2017 WWE TLC PPV PARTICIPANTS’ HISTORY

Like I do every month, I decided to write a special blog looking at this year’s WWE TLC Pay-Per-View and each participants’ records and other facts. For the full history of the TLC Pay-Per-View, check out TLC History page on the site HERE & for a list of every Tables, Ladders, Chairs, & TLC Match, click HERE.

 

This will be the 1st TLC PPV since 2014 that there will not be a WWE or Universal Championship Match. Like 2014, the defending Champion, Brock Lesnar is not contracted to compete at TLC. This will be the 1st time since 2012 that the Tag Team Championship will not be defended. This will be the 1st time in TLC History that the Intercontinental Championship will not be defended at TLC. This will be the 1st TLC in history to have 3 Women’s Matches. This is the 1st TLC since 2013 to have only 1 TLC Match and no other Tables, Ladders, or Chairs Matches.

 

Since no opening match has been announced, here are the facts about it. The only wrestlers scheduled to compete that have competed in an opening match at a TLC PPV were Kalisto, who competed in an opening match in 2015, & The Shield, who competed in an opening match in 2013, which was also a Handicap Match. If Balor VS Styles opens TLC, AJ Styles will be the 1st wrestler to go from a TLC PPV main event to the following year’s opener. No other match has opened up a TLC PPV & everyone else will be competing in their 1st ever TLC opener.

 

5-ON-3 HANDICAP TABLES, LADDERS, & CHAIRS MATCH: KURT ANGLE & THE SHIELD (WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS) VS CESARO & SHEAMUS, KANE, WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION THE MIZ, & BRAUN STROWMAN

This will be the 3rd Handicap Match at a TLC PPV & 1st since 2013, the 1st 5-on-3 Handicap Match at a TLC PPV & 1st ever Handicap TLC Match in history. This will be the 9th TLC Match in a row at a TLC PPV & 20th in WWE History. It is the only match to be held at every TLC PPV. This is the 1st Multi-Person TLC Match since 2012, which also involved The Shield & 1st Non-Title TLC Match since 2014. This will be Kurt Angle’s TLC PPV debut, 1st ever TLC Match, & 1st match of any kind to involve a Table, Ladder, or Chair, his 1st Handicap Match at a TLC PPV, & 1st TLC main event. This will be Dean Ambrose’s 6th TLC PPV in a row, 4th Career TLC Match & 2nd in a row, 2nd Handicap Match at a TLC PPV & 1st since 2013, & 3rd Multi-Person Tag Team Match & 1st since 2013. His Career TLC Record is 1-2-0. It will be his 3rd TLC PPV main event, tying him with John Cena for most TLC PPV main events & 2nd main event in a row. This will be Seth Rollins’ 4th TLC PPV & 1st since 2014, his 2nd Career TLC Match & 1st since 2012, his 2nd Handicap Match & 1st since 2013, & 3rd Multi-Person Tag Team Match & 1st since 2013. His Career TLC Record is 1-0-0. This will be Rollins’ 1st TLC PPV main event. This will be Cesaro’s 3rd TLC PPV & 1st since 2013, his 1st ever TLC Match, 1st Handicap Match, 1st Multi-Person Tag Team Match, & 1st TLC PPV main event. This will be Kane’s 4th TLC PPV & 1st since 2014. It will be his 3rd TLC Match at a TLC PPV & 1st since 2012, & 4th Career TLC Match. His Career TLC Record is 1-2-0. It will be his 1st Handicap Match at a TLC PPV, his 2nd Multi-Person Tag Team Match & 1st since 2012, & 1st TLC PPV main event. This will be The Miz’s 6th TLC PPV & 2nd in a row, his 2nd TLC Match at a TLC PPV & 1st since 2011, & 3rd Career TLC Match, his 1st Handicap Match, 2nd Multi-Person Tag Team Match & 1st since 2012, & 1st TLC PPV main event. His Career TLC Record is 1-1-0. This will be Sheamus’ 5th TLC PPV & 1st since 2015, his 2nd TLC Match & 1st since 2015, his 1st Handicap Match, 1st Multi-Person Tag Team Match, & 2nd TLC PPV main event & 1st since 2015. His Career TLC Record is 1-0-0. This will be Braun Strowman’s 2nd TLC PPV & 1st since 2015, his 1st TLC Match, 1st Handicap Match, 2nd Multi-Person Tag Team Match & 1st since 2015, & 1st TLC PPV main event.

 

Kurt Angle (0-0-0)

This will be Angle’s TLC debut

 

Dean Ambrose (2-3-0)

  1. With Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins as The Shield defeated Ryback & WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) in a 6-Man Tag Team TLC Match (12/16/12)
  2. With Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins as The Shield lost to CM Punk in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match (12/15/13)
  3. Lost to Bray Wyatt in a TLC Match (12/14/14)
  4. Defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens to win the title (12/13/15)
  5. Lost to WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles in a TLC Match (12/4/16)

 

Roman Reigns (1-2-0)

  1. With Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins as The Shield defeated Ryback & WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) in a 6-Man Tag Team TLC Match (12/16/12)
  2. With WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins as The Shield lost to CM Punk in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match (12/15/13)
  3. Lost to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus in a TLC Match (12/13/15)

 

Seth Rollins (1-2-0)

  1. With Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns as The Shield defeated Ryback & WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) in a 6-Man Tag Team TLC Match (12/16/12)
  2. With WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns lost to CM Punk in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match (12/15/13)
  3. Lost to John Cena in a Tables Match (12/14/14)

 

