Here’s our final thoughts on Raw’s WWE Roadblock: End of the Line!
Big Cass (with Enzo Amore) vs. Rusev (with Lana)
Reactions: This pre-show match hardly quantifies as one. All the promo time we got from Lana, Enzo and Cass seemed like it ran longer than the whole bout itself. Cass kicked Rusev’s ass for the majority of the match, Rusev escaped through the crowd, got a few strikes in on Cass, jumped on Enzo and then got the win via count out. Let’s move on from this quickly, please…
Rating: No Stars…
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods) (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Reactions: From the opening bell, this tag team championship bout started off hot. Cesaro and Sheamus were on a mission tonight and they were looking to see it out to full completion. The New Day responded with just as much tenacity and intensity as their opponents, which helped catapult this bout into an immensely fun encounter. Cesaro and Sheamus worked much better as a well-oiled machine, which gave us some truly creative team maneuvers and smarter ways of cutting off The New Day’s usual antics. Kofi and Big E pulled off some slick moves of their own and made our heart skip a few beats since it looked like they were going to retain. The final moments of this opening match must be seen and appreciated in full. The New Day’s record breaking run may be over, but at least it came to a close during this awesome rematch.
Rating: 3 & a Half out of 5 Stars
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman (Sami Zayn Must Last at Least 10 Minutes)
Reactions: As a complete match, it was pretty much a squash match with a few bits of comeback offense from the smaller guy trickled in. We enjoyed it just a little bit more than the average David vs. Goliath bout due to its more emotional moments. Foley’s involvement with him almost throwing in the towel for Zayn, Strowman’s constant berating of Zayn and Zayn throwing said towel into the crowd got us more invested in this bout. Zayn’s final offensive sprint tugged at our heartstrings even more and had us rooting even harder for the little guy. Zayn survived! This was more of a heart tugger than an actual back and forth contest. At least it was kinda decent…
Rating: 1 & a Half out of 5 Stars