WWE Roadblock

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WWE Roadblock
WWE Roadblocklogo.png
Logo used for the March 2016 event
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (December 2016)
First eventRoadblock
Last eventRoadblock: End of the Line

WWE Roadblock was a short-lived professional wrestling event series produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. The event was established in March 2016. The first event was simply titled Roadblock and aired exclusively on the WWE Network. The second event was held in December 2016 under the name Roadblock: End of the Line where in addition to the WWE Network, it also aired on traditional pay-per-view (PPV) outlets. To coincide with the brand extension reintroduced in July 2016, this second event was held exclusively for wrestlers from the Raw brand. The first event was titled as a reference to its original March position on the "Road to WrestleMania," while the second event's title was in reference to it being WWE's final PPV of 2016. Roadblock was discontinued after this second event as no further events were scheduled.

History[edit]

WWE originally had a house show scheduled for March 12, 2016, at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was titled "March to WrestleMania: Live from Toronto."[1] To further build towards the following month's WrestleMania 32, WWE decided to broadcast the event live and exclusively on their online streaming service, the WWE Network. They also renamed the event to Roadblock, which was a reference to its position on the "Road to WrestleMania."[2]

In July that year, WWE reintroduced the brand extension where they again split their roster between the Raw and SmackDown brands where wrestlers were exclusively assigned to perform. Brand-exclusive pay-per-views (PPV) also returned. The Roadblock name was in turn reused for the Raw-exclusive December PPV and WWE Network event. It was titled Roadblock: End of the Line due to it being the final PPV of the year.[3][4] This would also be the final event to carry the Roadblock name as Roadblock was discontinued with no further events scheduled.[5]

Events[edit]

Raw-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Roadblock March 12, 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Ricoh Coliseum Triple H (c) vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [1]
2 Roadblock: End of the Line December 18, 2016 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WWE Roadblock Network Special". RicohColiseum.com. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "WWE Title match official for re-named Network special". Pro Wrestling Torch. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "WWE PPV Roadblock: End Of The Line". PPG Paints Arena. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Get WWE Roadblock: End of the Line 2016 tickets now". WWE. October 7, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Silverstein, Adam (December 13, 2017). "WWE schedule, list of PPVs for 2017: Clash of Champions date, location". CBSSports. Retrieved November 23, 2021.

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