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KELLER’S TLC KICKOFF SHOW REVIEW
DECEMBER 4, 2016
AIRED LIVE ON WWE NETWORK
Hosts: Renee Young, Peter Rosenberg, Daniel Bryan, and Booker T at the desk, with Tom Phillip hosting the “Social Media Lounge”
-As the panel discussed the Nikki Bella vs. Carmella match, New York radio personality Peter Rosenberg, who was wearing an American Alpha t-shirt, showed off his Bella Twins socks. Booker T joked that his name is Mark, not Peter.
-Video packages aired on The Miz-Dolph Ziggler feud, Kalisto-Baron Corbin, and Becky Lynch-Alexa Bliss.
-Natalya joined the panel. She said her career was made when she won the first women’s tables match, and tonight would make the career of either Lynch or Bliss. She said Bliss is like a chihuahua whereas she is like a majestic Persian cat. That led to a Two Paws reference, and Booker went into signature over-the-top laughter. She picked Bliss to come out on top, despite saying she tends to whine too much.
-Tom Phillips sat with Alexa Bliss in the Social Media Lounge. She said she could hear Natalya. “She’s just concerned because she’s dressed like last year’s sample sale,” she said. She went on to answer some questions from WWE fans on social media. She said, “I’m what the new era is supposed to look like. I was built from the ground up to look exactly like this era is supposed to look like. It’s definitely not Becky.” As Phillips began to close the segment, she asked him to tell her why she deserves to be champion. When he hesitated, she said she had a match to prepare for and then stormed off.
-A commercial aired for WWE Network.
-They showed Mauro Ranallo, David Otunga, and JBL at ringside.
(A) APOLLO CREWS & AMERICAN ALPHA & THE HYPE BROS. vs. THE ASCENSION & THE VAUDEVILLIANS & CURT HAWKING
The announce team really hyped Apollo Crews. Mauro called him a flying tank and said he has all the potential in the world. When Mojo yelled, “It’s hammer time!” Mauro quipped, “I don’t know if anyone wants to touch that.” The babyfaces cleared the ring of the heels and they cut to a mid-match break. [c]
In the end, American Alpha landed Grand Amplitude on Aiden English for the win.
WINNERS: Crews & Alpha & Hype Bros. after Grand Amplitude in 12:00.
-They went back to the panel. Young hyped WWE Network. Then they talked A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose. Booker picked Styles. Rosenberg said Styles is the best Superstar and the WWE Universe agrees with him. Renee asked if they’d see the serious Dean or the more comedic Dean. The panel agreed he’d be serious tonight.
-A video package aired on the Styles-Ambrose feud.