(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31599441/?contentId=31599441&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )
We saw the beginning of the Attitude Era’s tag team revolution #29 with The Hardy Boyz vs Edge and Christian in the first ever tag team ladder match (click here for my review). You could say that the tag team revolution reached its peak with this match. Personally, I prefer the first ever triple threat tag team TLC match at Summerslam 2000. But this sequel is just as insane and incredible. The Hardyz, The Dudleys and Edge and Christian pull out all the stops to top the craziness seen in the first TLC match. Rhyno, Spike Dudley and Lita all get involved to make the encounter even more chaotic.
Really, it’s a toss up between TLC I and TLC II in terms of quality. For me, TLC I has the edge because it’s the inaugural TLC match. It promised utter insanity, and delivered it in tonnes. Not only that, but you didn’t quite know what to expect. Nowadays, you know what you’ll see in a TLC match. Wrestling moves off/onto ladders, wrestlers being pushed off ladders through tables, etc. The Hardyz, Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boyz had given us a taste of a TLC match with their three way ladder match at WrestleMania 2000. There were tables involved, but that was an glimpse of what we’d see at Summerslam 2000. TLC I smashed all expectations.
At WrestleMania X-7, we knew what to expect. That took a little away from the novelty of the match. However, like all great sequels, the three teams built on what made the first match such a classic and made it bigger, louder and added a few extra characters to the mix. There’s not much you can say about this match: you just have to experience it. Big spots happen thick and fast, and right from the beginning. Even before Spike Dudley enters about quarter of the way through, Jeff and Matt have executed their leg drop/splash double team move off ladders, and Bubba Ray has powerbombed Jeff onto Edge through a table. Rhyno enters shortly after, and after that Lita enters. But the three extras are not there merely to look pretty: they get right into the action. The level of chaos is unbelievable.
However, there’s one moment that will live forever in WWE history, shown again and again in highlight reels. That’s Edge’s spear off a ladder into Jeff, who is hanging from the belts. Every time I see it, it’s awe-inspiring. It certainly is a WrestleMania moment, and one that probably made this match see the Best 100 Matches…List. But that’s just one moment of craziness among many.
I’d swap this match with the inaugural TLC match at Summerslam 2000. But that in no way takes away from TLC II. It’s the second best TLC match in WWE history. From any standpoint, the two matches are so close in quality that it’s hard to pick a favourite. But the novelty is what wins the day for me. For sheer insanity and chaos, though, TLC II has the edge thanks to the involvement of Spike, Lita and Rhyno. Do yourself a favour. Watch both of these matches. You won’t regret it.
VERDICT: 9/10. I prefer the inaugural tag team TLC match, but this match has all the elements of a great sequel. And that Spear will be repeated on WWE programming until the end of time (quite rightly, too).
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