Dec. 23, 2016
WWE Roadblock 2016 Review
WWE Roadblock has come and gone. It was an event that really lost my interest with how they called the event. "Roadblock: End of the Line" is too long of a name for an event. I would've been fine if the "End of the Line" part was simply a moniker for Roadblock. But I digress, and now that it's over, let's break it down!
Best Match of the Night: Sheamus and Cesaro def. The New Day for the Raw Tag Team Championship
The streak is over! New Day losing their title to Cesaro and Sheamus in a stunner sent this show off in the right direction! It was a back and forth battle, but Sheamus made the pin and ended the New Day's 483 day title reign. At the end, the new champs congratulated the former champs....well ok, Cesaro did, while Sheamus took the belts and celebrated himself. But the fight between these two had has me thinking that we could see a future rivalry down the road. Provided the New Day doesn't implode on themselves.
Worst Match of the Night: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns via DQ to Retain WWE Universal Championship
You know, when you see the same results after a certain amount of time happen, it gets old. Fast. The same can be said with Chris Jericho getting involved in Kevin Owen's match (again). What was supposed to be a great main event turned into a crap fest. Reigns and Owens went all out, with the champ trying to prove he could win a title all on his own. The interference tells me that no, he really can't. The friendship was thought to be over, yet Owens and Jericho had everyone fooled. The aftermath, and subsequent double power bombs of Jericho and Owens from Reigns and Seth Rollins through tables, was a great way to end the show. I thought that Reigns and Owens was a rivalry that could possibly go on through the Royal Rumble, but now with Rollins getting involved, I don't think it's meant to be. The match itself had all the potential to be a match of the year candidate, and the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah ruined it yet again.
Best Moment of the Night: Neville Returns After Cruiserweight Championship Match
The Man that Gravity Forgot is back! Wait....as a heel!?! Yep, you read it right people. Neville made his return to Raw after missing time last night, attacking Rich Swann after he retained his Cruiserweight title in a triple threat match against former champs TJ Perkins and Brian Kendrick. If Neville is going to join the division, then this is a great addition and possible storyline that can make even the entire WWE Universe wonder what's in store next.
Overall Grade: C-
The only good parts of the match were the Tag Team championship match and Sami Zayn lasting 10 minutes against Braun Strowman. The 30 minute ironman match for the women's title had drama, but seeing that Charlotte won against Sasha Banks yet again, it didn't do the title justice, seeing that that's how the rivalry will end. I would've loved to see Banks develop a storyline with someone like Bayley or Nia Jax. Rusev beating Big Cass in the pre-show was ok, but could've been better. The Cruiserweight triple threat was a way to continue to etch the division as one of the WWE's greatest ideas, and it worked seeing that Neville came back. Rollins and Jericho was a ok fight, nothing special really happened. But since the brand split, Raw really hasn't done anything to prove to the WWE Universe that it's the better brand, whereas Smackdown Live has created dream matches with the roster it has. If Raw want's to get better in 2017, they have a lot of work to do.