With WWE airing the third annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view tonight, we now take a look at the 2010 version of the event, which was headlined by Wade Barrett vs John Cena. The latter of the two will not be competing on tonight’s show. In addition, the company had a World Heavyweight Championship match featuring Edge, Rey Mysterio, Kane and Alberto Del Rio on last year’s show.
Just one year later, the former two are completely out of action with Edge retiring from the company and Mysterio not expected to be in action until mid-2012. Kane, of course, just returned to the company this past week and is not booked in a match tonight. Del Rio is, however, scheduled in a triple threat WWE Championship match tonight.
Looking at tonight’s card compared to last year’s show, only 26% of the participants that took part in matches at last year’s show will also take part in tonight’s card, including Wade Barrett, the aforementioned Del Rio, The Miz, Randy Orton, and Dolph Ziggler.
Of those not competing on tonight’s pay-per-view, five of which (26%) have either retired, are sidelined with an injury, or have since been released from the company since the event on December 19, 2010. Those names include Edge (retired), Rey Mysterio (injured), Vladimir Kozlov (released), Layla (injured), and Michelle McCool (left the company).
Those currently on the roster and not competing at tonight’s show, but took place on last year’s card include John Cena, Kane, Santino Marella, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Kofi Kingston, and Jack Swagger.
WWE’s 2010 Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view kicks off with a video package focusing on tonight’s matches with the theme of the Superstars putting their health and careers on the line at “the most dangerous event of the year.” Few will feel glory, but all will feel pain, it says. And we’re live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas as the pyro explodes. The stage area is decorated with tables, ladders and chairs. Michael Cole welcomes us to the pay-per-view and he’s joined by Matt Striker and Jerry Lawler.
Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler
We see the Intercontinental Title hanging above the ring as Kofi Kingston makes his way out to the ring first, through all the ladders set up on the ramp. Out next is Jack Swagger. The WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler’s music hits next and out h e comes with Vickie Guerrero. The bell rings and here we go.
All three men stare each other down and everything breaks down quickly with everyone going after everyone else. Kofi is able to toss Ziggler to the outside and he turns around into a couple of big right hands from Swagger. Kofi tries to fight back but Swagger buries his shoulder in Kofi’s midsection, only to run right into Kofi’s back, stunning both men and sending them to the floor. Ziggler sets up a ladder and races up itwhile both men are stunned, almost reaching the title before Kingston and Swagger tip him over and send him to the outside. Kingston hits Swagger with a beautiful dropkick before slamming the ladder down on top of Swaggers hands and wrists. Ziggler is in with another shorter ladder. He takes Kofi down and wedges the other ladder in the corner, avoiding a dropkick from Kofi and connecting with a big neckbreaker.
Swagger is back in the match after having his wrist quickly taped by a medic and he slams Ziggler’s face into the mat. Swagger sets up a ladder but Kofi jumps through the ladder with a double knees to Swagger that knocks him back. Kofi begins to climb, but jumps off onto Swagger instead. Kofi puts a ladder on top of Swagger, but ends up eating a rocker dropper into the ladder from Ziggler. Everyone is down and Vickie Guerrero is in the ring. She begins climbing the ladder slowly. Kingston is in and he climbs, telling Vickie to stop. Vickie doesn’t listen and continues to climb, reaching for the belt, but Kingston begins to tip the ladder. Vickie screams, but Kofi drops the ladder when Swagger comes in and hits him with another ladder from behind. Swagger slams the ladder into Ziggler before climbing the ladder sets up in the middle of the ring. Kingston in turn picks up the smaller ladder and uses it to knock Swagger to the outside before eating a clothesline over the top rope from Ziggler.
