WWE TLC Kickoff Show
The Kickoff Show for the final WWE pay-per-view of 2014 opens with Renee Young welcoming us to the show. The expert panel consists of Young, Booker T, Alex Riley and Paul Heyman. Young introduces the other three members of the panel.
The foursome talk about what's in store for tonight, focusing early on about how dangerous TLC matches can be. Booker T goes into detail when describing how physically dangerous these matches can be. From there, we finally get into specific breakdowns, with the panel talking about the individual matches scheduled for tonight.
We go to Tom Phillips in the social media lounge. He talks about how Dolph Ziggler will be live-tweeting tonight. Tweet "#AskZiggler" to possibly have your questions addressed by "The Show Off" during tonight's show.
Backstage: The Miz, Damien Mizdow & Naomi
Backstage, The Miz and Damien Mizdow are with Naomi. Miz is upset that Naomi isn't showing appreciation for him setting her up with a big name producer. Naomi says she's gonna make it with or without Miz's help. Miz says he understands what's going on. He knows he's talking to her husband right now, not her. Miz tells Naomi he's the type of person who helps people when he's in a good mood and what will put him in a good mood tonight is becoming a WWE Tag-Team Champion. He says if he wins tonight, Naomi wins tonight, too, because all doors will open for her. He and Mizdow leave. By the way, Mizdow was doing the lip-synching thing the entire time Miz was talking.
Social Media Lounge: Tom Phillips & Dolph Ziggler
We shoot back to the social media lounge where Tom Phillips is with Dolph Ziggler. Phillips fields questions from Twitter via the "#AskZiggler" hash-tag. Ziggler answers them in half-character style. There's questions about Sting, tonight's PPV and a bunch of other random questions to kill time in this hour-long "Kickoff Show."
The New Day vs. Goldust & Stardust
After a quick WWE 2K15 commercial, we shoot to ringside where Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL get ready to call the pre-show match.
With that said, The New Day's music hits and out comes Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E. After that, Goldust and Stardust's music hits and out they come. We're moments away from our first match of the evening.
The bell rings and here we go. Stardust, by the way, is painted in his usual gold and black, but also green. Representing The New Day in this one is Kofi Kingston and Big E.
Goldust and Kingston start things off for their respective teams. Early on, Goldust gets the physical advantage, out-powering Kingston. We see Woods on the outside trying to get fans to chant "New Day." Kingston finally establishes control over Goldust and then he tags in Big E. The two hit some double-team moves on Goldust and then throw him out to the floor.
Back in the ring, Stardust gets tagged in. Big E. throws Stardust around like a rag-doll early on. Big E. blasts Stardust with a shoulder-block and tries to pin him. Stardust kicks out at two. Big E. tags Kingston back in. Big E. launches Stardust in the air, where Kingston catches him with a dropkick. Stardust rolls out to the floor. Kingston hits the ropes, runs across the ring and Big E. launches him over the top where he splashes onto Stardust on the floor.
The action settles in the ring with Stardust getting Big E. down to the mat. He stomps on him a bit and then tags in his big brother. Goldust picks up where Stardust left off, taking it to Big E. in the middle of the ring.
Out on the floor, Woods gets in Goldust's face and we can very loudly hear on-camera Goldust shouting at Woods, "get the f*ck outta my face!" Back in the ring, the Dust Brothers utilize quick and consistent tags, keeping a fresh man on a beaten down Kofi Kingston.
Kingston finally makes the hot-tag to Big E. Big E. comes in like a bat out of hell, taking out Goldust and Stardust back-to-back with big clotheslines. Now he hits big belly-to-belly suplex-throws on both guys. He hits a big splash on Stardust in the middle of the ring. Goldust ends up distracting Big E., allowing Stardust to hit his big kick-finisher.
Stardust goes for the pin but Kingston breaks it up. Kingston blind-tags himself in. Big E. hoists Stardust up and he and Kingston hit their double-team finisher. Kingston scores the pin. 1-2-3. The New Day wins.
Winners: The New Day
WWE TLC 2014
The WWE TLC Kickoff Show ends with the panel breaking down the main events for tonight. From there, we head straight into the pay-per-view portion of tonight's show, with the always-awesome, bad-ass video package.
