The first Roadblock PPV was just last year in Canada, featuring eleven matches total, with the main event of Triple H vs Dean Ambrose, where Triple H retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This year, it has been rebranded as a Raw exclusive PPV and renamed Roadblock: End Of The Line. It will take place in Pittsburg, PA at the PPG Paints Arena. Let’s take a look at the match card and make some predictions.
Big Cass vs Rusev – Preshow Singles Match
This feud all started when Lana accidentally saw Enzo Amore’s twig and berries while he was locked out of the locker room. Rusev caught Enzo attempting to hit on Lana, which resulted in Lana pretending to leave Rusev so she could lure Enzo to her hotel room where her husband beat the living daylights out of him. Cass isn’t one to let things slide when it comes to his best friend and tag partner, so he now has it out for Rusev. I’m glad it was a ruse and WWE wasn’t honestly trying to make a mockery of a real life marriage, plus it eased us into an easy feud. I don’t believe either of these men belong on the preshow, but let’s hope they give us a good match.
F2H Prediction: Rusev
Rich Swann (c) vs T.J. Perkins vs Brian Kendrick – Triple Threat Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The Cruiserweight Division is still struggling to find its place on Raw, and it doesn’t help that they now have their own show after Smackdown on the Network; that’s just too much wrestling to pack into one night. T.J. Perkins was a great pick as our inaugural champion and had a good run before losing the title to Brian Kendrick. Our resident pirate then lost his title on 205 Live, exclusively on the Network, to Rich Swann. Swann is an incredibly charismatic guy and a fantastic wrestler, so he will bring a lot of prestige and interest to the Cruiserweight division.
F2H Prediction: Rich Swann
Seth Rollins vs Chris Jericho – Singles Match
Kevin Owens saved Jericho from a Pedigree on the go home episode of Raw, so the friendship is back on… I think? Rocky, but they definitely will have each other’s backs. This doesn’t sit well for Rollins, who has been trying his best to get back on top of the Raw brand where he belongs. Rollins wants Owens’ title, but Jericho has been blocking him at every turn, so now they have their own issues to squash before Rollins can move on. If Owens interferes, I want it to happen after we get a clean win. Owens can beat the hell out of Rollins if he wants, but not until the bell has rung.
F2H Prediction: Seth Rollins
The New Day (c) vs Sheamus & Cesaro – Tag Team Match for the Raw Tag Team Titles
At the WWE Tribute To The Troops, Cesaro and Sheamus won a Fatal 4 Way match, beating Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, The Shining Stars, and The Golden Truth to earn a chance to challenge New Day for their titles. The New Day are now the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history, which is huge. At this point, their titles are fair game. They broke the record, made history, and can now give up the titles without really losing. Cesaro and Sheamus are such an odd couple, but they are both fantastic athletes and ended up teaming well together, eventually. It’ll be interesting to see if they are able to keep it together and capture those titles.
F2H Prediction: New Day
Sami Zayn vs Braun Strowman – Singles Match with a 10 Minute Time Limit
Braun Strowman has been crushing everybody in his path, but he did manage to make time to make James Ellsworth famous and get him a WWE contract, so he’s not all bad. Mick Foley has stopped matches between these two because Zayn is so outgunned, which is where the time limit comes into play. Granted, Strowman can probably end the match in 60 seconds, so perhaps 10 minutes is being a bit generous. Zayn is a great competitor, but I feel that WWE is still working on building Strowman into an unstoppable monster, and he needs to keep that going for a little while longer.
F2H Prediction: Braun Strowman
Sasha Banks (c) vs Charlotte – 30 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
These women are just taking it to the extreme more and more, and it’s going to get to the point that someone gets seriously injured if they aren’t careful. I’m glad they keep trying to top themselves, but I’m more worried about their health and possible long absences due to injury (miss you, Finn Balor). Their cage match left a lot to be desired, thanks to a drawn out “injury” that nearly kept Banks from competing, but they made up for it during their next match where Banks tangled Charlotte in the stadium railing to lock in the Banks Statement and force a tap. We’ve already seen Banks compete in an Iron Man match on NXT, so I’m expecting main event material here.
F2H Prediction: Sasha Banks
Kevin Owens (c) vs Roman Reigns – Singles Match for the WWE Universal Championship
I’m so annoyed with this match. I hate it. Why does Roman Reigns, a guy already holding a title, get a title match on this PPV? I hate it. Have I mentioned that I’m not too fond of this main event? I hope Chris Jericho interferes in every shady way possible without causing a disqualification. I hope Owens beats his ass into the mat, and then powerbombs him into the apron a few dozen times. I hope Reigns can’t walk by the end of this match. Listen, I used to be a fan of Reigns, believe it or not. I just can’t buy into this fist-cocking, show-boating nonsense he insists on doing. I don’t want another John Cena. Give me quiet, brooding Roman Reigns back and I’ll be on board.
