Roadblock 2016

|Date: March 12, 2016
|Venue: Ricoh Coliseum |City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Attendance: 9,000

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Prior to the main show, Mark Henry beat Randy Sharp (no idea) and Goldust beat Viktor.

The show starts with a video package focusing on the matches between Triple H and Dean Ambrose and then Bray Wyatt and Brock Lesnar.

Michael Cole welcomes us to WWE Roadblock!

The New Day are out first and they show off their new Bootyos cereal! They then run down The League Of Nations.

The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. The League Of Nations (Sheamus & King Barrett) – WWE Tag Team Championship match

Background: The New Day have been mocking the League Of Nations as of late which “the lads” have taken offence to.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time tag team match between these two teams.

Match: Sheamus and Kofi Kingston start the match and it’s Sheamus who gets the early advantage in. Kofi tags in Big E which allows the tag team champions to double team King Barrett. Xavier Woods has his trombone on the outside. No sign of Rusev and Alberto Del Rio though. Kingston takes much of the offence for his team. Big E makes the hot tag and it’s belly to belly suplex city. Sheamus counters a trouble in paradise attempt and locks on the cloverleaf but Kofi gets out of it with a roll-up. Sheamus counters the midnight hour and tags out to King Barrett who looks to finish Big E but Xavier Woods distracts the referee. The distraction is enough for Big E to hit the big ending on Barrett for the victory!

Result: The New Day retain the WWE Tag Team Championships by pinfall.

Review: Decent tag team match but not spectacular. It wasn’t a clean win for The New Day but Big E pinning Wade Barrett after a big ending is a big win for the champions none the less. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this feud continue into a six man tag at Wrestlemania.

Rating: 5.75/10

Greg Hamilton is backstage with Paul Heyman. Heyman says that Brock Lesnar will be conquering Bray Wyatt tonight.

We’re shown some footage from Raw last week with Chris Jericho attacking AJ Styles. and then some footage from Smackdown with Jericho burning a Y2AJ shirt.

Chris Jericho is out next and runs down the fans live in Toronto. He berates the fans for cheering AJ Styles. Jericho then runs down Jack Swagger for being the previous flavour of the month which seems pretty random unless this is leading to a match with Swagger.

Jack Swagger vs. Chris Jericho

Background: There is no background to this match!

Previous PPV matches: This is a first PPV match between these two men.

Match: The match starts with Chris Jericho disrespecting Swagger with a slap. Swagger then chases Jericho around the ring and back into it before hitting him with right hands. Jericho soon takes the advantage and takes the fight to the outside. Jericho hit a nice dropkick which you don’t see him hit many of these days. There’s plenty of submission holds in this match but I don’t mind that because Swagger is a submission specialist and Jericho is more of a technical wrestler these days. Swagger locks on the patriot lock at one point and Jericho uses the referee to get to the ropes. Jericho then locks on the walls of Jericho and Swagger taps out.

Result: Chris Jericho wins by submission.

Review: This was a decent technical match. It was the right length and it had the right winner. It was decent enough as both men are two very talented wrestlers. Jericho looks to have the big match at Wrestlemania so he picks up the victory.

Rating: 6/10

There’s a VT next showing the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival and the number one contenders Enzo Amore and Big Cass.

The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) (c) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass – NXT Tag Team Championship match

Background: This is the first time an NXT Championship has been defended on a main roster event. The Revival have attacked Enzo and Carr and put them on the shelf but now they have returned and get a shot at the tag team championships tonight.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time meeting between these two teams in WWE.

Match: Enzo and Big Cass have Carmella in their corner. Enzo starts the match with a lot of energy, taking down both members of The Revival. Enzo then tags in Big Cass who towers off Dash Wilder. Big Cass launches Enzo into Dawson and then Wilder as they continue the advantage in the early going. Enzo and Cass seem to be really popular. A big “NXT” chant breaks out. A bit of double teaming from the champions allows them to take control. Plenty of nice double team moves from Dash and Dawson, they’re very slick as a tag team. Enzo is the man that takes most of the offence, he’s pretty small so gets thrown around quite easily. Big Cass makes the hot tag and picks up the pace. Cass hits running big boots with easy. His moves are all named after structures in New York. Dawson crotches Enzo on the top rope and Cass chases him around the ring but The Revival then hit the shatter machine on him! Dash Wilder tags in and they hit a top rope shatter machine on Enzo for the victory.

Result: The Revival retain the NXT Tag Team Championships by pinfall.

Review: Decent match from these two teams. The NXT guys bring something else to the plate and they put a big emphasis on tag team wrestling. Both teams looked good in this match and will be popular when they get to the main roster. Decent match from these two teams tonight.

Rating: 6/10

To a previously recorded interview from Greg Hamilton with Natalya. Natalya says that she will be dedicating her win tonight to Bret Hart. Natalya says that Charlotte should put her Divas Championship on the line tonight unless she’s a coward so Charlotte agrees to putting the title on the line.

Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya – WWE Divas Championship match

Background: No background for this one but Natalya did convince Charlotte into putting her title on the line tonight.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two girls.

Match: These are two submission based divas, two of the best technical wrestlers on the roster and they are quick to showcase this. It’s a back and forth match with both girls trying to make the other submit. Charlotte works Natalya’s left leg for much of the match. It breaks down at one point with the girls exchanging right hands. Charlotte slaps her way out of a sharpshooter and nearly wins with a roll-up. Charlotte locks on a figure four which Natalya counters. Charlotte then applies the move whilst hanging out of the ring which looks painful but the referee breaks it up. Natalya manages to lock on the sharpshooter sand the crowd go nuts. Ric Flair gets involved and Natalya takes a swing at him. Charlotte then rolls up Natalya and puts her feet on the ropes to get the three.