After the video package concludes, we shoot live inside the arena in Cleveland, Ohio where Michael Cole welcomes us to "WWE's version of a demolition derby." After the quick intro, we shoot to the ring where our first match is ready to get rolling.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper (c)
Lilian Garcia quickly runs down the rules for a ladder match and then Dolph Ziggler's theme hits. Ziggler makes his way to the ring to an enormous pop from his hometown fans in Cleveland.
As Ziggler makes his way to the ring, we shoot over to the announce table where Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL officially welcome us to the final WWE pay-per-view event of 2014. From there, Luke Harper's music hits. The I-C champ makes his way to the ring.
The bell sounds and here we go. The "let's go Ziggler" chants immediately break out from his hometown fans in Cleveland. The crowd is absolutely on fire for Dolph tonight. Both guys head out to the floor. They each grab ladders and put them in the ring. There's already four ladders in the ring now.
The carnage begins already as Harper smashes Ziggler into some ladders outside the ring. He throws Ziggler over the barricade and into the crowd before heading into the ring and setting up a ladder. As Harper climbs the ladder, Ziggler hits the ring and knocks it over. Harper lands on his feet, however, and drops Ziggler with a big boot to the face.
Harper sets a ladder up like a bridge. It's draped from the ring apron to the announce table. He goes to powerbomb Ziggler onto the ladder-bridge but Ziggler slides out the back door. Harper quickly clotheslines Ziggler down to the ground. Harper heads back into the ring.
We're back in the ring now where Harper has a ladder set up under the I-C belt again. Before he can climb, Ziggler returns to the ring. Harper switches his focus back to Ziggler and immediately starts beating him down in the corner of the ring. He takes a ladder and slams it onto Ziggler in the corner. There's literally six ladders in the ring right now.
As Harper charges at Ziggler in the corner, Ziggler throws the ladder at him as he's coming in. Ziggler climbs to the top rope, holding onto a standing ladder while doing so. Harper charges and kicks the ladder, knocking Ziggler from the top rope all the way to the floor behind him. Harper picks up a ladder and throws it over the top rope, where it comes crashing down onto Ziggler on the floor.
Harper hits a big dive out to the floor on Ziggler, but he has a very -- VERY -- bad landing. Harper landed very awkwardly on a ladder on his arm. He might've broken his arm just now. Ziggler sprints into the ring insanely fast and sets up a ladder under the belt. Ziggler begins his climb, but Harper hits the ring and stops him. Harper knocks the ladder over and now both guys are down in the ring.
Harper clothes a ladder and sets it in the middle of the ring. He goes to powerbomb Ziggler on it but Ziggler slides out the back door and dropkicks Harper, where Harper lands back-first on the ladder. Ziggler goes for the FameAsser when Harper gets up, but Harper catches him and slams him on a ladder wedged in the corner. These two are going to be sore as hell in the morning.
Harper puts Ziggler under the bottom rope with a ladder laying on top of him. He hits a slingshot, which launches Ziggler face/throat-first into the bottom rope, but with the ladder on top of him, he pretty much launched him right into the ladder. Creative stuff, but like many of the spots in this one, probably very painful. As a result, Ziggler is badly busted open -- hardway. He's bleeding badly now as doctors come to clean him up.
As the doctors attend to a very bloody Ziggler on the floor, Harper tries to sneak his way up the ladder in the ring. Ziggler hits the ring just in time to stop him. Ziggler is still bleeding pretty badly in the ring now. JBL says "the doctor has stopped the bleeding," but he's absolutely wrong. Ziggler is still bleeding pretty good. Harper grabs a bigger ladder and throws it in the ring.
Harper goes for a big move but Ziggler counters it, slamming Harper into a ladder in the process. Ziggler pops up to his feet and sets the ladder up under the belt. He climbs it, but as soon as he gets his fingers on the belt, Harper grabs him. Ziggler leaps off the ladder and blasts Harper with a huge DDT. Both guys are down now as loud "let's go Ziggler" chants break out again.