Kingston is the first man back into the ring, but Swagger isn’t far behind, immediately locking in the ankle lock. Kingston begins scaling the ladder while Swagger keeps the ankle lock hooked in. Ziggler jumps over both men and climbs to the top of the ladder, reaching for and touching the belt. Ziggler climbs to the outside side of the ladder, and Kingston kicks Swagger off, sending him crashing down to the mat. Kingston climbs and he and Ziggler fight it out at the top of the ladder. Kingston looks to get the advantage with a couple of quick right hands, but Ziggler is able to lock in the sleeper at the top of the ladder. Kingston fights the sleeper off and knocks Ziggler down a rung before reaching for the title. Ziggler comes back, stopping Kingston and reaching for the title himself. Kingston knocks Ziggler off the ladder, and Kingston has a clear shot for the title. Swagger climbs up the ladder and he and Kofi both reach for the title simultaneously grabbing it and letting it fall to the mat. Ziggler scrambles under the ladder and picks up the belt, and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
– We go backstage with Nexus. Wade Barrett says they stand united tonight and Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel will win back the Tag Titles. Barrett says John Cena is still priority. Barrett says he will end Cena tonight and send a message that you’re either Nexus or against us. David Otunga is not there.
Divas Tag Team Table Match: Michelle McCool and Layla vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya
We go to the ring and out comes LayCool through all the tables on the ramp. We see the pink table from SmackDown at ringside. Out next comes Beth Phoenix followed by her partner, the WWE Divas Champion Natalya.
The match begins and LayCool tries to get the jump on Natalya and Beth, but it doesn’t last long as McCool ends up slammed on the mat and Layla ends up slammed righton top of her. Phoenix and Natalya go outside and grab the table that’s been painted with the caricature of LayCool. Natalya sets the table up in the corner and Beth shoulders both members of LayCool, but they fights out of it. Natalya sends Layla to the outside, and Beth clotheslines McCool over the top rope, almost through a table, but McCool avoids it. Things break down and LayCool are able to use a bit of brawling to turn things around, bringing both of the other ladies into the ring and wearing away on them with kicks, before whipping Beth right into Natalya in the corner before sending Beth through the ropes.
LayCool set up a table in the middle of the ring and begin focusing on Natalya while Phoenix is still laid out on the floor. McCool teases a Styles Crash from the top rope through the table, but Phoenix is up and trips Layla before preventing McCool from following through. Beth gets McCool into press slam position, but McCool fights out of it with an eye rake and Layla makes her way back in, allowing the tide to turn. Layla sends Natalya to the outside before recentering a table and picking up Phoenix. Layla lays into Beth with a series of strikes and kicks before she tries to suplex Beth through the table. Beth continues to resist the suplex, instead almost turning it into a double press slam with Natalya before it’s broken up by McCool.
Natalya teases a sharpshooter on McCool. Layla tries to break it up, but instead, finds herself locked in a double sharpshooter along with McCool. Phoenix taunts LayCool with the painted table, but Phoenix and Natalya gloat for too long after Natalya breaks the hold, allowing LayCool to recover and bring the attack. LayCool team up on Natalya, with McCool placing Natalya on the top turnbuckle and Layla setting up a table. LayCool go for a double superplex, but Phoenix is back up, preventing Layla from following though. Layla slams Phoenix head first into the ring post, and tries to go up for the double superplex again. Natalya won’t die and she fights off the attempt, pushing both women from the top on top of the table which does not break. Natalya instead jumps from the top with a cross body, putting both members of LayCool through the table at the same time.
Winners: Natalya and Beth Phoenix
– We go backstage with Kane, some presents and a Christmas tree. Kane talks about how he never celebrated holidays as a kid and just sat in the darkness. Kane says for the first time in his life, he’s getting Christmas presents – tables, ladders and chairs. Kane says he is going to play with his new toys. He tells Edge, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio “Merry Christmas” before destroying the Christmas tree and the gifts.
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel
We go to the ring and out come the WWE Tag Team Champions Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella. Santino cuts a promo before the match and says tonight, TLC stands for Totally Lethal Cobra. Out comes the team of Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, with Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty right behind them as back up.
Santino and Gabriel kick things off for their team, with Gabriel immediately putting Santino into an arm submission. Santino is able to fight out of it and turn things around on Gabriel with a Judo toss into a side headlock. Gabriel is quick to fight out of it, but when he tries to hip toss Marella, Marella avoids it, hits a wimpy leg sweep, but follows it right up with a huge forearm. Slater makes his way into the match and Santino quickly takes him over into the side headlock. Slater fights out of it and puts Santino right down to the mat with a series of strikes and knees to the back of Santino’s head. Slater picks Santino up, and Santino teases the cobra, only for Slater to freak out, allowing Santino to make the tag. Kozlov comes in and quickly tosses Slater around before slamming him into the corner, kicking him, head butting him, and hitting a fall away slam that sends Slater to the outside.
