WWE TLC 2013 predictions

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December 12, 2013

Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango (Kickoff Match)

Joey Styles: This match is what sports books call “even money.” Since his red-hot WrestleMania debut to upset the first-ever Undisputed WWE Champion, Chris Jericho, and making “Fandango-ing” a global phenomenon, the gliding grappler has cooled off. It’s almost as if The Wrestling Gods got a bit bored staring at their newly created shining star. Ziggler, on the other hand, has had two cups of coffee with the World Heavyweight Championship, but also seems to be Zig-Zagging an uphill battle on wrestling's Mt. Olympus. Though the winners of this match will ultimately be the more than 1 million WWE Universe members who watch pay-per-view Kickoffs, I see interference from Summer Rae allowing Fandango to abscond with the cheapest of victories. WINNER: Fandango

Alex Giannini: The WWE TLC Kickoff Match has the potential to steal the show, as Dolph Ziggler looks to get things started on a high note against the fleet-footed Fandango. Both Superstars are as talented as they come, and their one-on-one bout should be a dynamic display of athleticism. Under the bright lights of a pay-per-view prelude, though, I won’t bet against The Showoff. WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Anthony Benigno: Here’s how you know WWE TLC will be good: A match between two of WWE’s most talented performers is theKickoff Match. This has the potential to be a dark-horse minor classic, actually. To be perfectly frank, we all win with a contest like this. In terms of who gets the 1-2-3, though, I’m going with my gut and saying The Showoff. Plan your celebratory hip wiggles accordingly. WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Jake Grate: One of the most intriguing matches on the entire WWE TLC card will go down before the pay-per-view even starts. Two impressive, talented, well-rounded Superstars will be looking to finish off the home stretch of 2013 in style, as Ziggler and Fandango go one-on-one for the first time. Although it’s hard to pick against The Showoff, and Fandango has been on a bit of a losing streak in recent weeks, the toe-tapping Superstar waltzes his way to victory. WINNER: Fandango

John Clapp: I’m calling it now: Ziggler vs. Fandango will be the most athletically impressive match to be featured on a Kickoff to date. Assuredly, both are looking to turn heads, and I could see the bout playing out like an updated version of Shawn Michaels vs. Rick Martel or WCW-era Dustin Rhodes vs. “Stunning” Steve Austin: Fast-paced, back-and-forth and showcasing two informed skillsets that haven’t even begun to peak. I think The Showoff claims victory, but not with one of his signature moves. WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler: 3, Fandango: 2

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