Both guys get up. Ziggler is on the top rope with a ladder in front of him. Harper has another ladder and baseball swings it at Ziggler's, knocking him down. Harper has the ladder around his neck now, long-ways, but Ziggler dropkicks it, knocking him down. Now Harper's arm is bleeding pretty good. Ziggler blasts Harper with a ladder in the face, which knocks him out of the ring, where he lands back-first -- violently -- on the aforementioned bridge-ladder set up from the ring apron to the announce table.
Harper is laid out on the ladder-bridge as Ziggler climbs up the ladder in the ring. He grabs the I-C title but Harper knocks the ladder over just in time. Ziggler landed awkwardly on the way down. These two are both bloody and battered. This is one of the more violent ladder matches in recent memory. It's not your typical high-flying, high-spot type of ladder match. It's more of a Rock vs. Triple H SummerSlam, violent, physical type of ladder match. Ziggler on the top rope with a ladder. He leans foward, leaping off the ladder and landing on the middle rung of the ladder set up under the belt, knocking Harper flat on his ass in the process.
Ziggler climbs the ladder under the belt, but once again, Harper stops him. Harper sets up another ladder right next to Ziggler's. Ziggler knocks Harper off his ladder with a big knee lift. Ziggler climbs back up and grabs the I-C title. He yanks it down. Ziggler wins and is once again the WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
WWE Tag-Team Championship
- The Usos vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow (c)
After a quick Tribute To The Troops commercial, we head back into the arena where The Usos make their way down to the ring. Our WWE Tag-Team Championship match is up next. Out comes the champs, The Miz and Damien Mizdow.
The bell rings and here we go. Miz and Uso kick things off for their respective teams. As they do a bunch of pin attempts back-and-forth, Mizdow is on the apron rolling around on his back, mimmicking it. The fans explode and completely erupt in applause for Mizdow. Now the "we want Mizdow" chants break out.
God, Sandow is so awesome. As Uso has Miz upside down in the corner, Mizdow does a head-stand in the other corner, mimmicking the actions. Miz gets thrown out to the floor, so of course, Mizdow throws himself out to the floor next to him. We see Naomi watching on from backstage as Uso hits a big dive onto both guys on the floor.
The fans chant "we want Mizdow" again. Miz points to him, doing his "you want me to tag him in?" thing, only to garner heat for himself by not tagging him in. JBL questions on commentary why Miz's own hometown fans would be more behind Mizdow than their own guy.
The Miz decides he's had enough. He goes out and gets his titles and Slammy Awards. Mizdow, of course, gets his replica titles, which JBL refers to as his "sub-titles." As the two are walking away, Uso hits a big dive, which Miz avoids by pulling Mizdow in front of him. As Uso gets up, Miz blasts Uso with his Slammy Award. The ref saw it, however, and calls for the bell.
Winners via Disqualification: The Usos
Backstage: Byron Saxton Interviews Seth Rollins
Backstage, Seth Rollins is interviewed by Byron Saxton. Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble is with Rollins as usual. Saxton talks about how if Rollins wins, John Cena is no longer the number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins says when he wins, he wants to dedicate the match to two people -- Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. He talks about how Sting cost The Authority their jobs at the Survivor Series. He says since Sting is nowhere to be found, John Cena is going to pay for it tonight.
- Big Show vs. Erick Rowan
After the Rollins interview, we shoot to the announce table where the trio breaks down the first-ever "Stairs Match." They run down some stats on the stairs, such as their weight and resistance, etc. From there, Big Show's theme hits and out he comes. After that, Erick Rowan's theme hits and out he comes.
Rowan attacks Show straight from the bell, nailing him with the steps outside of the ring. He continues beating on Show outside of the ring until Show finally drops him with a big boot.
Show unzips Rowan's gear so he can deliver a big chop to his base chest. Show throws Rowan over the barricade and into the crowd. Show puts one of the steel stairs onto the announce table. This causes Cole, Lawler and JBL to freak out. Show asks them if they're nervous and they say yes. He picks the steps up and puts them in the ring.
Finally, Show and Rowan are in the ring at the same time for the first time in the match. There's two sets of stairs in the ring. Show picks one of them up and blasts Rowan with them across his back. Now Show sets up one of the sets of stairs in the corner, wedging it between the top and middle rope.