Kozlov sends Slater back into the ring, slamming him back first into the apron, but Harris attacks Kozlov from behind, allowing Slater to make the tag to Gabriel. Gabriel comes in and locks in a front chancery, but Kozlov fights out of it pretty quickly. Kozlov reaches for the tag, but Gabriel stops it and tags out to Slater. Slater comes in and slams Kozlov right down to the mat. Slater locks in a front face lock, and Kozlov attempts to power his way back to his own corner. Slater cheap shots Kozlov before turning around to hit Santino and cause a distraction, allowing Slater and Gabriel to drag Kozlov back across the ring. Slater charges Kozlov, but runs right into a big head butt. Santino and Gabriel tag in and Santino comes in as a house of fire. Santino takes Gabriel down and teases the cobra, but McGillicuty gets caught coming into the ring taking Santino out from behind while Harris tries to distract the ref.
Winners by DQ: Santino Marella and Vladamir Kozlov
– After the match, Harris and McGillicutty rush the ring and Nexus beats down the Tag Team Champions. Wade Barrett comes walking out with a chair to the ring. Nexus holds Kozlov as Barrett hits him twice with the chair. Santino gets a gut shot and a shot to the back next from Barrett. Kozlov takes another chairshot to the back as the crowd starts chanting for John Cena. The Nexus music hits as Barrett heads back up the ramp with the chair, Nexus in tow.
#1 Contenders Ladder Match: Sheamus vs. John Morrison
We see a contract for a WWE Title shot hanging above the ring as Sheamus, still in his King of the Ring garb, makes his way out to the ring for tonight’s WWE Title #1 Contenders Match. Out next is his opponent John Morrison.
The bell rings and Sheamus takes Morrison right into the corner before taking him over in a side headlock. Morrison fights out of it but falls to a shoulder block. Sheamus asks if that’s all Morrison’s got, and in response, Morrison grabs Sheamus and runs with him, sending both men toppling over the top rope. On the outside, Sheamus slams Morrison into the barricade before setting the ladder up as a bridge between the ring apron and the announce table. Sheamus tries to launch Morrison into the ladder, but Morrison ducks. Sheamus comes under the ladder, running into a big kick in the chest. Sheamus comes back with a couple of strikes, but Morrison spears Sheamus back into one of the ring barricades. Sheamus recovers fairly quickly and takes Morrison off of his feet.
Sheamus walks over and picks up a ladder, but Morrison springs up from out of nowhere and takes Sheamus down with a big splash. Morrison goes back into the ring and sets up a ladder, beginning the climb toward the contract, but Sheamus is in to stop things, backing Morrison up into the corner and using it to wedge him in the corner. Morrison fights it off, and uses the ladder to help give him height for a corkscrew dive from the top turnbuckle on top of Sheamus. Morrison kicks at Sheamus, sending him to the outside. Morrison begins the climb up the ladder again, but Sheamus is in, catching Morrison and wedging one of his legs in between ladder rungs and hanging him upside down, before tipping the ladder over on top of Morrison. Sheamus targets Morrison’s knee, hitting it with kicks before slamming the ladder down on top of it. Sheamus picks up the ladder and sets it up in the middle of the ring.
Sheamus starts to climb, but abandons the idea when Morrison crawls toward the ladder. Sheamus puts the ladder on the ground before slamming Morrison down knee first on top of it. Morrison tries to get back in the match with a couple of quick right hands, but Sheamus takes him right back down with a right hand of his own. Sheamus ties Morrison’s leg up in the ladder and uses it, picking Morrison’s leg up by picking up the ladder, and slamming it back down into the mat. Sheamus sets up the ladder again, but Morrison won’t die, grabbing at Sheamus’ ankle. Sheamus stomps at Morrison before setting the ladder back up, and going to the outside to grab another ladder.