F2H Prediction: Kevin Owens
Roadblock: End Of The Line will begin at 8pm EST, with the preshow starting at 7pm, exclusively on the WWE Network. Unfortunately for fans, Lita will not be present, as new reports have stated that she has left the company. Jerry Lawler has also been removed from on air events. Live tweet with @FaceToHeel and writers @MrNotWell and @OhhhTweener, and be on the lookout for our next giveaway!
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
Good evening, Sports Fans! It’s October, and that means the annual Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. You know the drill, I will live type this article as I watch giving honest, no-bullshit feedback for every match, segment, and ridiculous JBL commentary. As always, please feel free to leave your comments below on your thoughts on how good (or not)the pay-per-view was.
The preshow panel kicked off with Paul Heyman basically trying to figure out what the hell Booker T and Renee Young were talking about. Then we got MizDowTV or MizTV or StuntDoubleTV, not sure which. Sheamus interrupted and Miz threw a hissy fit. The preshow match was Mark Henry vs Bo Dallas, yes again. Total squash match, Henry won in about half a minute.
The show starts with a bang as my favorite Showoff, Dolph Ziggler defends his Intercontinental Championship against the Swiss Superman, Cesaro. This match was scheduled as a 2 Out of 3 Falls match on Smackdown. Great way to start Hell in a Cell and a good stipulation so we can see these guys compete in what is sure to be an epic matchup. This is just what you’d expect from these two under-appreciated wrestlers: fast, aggressive, beautiful to watch. These two should be up towards the top with Rollins and Ambrose in my opinion, but that’s why I’m not running WWE. Cesaro hits his big Swing, but Ziggler grabs the first pinfall shortly after. Cesaro very nearly gets the second pinfall, but Dolph holds on. The second match had several badass moves by Cesaro, sold greatly, as usual, by Dolph Ziggler. Cesaro tried the uppercut, but Ziggler kicked out. Lots and lots of false finishes in this one. Then Ziggler hits Cesaro’s bad arm, kicks him in the face, lands the Zig Zag and wins the second match! Hell yeah! Big time win for Ziggy! Excellent start to the pay-per-view.
Quick segment after with Triple H, Stephanie, and Randy Orton. He’s pissed about Seth Rollins, and who can blame him. I am hoping this is all a big setup for Orton vs Lesnar with Rollins cashing in on the winner. The Authority tells Orton to just concentrate on John Cena. Orton says okay, but if they don’t take care of Rollins, he will.
Next up, the Battle of the Bellas, Brie vs her sister, Nikki. Say it with me, homers: “BRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODE!” This match was okay. If not for Daniel Bryan, I don’t think Brie Bella would have any offensive moves. She basically has hijacked everything her husband does, albeit without as much skill or showmanship. Nikki wins the match and per the stipulation, Brie must now be her personal assistant for the next month. Now that our bladders are all empty, let’s see what match is next.
The Usos vs Goldust and Stardust for the Tag Team Championships. Now, for those of you with short term memory, this time last year Goldust and Cody Rhodes, also tag champs at that time, took on The Usos and Rollins/Reigns of The Shield in a triple threat match for the titles. THAT IS HOW MANY GODDAMN TIMES WE HAVE SEEN THE USOS VS THE RHODES BROTHERS!!! Get the fuck out of our faces, WWE. Get a decent tag division and stop doing the same shit year after year after motherfucking year. That being said, Goldust and Stardust will probably put on a spectacle and turn this steaming pile of shit into something bearable to watch. I am hoping that this match ends with Rowan and Harper returning with Bray Wyatt and laying waste to all four brothers. I tuned out most of this match. These four really aren’t going to pull out anything new at this point. Goldust gets the pinfall and the Rhodes family wins.
In a surprise move, they are bringing the cage down next for John Cena vs Randy Orton. That is fantastic. Ambrose and Rollins deserved the main event. The only thing that sucks is this promo before the match. They dared to compare Orton vs Cena with Magic vs Bird, Fraiser vs Ali and Austin vs Rock. Really? Missed the mark on that, WWE. Not even close. Cena and Orton will never be on that level for me. I would like to see Orton get the win and then go on to fight Brock Lesnar for the first time ever. Yeah, that’s right, those two have never wrestled. We’ve seen Lesnar vs Cena a million times, so Orton getting that match would be at least something new from WWE for the first time in awhile. If you watch this match with the mute turned on, it’s not that great. But with JBL and Michael Cole pimping out all sorts of colorful lingo, the folks at home probably thought this match was better than it was. I’m not impressed. I’ve watched Cena vs Orton 5,000 times. A technically sound match, but very humdrum and mundane just on the grounds of being something we’ve seen far too often. Nobody even bled. And despite my hopes and dreams, WWE booked Cena to win the match after putting Orton through a table. Cena vs Lesnar Part 3 coming up next month. Jesus fucking Christ. How many times do we have to watch this same shit over and over? What a travesty. What a joke. What an utterly pointless match.
