After Bray Wyatt returned at Hell in a Cell and Sting made his first ever WWE appearance at Survivor Series, TLC 2014 was highlighted by another return. Roman Reigns stepped inside the ring for the first time since September, showing up unexpectedly.
It had been speculated that Randy Orton might surprise Seth Rollins at the PPV, but it was the former Shield member who got involved in a match. He helped John Cena beat Rollins, setting up a match between Cena and Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Reigns also became the first official entrant into the 30-man Rumble.
While the WWE World Heavyweight Championship wasn’t defended at the final PPV of 2014, four titles were on the line. Two champions lost, but only one belt switched hands.
Below are the complete results from TLC 2014, as well as a recap for each match.
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Tables Match)
Multiple outside forces tried to help Rollins win the match. J&J Security attacked Cena throughout, and after the match restarted, when Cena and Rollins went through a table at the same time, Big Show came out and attacked Cena. Roman Reigns made his return to the ring, clearing the way for Cena to win and remain the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Winner: John Cena
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match)
The match closed the PPV and both wrestlers used a variety of weapons. Ambrose landed several elbows off a ladder, including one that put Bray through the Spanish announce table. Ambrose tried to end the match by hitting Bray with a TV, but when sparks from the monitor flew into his face, it allowed Bray to hit Sister Abigail's kiss and get the pinfall.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger (United States Championship Match)
Swagger was able to escape the Accolade once, but he had to tap out when he was put in the hold again.
Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship Match)
For a second straight match, Brie Bella used a distraction to help her sister beat AJ. When the ref tried to get Brie to leave ringside, Nikki pulled something out of her sock and sprayed it in AJ’s face. Nikki then hit the Rack Attack to retain her title.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Ryback vs. Kane (Chairs Match)
Kane utilized the chairs well, but he was no match for Ryback, who won after hitting Shell Shock.
The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
The Usos got the win, via DQ, but it didn’t do them much good, since The Miz and Mizdow held onto their titles. The Miz hit one of the Usos with a Slammy award, when things were looking bleak for the champions.
Winner: The Usos
Erick Rowan vs. Big Show (Steel Stairs Match)
Rowan lost his first PPV match as a singles star, after Big Show delivered a Knockout Punch to the back of his head. In order to get the pin, Big Show held the stairs on top of his opponent, as the ref counted to three.
Winner: Big Show
Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
The match opened the show and was probably the best on the card. Ziggler left the match bloodied, and got the biggest pop of the night in his hometown.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust (Kickoff Match)
Kofi Kingston and Big E teamed up and got their first PPV win.
Winner: The New Day