Sheamus rolls back into the ring with the second ladder and Morrison tries to fight him off, but Sheamus drops him to the mat. Sheamus sets up the ladder in between the bottom and middle rope in the corner, sending Morrison down knee first into the ladder before stomping away on Morrison’s knee repeatedly. Sheamus begins to climb the ladder toward the contract, but Morrison is up and he tosses a ladder at Sheamus’ back, stopping his progress. Sheamus grabs Morrison’s leg, and uses it for an awesome over the head slam. Sheamus picks up the ladder and attempts to charge at Morrison, but Morrison hits a drop toe hold, sending Sheamus down face first into the ladder. Morrison comes back with a couple of right hands and a huge kick to the side of Sheamus’ head.
Morrison goes for a clothesline, but Sheamus comes right back with the Irish curse backbreaker. Both Sheamus and Morrison go to the outside, and both bring ladders beck into the ring. Morrison and Sheamus charge each other, and Sheamus drops the ladder, grabbing at his hands. Morrison then takes his ladder and throws it straight into Sheamus’ face. Morrison sets up a ladder in between the middle and top rope in the corner and slams Sheamus into it face first before crotching him on a ladder standing on its side and sending Sheamus to the outside. Morrison picks up a ladder and presses it over his head, walking to the side of the ring and tossing the ladder out on top of Sheamus. Morrison sets up a huge ladder in the middle of the ring and slowly begins the climb.
Morrison gets to the top of the ladder, but Sheamus is there to hit a clothesline to Morrison’s knee that takes him off the ladder. Sheamus sends Morrison to the outside. Sheamus gets to the top of the ladder and reaches for the contract but it’s swaying. Morrison is in and he fights Sheamus off, sending him off of the ladder and getting his hand on the contract, but Sheamus pulls Morrison off of the ladder in powerbomb position. Sheamus walks Morrison to the side of the ring but he ends up eating a headscissors over the top rope to the outside. Morrison begins the climb up the ladder and gets to the top, but Sheamus is in to tip the ladder over and send Morrison crashing into the ropes.
Sheamus back drops Morrison over the top rope to the outside, but Morrison is able to avoid the ladder that was propped between the ring apron and announcer’s table. Sheamus begins to climb the ladder, but Morrison is on the apron and he starts fighting Sheamus off. Sheamus gets a couple of rungs up on the ladder and Morrison climbs on the ropes, teasing a superplex onto the propped up ladder. Sheamus fights it off and drags Morrison up the ladder. Both men fight on the side of the ladder in the ring, and Morrison pushes Sheamus off through the ladder propped on the announce table (which lets off a lot of sawdust for a steel ladder). Morrison climbs back into the ring and begins climbing up to the top of the ladder. Sheamus struggles to get back into the ring, and he tries to tip over the ladder, but Morrison gets his foot on the ropes, tips the momentum of the ladder, kicks Sheamus in the face, and pulls down the contract to win the match.
Winner and New #1 Contender to the WWE Title: John Morrison
– We go backstage with WWE Champion The Miz and Josh Matthews. Matthews mentions Morrison now being the #1 contender and asks who will be WWE Champion after tonight, he or Randy Orton. Miz says he will and says he is going to kill the legend of Randy Orton tonight. Miz says he is the new face of the entire WWE and is awesome.
– We see Wade Barrett and Husky Harris walking backstage. Todd Grisham tries to stop them but Husky says they have to get ready for Wade’s match. They walk into the locker room where everyone else is laid out with chairs it looks like. Wade tells Husky to lock the door and he shuts it in our face.
Tables Match for the WWE Title: Randy Orton vs. The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes Randy Orton to a big pop. Out next is the WWE Champion The Miz, with Alex Riley right behind him. We get formal introductions from Justin Roberts before the bell.
The bell rings and we’re ready to kick things off in this one. Orton and Miz circle each other and Orton is quick to lay in with the kicks and European uppercuts before slamming Miz down to the mat and following up with a knee to the face. Orton beats down on Miz, stomping at his face before whipping him into the corner hard and stomping away at Miz’s chest. Orton slams Miz head first into the corner before whipping him across the ring, but when Orton charges Miz in the corner, Riley pulls Miz out of the way. Miz capitalizes, using the opportunity to lay into Orton with a series of kicks, but when he sends Orton into the opposite corner, Orton explodes out with a big clothesline before sending Miz to the outside.
