TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2013)
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE, which took place on December 15, 2013, at the Toyota Center in Houston. It was the fifth annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event, and WWE's last pay-per-view event in 2013. The theme of the event is that the main event was a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.
|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2013)|
Promotional poster depicting tables, ladders and chairs and a rose bouquet split in half.
|Date||December 15, 2013|
|Tagline(s)||It's Not Tender, Loving Care...It's Tables, Ladders and Chairs|
|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs chronology|
Nine matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. The main event saw WWE Champion Randy Orton defeat World Heavyweight Champion John Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, thus unifying both titles.
The professional wrestling matches at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.
The main rivalry heading into TLC featured the World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, and the WWE Champion Randy Orton, over who was the proverbial "face of the WWE". Ever since SummerSlam in August, Orton had been engaged in a feud with Daniel Bryan over the WWE Championship, and owing to his alliance with The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon), finally settled his rivalry with Bryan at the Hell in a Cell event, defeating him in a Hell in a Cell match to win the WWE title for the eighth time. However, over time, The Authority started showing doubt over Orton's ability to win matches on his own accord. To prove he still was their chosen "face of the WWE", Orton was made to defend his championship against the anti-Authority Big Show at Survivor Series in November, who Orton defeated to retain his title, but only after Big Show was distracted by Triple H. Concurrently, Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series to retain his World Heavyweight Championship in a rematch from the Hell in a Cell event, where Cena returned from an elbow injury seemingly before schedule, yet still defeated Del Rio to win the title for the third time. After Orton's victory at Survivor Series, Cena came down to the ring with his title, and celebrated with the crowd as The Authority looked on, much to Orton's chagrin. The next night, on the November 25 episode of Raw, after another confrontation between the two world champions, Triple H announced that Orton would face Cena in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, with both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship on the line, at the TLC pay-per-view, with the winner becoming the "Champion of Champions". At the event, it was announced that the unified titles would be called the "WWE World Heavyweight Championship".
Another championship match at the TLC pay-per-view saw AJ Lee defending the WWE Divas Championship against Natalya. At Survivor Series, Natalya, along with Nikki Bella, were the "Survivors" after making AJ submit in a seven-on-seven Survivor Series elimination match between the "True Divas" and the Total Divas. On the December 2 episode of Raw, Natalya pinned AJ, to secure a victory for her team in a six-Diva tag team match. After this string of non-title wins, Natalya was officially announced to challenge AJ for the Divas Championship at the TLC event.
Since late October, both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan had been assaulted by the Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan), which led to a tag team match at Survivor Series in November with Punk and Bryan going up against - and defeating - Harper and Rowan. The next night, on the November 25 episode of Raw, Bryan was (kayfabe) "abducted" by the Wyatt Family, while Punk was ambushed by The Shield, another notorious three-man faction consisting of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. On the December 2 episode of Raw, Punk tried tracing back the reason for the attack on him to Triple H, believing he called for Punk to be taken out for the latter's rebellious comments against The Authority. After these allegations were rebuked by Triple H's wife, Stephanie McMahon, WWE's (kayfabe) Director of Operations, Kane, also came out to support The Authority, and after being insulted by Punk, announced a three-on-one handicap match at the TLC event, pitting Punk against all three members of The Shield. Also, on the same night, after defeating Erick Rowan, Bryan too was put in a three-on-one handicap match by Kane - much like Punk - to face all three members of the Wyatt Family at the TLC pay-per-view.
Also, on the December 13 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that Cody Rhodes and Goldust would defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro), RybAxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel), and Big Show and Rey Mysterio in a Fatal Four Way tag team match at the pay-per-view.
Kofi Kingston and The Miz teamed together to face The Real Americans on the October 21 episode of "Raw", but at the end of the match, Miz turned on Kingston. This led to a match on the Survivor Series pre-show, which Miz won. The feud continued and culminated in a no disqualifications match between Kofi Kingston and the Miz at the TLC event.
In December 2014, CM Punk revealed in his podcast interview with Colt Cabana that he requested the day of the event off to attend C. J. Wilson's wedding; however, the company failed to fulfill his request. As a result, his and his girlfriend at the time (now wife) AJ Lee's matches went first and second so they could leave on time and attend the wedding in California the same day.
|English commentators||Michael Cole|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcers||Lilian Garcia|
|Pre-show Panel||Josh Mathews|
The pre-show included the Kickoff panel of Josh Mathews, Mick Foley, Booker T and The Miz previewing the matches. Later on Kickoff show, Kofi Kingston attacked The Miz in the panel, setting a No Disqualification Match later at the event. Before the pay per view started, Fandango defeated Dolph Ziggler after a Diving Leg Drop.
Next, AJ Lee defended the Divas Championship against Natalya. The match ended when Natalya attempted to apply the Sharpshooter but AJ pulled Natalya's hair and pinned Natalya with a Roll Up to retain the title.
In the fourth match, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Big Show and Rey Mysterio, Ryback and Curtis Axel, and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro). RybAxel were eliminated after Goldust pinned Ryback with a Roll Up. The Real Americans were eliminated after Big Show pinned Cesaro following a KO Punch. Big Show and Mysterio were eliminated after Rhodes pinned Mysterio following Cross Rhodes, resulting in Rhodes and Goldust retaining the title.
In the main event, WWE Champion Randy Orton faced World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to crown the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. During the match, Cena struck Orton with a ladder, causing Orton to fall through a table. Cena attempted to retrieve the belts but Orton pulled Cena off the ladder and performed an RKO on Cena. Outside the ring, Orton attempted a Punt Kick but Cena avoided and performed an Attitude Adjustment on Orton through an announce table. Orton used a pair of handcuffs to tie Cena to the bottom rope. Cena attempted to retrieve the belts but Orton pulled the bottom rope, causing Cena to fall off a ladder into a table. Orton retrieved the belts, thus becoming the first ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The next night on Raw, The Authority celebrated Orton's unification of the championships inside the ring, with entire WWE wrestlers standing on the entrance ramp. John Cena proclaimed that since Orton won, his first title defense should be against Daniel Bryan, insisting that was the right thing to do. Orton refused, but The Authority said that Orton would, in fact, face Bryan in a non-title match later that night. Bryan went on to win that match via disqualification, which was caused by a blatant low-blow from Orton - right in front of the referee. Orton then continued to attack Bryan until Cena came out to aid Bryan. Orton scattered, but when Cena went to check on Bryan's condition, Orton reemerged, striking Cena with an RKO. The show ended with Orton standing triumphantly over his fallen foes with both titles raised overhead. On the December 30 episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced that Cena would get his rematch against Orton at the Royal Rumble with no outside interference or added stipulations, which Orton won.
Fatal Four Way tag team elimination matchEdit
|Elimination||Wrestler||Team||Eliminated by||Elimination move||Time|
|1||Ryback||RybAxel||Goldust||Pinned with a roll-up||06:17|
|2||Antonio Cesaro||The Real Americans||Big Show||Pinned after a K.O. Punch||14:44|
|3||Rey Mysterio||Big Show and Rey Mysterio||Cody Rhodes||Pinned after a Cross Rhodes||21:05|
|Winners:||Cody Rhodes and Goldust (c)|
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