Below is my report and star ratings from the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view which took place from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
WWE Fastlane PPV (8 P.M. on WWE Network)
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev (w/Aiden English)
- Rating: ***2/4
Nakamura got a huge reaction. Aiden English came out, sung a song about “Rusev Day” The crowd was split as they chanted “Nakamura” and “Rusev Day” Rusev with a side headlock and shoulder tackle. Nakamura with a knee strike for a near fall. Nakamura says to “Come on” but Rusev bails. Nakmaura with a running knee strike from the apron and a jumping knee. Rusev rammed Nakamura into the barricade for a near fall. Nakamura applied a heel hook but Rusev grabbed the ropes to break the hold. Rusev blocked a kick and slammed Nakamura to the mat for a near fall. Rusev with knees but Nakamura with a flying kick. Nakamura delivered a running knee strike in the corner for a near fall. Nakamura with knee strikes and a guillotine hold but Rusev counters with a fallaway slam. Rusev delivered a head kick for a near fall. Nakamura and Rusev exchanged strikes. Rusev avoided a Kinshasa and rolled up Nakamura for a near fall. Rusev went for the Accolade but Nakmaura delivered a step-up enzuguri. Rusev countered a Kinshasa attempt with a super kick for a good near fall. Rusev went for the Accolade but Nakamura countered by delivering a Kinshasa to the back of neck and then delivered one final Kinshasa for the win.
- A really good match as both Nakamura and Rusev worked very hard. A good strong win for Nakamura heading into his WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.
WWE United States Championship Match: Randy Orton def. Bobby Roode to win the United States Title
- Rating: ***
Orton went for the RKO but Roode bailed. Roode went for the Glorious DDT but Orton bailed. Orton with a knee strike and then hung Roode on the top rope for a near fall. Roode with a clothesline for a near fall. Roode with a knee drop for a near fall. Roode with a headlock but Orton with a suplex. Roode with clotheslines and a neck breaker. Roode with a flying clothesline. Roode went for the Glorious DDT but Orton with a roll up for a near fall. Orton with a power slam. Roode with a middle rope blockbuster for a near fall. Orton with the draping DDT and then sets up for the RKO. Roode counters the RKO, goes for the Glorious DDT but Orton rolls him up for a near fall. Orton slams Roode on the barricade for a near fall. Roode with a power bomb for a near fall. Orton crotched Roode on the top rope and delivered a great looking superplex for a near fall. Roode and Orton exchanges strikes. Orton went for the RKO but Roode countered with a spine buster for a near fall. Finish came with Roode coming off the middle rope but Orton caught him with an RKO outta nowhere for the win.
- The match started slow but it turned into a really good match. Orton and Roode worked well together and were both solid in the ring. After the match, Jinder Mahal came out and attacked Orton. Roode recovered and delivered a Glorious DDT to both Mahal and Orton. This could possibly set up a heel turn for Roode who needs it.
Carmella & Natlaya def. Becky Lynch & Naomi
- Rating: **1/4
Lynch went for the Dis-Arm-Her but Carmella grabbed the bottom rope as Natalya tagged in. Naomi delivered a head scissors and a modified stunner. Naomi went for the split-legged moonsault but Carmella distracted her. Naomi delivered a sit-out power bomb for a near fall. Carmella tagged in a delivered a Bronco Buster for a near fall. Carmella delivered a running knee strike from the floor for a near fall. Lynch tagged in and delivered an Exploder to Natalya. Lynch delivered a missile dropkick to Natalya. Naomi delivered a head kick as Lynch tagged in and delivered a leg drop to Carmella but Natalya made the save. Carmella delivered a head scissors from the middle turnbuckle but Naomi made the save. Natalya jumped on the ring with the Money in the Bank briefcase as Carmella delivered a super kick to Lynch for the win.
- A fine match as everyone worked hard and the wrestling was solid.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. The New Day ended in a No-Contest
- Rating: **3/4
Jimmy and Woods exchanged strikes. Jimmy delivered a super kick and stomps in the corner. Kingston with a springboard smash and a dropkick. Kingston with the Boom drop. Kingston with a running hip attack in the corner but Jimmy with a Samoan drop and a Boom drop. The Usos delivered the Midnight Hour to Kingston for a near fall. Woods tags in but Jimmy with a super kick. Woods delivered super kicks to both of the Usos. Woods delivered a super kick and Kingston delivered an Usos Splash but Jimmy kicked out. The Usos delivered a plancha to all members of the New Day as the Bludgeon Brothers came out.
- This was a fine match but didn’t come close to their previous matches. I liked how both The New Day and Usos used each others moves to change things up. Didn’t mind how the match ended as it protected both The New Day and Usos.
