As the year draws to a close, WWE's #RAW brand will see its premier superstars clash in a hellacious event to end 2016 in a brutal fashion as #Roadblock: End Of The Line airs tonight live on the WWE Network. And if you're not able to watch the event live, don't worry because we will be here to give you live updates of the event itself.
The second of two Roadblock #TV events this year will see WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens putting the title on the line against WWE U.S. Champion Roman Reigns. We will also see Seth Rollins going one-on-one with Chris Jericho and the RAW Women's Championship will be defended in a 30-minute Iron Man Match between old rivals Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks. It's sure going to be a historic night!
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And we're off, beginning with some pretty awesome opening packages surrounding the event's main matches. I still find it odd that we have had two Roadblocks in the one year, but this is the first RAW PPV I've been excited about in a while so I'm definitely ready for it.
The New Day Vs. Sheamus & Cesaro (RAW Tag Team Championships)
New Day is out first, congratulating themselves for their record setting Tag Team title reign, which is incredibly impressive — I can't believe they've held the titles for this long! They come up with some pretty sick nicknames for their opponents Cesaro and Sheamus, but conclude by reminding us that no matter what we call them, we won't be calling them the Tag Champs — that title is reserved for New Day.
Cesaro takes out Kingston almost immediately and the actions begins early. Sheamus has no issue getting involved early — these two have each other's backs tonight! The challengers continue to dominate for the first few moments and pull off some pretty amazing teamwork. I must admit, Cesaro and Sheamus are great together — this is a great way to get the audience invested in Sheamus again.
Cesaro misses Kingston in the corner, shouldering the ringpost. Kingston doesn't get the tag but Cesaro does, and in comes Sheamus, dominating again. Kofi finally tags in Big E, who immediately spears Sheamus off the apron. Big E continues the domination, countering a Brogue Kick into an incredible powerbomb.
Cesaro goes for the swing but Kofi interferes. Sheamus attempts to intervene but accidentally hits his teammate instead. And for a moment, we really thought Cesaro was a goner, but he kicks out and this epic saga continues. The team get back together as Sheamus Brogue Kicks Big E outside the ring while Cesaro swings Kofi inside. Woods gets involved as Kofi taps to the sharpshooter. Another near-miss when Cesaro counters Kofi's high-flying into a Neutralizer. Big E breaks up the count and a "This is awesome" chant breaks out. And yes, it is.
Sheamus attempts a Brogue Kick on Kingston but Woods gets involved and ends up taking it himself. As Sheamus is taken down again, he tries to tag Cesaro but the Swiss Superman comes in before contact is made. Interesting swerve. He eats a Trouble In Paradise while Sheamus jumps in — still the legal man — capitalizing on his distraction, pinning Kofi for the 1,2,3 to end the New Day's historic 483 day reign.
Winner and NEW Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro.
Sheamus and Cesaro face-off against New Day, who willingly hand them the Tag Team titles. Cesaro hugs them while Sheamus steals the belts and poses. Cesaro heads to the Cesaro Section and celebrates.
Backstage, Kevin Owens gives Chris Jericho a holiday scarf and apologizes for what happened on RAW — even though it wasn't his fault. Jericho looks at the scarf and throws it away.
Sami Zayn Vs. Braun Strowman
Zayn spends the first 30 seconds dodging Strowman, putting up quite an impressive flurry. But the game of Cat and Mouse ends when Strowman shoves Sami into the corner and launches him across the ring. A winded Zayn is kicked by the Mountain of a man, who begins dragging him by the leg. Zayn has lasted two minutes!
Sami uses Strowman's momentum against him, pulling the rope allowing him to fall over it. Zayn launches himself to the outside onto Strowman but is caught in mid-air by the monster and dumped face-first onto the apron. He begins to brutalize Sami inside the ring and enjoys it. He stops the pinfalls to allow the match to continue. Strowman is really dragging these ten minutes out. Almost only four minutes left on the ten minute time limit as Sami tries to fight back but gets sent down again. I don't think Strowman realizes that he's doing himself an injustice by allowing Zayn to continue, but logic is defying him here.