Show beats up on Rowan slowly for a while. Finally, Rowan fights back and ends up hitting a big bodyslam on Show onto the stairs in the ring. He un-wedges the other set of stairs from the ropes in the corner. Show, laying on one-half of the stairs, watches as Rowan climbs the middle rope with the other half of the stairs. He goes to jump and slam them on him, but Show moves just in time. Rowan ends up getting nailed with the stairs, as they bounced back when Show moved, making Rowan pretty much hit himself with the stairs.
The action is back on the floor now, where Show spears Rowan through a bunch of sets of stairs that were stacked up on top of each other. Both guys are down now as we see some replays of that.
Back in the ring, Show hits a big chokeslam on Rowan on the bottom half of a set of stairs. Show waits for Rowan to get up to one knee before blasting him with a knockout punch. He covers him but stops. He grabs a set of stairs and uses those to cover Rowan. 1-2-3. Show wins.
Winner: Big Show
Tables Match (#1 Contendership On The Line)
- Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
The video package for the "Tables Match" with the number one contendership on the line between John Cena and Seth Rollins airs. This match is up next here at the WWE TLC pay-per-view.
As soon as the video package concludes, instead of Rollins or Cena, out comes Paul Heyman -- to no music. He makes his way to ringside where he joins Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL on commentary for this match.
From there, Seth Rollins' theme hits. Out he comes, accompanied by Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble and a Money in the Bank briefcase. After Rollins' entrance, John Cena's theme hits and out he comes to the ring for this "Tables Match."
The bell sounds and the "let's go Cena / Cena sucks" dueling chants immediately break out as Cena and Rollins close in on each other. By the way, it looks like Paul Heyman is not joining the crew on commentary for this match. Instead, he's just standing at ringside.
Noble and Mercury are already providing distractions, less than a minute into this match, to benefit Rollins. Cena gets a little bit of momentum and once again, Noble and Mercury get involved, leading to Rollins taking over the offense again.
Rollins goes under the ring and grabs a table. While he's doing so, however, Cena rushes outside of the ring and knocks him down. Cena throws the table into the ring. As he does, Noble and Mercury grab onto it. They and Cena play tug-of-war with the table until Cena lets go of it, resulting in Noble and Mercury crashing onto the floor. Regardless, they distracted Cena long enough for Rollins to blast him from behind.
The "let's go Cena / Cena sucks" dueling chants break out again as Rollins wedges the table in between the top and middle rope. Cena picks up Rollins for a power bomb, but this time Noble and Mercury blatantly get involved, hitting the ring and taking out Cena right in front of the referee's eyes. The announcers remind us that anything is legal in this match.
The fans actually break out in "let's go Rollins" chants. Cena hits two shoulder tackles on Rollins and then dumps him. He does the "you can't see me" gesture and then hits him with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. As he hoists Rollins up for an Attitude Adjustment follow-up, Noble and Mercury again blatantly hit the ring to stop him. Cena is now fighting Noble and Mercury in the aisle. He grabs part of the steel ring barricade (not the padded kind) from the top of the ramp and blasts Noble and Mercury with it, and then Rollins. He lays it down and suplexes Noble onto it. Rollins jumps Cena from behind immediately after that. Mercury helps with the beat down, slamming Cena onto the TLC set in the aisle.
Noble and Rollins grab a table long-ways and go to blast Cena with it. Cena moves, however, and they ram it into the ring post where it breaks in half. A big chunk of it nearly caught Cena in the face/eye, that was a close call. Anyways, Rollins jumps back on Cena from behind after another quick distraction. This match is pretty much exactly -- to a tee -- what everyone expected, with the blatant, consistent interference from Noble and Mercury. One would assume either Randy Orton or Roman Reigns eventually hit the ring for the finish. We'll see what happens.
"Let's go Cena" and "Cena sucks" rings throughout the arena in Cleveland as the action finally returns to the ring. The two trade punches until Rollins counters a suplex attempt by Cena. Both guys are back up and now Cena back-body-drops Rollins over the top and out to the floor. Cena grabs another table from under the ring and slides it into the ring. He goes out after Rollins but walks right into a shot from Rollins, who has the MITB briefcase and blasts Cena with it. Back in the ring, Rollins beats Cena with the briefcase over and over and over again.
