Charlotte and Sasha Banks face off for the final time at Roadblock: End of the Line. Find out our thoughts on that match and the rest of the card inside!
Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
As expected, The New Day finally dropped the Raw Tag Team Championships after beating Demolition’s record as longest reigning tag team champions. They tried every trick in the book, but at the end of the day it was a fake tag by Sheamus to Cesaro that helped those two to get the quick rollup.
It was weird for The New Day’s run to be over. Those titles became so synonymous with that team that it was weird to see them on someone else. It was the right moment for this to happen. I’m not really sold on Cesaro and Sheamus as a team, but anybody would have worked to get those titles onto new bodies.
I’d really look for Gallows and Anderson to come into this picture sooner or later and start a feud for the titles. I don’t expect Cesaro and Sheamus to hold them too long. I’m thinking that they’ll either drop them at the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania. A dark horse option for the next feud could be The Revival making their main roster debut on Raw. It would work on so many levels and would give those two a shot of adrenaline coming to the main roster. That might be fantastical, but it would be a bold move that the Raw Tag Team Division needs.
10-Minute Time Limit – Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn finally got to slay the giant at Roadblock. Zayn somehow found a way to last the 10 minutes even when it looked at times like Braun was going to decimate him. This feud is far from over and considering how well it’s coming across, I have no problem with that. It’s been a long time since Sami had a chance to make his mark and he’s finally doing that. This could be a stepping stone for both men to climb up higher in the card.
I usually don’t like these types of feuds, but I think these two guys are so different that it’s an interesting dynamic. I expect this one to be done by Elimination Chamber at the latest and then hopefully Braun and Sami will be off to bigger things.
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
I really appreciate how much Chris Jericho has contributed to WWE during his latest run. This might be the best or second best run of his career. Kevin Owens ended up having an impact on this match as has been the custom in many of the matches featuring either man. This time, it was in favour of Rollins as his distraction cost Jericho the match after Rollins hit a Pedigree. This was only to set up the next swerve, though…
WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns
The calamity involving Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho didn’t end in the Seth Rollins match. It carried right over into the match involving the top title on Raw. Chris Jericho ended up coming down to get revenge on Kevin Owens for costing him the last match. He did just that hitting Owens with a Codebreaker. The kicker to that was that this got Roman disqualified and kept the title on Owens. It was all part of the plan.
I think that it’s starting to become a stretch for Jericho and Owens. Nothing is legitimate anymore and it’s hurting the Universal Championship in my opinion. Owens never needed to be this cowardly character that he became. He could have been a dominant champion, instead, it’s been a reign that I haven’t been too happy with. I love Owens, I just feel like everything makes him out to be weaker than he is. It doesn’t help that that’s pointed out every week. I’d much rather see Owens vs. Jericho than have the two together at this point. Hopefully that’s coming soon.
For what it’s worth, Seth and Roman double-powerbombed Owens through a table at the end of the show.
I don’t even need to talk about the Cruiserweight match, Swann retained, yadda yadda yadda. The great thing was what happened after the match. Neville returned after not being seen for quite some time to congratulate Rich…or so we thought. Neville clocked Swann and then beat down both Swann and Perkins.
It was great to see Neville turn heel. He wasn’t getting anywhere as a face and he’ll be an added force in the Cruiserweight Division. He easily becomes the biggest star for 205 Live and that was certainly a driving force behind this decision. I really want to see what Neville has to say about why he turned heel on Raw.
30 Minute Iron Man Match – Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks (c)
Thankfully, this event had this Iron Man Match because the show was otherwise a snooze. These two ladies have brought women’s wrestling to the main stage over several months. They’ve traded the title back and forth and made history more times than I can count. This match represented the end of a new beginning for women’s wrestling and I was proud to be able to witness it.
This match didn’t disappoint as very few of their matches have. There wasn’t a score in the match until the last 10 minutes. There seemed to be constant action in this one all match long with these two ladies trying everything to gain a fall. Eventually, the score was tied 2-2 and the match had to go to OT. That didn’t last long as Charlotte put Banks away with a Figure 8.
Charlotte became a four-time Raw Women’s Champion with that victory. With the way she’s going, she’s well on her way to being 16-time champion like her father. Sasha had a busted nose near the end of the match and her mouth was full of blood. It wasn’t something I’m accustomed to seeing in today’s WWE and it made the end of the match that much more meaningful.
I think it was the right time for this feud to be over. Charlotte and Sasha couldn’t do much more than they did. It meant a lot for these two tohave the deeply personal feud that they did and both women can use a change at this point in time. I feel like putting the title on Charlotte was the right move. She’ll likely go on to feud with Bayley up until Wrestlemania while Sasha will take a backseat with something else for a while. It’s very likely that Charlotte and Bayley can have that same magic so I’m excited for what’s to come with them. I just hope Sasha doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
By and large, this event was pretty awful. I could have watched just the Iron Man Match and have been happy with it. The return of Neville and Zayn’s victory are the other stand-outs of the night. I thought the Jericho swerve was way too expected to be impactful and the tag title match was really obvious as well. I really don’t think these additional events are helping things. I’d keep it at 12 ppvs as year for next year. This is overkill.