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Random Thoughts on WWE Roadblock 2016

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The final WWE pay per view of the year is in the books and I’m here to share my random thoughts on the show. If you haven’t seen Roadblock just yet, look away now.

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WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: Cesaro & Sheamus def. The New Day © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Raw Tag Team Champions

Sami Zayn defeated Braun Strowman by lasting the 10-minute time limit

Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho via pinfall

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Rich Swann © def. The Brian Kendrick and TJ Perkins to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

WWE Raw Women’s Championship – 30-minute Iron Man Match: Charlotte Flair def. Sasha Banks© 3-2 in overtime to become the NEW WWE Raw Women’s Champion

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens © def. Roman Reigns via disqualification to retain the WWE Universal Championship

 

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

I love Kevin Owens. Huge fan, in fact, but he’s really becoming one of the worst booked major champions in a very long time. Reminds of how Rollins was booked when he was the heel champion in 2015 as well. I know it’s part of the story to make fans feel sympathetic for the faces. The problem is that one of the faces – Roman Reigns – is booed more than anybody on the show. Why should we feel sympathy? Fans don’t feel bad for Reigns.

 

We have new tag champs in Cesaro and Sheamus! They, plus New Day, had an awesome match. They made the most of the time given, there were several believable near falls that made me think we were seeing the end of the match and then it kept going. I loved the finish. I am not surprised that WWE decided to book the title change. It was the right time to do it. While I’m sad that New Day are no longer the tag champs it’s still remarkable in the modern era for anyone to have such a lengthy title run.

 

While the Cruiserweight title match suffered from a lack of time (it was seven minutes), it was the post-match heel turn of Neville that was the main talking point. He’s been a face for the majority of his WWE career, so it’s good to see him being a heel. He’s an obvious future opponent for Swann. I like it because Neville adds some star power to the Cruiserweight division.

 

Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman was a tough match to analyze because Strowman on offense for about 90% of it with Zayn just trying to keep going. I liked the last two minutes with Zayn avoiding the charges of Strowman and getting in some offense of his own. It will probably lead to another match between them with Strowman possibly winning, but that’s fine. At least Zayn didn’t look like a loser here and he earned a lot of respect from people thanks to this storyline. The objective of the match was to make Zayn look like a tough guy (HOOOOOOO), that objective, I feel, was accomplished.

 

I don’t think anybody was going to believe that Jericho was going to win against Rollins, but they did a good job of teasing that it was possible. There were several believable near falls and near submission moments as well. It was about what I expected with Rollins getting the decisive win to get revenge on Jericho for costing him the Universal Title multiple times. The Owens appearance was done to show that Jericho almost won, but Owens took the ref’s attention away and it ended up costing Jericho the win. It fit their storyline. I can imagine either Jericho v Owens or a four way between Jericho, Owens, Rollins and Reigns at the Royal Rumble.

 

The Iron Man match was a solid effort between Charlotte and Sasha. I feel bad for them because they were working so hard, yet the Pittsburgh crowd barely reacted to them until the last few minutes of the match. Their effort deserved more support from the audience, so that hurt the match a bit. I guess a reason for it is because we’ve seen the match so many times with a ridiculous amount of title changes. I’m not a fan of the constant title changes. I’ll touch upon it more in the Rif Awards.

 

 

Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 6

While the matches were good for the most part, I do wish the booking on Raw was better. The crowd was shite for the majority of the night. I never understand people paying money to go to a show to be quiet. You should make an ass out of yourself at a wrestling show. Maybe I’m spoiled from past experiences in loud cities like Newcastle, London, and Liverpool. Make some noise, come on!

 

2016 PPV Rankings

Money in the Bank – 8

Battleground – 8

TLC – 8

Royal Rumble – 8

Survivor Series – 7.5

Hell in a Cell – 7.5

Backlash – 7.5

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 7

Clash of Champions – 7

WrestleMania 32 – 6.5

SummerSlam – 6

Roadblock – 6

No Mercy -6

FastLane – 6

 

That’s it for this year. Join me again in 2017 for more blogs like this and much more. That you all for your support this year, join me again for the 2016 Rif Rasslin Awards (likely to be posted on Thursday, 29th)

Until that time, cheers.

 

Adios!

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