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TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2011 was the third annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on December 18, 2011 at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Eleven matches took place at the event, ten of which were broadcast live on pay-per-view. In the main event from the Raw brand, CM Punk defeated The Miz and Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to retain the WWE Championship. The main event from the SmackDown brand saw The Big Show defeat Mark Henry in a Chairs match to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Immediately following the match, Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and defeated Big Show to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

Background

TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs will feature professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that will be played out on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers will portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate into a wrestling match or series of matches.

Preliminary matches

The first match on the PPV was the WWE United States Championship match between US Champion Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder. The crowd was really behind Zack Ryder in this match. The match started off with both men trying to get the upper hand over their opponent. The next five to seven minutes had Ziggler getting the upper hand over Ryder. Ryder turned the tables after hitting a dropkick from the top rope onto Ziggler. Ryder hit some clotheslines and eventually the Broski Boot. Ziggler was down, for what probably would have been a 3 count, but Vickie interfered and put Dolph’s foot on the ropes. This action got Vickie banned from ringside. After Vickie left, Dolph took control until he went to the top rope. Ryder countered it and hit a hurricanrana from the top rope. The ending came when Dolph sent Ryder to the corner. He charged at Ryder, but Ryder countered with knee to the face and the Rough Ryder. Ryder got the pinfall, and the United States Championship.

The next match was for the WWE Tag Team Championship between Tag Team Champions Air Boom vs. Primo & Epico. The match started off between Evan Bourne and Epico. Both men start off the match with both men trading blows with one another. Bourne made a tag to Kofi, who hit a dropkick to Epico. Kofi tagged in Bourne who took down Epico with a hurricanrana. Primo made the tag, and along with Epico double teamed on Bourne. For the next couple of minutes, Bourne was being hostage in primo & Epico’s corner. Epico hit a backbreaker followed by three back suplexes. Epico locked in a back submission move as well. Bourne got some energy and tried to get the win by rolling up Epico. This allowed Bourne to hit some knees which lead to him making a tag to Kofi. Primo was tagged in as well. Kofi took down primo easily and hit a crossbody and the Boom Drop. Evan Bourne took out Epico while Kofi Kingston hit the Trouble in Paradise on Primo. Kofi got the pinfall and retained the Tag Team Championships for himself and Evan Bourne.

The third match of the evening was a tables match between Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett. The match started off with Orton getting the upper hand over Barrett. Quickly into the match, Orton went outside to find a table. Some back and forth action occurred for the next couple of minutes. Barrett got a table eventually and set it next to the apron. Before Barrett could get the table set up, Orton hit the table which hit Barrett’s nose. Orton took advantage and sent Barrett into the steel steps. This caused Barrett to start bleeding. Both men made their way to the stage are where numerous tables were set up. Barrett took advantage and tried to put Orton through a table, but he couldn’t get the job done. Barrett sent Orton to the ring where he hit an elbow drop from the second rope. Orton started to recover and got the upperhand over Barrett after reversing a side slam through a table. Orton hit some clotheslines followed by a scoop slam. Orton tries to hit the RKO, but Barrett didn’t let it happen. Barrett set Orton on top of a table, as he went to the second rope. Barrett went for another elbow drop, but Orton successfully hit the RKO on Barrett through the table, for the win.

The next match was for the WWE Divas Championship featuring Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly. The match started off with both divas going to the outside where we saw Kelly Kelly slam Beth’s face onto the floor. Beth started to turn the tables by slamming Kelly Kelly onto the mat. Beth hits a variety of maneuvers which included stomps, punches, elbows etc. Beth also locked in some submission moves on Kelly Kelly as well. Kelly Kelly got some offense after moving out of the way when Beth went for a leg drop from the top rope. Kelly Kelly went for her finisher, but Beth countered that and tried to hit the Glam Slam. Kelly Kelly counters that into a roll up, but Beth countered that as well. Beth then hit her version of the Electric Chair. Beth then pinned Kelly Kelly and retained her Divas Championship.

