Originally published on Trevor Trove on October 18, 2017
So this is what happens when you have a part-time Champion and throw half of your “top guys” into a single match: THREE Women’s matches and TWO Cruiserweight matches. Regardless of your feelings of those divisions, historically we’re lucky to see ONE of each on a Pay-Per-View so the fact that they’re making up almost the entire card says something. Namely, that they’re setting aside the midcard for a show to offer a potential highlight to these other segments. (10/20/17 UPDATE: A couple big changes have been made due to some apparent illnesses so I’ve updated my predictions accordingly).
Pre-Show: Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox
The feud came out of nowhere, and supposedly was originally supposed to feature Nia Jax instead of Alicia Fox. So with that in mind, I’ll give Alicia Fox the surprise upset here.
The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher vs. Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann
Not a great sign that I tried to watch the Gallagher/Swann match from this week to get a sense for this feud and immediately went to Twitter instead. I kind of want to give it to the heels here but I think Enzo is gonna win back the Cruiserweight belt so I don’t see them giving all of the Cruiserweight heels the win. So I guess I’m landing on Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann.
Cruiserweight Championship: Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore
As mentioned above, I think Enzo Amore takes back the Cruiserweight Championship here. Thought, especially if the rumors of Neville having left turn out to be true, the Cruiserweight division just seems like it has quickly turned into a shadow of its former self.
The Demon (Finn Balor) vs. Sister Abigail (Bray Wyatt) UPDATE: AJ Styles replacing Bray Wyatt
This Sister Abigail angle is toxic. It’s so absurd and bad that nobody is going to come out of this looking particularly good. If Finn wins, it doesn’t really help him and just completely buries Wyatt as the third loss in this battle of the alter egos. If Wyatt wins, it weakens Finn by losing to the WWE’s biggest laughing stock at the moment. But since I can see the WWE letting this continue on into one more dumb match between Sister Abigail and non-demon Finn Balor, and because three straight losses for Wyatt would seem utterly pointless, I’m begrudgingly giving Sister Abigail/Bray Wyatt the win.
UPDATE: The first shocking adjustment to the card has Bray Wyatt being swapped out for a cross-brand bout between Finn Balor and AJ Styles. And this suddenly became possibly my most anticipated match as these are two of my favorites and their lineage as leaders of the Bullet Club makes this a dream match for many people. I already had Balor going over to Wyatt here and I think that Finn still takes the loss here, honoring the tradition of putting over the replacement: AJ Styles.
Asuka vs. Emma
If the WWE set up Asuka as an unstoppable force for nearly two years just to have her lose to Emma in her debut, that would be the biggest troll in the history of the company. Asuka is walking out of TLC with her first main roster win.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James
Alexa without the Nia Jax bodyguard seems like a prime opportunity to take the belt off her for a bit here and give it to James for a “late career” run, maybe even tying together the closeness in age of her and Asuka (James is only a couple years older than Asuka). But James pinning Bliss clean on Raw in the tag match this week seems to set up a Bliss win here. You know what, screw it. I’ll say Mickie James and just eat the probable missed point. Enjoy your Portillo’s Cameron.
The Shield vs. Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, and Kane UPDATE: Kurt Angle replacing Roman Reigns
Interesting match in that you have the either the much-beloved reunion of the Shield losing or a team of FIVE pretty solid heels losing. I don’t think the loss will ultimately really hurt anyone. Ambrose/Rollins will still be the Tag champs, Reigns will still be the anointed one, and they could just chalk it up to being outmanned and out of practice. Meanwhile, all of the heels can just blame a loss on each other and not working together like a team. So in the absence of a clear “loser” in the feud, I must defer to the team with the WWE’s golden boy and predict a Shield win.
UPDATE: Shocking update #2, Kurt Angle will be wrestling in a WWE ring for the first time in years as a replacement for Roman Reigns. Again, I already had the Shield taking this and Kurt Angle swapping in on that faction doesn’t change anything for me. But it does make this a more interesting match to watch. How will Kurt play with the new generation? After seeing his troubled history with injuries and pushing himself to the limit in his WWE documentary, will he take it easy and leave Rollins/Ambrose to do the heavy lifting? Will WWE use this as an opportunity to push Jason Jordan “taking his ‘dad’s” spot at the last minute to make him proud.” A lot of new unknowns at play here but I’m still giving it to the trio over the quintet.