|Date: December 18, 2016
|Venue: PPG Paints Arena |City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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A video package kicks us off highlighting the relationship between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns earning a Universal Championship opportunity. The package also focuses on Charlotte and Sasha Banks.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Pittsburgh.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro – Raw Tag Team Championship match
Background: The New Day are now officially the longest reigning tag team champions of all time. Sheamus and Cesaro became number one contenders to the title when they won the Survivor Series match for team Raw. They would beat New Day by disqualification at Hell In A Cell but that wasn’t good enough for them. Sheamus and Cesaro won a fatal four way match at Tribute To The Troops last Wednesday to once again become number one contenders.
Previous PPV matches: Sheamus and Cesaro did beat New Day by disqualification at Hell In A Cell but that was Big E and Xavier Woods rather than Kofi and Big E.
Roadblock Record: Big E and Kofi Kingston are 1-0 at Roadblock, Sheamus is 0-1.
Match: Cesaro and Kofi Kingston kick off the match in a fast way and it’s Cesaro with the early advantage. Sheamus and Cesaro make quick tags, stopping Kingston from tagging in Big E. Big E eventually makes a tag and takes the advantage for The New Day. All four men get into it and Sheamus accidentally hammers Cesaro. Xavier Woods then gets involved, kicking Cesaro in the face and Big E hits the big ending but Cesaro kicks out of the pinfall. Cesaro hits a big hurricanrana off the top rope on Kofi and then swings him round and round. Cesaro locks on a sharpshooter but Xavier Woods distracts the referee as Kofi taps so the referee doesn’t see it. Sheamus tags in and looks to hit the brogue kick but Xavier Woods gets in the ring and takes the bullet. Cesaro reaches for a tag but pulls his arm away and then gets in the ring anyway! Kofi hits Cesaro with trouble in paradise and pins him but he’s not the legal man! Sheamus rolls Kofi up and gets the 3! We’ve got new Raw Tag Team Champions! New Day hand over the titles after the show and embrace Cesaro whilst Sheamus just wants to celebrate with the belts. Cesaro then celebrates in the crowd.
Result: Sheamus and Cesaro win by pinfall.
Review: This was a really fun match to kick off the show. New Day are so solid as a tag team whilst Sheamus and Cesaro are two under-rated talents. Together they’ve all put on a great match to kick off the show. The New Day’s epic tag team title run has finally come to an end, smashing the record for longest reign along the way. It was a clever finish and with the dynamic between Sheamus and Cesaro it’ll be interesting to see them develop as a tag team.
Charly Caruso is backstage and interviews Kevin Owens who tells her that the questions are stupid. Owens berates Caruso and tells her that Chris Jericho and he are best friends. Jericho shows up and doesn’t want to hear from Owens. Owens gives him a present of a Christmas scarf. Jericho throws it at Owens and leaves.
There’s an ad for the Royal Rumble PPV. Specifically the Royal Rumble match.
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
Background: Sami Zayn has asked repeatedly for a match with Braun Strowman, wanting to topple the giant. Mick Foley would keep turning him down, afraid of what Strowman could do to Zayn. Zayn demanded to be traded to Smackdown and Foley told him that he has arranged a trade for Eva Marie. Sami went mad and Mick Foley admired the passion he showed and told Sami that he can have his match with Strowman, he just has to last 10 minutes.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first PPV match between these two men.
Roadblock Record: Sami Zayn is 1-0 at Roadblock, Strowman wrestled at Roadblock for the first time in his first ever singles PPV match.
Match: There’s a timer up for this match as Sami just has to survive 10 minutes. Braun dominates for the first few minutes until Sami low-bridges him and then dives out but Braun catches him and drops him on the apron. The referee checks on Zayn as Strowman continues to dominate. Braun covers Sami a couple of times but then breaks up the cover himself. With 3 and a half minutes left Mick Foley emerges from the back with a towel. Strowman screams at Foley to throw in the towel but Mick won’t. Zayn tells him not to and then throws the towel into the crowd. Zayn avoids a couple of splashes and Braun hits the ringpost and then crashes throw the barricade. Strowman beats the count back into the ring but Zayn avoids a shoulder charge in the corner and then hits a cross body for a two count. Zayn hits a helluva kick and the bell rings! The announcement is made that because Zayn survived for ten minutes that he is the winner!
Result: Sami Zayn wins (?) because he lasted 10 minutes.
Review: I liked the psychology in this match. The stipulation meant that the match kept your interest. It was a decent enough match but not a classic. I’d like to see an actual match between the two with an actual winner.
We’re shown the announcement that there is going to be a two night tournament to crown a United Kingdom champion.
There’s a video package next showing the recent history between Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho.
Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho
Background: Seth Rollins has been battling Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship over the past few months but Chris Jericho has continued to intervene. Seth Rollins attacked Chris Jericho in the car park and hit him with the pedigree on top of a car. Kevin Owens then went to Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon and asked for Jericho to get a singles match against Rollins which was made for Roadblock.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV singles match between these two men.
Roadblock Record: Chris Jericho is 1-0, Seth Rollins makes his Roadblock debut tonight.
Match: Michael Cole claims that this is Chris Jericho’s 140th PPV match but I make is 136. Not sure how we’re four out there. It’s a back and forth start to the match with neither man keeping the advantage for too long. Jericho hides behind the referee and then rakes the eyes of Rollins. There are a few “Y2J” chants for Jericho who manages to keep the advantage for a while. Jericho counters a pedigree attempt and looks for a lionsault but Rollins tips him out of the ring before hitting a suicide dive. Back in the ring and Jericho locks on the Walls Of Jericho but Rollins gets to the ropes. Jericho avoids a from splash and hits a lionsault for a near fall. Rollins hits a frog splash but out rushes Kevin Owens from the back. Seth disposes of Rollins but the referee sees to KO and doesn’t see Jericho rolling up Seth! Jericho berates Owens but then turns around into a knee and then a pedigree which is enough for Rollins to pick up the victory.
Result: Seth Rollins wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match from these two. They were given a lot of time which allowed the match to breathe. The story with Kevin Owens costing Jericho matches continues and this will explode with a match between the two soon. Rollins picks up a victory and looks for a match with Triple H in the future but I’m sure they’ll drag that out until Wrestlemania.
There’s a long ad for the WWE Network.
We’re shown some footage from the kick-off show with Rusev vs. Big Cass. Rusev would win by count out.
Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick – Triple threat match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Background: Rich Swann beat Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship after beating him in a couple of non-title matches. Swann would then beat Kendrick in the rematch as TJ Perkins watched on from the commentary desk. A fight would break out after the match between all three men which led to a triple threat match tonight.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these three men. Rich Swann actually makes his PPV debut tonight.
Roadblock Record: All three men wrestle at Roadblock for the first time.
Match: Austin Aries is on commentary for this match. It’s a fast start to the match. Rich Swann doesn’t quite get over Kendrick on a leapfrog and Kendrick looks in pain. Perkins looks for the knee bar early but Kendrick easily escapes. Rich Swann hits a double hurricanrana on both men at the same time! Kendrick locks the captain’s hook on Swann but TJP breaks it up and locks the knee bar on Kendrick! Swann breaks it up with a splash on TJP and all three men are down. Kendrick looks for sliced bread on Swann but Swann puts him out on the apron and Perkins kicks him off it. Perkins then locks the knee bar on Rich Swann but Swann gets to the bottom rope. It’s no disqualification so Perkins didn’t have to release the hold there. Swann and TJP hit superkicks to Kendrick and Swann then hits TJP with one before pinning him for the three!
Result: Rich Swann retains his Cruiserweight Championship, beating TJP by pinfall.
Review: This match was decent enough. The crowd were pretty flat for it though. I think the division needs to move away from TJP and Kendrick, mixing up the division a bit. Oh, as I write this, here comes Neville!
Neville’s music hits and out walks the man that gravity forgot! He applauds Swann and then attacks him! Neville then drops TJ Perkins! Michael Cole tells us that Neville mentored Swann, training him. Neville throws Swann into the barricade and then does the same to TJ Perkins as the crowd cheer for Neville. He leaves Swann and Perkins laying in the middle of the ring.
There’s a couple of ads for wrestling figure playsets and Tapout training gear.
Kevin Owens is shown backstage knocking on Chris Jericho’s locker room. Owens apologises from outside the locker room but there’s no answer from Jericho. Owens leaves admitting that the friendship is over.
There’s a video package next for Charlotte and Sasha Banks.
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte – 30 minute Iron man match for the Raw Women’s Championship
Background: Charlotte and Sasha Banks have been going back and forth over the Raw Women’s Championship for the past few months. Sasha Banks beat Charlotte for the title in a falls count anywhere match and Ric Flair came out and congratulated Sasha. That only fuelled the fire more for Charlotte who made this challenge for one final match between the two girls in a 30 minute iron man match.
Previous PPV matches: This is the third PPV match between these two girls, Charlotte won the first two.
Roadblock Record: Charlotte beat Natalya previously at Roadblock, Sasha Banks wrestles at Roadblock for the first time tonight.
