WWE Roadblock is shaping up to be a surprisingly big deal of a WWE Network exclusive event, along with having elements that make it the WrestleMania for hardcore fans. Roadblock was originally a Network exclusive that started out as nothing more than the first live event from Canada to be aired on the Network, but has grown into something far greater. Many of the “smart fans” –those who read spoilers, rumors, backstage news, etc– were urging WWE to have Bray Wyatt face Brock Lesnar at ‘Mania, for Dean Ambrose to be in the main event instead of Roman Reigns, and more; so in looking at the card for Roadblock, it’s a little bit of a satisfying feeling for those fans, because we’re getting at least two of those wishes…sort of. I can see Roadblock having multiple matches end in shady ways, but I can also see them being matches we’re still talking about at the end of the year come time for the Slammy Awards and other publications yearly acknowledgements –like (cheap plug) The Lowedown: Turnbuckle Trophy Awards.– Thus far there are only four matches announced for what’s supposed to be a 3-hour event, so let’s get into those matches, shall we:
Enzo Amore and Big Cass (w/ Carmella) vs The Revival (Dash and Dawson) for the NXT Tag Team Championships
This is arguably the easiest match on the card to predict the outcome of, not because the challengers don’t have a chance, but because the Title match at NXT Takeover Dallas is already set in stone. Fans close to the product already know it’ll be The Revival vs American Alpha in Dallas, but at least Enzo and Cass are getting one final big time NXT match, and they’re competing on the same card as WWE Roster talent, which looks good. If Enzo and Cass can get near the same level of reaction that New Day can, Vince McMahon will know full well that they belong on RAW and Smackdown, and should be brought to the WWE Roster in time for WrestleMania. This is going to end with The Revival cheating their way to a victory or by getting a DQ loss, which would keep the Titles on the Champs, and keep Enzo/Cass strong, by the faces not suffering a straight up loss to the NXT Tag Champs for the second time.
Winners: The Revival
- The Revival (100%, 3 Votes)
- Enzo Amore/Big Cass (0%, 0 Votes)
- DQ (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 3
League of Nations (Sheamus and King Barrett) vs New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championships
This might actually be the most difficult one to call, because either outcome seems plausible. New Day retaining makes total sense, as it sends the best WWE Tag Team Champions into ‘Mania with the Titles in hand; but, LON winning at Roadblock puts New Day in a tight spot, forces New Day to up their game to recapture the Championships, and gets fans behind New Day even more than they’ve already been. The latter scenario puts LON as the heels and New Day as the faces, which sets things up quite nicely; however, fans have been just as vocal about not wanting this match, as they were about not wanting Braun Strowman against The Undertaker. WWE took notice of fans’ reaction once, perhaps they’ll do the same with this awful matchup planned for ‘Mania. If New Day finds a way to defeat LON or if LON tries to cheat and it gets them DQ’d, I could see New Day saying no team can beat them, which would mean a new team stepping in or another team stepping in to join LON in the ‘Mania match. A lot of that definitely is biased, I want Enzo and Cass in a match for the Titles at ‘Mania, I want that chant to be said by 100k people, but it also comes down to knowing that when you’ve got a team as hot as Enzo and Cass, you capitalize, and capitalizing in this situation means getting them in front of the biggest crowd imaginable, and that’s ‘Mania.
While LON winning would create a chase, I’m sticking with New Day walking out as Champs at Roadblock, after beating LON clean.
Winners: New Day
- New Day (75%, 3 Votes)
- League Of Nations (25%, 1 Votes)
- DQ (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 4
Bray Wyatt vs Brock Lesnar
Unless Bray ends up being put into a bigger match than anyone ever expected –more on that in the main event prediction,– I can’t see a way that Bray wins this match. I don’t think there will be a pin, nor do I think that anyone is going to be the runaway favorite in terms of in-ring performance. Lesnar may be The Beast Incarnate, but Bray is nearly as large as Lesnar is, just in a slightly less terrifying way. Bray is a brute in his own right, taking out opponents with various slams and a mean looking Clothesline, so I have little doubt Lesnar won’t suffer some damage in this one, but when Bray runs out of counters, and Lesnar begins to go into full blown rage mode, Bray will do what he always does: use his Family to his advantage. At first, I think we’ll see Braun get a shot or two in, and maybe even Luke Harper, but Bray will only be able to distract the referee for so long before he realizes what’s going on. Lesnar will take everyone to Suplex City, set his sights on Bray, hit The Eater of Worlds with an F5, go for the pin, Bray will kick out, Lesnar will recoup, toss Bray around a few more times, hit another F5, but as the pin nears three, The Wyatt Family will save their patriarch, attacking Lesnar all at once. At first, the Wyatt’s will succeed, but Lesnar’s fierce strength will pull him through, until Bray re-enters the fray, hitting Lesnar with Bray’s Cross-body attack, followed by the Wyatt’s kicking Lesnar while he’s down, allowing Bray to put the Beast away with a Sister Abigail.
Bray may be allowed to escape the match looking strong, but Lesnar will come for him on RAW, attacking Bray backstage or in the ring, and dismantling the Wyatt’s for good measure, until the Wyatt’s find their way back to power against an opponent I want to see more than anyone right now; again, more on that in the next prediction.
