Ahead of Monday’s WWE TLC event, The Inner Sanctum takes a look at the matchups on the card.
The New Day vs The Hurt Business
Leading up to TLC, both teams have been trading matchups on Raw for the last few weeks.
The New Day, who refer to The Hurt Business as “The Jerk Business” had defeated them a few weeks ago on RAW in a Tag Team Championship match, Kofi Kingston came up against both Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander two weeks ago, and The New Day had teamed up with Jeff Hardy to face The Hurt Business last week on RAW.
Both tag teams have been able to show how strong they can be, it can’t be forgotten how The Hurt Business quickly took over RAW Underground earlier in the year, and also led RAW’s charge against Retribution.
Whilst The New Day are record setting Tag Team Champions, although now separated from former third member Big E, the duo of Woods and Kingston have shown that they are still a strong cohesive unit.
Prediction: The Hurt Business to win the Raw Tag Team Championship.
Sasha Banks vs Carmella
During September, vignettes started to appear on Smackdown, promoting a mystery woman.
This woman was unveiled in early October to be a returning Carmella, who immediately went after the new Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, who had just defeated former partner Bayley to take the crown.
Both superstars have been trading blows on recent episodes of Smackdown, Carmella seemed to have the upper hand on Banks, landing multiple Superkicks on the champion during various sneak attacks.
On the most recent episode of Smackdown, Banks and Carmella both battled it out for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, giving fans a preview of the encounter that is happening at TLC.
Carmella won the match by disqualification, meaning the title didn’t change hands, however, she brutally assaulted Banks on the outside after the match, standing tall over her, gaining the advantage heading into TLC.
Prediction: Carmella to win the Smackdown Women’s Championship
Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens
Since returning at Summerslam, Roman Reigns has been on an outright rampage, blasting past any competition that has stood in his way, alongside one of his former enemies Paul Heyman.
Reigns first defeated “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman at Payback to win the Universal Championship, then defeated his cousin Jey Uso at Clash of Champions and Hell in a Cell to solidify his dominance as the Tribal Chief on Smackdown.
Shortly after Survivor Series, Kevin Owens appeared on Smackdown to issue a challenge to the Universal Champion, sending a firm message to Roman by attacking his now servant Jey Uso.
The conflict that has started to arise between Owens and Reigns can only be settled in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
Prediction: Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs Asuka & TBC
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler had been attacking Lana for weeks before Survivor Series, with Jax putting Lana through a table almost every week.
But after Lana was crowned Sole Survivor at Survivor Series, she earnt a Raw Women’s Championship opportunity against Asuka.
When Jax and Baszler attempted to interject by attacking both Lana and Asuka, the two joined forces and retaliated against the Women’s Tag Team Champions.
This match had been brewing for the last few weeks now, originally, it was meant to be Lana partnering with Asuka, however, due to injury, a mystery partner will now fill the spot.
Nobody knows who this mystery partner will be, adding to the pure intrigue of this matchup, also giving Jax and Baszler less preparation time.
Prediction: Asuka and her mystery partner to win the Women’s Tag Team Championship
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton
Since COVID hit the WWE landscape and we all entered a new era, these two superstars have arguably stood out more then any other on the roster, both holding their shows main titles, before meeting each other on RAW.
The Fiend, since being drafted on RAW with Alexa Bliss has shown what he is capable off, going after Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre in a WWE Championship triangle.
However, The Fiend has recently focused on the former.
Wyatt has been playing plenty of mind games on Orton the last couple weeks, and this past week, after Orton faced off against the “Funhouse” Wyatt, The Fiend attacked Orton mercilessly, punishing Orton for the action and showing that “he never forgets.”
Prediction: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt to win
Drew McIntyre vs AJ Styles
Since winning the WWE Championship against Randy Orton on an episode on the November 16th episode of RAW, Drew McIntyre has shown how commanding he is as a champion, displaying the dominance he was showing before losing the title to Orton at Summerslam earlier in the year.
After knocking off Universal Champion Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, Drew McIntyre required a new challenger to his crown.
After Adam Pearce set up a mini tournament on RAW after Survivor
Series, AJ Styles arose as that challenger, defeating Keith Lee and Matt Riddle in a sudden death triple-threat match to earn himself a championship opportunity at TLC.
Alongside his muscle Omos, AJ Styles has hit a similar stride to what he had shown in his previous championship reigns.
AJ has also found himself aligned with The Miz and John Morrison in recent
weeks, whilst McIntyre has found himself alongside Sheamus.
In a hellacious TLC match, anything could happen.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre to retain the WWE Championship.
Watch WWE TLC live on WWE Network Monday 21st December from 11am (AEDT).