Oh, Canada! Someone said to me the other day that WWE Roadblock looked a lot like WWE Fastlane and vice versa.
They were wrong.
The road to WrestleMania 32 got a nice boost with an event that allowed us all to think Dean Ambrose should be headlining the show in Dallas against the current WWE World Champion, Triple H. Despite the loss to The Game, there is no doubt the confrontation between Trips and Roman Reigns has no chance of living up to the display these two men gave the fans in Toronto and at home watching on their computers.
Roadblock delivered in more ways than one, despite a letdown from the intended Bray Wyatt-Brock Lesnar confrontation.
With exactly three weeks left until the company’s biggest night, there are still questions left unanswered and a card to still be defined. Will changes be made and can Ambrose somehow sneak his way into the Triple Threat match with Triple H and Reigns, or is he still headed to Suplex City with Lesnar.
Oh, and Wyatt still does not have a dance partner for the event.
Ambrose had a plan from the start and effectively showed he could stand toe to toe with the champ. The fans reaction didn’t help much, as they were silent for most of the night. It was not indicative of the match. Like Eric G. said in a column earlier this week, it should be Ambrose, not his “brother” who is being pushed for super stardom.
I give this show a solid “B” for its effort. Here are some general thoughts on the matches themselves.
The New Day defeats Wade Barrett and Sheamus
What a great way to start things off. But it was fast and seemed as though the match was rushed. While the League of Nations is a great idea, there would be more substance to the faction if each member held a title, a la Evolution.
Chris Jericho defeats Jack Swagger
Jericho is best when he is a heel. There is something to like about his psychology as a hated wrestler. The match with Swagger was better than I thought it would be, but in the end, the former two-time world champion was just a jobber in the ring with one of the best of all time.
Dash and Dawson (The Revival) defeats Enzo and Cass
I had never seen either of these tag teams in the ring, let alone compete against each other. I was treated to a great performance from two tag teams that need to be part of WWE’s main roster. There is something to like about Dash and Dawson, who remind me a lot of Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson. May have been the second best match of the night behind the main event.
Charlotte defeats Natalya
This was so much better than I thought it would be. Charlotte was pushed to the limit and for a time, I really did think the Canadian would take the title when she dedicated the match to her uncle, Bret Hart. Natalya took Charlotte to the limit in one of the better women’s matches we have seen. Now, Charlotte moves on to WrestleMania 32 against Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.
Brock Lesnar defeats Luke Harper
What a letdown. For all the build and the hype, this match may have been the worst of the night based on the fact Wyatt watched as Harper got plowed by The Beast Incarnate. For all that we wanted to see with the two giants in the ring, it never happened. Fans were in the match from the beginning because of the ability by Lesnar to throw Harper around like a rag doll. This is a feud that needs to continue at WrestleMania 32, but probably won’t happen.
Sami Zayn defeats Stardust
Zayn didn’t get the pop from the Canadian crowd he deserved. It’s hard to be the match that follows Lesnar and is in front of the main event. Stardust looked solid in the match as well. With Zayn going to WrestleMania 32 with a title shot against Kevin Owens, this was more of a warmup of sorts. Both men still were impressive on a night where the match meant little, if not anything.