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By Josh Coulson @BristolBeadz
The final WWE pay per view of the year is this Sunday. WWE Roadblock: End of the Line. A bit of a mouthful and at this point a show that feels a little bit like a filler PPV. Survivor Series is behind us, Royal Rumble is just around the corner. WWE need a show to fill the festive void. That being said, there are a few matches on this card that may change that status. Here’s what the RAW brand has in store for us this weekend.
The New Day vs Sheamus and Cesaro for the RAW Tag Team Championships
They did it! The New Day are now officially the longest reigning WWE tag champions of all time. As predictable as it was, their quest to achieve that goal on Monday night was actually very entertaining. Plus culminated in a great main event. On Sunday they defend their titles once again, this time against Sheamus and Cesaro. Despite the record now being broken I feel New Day’s reign will continue beyond Roadblock. To have them lose it now will feel a little anti-climactic after what happened on RAW. I’m still hoping for The Revival to emerge from NXT and end New Day’s lengthy reign some time in the new year.
Big Cass vs Rusev
The relatively racey story line between Enzo Amore and Rusev took a new twist on Monday. With Amore sidelined Big Cass came looking to avenge his tag partner. No such luck. Not yet anyway. On Sunday however Cass will get his hands on the Bulgarian Brute. Hard to call which was this one will go. WWE doesn’t like Cass to lose so I think the big man may leave with the W. I’d be very surprised if Enzo does not return to help that happen though.
Sami Zayn vs Braun Strowman
After some incredible verbal exchanges these last few weeks with Mick Foley, Sami finally has his chance. Zayn has convinced the RAW GM that he may have what it takes to survive Strowman. The key word there? Survive. There is little to no chance Braun is losing to Sami on Sunday night. Foley told Sami that he gets ten minutes against the former strong man. Seems pretty straight forward that Zayn will last the ten minutes. Survive everything Strowman throws at him but still fight on. This one has draw written all over it.
Rich Swann vs TJ Perkins vs Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship
Rich Swann has been a terrific champion so far, but can he handle these two former champs at the same time? The CW division is very gradually becoming integrated into the WWE landscape. I think this match will go a long way to cementing that further. These three men will put on a three way bout capable of being match of the night. I can’t see past Swann retaining the belt for this one.
Seth Rollins vs Chris Jericho
Did I just say the CW match may be match of the night? I take it back! Rollins and Jericho don’t have it in them to put on a bad match. It seems like Rollins sights are (finally) set on Triple H. His first hurdle? Y2J. There may technically be nothing at stake in this match but trust me that will take nothing away from it. The pair will attempt, and possibly succeed, to steal the show and I’m hoping that Seth wins. And wins without outside interference! I’m looking at you Kevin Owens. If that match with The Game is indeed on the horizon then the momentum needs to start being built right now.
Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair in an Ironman Match for the RAW Women’s Championship
Did I just say Jericho vs Rollins will be match of the night? Okay I’ll stop. But come on. As bored as you may think you are of Banks versus Flair you’ll still need to pick your jaw up off of the floor once this one’s done. Bayley and Sasha put on a match of the year contender on their Ironman match last year. I’m supremely confident that this one may top it. Every time we think we’ve seen it all from these two pioneers they shock us once again. Yes I’m not a fan of the title flip flopping between the two like it has, but on Sunday I’m going with a Charlotte win. Her unbeaten PPV run won’t end yet, plus I feel WWE are trying to make Flair a 16x champion just like her old man. Roadblock: End of the Line will be number four.
Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship
Part of me thinks Sasha and Charlotte could headline this show. However this match is top of the running order and Owens and Reigns are the ones on the poster. Either way, this one is going to be very interesting. Roman’s punishment for being suspended seems a distant memory right now. I would not put it past WWE to put RAW’s grandest prize on The Big Dog’s spare shoulder. I’m praying they don’t. KO has so much potential to be a great champion and a loss on Sunday will set him back so far. Plus Reigns hardly elevates titles when they’re in his possession. He’s United States champ by the way. You’d be forgiven for forgetting that. Much like Cass and Strowman Reigns is one of RAW’s protected assets. If Owens does win at Roadblock: End of the Line you can rest assured there will something fishy going on to make that happen.