rosenberg tries to cause a divide by asking who the real Mr. Money In The Bank is but The Miz reminds him that he is and that Morrison gets the first title shot. Miz says people keep asking why he hasn’t cashed-in but Drew McIntyre is very hard to keep down, hard to pin. As is AJ Styles, who has a perfect record since returning to RAW.
R-Truth invades the panel as they’re talking about Lana and the Women’s Tag Team Title match tonight. Truth says he knows Asuka needs a partner tonight and he wants to do what John Cena would, so he’s offering his services to her. The panel try to explain to him why he can’t be her partner.
The match gets underway with Big E and Zayn, but Sami immediately tags in Corbin and jumps to the apron. Corbin and Big E lock-up and struggle for control, then Corbin shoots him off and hits a back elbow. Corbin attempts an out-in clothesline but Big E tackles him. Chad Gable tags himself in, so Corbin tags Cesaro. Gable gets taken down but fights up and counters a body slam with a flying arm-drag and a headscissors.
Daniel Bryan gets the tag and he goes up top for an axe handle to Cesaro’s arm. Cesaro and Bryan hit a few reversals and Bryan rolls him up for two. Nakamura kicks Bryan in the back, allowing Cesaro to catch him with a European uppercut. Nakamura tags in and hits a snap suplex for two. Zayn tags in and batters Bryan in the corner, while also taunting Big E. King Corbin tags in as Sami hits Big E with a cheap-shot and runs away.
Corbin hangs Bryan on the middle rope and chokes him, then punches him back into the corner. Corbin puts Bryan on the top rope but Daniel punches him off and hits a missile dropkick. Both men are down and Zayn pulls Big E off the apron, then runs over the barricade. Cesaro attacks Big E, then Gable hits him with a senton off the apron. Otis and Nakamura get the tags and Otis hits a running tackle, followed by a flapjack.
Otis hits a corner splash, then asks Gable what to do next and he tells him to go for the Caterpillar, which he lands. Gable then asks for the tag but Nakamura catches him with a spinning heel kick. Nakamura tags Cesaro and he hits Gable with a gutwrench powerbomb for a near-fall. Everyone runs in and hits their signature moves until Zayn is the last man standing and he tags in. Big E re-appears, gets the tag, and hits Sami with a urinage and the Big Ending for the win!
The final match up for discussion is the fiery Firefly inferno match between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. After the video package, Peter Rosenberg says he has no idea what anyone can do to beat The Fiend. Randy Orton is a Hall of Famer, as good as any, but The Fiend is different. Jeff Jarrett this is the perfect match to sum-up 2020 and it’s must-see.
That’s it for the TLC Kick-Off Show, the main card is beginning right now!
The 2020 TLC PPV is here and it’s kicking off with a huge title match for the WWE Championship!
The match gets underway after Drew kicked his kilt at AJ, who caught it and threw it away. Styles runs across the ring and dropkicks the shin of the Champion, then backs him into the corner and tries to work over the leg. McIntyre eventually grabs and throws AJ across the ring. McIntyre shouts at Omos before whipping AJ hard into the turnbuckles. AJ fires back but gets caught with a back body drop.
Styles moves to the top rope but McIntyre runs and chops him in the chest, knocking him to the floor. Drew goes out and sets a table up at ringside, then tries to put him on it but Styles fights back. Drew grabs AJ and drops him on the barricade, then tosses him over a set-up table with chairs on top of it. McIntyre takes a look at the title, then grabs a ladder and heads inside.
McIntyre starts scaling but AJ hits him with a chair in the leg. Styles hits him again, then Drew grabs him and tries to catapult him but AJ grabs hold of the ladder and tries to climb up. McIntyre pulls him off and looks for a powerbomb but this time Drew catapults AJ into a chair wedged between the turnbuckles! McIntyre starts climbing the ladder but again AJ hits him with the chair in the leg.
Styles throws Drew into the ladder, then grabs the ladder and slams it into his face. AJ lifts McIntyre and hits an enziguiri, then looks to hit a Styles Clash but McIntyre counters with a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre gingerly gets up on the leg, then lifts the ladder and tries to throw it onto AJ but Styles rolls out of the way and kicks his knee. AJ wraps Drew’s leg around a ladder and applies the Calf Crusher for a full minute.
