This biggest news coming out of Sunday night’s WWE TLC pay-per-view was perhaps who wasn’t there, rather than who was there.
According to multiple reports, both Vince McMahon and Triple H were not at the show in Minnesota. It’s been reported that McMahon has been dealing with matters pertaining to the XFL, his second attempt at running a football league that will launch early next year. Triple H, meanwhile, has had more duties pertaining to WWE’s NXT brand, now that the show is live on a weekly basis on Wednesday nights.
McMahon and Triple H missing the show was somewhat ironic, given how skippable and how forgettable this show ended up being.
This card was a slap in the face to WWE fans. It shows, ultimately, that WWE doesn’t have to rely on good pay-per-view shows anymore, now that they have rollover subscription money rolling in on WWE network.
Just look at the “big” matches on this card.
Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns in a generic and cookie-cutter TLC match. The Miz vs. Bray Wyatt. Lashley vs. Rusev in a tables match and Becky Lynch and Charlotte against the Kabuki Warriors in a TLC match.
The women’s match — which was the main event for the show — was very good. Aleistar Black vs. Buddy Murphy early on the card was also a very good match. But the rest of this show was filled with a lot of nothing matches feature stale talent.
This isn’t a card WWE would have booked 10 years ago, because they relied on pay-per-view buys to generate income. Now, WWE doesn’t have to generate anything. There are so many subscribers whose accounts get charged $9.99 per month that they’re rolling in cash. Just look at the stock price compared to what it was prior to the Network launch.
So here we have the two biggest executives in the company skipping what was essentially a skippable show.
Monday’s RAW featured more star power. AJ Styles will wrestle Randy Orton in tonight’s main event.
WWE is stale. There are elements of the show that are promising and elements of the show that are weak and just not fun to follow.