Main event matches

The first main event of the evening was a Sledgehammer Ladder match between Triple H and Kevin Nash. Hanging above the ring was a sledgehammer, and the superstar that grabbed it first can use it legally in the match. The winner will be decided by pinfall or submission. The match began with Kevin Nash getting the upper hand over Triple H. Triple H answered back quickly by slamming Nash into the announce table. Then, Triple H introduced the first ladder that was used in the match. Nash intercepted and hit Triple H with the ladder, which sent Triple H over the barricade. Triple H recovered quickly and leaped from the barricade onto Nash and hit Nash with some right hands. Some more back and forth action took place for the next couple of minutes. After some good offense from both competitors, both of them make their way into the ring. Triple H gets the upper hand and uses the ladder to work on Nash’s leg. Triple H locked Nash’s leg into a ladder and locked in a Figure Four Leg Lock. After some more offense from Triple H, Nash finally counters and whips Triple H into a ladder set up in the corner of the ring. Nash grabs a ladder and hits Triple H with it. Nash also hit a side slam on the ladder, focusing on his back. Nash sets a ladder in the corner, horizontally. He catapults Triple H into it. Nash goes to the outside and takes apart the announce table. Nash tries to hit the Jackknife Powerbomb through the table, but Triple H counters it and backdrops Nash. Triple H takes advantage and goes for the sledgehammer only to be whipped into a ladder and to receive a chokeslam from Nash. Nash goes under the ring and pulls out a table. He sets it up in the ring and tries to powerbomb Triple H through it. Triple H counters that as well and sends Nash into the ladder in the corner. Both men eventually end up on the ladder fighting for the sledgehammer. Triple H knocks Nash off the ladder through the table. Triple H unhooks the sledgehammer and can now use it legally in the match against Nash. Triple H unloads on Nash’s leg with the sledgehammer. Triple H picks him up and goes for a pedigree, and hits it. Triple H grabs the sledgehammer one more time, but Nash pleaded for mercy by making the symbol of Kliq, but Triple H responded with a crotch chop and a sledgehammer shot to the face. Triple H covers Nash and picks up the win against his former friend.

The sixth match of the night was a match that was made earlier on in the night. The match featured Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger. The match starts off with Sheamus unloading on Swagger with elbow drops. Sheamus sends Swagger to the corner and back to the mat. Swagger quickly counters and locks Sheamus in the abdominal stretch. Sheamus sends Swagger in between the ropes and wails on Swagger’s chest. Both men make their way to the floor. Swagger takes advantage and throws Sheamus into the barrier. Swagger sends Sheamus back to the ring and hits the Swagger Bomb, but that’s not enough to keep Sheamus down for the count. Swagger continues with good offense, only to have Sheamus bounce back with some clotheslines. Sheamus goes to the top rope, but Swagger knocks him off. Sheamus quickly recovers and sends Swagger into the barrier. Both men get back into the ring, where Sheamus hits the battering ram from the top rope. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but Swagger takes the leg out of Sheamus. Swagger locks in the ankle lock, only to have Sheamus send Swagger to the corner. Swagger charges towards Sheamus, only to be greeted with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus covers Swagger and gets the win.

The main event from SmackDown was a chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The match featured World Champion Mark Henry vs. The Big Show. The match starts off with Big Show throwing numerous amounts of chairs into the ring. Mark Henry sees this and tries to leave with his title, saying that match won’t happen. Big Show disagrees and knocks Henry on the floor. Following a knee to the gut from Henry, Henry grabs a chair and smacks Big Show in the back with it. Henry then starts to focus on Big Show’s right hand, the hand he uses for the KO Punch. Both superstars garb a chair and connect with each other. Henry keeps his chair in his hand, as Big Show falls. Big Show fights back with some body blows. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, but Henry counters it and knocks him back to the mat. Mark Henry goes for the World's Strongest Slam, but Big Show won’t let it happen. Henry stops a Chokeslam, and swings a chair. Big Show counters that into the KO Punch. Big Show covers Henry for the win, and the World Heavyweight Championship. Big Show’s celebration was cut short, due to an attack from Mark Henry. This leads to Daniel Bryan cashing in his briefcase, pinning Big Show and becoming the official World Heavyweight Champion.

