Tables, ladders, and chairs match

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A tables, ladders, and chairs match, often abbreviated as TLC, is a type of professional wrestling match that originated within the World Wrestling Federation (now known as the WWE).

The TLC match is a variation of a ladder match, which is modified to co-emphasize two other weapons: tables and chairs. The goal is to acquire the item (usually championship belts) which starts the match suspended above the ring. A TLC match can be seen as a more complicated ladder match, where tables and chairs, along with ladders, can also be used as legal foreign objects.

Another TLC match that could also exist as a variation of a hardcore match, where tables, ladders, and chairs can also be used as legal foreign objects, but the only way to win this variation of the TLC match is by pinfall or submission.

Origin

The match originates around the tag teams of The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz, and Edge and Christian. The particular weapons of tables, ladders and chairs were seen as unique to each team's style. The Hardys were seen as high-flying daredevils with a penchant for using ladders, and a key element to the Dudley Boyz gimmick was their flagrant use of tables as weapons. Edge and Christian became notable for using steel chairs in tandem against opponents.

WWF/WWE

World Wrestling Federation created and adapted the matches to make it known today as a TLC match. The idea of the TLC match in WWF had its origins in a tag team ladder match for the managerial services of Terri Runnels between Edge and Christian and The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy), at No Mercy 1999, with audiences giving all four wrestlers a standing ovation at the end of the match. The move catapulted both tag teams to the top of the tag team world. The following months had The Hardy Boyz face The Dudley Boyz, (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley), in a tag-team Tables match, which had similar success.

The three teams would be known for their three respective foreign objects, as well as the hardcore wrestling styles associated therein: the Dudley Boyz often had a spot in their tag team matches where Bubba Ray Dudley would say "D-Von, get the tables!" when a table spot was imminent; the Hardy Boyz, in singles matches, would challenge main-event singles wrestlers (such as The Undertaker) in ladder matches, considered at that time to be the "signature match" of the team (as they were both high-flyers, they specialized with high spots, and doing them off the top of ladders amplified their effectiveness); while Edge and Christian developed the "con-chair-to" finishing move, which involved the two hitting an opponent's head simultaneously, on opposite sides, with chairs. Eventually, the three teams were brought together in a triangle ladder match (triple threat ladder match) at WrestleMania 2000, in what was the forerunner of the TLC in terms of the spots involved (tables were involved in some of the major spots, even though it was technically a ladder match).

The participants in the first TLC match. From left to right: Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Christian, and Edge

The first TLC match (that was officially called a "TLC" by the World Wrestling Federation) was contested between these three teams using the weapons that they had made famous at SummerSlam 2000. These TLC matches frequently involved members of these three teams, and are largely remembered for the dangerous stunts, injuries, and length. The second TLC match occurred at WrestleMania X-Seven the following year, which also sprung the infamous Swanton bomb off of a 16 ft ladder by Jeff Hardy on Rhyno and Spike Dudley and Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from a 20 ft ladder. These matches involved the three aforementioned teams, with each having Edge and Christian winning. TLC III occurred on the May 24, 2001 edition of WWF SmackDown! when the tag team of Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit had to face the usual other three tag teams in order to retain their tag team championship, which they did.

The fourth TLC match occurred on the October 7, 2002 edition of Raw, where four tag teams had drawn, as a result of "Raw roulette" (where the match type of every match of the card was determined by spinning a wheel), a TLC match. The match saw defending champions Kane and The Hurricane putting their World Tag Team titles up against the teams of Christian and Chris Jericho, Bubba Ray Dudley and Spike Dudley, and Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam. Being the veterans that they were to the match itself, general manager Eric Bischoff allowed Hardy, Christian and Dudley to choose their own partners, as their former partners Matt Hardy, Edge, and D-Von Dudley who were at the Smackdown brand at that time due to being drafted early that year.

On the January 16, 2006 edition of Raw, WWE had its fifth TLC match, the first in over three years. Edge successfully defended his WWE championship against Ric Flair. It was the first TLC match to be held in singles competition and the first to have the WWE championship on the line. TLC VI was held at Unforgiven on September 17, 2006, where John Cena won the WWE championship from Edge in his first TLC match. TLC VII was held at One Night Stand on June 1, 2008, where Edge won the vacated World Heavyweight Championship, defeating The Undertaker and (kayfabe) banishing him from WWE. TLC VIII was held at SummerSlam on August 23, 2009, where CM Punk won the World Heavyweight Championship from TLC veteran Jeff Hardy. This marked the first time Jeff Hardy had participated in a singles TLC match.

So far, following the TLC, every subsequent TLC match until the 2010 match between The Miz and Jerry "The King" Lawler featured at least one TLC veteran.

The WWE's new pay-per-view event for December 2009 was titled TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs where main events were a table match, a ladder match, a match where chairs are legal as weapons and the last match on the card was a TLC match. TLC IX in the 2009 event featured Chris Jericho and The Big Show against D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. This event replaced WWE Armageddon on the PPV calendar. This was the first TLC match to not feature a member from either Edge and Christian, The Hardyz or The Dudleyz.

A year later at TLC 2010, the TLC match returned and, for the first time, was a fatal four-way. The match was between Edge, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the end, Edge won the match and became world heavyweight champion. This was also Edge's last TLC match because of his retirement in early April the following year.

The next year at TLC 2011, CM Punk defended his WWE championship in a first-ever triple threat TLC match against Alberto Del Rio and The Miz. Punk retained his championship, and it marked the second time that all three competitors had competed in a TLC match.

