Best Match of the night:
I could go two ways here. And since I couldn’t decide, I think it’s worth splitting this one.
The first winner? The NXT tag team championship match. It was a very good match, the crowd loved it, the spots were well executed. It was a very good match.
The second winner? The main event. Hunter and Dean tore the house down in a very well done, well told, well executed match. Dean appeared to win, but had his legs under the ropes-which the ref noticed as he was about to hit the mat for 3.
Worst match of the night:
I hate to say it, but Natalya and Charlotte. It wasn’t horrible, but it was probably the weakest offering of the night. It’s worth noting, however, that the card from start to finish was actually pretty good, and I’d hardly call this one a complete stinker.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is awesome
One more time
Let’s go Sami
And, something that sounded like “this is awkward”.
Let’s go Ambrose
New Day rocks
Star of the Night
This one was hard for me to decide on. I wanted to say Dean Ambrose, but I think Enzo and Big Cass (and Dash & Dawson) are worthy of this praise tonight. But then, so is Sami Zayn, I think.
So, in the end, I am going to stick with my first choice and go with Ambrose. He worked a great match with Hunter and arguably deserved to win, but even in the loss, he shined.
Spot of the Night:
Ambrose went for his elbow, on Hunter, who was on the announce table. Hunter, however, bailed out of the way and Dean suffered the consequences.
Loved a lot of the exchanges in the NXT tag title match, though I couldn’t single out just one.
Jobber of the Night:
Jack Swagger might have been worthy of it, except he did put up a decent fight, so it hardly is worth calling him a jobber.
But Luke Harper? Absolutely. Bray took advantage of their match becoming a handicap match, as he effectively left Harper to be the sacrificial lamb. After a bit of offense, The Beast destroyed him.
Upset of the Night:
None to speak of, which is fine. The point of tonight was to entertain, and to that end, it was mission accomplished. We were made to think that Natalya could win the Divas Championship, and she was certainly close. Enzo and Big Cass didn’t win the tag team titles, but they also came close. And Dean Ambrose? He actually pinned Hunter, but it didn’t count. So we were lead to believe an upset would be possible, but we just didn’t get any. But with 3 weeks to go before WM32, it was expected that they’d hold serve.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Maybe it’s minor, but Cole actually said Hogan’s name on-air. He mentioned the WrestleManias in Toronto, specifically Hogan/Warrior. Didn’t think we’d hear his name mentioned any time soon…
Botch of the night:
Maybe it wasn’t a botch, but there were a few sloppy looking spots in the Divas match. Maybe it was expected to be that way, but I have to think there was a botch in there somewhere.
Commentary of the night:
He has a head like a Studebaker, but I won’t tell him that. Last time he came near me, I had surgery.
Suplex City has a family plan
Either we have a Premiere League game going on, or Sami Zayn is in the ring!
LOL Moment of the night:
If there was one, I missed it. Tonight wasn’t really geared toward the funny stuff, and that’s not a bad thing.
We got a couple unannounced matches, which was to be expected. And one surprising change, which was Wyatt/Lesnar becoming Wyatt and Harper versus Lesnar.
I don’t know if it’s a lowlight, but I think it would have been nice to have had some of the other matches announced ahead of time.
Another that I might put as a knock, is that at times it felt like a glorified house show-which, for what it’s worth, it kind of was. I didn’t notice pyro that we’ve come to know and expect, and there were several times during matches that I was just waiting for Cole to send it to a commercial.
This one is more a surprise than a lowlight, but I was surprised that we got no run-ins, no further set-ups for WM32. For example, with Sami Zayn wrestling, I fully expected Kevin Owens to get involved, but no such luck. Also, for the Wyatt/Lesnar match, one disappointment was the lack of Bray. And then the lack of Wyatt backup.¬† I get building up the stars heading into ‘Mania, but that doesn’t mean keep Rowan and Strowman away…
The show, from start to finish, was really strong. I was honestly left impressed with the matches, and was really high on the NXT tag match, seeing Sami Zayn in action and the main event. All three matches (as well as others) really impressed tonight.
After the final bell:
As much as folks wanted to see it, there was no title changing hands tonight. We saw it come close, but no cigar. Hunter was, effectively, pinned. Big Cass and Enzo appeared to be victorious too. But it wasn’t in the cards, and there’s not really a shock to it. I thought Dash and Dawson were about to become former NXT tag champions,but the reality is, this was a tune up show for a lot of the wrestlers working on the card.
Maybe we didn’t get a title change, but we got a glimpse into how some guys are working out in order to make the most of it. And, since they are all focused on WrestleMania, then that is a good thing.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by Roadblock.