Without further ado, the results of the Roadblock 2016 Network Special – it was a bumpy ride. First they said it would be two and a half hours, then lengthened that to three hours, but in the end it was two and a half, with actually very little time wasted. Quite impressive what they can do when they don’t fill the space with ads all the time. Seven matches, which is pretty impressive.
The New Day vs. Sheamus and Barrett – Tag Team Titles Match
Apparently we’re calling the tag team of Sheamus and Barrett ‘the lads’ now, which describes every gathering of more than one male here in England. This match started slow but there were a couple of good spots, and it was fun to watch. New Day’s promo beforehand was certainly a joy to behold – just puzzling that this was sold as a match where The New Day wouldn’t have the numbers advantage, and then Del Rio and Rusev didn’t show.
Result: The New Day retain, to no one’s surprise.
Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger
I called this match as The Reluctant Canadian vs. The Real American, as Jericho’s promo before the match about hating hit native Canada, and how angry he is with the WWE universe was pretty much better than the match. Heel Jericho is incredible to watch, and while the match was nothing special, it was still okay to watch.
Result: Chris Jericho wins easily.
The Revival vs. Enzo and Big Cass – NXT Tag Team Titles Match
Glorious crowd reaction for all four of these guys, and of course Carmella came to support her boys. Great atmosphere, a fun match with some good spots and a tense end. A great way to introduce Team Sawft to an audience who might not have watched NXT, especially if we hope that they’ll be coming up to WWE proper soon.
Result: The Revival retains, which makes sense with current NXT plot points.
Charlotte vs. Natalya – Diva’s Championship Match
Well, this came out of nowhere! In Nattie’s native Canada she dedicated the match to her uncle, Bret Hart, recovering from prostate cancer surgery, and vowed to win the Diva’s title off Charlotte. Charlotte laughed, but gave her the match after being called a coward. This match went for seventeen minutes and was one of the strongest Diva’s matches I’ve ever seen. It was better than the other, non-title matches on the card, as well it should be, and I was incredibly impressed with both women in the end.
Result: Charlotte retains, after Nattie is distracted by Ric Flair.
Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt (and Luke Harper?)
Despite not actually being billed as such, we were told this was a 2 on 1 handicap match for Brock, and that Luke harper would be involved too. Bray Wyatt left the ring straight away and spent the entire match moving alternately closer and further away from the ring as Brock went to town on Luke Harper. Very short match, seven suplexes and an F5, and pretty lacklustre, too. I’m not sure it built Brock up as very strong before WrestleMania, but then, he doesn’t really need it.
Result: Brock wins, obviously.
Sami Zayn vs. Stardust
For a match containing two competitors I really like, whose styles I enjoy and who I love to see, this was a very, very dull match. Nothing seemed to happen, there was one good spot with a superplex but nothing else of note happened. The other unfortunate issue is that there was no story behind this, but with Kevin Owens having an iron man match with AJ Styles in New Jersey tonight, I guess they had to find something to fill the spare time.
Result: Sami Zayn wins this consequence-less, feud-less match.
Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Wow. What a match. This went on for half an hour, a brutal, punishing match full of submission holds and near falls that left the audience chanting ‘this is awesome’ and most of us with our hearts in our throats. Some insane spots, including Dean putting Triple H in the Sharpshooter and the Figure Four, both of which were well-received by the crowd, and some funny moments of irreverence where Dean got to really play up his character.
Result: Triple H retains heading into WrestleMania. For a second, we thought Dean had it, but his feet were under the bottom rope – although the camera missed that – and it was back into the action.
All in all, all champions retain, and the status is well and truly quo as we head off to WrestleMania, the road once more free of bumps and ready for the way to be paved for a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I can hear the boos already.