After watching tonights episode of WWE Roadblock: End of the Line PPV it seemed like I was watching just another episode of Monday Night Raw with longer matches. Simply put this show had only one objective to set up rivalries and feuds for the Royal Rumble which starts of the kickoff to WrestleMania. So without wasting anymore time here are my ups and downs coming out of WWE Roadblock: End of the Line.
WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns by DQ.
Some highlights in the match included Owens landing a pair of frog splashes to Reigns on the outside which caused the announce table to break. Reigns ended up breaking the referees ‘10’ count but Owens nailed a third frog splash but Reigns kick-out again. Owens nailed a pop-up powerbomb on Reigns but snuck his foot on the bottom rope. Reigns nailed Owens with a spear which led to Chris Jericho coming down to the ring. Jericho nailed Owens with a codebreaker for the dq.
The fans did cheer as Jericho and Owens are united again. But what took place post match was more interesting as Owens speared Reigns on the outside, as Rollins nailed Jericho with a pedigree. Reigns and Rollins delivered The Shield powerbomb to Jericho through the announce table. Then caught Owens who was limping away, and delivered The Shield powerbomb to Owens through the announce table.
Raw women’s championship (30-minute Iron Man match): Charlotte Flair def. Sasha Banks 3–2 in OT.
Banks and Charlotte delivered yet another terrific match. Early on in the match Banks went for the Bank Statement but Charlotte escaped. Banks tossed Charlotte to the outside and nailed a suicide dive. Charlotte kicked Banks leg on the apron as she crashed face first on the steel steps.
Charlotte nailed Banks with the Natural Selection but Banks kicked out. Banks tried to stop Charlotte on the top turnbuckle, but fought her off and nailed the Natural Selection from the top and pins Banks around the 19:00 minute mark for the first fall.
Soon after that Banks cradled up Charlotte and got the pin and tied up the match 1–1 around the 8:00 minute mark. Later on in the match Charlotte misses a moonsault of the top turnbuckle as Banks capitalizes and locks in the Bank Statement. Charlotte tapped out as Banks is now up 2–1 with 6:00 minutes remaining.
Charlotte came down with her knee on to Banks knee. As a great heel Charlotte worked on Banks knee and locked in the figure-four then transitions into the Figure 8 leg lock as Banks is forced to tap out with just 0:02 seconds left. It was announced that the match would go into overtime as Charlotte attacked Banks before OT began.
Banks nailed Charlotte with a backbreaker, sells the knee injury then applies the Bank Statement. Banks mouth got busted open from a shot to the mouth and was bleeding heavily. While in the Bank Statement, Charlotte nicely transitioned into the figure-four. Charlotte then turned the figure-four into a Figure 8 leg lock as Banks tapped out in OT.
Banks and Charlotte have raised the bar to the next level in the women’s division. Not a fan of the Raw Women’s Championship getting swapped as Roadblock: End of the Line looked to conclude this great feud as Charlotte is now a 4x Women’s champion.
Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho.
Highlights in the match included Rollins going for a springboard but Jericho caught him with a dropkick as Rollins was sent tumbling to the ground. Rollins attempted a pedigree but was blocked by Jericho who then went for the Walls of Jericho but Rollins countered. Jericho side-stepped a springboard flying knee and applies the Walls of Jericho as Rollins made it to the bottom rope. Rollins then went for a frog-splash but missed as Jericho nailed the lionsault but Rollins kicked out.
Owens ran down ringside but Rollins fought him off, Jericho rolled up Rollins and had the match won but the ref was distracted by Owens. Jericho started to yell at Owens, then attempted a codebreaker but Rollins countered into a pedigree and got the win.
Both Rollins and Jericho put on a great match and Owens interference added more to a potential match with Y2J in the coming months. Rollins winning was the right decision as it leads him to closer to facing Triple H most likely at WrestleMania.
Raw Tag-Team Championship: Cesaro & Sheamus def. The New Day
Highlighted included Cesaro pressing Kingston in the air and lands an uppercut in mid-air for a two-count. Kingston tags in Big E. and spears Sheamus off the apron to the floor. Cesaro swings Kingston then transitions into a sharpshooter. Sheamus tagged himself in, as Xavier Woods shoved Kingston out of the way and took the Brogue kick, Kingston then connected with the S.O.S. but Sheamus kicked out.
Ending came when Sheamus went for the tag, but Cesaro moved his hand so Sheamus never tagged in, Cesaro went for Kingston which led to Sheamus rolling up Kingston for the win ending the New Day tag-team championship reign. Good match by both teams who have great chemistry together. Interested to see what happens on Raw.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Rich Swann def. The Brian Kendrick and T.J. Perkins.
Crowd was completely out of this match as the cruiserweight division hasn’t connected with the Raw crowd like the CWC did on the WWE Network. Highlight in the match was Kendrick applying the Captain’s Hook to Swann. Perkins stops the submission and puts Kendrick into the knee bar and Swann splashes Perkins to break his submission. In the end Swann landed the the spinning wheel kick on Perkins and got the win.
After the match, Neville music played as he came down to the ring and attacked both Perkins and Swann . After Neville laid out both Perkins and Swann the crowd chanted “Thank You Neville” It’s clear that Neville is now the main heel in the cruiserweight division while Austin Aires is out out action due to injury.
Sami Zayn def. Braun Strowman
There was a strict 10-minute time limit for the match as WWE was playing up the underdog story with Zayn. Strowman was in complete control of the match and had a chance to win the match but stopped the pin. Raw GM Mick Foley came down to the ring with a towel in hand as the crowd chanted “Delete” Strowman charged into Zayn but got crashed into the ring post. Strowman charged again but crashed through the barricade. Ending came when Zayn connected with a crossbody off the top but Strowman powered out. Zayn returns and nailed the Helluva kick as time expires and Zayn was declared the winner by lasting 10:00.
Like I said earlier this PPV seemed like another episode of Raw which had some great matches and performances. With Banks feud apparently done let’s see where Charlotte goes from here most likely into a feud with Bayley which will happen at WrestleMania? What happens to The New Day now and does WWE hold off on the Jericho and Owens match till WrestleMania?
Rating: 7 out of 10.