Cena hoists Rollins up for an Attitude Adjustment. Cena accidentally knocks the ref down with it. He goes to put Rollins through the table set up in the ring with an A.A., but Rollins avoids it. Rollins nails Cena and lays him face-first on the table. He climbs to the second rope for a Curb Stomp through the table, but Cena avoids it. Cena gets Rollins on his shoulders and goes for an A.A. through the table from the second rope. He puts him through the table, but the ref didn't see it. Meanwhile, Noble and Mercury quickly clean up the "evidence," clearing the ring of all of the broken table bits. They set up a new, fresh table in the middle of the ring, so to the ref it looks like nothing happened.
Now Noble and Mercury pick Cena up, Shield style and go to feed him to Rollins. Cena fights free, however, and now has both Noble and Mercury, one stacked on top of the other, across his shoulders. He hits an A.A. with both guys at the same time. That was pretty cool. Rollins runs into the ring now and Cena picks him up for an A.A. as well. Rollins slides out the back door. We're near two tables, one in front of the other, so it's a double table style set up, on the floor. Both guys are on the apron outside of the ropes. They knock each other down and each guy both goes through the two tables. The ref saw that and calls for the bell. Since both guys went through the tables together, the announcers ponder who just won.
We see a bunch of slow-motion replays to try and find out who went through the table first. It's pretty clear -- even in slo-mo -- that both guys went through the tables at the exact same time. A bunch of refs are out at the ring now. This ref raises Cena's hand, that ref raises Rollins. Same thing we've seen a hundred times in the past. The third ref pulls both guys hands down and starts talking to someone at ringside. Lilian Garcia says the ref cannot determine who went through the table first, therefore he is restarting the match.
With that said, Rollins immediately attacks Cena from behind. He knocks him out of the ring and then dives and splashes onto him on the floor. Cena knocks Rollins onto the announce table, where he takes out Michael Cole and JBL, leaving Lawler alone on commentary. The table didn't break, however, so the match continues. Cena grabs another table from under the ring and throws it in the ring. Lawler is still alone on commentary after that last spot.
The dueling Cena chants break out again in Cleveland as Cena sets the table up in the ring. JBL re-joins Lawler on commentary now. Out of nowhere, Big Show makes his way down to the ring. He enters the ring and starts blasting Cena with punches.
Big Show signals for the chokeslam until out of nowhere, Roman Reigns' theme song hits. Through the crowd comes the 2014 Superstar of the Year award winner. He enters the ring and starts firing away at Big Show. He nails him with a Superman punch and then spears him through a table. He then blasts Rollins with a Superman punch. Cena immediately follows that up by hitting Rollins with an A.A. through a table. The ref saw it and calls for the bell. Reigns walks off as Cena celebrates.
Winner: John Cena
WWE Divas Championship
- AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella (c)
Backstage, Byron Saxton does a quick interview with Nikki Bella and Brie Bella. Nikki talks about beating up AJ Lee tonight. Brie says blood is thicker than water and disregards the talk that Nikki has treated her badly.
We shoot back to the ring where AJ Lee is introduced. She comes skipping out to the ring as usual. Next out are The Bella Twins. Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship is up next here at WWE TLC.
Nikki attacks AJ as soon as the bell rings. She beats up AJ and controls the action for the first several minutes of the match. Almost squash-style stuff.
AJ finally does get some offense in, nailing Nikki with a Shining Wizard. When she goes to pin her, however, Brie puts Nikki's foot on the rope. The ref sees it and kicks Brie out of the match.
AJ turns around right into Nikki spraying something into her eyes. She follows that up by hitting AJ with the Rack Attack. 1-2-3. Nikki wins and retains.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella
Backstage: Tom Phillips Interviews Roman Reigns
Backstage, Tom Phillips is with Roman Reigns. Reigns says he told everyone at Survivor Series that he would be back. He says he knew he'd be back and he knew he'd make an impact. He says he's the first person to declare a spot in the Royal Rumble match. It was hard to make that out because Reigns VERY BADLY botched that interview. He literally stopped and was dead silent trying to think of what to say next. He really screwed that up good.
