This was the third TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event to take place within the WTX Universe, marking the first event of its name since 2013. This was the follow up to November event Survivor Series. It was the final event of 2016 from the SmackDown brand, but was followed by the RAW event Roadblock, two weeks later.
The show featured seven matches, six of the matches were for championships, whilst the other match was for a future championship match. The first show to be set for the event was the World Heavyweight Championship main event, as Rey Mysterio, who was the sole survivor against Team RAW at Survivor Series, had earned a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship for doing so. He was then scheduled to challenge Bobby Roode for the championship in a TLC match. The next match to be confirmed was a championship rematch between new WWE Tag Team Champions The Revival, and the former champions The Vaudevillains in an Extreme Rules Match. The third confirmed match was built after The Undertaker, who was recently brought to SmackDown as one of SmackDown's picks upon defeating RAW at Survivor Series, defeated AJ Styles, only to be attacked by long time rival Baron Corbin following the result, this lead to a Fatal 4-Way TLC Match for a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity at TLC, in which Corbin would face Undertaker, AJ Styles & Finn Balor in a TLC Match.
The fourth match to be confirmed was the Women's Championship Match, after Alexa Bliss began to be targetted by Taya, who would attack Bliss before their matches, leading to a Ladder Match between the two at the event. The fifth match confirmed was the Global Championship Match, pitting Apollo Crews against rival Goldust, as well as former champion and semi-rival Kane in a Triple Threat Table Match, to potentially resolve both rivalries. The sixth match confirmed was the WTX Championship Match between Hideo Itami and Bo Dallas, after Dallas assaulted Itami on an episode of Superstars, Itami being a fighting champion, offered his championship for a match at TLC. Finally, the Hardcore Championship was voted upon as per its ruling, leading to Jack Swagger facing the fan voted opponent of Chad Gable.
The show opened with the Global Championship Triple Threat, seeing Apollo Crews retain the championship against both Kane & Goldust, after putting Kane through a table, however, whilst this resolved the rivalry between Crews & Kane, Goldust stated that he did not lose the match and was not finished with Crews. The second match saw The Revival dominate The Vaudevillains to retain the tag championships. In the third match, Itami retained the WTX Championship against Bo Dallas after a Busaiku Knee. The fourth match featured Chad Gable defeating Jack Swagger, who ambushed Gable during his entrance, only for Swagger to later run from Gable when he recovered and fought back, leading to Gable pinning Swagger off of a German Suplex for the victory.
In the fifth match, Baron Corbin retrieved the opportunity hung above the ring, defeating Styles, Balor & Undertaker to become the next contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the semi-main event, Bliss got revenge on Taya, attacking Taya during her entrance before charging to the ring to retrieve the Women's Championship hung above the ring to win the match. The main event saw Bobby Roode defeat Rey Mysterio after throwing Mysterio off of a ladder with a Death Valley Driver to then retrieve the championship and win the match. Setting up a future match between Corbin & Roode for the championship at the Royal Rumble event.
|1||Apollo Crews (c) def. Kane & Goldust||Triple Threat Table Match for Global Championship||5:27|
|2||"The Revival" Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson (c) def. "The Vaudevillains" Aiden English & Simon Gotch||Extreme Rules Tag Team Match for WWE Tag Team Championship||3:27|
|3||Hideo Itami (c) def. Bo Dallas||Singles Match for WTX Championship||5:17|
|4||Chad Gable def. Jack Swagger (c)||Falls Count Anywhere Match for Hardcore Championship||7:31|
|5||Baron Corbin def. The Undertaker, AJ Styles & Finn Balor||World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way TLC Match||8:41|
|6||Alexa Bliss (c) def. Taya||Ladder Match for Women's Championship||4:06|
|7||Bobby Roode (c) def. Rey Mysterio||TLC Match for World Heavyweight Championship||7:45|