WWE’s TLC 2015 pay-per-view did more to impress me than I expected Sunday night. Everything the show had to offer worked in a systematic fashion, despite the final match between Sheamus and Roman Reigns. Until after the match.
WWE has put itself in a pretty decent position despite the fact its top five performers in the company are out of action for various reasons and with the return of John Cena to the lineup in a blink of an eye, the company heads into January on a high that I did not think it could attain given the problems with injuries to stars like Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Cesaro.
The ending to the WWE World Title match proved Roman Reigns lost the battle to Sheamus and The Authority, but he won the war with the fans and might have finally gotten over as the anti-Cena hero he should have been all along.
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WWE finally built the perfect beast in a slow, tense-filled year of highs and lows. In the process, it sets up a confrontation at WrestleMania 32 of Triple H and Reigns in a potential co-main event with Sheamus and Brock Lesnar or another wrestler of its choosing.
The road to WrestleMania began in Boston on Sunday night. The road to the Royal Rumble where Lesnar should now be seen as the favorite to win the event is almost a given and one fans can get behind with the return of the super monster and his advocate, Paul Heyman.
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Of course, this is pure speculation, but WWE wanted anarchy and Armageddon a year ago at this time with Reigns in the driver’s seat of the speeding bus. His hernia injury derailed any kind of momentum and killed his chances of getting over sooner rather than later.
Fans have a short attention span when it comes to events like this and unless you are an established star like Cena or Bryan or Orton, or have super heat like Rollins, the likelihood of retaining fan interest is about as possible as me winning the lottery.
It does not happen today.
The poker hand which has been slow-played better than any move Johnnie Chan could have made is about to pay off in a huge way for the company. It will also be the third year in a row Triple H gets in a WWE ring in the biggest pay-per-view event of the year. This time, it’s more than best for business – it’s personal.
Forget the idea of Reigns turning heel for a while. Put the notion of Dean Ambrose turning on his best friend out of your mind for the time being. And if you thought maybe John Cena would finally walk on the dark side of the wrestling world, you can forget that, too.
Armageddon is about to finally happen in this short-manned promotion. If the stars were aligned and the roster was full, then the coming of a new year would be as exciting as it ever was. Now, given the talent it has to work with and the plan finally coming into place, Reigns is the perfect beast to build around.
And the anarchy he brings with him, taking down his boss and all his supporting cast, is just what WWE needs to kick off its road to the biggest event of the year.
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