Orton slams Miz head first into the ring apron before beginning to go under the ring for a table. Riley distracts Orton for a second, before Orton walks toward him and Riley walks away. Orton sends Miz into the barricade before hitting a big suplex on the outside, only to find that Riley has slipped his table back under the ring. Orton grabs the table again and begins to bring it into the ring, but Miz responds with a baseball slide, sending the table into Orton’s face. Miz sets up the table on the outside and picks up Orton, teasing a suplex, but Orton fights it off and comes back with a European uppercut before shouldering Miz and teasing a powerslam from the ring steps through the table. Miz sneaks out of it and takes Orton’s feet out from under him, causing Orton to slam face first into the steps. Miz grabs the top set of steps and uses the to drive into Randy Orton’s face.
Miz goes under the ring and grabs a table, setting it up and placing Orton on top of it only to have one of the legs collapse. Miz kicks away at Orton before setting the table back up and placing Orton on top of it. Miz goes to the top turnbuckle and teases a dive, but Orton rolls off of the table. Miz jumps down from the turnbuckle and brings the fight to Orton, slamming his arm down on top of the ring steps. Miz goes under the ring again and grabs another table, sliding it into the ring before slamming Orton head first into the steps and sliding him into the ring. Miz hits his signature corner clothesline and gloats for the crowd to huge heat. Miz sets up a table, propping it in the corner before going back over to Orton and laying into his with a couple of kicks. Miz tries to whip Orton into the table, but Orton avoids it and counters with what looks like an Angle slam.
Orton goes to the corner and grabs the table, slamming it down into the Miz before setting it up in the middle of the ring. Orton sets Miz on the top turnbuckle and goes for the superplex, but Alex Riley moves the table out of the way and actually takes the table out of the ring altogether. Orton gets back to his feet and lays into Miz with a series of punches. Miz tries to respond with several of his own, but a kick to the chest and clothesline from Orton take Miz down. Orton hits a snap powerslam that sends Miz to the apron, and when Miz tries to come back in, Orton hits a kick to Miz’s chest and follows up with his rope assisted DDT. Orton goes to the outside after another table and uses the opportunity to hit Riley with a big clothesline that takes Miz’s crony off of his feet.
Orton brings the table back into the ring and sets it up. Miz tries to attack him from behind, but Orton hits his signature backbreaker. Orton teases the RKO but goes for a powerbomb instead. Riley tries to break it up, but runs right out of the ring when Orton teases hitting him. Miz tries for the SCF, but Orton fights it off and sends Miz into the referee, Riley is in, and he eats an RKO. Orton picks up Riley and powerbombs him through the table. Miz uses the distraction to hit the SCF on Orton. Miz rolls Riley off of the table and Orton onto the wreckage. Miz gets the ref back into the ring, where he sees Orton on top of the debris, and the ref calls for the bell.
Winner: The Miz
– After the match, the referee sees the replays and restarts the match. The bell rings and Randy Orton attacks Miz at ringside.
WWE Title Match Restarted: Randy Orton vs. The Miz
Orton jumps Miz right off of the bat and lays into him with punches before sending him into two ringside barricades and following with a big clothesline. Orton sends Miz into the ring post and sends Miz back into the ring. Orton begins to climb into the ring, but Riley hits him with a shoulderblock that knocks him back through a table that’s set up ringside. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner: The Miz
– We see Rosa Mendes backstage admiring Alberto Del Rio’s car. He walks up and they speak in Spanish before she walks off. Edge appears on top of Del Rio’s car. Edge says Kane is a monster and they need to team up with Rey Mysterio to take him out. Del Rio asks, really? Edge says no, not really. That way of thinking doesn’t work in a TLC match. Edge talks about how he’s more experienced. Del Rio says Edge has no class. Del Rio tells Edge to go ask his friend Christian. Del Rio tells Edge he doesn’t know him. Edge say he’s walking out World Champion tonight and storms off.
TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Rey Mysterio vs. Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kane
We see the World Heavyweight Title belt hanging high above the ring as Rey Mysterio makes his way out first. Ricardo Rodriguez takes the mic next to introduce Alberto Del Rio, who drives into the arena in one of his cars. Out next is Edge to a nice pop, followed by the World Heavyweight Champion Kane. We get no formal ring introductions before the bell.
Kane goes right for Edge at the beginning of the match, taking him to the outside. Del Rio goes after Mysterio with a kick to the leg and a series of rights to the side of Mysterio’s head before whipping him across the ring. Mysterio comes right back with a headscissors that sends Del Rio into the middle turnbuckle, setting him up for a low dropkick. Kane and Edge take each other out on the outside and Mysterio rolls to the floor to grab a ladder. Mysterio brings the ladder into the ring and sets it up under the title, running right up the ladder and reaching for the belt. Del Rio comes in from behind and tips the ladder over, sending Mysterio crashing to the outside on top of Edge and Kane.
Mysterio is quick to get back to his feet and comes into the ring with another ladder in hand, but he finds himself crashing down to the mat at the hands of Del Rio. Del Rio sets the ladder up in the corner, but eats a drop toe hold into the ladder. Del Rio tries to send Mysterio into the ladder from electric chair position, but Mysterio is able to jump onto the ladder, and use it with a seated senton on top of Del Rio. Kane makes his way into the match and tosses Mysterio into the ladder, easily taking him out. Kane is taken out by Edge, but he’s quick to come back, taking Edge out with the ladder, then throwing a ladder over the top rope out on top of both Del Rio and Mysterio. Kane teases the chokeslam, but Edge blocks it and hits an implant DDT before using a ladder to knock Kane over the top rope to the outside.
Edge goes to the outside and grabs a really tall ladder, heading back inside the ring with it. Edge stops setting up the ladder to hit a baseball slide to Kane, who’s trying to bring another ladder into the match, sending the ladder right back into Kane’s own face. Edge sets up a table on the outside and goes toward Kane, but eats a quick right hand to the face. Kane slams Edge head first into the announce table before sending Edge over the barricade to the timekeeper’s area, kicking Del Rio in the face, and hitting Mysterio, laying him out. Kane grabs a table, and goes to set it up but actually rips off one of the legs of he table in the process. Kane attacks Mysterio and then Del Rio before propping up the table against the announce table. Kane catches both Mysterio and Del Rio in chokeslam position, but Edge comes in from behind to stop it, and all three men gang up on Kane. This only lasts for a little bit before Kane and Edge turn on Del Rio, slamming him into the barricade.
Edge and Mysterio fight off Kane and use their time to set up a table. Edge and Mysterio get Kane on the table, pounding away at the Big Red Machine and trying to wear him down. Edge goes back into the ring and sets the ladder in place, climbing up and launching himself off with a big dive, sending himself crashing down through Kane and the table. Mysterio uses the opportunity to climb into the ring and set up the ladder. Mysterio goes to climb the ladder, but Del Rio is able to sneak in from behind to stop things, sending Mysterio into the corner and following with a big enzugiri. Del Rio goes to the outside where he’s handed a chair by his ring announcer. Del Rio comes back into the ring but he eats a drop toe hold. Mysterio goes for the 619 but Del Rio ducks it, Mysterio spins around and walks right into a spear from Edge. Del Rio gets up and he too gets a spear for his troubles. Edge begins the climb up the ladder, but Kane is in to tip the ladder over, crotching Edge on the top rope. Del Rio and Mysterio come in and team up, clotheslining Kane and themselves over the top rope, but Kane is quick to come back, slamming both men into the ringside barricade.
Kane has a chair and he goes to town on everyone, but he’s eventually stopped by Edge at the top of the entrance ramp. Mysterio tries to use some of the stage props to his advantage, climbing on a table and using it to launch himself out on top of Edge. Mysterio races back to the ring and tries to set up the ladder but Del Rio is down to break it up. Mysterio is able to get both Edge and Del Rio into 619 position. Mysterio connects on Del Rio, but when he tries to hit the 619 on Edge, Edge holds up a chair and Mysterio’s legs crash into the chair.