CM Punk was scheduled to defend his WWE championship against Ryback at TLC 2012 in a TLC match but suffered a knee injury on December 3. Subsequently, Vince McMahon and WWE released a press release cancelling the match and instead scheduling one featuring The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) versus Ryback and Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan).[1] This was the first TLC match decided by pinfall or submission. It was the first TLC match to contain teams of three and was the first TLC match for everyone involved except Kane. CM Punk's TLC match with Ryback would eventually happen on the January 7, 2013 edition of Raw. CM Punk would retain the title after The Shield got involved. This was the first TLC match where all the weapons would have to be retrieved from under the ring.

At TLC 2013, WWE Champion Randy Orton defeated World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a TLC match for both the WWE and World Heavyweight titles. Orton became the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion after winning this match.

At Extreme Rules (2014), a "WeeLC match" was contested between El Torito and Hornswoggle, the first TLC match to involve midget wrestlers and only the second to be won by pinfall rather than retrieving an object from above the ring.

The seventeenth TLC Match took place on December 14, 2014 at the TLC 2014 PPV between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt where Wyatt was victorious. This was also the third TLC match where victory would only occur via pinfall or submission instead of the standard type of having to climb a ladder and retrieve an object above the ring.

The eighteenth TLC Match took place on December 13, 2015 at the TLC 2015 PPV where Sheamus defended and retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns in Boston, Massachusetts.

The nineteenth TLC Match took place on December 4, 2016 at the TLC 2016 PPV where AJ Styles defended and retained the WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose in Dallas, Texas.

At TLC 2017, the twentieth TLC Match took place. It was originally the reunited Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) taking on the team of The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane and Cesaro and Sheamus. However, Reigns was removed from the match due to a legitimate illness. Kurt Angle replaced Reigns, thus making the match Angle's first in WWE since 2006. This was the first handicap TLC Match and the fourth not to be contested for a championship title.

On the December 10, 2018 episode of Raw (The go-home show for TLC 2018) Seth Rollins defended the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in a TLC match against Baron Corbin after the two had a heated exchange earlier on in the show.

TLC 2018 featured the first ever all women's TLC Match, as Becky Lynch defended the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship against Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Also, Braun Strowman faced Baron Corbin in a TLC Match which Strowman won, therefore he earned a WWE Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble and Corbin was stripped of all authoritative power.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches

No. Match Stipulations Event Date and Location Length
1 Edge and Christian (c) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) Triple Threat Tag Team TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship SummerSlam August 27, 2000
Raleigh, North Carolina
14:51
2 Edge and Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) (c) Triple Threat Tag Team TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania X-Seven April 1, 2001
Houston, Texas
15:53
3 Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit (c) defeated Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) and The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) Fatal 4-Way Tag Team TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WWF SmackDown May 24, 2001
Anaheim, California
21:00
4 Kane (c) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and Spike Dudley), Christian and Chris Jericho, and Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam Fatal 4-Way Tag Team TLC Match for the World Tag Team Championship WWE Raw Roulette October 7, 2002
Las Vegas, Nevada
25:08
5 Edge (c) defeated Ric Flair Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship WWE Raw January 16, 2006
Raleigh, North Carolina
16:40
6 John Cena defeated Edge (c) Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship Unforgiven September 17, 2006
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
25:28
7 Edge defeated The Undertaker Singles TLC Match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship One Night Stand June 1, 2008
San Diego, California
23:50
8 CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy (c) Singles TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship SummerSlam August 23, 2009
Los Angeles, California
21:34
9 D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and Big Show) (c) Tag Team TLC Match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 13, 2009
San Antonio, Texas
22:32
10 The Miz (c) defeated Jerry Lawler Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship WWE Raw November 29, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11:52
11 Edge defeated Kane (c), Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio Fatal 4-Way TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 19, 2010
Houston, Texas
22:47
12 CM Punk (c) defeated The Miz and Alberto Del Rio Triple Threat TLC Match for the WWE Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 18, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
18:25
13 The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) defeated Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) and Ryback[2] Six-Man Tag Team TLC Match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 16, 2012
Brooklyn, New York
22:46
14 CM Punk (c) defeated Ryback Singles TLC Match for the WWE Championship WWE Raw January 7, 2013
Tampa, Florida
18:52
15 Randy Orton (c - WWE) defeated John Cena (c - World) Champion vs. Champion TLC Match to unify the World Heavyweight & WWE Championships TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 15, 2013
Houston, Texas
24:36
16 El Torito defeated Hornswoggle WeeLC Match Extreme Rules May 4, 2014
East Rutherford, New Jersey
10:53
17 Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose Singles TLC Match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 14, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
26:58
18 Sheamus (c) defeated Roman Reigns Singles TLC Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 13, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
23:58
19 AJ Styles (c) defeated Dean Ambrose Singles TLC Match for the WWE World Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 4, 2016
Dallas, Texas
30:50
20 The Shield (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) and Kurt Angle defeated The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane and Cesaro and Sheamus 5-on-3 Handicap TLC Match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs October 22, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
35:25
21 Seth Rollins (c) defeated Baron Corbin Singles TLC Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WWE Raw December 10, 2018
San Diego, California
24:30
22 Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin Singles TLC Match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 16, 2018
San Jose, California
16:00
23 Asuka defeated Becky Lynch (c) and Charlotte Flair Triple Threat TLC Match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 21:45

Participant list

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