Mick Foley appears on the ramp, with the towel., ready to throw it in as the defenseless Zayn is thrown at his feet. Strowman screams at Foley to throw in the towel, but Zayn tells him not to. A "let them fight" chant breaks out as Zayn launches the towel into the crowd. Strowman vows to finish him but ends up running into the pole. He gets back up but ends up running into the barricade which collapses. Strowman makes it back into the ring with 47 seconds left but runs into the ringpost. Zayn takes Strowman down and hits the Helluva Kick in the corner, stunning the big man. At this point, we're all behind Sami as he prepares for a second Helluva Kick when the clock runs out.
Winner: Sami Zayn by surviving the ten minute time-limit.
WWE may have been doing questionable things with the awesome Sami Zayn lately, but I have to admit — I was really invested in this, and was really rooting for Sami the whole time. Now, that is a job well done WWE!
Seth Rollins Vs. Chris Jericho
This is Chris Jericho's 140th #PPV match. That's just amazing! The match starts with the two of them feeling each other out as "Let's Go Rollins"/"Y2J" chants break out. Things are very back and forth in the first few moments, as the two get the upper hand for brief periods before their offense is countered. It really feels like a main event match and I like it!
Back in the ring, Jericho hides behind the referee before raking Rollins in the eye, and now the advantage is all Jericho who unloads with a few chops. Suddenly, Rollins counters a dropkick into a toss. With Rollins on the apron, the referee gets in between them as The Man attempts to fly into the ring, but he eats a kick off the ropes from Jericho. Surviving a near count-out, Rollins returns to the ring only to the beaten down by Jericho. Y2J locks in a chin-lock and barks "ask him" at the referee in vintage Jericho fashion. Rollins fights out and attempts a flurry but eats a dropkick. Jericho traps Rollins in the ropes, standing on him as he fully utilizes the ref's five-count.
Vintage Jericho begins to slap Rollins, but Seth doesn't like that and begins to slap back. But again, Jericho counters. However, Rollins counters with the enziguri as the two differing chants break out again — great atmosphere. Jericho attempts a bulldog but Rollins sends him into the corner. The two men land shots on each other back in the middle of the ring as the momentum shifts to Rollins who attacks with the Sling Blade. He attempts a Pedigree but Jericho counters.
Jericho ends up outside the ring and we see some high-flying Rollins who launches himself through the ropes to take out Y2J. After a moment or so, we're back in the ring and Jerocho wastes little time applying the Walls Of Jericho. Rollins narrowly escapes and ends up hitting Jericho with the Frog Splash when suddenly Kevin Owens comes out to help. Owens distracts the referee but accidentally ends up costing Jericho a very near-fall. Jericho roars at the embarrassed Owens that he cost him again, and turns straight into a knee from Rollins. Jericho attempts a codebreaker but it's countered into a Pedigree for the finish.
Winner: Seth Rollins.
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The Brian Kendrick Vs. T.J. Perkins Vs. Rich Swann (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Perkins goes straight for Kendrick, and Swann does the same. Perkins attempts a roll-up on Swann to no avail. Kendrick taken out for a moment, but gets back in it when he takes Swann out and we suddenly find things back between the TJP and Kendrick. Swann makes his presence felt with one hell of an enziguri to the back of Kendrick's head. Fast-paced action as Swann uses TJP as a springboard to land on Kendrick — Hardy Boyz flashbacks!
Kendrick gets back in it and takes out both men with dropkicks. He locks in the Cpatain's Hook on Swann but Perkins pulls him off and locks in his own submission. But Swann breaks it up with the splash! Kendrick goes for sliced bread but falls off the rope, not quite sure if that was planned or an accident. Perkins takes out Kendrick and locks in the knee-bar on Swann. After a moment of "will he/won't he" Swann makes it to the ropes, and Perkins releases.
The two men exchange back and forth shots and get interrupted by Kendrick, who ends up eating a double superkick from both men. Swann immediately blasts Swann with a kick to retain.
Winner and STILL Cruiserweight Champion: Rich Swann.
Suddenly, Neville returns — to a great reaction — and heads to ring to congratulate his friend. However, he suddenly blasts the champion with a forearm and begins an all-out assault — curveball! Perkins makes the save, but only ends up eating an enslaught of kicks. Neville rams Perkins into the barricade outside, and takes great pleasure in assaulting both men. And finally, he stands over his conquests, receiving a great reaction from the crowd. It's only been two minutes, and I already love this new vicious Neville!
Backstage, Chris Jericho refuses to open his locker room door to Kevin Owens who says that he made a mistake. Owens tell Jericho that this must really be the end of their friendship and the thought of that hurts his feelings.
Sasha Banks Vs. Charlotte Flair (30 Minute Iron-Man Match For The RAW Women's Championship)
This match had one phenomenal buildup — I mean it, I'm pumped for this! But after that promo, this had really better be the end of this rivalry. They've redefined the women's division, but they've had so many near-ends (including Hell In A Cell), it's time for the definitive finish, and i couldn't think of a better way for it to end.
The two spend a lot of time feeling each other out — highlighting that they know each other so well. As expected, there are quite a few pin attempts in the early going, as each lady tries to get the advantage over the other. Sasha ends up getting the first significant advantage, countering everything Charlotte throws at her. The Boss ends up locking in the Banks Statement 5 minutes into the match, but Charlotte escapes and we have a break.
Charlotte comes back in fighting, but Sasha gets the edge again with a rollup counter. The champion taunts Charlotte with a vintage Ric Flair "Wooo", trash talking about how Ric loves her more than his own daughter — heel move Sasha! Charlotte takes exception to this and boots Sasha in the face. But again, the Boss regains control. Both women end up outside as Sasha saves herself from a Powerbomb by landing on the apron. She launches both her knees into Charlotte, taking her down to the outside floor.
Back in the ring, Sasha locks in a submission, significantly stretching Charlotte across her knees. The sheer image of this garners quite a few brilliantly timed shots of shocked faces that even incites a good laugh from the audience. Despite Charlotte fighting back, Sasha counters and begins to build momentum, sending Charlotte outside and flying onto her. However, things take a turn as Charlotte kicks out the legs of Sasha — who was on the apron — sending her face-first into the steel steps. The nastiness sets in as Charlotte attempts a pin and gets the nearest fall of the match so far. The challenger gets vicious, ramming her knees into the injured Sasha. Banks escapes from another knee and fires back with a cross-body. But again, Charlotte regains the control.
We're half way through as Charlotte viciously uses her legs to ram Sasha's face into the mat repeatedly. Sasha attempts a rally, but Charlotte counters again by ramming her head into the mat. Finally, Sasha fight back and rams Charlotte into the turnbuckle. The Champion builds up some momentum and attempts another cross-body but misses and eats a Natural Selection from Charlotte. But shockingly, Sasha kicks out! Still no falls yet!
The challenger scales the top rope but Banks attacks her before she reaches the top. Charlotte fights back and hits a Natural Selection on Sasha from the top rope for the 3 count.
Winner of the first fall: Charlotte Flair.
Charlotte attempts another pinfall but this time, Sasha survives. Flair trash talks but ends up eating a few forearms for her trouble. Sasha counters Charlotte into a shocking roll-up and we're all tied again.
Winner of the second fall: Sasha Banks.
After a moment of disbelief, Charlotte quickly regains control, going for the Moonsault. But Sasha rolls out of the way and locks in the Bank Statement on the prone Charlotte, who reaches for the rope. Sasha drags Charlotte back into the ring and applies some serious torque as the challenger taps out, putting Sasha in the lead.
Winner of the third fall: Sasha Banks.
With five minutes left, an angry Charlotte targets Sasha's knee, consistently trying to lock in the Figure Eight but to no avail. Instead, she stretches and bends Sasha's leg, applying some serious torque. She finally locks in the Figure Eight with two minutes left. The Boss attempts to escape and reverses the pressure on Charlotte. But Flair reverses the pressure again, dragging Sasha back into the ring. With 40 seconds left, there's no tapping in sight. Can she hang on?
Charlotte drags her back into the middle of the ring with 5 seconds left and Sasha finally taps out.
Winner of the fourth fall: Charlotte Flair.
The time has run out and we're at 2-2. The referee and ring announcer confirms that the match will continue with Sudden Death overtime. Charlotte stalks Sasha and begins to target her injured leg. The Boss ends up locking in two tight rollups but Flair manages to kick out. Oh, this is so intense!
A bloody Sasha is once again locked into the Figure Four. After struggling and struggling, Charlotte is finally able to bridge into the Figure Eight. After scratching and clawing, Sasha is forced to tap out to Charlotte, ending this historic — and mildly repetitive — rivalry.
Winner of the Final fall and NEW Women's Champion: Charlotte Flair.
Both of these women once again brought the house down, and I really feel that this would have been a worthy main event. However, while Charlotte does indeed deserve this win, I can't help but feel like this rivalry ended exactly how repetitive it has been throughout — Sasha wins title on RAW, Charlotte wins it back on PPV, repeat. And technically, shouldn't Sasha now be entitled to her rematch clause?
