The New Day vs. The Vaudevillains – the unicorns win by disqualification due to interference from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
Breezango vs. The Usos – The Usos win.
Rusev vs. Zack Ryder – Rusev wins.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Dudley Boyz – Enzo & Big Cass win.
Natalya vs. Dana Brooke – Dana Brooke wins.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin – Ziggler is disqualified due to a low blow, but comes out looking pretty great.
Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn & Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho & Alberto del Rio – Dean, Sami and Cesaro take the win.
We open the program with a recap of John Cena’s return to Monday Night RAW and the very exciting heel turn of AJ Styles. I have had many doubts about how AJ’s story has been progressing, but watching him, Gallows and Anderson beating the hell out of Cena just made me happy inside in a way I can’t explain. I won’t try. Just know that it’s true.
Once the show starts proper…
IT’S A NEW DAY, YES IT IS.
Welcome back to SmackDown, the last show before Extreme Rules this weekend. And of course, that’s how we open the show. We start with a video package taking us through the build to the fatal fourway for the Intercontinental Championship, with a specific focus on the most recent episode of RAW and the tagteam match of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Cesaro and The Miz.
Mauro Ranallo introduces us to the show proper, and we discover that the Miz and Maryse, as well as Sami Zayn, are also present on commentary for the opening match of the evening.
We open on a video package recapping Payback, particularly the results of the Shane/Stephanie debacle and how the main event ended. I appreciate that there is at least for the time being an answer, but this whole thing has gone on much longer than I would have liked. AJ Styles and Roman Reigns’ match for Extreme Rules is also discussed, and there’s more talk about this being a new “era” of WWE, which… well, I’m skeptical about, given the complete lack of any title changes at the pay-per-view, but of course eras are about more than just titles. I’m going to keep an open mind.
It’s time for our quick Sunday recap of the week! This week we learned some more facts about WrestleMania matches, and some injury stuff, so let’s start on Monday. Having heard about Luke Harper’s injury, PWinsider have let us know that his injury could be more serious than first suggested, meaning that he’ll be out… Continue reading Rasslin Round-Up: 20th-27th March ’16
Post-Roadblock Raw, and it’s time to see how things have been shaken up by a network special where not a single title changed hands. Seems to suggest that we’re going to have a wee bit of a stagnant title scene until WrestleMania; titles need to stay where they are for storylines, so there won’t be… Continue reading Rehash: Raw March 15th ’16
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… Continue reading Results: Roadblock 2016