With everyone anxiously awaiting Royal Rumble 2017, WWE put on its final PPV of the year on Sunday evening with Roadblock: End of the Line, headlined by Kevin Owens defending the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns and a 30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Women’s Championship. Four titles were on the line with seven matches booked for the evening as the Monday Night Raw brand hoped to go out with a bang as they prepare for Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg in the highly anticipated Royal Rumble Match next month.
WWE Roadblock: End of the Line Preview
United States Champion Roman Reigns won’t be defending his title at Roadblock. Instead, Reigns will have the opportunity to be the only dual-champion in the WWE, and the first person to simultaneously hold the U.S. and Universal Championships. Of course, he’ll have to go through Kevin Owens, who has been virtually unstoppable since he won the WWE Universal Championship.
Both Roman Reigns (teaming with Seth Rollins) and Kevin Owens (teaming with Chris Jericho) had a chance to win the Raw Tag Team Championship on Monday but failed to do so. After winning two Triple Threat Tag Team Matches on Monday night, The New Day became the longest-reigning tag champs in WWE history. At Roadblock, they will defend the titles one more time against Cesaro and Sheamus.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann will defend his title against the two former champions, TJ Perkins and The Brian Kendrick. The newest belt in the company has already switched hands twice, and it could switch hands a third time without the champ being involved in the deciding fall.
In non-title action, Seth Rollins takes the first step towards getting his hands on Triple H by getting Chris Jericho out of the way. As he explained on Raw, Rollins can’t get to Triple H without beating Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. But he can’t get the title off of Owens as long as Jericho is there to bail out his best friend.
Sami Zayn finally gets another shot at Braun Strowman, although General Manager Mick Foley and Commissioner Stephanie McMahon added the stipulation that Zayn “must last 10 minutes” in the match. It hasn’t been made clear exactly what happens if he loses without making it that long, or if he actually manages to defeat Strowman.
Of course, one of the most significant matches on the card — and potentially one of the most important matches of the year — will be the first-ever 30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Raw Women’s Championship. Sasha Banks defends the title against Charlotte Flair in the final showdown between these two rivals.
Scheduled for the Kickoff show is Colin Cassady vs. Rusev. After Lana lured Enzo Amore into her hotel room so that Rusev could ambush him, Big Cass will face The Bulgarian Brute to defend his best friend’s honor.
WWE Roadblock 2016 Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from Roadblock: End of the Line on December 18. The last WWE PPV of 2016 aired live from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Roadblock: 2016 Kickoff on the WWE Network
The weekly pre-shows for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE have undergone some big changes recently, and it looks as though the hour-long pre-shows for WWE’s PPVs will be changing as well. Previously, Renee Young hosted with a panel featuring Lita, Booker T, and Jerry Lawler. The description from the WWE Network indicated something very different for Roadblock 2016:
“Hosts Renee Young and Booker T preview WWE Roadblock live from Pittsburgh, PA!”
As it turns out, the duo was joined by Sam Roberts (of XM Radio) at the regular Kickoff desk and Tom Phillips in the Social Media Lounge. It was announced at the outset that Sami Zayn would be Tom’s guest, and the match featuring Big Cass vs. Rusev was specifically scheduled for the Kickoff Show.
Renee and the panel were joined by Bayley, who provided insight for the Raw Women’s Championship Iron Man Match, being the only woman who had already won an Iron Man Match as part of WWE (when she defeated Sasha Banks in NXT). When Sami Zayn was interviewed by Tom Phillips, he gave the expected responses to questions on Twitter about how motivated he was to beat Braun Strowman.
They were also joined by TJ Perkins, who earned the “Shucky Ducky Quack Quack” moment of the night when he coined the phrase “Cruiser-great” to describe himself.
Rusev defeated Big Cass by count out
Lana’s presence at ringside proved once again to be beneficial for Rusev. After leading Colin Cassady outside the ring, Lana distracted Enzo Amore by pretending she had hurt her ankle. With Enzo distracted, Rusev took him out on his way back into the ring. While Cassady checked on his friend, Rusev rolled back into the ring as the referee reached the end of his ten-count, giving the Bulgarian Brute the victory.