AJ goes back to the chair and hits Drew with it a few times in the back. Styles applies the Calf Crusher again, this time using the chair to inflict damage. McIntyre manages to knock AJ into a ladder and tries to get to his feet. They struggle for control of a ladder and AJ runs out of the ring to drag McIntyre under the ropes and slam his leg into the ring post. Styles runs the end of a ladder into Drew’s face, then sets-up a table and sits on a chair.
Styles puts Drew on the table, then climbs to the top rope but Drew jumps up and throws a chair into his face. McIntyre tosses the table inside the ring but Styles shoves the table into his knee. AJ runs at Drew but gets thrown overhead onto a ladder! Styles rolls to the apron and manages to hit a Phenomenal Forearm and both men are down. Styles slowly sets-up a ladder and starts climbing.
Styles gets a fingertip to the belt but Drew returns and yanks him down. McIntyre throws AJ with a military press out of the ring through a table! Drew climbs the ladder but suddenly The Miz and John Morrison run down! The Miz grabs McIntyre and powerbombs him through a table, then Morrison hands over the briefcase. It’s official, this is now a triple threat including The Miz!
The Miz starts climbing the ladder, all smiles, but Omos gets into the ring and lifts Miz off. He holds Miz like a baby and throws him over the ropes through a table. Morrison hits Omos with a chair from behind and the chair breaks! Omos doesn’t even flinch, but goes after Morrison, who leaves the ring and backs his way up the ramp. Meanwhile all three men in the match are down. AJ returns to the ring and repositions the ladder, then makes to climb but McIntyre gets up the other side.
They both get to the top and start trading shots until The Miz gets inside and sets-up a ladder next to the other. Miz climbs up as McIntyre knocks Styles off. Mix claws at the belt but McIntyre shoves him off. McIntyre grabs the belt…but AJ springboards onto the ladder and punches him. Miz pulls McIntyre down, then climbs up and trades shots with AJ. Drew then uses the second ladder to push both Styles and Miz off! McIntyre hits Miz with a Claymore, then climbs the ladder on one foot and retrieves his title!
Kayla Braxton interviews Paul Heyman backstage. She asks if Roman has changed his gameplan, knowing Kevin Owens is willing to die to win. Heyman says his favourite sport, outside of wrestling, is Nascar. Not for the races, but for the crashes. That’s the kind of person he is. And that’s why he loves TLC, because it’s carnage and people get hurt. And tonight Kevin Owens will get hurt at the purposeful hands of the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns. And that’s not a prediction.
The bell rings and Carmella bails out to play mind games. She slowly gets inside and ducks Banks to drill her with a forearm to the back. Carmella tosses her outside but Banks takes control and gets her back in the ring. Sasha takes a minute to talk trash and Carmella slaps her. Banks fires back and throws Carmella out of the ring but Reginald catches her quite impressively, then dodges Banks and throws Carmella at Sasha for a hurricanrana on the floor!
Carmella takes Sasha down with a rear chinlock but Banks fights up and hits a running meteora for a two-count. Banks goes to the apron and knees Carmella, then drags her out but Carmella slams her down with a reverse X-Factor. Carmella gets her back in the ring and drives a knee into Sasha’s back for a submission. Banks fights up and hits a backbreaker to create some distance. Banks hits the Three Amigoes, followed by a frog splash for a near-fall!
Carmella hits a tilt-a-whirl into an incredible X-Factor for a near-fall. She gets frustrated and pins Sasha twice more to no avail. Carmella drags Banks to the corner and hangs over the ropes, choking her. Sasha lays on the apron and Carmella superkicks her, then scrambles back inside for a near-fall. Carmella puts Banks up top and looks to superplex her but Sasha starts firing back. Carmella catches her with a hurricanrana from up top but Sasha rolls through for a two-count. They trade pinfall attempts but Carmella swiftly transitions into the Code of Silence.
Banks wriggles free and Carmella applies another submission but again Banks breaks away. Carmella is angry and runs at her in the corner but Sasha dodges and applies the Bank Statement! Carmella thinks about tapping but Reggie drags her out of the ring and holds her in his arms. Banks jumps off the apron and drops him with a meteora. Carmella superkicks her twice and gets her back in the ring for another near-fall. Carmella throws a fit and Sasha gets her in the Bank Statement and Carmella taps!
