The TLC pay-per-view began with The New Day vs. The Revival in a Ladder match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Ultimately, The New Day emerged victorious, forcing The Top Guys out of the title picture.
However, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson teased their next feud earlier in the evening. During the TLC Kickoff Show, Wilder and Dawson took exception to comments made by Booker T, as he mentioned how good The Authors Of Pain were, but failed to mention them.
The former SmackDown Tag Team champions then berated Booker T, with Dawson adding: “After we win it (the SmackDown Tag Team Championships) for the fourth time why don’t you step up? Why don’t you get your better half, Stevie Ray, the one we respect. Get Stevie Ray.”
Wilder later added: “Maybe Harlem Heat can stop The Revival.”
Stevie Ray then responded to the incident on Twitter, writing: Hey @Scottdawsonwwe @dashwilderwwe If The Revival wants some, it’s very easy for you to get some because Harlem Heat is not hard to find!”
Dawson then replied: “Stevie. This ain’t ‘97 bruh. Don’t get dealt with.”
Harlem Heat was one the most successful tag teams in WCW history, capturing the WCW World Tag Team Championships on 10 occasions. The team of Booker T and Stevie Ray also competed in notable matches against The Outsiders, The Steiner Brothers, and Sting & Lex Luger. However, Harlem Heat never competed in WWE.
Booker T enjoyed a successful spell in the company, while his brother chose not to follow him as he could not bring himself to work for the rival promotion.