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Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013
on 12 October 2017
This DVD features the full Tables, Ladders and Chairs event from 2013 which was headlined by a unification TLC match between WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. It also contains a few bonus features with The Shield reflecting on their match, the superstars reacting to the main event, John Cena discussing the main event and an interview with Randy Orton as well as one bonus match from the kickoff show.
**Bonus feature** Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango - This was from the TLC Kickoff show, it was a very short but fast paced match. It was nothing bad but it wasn't anything special either, there wasn't really much to it and it's not really worth watching.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon come out to kick off the main show to essentially advertise the show we're already watching, it felt very unnecessary.
CM Punk vs. The Shield - This was a Three-On-One Handicap Match where the members of the Shield had to tag in and out of the match. I'm not normally a fan of handicap matches like this but this was one was pretty good. Punk controlled a surprising amount of the match, taking advantage of an injury to Roman Reigns' eye which caused the match to fall apart for The Shield. They worked the match well without making it too unrealistic the Punk was able to keep up with three men at once.
Natalya vs. AJ Lee - This was for the "Divas" Championship and it was a short but pretty good match, there was some good drama towards the end with their submission attempts and a decent ending.
Damien Sandow vs. Big E Langston - This was for Big E's Intercontinental Championship, and it was another fauirly short match. It was pretty basic and was nothing too special but it did it's job well.
The Real Americans vs. Rey Mysterio and The Big Show vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust - This is a Fatal Four Way Elimination match with two men in the ring at once. It started off fine but picked up after the first elimination, with The Real Americans standing out as they isolated Goldust and prevented anyone else from getting the tag. The match then picked up again after the next elimination with some really good back and forth, fast paced action.
Brodus Clay vs. R-Truth - Before this match we got a horribly embarrassing segment to advertise "brawlin' buddies". The match itself wasn't very good, it was a one sided match that wasn't all that interesting to watch, it became more of an angle than a match by the end and was something that belonged on one of their weekly TV shows instead of a Pay-Per-View.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz - This was a No Disqualification match that was set up on the kickoff show. It was a decent match but again felt like more of something we'd see on RAW rather on Pay-Per-View. I like that they didn't just use a load of weapons with their stipulation as their feud really didn't need that. Instead it was just a slightly more aggressive version of what they'd normally do. It wasn't boring but wasn't anything special either.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family - This was the second Three on One Handicap match of the night but it felt very different. It was just as good as the previous one but with a completely different story. The Wyatt Family mostly dominated as Bryan just tried to survive. Bryan did find an opening and managed to make a comeback which again, was done in a way that didn't look unrealistic. Considering how I feel about this match type they did very well with them with this event.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton - This was a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to unify John Cena's World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton's WWE Championship. They had a really good match that felt like it was a big deal. It wasn't the craziest of TLC matches and there weren't too many huge bumps but they didn't need that. They just beat each other up and went back and forth throughout, they made use of all three weapon types and even brought in handcuffs. It was a really good main event.
This was a good event overall, there were a couple of matches that weren't anything worthwhile but they were the shorter ones. The main event, the elimination tag and the two handicap matches all make this a worthwhile purchase.