WWE TLC 2016 results: Styles retains title in epic TLC match, two new champions
The SmackDown-only pay-per-view also featured two title changes on Sunday night
A surprising heel turn and two title changes highlighted the 2016 WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view on Sunday. The event, which aired live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, featured multiple matches with stipulations and plenty to go over in terms of storyline development.
So why wait? Let's get to the results.
Tag Team Championship -- Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton def. Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) via pinfall to win the titles: Certainly outmatched in terms of star power, it would have taken a surprising turn for the titles to not have wound up in the hands of Wyatt and Orton. In the corner for The Wyatt Family, Luke Harper sacrificed himself late in the match by taking a Spear from Rhyno that was meant for Orton. With Wyatt distracting Rhyno back in the ring, Orton was able to slither in, hit an RKO and score the pinfall. After the match, it appeared the group was tighter than ever, which is an interesting development as many are waiting for Orton to turn on Wyatt one of these days.
Nikki Bella def. Carmella via pinfall in a No Disqualification Match: This feud lasted for months, which brought the hope that this match was finally the end of it. Carmella had the upper hand early, but a kendo stick and fire extinguisher came into play late with Nikki basically emptying out the entire canister on Carmella before hitting Rack Attack 2.0 and earning the win. After the match, Carmella grabbed the mic and blamed a backstage attack at Survivor Series on Natalya, which is whom everyone assumed was the one to have blindsided Nikki at the event. At least they didn't waste too long playing out that storyline.
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match -- The Miz (c) def. Dolph Ziggler to retain the title: Attached to this match was a stipulation that, should Miz win, Ziggler could not challenge for the title again. (Considering their growing number of bouts and title changes, that's a great stipulation.) Not meant to insult, it was a relatively typical ladder match with few notable spots. The Miz eventually decided to focus on Ziggler's knees in an attempt to limit his ability to climb the ladder. At one point, he even threaded Ziggler's right leg through the ladder and locked in the Figure-Four Leg Lock. Later, when Ziggler attempted a Superkick, he was physically unable to lift his leg, giving Miz an opening to hit the Skull Crushing Finale onto a ladder.
Miz got both hands on the hanger holding the belt, but Ziggler pulled the ladder out from under him and drove it into Miz's knee with authority, knocking the champion out of the ring. That's when the moment of the match hit as Miz returned to the ring, pulled Ziggler off a ladder and hit a slingshot powerbomb into another ladder propped up on the ropes. That led to the typical two-ladder setup with the two trading blows. Ziggler first knocked Miz off the ladder, but with Ziggler's legs spread between the two ladders, Miz climbed back up and kicked him twice in the lower region before unbuckling the belt and retaining his title. When the match ended, Miz cut a strong promo disrespecting Daniel Bryan while thanking him for the motivation to be a great Intercontinental champion.
Baron Corbin def. Kalisto via pinfall in a Chairs Match: The crowd sat on its hands the entire time as it barely had a drop of interest in the feud or either superstar participating. Corbin used his size advantage early but was tripped head-first into a chair positioned on the middle turnbukle, giving Kalisto an opportunity to make his move. He did that by hitting a seated senton, driving Corbin into eight chairs previously set up in the ring, but that was not enough for the decision. Outside the ring, Corbin caught Kalisto diving through the ropes and nailed his signature Deep Six move. Kalisto bounced back with a hurricanrana at ringside and moonsault onto a chair inside the ring, but he was only able to manage a two-count. Corbin eventually hit his End of Days finish on Kalisto, driving him into a massive pile of chairs in the middle of the ring before scoring the pin.
Women's Championship Tables Match -- Alexa Bliss def. Becky Lynch (c) to win the title: Bliss was in control for the vast majority of the match and looked ready to put Lynch away by setting her up on a table, though she was ultimately unsuccessful. The table later got tipped over and Bliss hit Lynch with a solid DDT on the underside, but Lynch found a way to thread Bliss' arm through the table legs and lock her in an armbar. With the two fighting on the ring apron, Bliss accidentally fell off then purposely tripped Lynch; while Lynch was stumbling, Bliss grabbed her legs and powerbombed Lynch through a table at ringside to capture the first championship of her career.
World Championship Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match -- AJ Styles (c) def. Dean Ambrose to retain the title: The match almost immediately moved down to the set and into the crowd where Ambrose stuffed Styles in a trash can before punching him. Back in the ring, the two used all the weapons available as Ambrose got the upper hand by slingshotting Styles into a ladder and then taking the ladder and chucking it at him while Styles was recovering at ringside.
A sidewalk slam by Styles on Ambrose into a chair was an impressive spot, but Ambrose responded by flipping Styles into four chairs set up next to each other in the ring. Styles would recover, though, by suplexing Ambrose into a table propped up in the corner.
Back at ringside, Ambrose tore apart all three announcing tables and laid Styles across the middle one. He then grabbed a chair and placed it atop one of the tables, climbed it and dropped a massive elbow on Styles. The crowd, as one would expect, immediately broke into "holy s---" and "this is awesome" chants.
With Styles down outside, Ambrose set up an extra-tall ladder in the ring and began climbing to grab the belt, but Styles suddenly rose to his feet and springboarded himself off the top rope to hit a Phenomenal Forearm with Ambrose on the ladder. The impressive moves continued for a bit with both superstars, but it was not until ladders were set up that things truly got out of control. Styles put Ambrose on a table outside the ring, jumped off the top rope and hit a 450 splash as the crowd again chanted "this is awesome." This dude's reaction says it all.
As Styles was prepared to climb the ladder after dispatching Ambrose, James Ellsworth -- hobbled in a neck brace -- limped to the ring as a distraction. Ambrose took advantage, hit Dirty Deeds on the steel steps and immediately crawled into the ring and up the ladder. Styles entered the ring and started climbing the ladder, but one punch by Ambrose knocked him through the ropes and suddenly it looked like Ambrose would be the new champion. Instead, Ellsworth pushed the ladder to the side, throwing Ambrose into a pair of ladders assembled at ringside. Ellsworth motioned Styles into the ring and watched on as the champion climbed the ladder, grabbed the belt and retained his title.
Following the pay-per-view, Ellsworth jumped on the Talking Smack after show and explained that his reason for turning on Ambrose was so he could cash in his title shot against Styles -- he's already beaten him thrice -- Tuesday on SmackDown Live. He then said, after he won the title, he would give Ambrose first shot at it.
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