Result: Charlotte wins by pinfall.

Review: This was a good match between the two best female technical wrestlers on the roster. It was an obvious win because the triple threat is already set for Wrestlemania. Natalya probably feels left out because she’s not involved much at the moment but this match shows that she is still talented and has her place on the roster.

Rating: 6.75/10

There’s an ad next for the WWE Network.

Next is a video package for Brock Lesnar and Bray Wyatt.

Bray Wyatt cuts a promo on his way to the ring about all of the legends Brock Lesnar has conquered. But he’s never conquered Wyatt. Wyatt is only joined by Luke Harper from the Wyatt Family. he then announced that Wyatt and Harper will conquer Lesnar together.

Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper vs. Brock Lesnar

Background: Brock Lesnar plowed through the Wyatt Family in the 2016 Royal Rumble match. He eliminated Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman before they all got back into the ring and helped Bray Wyatt eliminate Lesnar. That cost Lesnar the WWE Championship and looks for revenge tonight.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these men.

Match: Bray Wyatt looks to start the match but instead tags out straight away to Luke Harper who finds himself on the end of a German suplex. Lesnar turns his attention to Wyatt which allows Harper to hit him with a suicide dive. That gives Harper the advantage for a while but it’s not long before Lesnar is back to hitting German suplexes. Wyatt hasn’t even been up on the apron, he’s been watching from the floor. Brock hits Harper with the F5 and that’s enough for the three. Short and sweet.

Result: Brock Lesnar wins, pinning Luke Harper.

Review: It was a short match that was basically a singles match between Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Bray Wyatt just watched from the outside. There were plenty of German suplexes and it was a fairly routine win for Lesnar.

Rating: 4/10

Next up is an ad for The Edge & Christian show.

Sami Zayn vs. Stardust

Background: No background for this one, Sami is a new addition to the main roster and wants a shot at the Intercontinental Championship held by Kevin Owens. Zayn will have to prove himself first.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first pay per view match between these two men.

Match: There’s some nice chain wrestling in the early going, Zayn hits some nice arm drags. Stardust takes the advantage and stretches Zayn around the ringpost. Stardust doesn’t seem to hang with The Ascension these days. Sami Zayn is looking for his first PPV victory tonight. The match has a slow pace, Stardust dominates for a lot of it. Stardust hits a superplex for a near fall. Stardust kicks out of a blue thunder bomb. The crowd don’t seem too into this match. Sami counters The Queens Crossbow but gets hit with a disaster kick for a near fall. Zayn hits a t-bone suplex into the corner and then a helluva kick for the victory.

Result: Sami Zayn wins by pinfall.

Review: This match was pretty slow going. Both men are capable of much better. The crowd were pretty flat for it too. It gives Sami Zayn a big win in his PPV singles match debut. If we can even call this a pay per view!

Rating: 3.5/10

There’s a video package next showing the recent history between Triple H and Dean Ambrose.

Triple H (c) vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match

Background: Dean Ambrose made the challenge to Triple H for the WWE Championship. Triple H accepted and now Ambrose is looking at throwing a spanner into the works for Wrestlemania.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.

Match: Triple H out-powers Dean Ambrose in the early going. Dean Ambrose quickens the pace when he takes the advantage but it’s a steady pace in the early going. Ambrose plays with Triple H a bit, grabbing his nose and pulling his ear. Dean takes the fight to the outside where he knocks the WWE Championship down with a clothesline. Triple H soon takes the advantage back and at one point uses a crossface and then the rings of Saturn. Ambrose manages to counter a pedigree attempt and Triple H counters dirty deeds. Triple H leaves the ring and takes apart the announce desk but before that can come into play, Dean Ambrose locks the figure four on in the middle of the ring. Ambrose then locks on the sharpshooter before hitting dirty deeds for what seemed like a three count.But the referee waves it off and says that Ambrose’s foot was under the bottom rope. The fight continues and Ambrose hits his vertical elbow drop to the outside before crotch chopping. He then looks for an elbow drop on Triple H through the announce desk but Triple H moves and Ambrose flies through the desk. Ambrose just beats the count back into the ring but Triple H finishes him off with a pedigree for the win.

Result: Triple H wins by pinfall.

Review: This was a pretty good match. It started off slow and I struggled to get into it but it really picked up in the last ten minutes. Especially when everyone though Ambrose had won the title for a second. Triple H wins though and goes on to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania whilst Ambrose is on a collision course with Brock Lesnar.

Rating: 6.5/10

Well that was an interesting show. It didn’t feel like a major show due to the randomness of some of the matches. There were no title changes and no major shake-up on the last stop before Wrestlemania. The likes of Charlotte, Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar picked up wins as they are in big matches at Wrestlemania. There was a nice showcase for NXT with the tag team title match, both teams looked great and will make good additions to the main roster tag team division at some point. The main event had a big fight feel to it and the two men put on a good match. It’s a nice rub for Dean Ambrose who would like to establish himself as a main event talent and wrestling Triple H in a main event is a good way of establishing that. Roadblock 2016 was a glorified house show and there’s no real reason to go and check it out but I’m all for major shows added in here and there and it’s given some NXT talents, as well as Sami Zayn a big stage to wrestle on and also a main event worthy of a major pay per view.

Overall Rating: 55/100 (ranked joint 231 out of 325)

Match Of The Night: Charlotte vs. Natalya
Worst Match Of The Night: Sami Zayn vs. Stardust
Surprise Of The Night: The Brock Lesnar match is made a handicap match
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Triple H
Roadblock 2016 Will Be Remembered For: The main event between Triple H and Dean Ambrose

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