Last night at the WWE Network-only live show, ‘Roadblock’ threatened to bring the road to Wrestlemania to a screeching halt and potentially shake up the entire Wrestlemania card, with 3 main roster titles being put on the line. Unfortunately, what we received was much more like a slight two-and-a-half-hour detour on the road to Wrestlemania. With no title changing hands and no new Wrestlemania-worthy feuds, it leaves the WWE Universe with a lot of questions to be answered heading into the antepenultimate Monday Night Raw in Pittsburgh on March 14th.
First of all, The New Day defeated one-half of the League of Nations (Barrett and Sheamus), so we can expect the other half (Rusev and Del Rio) to stake their claim for a match this Monday. Unless we see a very surprising title change or a shock debut (Looking at you, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy), The New Day have a very, very clear path towards Wrestlemania with no worthy challengers anywhere near their level. We may see the New Day being given another multi-tag team ladder match at the show of shows.
Chris Jericho’s heel turn was taken one step further as he carried out a vicious, scathing attack on his homeland of Canada, before fairly easily dismantling the ‘Real American’ Jack Swagger and then tearing up a ‘Get Well Soon Bret’ sign held by a child. This coming Monday I fully expect a retaliation performance and promo from AJ Styles, before the two have a stand at the go-home Raw before Wrestlemania. Charlotte faced off against Natalya in a very make-shift Divas title match, which really didn’t do either competitor any favours. It firmly cemented Charlotte as the top heel in the company and unfortunately lowered Natalya’s standing in the divas ranking after giving a lacklustre, Canada-inspired performance. I highly doubt we’ll see anymore more changes in the Diva’s division and expect each of the former NXT trio of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch cut promos either tomorrow night or in the next three weeks.
Next up we saw the Beast Incarnate, the Conqueror, the Wyatt-Smashing Brock Lesnar take on the ‘team’ of Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt. Almost instantly Bray stepped out of the ring and allowed Luke Harper to be somewhat brutalised by Brock. Yet Again we were teased Bray versus Brock but never delivered, something I can see Bray mentioning tomorrow night unless we start to see the cracks appearing from within the Wyatt family as Bray fled almost instantly after Brock dismantled Harper. So, to fill the time between Harper versus The Beast and the main event, we saw Sami Zayn secure his place on the main roster by defeating Stardust in an energetic, wholly Impressive performance from both men. Now we have many superstars, including Sami Zayn, being able to stake a claim for battle against Kevin Owens.
I fully expect to see either a battle royal for the number one contender’s spot or an announcement of a multi-man ladder match containing Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Sami Zayn, Neville, The Big Show and the champion himself, Kevin Owens. Finally, it was time for the main event. The King of Kings, the game, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and COO of the company Triple H took on the Lunatic Fringe and founder of the Ambrose Asylum, Dean Ambrose. This was the match that the WWE Universe were desperate for, hoping to see anything shake up what still is a very mundane main event. Dean showed a lot of positive offense and even secured a firm 3-count over HHH, before the referee waved it off as Dean’s foot was deemed to be under the bottom rope. The Game capitalised on this and managed to pin Dean a few moments later. The Pattern of Dean being screwed over by The Authority continued and this will continue on Monday night. Dean has a real claim for another go at the title, and there is a very real chance that Dean’s Street fight with Brock may turn into a match where the winner progresses through to the main event.
Only time will tell as to what will happen on Raw, but one thing for sure is that the WWE universe and Dean Ambrose have a lot of questions and we have only 3 weeks for these to be answered, otherwise we could be in for a very, very controversial Wrestlemania. By Liam Shone.