- Kane vs. Ryback
After that horribly botched interview segment, we head back to the ring. Kane's theme hits and out he comes. Out next is Ryback. It's time for our "T" match of the TLC show.
Ryback and Kane immediately go at it when the bell rings. It only takes a few seconds before chairs are brought into the mix.
Ryback starts blasting Kane with a steel chair over and over and over again. He opens a chair and goes to the ropes. He jumps off but Kane moves and Ryback crashes through the chair, bending it up with his body on impact.
Kane is now taking over the offense. He beats up Ryback with a chair. As the action becomes more slow-paced, the fans start chanting "Goldberg! Goldberg!" Kane blasts Ryback with a big boot while he was seated in a chair, knocking him out of the chair and onto the mat.
The crowd is absolutely dead throughout the majority of this match. Kane goes to the well one too many times in the corner of the ring. Finally, Ryback catches him and belly-to-belly suplexes him before grabbing a chair.
Ryback charges after Kane with the chair, but Kane catches him coming in with a big boot. Kane grabs the chair and is blasting Ryback repeatedly with it across the back.
Kane opens up two folding chairs and sets them in the middle of the ring facing each other. Kane goes to chokeslam Ryback onto them but Ryback reverses it and hits a spinebuster on Kane through the chairs. The fans break out into "Feed Me More" chants as Ryback gets up and starts nailing Kane with a chair over and over again across the back.
Ryback calls for his finisher, screaming out "feeding time." He revs up, as the fans chant "feed me more" with each fist pump. He waits for Kane to get up and when he does, Ryback runs after him but Kane catches him with a chair shot. Kane hits a chokeslam and covers him. 1-2....Ryback kicks out somehow.
Kane looks pissed that his chokeslam wasn't enough. He grabs a chair and sets it on the mat. He goes for a Tombstone on the chair but Ryback reverses into a Meathook clothesline. He follows that up with a Shellshock. 1-2-3. Ryback wins.
WWE United States Championship
- Rusev (c) vs. Jack Swagger
Rusev's theme hits and out he and Lana come with a giant Russian flag and the WWE United States Championship. His match with Jack Swagger is up next here at WWE TLC.
Lana gets on the mic and gets out exactly four words, "the prices of oil" -- and then BOOM -- she is cut off immediately by Jack Swagger's theme song. During his entrance, we see some highlights from a week ago of Rusev attacking Swagger.
The bell rings and these two big boys immediately go at each other in the center of the ring. Swagger ultimately gets the better of the exchanges, prompting Rusev to duck out to the floor and attempt to run away. Swagger chases after him.
Back in the ring, Swagger continues his dominance and continues taking it to Rusev. Swagger goes for a Swagger Bomb but Rusev got out of the way in time.
Rusev goes for a super kick but Swagger catches it and locks him in the Patriot Lock. Rusev immediately escapes and slaps Swagger in The Accolade. Swagger fights it as long as he can but Rusev finally gets it. Swagger grabs the ropes, forcing Rusev to break the hold. But Rusev drags him back into the middle of the ring and re-applies the hold. Swagger is stuck in the hold forever. The announcers tease that he's passing out until out of nowhere, Swagger fires up and starts breaking out of the hold.
Swagger manages to reverse the hold and now has Rusev stuck in the Patriot Lock. Rusev crawls towards the ropes. He ends up kicking his way out of the hold with his other foot. He slides out of the ring. Swagger comes out after him but walks right into a super kick. Rusev heads back into the ring as the referee is counting Swagger out. The ref's count reaches nine and Swagger gets back in the ring. As soon as he does, he walks into a big kick from Rusev. Rusev applies The Accolade again. This time, Swagger taps out.
- Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
The video package airs for our WWE TLC main event, which is a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match between Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose. After the video package, Dean Ambrose's theme hit and out he comes. Next out is Bray Wyatt. It's main event time here in Cleveland, Ohio!