As for this match, Bray will nearly hit Lesnar with a Sister Abigail, Lesnar will counter it with an F5, the Wyatt’s will get involved, and Lesnar will end up with a victory by DQ.
Winner: Brock Lesnar by DQ
- DQ (67%, 2 Votes)
- Brock Lesnar (33%, 1 Votes)
- Bray Wyatt (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 3
Dean Ambrose vs Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
While the odds of this happening are slim to none, I’m taking the lesser odds in the favor of a better overall story line. Ambrose defeating Triple H at Roadblock would shake the foundations of the WWE, would get the WWE Universe questioning everything, including whether or not the WrestleMania card would hold up as we currently know it. That’s the way to book wrestling, to keep your fans guessing, to make sure that at no point is your main event so predictable. The thing is, while this would be one of the boldest moves WWE could make since putting Daniel Bryan in the main event of WrestleMania XXX, I could easily see Triple H setting up a rematch on RAW this coming Monday, complete with the stipulation of a No-DQ match, where Triple H would do anything and everything necessary to get the Title back on him, so Triple H can still go to the main event of ‘Mania, and giving Triple H his 15th Championship reign. Now, if that match is made, and Triple H makes this fan’s dreams come true in having a match not against Reigns at ‘Mania, but against Bray, we could finally see that heel turn so many have been clamoring for from Reigns, with the leader of the Roman Empire seemingly rushing down to the ring to help his best friend, only to then turn on Ambrose. The way I see that going down is this: Triple H calls out some roster members to help, the LON answers the call, dismantles Ambrose to the best of their ability, but Ambrose kicks out of Triple H’s pin, Triple H hits another Pedigree, but Ambrose still manages to stay in the fight. Then we hear Reigns’ music hit for the first time in three weeks, Reigns rushes down the steps, takes out LON on the outside, hits a Superman Punch and a Spear on Triple H, makes sure that Ambrose gets the pin, and then during the celebration, Reigns Spears Ambrose, and then goes ballistic, beating the hell out of Ambrose for outshining him, unleashing all that anger and frustration we’ve seen boiling for months and months as the fans have rejected Reigns, but practically worshiped Ambrose.
Ambrose winning, but having Reigns be the one that attacks him would result in one main thing: a main event between Ambrose and Reigns. There’s of course the fact that Triple H would want his rematch, and knowing Triple H, he may not want it on RAW, he may wait until ‘Mania, which would turn the main event into a Triple Threat, but then there’s always Lesnar, who may turn it into a Fatal 4-Way. If I could book this though, I would have Reigns attack Ambrose again at the start of RAW, making sure that Reigns and Ambrose happens at ‘Mania; then Triple H tries to call out Ambrose, enacting Triple H’s rematch clause, but then have Bray and the Wyatt’s embarrassingly humiliate Triple H by beating Triple H senseless. Triple H being interrupted is bad enough, but him being made a fool of after getting destroyed during what should have been his moment to make a big call out, would hurt the character’s ego, and force Triple H to delay his vengeance on Ambrose/Reigns. Having it go down that way means WWE can put a pause on Reigns vs Triple H for a PPV more befitting the match.
That leaves Lesnar, who not only isn’t in the main event, but now he’s lost his opportunity to tear apart Ambrose on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Where does that leave the Beast? It leaves him with Heyman, both trying to figure out what’s next for Lesnar, what’s next for Heyman’s client, and thus, they’d come out on RAW, demanding that Lesnar get put into the main event, to be put up against Triple H, to get one of those matches, and just as Lesnar is about to tear the place apart to get his way, the lights go out, we hear an eerie voice speaking backwards, a heartbeat pumps through the speakers as the lights blink red to the pulse, and a voice takes a deep breath as the stage fills with smoke, where we see Lesnar’s opponent: Finn Bálor. The Demon slaying the Beast at his first WrestleMania would make Bálor, but allow the current NXT Champion to still have a ton of room to grow. It’s not winning the Title on his first night, but it is Bálor potentially beating Lesnar in Bálor’s first WWE match –if he’s not booked on RAW or Smackdown, which I don’t think he should be if this happened. It’s a way out there dream kind of scenario, but I would be giddy over it.
Imagine the top line of the WrestleMania card being:
Reigns vs Ambrose for the Championship
Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match with control of RAW on the line
Triple H vs Bray Wyatt
Bálor vs Lesnar
For me, that’s a WrestleMania main event picture worth seeing a thousand times over, one to be proud of, and if Dallas is meant to break the all-time record for attendance, I’d be fond of that card being the one that did it instead of the one that exists now. As I said before, the matches that have been announced, are going to happen, and I would be outright shocked if they changed in any perceivable way, but still my hope is strong that I’ll be wrong, and because of that, I’ve got Ambrose winning by any means necessary.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
- Dean Ambrose (67%, 2 Votes)
- Triple H (33%, 1 Votes)
- DQ (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 3
That’s The Lowedown on what I think happens at WWE Roadblock, let me know what you think will happen in the polls, and through social media. Thanks for reading, and remember to watch more wrestling!
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