Will Shane McMahon’s quest to make Monday Night Raw great again come to fruition? It’s a long shot of long shots, what with The Undertaker standing in his way at WrestleMania. The Boy Wonder isn’t sweating his path from disowned to ownership, however. Shane’s impassioned promise to overhaul his father’s “tyrannical” regime brought out The Chairman — entering to the toll of The Phenom’s gong — who fanned the fire by destroying a family photo, questioning Shane’s fortitude as a father, and labeling his son no less than “his greatest failure.” Shane got the last laugh, though, when he singlehandedly dismantled the entire security team his father sent to the ring to remove him. Looks like a McMahon to us.
“Roadblock” isn’t the right word. When it comes to The Road to WrestleMania, Dean Ambrose is looking to blow the whole thing to hell. There’s no denying The Lunatic Fringe’s potential rise to WWE World Heavyweight Champion on Saturday would mean a bit of a scramble when it comes to marketing, but Ambrose’s aim in dethroning The King of Kings at WWE Roadblock is simpler: He wants to force The King of Kings to respect him.
The Game, of course, does not respond well to those who refuse to bend the knee, so he took to the ramp in an attempt to put Ambrose in his place. The Lunatic Fringe didn’t budge, so Triple H changed course, “delegating” that the rebellious Ambrose would battle Bray Wyatt later on Raw. So sayeth The King.
If you’re looking for an opponent to deliver a statement beating to Dean Ambrose, you could do worse than Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds is hungry for a signature win and, with Brock Lesnar lying in wait at Roadblock, a win over The Lunatic Fringe would both put Wyatt in position to upset The Conqueror and put Ambrose into a hole before his own bout against Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Of course, that was the plan. The reality proved messier. Not only did Ambrose go blow-for-blow with The New Face of Fear, but Wyatt also had to bring his Family out to stop The Lunatic Fringe, leading to a disqualification loss and a beatdown of Ambrose that Triple H was quick to capitalize on. Despite a long, pointed staredown between Wyatt and The Game (hmmm), The Eater of Worlds took his leave and allowed Triple H to set up another table attack. By then, though, Ambrose had recovered long enough to hit Dirty Deeds on Triple H and seize the title for his own. Call it a bulldozing before the Roadblock. And there may well be more to come.
In other action… Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens def. Neville… Summer Rae def. Brie Bella… Sheamus, Rusev & King Barrett def. Dolph Ziggler… Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks def. Naomi & Tamina… WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. Chris Jericho & AJ Styles… U.S. Champion Kalisto def. Tyler Breeze… and Ryback vs. Curtis Axel.