Billie Kay is backstage with Asuka, holding her CV. She hands Asuka the document and explains that she is a former Tag Team Champion and proficient in Japanese, meaning she would be a great partner. Asuka gets excited and speaks in Japanese but Billie clearly doesn’t understand. She then says she even made a mask to match and holds up a crudely-drawn plate and dances like Asuka. The Empress thanks her and says she’s not ready.
We kick things off with Kofi and Cedric, and Alexander runs right into a superkick for a two-count. Kofi hits a Russian leg-sweep and tags Woods for an elbow drop and a two-count. New Day continue the quick pace and Woods tags Kofi for a springboard crossbody. Kofi handsprings into Alexander and tags Woods. Cedric kicks Woods off and makes the tag to Shelton.
Benjamin comes in hot with a clothesline and a suplex for a one-count to Xavier. MVP gives Cedric some water on the outside while Benjamin continues the beatdown on Woods. Kofi gets the tag and he dropkicks Benjamin, then kicks him and tags Woods before jumping over the ropes onto Cedric. Woods chops Shelton into the corner, shoots him off and goes to the apron but Benjamin knees him.
Benjamin throws Woods neck-first into the bottom rope and he rolls outside. Alexander gets the tag and he kicks Woods on the back from the apron. Cedric gets Woods in the ring and beats him down methodically. Alexander and Benjamin isolate Woods and make use of quick tags. Woods creates some distance and makes a tag to Kofi, while Cedric gets a tag as well. Kofi comes in hot with chops to the chest, then looks for the Boom Drop but Shelton catches him in mid-air and carries him over to his corner.
Cedric tags in and jumps at Kofi but misses. Kofi drops him, then looks for Trouble In Paradise but Alexander dodges and hits a spinning brainbuster for a near-fall. Woods broke the pin but he gets floored with a handspring enziguiri from Alexander. Shelton gets the tag and lifts Kofi but Kingston breaks away and kicks him in the face, then knocks Alexander off the apron. Kofi goes up top but Shelton jumps up and hits a double-arm suplex. Benjamin waits for Kofi to get up but Alexander tags himself in and hits the Lumbar Check for the win!
This week the Slammy Awards will air on the WWE Network, hosted by R-Truth. However two nights ago, Sami Zayn hosted the first-ever Sami Awards on SmackDown. We see a replay of Big E infiltrating the award show, followed by the Tom Cruise inspired audio recording of Sami Zayn freaking-out, thanks to Kayla Braxton. Sami appears backstage and berates Kayla for posting his personal life on her Instagram, sandwiched between posts of her “derriere” by the pool. Zayn says all will be forgiven if she tells him what happened and she says she has journalistic integrity and walks off, leaving him screaming.
The match begins with Asuka and Baszler, and Shayna takes her down with her wrestling ability. Shayna kicks her, then looks to do it again but Asuka ducks and fires a few kicks of her own. Asuka gets Baszler in an armbar but Shayna breaks away. Baszler looks to stomp her arm but Asuka rolls away and Charlotte asks for a tag. Flair runs in and clotheslines Baszler, then drops Nia on the apron, and hits Baszler again.
Charlotte taunts Baszler, who brushes her off and tags Nia. Charlotte grabs Nia and they struggle. Charlotte attempts a shoulder tackle but Jax doesn’t move. Charlotte takes a headlock and tags Asuka, who jumps at Nia and attacks her into the corner. Jax fights back and tags Baszler, who starts targeting the left arm of Asuka. Baszler does some joint manipulation before putting Asuka down in the corner and tagging Nia.
Jax slams Asuka’s arm into the ring post, then gets inside and continues the assault. Baszler gets the tag again and bends Asuka’s wrist. Asuka tries to turn the tables and unloads a few kicks but Baszler catches one and flips her over. Shayna tosses Asuka out of the ring and tags Nia, who attacks her on the floor. Asuka fights back in the ring and makes the tag to Charlotte! Flair comes in hot with chops to the chest of Jax and we see Ric Flair watching backstage.
Flair drops Nia and connects with a boot to the face. Baszler runs in but Flair hits her with a T-Bone suplex. Charllotte attacks Nia in the corner, then connects with a big boot for a near-fall. Nia rolls outside and Flair hits a moonsault from the top rope to both Jax and Baszler! Charlotte gets Jax back inside and looks for a Figure Four but Jax kicks her back into the buckles. Asuka tags herself in as Nia hits a Samoan drop. Asuka comes off the top with a missile dropkick.