Edge goes up the ladder, and Del Rio goes up the other side. Mysterio sets up another shorter ladder beside it, going up and knocking Del Rio off before climbing over on to his side. Rey and Edge fight it out on top of the ladder before both men come crashing down face first to the canvas. Del Rio’s ring announcer is looking around, and he pulls the same stunt as Vickie earlier, going up the ladder and trying for the title. He makes it all the way up the ladder, but when he looks back down, Kane is standing there. Kane grabs Ricardo by the throat and comes down the hard way with a chokeslam. Kane hits a chokeslam on Del Rio, then a chokeslam to Edge to the outside through a table. Mysterio knocks down the ladders, hits a drop toe hold and 619 on Kane before hitting him with a chair and sending him to the outside.
Mysterio sets the ladder back up in the middle of the ring and reaches the top of the ladder, getting his hands on the belt, but he’s ripped down from behind by Del Rio, who picks Mysterio right up and locks in the cross arm breaker for just a bit. Del Rio looks up at the belt, but decides against it and locks the cross arm breaker in again. Del Rio breaks again and stares up at the belt, before walking over the the ladder and beginning the slow climb toward the top.
Del Rio puts his hand on the title, but Mysterio is able to tip the ladder over, sending Del Rio over the top rope crashing out to the floor and through a table. Mysterio rights the ladder and begins the climb yet again. Mysterio makes it up to the top, but Kane comes in from behind, grabbing Mystero’s ankle. Mysterio jumps from the ladder to the ropes and back flips to Kane, where he’s caught, and planted with a big tombstone piledriver in an awesome spot.
Kane begins to climb the ladder, making it to the top of the ladder before he’s caught from behind by Edge who swings a chair hitting Kane a total of four times, bringing him down off of the ladder. Kane rolls out to the apron, where he’s speared by Edge to the floor and through the table that was propped against the announce table earlier. Edge climbs to the top of the ladder and gets his hands on the title, pulling it down and winning the match.
Winner and New World Heavyweight Champion: Edge
– Cody Rhodes comes out to the stage and says Christmas has come early to Houston. He’s going to stuff everyone’s stockings with his dashing grooming tips. Cody makes his way to the ring and disses the Houston crowd and says they carry disease called IJS, Iritable Jowel Syndrome. Cody points out his own jaw line and continues to pick on the fans. Christmas music hits and out comes The Bella Twins with Santa Claus. They’re throwing gifts to the fans in the crowd. It’s Big Show dressed as Santa. Cody says he doesn’t appreciate being interrupted and calls Show by name. He says he’s not Big Show, he’s Santa. They go back and forth until Big Santa hits a big spinebuster on Cody and then rips his shirt and jacket off. Show then rips Cody’s pants off and leaves him in just underwear and a tie.
– We see Barrett and Husky walking backstage again. Out of nowhere, John Cena pops out with a chair and hits Husky in the head with it, laying him out. Cena tells Barrett he will see him in the ring.
– CM Punk’s music hits and out he comes to join the announcers table for tonight’s main event.
Chairs Match: Wade Barrett vs. John Cena
We go to the ring and out first comes Wade Barrett, by himself. John Cena’s music hits as the crowd starts chanting for him and out Cena comes to a big pop.
The bell rings, and both men circle each other before locking up. Cena pushes Barrett back into the corner, and the ref breaks it up cleanly. Cena charges right back toward Barrett, grabbing him by the leg, pulling him into the ring and locking in a side headlock. Barrett is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold, but Cena responds with a shoulder block. Barrett rolls to the outside and tries for a chair, but Cena stops him, wrestling with Barrett while tossing chairs away from Barrett. Barrett is able to fight Cena off and grab a chair, which he uses to threaten and back off Cena. Barrett swings at Cena, but Cena ducks and Barrett connects with the ring apron. Another attempt and Barrett hits the ring post. Yet another and he connects with the steps. Cena rolls in the ring, out the other side, and rolls back in with a chair of his own, leveling the playing field.
Both men swing and connect with their chairs, causing both men to drop their weapons. Cena lays into Barrett with a series of blows in the corner, before whipping Barrett across the ring, and following up with a bull dog, planting Barrett’s face on a chair. Cena goes to swing at Barrett, but Barrett pulls the ref in front of himself. Barrett uses the distraction to get in a couple of cheap shots and take Cena off of his feet. Barrett connects with a pump handle slam and goes for the pin, but he only gets a two count. Barrett hits Cena with a couple of big right hands that send him down to the mat and out of the ring.
