It’s time for WWE Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2016, and Laser Time’s wrestling fans have put some TLC into their predictions. Read our thoughts, and then make your picks with the potential to have your favorite wrestling theme on the next Cheap Popcast!
It’s time for Smackdown Live’s final PPV of 2016; Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. While the show was put together pretty hastily due to the quick turnaround after Survivor Series, the card looks short but sweet with the potential to end some major feud. We went through the entire card on a WWE 2K17 stream, and you can watch the fun (and Dave’s struggle with prop-based matches) below!
Anywho, here’s how the contest goes. Dave and Brett will make picks in this here article, and then open up the replies to you great listeners. You will then pick a winner (or if you’re feeling frisky, a rare draw/no contest) for each match (don’t worry about getting the finish right, I’m just looking for winners, if any), and then, just in case there’s a tie for correct predictions, pick a running time for the final match listed (the presumed main event) as a tiebreaker.
If you have the most correct predictions, you can make your mark on the next Cheap Popcast episode (exclusive to Patreon) by choosing a theme to close a segment. Pick the wrestler theme and include a YouTube URL to a wrestler’s theme alongside your predictions (including the running time of World Championship match) and I’ll give you a shout-out on the next episode. Got it? Good. Now, onto each LaserTimer’s predictions!
1 – Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin (Chairs Match)
Even though WWE didn’t pull the trigger back at Survivor Series when they really should have, Kalisto seems destined to spend some time in the Cruiserweight division where he can pull of the insane moves he’s put on the shelf since his NXT run. This feud has went on for so long without any resolution, I say Corbin wins by obliterating Kalisto with chairshots in a very unsportsmanlike way.
PICK: Baron Corbin
2 – Nikki Bella vs. Carmella (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
I know that Nikki Bella is probably at the point of her WWE career where she’ll be putting over new talent, but Carmella isn’t *quite* there yet. She’s still early in her heel persona and could use another feud before going over on championship-caliber talent. I say Nikki guts out a tough win that also gives Carmella a good rub.
PICK: Nikki Bella
3- Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
It seems like Miz and Zig have been feuding perpetually since 2014, and it’s only NOW getting good. The duo unexpectedly stole the show at No Mercy, but that’s really where the feud should have ended (and where the red-hot Miz should have moved back into World Title aspirations). Even though a Ladder match is normally a fine conclusion, it’s a bit of a downgrade from Title vs Career. I do think, however, that *this* is the end of the road and Miz finally moves onto new IC competition while Ziggler makes yet another impassioned speech next week on Smackdown.
PICK: The Miz
4 – WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton
On one hand, I’m wondering… why should Bray start winning championships after four years with this gimmick? However, Heath Slater and Rhyno only have so much time as believable champions before the Smackdown tag ranks begin to stagnate (see: Raw’s tag division). I say Bray finally gets a belt and American Alpha gear up for a big run to WrestleMania where they get their first taste of WWE gold.
PICK: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton
5- WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (Tables Match)
Normally, tables matches are the ultimate way to put titles on (kayfabe) undeserving contenders. It’s how Sheamus beat John Cena three months into his career and how Cody Rhodes cheated Big Show out of the Intercontinental Championship. However, I can’t see this match ending any way besides a cocky Bliss attempting her moonsault finisher and Lynch moving out of the way at the last second. That way Bliss still has an excuse for future title matches (and potentially a win in the new year).
PICK: Becky Lynch
6- WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match)
While it was nice for a few weeks, I’m really looking forward to AJ Styles having a storyline that doesn’t include James Ellsworth. I’m sure Styles and Ambrose will still tear the house down besides this match having a pretty inevitable conclusion; Styles seems on track to hold the belt until WrestleMania, so I say he wins here with some mild chicanery (maybe an Ellsworth heel turn)?
PICK: AJ Styles
Up next… Brett’s picks!