Luke Harper delivered a big boot to Big E and then attacked the Usos with hammers. Harper and Erick Rowan suplex Woods to the floor. Rowan delivered a body attack to Big E. Harper and Rowan slammed The Usos on the floor and then Rowan splashed them. Harper and Rowan delivered a sit-out power bomb to Woods on the steel steps. WWE is clearing setting up a Triple-Threat match for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte Flair def. Ruby Riott to retain the SmackDown Women’s Title
- Rating: ***
Charlotte delivered a fallaway slam and then rammed Riott into the barricade. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan appeared as Riott kicked Charlotte in the back. Riott delivered the Riott Kick but Charlotte kicked out. Lynch and Naomi also came out. Charlotte delivered a slingshot suplex to Riott. Riott delivered a middle rope back senton for a near fall. Riott delivered an STO for a near fall. Riott went for a middle rope back senton but Charlotte got her knees up. Charlotte climbed the turnbuckle but Ruby shoved her off and sent her into the barricade. Riott went for a suicide dive but Charlotte caught her and delivered a fallaway slam into the barricade. Charlotte delivered a standing moonsault from the barricade for a nice spot. Riott delivered a middle rope head scissors for a near fall. The referee tossed everyone from the match. Riott went for a frankenstiner but Charlotte tossed Riott into the top turnbuckle. Charlotte delivered a spear and then applied the Figure-Eight Leg Lock as Riott tapped out.
- This was a good match. The wrestling was solid as both Charlotte and Ruby worked hard as there were some innovated stuff. This was Riott’s best match since joining SmackDown Live.
After the match, Asuka came out and got a huge reaction. The crowd went wild as we got a huge “Yes” chant. Asuka pointed at the WrestleMania sign and confirmed that she will challenge Charlotte for the SmackDown Women’s Title at WrestleMania.
Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship: A.J. Styles def. Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena and Sami Zayn to retain the WWE Title
- Rating: ****2/4
Cena delivered Attitude Adjustments to everyone in the match except Styles. Cena and Styles exchanged strikes. Everyone jumped on Cena as the crowd cheered. Styles attacked Owens but Corbin attacked Styles. Zayn rammed Ziggler into the barricade. Owens went for the pop-up power bomb but Styles rolled him up for a near fall. Styles delivered a facebuster to Owens and an Ushigorishi to Ziggler. Corbin delivered a big boot to Zayn. Ziggler delivered a DDT to Cena but Owens delivered a frog splash to Ziggler but Styles broke up the referee’s count. Styles delivered a Pele Kick to Owens. Corbin delivered a choke slam back breaker to Owens. Ziggler delivered a Zig Zag to Corbin. Cena delivered a 10 Knuckle Shuffle to Zayn and Ziggler. Ziggled countered an AA and delivered a famouser for a near fall. Cena avoided a super kick and applied an STF which was broken up by Styles. Styles delivered a Styles Clash to Cena but Zayn broke the referee’s count. Corbin delivered a big clothesline to Owens and a great looking Deep Six to Styles. Corbin rammed Ziggler into the boards. Cena delivered an AA to Styles through an announcers table. Zayn laid down for Owens. Owens didn’t buy it as he went to punch Zayn but Sami countered with an inside cradle for a near fall. Owens and Zayn had hockey fight. Owens went to power bomb Zayn on the ring apron but Zayn back dropped Owens on the ring apron. Zayn started to jaw at Shane. Owens went to super kick Zayn but moved as Owens kicked Shane instead. Zayn delivered his DDT through the ropes to Owens on the floor. Owens delivered a pop-up power bomb to Ziggler but Shane pulled the referee out of the ring. Zayn delivered a Helluva Kick to Owens but Shane pulled Zayn out of the ring. Corbin attacked Cena, Owens, Zayn and Ziggler with the steel steps. Cena attacked Corbin with the steel steps. Cena delivered an AA to Corbin on the steps but Ziggler broke the referee’s count. Ziggler delivered a super kick to Cena who no sold it and delivered an AA to Ziggler. Cena went for another AA but Owens delivered a pop-up power bomb. Styles appeared out of nowhere and delivered a Phenomenal Forearm to Owens for the win.
- This was the match of the night as everyone worked really hard in the match. Only negative was Shane McMahon’s involvement in the match as it continues the ongoing storyline with Owens and Zayn. Will be interesting to see what kind of match WWE has in mind with Owens/Zayn/Shane and what kind of role Daniel Bryan plays.
WWE Fastlane was a solid show which had some good to great wrestling matches. We now know that Styles will defend the WWE Title against Nakamura and Charlotte will defend the SmackDown Women’s Title against Asuka at WrestleMania. Looks like we will be getting a Triple-Threat match for both the United States and SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania as well. We will find out if Cena’s match with The Undertaker should be made on RAW this week or if plans have changed.
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