Baszler tags in and goes right to the arm of Asuka, then transitions to the Kirifuda Clutch. Asuka backs her to the corner, where Flair tags herself in and hits a big boot to her, then Jax on the apron. Baszler rolls-up Charlotte for two, but Flair then applies the Figure Eight! Jax pulls Charlotte off but Asuka then tackles her on the floor. Baszler grabs Shayna and looks to apply the Kirifuda Clutch but Charlotte rolls backwards and this Natural Selection for the win!
Big E is backstage with R-Truth, showing something on his phone. Sami Zayn runs up and blames Big E for the leaked audio. Big E says he didn’t but Sami should just be glad it wasn’t a different kind of leak because nobody wants to see that. Sami says Big E has been treading water since he went solo and that makes Big E angry. He steps to Sami and tells him to “keep playing games”.
We get a shotgun start as Kevin Owens appears out of nowhere and attacks Reigns as he’s making his entrance. Owens beats Reigns into the corner and this a cannonball. Reigns goes outside but KO slams him into the barricade and hits another cannonball. Owens whips Reigns into the steel steps, then this a frog splash off the apron. Reigns is down on the floor as KO puts a ladder into the ring, but out comes Jey Uso, running right into a superkick from KO.
Owens grabs a chair and this Jey with it, then unloads on Reigns. Jey attempts an enziguiri but Owens smashes him with the chair in mid-air. Owens wraps the chair around Jey’s foot and jumps on it, then screams at him that he should stayed away. Owens takes the top off the announce table as officials check on Jey. Owens makes to get back in the ring but Roman reappears with a Drive-By Kick!
Reigns hits Owens with the steel steps, then over and over again into his guts. Roman puts Owens in the ring alongside some ladders, then this KO with the ladder in the shoulder a couple of times. Reigns leans a smaller ladder on the bottom rope and stomps KO, before bringing some chairs inside. Roman whacks KO with the chair, then stabs him with it a half dozen times. Roman starts to sneer and enjoy his handiwork as he sets two chairs up, side-by-side.
Owens avoids a Samoan drop and tries to powerbomb Reigns onto the two chairs, but the Champion ends-up back-dropping KO onto them! Reigns talks to himself as KO rolls from the ring. Roman sets-up a ladder beneath the belt and starts climbing but Owens appears with a chair and hits him in the back! Owens hits Reigns a few times with the chair, then sets one of them upright and slams Reigns onto it with a fisherman suplex!
Owens starts climbing the ladder and gets his hand on the belt, but Jey Uso returns and drags him back down. Jey and KO throw hands until Roman drops Owens with a Superman punch. Both men are down and Jey goes out to get a couple of tables. Roman kicks KO before setting up a table in the corner, and Jey sets the other up by the ropes. Roman stands on the back of Owens’ head and berates him for challenging the Tribal Chief.
Roman shoots Owens at Jey for a Samoan drop through the table…but Owens kicks Jey, elbows Roman, knocks Jey from the ring, and hits Reigns with a Stunner! Owens is alone in the ring and he slowly gets up to set-up a ladder, but Jey drags him out of the ring. Jey attacks Owens but KO catches him with a pop-up powerbomb through the announce desk! And for a measure of payback, Owens uses the tables debris to bury Jey at ringside.
Owens scurries inside and scales the ladder but Roman climbs up the other side and punches him down. Roman climbs down and lifts KO up for a powerbomb onto the small ladder propped on the bottom rope. Roman turns the ladder onto its side, then back suplexes Owens onto it! Roman drags Owens out of the ring and chokeslams him through a table. Roman goes over to check on Jey, then lifts KO and punches him around ringside.
Reigns lifts Owens up and hits a Samoan drop through another table! Roman slowly makes his way back into the ring and starts climbing the ladder. As he reaches the top, Owens somehow gets back inside and makes a weak attempt to climb the ladder. Roman laughs when he sees Owens and climbs back down. Roman kicks him backwards and tells him he’s embarrassing his family. Roman slaps Owens, who slaps him back, then Reigns Spears him through the table in the corner.
