WWE TLC 2012 Lineup: Top Candidates to Steal the Show at Year's Last PPV

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

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The WWE rounds out its 2012 Pay-Per-View schedule with TLC on Sunday with a card that is sure to provide plenty of intrigue for the WWE Universe. 

What we won't see during the event is a WWE Championship defense. An injury to CM Punk has left the event without a defense of the organization's most prestigious belt and a wide-open card in terms of what will be the best match of the night. 

Even in the absence of Punk, this card has plenty of star power to go around. 

From the first official Pay-Per-View match for the young upstarts that make up The Shield to established names like Dolph Ziggler, there's plenty of opportunity for stars to steal the show and become the highlight of the night. 

Here's the full lineup for Sunday night's event and which superstars are the most likely to steal the show. 


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Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Team Rhodes Scholars

U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth

Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett

The Intercontinental Championship match between Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett is definitely the match that highlights the mid-card. 

Kingston is one of the most entertaining and athletic workers in the ring, and his mic skills have been improving. Since this is a Pay-Per-View, it's not likely he'll have to do much speaking and he should be able to put on a great match.

These two have been squaring off on Raw lately, and their styles have created some underrated matches in the ring. Barrett has looked good in his long-awaited return from injury, but it's Kingston that has received a nice push since going into singles competition.

It's unlikely that his former partner R-Truth captures the U.S. Championship, so odds are that Kingston retains in exciting fashion as the high flyer puts on one of the best matches of the night.

World Heavyweight Champion Big Show vs. Sheamus (Chairs Match)

John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match for Ziggler's Money in the Bank briefcase)

You can't talk about "stealing the show" without talking about Dolph Ziggler.

The WWE has long been teasing a World Heavyweight Championship reign for Ziggler since he won his Money in the Bank briefcase all the way back in July. 

With Ziggler putting his briefcase on the line against the biggest face in the entire company, the time is now for creative to either put up or shut up with Ziggler's push.

He's been great on the mic, great in the ring and has the look of a champion. If the company truly wants to give Ziggler a push and do it the right way, he needs to go over Cena in this match. That would allow him to retain the briefcase and look much stronger when he does eventually cash in.

Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield

The Shield's rise has been ridiculously fast. 

Just a few weeks ago they were making their debut by attacking Ryback in the main event of Survivor Series and now they are headlining a pay-per-view of their own. 

We haven't gotten to see too much of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns working traditional matches, but they'll get their opportunity here and could very well steal the show. 

These three competitors were obviously successful enough in NXT that creative felt they were ready to make the jump to the big leagues. It will be interesting to see how they respond to being expected to carry the night by performing in the main event.