Grades and Review for WWE Roadblock 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA (TM216) —  Here we go! The final WWE PPV before Christmas, lets see what gifts WWE has in store for us tonight.

We start you off with a look at the Arena before the show, then OUR GRADES on WWE Roadblock!!!!

\~~~WWE ROADBLOCK: End Of The Line ~~~

PITTSBURGH PA

DECEMBER 18,2016

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PRE SHOW

Rusev vs Big Cass

Both of these are some of my favorites in the company right now so it’s slightly disappointing to see them both on he preshow. That said, this rivalry needs to end fast. I am not a fan of the attitude era style connection with Enzo and Lana. Rusev wins via a count out, but in all reality, no one comes out of this quick match much of a winner.

GRADE: D

 

 

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  • ROADBLOCK 2016:  MAIN CARD
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TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

The New Day (c) vs Shaemus and Cesaro

The new day is the longest reigning championshions in history, and tonight, they showed why. A matchup that will certainly set the tone for a PPV with great potential. In the end, Cesaro saccrifices himself so that Shaemus can pin Kofi for the win.

I have mixed feelings about the results. The match was fantastic, but I like the New Day as Tag Team Champions. Perhaps this will open the door for Big E to make a US Title run? He seems the most likely of the three to have a singles push. Vince digs body builders, Kofi is in a different stage in his career, and X seems more fit for the 205 lineup.

The gimic to have Shaemus take both belts seemed a little too remenicent of team Hell No or Miz/Mizdow, but hey, take what you can get.

GRADE: A-

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SAMI ZAYNE v BRAUN STROWMAN

Surprisingly, I am one of the few I believe that actually enjoy this storyline. Braun Strowman is a monster that has monster potential (in fact many diva’s have said Braun is one of their favorite comedians backstage) and has a possible face run in his distant future as well. So placing Sami in a position where he is battling for his career on the flagship makes a ton of sense.

Braun had Sami right where he wanted him before letting up and asking Mick Foley to throw in the towel. Sami survives the ten minutes after some wasted time pleading foley not to end the match. This keeps the story going, likely enraging Strowman, revitalizing Zayne, and deepening the distrust with Foley who had plannd to trade Zayne to Smackdown for Eva Marie. A bit short of a match to really get much going, it told its story and was decent. Wouldn’t stand on it’s own too well I don’t believe, yet, it fits its story line to perfection.

GRADE: B

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SETH ROLLINS v CHRIS JERICHO! 

These two are masters of their craft. Just a filler match for both of these two. Jericho is headed to a match with Kevin Owens, and Rollins is bound to HHH.

GRADE: B-

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RICH SWANN v T.J. PERKINS v THE BRIAN KENDRICK

(CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! )

Decent match, right along with what we have seen with the 205 crew. Rich Swann pins T.J. Perkins.

The most memorable moment of the match comes after it’s completion as tonight we get the return of Neville. A heel turn in his return, Neville looks much larger than the rest of the 205 division. He makes quick work of Swann and Perkins both in and outside of the ring before walking out.

GRADE: B+

 

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SASHA BANKS v CHARLOTTE FLAIR

(WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP! )

There  has been so much talk from the online wrestling community with hate about this rivalry going too long, that is the buauty of the internet… you can be wrong.

This will be remembered as the greatest rivalry in WWE women’s wrestling since Trish and Lita. This rivalry has set the new tone for women’s wrestling. Hell In A Cell, Falls Count Anywhere, IronMan Match…. it is only appropriate this matchup would go to overtime.

With a 2-1 lead, Sash was in the Figure-4 for several minutes before tapping out with ony seconds left in the match.

—-Charlotte Flair is already a Hall Of Famer, Open our reasoning here—-

Bleeding from the nose and mouth in a barbaric scene not seen in the women’s division in recent memory, Charlotte locked in the Figure four…. turned it into the fiture eight and locked in the final decision.

One of the greatest rivalries not only in the women’s division but all of wrestling.

GRADE: A+

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KEVIN OWENS v ROMAN REIGNS

(UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!)

Again, the other half of a pair of filler matches. the roadmaps have been drawn for the foreseeable future. Rollins v HHH, and Owens v Jericho…. or so it seemed?

Jericho came back out to help Kevin Owens, Owens retains the title and we get another mini Shield reunion. Not sure where this is going honestly, for Roman Reigns. This doesn’t advance any storyline. Roman can still work.

GRADE: C+

 

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OVERALL : B

Really enjoyed the show until the very final minutes of the show. Nothing really advances… my buddy Triple J said it best… the finale was better suited for an episode of Raw. Titles changed hands, superstars returned, at least one 5-star match…. Good PPV.

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