WWE Fastlane is the final PPV before Wrestlemania. The WWE has been hit with huge injuries to top stars so the build to this year's Wrestlemania has been subpar at best. Was Fastlane able to get the WWE Universe hyped for Wrestlemania again? Let's break it down.
Del Rio vs Kalisto (2 out of 3 Falls)
The kickoff show match was Alberto Del Rio vs Kalisto in a two out of three falls match for the United States Championship. Del Rio got DQed for the first fall with a vicious chair shot to Kalisto. Del Rio quickly then captured the second fall. Kalisto had another one of his phenominal matches, this guy's athleticism is off the charts. Kalisto retained the title via a roll-up to end the kickoff show.
Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs Tamina Snuka & Naromi
After the kickoff show, it was Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs Tamini Snuka & Naomi. I expected them to start off the show with Kevin Owens vs Dolph Ziggler but instead the led off with this match. The crowd was chanting "we want Sasha" throughout the match. This was a good match, with Becky Lynch getting the hell kicked out of her for the first few minutes of the match. Eventually, Becky Lynch was able to tag in Sasha Banks and Sasha took over the match. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch win via submission.
Dolph Ziggler vs Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens dominated early in this very physical match. As in every single Dolph Ziggler match, he makes a comeback and capitalizes on some of Owens' mistakes. It was an epic back and forth match, which is why I thought the WWE would surely go with this match to start off the show.
This match absolutely kicked ass and eventually Kevin Owens got the win over Dolph Ziggler. It will be interesting to see where the WWE goes from here with both Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler. Dolph has been stuck in the same place for years and Kevin Owens needs a quality opponent for Wrestlemania.
The Wyatt Family vs Big Show, Kane & Ryback
I literally could not give a shit about this match. This match is like Vince McMahon's wet dreams. "Take a look at these massive hunks of meat out there slapping each other around!" is what I imagine him screaming backstage to anyone who will listen. Heading into this match, I just figured it would be the Braun Strowman match. A chance to showcase him and try to make him into a star. The announcers kept trying to pump up Strowman throughout the entire match, it was brutal. Strowman is a big guy that can kind of wrestle. Yippee. The Big Show had an awesome showing in this match, tossing everyone around. Big Show, Ryback and Kane get the win in a boring match with a couple fun moments.
Brie Bella vs Charlotte for the Divas Championship
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy female wrestling. However, both matches tonight I couldn't have cared less about. The only thing that kept me entertained in this match was trying to guess just how shit-faced Ric Flair was during the match. It turned out to be a halfway decent match with Charlotte getting the win via the figure four and retaining her title.
Aj Styles vs Chris Jericho
Leading up to this match, AJ and Jericho had already had 2 outstanding matches. The first few minutes of this match were slow but the crowd was into it. There were dueling "AJ Styles!" vs "Chris Jericho!" chants throughout the entire match. There were a couple of botches during this match that looked ugly. You could sense the Jericho heel turn coming in the past couple of weeks. He was calling AJ Styles a bitch the entire match and slapping him in the face. AJ Styles gets the win by submission in a great match, albeit the botches that took place. There was a handshake following the match that I was sure Jericho was going to kick AJ Styles in the balls, but he didn't. I guess Jericho didn't turn heel after all.
Edge and Christain come out to promote their new show that is airing right after Fastlane. The New Day interrupt them and then it leads to the League of Nations coming out. It was a funny promo, but I have no idea why it had to be on a PPV. Then again, I guess the WWE doesn't want you to call these PPV's anymore. It is a whole new world.
Then the Social Outcasts come and talk about safety. R-Truth comes out and faces Curtis Axel. This is the definition of a filler match. Goldust comes out and accidentally costs R-Truth the match. So Goldust is going to continue akwardly trying to recruit R-Truth as his tag team partner tomorrow night on Monday Night Raw! Yay!
Finally! The main-event is here!
Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns
As expected, Brock Lesnar dominated early. He was taking everyone to suplex city, over and over and over again. Neither Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns mounted any offense in the first few minutes. Then everything changed. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns started working together and power-bombed Lesnar through two different announce tables, then buried him under the tables. When it was down to just Roman Reigns vs Dean Ambrose, the crowd was booing Reigns heavily.
Lesnar got back into the match briefly but was knocked out by Dean Ambrose with a chair. This led to Roman Reigns hitting Dean Ambrose with a spear and getting the victory. The crowd in Cleveland didn't receive that too well and booed Roman's ass off. Triple H comes out after the match with the title and they do the lame stare-down in between the Wrestlemania sign. Pretty lame ending to the show, because I personally have zero interest in a Roman Reigns vs Triple H match.
Overall it was an okay show. I try not to judge a match by simply not liking the person who won it, so the main-event was a great match. The 20 minutes of lameness that proceeded the main-event were a major bummer. The Kevin Owens/ Ziggler & AJ Styles/Jericho matches were both solid. Like I said, it was a good show with some flaws.. like most WWE shows.