Owens rolls outside and tries to get to his feet. Roman watches from the apron and laughs as Owens tells him “you’re gonna have to do it.” Roman runs and tries to Spear KO through the barricade, but Owens moves and Roman crashes! Owens crawls into the ring and drags himself up to the top of the ladder but Roman grabs hold of him and pulls him down, then throws him into the ladder. Roman shoves the ladder out of the way but Owens superkicks him twice, then looks for a powerbomb but Reigns hits a Superman punch.
Roman looks for another but Owens hits the pop-up powerbomb through the table and Reigns rolls outside! Owens slowly sets-up the ladder and starts climbing. He gets his hand on it…but Jey Uso grabs him and climbs up. Owens headbutts Jey over and over until they both fall, then Owens hits a Stunner! Owens starts climbing again, rung-by-rung, but Roman is back again and he punches Owens right in the crotch. At the top of the ladder, Roman applies the guillotine and Owens passes out. Owens falls and Roman retrieves his title.
The first pay-per-view event of 2021 will be the Royal Rumble on January 31st. However this coming Friday night, Big E will get an Intercontinental Championship match against Sami Zayn.
It’s main event time and we get a video package highlighting the long-running feud between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, told like a fairytale by Wyatt. Orton is out first wearing trousers and a hoodie.
This isn’t your average inferno match, there are no flames on the apron and none to be seen. The match begins slowly with Randy looking pensive. Wyatt doesn’t move, so Randy kicks him, then punches him by The Fiend laughs. Wyatt storms Orton, backing him into the corner and beating him down. The Fiend whips Orton to the ropes, then catches him with a headbutt. Wyatt looks for Sister Abigail but Orton shrugs him off and hits a dropkick.
Wyatt beats Orton into the corner again, then intercepts him with a big body tackle. Wyatt looks for Sister Abigail but Orton punches him away. Wyatt abruptly hits Sister Abigail and Orton rolls outside. The Fiend looks at the camera and raises his hands, sending flames up all around the barricade! Orton looks terrified and scrambles back into the ring. The Fiend goes out and drags Orton out of the ring, scratching and crawling.
The Fiend tries to shove Randy’s face into the flames but he fights him off. The Fiend beats Orton down and takes his belt off to beat him with it. Wyatt lights his belt on fire and runs at Randy and swings but nobody’s home. The Fiend almost set himself on fire but backed away in time. Orton attacks him but The Fiend shrugs him off and drops him on the floor. Wyatt grabs a pickaxe from under the ring and swings for Orton but, obviously, misses. Orton punches him but Wyatt backs him into the barricade.
Wyatt pulls out Sister Abigail’s rocking chair and he douses it in gasoline. Wyatt then punches Randy backwards and sets him onto the rocking chair, then grabs a lighter and drops it in the gasoline. Randy is able to jump off the chair seconds before it’s engulfed! The Fiend laughs and walks after Orton, who comes back with the pickaxe handle and hits Wyatt with it. Randy beats him around ringside and grabs a steel chain, which he wraps around Wyatt’s head and tries to force him into the flames.
The Fiend breaks away and backtracks into the ring. Orton chases after with the chain but gets dropped with a urinage. The Fiend snaps Orton’s neck, then tosses him out of the ring. The Fiend grabs the axe handle and sets it on fire as well but Orton low blows him. Orton drags him off the apron for the draping DDT on the floor, causing the flames to erupt around ringside! Orton drops to his knees and pumps-up for an RKO, but when he jumps he gets caught with the Mandible Claw!
Wyatt tries to push Orton back over the barricade into the flames but Randy turns the tables and sets Bray’s entire back on fire! Orton slides back into the ring as The Fiend looks at himself on fire, then runs into the ring but Orton catches him with an RKO! The Fiend is lying on the mat on fire and Orton falls back, looking shocked, then gets up and kicks Bray over onto his back. The Fiend is motionless on the mat. Orton smiles and goes out of the ring to get more gasoline. He pours the gas all over Wyatt, then sets him on fire!
The Fiend is completely engulfed in flames, head-to-toe as Randy leaves the ring. Orton looks on from ringside and poses as the show ends.
And that’s it for WWE TLC 2020. What a…fiery show. Let us know what you thought of that shocking ending and we’ll see you back here tomorrow night for RAW. Until then, stay safe!