Cesaro and Sheamus defeated The New Day
The New Day’s record-breaking reign as Tag Team Champions came to an end when Kofi Kingston was pinned by Sheamus after Cesaro faked that he had tagged in. With Kingston distracted by Cesaro — who he believed to be the legal man — Sheamus was able to roll Kofi up by surprise and win the titles.
Sami Zayn declared “Winner” after ten minutes expired
With about three minutes remaining in the match, General Manager Mick Foley came to ringside with a white towel in hand. Braun Strowman repeatedly yelled at Foley to throw in the towel if he wanted to save Sami Zayn’s life. Zayn made it to his feet just long enough to convince Foley not to let the match end that way. Sami went on to last the full ten minutes, at which point the bell rang and Zayn was declared the winner. He didn’t actually pin Strowman or make him tap out, but Braun’s failure to pin Zayn in under ten minutes earned him the loss.
Seth Rollins defeated Chris Jericho
Earlier in the night, Kevin Owens left a backstage interview to give Chris Jericho a Christmas scarf, which Y2J didn’t like. In the middle of this match, Owens made his way to ringside in an attempt to help Jericho defeat Rollins. Ultimately, he caused more harm than good for his best friend, and Seth Rollins won the match after connecting with The Pedigree.
Rich Swann defeated TJ Perkins and The Brian Kendrick
As this competitive Triple Threat Match neared it’s end, Perkins and Swann laid out Kendrick with a double super-kick. But Swann immediately hit Perkins with another super-kick and picked up the victory. As he was celebrating his win, Neville made his way to the ring. Without explanation, he simply attacked Rich Swann, then attacked TJ Perkins as well. It would appear that Neville will be challenging for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in the near future.
Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks in overtime
With just three seconds left in regulation, Charlotte Flair had Sasha Banks locked into the Figure Eight, The Boss leading in the Iron Man Match 2-1. When Sasha tapped, the match ended 2-2, and the referee decided the match would continue with a sudden death overtime. A few minutes later, Sasha Banks tapped out, making Charlotte Flair a four-time Women’s Champion with a record of 18-2 in her first 20 PPV appearances, a better record than anyone else in WWE history.
Kevin Owens defeated Roman Reigns by disqualification
With both Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens laid out in the ring, Chris Jericho made his way to the ring. After eyeing Roman Reigns, he ended up hitting Kevin Owens with the Codebreaker, seemingly because he was upset with his former best friend. The referee disqualified Roman Reigns, allowing Owens to leave the match with his title. Afterwards, Jericho and Owens hugged, showing that Y2J had this planned all along.
As Jeri-KO were celebrating in the ring, Seth Rollins came out, helping his former Shield partner exact some revenge. Together, they put Jericho through an announce table via double-powerbomb as Owens tried to escape. Rollins and Reigns caught him, however, and put him through the announce table at the top of the ramp as WWE Roadblock 2016 went off the air.
Raw Talk on the WWE Network
Booker T and Charly Caruso hosted the post-Roadblock talk show, breaking down the results of the last WWE PPV of the year. Their first guests were Cesaro and Sheamus, who had plenty to say about winning the Raw Tag Team Championship from The New Day.
Sami Zayn was their next guest, who talked about his ten-minute encounter with Braun Strowman. He was adamant that he could have defeated Strowman if the match had continued. Their final guest was Charlotte Flair, the new Raw Women’s Championship. When she was asked about her rivalry with Sasha, Charlotte broke character and started crying, talking about how much she is motivated by wanting to be better than Banks. But things took a turn when she was asked about her father, who Charlotte is still hostile towards after he held up Sasha’s hand on Monday Night Raw.
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Where To Watch WWE Roadblock: End of the Line
WWE Roadblock 2016 aired Sunday, December 18, on the WWE Network 8/7c. For viewers who were unable to watch the show live, it will is currently available to stream on-demand, along with the Roadblock: Kickoff 2016 show.
The fallout from WWE Roadblock began less than 24 hours later. WWE Monday Night Raw airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c, with the Raw Pre-Show airing online at 7:50/6:50c. Replays of WWE Raw aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night Raw is available to stream on-demand the following day on Hulu.
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