We follow that with an equally as pointless match, Sheamus vs The Miz for the US Championship. Sheamus wins via Brogue Kick. Afterwards Sheamus gets Mizdow to do some pantomime while messing with Miz. Then we get a segment with Nikki dumping a smoothie on Brie Bella. What a worthless pay per view this has been so far. And will probably continue to be until the bitter end. Yep, as if to confirm that, here comes Rusev vs Big Show. Lana looks great in pink. Other than that, it’s USA vs Russia chapter 400. I pretty much lost all interest in this pay per view with the Cena victory. This match featured Rusev picking Big Show up, which is always impressive to see. Mark Henry comes out to cheer on Big Show. Show chokeslams Rusev, but the big Russian kicks out. Rusev kicks Big Show and then Mark Henry, screams, and then kicks Show again. And a third time. As mad as I am with everything, this has still made me laugh. Rusev goes for the Accolade and the “USA!” chants start. And the ref calls the match after Big Show “passes out.” By my estimation, we just had five straight matches that didn’t mean anything in the big picture of WWE. Why am I still watching?
Ambrose cuts a brief backstage promo. The best thing to happen in the last hour. AJ Lee vs Paige for the Divas Championship up next. Pretty match the same title match we’ve seen at every pay per view since AJ came back from her hiatus. Paige taps to the Black Widow and that’s that. Paige attacks Alicia Fox after the match and screams, “I hate you!” For those mad at Paige losing, don’t worry, she’ll probably get another title shot tomorrow night on Raw. Or Friday on Smackdown. Or at Survivor Series. Or all three, probably.
Hell in a Cell main event #2 now. Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins. Which seems exciting now, but a decade later will they be just the new Cena vs Orton? Let’s hope not. Let’s hope McMahon is out by then and Triple H does better with the main roster. Ambrose climbs the cage before Rollins even gets out there! HaHaHa! Rollins sends Jamie and Joey up to retrieve Ambrose. Rollins joins them and demands Ambrose gets thrown off the cage. Ambrose rallies. Man, once John Cena dies, Dean Ambrose is going to be a superstar of epic proportions. Ambrose and Rollins hanging off the side of the cell, fall off and take out both announce tables. Would have been impressive twenty years ago, but real wrestling fans have seen Mick Foley go off the top of the cage and then through the top of the cage. Both men get put on stretchers, but Ambrose soon jumps up and continues attacking his former Shield brethren. Ambrose throws Rollins into the cage, it gets chained shut and the match begins. Ambrose beats Rollins with a chair. This is what Cena and Orton should have been but both are in the cushioned twilight of their careers and neither is going to put effort into a high stakes match like the Cell. Ambrose and Rollins are the only saving grace to this pay per view (besides Dolph Ziggler, of course). So the very first and very last match of the night were all that really mattered in the end.
Rollins suplexed Ambrose into a pile of chairs. Ambrose set a table up against the ring apron and the cage, then put Rollins through it. Kane sprays a fire extinguisher through the cage at Ambrose. Rollins throws Ambrose into a table. Rollins gets his MITB briefcase and sets Ambrose up for a Curb Stomp. Ambrose counters, tries Dirty Deeds, misses and then hits Rollins with his own briefcase. Ambrose gets cinder blocks into the ring. He places the head of Rollins on the blocks, but the lights go out. And Bray Wyatt’s voice is heard, chanting in creepy tongues! The lights come back on. A hole is cut in the center of the ring, fog comes out with a creepy hologram apparition. A lantern is glowing. Ambrose watches and from out of no where Bray Wyatt attacks Ambrose. Rollins gets the pinfall. What the hell? What an absurd and weird ending to the pay per view. Just when the match was getting good, this strange shit happened. Bray hits Ambrose with Sister Abigail and the screen goes black.
I must say, I am about 99% disappointed with this pay per view. This is the kind of shit I can’t stand. Just repetitive matchups, unexplained moments, and mediocre action. Altogether, just a half-assed outing from WWE, which as of late should be expected. And Survivor Series probably won’t be much better as we get to see Lesnar vs Cena again. Not only that but the Rhodes family will probably face The Usos again, Paige will probably face AJ again, Sheamus will probably retain his title for the hundredth time, and Ziggler will continue to be underbooked. And now Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt is going to happen, even though the Rollins/Ambrose angle has yet to be fully released or resolved. Tonight, I seriously ask myself why in the world I keep watching this crap.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker