A Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match is a type of wrestling match in World Wrestling Entertainment, but can be seen in different variations in other companies. The object of the match is usually to retrieve something hanging above the ring via ladder. The first competitor or team to retrieve the object wins the match. The competitors can also use steel chairs and wooden tables to their advantage. There are no disqualifications in the match, and putting an opponent through a table does not end the match, unlike a Table match.
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
At No Mercy 1999, Edge & Christian battled the Hardy Boyz in a Ladder match, with the first team to retrieve the contract of Terri Runnels would win her services. All four men ended up receiving standing ovations for their efforts. The month after that the Hardy Boyz faced the Dudley Boyz in a Tables Match, where again, the two teams received a standing ovation. All three of the teams had signature weapons, the Dudley Boyz having tables, Edge & Christian with chairs to deliver their Con-chair-to, and the Hardy Boyz having ladders.
At WrestleMania 2000, all three teams were brought together (along with their signature weapons) in a brutal match. However, it was not officially billed as a TLC match, it was billed as a Triangle Ladder Match. The first official TLC match was actually held at SummerSlam 2000. Thus far, there have been seven official TLC matches, the most recent involving one of its founders, Jeff Hardy, losing his World Heavyweight Championship to CM Punk.
No. Match Event, Date and Location I Edge & Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship SummerSlam August 27, 2000, Raleigh, North Carolina II Edge & Christian defeated the Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz to win the WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania X-Seven April 1, 2001, Houston, Texas III Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho defeated The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship SmackDown! May 24, 2001, Anaheim, California IV Kane* defeated Christian & Chris Jericho, Bubba Ray & Spike and Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam to retain the World Tag Team Championship
*The Hurricane was Kane's partner but was injured prior to the match, and could not compete
RAW October 7, 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada V Edge defeated Ric Flair to retain the WWE Championship RAW January 16, 2006, Raleigh, North Carolina VI John Cena defeated Edge to win the WWE Championship Unforgiven September 17, 2006, Toronto, Canada VII Edge defeated The Undertaker to win the vacant World Heavyweight Championship One Night Stand June 1, 2008, San Diego, California VIII CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy to win the World Heavyweight Championship SummerSlam August 23, 2009, Los Angeles, California
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TNA calls their version of the TLC match Full Metal Mayhem. The first of these matches in TNA was Jeff Hardy vs. Abyss at Against All Odds 2005, and TNA also added the rule that anything metal was legal.