The final “SmackDown” pay-per-view before the Royal Rumble is set for Sunday night in Dallas. WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2016 will feature six matches, and all but one includes a stipulation.
TLC is highlighted by multiple championship rematches. AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose will meet in a WWE World Championship match for a third straight “SmackDown” PPV. The same goes for The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, who have been fighting over The Intercontinental Title. Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss haven’t had a singles match on a PPV, but they had a title match just a few weeks ago on “SmackDown.”
All four “SmackDown” championships will be on the line, and it’s more than likely that at least one belt will change hands.
WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match)
Ambrose has lost multiple title matches against Styles in recent months, and Sunday could mark the end of their rivalry. The former Shield member has been involved in the WWE World Championship picture since June, and he should move on to something else after another defeat to Styles. A win for Styles could set up a championship match with The Undertaker at the Royal Rumble.
Prediction: AJ Styles
SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (Tables Match)
WWE usually provides one surprise each PPV, and the TLC upset might come in the women’s title match. Becky and Alexa have an interesting feud going, and it could continue with a victory for the challenger. The stipulation allows for Becky to lose without being pinned, and it would make sense since she’ll now be fighting with an injury caused by Alexa on “SmackDown.”
Prediction: Alexa Bliss
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella (No Disqualification Match)
Carmella has gotten the better of Nikki for much of their feud, and that probably won’t change at TLC. Nikki could lose because of outside interference from another wrestler, perhaps the unknown woman that attacked her at Survivor Series.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
If WWE didn’t take the title off The Miz when he faced Sami Zayn at Survivor Series, he probably won’t lose to Ziggler. The stipulation should allow The Miz to retain the title, winning another match because of outside interference. Maryse or members of the Spirit Squad are likely to get involved, costing Ziggler another chance to win the title.
Prediction: The Miz
Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin (Chairs Match)
Kalisto should put up a good fight, but he isn’t likely to beat the much bigger Corbin. WWE could be looking to establish Corbin as one of its top heels in the near future, and that might not happen if he loses to a cruiserweight on Sunday.
Prediction: Baron Corbin
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton
A win for Wyatt and Orton might be the biggest guarantee of the night. They were dominant at Survivor Series, becoming the sole survivors in the match between Team Raw and Team SmackDown, and they could be on their way to becoming the biggest heels in all of WWE.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton