Happy Wednesday Everyone!
We’re continuing my current rebooking arc this week, as we go from Survivor Series 2015 all the way up to WrestleMania XXXII.
Last week we booked Fastlane 2016, and I’ll post the results after the break line for those who would like to be easily caught up to where we are in this six part arc. You can also read the full article in my archives should you wish to.
This week we don’t have a pay per view but rather a WWE Network Special, as WWE is swinging by Toronto in Canada for a big event. Roadblock 2016 will be the last “supercard” event until WrestleMania XXXII, and we’ll see some issues advanced whilst other parts of the Mania card are officially set in stone.
When we left things after Fastlane; Roman Reigns had managed to retain his WWE Title, but he had needed some help in order to accomplish it. There’s no rest for the wicked however, as Reigns has another big challenger to contend with at Roadblock 2016, with a Canadian threatening to take the Title in his home nation.
Elsewhere we’re going to advance the issues for both the tag belts and the secondary Titles, as well as keeping things cooking in the women’s division. We also have a special appearance by a part timer in order to make the show have that extra hook to get folks interested.
You can view the real card for the event by clicking below;
Results from WWE Fastlane 2016
Winners are in BOLD
WWE United States Title Match
Champ: Alberto Del Rio Vs AJ Styles
15 Minutes. Clean pin
New Day saves Styles from a post-match attack by The League of Nations
Emma and Dana Brooke Vs Nattie Neidhart and Brie Bella
8 Minutes. Clean pin (Emma pins Neidhart)
WWE Intercontinental Title Open Challeng
Champ: Kevin Owens Vs Mr. Kennedy
10 Minutes. Clean pin
Sami Zayn attacks Owens post-match
The Miz and Tyler Breeze Vs Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler
8 Minutes. Clean pin (Rhodes pins Breeze)
WWE Women’s Title Match
Champ: Charlotte Flair Vs Sasha Banks
15 Minutes. Dirty pin
Becky Lynch chases Flair off post-match and argues with Banks
WrestleMania XXXII Title Shot on the line
Sheamus Vs Dean Ambrose
20 Minutes. Clean pin
No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Title
Champ: Roman Reigns Vs The Undertaker
20 Minutes. Pin following interference from Triple H and League of Nations
Okay, now that I’ve reminded you of the results of the previous show, let’s move on to Roadblock 2016!
Winner gets a US Title Shot at WrestleMania XXXII
The Miz Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs Cody Rhodes
Miz and Ziggler have been feuding since the autumn of 2015 when Dolph Ziggler eliminated Miz from the WWE Title Tournament, leading to Miz in-turn costing Ziggler a match against Kevin Owens in the Semi-Finals. Ziggler got a measure of revenge back at Starrcade, but the heat between the two wrestlers has yet to be quelled, with Cody Rhodes now getting dragged into it following a tag team match back at Fastlane. A match has been booked between the three, with the sweetener being added that the winner will get a US Title shot at Mania.
The match itself will be an energetic affair, with all three wrestlers having opportunities to stamp their ticket for a US Title match. Ultimately the rivalry between Miz and Ziggler will prove to be both of their undoing, as each wrestler will be more focused on sticking it to their enemy than winning the match, which will lead to Rhodes managing to make the most of the situation, by teaming up with both wrestlers at different points in order to punish the other. Eventually Ziggler will seemingly have Rhodes defeated, but Miz will attack Ziggler and try to steal the pin on Rhodes, only for Rhodes to kick out. Rhodes will then run the two rival wrestlers into one another and pounce with the Cross-Rhodes onto Miz for the three count and a ticket to WrestleMania.
The League of Nations (Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio and Rusev) Vs WWE Tag Team Champs The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E. Langston) and WWE United States Champ AJ Styles
The League of Nations have been skirmishing with The New Day since December 2015, when New Day turned on The Authority due to being unhappy at taking a backseat to the new faction. New Day managed to successfully defend their Tag Titles against The League back at the Royal Rumble, but The League have not relented in their quest to take the belts from the popular Champions. Styles made his debut at the Rumble and threw Alberto Del Rio out of the ring, leading to a match between the two at Fastlane where Styles became the new Champion. The League tried putting a beat down on Styles following that, but The New Day came to the rescue and we’ve got an 8 Man Tag tonight.
The League will cut off the ring and work over Kingston, but Styles will eventually get the hot hand and will run wild on the Heels, leading to the match breaking down whilst everyone goes at it. Eventually Barrett and Woods will end up as the two legal wrestlers in the bout, leading to a Sheamus cheap shot on Woods in order to set up The Wasteland so that Barrett can get a pin over one of the Tag Champs to seemingly put The League back into contention.
