WWE TLC 2012 was on December 16th, 2012 at 8pm est. live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ring of Honor Final Battle 2012 was on December 16th, 2012 at 2pm est. live from the Manhattan Center in New York, New York. As a resident of the Big Apple, I considered it my duty to attend both events. Both events had a theme involving tables, ladders and chairs. Here I will compare the two events in terms of fan interactions, style of wrestling and overall experience. It should be noted that I grew up strictly a WWE fan and Final Battle 2012 was the first Ring of Honor live event I have attended.
The first thing noticeably different between WWE and Ring of Honor is the style of wrestling from each promotion’s superstars. WWE trains their superstars with a certain type of style, one that could be characterized as American. Ring of Honor superstars, on
the other hand, are mainly independent wrestlers, some of whom were trained in Japan. ROH’s style of wrestling involves more uses with the legs. If you think about superstars such as Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio and Sin Cara, you may notice that they also wrestle in this style. Bryan and Punk are former ROH superstars, while Del Rio and Sin Cara learned the style in Mexico. It was clear throughout the day the difference in the move sets between WWE and Ring of Honor.
Continuing with style of wrestling, one must consider how the tables, ladders and chairs were used in both WWE and Ring of Honor. For Ring of Honor, they use TLC as weapons. You must win by pinfall or submission making multiple tables, ladders and chairs inevitable in their matches. On the other hand, when tables, ladders or chairs ..read more