Toronto hosted the latest WWE Network live special, Roadblock, on Saturday night. As the name indicated, this is the last major stop on the Road to WrestleMania. With the biggest show of the year a scant three weeks away, all the major pieces are now in place for WrestleMania 32 in Arlington on April 3.
Fans were hoping that the main event of Roadblock might result in a major shake-up to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture heading into WrestleMania, but it was not to be. Roadblock was thoroughly entertaining for the duration of its nearly-three-hour running time and featured a legitimate Match of the Year contender in the main event.
Here's everything that happened on Saturday night and what it all means as we barrel headlong toward WrestleMania.
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) def. The League of Nations (Sheamus & King Barrett)
After thrilling everyone by unveiling their new "cereal," Booty-O's, The New Day managed to hang onto their tag titles by the skin of their teeth. King Barrett looked to have Big E pinned and down for good, but Xavier Woods managed to distract the referee long enough for Big E to recover and hit Barrett with the Big Ending for the pinfall victory.
What we learned: Barring anything unforeseen on RAW and SmackDown over the next three weeks, The New Day will head into WrestleMania as the tag team champs. They're also balanced on the precipice of becoming massively-beloved good guys, provided stuff like this stops happening during their matches. The last thing WWE or their fans need at this point is another injury.
Chris Jericho def. Jack Swagger
Chris Jericho made an appearance after the tag title match to run down AJ Styles and spend some time talking about how Canada (and Ontario) stinks like a literal anus. He also mocked Jack Swagger, leading to an unadvertised match.
After a very good house show-style match (because this live special was basically a broadcast house show), Jericho got Swagger to tap out to the Walls of Jericho.
What we learned: Chris Jericho as a heel is one of the very best things about pro wrestling. He's so good at it and it comes so naturally to him, it's mind-boggling why he or the WWE would ever want him to try to be a good guy.
Giving him extra time on the microphone to get the crowd behind AJ Styles is wonderful and should add just that much more heat to their likely WrestleMania match.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) def. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady
Although they gave it their all, the NXT gold once again eluded Enzo and Big Cass. The Revival of Dash and Dawson managed to use distraction and chicanery to defend their titles, hitting Cass with a Shatter Machine on the floor before catching Enzo in one for the pin.
What we learned: Despite having never before spent a single minute on main roster WWE television, Enzo and Cass (and Carmella) were over like a house of fire with the Toronto crowd. They received a thunderous ovation and the fans were passionately behind them throughout.
There are rumors that Enzo and Cass might be coming up to the main roster shortly after WrestleMania. If Saturday was any indication, they're going to be just fine there.
WWE Divas Championship Match: Charlotte (c) def. Natalya
Natalya dedicated the match to Canadian hero (and her uncle) Bret Hart, who is recovering from cancer, but Charlotte and her father Ric Flair were just too much for her.
Although Natalya managed to get the Sharpshooter locked in, Ric Flair caused a distraction, allowing Charlotte to roll her up and put her feet on the ropes for extra leverage.
What we learned: There wasn't much drama in this one, but it had a lot of history behind it. Beyond the fact that Charlotte and Natalya had one of the first famous women's matches in NXT, the Flair-Hart rivalry dates back a ways also.
The match not only gave Charlotte another strong title defense (and make the crowd hate her more) heading into her Triple Threat match at WrestleMania, it also provided a great showcase for beloved Canadian Natalya, who often gets passed over on weekly WWE television.
Brock Lesnar def. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper
This was supposed to be a one-on-one match between Lesnar and Wyatt, but Bray stated he "made a deal with the devil" and it would be a handicap match. Bray never actually got in the match himself, letting Harper do the dirty work. Lesnar dominated and won in short order, hitting Harper with an F5 while staring down Wyatt, who was standing on the ramp.
What we learned: While the match was certainly lackluster (especially considering the participants), it did keep alive the possibility of a Lesnar-Wyatt feud later in the year. By keeping Wyatt out of the fray entirely, WWE could potentially build up to a big Wyatt-Lesnar "first time" match down the line ... provided they spend some time rehabbing the Wyatt Family in the fans' eyes.
In the meantime, Lesnar looks like the conqueror he is heading into his no holds barred street fight against Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania.
Sami Zayn def. Stardust
In another unadvertised match, these two world-class talents got a nice, long, competitive match. Zayn eventually got the win via pinfall after hitting a Helluva Kick.
What we learned: Canada loves Sami Zayn. Also, everyone loves Sami Zayn. This was Sami getting some more main roster reps in leading up to WrestleMania and giving the Toronto crowd another hometown hero treat.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Triple H (c) def. Dean Ambrose
Seemingly everyone in the world wanted Dean Ambrose to walk away with the world title at the end of Saturday night.
Indeed, for a moment it certainly seemed as though Ambrose HAD won the world title, hitting Dirty Deeds and covering the champ for the three-count. However, the referee immediately waved off the count, informing Ambrose that his feet had been under the ropes during the cover, negating the pinfall.
The announcers pointed out that Ambrose had proven he could defeat Triple H as Dean stayed on the offensive. Ambrose went for an elbow drop through the announce table, but Triple H rolled out of the way. Ambrose managed to make it back into the ring, but ran right into a Pedigree, allowing Triple H to retain.
What we learned: The announcers continued to play up the fact that Ambrose had the champ pinned and Triple H just barely managed to escape by the skin of his teeth. So there is still a chance that Ambrose's claim to the title could result in a change to the scheduled WrestleMania main event. But it almost certainly won't.
Still, both men managed to come out of this match looking great. Triple H is set to defend his title against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania and Ambrose is still set to face Lesnar in a street fight.
We're exactly where we were before Roadblock began. That doesn't mean it wasn't one hell of a ride.
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