The final WWE pay-preview of 2014 is set to take place on Sunday with Tables, Ladders & Chairs. Not only is it the last PPV of the year, but it’s also the final PPV before the road to WrestleMania 31 begins.
For a third straight PPV, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship won’t be defended. Brock Lesnar isn’t scheduled to be at the event, though he's expected to appear on “Monday Night Raw” the following day.
At the last TLC 2013, Randy Orton beat John Cena to unify the WWE championship and World Heavyweight Championship. Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Cesaro and Fandango are among the wrestlers that were on last year’s card, but don’t have a match on Sunday.
There are nine matches on the card, including the pre-show. Below are predictions for TLC 2014.
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Tables Match)
A loss for Cena means he’ll no longer be the No.1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins isn’t likely to win, since Cena appears to be on course to face Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Look for Randy Orton to return and cost Rollins the match.
Prediction: John Cena
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match)
Bray hasn’t won a PPV match since SummerSlam, and he needs a win if WWE wants to continue to build him as a strong heel. After Ambrose beat up Bray in a DQ at Survivor Series, the two might have a final match at Royal Rumble.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger (United States Championship Match)
Rusev has already beaten Swagger multiple times, and WWE isn’t ready to have the Bulgarian Brute tap out or submit just yet.
Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship Match)
Because of the rumors that Lee could be on her way out of WWE and her husband CM Punk’s recent comments about the company, all signs point to Nikki retaining. Doing so would allow Nikki and Brie Bella to have a feud with the title on the line.
Prediction: Nikki Bella
Ryback vs. Kane (Chairs Match)
Ryback is being pushed as hard as anyone in WWE, and his victory might be the most certain at TLC. Kane might have the worst winning percentage of anyone on the roster in 2014.
The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
Mizdow has become so popular that it’s unlikely The Usos will regain their championship so soon. A win for The Miz will allow him to continue his feud with Jimmy Uso, surrounding Naomi.
Prediction: The Miz & Damien Mizdow
Erick Rowan vs. Big Show (Steel Stairs Match)
Rowan is beginning to gain some traction as a babyface, and there’s a good chance he’ll win his first PPV singles match.
Prediction: Erick Rowan
Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
It’s unlikely that WWE put the title on Harper just to take it off of him a month later. Ziggler is one of the most popular babyfaces in the company, and the former Wyatt Family member needs the belt much more than he does.
Prediction: Luke Harper
The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust (Kickoff Match)
In their first match on a PPV, The New Day is more than likely to go over.
Prediction: The New Day