Bang for Your Buck PPV Review: The 2013 TLC PPV

In the first step towards the unification of every single belt in the wrestling universe, Sunday night’s TLC PPV featured Kofi-Miz using the pre-show experts panel the way God intended, two separate 1-on-3 handicap matches and a titular title match for the new created WWEWHC 2.0 Super Belt that will eventually become sentient and choose the champions who it will hug (the WWEWHC 2.0 Super Belt is notoriously clingy.)

For those who missed the Survivor Series review, the criteria for these reviews is simple: “Did I get my money’s worth?” in terms of the individual matches and the PPV as a whole, using the tried and true “what was this trying to do, and how well did it succeed” test of “quality”.
Each match is rated plus or minus on a sliding scale between 1 and -1, with matches worth multiple rewatches being +1, a just-quite-PPV quality match +/- 0,  and things that make me reevaluate being a fan earning up to a -1 score. The scale is arbitrary, of course, but it’s based around the idea that a match will be fundamentally good, and give me things I wouldn’t see for free: major heel turns, definitive conclusions (which are different from clean finishes) and moves that don’t make their way to Raw.
The more of that in a match/show, the better Bang For Your Buck on the PPV. We’ll (eventually) keep a running tally for each PPV, and a handy list of PPVs we review to give you (and us) a better idea of what we thought was worth the time to check out in terms of matches and PPVs. As for the scale, it’s not particularly complicated but here are the basic levels (on a per-match basis):
Review Guide
As always, we’re going to be using what I said during the What’s the Worst That Could Happen preview to see how close I was to “predicting” what unfolded,  how that stacked up to my beliefs of what they were “trying” to do and whether or not I got what I wanted out of the show. Enjoy!

Kickoff Match


What Will Happen: A lot of selling, a lot of commercials and at least one incoherent babbling statement about Dolph Ziggler needing to prove himself for the 18th consecutive WWE PPV pre-show by one of the “experts” on the panel.

Obviously JR was wrong, because Dolph Ziggler losing to Fandango has to be the equivalent of the time he was sent to OVW with the rest of the Spirit Squad. This was an okay match — though not nearly as good as the Miz-Kofi confrontations from last month’s pre show — which is all one can really expect from one of these free shows.


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