What we schooled from WWE Roadblock 2016
March 13, 2016 - WWE
Toronto hosted a latest WWE Network live special, Roadblock, on Saturday night. As a name indicated, this is a final vital stop on a Road to WrestleMania. With a biggest uncover of a year a meagre 3 weeks away, all a vital pieces are now in place for WrestleMania 32 in Arlington on Apr 3.
Fans were anticipating that a categorical eventuality of Roadblock competence outcome in a vital reorganization to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship design streamer into WrestleMania, yet it was not to be. Roadblock was wholly interesting for a generation of a nearly-three-hour using time and featured a legitimate Match of a Year contender in a categorical event.
Here’s all that happened on Saturday night and what it all means as we tub uncontrolled toward WrestleMania.
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (Big E Kofi Kingston) (c) def. The League of Nations (Sheamus King Barrett)
After stirring everybody by unveiling their new “cereal,” Booty-O’s, The New Day managed to hang onto their tab titles by a skin of their teeth. King Barrett looked to have Big E pinned and down for good, yet Xavier Woods managed to confuse a arbitrate prolonged adequate for Big E to redeem and strike Barrett with a Big Ending for a pinfall victory.
What we learned: Barring anything variable on RAW and SmackDown over a subsequent 3 weeks, The New Day will conduct into WrestleMania as a tab group champs. They’re also offset on a hill of apropos massively-beloved good guys, supposing stuff like this stops function during their matches. The final thing WWE or their fans need during this indicate is another injury.
Chris Jericho def. Jack Swagger
Chris Jericho done an entrance after a tab pretension compare to run down AJ Styles and spend some time articulate about how Canada (and Ontario) stinks like a verbatim anus. He also mocked Jack Swagger, streamer to an unadvertised match.
After a really good residence show-style compare (because this live special was fundamentally a promote residence show), Jericho got Swagger to daub out to a Walls of Jericho.
What we learned: Chris Jericho as a heel is one of a really best things about pro wrestling. He’s so good during it and it comes so naturally to him, it’s mind-boggling because he or a WWE would ever wish him to try to be a good guy.
Giving him additional time on a microphone to get a throng behind AJ Styles is smashing and should supplement usually that most some-more feverishness to their expected WrestleMania match.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) def. Enzo Amore Colin Cassady
Although they gave it their all, a NXT bullion once again eluded Enzo and Big Cass. The Revival of Dash and Dawson managed to use daze and artfulness to urge their titles, attack Cass with a Shatter Machine on a building before throwing Enzo in one for a pin.
What we learned: Despite carrying never before spent a singular notation on categorical register WWE television, Enzo and Cass (and Carmella) were over like a residence of glow with a Toronto crowd. They perceived a howling acclaim and a fans were sexually behind them throughout.
There are rumors that Enzo and Cass competence be entrance adult to a categorical register shortly after WrestleMania. If Saturday was any indication, they’re going to be usually excellent there.
WWE Divas Championship Match: Charlotte (c) def. Natalya
Natalya dedicated a compare to Canadian favourite (and her uncle) Bret Hart, who is recuperating from cancer, yet Charlotte and her father Ric Flair were usually too most for her.
Although Natalya managed to get a Sharpshooter sealed in, Ric Flair caused a distraction, permitting Charlotte to hurl her adult and put her feet on a ropes for additional leverage.
What we learned: There wasn’t most play in this one, yet it had a lot of story behind it. Beyond a fact that Charlotte and Natalya had one of a initial famous women’s matches in NXT, a Flair-Hart adversary dates behind a ways also.
The compare not usually gave Charlotte another clever pretension invulnerability (and make a throng hatred her more) streamer into her Triple Threat compare during WrestleMania, it also supposing a good showcase for dear Canadian Natalya, who mostly gets upheld over on weekly WWE television.
Brock Lesnar def. Bray Wyatt Luke Harper
This was ostensible to be a one-on-one compare between Lesnar and Wyatt, yet Bray settled he “made a understanding with a devil” and it would be a encumber match. Bray never indeed got in a compare himself, vouchsafing Harper do a unwashed work. Lesnar dominated and won in brief order, attack Harper with an F5 while staring down Wyatt, who was station on a ramp.
What we learned: While a compare was positively muted (especially deliberation a participants), it did keep alive a probability of a Lesnar-Wyatt argument after in a year. By gripping Wyatt out of a ravel entirely, WWE could potentially build adult to a large Wyatt-Lesnar “first time” compare down a line … supposing they spend some time rehabbing a Wyatt Family in a fans’ eyes.
In a meantime, Lesnar looks like a victor he is streamer into his no binds barred travel quarrel opposite Dean Ambrose during WrestleMania.
Sami Zayn def. Stardust
In another unadvertised match, these dual world-class talents got a nice, long, rival match. Zayn eventually got a win around pinfall after attack a Helluva Kick.
What we learned: Canada loves Sami Zayn. Also, everybody loves Sami Zayn. This was Sami removing some some-more categorical register reps in streamer adult to WrestleMania and giving a Toronto throng another hometown favourite treat.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Triple H (c) def. Dean Ambrose
Seemingly everybody in a universe wanted Dean Ambrose to travel divided with a universe pretension during a finish of Saturday night.
Indeed, for a impulse it positively seemed as yet Ambrose HAD won a universe title, attack Dirty Deeds and covering a champ for a three-count. However, a arbitrate immediately waved off a count, informing Ambrose that his feet had been underneath a ropes during a cover, negating a pinfall.
The announcers forked out that Ambrose had proven he could better Triple H as Dean stayed on a offensive. Ambrose went for an bend dump by a announce table, yet Triple H rolled out of a way. Ambrose managed to make it behind into a ring, yet ran right into a Pedigree, permitting Triple H to retain.
What we learned: The announcers continued to play adult a fact that Ambrose had a champ pinned and Triple H usually hardly managed to shun by a skin of his teeth. So there is still a possibility that Ambrose’s explain to a pretension could outcome in a change to a scheduled WrestleMania categorical event. But it roughly positively won’t.
Still, both group managed to come out of this compare looking great. Triple H is set to urge his pretension opposite Roman Reigns during WrestleMania and Ambrose is still set to face Lesnar in a travel fight.
We’re accurately where we were before Roadblock began. That doesn’t meant it wasn’t one ruin of a ride.
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