WWE Roadblock End of the Line Results: Analysing and grading each match (December 18th, 2016)
A mediocre PPV overall, with a weak DQ ending.
While SmackDown Live continues to deliver on PPV, Raw PPVs remain mediocre. Sure, Roadblock: End of the Line was a perfectly fine show, but it felt more like a glorified episode of Raw than a PPV event.
Every match on the card had already taken place before only a couple of weeks ago, and the lack of definite finishes, left fans disappointed rather than excited.
While there were some great moments, including Neville’s heel turn, Cesaro and Sheamus’ tag title win and Sami Zayn’s underdog fight against Braun Strowman; the PPV overall left fans unsatisfied. A weak show once again for the red brand, as Roadblock: End of the Line felt like just another episode of Raw when all was said and done.
So, which matches contributed to another mediocre PPV, and which were the diamond in the rough?
Let’s find out, as I analyse and grade each match from WWE Roadblock: End of the Line.
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (30-minute Iron Man Match, Raw Women’s Championship):
Result: Charlotte wins 3-2 after a submission win in sudden death overtime.
This was a very good match once again from these two women, although it wasn’t the show-stealer many thought it would be. The Iron Man stipulation was used poorly here, as the first twenty minutes were left with no falls, and the match suffered due to this.
While the falls in the last ten minutes and in overtime was an improvement, the first half of the match was weak due to WWE’s poor use of the iron man stipulation. The in-ring action here was nothing special either, as we have seen it all before in their multiple clashes this year.
Still, they did well to harness some drama and emotion, as Banks fighting back as the babyface was a strong aspect of the match. However, once again, the title has switched hands in extremely quick succession. The hot potato game of the women’s title continues, and it has devalued both the title and the Banks/Charlotte rivalry.
While Michael Cole is saying that this feud is one of the ‘greatest in WWE history’, fans will look back at this as a poorly booked mess. Sasha Banks has barely had time to develop as a babyface champion, and her credibility has been especially harmed by this weak decision.
While Charlotte’s eventual loss on PPV will be excellent, another win here for her was another poor choice. Overall, a strong match and a good ending to the rivalry, but another pointless title change and an overexposed clash left this as just a good match, rather than the show-stealer it should have been.