Let’s Talk About- Roadblock End of the Line 12/18/2016

A nice tidy review tonight. Not a whole lot of stories to talk about and the matches can usually be summed up in a few sentences. So, let’s see how this goes.

Match 1: Cesaro and Sheamus vs. The New Day (C) for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship

Recap: A great back and forth match between the two teams. We saw a lot of the normal spots we have seen from these teams, but I love their chemistry together. All in all I loved the ending, which saw Cesaro fake the tag, eat the Trouble in Paradise, allowing Sheamus to hit a basement crossbody and the hard cover for the 1…2…3, and the championship! I would have probably waited to beat The New Day. I am tired of their act but I believe it was just too obvious that they were going to lose tonight, and I think you could have picked the a better PPV, cough….Royal Rumble…cough. Anyways, good match!

Your Winner and NEW WWE RAW Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro via Crossbody-sort of

Match 2: Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn with a 10-Minute Time Limit

Recap: For a majority of this match Braun turned on Easy mode and turned off reversals in his 2K17 career. At the 3:30 mark Mick comes out to call the match. Mick can’t get to the ring because Braun throws Sami out to Mick. Sami begs Mick to not call for the bell, This wastes a lot of time, and the ref didn’t count anyone out for some reason. Sami throws the towel into the crowd and dodges Strowman. 2 minutes and a half later, the ref starts counting…and both make it back in…Sami dodges a shoulder charge by Strowman, and hits the top rope crossbody for a long 2 count. He is tossed out of the ring. He comes back in and hit the Helluva Kick, and rears back to hit another but we get to the time limit. Match wasn’t too bad and the ending was nice because, A. Strowman lost to Sami, but B. He wasn’t pinned….BUUUUT C. Sami wasn’t excited to win this way as he wanted to finish Strowman in the ring.

Your Winner: Sami Zayn via Time Limit

Match 3: Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins

Recap: Wow, a RAW match on my PPV. While this wasn’t bad, it was so similar to their matches from RAW, including the ending. Ending see Kevin Owens come out to help Chris. This causes the ref to miss a rollup, leading to Chris screaming at Kevin Owens. Codebreaker is reversed into a Pedigree for the 3. You missed nothing.

Your Winner: Seth Rollins via Pedigree

Match 4: The Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Recap: Super early we see a dick to the face by Swann. Kendrick was supposed to go between Swann’s legs but he went too high. Swann hit a double Frankensteiner. Match wasn’t very long, and, at times, was extremely sloppy. Ending saw Kendrick lock in the Captain’s Hook onto Swann. TJ came in and locked in the knee bar, but is splashed by Swann. Match slows down, and yes I am not kidding the ending sequence happened, well what should have been the ending, and then we slowed it down…Swann gets locked into the knee bar, as the crowd boos.  Finally we get the ending, which was, punchy-kicky offense between TJ and Swann. They both stop to Superkick Kendrick, and Perkins is hit with that kick that Swann does for the 1…2…3! Match wasn’t very good. The ending was however. No, not a kick by Swann, but rather, a Neville heel turn. He comes down and decks all of the opponents. Oh, by the way, Neville is infinitely better than all three of these guys in the ring. Faster, smoother, more intense, just…better.

Your Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Rich Swann via a kick

Match 5: Charlotte vs Sasha Banks (C) for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship

Recap: Do you like Charlotte vs. Sasha matches? Do you also like Ironman matches? Well then you probably liked this match. I am not a big fan of the Ironman match, as they are arbitrarily long for no other reason but the stipulation. I would have rather seen these two go at it in a lengthy match without a stip that tells you that nothing important is really going to happen until the last 2 minutes. Yes, pins and such can happen, but unless they have ever had this stipulation match turn into a rout for one of the opponents, which they haven’t, then you know that you don’t need to care until the last few minutes. Charlotte gets a pin off of a throw your head into the mat. THEN….Sasha gets a pin from a roll through, I lost the hold so just cover her for a pin…Finally we see Sasha lock in the Bank Statement super deep causing Charlotte to tap out. Last five minutes sees Charlotte work over Sasha’s knee and ankle. She is locked into the Figure Four for a LONG time, and taps out with 2 seconds left when Charlotte turns it into a Figure Eight. So, we go to sudden death. Charlotte must be watching so Japanese wrestling because she hits the spinning fallaway slam. At some point Sasha’s nose explodes and starts to bleed profusely. She locks in the Bank Statement but Charlotte reverses it into the Figure Four…back into a Figure Eight…and your winner of this hard fought match was…the fucking HEEL…yep, a fucking heel is walking out after this grueling match, also, with the same sequence that ending the match before the Overtime, which was so unnecessary. Match wasn’t bad, I am just done with this back and forth bullshit.

Your Winner a NEW-ish RAW Women’s Champion: Charlotte


Match 6: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (C) for the WWE Universal Championship

Recap: You know this would be much more special if they didn’t just work a match like a few weeks ago. Also, if I felt like this story mattered. Roman came out to get a match, and Kevin and Chris bickered. The storyline here? Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens are acting like children, so Roman Reigns!!!! Whatever, anyways, We get some back and forth. We see some walk and brawling on the outside. We then see the famous 5 minute headlock by Kevin. Kevin does avoid the Superman punch and hits a DDT for a long 2. Roman goes on a tear but Kevin avoid the 3 count. Roman Superman punches Kevin on the top rope. He goes for the super-plex but he is Fisherman suplexed off the top by Kevin. Kevin goes to the top again, for some reason, oh it was to try a senton bomb…Roman gets his knees up. Roman OHHH AAAAHHHHHS but Kevin rolls out. Roman Drive-bys but Kevin, again, rolls out. The announcers table come into play as we see Kevin hit a Frog Splash off the barrier. The table doesn’t break so Kevin hits another one, finally allowing the table to release its bearings. For some reason Kevin needed to hit the Frog Splash off the top, and he does, for a 2 count. Popup Powerbomb by Kevin, but Roman gets his foot on the rope. Kevin, for some reason, decides to go get his belt, slowly. Roman hits Kevin with the spear. This brings out Chris, who is in the ring, and we don’t get a DQ. Who stands there, and doesn’t get DQ’d…but finally fucks us all over and hits the Codebreaker on Kevin for the DQ. Match was good, just nothing I would say you have to go find and watch. After the match Kevin is staring at Jericho. Jericho, holding the belt, walks up to Kevin and celebrates with him. So the story is…they are best friends again. Also, there is absolutely no resolution to Kevin and Roman, or Seth and Chris. We do get a nice spear from Roman onto Kevin on the outside, and a table powerbomb onto Jericho, which looked like Jericho hit his head on the ground. Also, Because WWE usually has to overkill a spot, we see Kevin get table powerbombed through the RAW announce table to send us off the air.

Your Winner via DQ: Roman Reigns

Show Overall: A very MEH show tonight. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, it was just there. I found myself drifting off as the show went on. Sasha and Charlotte lost me, as I hate the Ironman stipulation. I didn’t care about the Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens match because either Roman was going to be back on top, which I don’t want, or we would see Kevin win by shenanigans…again. Well those were your main events tonight and I wasn’t feeling either. This is a perfect example as to why we do not need brand specific PPV’s especially when it is heading into the Royal Rumble. I say skip this! So…

Until Next Time,

Monty the Yank