While both women thoroughly deserved to win this epic clash, I would have been happier if Charlotte been the champion walking into this and retained, or if Sasha had just retained. It feels like there was no development or payoff here. But having said that, what an absolutely unbelievable match.
Kevin Owens Vs. Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Champion)
The match begins with the two men feeling each other out, and twice Owens rolls out of the ring. An impatient Reigns meets Owens on the outside and hits hit with a few rights. However, Owens turns the tables as the two men head back into the ring. But Reigns powers back with hard clotheslines into the corner. Owens takes another breather outside and pays for it as Reigns sends him flying into the barricade. Reigns attempts to prepare the announce table for an attack but Owens sends him back into the ring and hits a Running Senton.
Outside the ring, Owens walks up the steel steps and hits another Senton on the prone Reigns. And from this moment on, Owens establishes a dominance over Reigns. Owens continues to beat him down and locks in a sleeper. I must admit, Reigns is selling it really well, he looks completely out of it as he flails away in Owens's arms. However, he eventually fights out and Owens goes for another Senton but misses wildly.
The two exchange a series of hard-hitting rights in a very back and forth sequence. Owens goes for the Cannonball but ends up running into a Samoan Drop. Again, Reigns is selling it really well as he gasps for air. Reigns locks and loads, attempting a Superman Punch but he runs straight into a DDT. Owens mocks Reigns and delivers the Cannonball but out of nowhere, Reigns fight back with the Superman Punch. Both men seem out of it as Reigns makes it back to his feet first. He places the Universal Champion on the top rope and attempts a Superplex but Owens fight out. But Reigns lands a wicked Superman Punch, stunning Owens. Reigns tries for a Superplex again, but Owens counters one of his own, off the top rope.
Owens heads to the top rope and hits the Swanton, but Reigns gets his knees up. As Owens writhes in pain, Reigns prepare for the big finish. Owens cleverly rolls out of the ring but eats a Drive-by from Reigns. He is forced in but rolls out the other side and avoids another Drive-By, suckering him in and kicking him in the face. He places Roman on the announce table and climbs onto the barricade. Owens splashes Reigns but the table doesn't break. He climbs the barricade again and delivers another Frog Splash — and this time, the table does break.
Reigns narrowly beats the 10 count and eats another Frog Splash — this time from the top rope — but he survives. Owens attempts a Pop-Up Powerbomb but Reigns counters into a Sit-Up Powerbomb for a near-fall. Reigns goes for a Spear but Owens counters with a kick to the face. The Champion hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb and almost puts Reigns away, but the challenger puts his foot on the rope.
Owens grabs the Universal Championship belt and, after arguing with the referee ends up eating a Spear from Reigns, sending the belt flying. Both men are down when suddenly, Chris Jericho makes his way down, and stalks both men. He hits the Codebreaker on Kevin Owens.
Winner: Kevin Owens (via disqualification)
After the match, Jericho takes the Universal Championship and smiles, handing the championship to his best friend. Owens and Jericho embrace and head up the aisle way only to be cut-off by Seth Rollins. Reigns Spears Owens and Rollins hits the Pedigree on Jericho. The two men strip the announce table and put Jericho through it for the Shield Powerbomb.
They notice Owens retreating up the aisle and follow him. The Champion tries to fight them off but Rollins and Reigns beat him down in Vintage Shield fashion. Commentary cuts off as Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves evacuate their announce table which brings a smile to Reigns's face. The two men put him through the final announce table with the Shield Powerbomb. They stand over him — united — as Reigns's/The Shield's theme hits — man what an epic moment!
So there you have it, the last WWE PPV of 2016 is officially in the books, and it was most definitely an interesting one. With Rollins and Reigns reuniting and Jeri-KO back together, we have to wonder if we shall see a tag-team feud in the coming weeks or will they remain separate? Furthermore, what will happen with the women's division now that Charlotte and Sasha's revolutionary feud has officially come to an end?
As far as wresting matches are concerned, RAW has ensured that is has ended the year on a significant high by delivering some great bouts, but from a storytelling standpoint, there was little development. While it didn't quite reach the heights of Hell In A Cell, it was a significant improvement over the controversial Clash Of Champions. Thanks for joining me to watch tonight! Until next time WWE Universe!
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