Match: It’s a back and forth start to the match. Both girls try to get falls in early but neither manage to complete a fall as the clock ticks down. Sasha locks on a straight-jacket submission which looks pretty impressive. There’s a brutal spot with Charlotte sweeping Sasha off the apron and Banks landing face first on the ring steps. The first fall comes after 20 minutes when Charlotte hits natural selection off the top rope. Sasha Banks quickly gets back into the match with a roll-up out of nowhere to even the odds. Banks then avoids a moonsault and locks on the Banks Statement and Charlotte has to tap out! With less than 6 minutes to go Sasha Banks is leading. Charlotte is aggressive as the clock ticks down and works the left leg of the Raw Women’s Champion. Charlotte locks on the figure four but Sasha manages to reverse! Charlotte rolls back over and then bridges up to the figure eight and Sasha taps out! The buzzer sounds and it ends 2-2!
The referee calls for sudden death overtime! Charlotte continues to target the leg of Sasha with Sasha getting the odd roll-up in but not able to keep Charlotte down. Banks locks on the Banks Statement but Charlotte manages to counter into a figure four! She bridges into the figure eight and Sasha Banks taps out! Charlotte beats Sasha Banks again!
Result: Charlotte wins 3 falls to 2.
Review: This was another good match. These two girls are both great and have a lot of chemistry. Sasha cannot defend the title on PPV though! Charlotte beats her every time. This is the last match we’ll see between the two for now so Charlotte can move on to someone else. Probably Bayley.
There’s a video package next showing what led to the match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns.
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship match
Background: Roman Reigns has been vocal about Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho’s friendship and has been keen to get a shot at the Universal Championship. Reigns beat Owens in a non-title match to earn himself a shot at the Universal title. With the friendship between Owens and Jericho seemingly over could this play into Reigns’ hands?
Previous PPV matches: This is a first PPV match between these two men.
Roadblock Record: Both men wrestle at Roadblock for the first time.
Match: Kevin Owens spends the beginning of the match trying to get away from Roman Reigns but Reigns is constantly in pursuit. Plenty of action on the outside with Reigns whipping KO into the barricade. Owens soon lures Reigns in and takes the advantage. Owens offence is slow and there are plenty of chinlocks. The only thing that makes the chinlocks entertaining is Owens shouting abuse at Reigns as he lays there. Reigns motions for a superman punch but Owens counters with a DDT. Owens hits a nice suplex off the top rope for a near fall. Owens hits a frog splash on Reigns on the announce desk which doesn’t give way so Owens goes back up and hits another frog splash, this time putting Roman through the desk. Reigns just beats the count back into the ring where Kevin hits another frog splash for a near fall. Reigns hits a powerbomb and then looks for a spear but Owens counters with a kick to the face and then a pop-up powerbomb for a near fall.
Owens exits the ring and grabs his Universal Championship before taking it into the ring but Reigns hits him with a spear! With both men down Chris Jericho then runs out from the back and into the ring! Jericho hits Owens with a codebreaker! The referee calls for the bell! This will go down as a disqualification win for Owens! After the match Jericho hands the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens and then embraces him! It was a plan all along! Seth Rollins emerges from the back and chases Jericho into the ring, hitting him with a pedigree as Reigns hits Owens with a spear! Rollins and Reigns then hit a Shield-style double powerbomb on Jericho through the announce desk! They then chase down Owens and hit him with a powerbomb through the other announce desk to finish the show.
Result: Kevin Owens wins by disqualification.
Review: This match was decent. It wasn’t spectacular and it was slow in parts. There were a few good spots, most notably the frog splash through the table and the suplex off the top rope. IT feels like this feud is far from done and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rematch at Royal Rumble or maybe a fatal four way with Jericho and Rollins.
And that was Roadblock: End Of The Line 2016. Not the most catchy of titles. It was a decent show though, there wasn’t a bad match on the card. There were some real gems making it a show worth checking out. The opener was a really good tag team match and I was quite surprised to see New Day’s record-breaking title reign end like this. Sheamus and Cesaro are probably better together than separately at the moment so it’ll be interesting to see their title reign. Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho also put on a good match, a bit of a dream match in some ways. Both men rarely had bad matches and this one lived up to expectations. The iron man match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks was the best match of the night, I really enjoyed it but one criticism is that Sasha Banks cannot successfully defend her championships on PPV. She loses every time! Overall a good show and definitely worth checking out.
Overall Rating: 66.6/100 (ranked joint 41st out of 338)
Match Of The Night: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
Worst Match Of The Night: Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
Surprise Of The Night: Sheamus and Cesaro win the Raw Tag Team Championships
Worst Booking Of The Night: Charlotte beats Sasha Banks
Superstar Of The Night: Kevin Owens
Roadblock: End Of The Line 2016 Will Be Remembered For: The New Day’s record breaking title run coming to an end