The next match of the night was for the Intercontinental Championship between Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Booker T. The match was supposed to happen earlier on in the night, however Booker was attacked by Rhodes twice during the evening. The first few minutes of the match saw Booker get the upper hand over Rhodes by hitting some elbow drops and a big kick to the face. Also, Rhodes was sent into the barricade by Booker. Rhodes manages to counter one of Booker’s moves, and tries to suplex him, but to no avail, However, Cody stills manages to get the upper hand over Booker. Cody takes control and locks in a submission move. Booker fights out of it and hits some chops. Rhodes still won’t give up and hits a kick to the head and a strike to the knee, sending Booker down to the mat. Booker fights out of a full nelson and sends Rhodes into the corner. Both men deliver a clothesline to one another taking each other down to the mat. Both men get up and trade some blows, however Booker answers back with some clotheslines and a side slam. Booker hits his signature Spinebuster followed by a spin-a-rooni. Booker is dazed and misses the Scissors Kick so Rhodes takes advantage. Rhodes takes advantage and hits the Beautiful Disaster twice on Booker. Rhodes covers Booker and retains his Intercontinental Title.

The main event from Raw was the Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match for the WWE Championship. The participants in the match were The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and the current WWE Champion CM Punk. The match started off with a little bit of double teaming on Punk. Punk ducks a double clothesline and takes both men out. Miz & Del Rio get up and still double team on Punk by hitting a superplex. Miz and Del Rio go to the floor and try to grab a ladder. Del Rio breaks the alliance he had with Miz earlier on and smacks Miz with a chair. Del Rio grabs a ladder only for Punk to take advantage and dive onto Del Rio. Punk and Miz go back to the ring where Miz stomps on Punk and hits a chair shot to Punk’s gut. Miz sets up a chair in the middle of the ring, but Punk moves out of the way. Punk hits Miz with the knee to face and tries to hit the running bulldog only to have Miz reverse it dropping Punk head first into the chair. Del Rio gets into the ring and Miz tries to hit the Skull Crushing Finale on the Del Rio on the ladder. Del Rio reverses that and slams Miz on the ladder. Punk gets back into the action and kicks Del Rio with the ladder. Punk throws Del Rio into the barrier and tries to find a table. Punk goes for a superplex through the table but Del Rio let that happen. Due to this action, Del Rio eats a neck breaker by Punk on the floor. Miz sneaks up and gives a chair shot to Punk’s gut once more. Miz swings, but Punk ducks and kicks Miz. Punk garbs the chair and starts beating on The Miz with the chair. Punk puts Miz on top of the barrier and sets a chair up. Punk hits the knee which sends both men over the barrier. Del Rio and Punk make their way back to the ring where Punk gets handcuffed to the ladder. Punk breaks the ladder but the handcuff is still attached to him. Punk uses them as a weapon and backdrops Del Rio on to the ladder. Miz comes in the ring and climbs the ladder. Punk brings him down and tries to hit the GTS, but Miz slides out. Punk and Miz go to the top rope, and Punk tries to superplex Miz. Del Rio comes in and kicks Punk who falls through a table onto the floor. Del Rio and Miz go at it where Del Rio uses the chair against Miz. Del Rio locks in the Cross Armbreaker on Miz who’s arm is in a chair. Del Rio goes back to Punk and attacks him with chair shot. Del Rio locks in the croos armbreaker on Punk the same way he did with Miz. Del Rio goes in the ring and climbs the ladder. Miz & Punk enter as well and send Del Rio off the ladder where the ropes end up between his legs. Punk and Miz fight inside the ring where both men take each other out with clotheslines. Ricardo Rodriguez comes in the ring and climbs the ladder. Miz and Punk see this and they tip the ladder sending Ricardo into a table on the floor. Both men try to hit their finishers but each one blocks it. Miz goes to the corner, and Punk tries to hit the knee only to go into the ring post. Miz takes advantage and uses the handcuff on Punk and handcuff Punk to the turnbuckle. Punk goes for some punches but Miz is too far. Punk however hits a big kick knocking Miz out. Del Rio and Miz get up and get a ladder in the ring as they start to climb it. Punk eventually breaks the turnbuckle, freeing himself, and saving his title. All three men are ontop of the ladder. Punk hits a kick to Del Rio who goes down hard onto the mat. Miz and Punk go back down to the ring where Punk nails the GTS on Miz. Punk climbs the ladder and retrieves the WWE Championship.

Results

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

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