The League won’t have much time to celebrate though, as everyone in the match will be subjected to some trademark Wyatt Family spookiness, as the lights will fall and Wyatt will cut an eerie promo on the big screen. Though most of it is the usual Wyatt gibberish, one part of it is alarmingly clear for both The League and The New Day. The Wyatt Family wants in on the Tag Title picture, and that could very well end very badly for the two other units.
Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman Vs Kane
Lesnar went on a terror in the Royal Rumble Match until surprisingly being eliminated by Chris Jericho, with Kane being one of his victims. The Big Red Monster was duly miffed by such an outcome, so he’s laid down the challenge for Lesnar to meet him here at Roadblock 2016 so that he can exact some revenge on The Conqueror.
The match itself will be the usual Lesnar sprint, as the two brutal fighters will commence with throwing bombs at one another from the opening bell, with Lesnar attempting to take Kane to Suplex City™ whilst Kane looks to use his usual array of punches, boots and clotheslines to put Lesnar on the defensive long enough for a Choke Slam or Tombstone. Lesnar will take a Choke Slam but will kick out, and when Kane tries to follow up with the Tombstone, Lesnar will slip behind and deliver a punishing F-5 for the hard fought victory.
WWE Intercontinental Title Open Challenge For Anyone EXCEPT Sami Zayn
Champ: Kevin Owens Vs Lance Storm
Sami Zayn showed up during the Royal Rumble Match and eliminated his former friend and NXT rival Kevin Owens from the match, leading to fresh calls from the WWE fan base for Zayn to get a shot at Owens so that they could finally settle the score. Owens however didn’t want any of that, and The Authority acquiesced to his demand that Zayn not be considered in contention for the IC Title. In order to be as much of a jerk as possible, Owens came up with an idea where he would hold an Open Challenge for the belt, with everyone being in contention to challenge with the exception of Zayn. Roadblock 2016 will see a continuation for that storyline, as Owens will once again open the floor for someone to step up and challenge for the belt.
Being that this event is taking place in Canada, I wasn’t sure how to attack this story point, as chances are that Owens would get cheered so you were basically setting up most of the babyfaces to fail before the bell even rings. This gave me the idea of going with a Canadian challenger for the evening, with me eventually settling on Lance Storm due to him still working sporadic dates in 2015/16. Bringing him in for a one shot would allow him to have one last match on a WWE event, and it would also allow Owens to remain in the Heel role due to Storm being both a surprise contender and a native Canadian.
Storm will get a chance to show off all his trademark offence in the bout, including his springboard dropkick and Single Leg Crap, with the latter almost securing Storm the victory until Owens is able to drag himself to the ropes for a match saving break. Storm will keep coming following that, but Owens will hold firm and will eventually catch his respected challenger with the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the three count following a tough struggle. Owens will celebrate following the bout, but just as at Fastlane, Owens’ celebration will be cut short, as Zayn will run in from the crowd and take his enemy out with a big Helluva Kick to pop the crowd and also push Owens to the point that he needs to finally tackle this issue head on.
WWE Women’s Champ Charlotte Flair, Emma and Dana Brooke Vs Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Nattie Neidhart
Emma and Brooke have jumped from NXT and set their sights on the stars of WWE’s Total Divas show, in particular Neidhart and Brie Bella. Flair, realising that the combined threat of Banks and Lynch isn’t going away, has decided to team up with the former NXT duo in hopes of removing her challengers from the equation. Neidhart suffered a defeat to Emma back at Fastlane, so here at Roadblock 2016 she is looking at getting some revenge in her home country.
The match will be built around Neidhart getting the hot tag so that she can get her hands on the NXT duo, with both Emma and Brooke getting clobbered at different points. Banks and Lynch may be tolerating one another in this contest, but they are by no means allies, and that will come to the fore as the bout rages on, with some miscommunication causing the two to squabble with one another. Eventually Flair will decide the match isn’t worth her time and she will bail, with Neidhart talking Banks and Lynch out of joining her so that they can watch her back whilst she sticks Brooke in the Sharpshooter for the submission victory. Neidhart may have enjoyed a measure of revenge here, but Emma is the one she really wants to defeat, whilst Banks and Lynch have nowhere near sated their desire for Flair’s Women’s Title.
