- WWE TLC will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on December 16th
- The event will feature two TLC matches with stars from SmackDown Live and Raw
- Who will end the year with momentum on their side?
WWE TLC 2018 will be the company’s final major event of the year, and with such a stacked card on paper, the pay-per-view has potential to be one of WWE’s stronger shows in recent memory.
With the card nearly complete, let’s look at who fans are betting on to go over in each contest.
Ladder Match Odds: Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
Elias and Bobby Lashley have been at odds since the summer and now their rivalry will culminate in a ladder match (with a twist) at TLC. Instead of a contract or a championship hanging high above the ring, it will be Elias’ guitar, and whoever can gain possession of it first can use it to their advantage.
Interference from Lio Rush is likely, but this is match is Elias’ to win, especially after all the beatdowns he has been on the receiving end of in recent weeks, so the odds appear to be wrong on this one.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match Odds: The Bar vs. The New Day vs. The Usos
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These three teams have been waging war over the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for the better part of 2018, though it’s interesting The Bar is currently favored to win this Triple Threat match considering the odds are stacked against them.
Then again, they are the best bet to reign supreme considering there are a number of fresh feuds awaiting The Bar as SmackDown Tag Team champions.
Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre Odds
Drew McIntyre has been on the ascent on the Raw roster since returning to WWE TV back in April, so the fact he is favored heavily over Finn Balor for their outing at TLC should come as no surprise.
They have had a fun feud up to this point, but McIntyre has much more momentum than Balor at the moment and should maintain that with a win.
Raw Women’s Championship Match Odds: Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax
Similar to McIntyre, Ronda Rousey has been strongly protected in 2018 and has annihilated everyone who has stepped up to face her.
Ronda Rousey has been strongly protected in 2018 and has annihilated everyone who has stepped up to face her.
Nia Jax may pose the biggest threat yet to her dominant Raw Women’s Championship reign, but Rousey will obviously remain unbeaten at least through WrestleMania 35, and it looks like fans are well aware of that as well.
WWE Championship Match Odds: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles will be contesting another standard singles match for the WWE Championship at TLC, and although they’re currently tied with one win apiece, Bryan is bound to walk out with his title in tow.
There’s no reason for the feud to end after TLC, but at least for now, Bryan should be champion for a little while longer.
TLC Match Odds: Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
If Braun Strowman wins, he will get another shot at Universal champion Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, whereas if Baron Corbin wins, he will move into a permanent position of power on Raw.
If Braun Strowman wins, he will get another shot at Universal champion Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.
As of this writing, it’s unknown whether Strowman will be cleared to compete, but even if not, WWE will find a way to do some sort of angle that will see Strowman squash Corbin, punch his ticket to the Rumble, and ensure Corbin is removed from his role as Raw general manager.
Intercontinental Championship Match Odds: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Although Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have been at each other’s throats for a month and a half by this point, it virtually doesn’t matter who among them should be the Intercontinental champion to close out 2018.
Truthfully speaking, this program doesn’t need the title and it would be better off on someone else, but between the former Shield brethren, Ambrose needs the victory (and championship) more.
SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Match Odds: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
It isn’t often that the women will headline a WWE pay-per-view, but this bout is too big for it to be relegated to the undercard. Not only should it be outstanding from an in-ring standpoint, any one of them could realistically come out on top as SmackDown Women’s champion.
It isn’t often that the women will headline a WWE pay-per-view, but this bout is too big for it to be relegated to the undercard.
Becky Lynch has been at the top of her game lately, but she should win the women’s Royal Rumble match in January, meaning the chances of the championship changing hands at TLC are very high. Flair and Asuka are neck-in-neck in the odds, and while either woman would make sense, Asuka would gain much more than Charlotte by becoming the new title holder.