March 11, 2016 by Joey Keogh
Roadblock is the worst name for a Pay-Per-View (or “Special Event”, whatever the hell that means) since, well, Fastlane. And, much like that event, the title seems a bit too self-reviewing for my tastes. Having said that, a Main Event starring Trips and the unstoppable Dean Ambrose is nothing to sneeze at.
Although this show has definitely been stuffed in at the end, to make the transition from the last one to Wrestlemania a bit smoother, the card is impressively well thought out. Bray Wyatt finally gets a high-profile match, and not opposite some jobber, either, while the inclusion of NXT Superstars on the bill is heartening, also.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s to come at the final (we hope) stop on the road to the biggest stage on earth:
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) vs. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Full disclosure: I haven’t watched NXT properly in yonks. Usually, my exposure to it comes mainly from what I read, or maybe the odd match here and there (Neville Vs. Finn Balor was a particular highlight). As a result, I don’t have any big feelings about this bout either way. I like Enzo and Cass a bit more than the other two, but I have no real argument for why they should come out on top here. What we can rely on, however, is an impressive display from two teams hungry to be in the spotlight on a high-profile, sort-of-PPV event.
Predicted winners: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt
Words cannot begin to describe how much it thrills me to see Bray Wyatt finally get the push he deserves. Well, kind of. I mean, this isn’t exactly the biggest event on the calendar. And, if rumours are to be believed, he’d rather face Lesnar at Wrestlemania instead of fucking Roadblock (and really, who could blame him?). But still, all things considered, this is a major moment for Bray Wyatt and I reckon he’s going to kill it. He and Lesnar are very well-matched, in relation to in-ring style, persona, and just plain rough-and-tough attitude. This should be a standout, and put Wyatt over the way he deserves.
Predicted winner: Brock Lesnar (too cynical to hope for a Bray win)
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and/or Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The League of Nations (Sheamus and King Barrett)
The New Day are the best, and most entertaining, thing about the WWE right now. Period.They improve consistently week to week, providing hilarious commentary, involving matches and an attitude it’s super-easy to get behind. They’re brilliant heels, making everyone they work with look great just by interacting with them. Having said all that, this isn’t the most inspired match-up (Sheamo and Barrett aren’t even a real tag team) but it’s sure to provoke some laughs and should the most fun bout of the night.
Predicted winners: The New Day
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Triple H (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose is my #1 and has been for months now. He’s really showing off what he can do, too. He’s been killing it in the mic, in the ring, and everywhere else, outshining his buddy Roman Reigns to the point it’s actually a bit embarrassing. It’s amazing to see him get a push like this. Even though, much like Wyatt, this isn’t the most high-profile event of the year (higher or lower in our estimation than Fastlane – you decide) it’s still great to see him on a poster, headlining the show, and opposite Trips, for good measure. Obviously, The Game is going to come out on top here, because he has to, but expect Ambrose to fight to the death for his well-earned shot at the title. He won’t win, but he’s going to look damn good.
Predicted winner: Triple H
Catch Roadblock LIVE on the WWE Network Saturday, 12th March @ 8E / 5P