Although there were some questionable moments throughout the night, WWE TLC was arguably the best pay-per-view Raw has put on all year. With two epic matches and a few matches that surprised, and WWE under pressure after two stars were sidelined with an illness, WWE pulled it out of the bag and made an amazing event despite those struggles. Here were the five moments that stood above the rest.
1 Asuka has arrived!
The show kicked off with Asuka making her highly anticipated main roster debut by challenging and defeating Emma. Both women have incredible chemistry together, and proved that by putting on an incredible match to open the show. It was one of the most hyped debuts in recent memory, but Asuka lived up to those expectations.
With Asuka picking up the victory, there's now a question as to who should be next in line to challenge Asuka's undefeated streak. Unfortunately for the rest of Raw, it definitely appears that no one is ready for Asuka. Could her capturing the Raw Women's Championship be inevitable?
2 Cruiserweights show their strengths
There were two cruiserweight matches on the card tonight, but only one caught my attention. Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander defeated The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher in an incredible tag team match that showcased everything right with the cruiserweight division.
With Swann and Cedric picking up the win, I have one major question for the WWE creative team: can we please have Cedric Alexander be the next person to challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship? He is majorly talented, and he blew the roof of the place during that tag match. He is the future of the cruiserweight division, and should be rewarded for his skills.
3 The Demon vs The Phenomenal One
Although this match was announced with two days notice, AJ vs Finn was arguably one of the main dream matches most WWE fans were hoping to happen in a WWE ring. The hype was not unfounded. With both superstars being former leaders of Bullet Club, and having such skill in their own right, it was a clash fans have been clamoring for that did not disappoint.
It may have overshadowed every other match on the card, but with no hype whatsoever beforehand, AJ and Balor still went out there and stole the entire show. The main event was amazing, but AJ and Balor is arguably one of the best matches of the year. There is no match that will top that for a while.
The moment that followed AJ and Finn's epic confrontation made me mark out like the little fanboy that I am. AJ and Balor did the gesture for "Too Sweet", making me question if they both will be hit with a cease and desist letter following the event. The hand gesture has been synonymous with Bullet Club for years, but was recently given some controversy when WWE sent a legitimate cease and desist to The Young Bucks to stop using it.
Meanwhile, Vince "The King of Pettiness" McMahon no doubt liked illustrating that his guys can do it, but The Young Bucks can't. Even without that added layer, it was a fun to see these two former Bullet Club leaders pay homage to their history, even if WWE refuses to say the words "Bullet Club."
5 Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and utter mayhem
Before the show, the main event looked like they were stacking the match with as many people as possible to make it look like The Shield wouldn't have a chance of winning. It looked clustered. It took a while to start but Angle, Rollins, and Ambrose meshed together as a tag team, especially with Angle wearing The Shield's unmistakable uniform.
Early in the match, a running powerslam from Strowman drove Kurt Angle through a table and ended up sending him limping backstage with the help of referees and trainers. After a lot of infighting between Team Miz, ending in them dumping Braun Strowman in the back of a garbage truck, it looked as though they were going to pick up the victory. Suddenly Angle's music hit, and the crowd went nuts.
Angle took out Sheamus and quickly put Cesaro through a table with an Angle Slam. With Angle scoring the pin after, to quote Corey Graves, "an Olympic Shield Bomb", the TLC match ended on a high note with The Olympic Shield picking up the well-deserved victory. Even though it was the only TLC match on the card, and a bit of a mess, it was still an amazing contest. Kudos to WWE. You've put on the best Raw pay-per-view of the year, even with a few days to get replacements for injured people. You can never say WWE don't do well under pressure.
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