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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
The Shield vs Ryback, Kane & Daniel Bryan [TLC match] - WWE TLC 2012 - ****1/2
~ In and of itself, this was clearly a good match, but it was the contextual things that made it great. As a debut match for The Shield, it was absolutely perfect. Each guy got plenty of time to shine. They looked like a well-oiled cohesive unit, and picked apart their opponents in unison like a pack of dogs. To the average viewer, they look like a force to be reckoned with. I really have to commend the booking here as well; having this solid cohesive unit go up against the tag champs who DON'T particularly work well together was a smart move. Ryback, Kane and Bryan were kept apart from each other pretty much the whole match, they never got to function as a team, and again this just puts over The Shield as a strong dynamic. Others have said this felt like a PWG match, and I'd totally get on board with that assertion; at the very least, it's up there with Lesnar/Cena as a very 'un-WWE' style match. What separates it from some of the spotfests we see on the independents is that every single spot was carefully planned out and meant something. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and I really hope we see a lot more 6-mans on a regular basis in the WWE now that The Shield have arrived.
Dolph Ziggler vs John Cena - WWE TLC 2012 - ****
~ Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. The interference detracted somewhat for me, but what Ziggler and Cena did was great. Ziggler hung extremely well in his first taste of PPV main event action and I hope this is a sign to management that he belongs there. Spots were well timed, there wasn't too much down-time but this didn't come at the expense of selling. Crowd helped things too, reacting strongly to everything. Loved them being all over Cena but then going apeshit when he lifted the ladder above his head with Ziggler on it. Good stuff all round here.