Barrett follows to the outside, where he immediately sends Cena shoulder first into the steel ring steps. Barrett picks up a chair, and tries to hit Cena while he’s laid out on the ring steps, but Cena is able to move out of the way, and he begins crawling up the entrance ramp. Cena gets a little way away from Barrett, but Barrett smashes a chair over Cena’s back, denting it in the process. Barrett goes back toward the ring and picks up a set of ring steps, which he brings part of the way up the entrance ramp before dropping them and simply grabbing a chair. Barrett smashes Cena across the back before going back to the steps and setting them up on their side at the bottom of the ramp. Barrett goes to the top of the ramp and tries for a powerbomb on the top of the ramp, but Cena counters with a back body drop.
Cena goes to the backstage area and comes back with a rolling chair, which Punk says he doesn’t think is legal. Cena puts Barrett in the chair and uses it to launch Barrett down the ramp and into the steel steps waiting at the bottom. Cena goes toward Barrett to toss him in the ring, but Barrett grabs a chair and smashes it into Cena’s midsection. Barrett traps Cena’s head and neck in a chair and rams Cena into the ring post. Barrett sends Cena back into the ring, and follows with a chair in hand. Barrett uses the chair to come down across Cena’s chest before standing over him and choking. Barrett kicks at Cena before putting the chair across his throat and sitting down on top of it.
Cena is able to power out of it, pushing up on the chair and launching Barrett out of it. Back on his feet Cena hits a couple of big right hands on Barrett, ducks a clothesline and hits a big shoulderblock. A second shoulderblock attempt is too much as Barrett responds by throwing a chair into Cena’s face. Barrett goes for the pin but he’s only able to get a two count. Cena picks himself back up to his feet, only to have Barrett hit a big right hand, and end up being ties up with his arms trapped in the ropes. Barrett grabs a chair, and uses it to bury it in Cena’s midsection. Barrett goes to the outside and hits Cena in the back while he’s still tied up. Barrett climbs back into the ring and Cena is still struggling with the ropes. Barrett picks the chair up again and goes to swing but Cena is able to connect with a kick, get out of the ropes, and hit a big belly to back suplex before following up with a five knuckle shuffle.
Cena goes for the AA, but Barrett fights out of it, hitting a big side slam that’s good for a two count. Barrett goes back to the outside and grabs another chair, bringing it in and wedging it in the corner between the top and middle rope. Barrett goes to send Cena into the chair, but Cena counters. Barrett stops himself from crashing into the chair, but turns around almost into the STF. Barrett fights it off and kicks Cena, sending him crashing head first into the chair in the corner. Barrett grabs yet another chair and brings it back into the ring. Barrett drags Cena toward the corner, before grabbing a chair and climbing up to the middle turnbuckle. Barrett jumps off with the chair in hand but Cena is able to get out of the way, and Barrett simply crashes and burns.
Cena is the first man to get to the chair, and he gets to his feet and uses it to crack Barrett across the back. Cena goes to the top turnbuckle himself, also with a chair in his hand. Cena waits for Barrett to get back to his feet and drops the top rope leg drop, chair assisted of course, on Barrett. Cena goes to the outside and grabs even more chairs, taking the total in the ring up to six. Cena sets the chairs up 2×3 with all of the seats pressed against each other. Cena picks Barrett up and shoulders him, walking him over to get him into position, and hitting an AA, laying Barrett out across all of the chairs. Cena pins Barrett, and this one is over.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Barrett crawls up the ramp but Cena isn’t done with him. Cena grabs a chair and whacks Barrett in the back with it. Barrett continues to crawl over to the side of the stage. Cena follows him and delivers another chairshot to the back. Cena pulls a steel platform over and drops it on Barrett, covering him up. Cena pulls a rope and a whole line of chairs that were hanging from the set fall on top of Barrett and the platform. We go to replays. WWE’s TLC pay-per-view goes off the air with John Cena posing on the stage before heading to the back. Wade Barrett is still trapped under the platform as officials check on him.