WWE Roadblock 2016 Results and Thoughts
WWE’s (and Raw’s) last PPV of the year gave us a few surprises/good moments, but basically this was a forgettable show.
Big Cass vs. Rusev
Here was a throw-away match with a throw-away DQ ending. The rematch will be on Raw and probably more entertaining than this. Rusev deserves much more.
Winner via countout: Rusev
Cesaro and Sheamus vs. The New Day (Champs)
I had written that The New Day would be cheating in this match, but I didn’t end up doing a full prediction piece as when I was writing it, this match wasn’t confirmed on the card. Once I started seeing Cesaro and Sheamus kicking out of the usual heel stuff that helps The New Day win, I knew a title change was happening. The ending where Cesaro pretended to tag Sheamus was genius. Kofi Kingston thought Cesaro was the legal man and allowed Sheamus to score the win. I wonder if this is the end of the line for WWE’s merch machine or if we’re gonna get another heel run out of them. It was also weird to see Cesaro and Sheamus on the same page coming out to the ring and during the match, but then go back to their odd couple dynamic after they won the belts.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman (10 minute time limit)
I said it in my prediction piece that I hate this story line and angle. This was so badly done and the only thing that made Zayn look strong was during the last minute of the match. Foley coming out to potentially throw in the towel was insulting to Zayn’s character, and because Foley gave him the match, it made no sense. Strowman came off like an idiot here because he wasted over two minutes outside of the ring watching Foley and Zayn have their moment and then stand and argue with Foley while time was running out. This “match” did nothing for me and there are better ways they could be getting both men over with the crowd.
“Winner:” Sami Zayn
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
It’s sad that more people popped and were cheering for Jericho here as that’s not what WWE wants and it shows that they’re so out of touch. They so dropped the ball with Rollins when he came back, trying to push him as a heel and Reigns as a face – and the lasting effect was shown here. While the action in this match was good, everyone and their mothers who don’t watch wrestling knew Rollins was going to win here. The win for Rollins came courtesy of another poorly booked “distraction” that had Jericho (a veteran of the ring) yelling at Owens instead of keeping his eyes on his opponent was horrible. Save that crap for the Monday night show. Sigh…
Winner: Seth Rollins
Rich Swann (Champ) vs. TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick –
Triple Threat for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
I just don’t “get” or identify with Rich Swann. He’s great in the ring, but his smiling and dancing persona bores me to tears. Perkins has more personality than him! Anyway, it’s too bad these guys only got just over six minutes to do their thing as the action was pretty damn good. I’m glad the announcers called Perkins out for releasing his knee-bar on Swann when Swann reached the ropes as there are no DQs in a triple threat match. The double super-kick on Kendrick by both men that led to Swann super-kicking Perkins to score the win was pretty good but the spontaneous end of the match wasn’t fulfilling.
Winner: Rich Swann
Afterwards, Neville stormed the ring and took out/destroyed both Rich Swann and TJ Perkins. Curiously enough, he didn’t touch Kendrick, so I can see some tagging happening there in the future. It was nice to see Neville back, as I find he’s a greatly underutilized talent and will make for a great addition to the Cruiserweight division (although if they would have booked him well, he would have been doing just fine on the regular Raw or Smackdown rosters for a while now).
Sasha Banks (Champ) vs. Charlotte –
30 min Ironman match for the Raw Women’s Championship
I know people are feeling the fatigue with this feud, but I find that they’ve kept things fresh with different kinds of matches. I really enjoyed the match for the most part and I’m glad that they waited just over 20 minutes before Charlotte scored the first fall. Sasha ended up scoring two more in the last 10 minutes of the match, and Charlotte tied it up with about 2-3 seconds left on the clock, which provided some good suspense.
The match went into sudden death with the ref stating whoever got the next fall would win. Charlotte had done enough damage to Sasha’s legs to get the win via submission about 4-5 minutes after the match restarted. Yep, WWE Creative is still playing hot-potato with the championship and I’m sure we’ll see Bayley in the title picture next (unless they’re bringing Mickie James in to feud with her) as this match HAS to be the last these two face each other for a while…unless there’s ANOTHER rematch clause thrown at us.
Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Champ) vs. Roman Reigns (WWE US Champ) –
WWE Universal Championship Match
With Owens costing Jericho his match against Rollins earlier in the night, it wasn’t a question of IF Jericho was showing up, but WHEN. Here we got another match of Reigns not selling well and kicking out of everything and anything. I think I’m now going to be in the boat that when there’s a Reigns match, I’m going to fast forward through to the end to see how he’s going to lose by DQ or win in the last few minutes after being hit with everything and anything for the whole match. Yeah, I’ll miss out on how his opponent will wrestle or perform, but it’s just not worth sitting through the same shit with Reigns.
Chris Jericho did come to the ring and nailed the Codebreaker on Owens, causing Reigns to be disqualified. After, Owens sold disbelief until the two hugged in the ring cementing their friendship yet again. I think it was a poor move as I think it was the perfect time to end it between them.
For some reason, the two men (Rollins and Reigns) who were trying to end each other’s careers about six months ago were side by side again taking out their respective opponents through tables to end the show. Suffice to say, I didn’t care about the ending to the show or the match.
Winner: Kevin Owens
We have two Raw and Smackdown episodes during this holiday season, so I don’t know how they’re going to keep things exciting until they start their official push towards the Royal Rumble on the January 2nd and 3rd shows.