5 Ups And 6 Downs From WWE Roadblock: End Of The Line

Final PPV for 2016 delivers strong tag title match, but is lackluster overall.

Kevin Owens Roman Reigns Seth Rollins

WWE’s final PPV of 2016 has come and gone, and it felt like little more than a super-sized episode of Raw without the backstage skits than a PPV to close out major feuds.

Sure, we saw new champions crowned and some good in-ring action, but this offering fell short of what you would expect. Charlotte and Sasha Banks’ rivalry came to a supposed close after their Ironman match was forced into sudden death overtime, and rather than changing course from the established pattern and charting a new path, WWE fell back on its favorite path.

Kevin Owens wanted to win his WWE Universal Championship match himself to show that he was a capable fighting champ. One guess how that went. Seth Rollins got his first step toward revenge for Triple H costing him the universal title over the summer in a solid but largely forgettable match.

None of this is to say that Roadblock was a bad show, but if it had been a big episode of Raw, no one would have complained. As a PPV though, it fell a little short of what many fans probably wanted. Once the excellent tag title match was over, the show didn't have much juice to it.

So what broke through and what got stopped at the blockade? Let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.