Four titles will be put on the line in the last WWE pay-per-view of 2016, Sunday night's Raw-exclusive Roadblock: End of the Line.
Roadblock will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on the WWE Network, and the kickoff show will start at 7:00 p.m.
Here are our picks for the show:
Kickoff show: Big Cass vs. Rusev
Big Cass exacting revenge for the racy hotel segment from a few weeks ago and getting the crowd in a good mood at the start of the show is the predictable result, but this is close to a toss-up.
Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins vs. The Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Rich Swann only just won the title a few weeks ago on 205 Live, so it’d be a pretty big surprise if he were to drop the belt so quickly again. As with most Cruiserweight matches on pay-per-view cards, this has the potential to be one of the best matches of the night if the crowd in Pittsburgh gets into it.
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman in a one-on-one match with a 10-minute time limit
This match is seemingly a lose-lose proposition. If Strowman’s beaten, he’s no longer the unstoppable monster WWE has been building for months, and if Zayn loses, he proves Mick Foley right.
The stipulation attached to this match, however, will likely play into the finish. In true Rocky fashion, Zayn simply has to go the distance and last 10 minutes against Strowman, even if he’s demolished in the process.
The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Championship
The New Day have finally surpassed Demolition as the longest reigning Tag Team Champions, and many expect them to promptly drop the titles Sunday night, as a shift at the top would benefit the Raw tag division. Cesaro and Sheamus are the obvious best choice to replace The New Day - but it all feels a little too obvious, and with Gallows and Anderson missing from the card, you get the feeling they could play a part in the proceedings somehow.
The New Day’s run has been tremendous and they’re still as entertaining as they have ever been, and while their run will come to a close soon, I think it doesn't happen until the Royal Rumble.
Pick: The New Day
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
Is Triple H finally going to show up, months after handing the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens and disappearing without a trace.
For the past two weeks, Rollins has called out Triple H on Raw, saying he wants to face his former mentor, which could conceivably happen at the Royal Rumble next month. For that to happen, though, The Game has to return sooner rather than later.
Kevin Owens has also promised that he’ll have Jericho’s back, so the odds are stacked against Rollins in the matchup… so long as Owens doesn’t accidentally cost Jericho another victory. Either way, it doesn’t seem like this match will have a clean ending.
Pick: Chris Jericho
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte in a 30-minute Ironman match for the Raw Women’s Championship
Sasha and Charlotte’s last Women’s Championship was billed as the final chapter of their rivalry… until Banks later challenged Charlotte to an Iron Woman match at Roadblock. This 30-minute match is the culmination of a phenomenal 2016 for Raw’s top two women, and if their previous title bouts are any indication then this should be the match of the night.
The question is, will Charlotte’s undefeated streak in singles competition on pay-per-views be snapped? It’s an impressive and marketable stat that WWE might not want to throw away just yet, but Banks has to win Sunday. A loss would mean yet another rematch thanks to the champion’s rematch clause, and Charlotte’s been a champion more often than she hasn’t on the main roster. It’s time to finally move on from Sasha vs. Charlotte, as great as it’s been.
Pick: Sasha Banks
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship
Just like they did two years ago when Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble, a hearty section of WWE fans will revolt if Reigns becomes a dual champion Sunday night by defeating Kevin Owens, even though fan reaction has been mostly split inside arenas and he’s not nearly as unpopular as Twitter would lead you to believe.
There are a number of questions surrounding this main event, most notably “how will Chris Jericho factor in?” Jericho’s off-again, on-again friendship with Kevin Owens has been volatile in the last few weeks, as WWE seems to be teasing a full-on Jericho-Owens feud that would make for a pretty great WrestleMania match in a few months. This could be the event where Jericho fully turns his back on Owens, helping Reigns capture the title. Triple H also still hasn’t returned since handing Owens the title in the first place.
Reigns is in the position to potentially become a comic book supervillain Sunday, and if his character finally embraces that, he could be an incredible champion. While it remains to be seen if that happens, we’re going with the chosen one.