As soon as the bell sounds, Ambrose is all over Wyatt. The action is mostly on the floor, outside of the ring thus far. Ambrose is attacking Wyatt with everything in sight. Chairs, ladders, tables (reverse that order, for name-sake, I guess). Either way, it's 100 percent Ambrose thus far.
Back in the ring and Ambrose has a kendo stick. Wyatt is on his knees staring at Ambrose, pretty much daring him to use it. Ambrose does. Over and over again, too.
Wyatt ends up fighting back. Seconds later, he knocks Ambrose off the apron with a chair, where Ambrose falls through a table outside of the ring on the way down. Wyatt goes out after him to follow up on his attack. He slams Ambrose into the barricade and beats him with a piece of the broken table.
Wyatt sets the kendo stick up in the corner, on the top rope. He throws Ambrose into it, who smashes face-first into it. For a while after that spot, Ambrose keeps checking and touching his eye. We see several replays of that. Wyatt picks up a ladder and blasts Ambrose with that face-first as well.
"You asked for this, Ambrose!" shouts Wyatt, as he continues to punish "The Lunatic Fringe." He charges at Ambrose but he moves, so Wyatt runs right into a ladder set up in the corner. Both guys are down now.
Out of nowhere, Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds. Wyatt counters into a Sister Abigail attempt, but Ambrose avoids that. Wyatt nearly takes Ambrose's head off with a follow-up clothesline. We see several replays of that.
Ambrose and Wyatt battle up the aisle now, with each guy taking turns slamming the other into the set -- which, of course, consists of tables, ladders and chairs. Ambrose lays Wyatt on a table. He climbs up a ladder. He sits on top of the ladder and then leaps off with a flying elbow smash. He nails it and puts Wyatt through it in the process.
They continue fighting further up the aisle, with Ambrose in control at this point. Ambrose lays Wyatt across another table. He moves a ladder next to that table. He starts to climb. He reaches the top and leaps off, nailing Wyatt and putting him through another table with another flying elbow smash.
Ambrose helps Wyatt back to his feet and drags him back to the ring. Michael Cole reminds us on commentary that ultimately, if Ambrose wants to win, he's got to pin him inside the ring. Ambrose throws Wyatt back into the ring and follows in after him.
As soon as Ambrose enters the ring, Wyatt snatches him up and blasts him with a Sister Abigail. I mean, immediately when he got into the ring. Wyatt goes for the cover but Ambrose manages to kick out at two. Both guys are down now as the crowd in Cleveland starts to come alive.
Wyatt does his upside-down "I'm a crazy person" thing and now seems to be in control of the offense. He grabs Ambrose and goes for a second Sister Abigail. As he whips Ambrose around, Ambrose reverses. He slams Wyatt face-first into a ladder that was in the corner of the ring.
As soon as Wyatt turns around, he is met by a "Dirty Deeds" from Ambrose. Ambrose goes for the cover. 1-2....Wyatt kicks out. Ambrose goes out to the floor, reaches under the ring and starts throwing all kinds of toys in, including a television. The TV actually shows Ambrose holding a TV. It's a live shot of the PPV. That's funny.
Ambrose notices something on the TV set which prompts him to head up the aisle way. He notices a giant ladder at the very top of the ramp. He knocks it over, closes it and brings it to ringside. Lawler speculates on commentary that it's a 25-foot ladder.
Wyatt is back up and he starts smashing a steel chair across the back of Ambrose immediately after he sets the giant ladder up next to the announce table at ringside. Wyatt goes to slam the chair throat-first into Ambrose, but Ambrose reverses and does that to Wyatt. Wyatt is on the ground grabbing his throat. Ambrose places Wyatt across the announce table and begins to climb the giant ladder. He reaches the top and leaps off with a flying elbow smash. He nails it and he and Wyatt go crashing through the announce table. The "holy sh*t" chants break out as both guys are laid out.
Back in the ring, Ambrose has that television set mentioned earlier. He charges at Wyatt with it but it explodes right in Ambrose's face. I'm assuming that's supposed to be more Bray Wyatt magic? Who knows. It looked cool, I guess. Anyways, Ambrose stumbles to his feet, right into a Sister Abigail from Wyatt. 1-2-3. Wyatt wins.
Winner: Bray Wyatt