WWE TLC 2020 results from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Daniel Bryan, Big E, Chad Gable, and Otis beat King Corbin, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura when Big E. pinned Zayn after The Big Ending. Michael Cole and Corey Graves hyped it up on commentary that Big E. had pinned the Intercontinental Champion to set up a possible future title match. This was the free Kickoff Show match.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre won what ended up being a Triple Threat TLC Match over AJ Styles and The Miz.
McIntyre dumped Styles out of the ring and sent him crashing through a table on the floor. The Miz and John Morrison then ran down to get involved in the middle of the match. Miz powerbombed McIntyre through a table and cashed in the Money In The Bank contract to enter officially into the match. Omos was in the corner of Styles and he intimidated Morrison to run to the backstage after Morrison hit him with a chair but it had no effect. McIntyre dumped Styles and Miz off the ladders as they were fighting while trying to reach up for the title. Styles fell out of the ring in a really dangerous looking spill. McIntyre finished off The Miz in the ring with a Claymore Kick and then climbed up the ladder to grab the title for the win.
Paul Heyman did a backstage interview. He compared TLC to NASCAR and said Kevin Owens would get hurt tonight against Roman Reigns.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks beat Carmella by Banks Statement submission.
Billie Kay tried to suck up to Raw Women’s Champion Asuka with the offering of her resume gimmick. She wanted to be Asuka’s tag team partner against Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler later on. Asuka told her the position has been filled and rejected her.
The New Day did a backstage interview before their Raw Tag Team Titles defense. They called The Hurt Business “The Butt Hurt Business”.
Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin (The Hurt Business) won the Raw Tag Team Titles from Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods (The New Day) when Alexander pinned Kingston after the Lumbar Check.
The Royal Rumble will take place on 1/31/21.
Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayne approached Kayla Braxton backstage and wanted to know who leaked audio of his rant (a spoof of Tom Cruise’s recent movie set rant) that is posted on her Instagram. She told him that she doesn’t reveal her sources and walked away.
Charlotte Flair returned to television as the mystery partner of Asuka. She’s been out of action since June.
Charlotte Flair and Asuka won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles from Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler when Flair pinned Baszler after Natural Selection. Asuka gave Jax a hip attack off the ring to the floor to stop her from getting in the ring to break up the pin. Ric Flair was shown watching the match with pride backstage. Asuka now holds half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles in addition to the Raw Women’s Title.
Big E. and R-Truth were laughing about something backstage. Sami Zayne walked up and accused them of leaking the audio to Kayla Braxton. Big E. said he had nothing to do with it then he and Truth laughed at Zayne. Zayne said Big E. has been a joke since leaving The New Day to pursue a singles career. Big E. got angry and told Zayne he’d be seeing him real soon.
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns beat Kevin Owens in a TLC Match by using a guillotine choke on the top of the ladder and dropping him to the mat to grab the belt easily. Jey Uso interfered throughout the match and at the finish just as Owens was about to win. Owens hit him with a stunner but the distraction allowed Reigns time to recover from being pop-up powerbombed through a table by Owens earlier. Reigns ran up the ladder to meet Owens at the top for the choke-out and win.
They announced Sami Zayne will defend the Intercontinental Title against Big E. on Friday’s Smackdown on Fox.
The Inferno Match with The Fiend vs. Randy Orton is next. The only way to win is to set your opponent on fire.
Flames rose on the ropes and around the ringside area a few minutes into the match for a special effects look. They brawled outside the ring. The Fiend set out his rocking chair and placed gasoline all over it. He placed Orton in it and lit a match to send a flame towards the chair. Orton jumped out of the chair before the flame could get him. Each time there were any high impact moves the flames would rise higher to try to add drama.
Randy Orton won the match by pushing The Fiend into the flames at ringside while The Fiend had him in the mandible claw. The Fiend’s jacket caught on fire but he still chased Orton into the ring like something out of a Friday the 13th movie. Orton gave him an RKO and it put out the flames. Orton then had an evil look on his face after the match. He poured gasoline all over The Fiend and set his entire body on fire. The flames at ringside went to their peak heights while Orton looked on as the show went off the air.