Champ: Roman Reigns Vs Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho had an impressive display in the Royal Rumble Match, ending the bout as runner-up to Dean Ambrose and eliminating Brock Lesnar along the way. Jericho used this as evidence for the #1 contender status, which The Authority cautiously agreed to, leading to Jericho getting a shot in his home country here against Reigns. Reigns is looking to pick up yet another victory and secure his place in the Main Event of WrestleMania XXXII.
Jericho will give Reigns everything he could ask for and more here, getting numerous near falls and even locking Reigns in The Walls of Jericho at one stage, forcing Reigns to drag himself under the rope to the floor in an effort to find some respite, only for Jericho to follow him out of the ring to continue the fight. Reigns will manage to survive Jericho’s onslaught and will get some near falls of his own, with both wrestlers throwing everything they have at one another, with the crowd hopefully fully behind their fellow countryman’s quest for the Title. In the end though Reigns will show why he is the Champion, by blocking an attempt at the Code Breaker and following up with a big Spear for the three count.
Reigns will leave following his victory, whilst Jericho will pull himself up to soak in some cheers from the crowd. However, this will be short lived, as Jericho will be blindsided by a fresh Brock Lesnar. Lesnar will deliver an F-5 in the ring on Jericho before throwing Jericho to the floor and adding another one through the announce table. As Jericho lays broken in the table’s remains, Lesnar will bark “talk about me this time Jericho, talk about me now!” with the implication clearly being that Lesnar didn’t care for Jericho referencing his Rumble elimination of him when requesting his Title shot.
WrestleMania Title Shot on the line
Triple H Vs Dean Ambrose
Ever since Triple H conspired to cheat Dean Ambrose out of the WWE Title back at Survivor Series, his, and The Authority’s, goal has been to keep Ambrose out of the Title picture at all costs. First Ambrose had to win a match at Starrcade to earn a place in the Royal Rumble match, and then Triple H ensured that Ambrose would enter the match at #1 after weeks of brutal attacks from The Authority’s cronies. Despite all of this, Ambrose was still able to pick up the victory, but his suffering wasn’t over, as The Authority continued to stack the deck by forcing Ambrose to defend his WrestleMania Main Event status like it were a Title. Ambrose has survived up to this point, so Triple H has decided that he’ll have to dirty his own hands and has booked himself against Ambrose here at Roadblock 2016, with Ambrose’s Title Shot once again on the line.
Ambrose will relish the chance to get his hands on his tormenter and will unleash months of frustration upon WWE’s COO, with Triple H gradually realising how much jeopardy he is in as the bout progresses. Eventually the referee will get bumped and this will be Triple H’s chance to enlist the help of hired goons The League of Nations, as they will run down and put the beat down on Ambrose. All will seem lost, but then the lights will go out, and when they come back on The Undertaker will be in the arena and looking for payback for what happened to him back at Fastlane when Triple H and The League cost him a match with Roman Reigns.
Taker will clean house and remove The League from the equation before giving the throat slit motion to Triple H, just in time for The Game to turn around and find an infuriated and fired up Ambrose dragging himself to his feet in order to settle the issue between them. Undertaker will merely awaken the referee and allow the bout to go its natural course, with Ambrose getting a big comeback on Triple H before putting him away with The Dirty Deeds in order to advance to WrestleMania XXXII. However, just because Taker didn’t get a piece of Triple H tonight doesn’t mean that he hasn’t got something planned in the coming weeks…
And thus with Roadblock 2016 in the bag we can set our sights on WrestleMania XXXII, with most of the card now set up following this event. Dean Ambrose will finally get a chance to get back in the ring with Roman Reigns so that the two can settle their issue. Neither of them have lost in a big match setting for months, so that combined with the already simmering personal issue should give us a bout that the Mania crowd will be suitably hyped for once the opening bell rings.
Charlotte Flair has been unable to get Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch out of her hair, so we’re going to need a way to settle things come WrestleMania, with Flair’s grip on the Women’s Title being under intense jeopardy.
We’ve got Cody Rhodes all set for a US Title shot at AJ Styles, whilst you’d think that Kevin Owens will finally have to put his IC Title up against Sami Zayn so that he can finally nip the issue they have in the bud?
New Day still have their issue with The League of Nations raging, and now it looks like The Wyatt Family are going to stick their noses into it as well.
When it comes to Non-Title matches, Chris Jericho isn’t going to want the attack from Brock Lesnar to go unanswered, whilst Undertaker has made strong enemies of both Triple H and The League of Nations following his actions in the Main Event here. We’ve also got the secondary feud in the women’s division bubbling over just in time for the biggest show of the year.
As always, I’m interested to see what ideas you would have and hopefully I’ll see you all next week when I finish this arc off with WrestleMania XXXII!