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TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2016 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE for the SmackDown brand which took place on December 4, 2016 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. It was the eighth annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event.


TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that play out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers portrayed heroes or villains as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.

At No Mercy, AJ Styles defeated both Dean Ambrose and John Cena to retain the WWE World Championship. On the October 25 episode of SmackDown Live, Ambrose fought Styles to become the number one contender for the title, but James Ellsworth attacked Styles causing Ambrose to be disqualified. A rematch took place on the November 1 episode and Ambrose successfully defeated Styles, earning the number one contender's spot for the WWE World Championship. Immediately after on Talking Smack, Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that Ambrose will face Styles for the title in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at TLC. At Survivor Series, Ambrose and Styles, both part of Team SmackDown, had a physical confrontation during their Survivor Series elimination match against Team Raw. This led to Ambrose being eliminated by Braun Strowman. Later in the match, Ambrose returned to the ring and attacked Styles. Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns then had a mini-Shield reunion where they performed a Triple Powerbomb on Styles through a broadcast table, which enabled Rollins to eliminate Styles. On the following SmackDown, Ambrose was given the night off for his actions and Ellsworth was granted a SmackDown contract. Styles came out and stated that Ambrose does not belong on SmackDown for what he did at Survivor Series and does not deserve the title match at TLC. He also said that Ellsworth did not deserve a contract, and that he should have to earn it in a ladder match. Ellsworth, touting that he had already beat Styles twice before, then challenged Styles to a ladder match in the main event with his new contract on the line, as well as a future opportunity for the WWE World Championship. Ambrose returned during the match and helped Ellsworth defeat Styles and earned him the SmackDown contract and an eventual championship match.

On the November 15 episode of SmackDown, The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. The Miz then retained the title at Survivor Series in an interpromotional match against Raw's Sami Zayn, keeping the title on SmackDown. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, The Miz gloated about his controversial win and was then scheduled to defend the title against Kalisto that night. He retained the title due to distraction by Baron Corbin, however, Ziggler came out and superkicked Miz. Later, General Manager Daniel Bryan scheduled The Miz to defend his championship against Ziggler at TLC in a ladder match.

SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch was originally scheduled to defend the title against Alexa Bliss at No Mercy, but due to a legitimate out-of-ring injury, she was unable to compete and the match was rescheduled for the November 8 episode of SmackDown. Lynch would win the match by submission; however, the referee did not see Bliss' foot on the rope. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, Bliss demanded a rematch and Lynch said she will get it at TLC.

On the August 2 episode of SmackDown, Kalisto was injured by Baron Corbin. Kalisto returned on the November 8 episode of SmackDown and faced Corbin; during the match, Kalisto injured Corbin's knee, preventing Corbin from competing at Survivor Series. Kalisto was granted a championship match for Raw's WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Survivor Series; if Kalisto won, the title and the cruiserweight division would transfer to SmackDown. During the match, however, Corbin interfered, costing Kalisto the title and SmackDown the division. On the following SmackDown, Kalisto was granted an Intercontinental Championship match against The Miz, but lost due to distraction by Corbin, who then executed End of Days on Kalisto. For Corbin interfering in both of Kalisto's championship matches and also costing SmackDown the cruiserweight division, he was scheduled to face Kane. During the match, Kalisto interfered and attacked Corbin. Afterwards on Talking Smack, it was announced that Kalisto will face Corbin at TLC in a chairs match.

On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, a Tag Team Turmoil match took place, involving The Hype Bros, The Ascension, American Alpha, Breezango, The Usos, and The Vaudevillains, with the winner becoming the number one contender for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. American Alpha won, however, The New Wyatt Family showed up and told American Alpha not to celebrate yet, as Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton would be facing them the following week, and the winner of that match will be the number one contender.

At SummerSlam, Nikki Bella returned from injury and joined Natalya and Alexa Bliss to replace the suspended Eva Marie against Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi. Nikki won the match for her team by pinning Carmella. Carmella then attacked Nikki on the following SmackDown and the aftershow Talking Smack, beginning a long, heated rivalry between the two. At Survivor Series, Nikki was the captain for Team SmackDown, which included Carmella, for the women's Survivor Series elimination match, but was kept out of the match when someone attacked her backstage. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, Nikki accused Carmella of being the attacker, which Carmella denied. Nikki added that regardless of who attacked her, she would settle her differences with Carmella at TLC in a no disqualification match. On the November 29 episode, Carmella apologized to John Cena for what she would do to his girlfiend, Nikki Bella, at TLC. Frustrated, Nikki came out and attacked Carmella, who managed to escape.

Match Preview

Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The New Wyatt Family Preview
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella Preview
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler Preview
Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto Preview
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss Preview
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose Preview


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Other on-screen talent

Pre-show Panel
Talking Smack Panel
Ring announcer

See also

DVD release

External links

TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 2016 previews

AJ Styles v Dean AmbroseBecky Lynch v Alexa BlissThe Miz v Dolph ZigglerNikki Bella v CarmellaBaron Corbin v KalistoHeath Slater & Rhyno v The New Wyatt Family

TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
2016 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

Royal RumbleFastlaneRoadblockTakeover IXWrestleManiaPaybackExtreme RulesTakeOver: The EndMoney in the BankBattlegroundBack to BrooklynSummerSlamBacklashClash of ChampionsNo MercyHell in a CellTakeOver: TorontoSurvivor SeriesTLC: Tables, Ladders, & ChairsRoadblock: End of the Line