Cesaro/Antonio Cesaro (1-1-0)

  1. (As Antonio Cesaro) Defeated R-Truth to retain the WWE United States Championship (12/16/12)
  2. With Jack Swagger as The Real Americans lost to WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust & Cody Rhodes along with Curtis Axel & Ryback and The Big Show & Rey Mysterio in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match (12/15/13)

 

Kane (0-3-0)

  1. Lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Edge along with Alberto Del Rio & Rey Mysterio in a Fatal 4-Way TLC Match (12/19/10)
  2. With Daniel Bryan as WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No & Ryback lost to The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins) in a 6-Man Tag Team TLC Match (12/16/12)
  3. Lost to Ryback in a Chairs Match (12/14/14)

 

The Miz (3-3-0)

  1. Defeated Randy Orton in a Tables Match to retain the WWE Championship (12/19/10)
  2. Lost to WWE Champion CM Punk along with Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat TLC Match (12/18/11)
  3. With The Brooklyn Brawler & Alberto Del Rio defeated 3MB (Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, & Heath Slater) in a 6-Man Tag Team Match (12/16/12)
  4. Lost to Kofi Kingston in a No Disqualification Match (12/15/13)
  5. With Damien Sandow lost to The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) by Disqualification (12/14/14)
  6. Defeated Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship (12/4/16)

 

Sheamus (3-1-0)

  1. Defeated WWE Champion John Cena in a Tables Match to win the title (12/13/09)
  2. Lost to John Morrison in a WWE Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match (12/19/10)
  3. Defeated Jack Swagger (12/18/11)
  4. Defeated Roman Reigns in a TLC Match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (12/13/15)

 

Braun Strowman (1-0-0)

  1. With Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, & Bray Wyatt as The Wyatt Family defeated Team Extreme (Tommy Dreamer, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley), & Rhyno) in an 8-Man Tag Team Elimination Tables Match (12/13/15)

 

WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: MICKIE JAMES VS WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION ALEXA BLISS

This will be the 8th Women’s Championship Match at a TLC PPV & 7th in a row. The Women’s Title has changed hands only once, in 2016. This will be Mickie James’ 2nd TLC PPV & 1st since 2009 & 2nd Women’s Championship Match & 1st since 2009. This will be Alexa Bliss’ 2nd TLC PPV in a row & 2nd Women’s Championship Match in a row.

 

Mickie James (0-1-0)

  1. Lost to WWE Women’s Champion Michelle McCool (12/13/09)

 

Alexa Bliss (1-0-0)

  1. Defeated WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch in a Tables Match to win the title (12/4/16)

 

WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION KALISTO VS ENZO AMORE

This will be the 1st ever Cruiserweight Championship Match at a TLC PPV, therefore the title has never changed hands. This will be Kalisto’s 3rd TLC PPV in a row & 1st Cruiserweight Title Match. This will be Enzo Amore’s TLC PPV debut & 1st ever Cruiserweight Title Match.

 

Kalisto (0-2-0)

  1. With Sin Cara as The Lucha Dragons lost to WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) along with The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) in a Triple Threat Ladder Match (12/13/15)
  2. Lost to Baron Corbin in a Chairs Match (12/4/16)

 

Enzo Amore (0-0-0)

This will be Amore’s TLC PPV debut

 

FINN BALOR VS AJ STYLES

This will be Finn Balor’s TLC debut. This will be AJ Styles’ 2nd TLC PPV in a row & 1st regular Non-Gimmick Match at a TLC PPV.

 

Finn Balor (0-0-0)

This will be Balor’s TLC debut

 

AJ Styles (1-0-0)

  1. Defeated Dean Ambrose in a TLC Match to retain the WWE World Championship (12/4/16)

 

ASUKA VS EMMA

This will be the 1st Non-Title Non-Gimmick Women’s Match on a TLC PPV since 2015, which was on the Kickoff Show, making this the 1st one on the main show. This will be Asuka & Emma’s TLC debut.

 

Asuka (0-0-0)

This will be Asuka’s TLC debut

 

Emma (0-0-0)

This will be Emma’s TLC debut

 

CEDRIC ALEXANDER & RICH SWANN VS JACK GALLAGHER & BRIAN KENDRICK

This will be the 1st ever Non-Title Non-Gimmick 2-on-2 Tag Team Match in TLC History. This will be Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, Jack Gallagher, & Brian Kendrick’s TLC debut.

 

Cedric Alexander (0-0-0)

This will be Alexander’s TLC debut

 

Rich Swann (0-0-0)

This will be Swann’s TLC debut

 

Jack Gallagher (0-0-0)

This will be Gallagher’s TLC debut

 

Brian Kendrick (0-0-0)

This will be Kendrick’s TLC debut

 

KICKOFF MATCH: SASHA BANKS VS ALICIA FOX

This will be the 10th Kickoff Match at a TLC PPV & 9th year in a row. It will be the 3rd Women’s Match to be a Kickoff Match & 1st since 2015. This will be Sasha Banks’ 2nd TLC PPV & 1st since 2015 & 2nd Kickoff Match & 1st since 2015. This will be Alicia Fox’s 2nd TLC PPV & 1st since 2012 & 2nd Kickoff Match & 1st since 2012.

 

Sasha Banks (1-0-0)

  1. Defeated Becky Lynch in the KickOff Show Match prior to the PPV (12/13/15)

 

Alicia Fox (0-1-0)

  1. Lost to Naomi in a WWE Diva’s Championship #1 Contender’s Santa’s Little Helpers Battle Royal in the Pre-Show prior to the PPV (12/16/12)

 

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