- Show: WWE Fastlane
- Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
- Date: Sunday March 10, 2019
- Review by: Amin Ajani
The Usos def. Miz & Shane McMahon to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Titles —Miz got a big reaction in his hometown. Miz and Shane delivered the Hart Attack for a near fall. Jey delivered an enzuigiri to Shane for a near fall. Shane delivered a tornado DDT to Jey. Miz delivered a springboard double sledge to Jimmy. Miz delivered a flying crossbody to Jey and Jimmy on the floor. Miz delivered a snap DDT to Jimmy for a near fall. The Usos delivered a combination Popup Samoan drop to Miz for a near fall. Miz delivered the Skull Crushing Finale to Jimmy but the referee was distracted with Shane. Jey draped Miz on the top turnbuckle. Jey went for a Super Splash but Shane stopped him by delivering the Coast-to-Coast dropkick. Miz went for a Frog Splash but Jey got his knees up, applied a rollup and got the win. (Miz and Shane hugged Miz dad’s after the match. Miz started to walk away but Shane attacked him from behind. Shane delivered rapid fire punches to Miz. Shane placed Miz in a triangle hold in-front of Miz’s dad. Shane walked to the back as the crowd booed) ⭐️⭐️ 1/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as everyone worked hard. The post-match angle was good and should set up a WrestleMania match between Miz and Shane McMahon.
Asuka def. Mandy Rose (w/Sonya Deville) to retain the SmackDown Women’s Title — Asuka applied a knee bar but Rose grabbed the ropes to force a break. Deville caused a distraction as Rose delivered a knee strike for a near fall. Rose applied an abdominal stretch but Asuka broke free. Asuka delivered a missile dropkick, palm strikes and then delivered a high kick to Rose. Asuka delivered a running hip attack to Rose and then delivered a German suplex for a near fall. Rose avoided a hip attack and delivered a knee strike to Asuka for a near fall. Rose went for the Angel Wings but Asuka countered by delivering a knee lift. Deville grabbed a kendo stick from underneath the ring. Rose charged but slipped on the ring skirt as Asuka delivered high kick for the win. ⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: Asuka worked hard but this wasn’t a good match as Rose isn’t ready for this level of PPV match.
–Kofi Kingston was waiting outside Vince McMahon’s office as Big E and Xavier Woods appeared. The New Day approached Mr. McMahon and mentioned Kofi has been with WWE for 11 years and deserves a WWE Championship match. Vince announced a triple-threat WWE Championship match. Vince mentioned Kofi’s match is next and the New Day was banned from ringside. Greg Hamilton announced Kofi Kingston will compete in a handicap match against The Bar.
The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) def. Kofi Kingston in a Handicap Match — Sheamus delivered a knee strike to Kofi as Cesaro followed up by delivering a running European uppercut in the corner. Cesaro and Sheamus delivered the Doomsday Device to Kofi. Sheamus delivered the Brogue Kick to Kofi as the crowd chanted “This is Boring.” Big E and Xavier Woods ran down but were attacked by Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura delivered the Kinshasa to Big E as Rusev delivered the Machka Kick to Woods. Cesaro and Sheamus delivered a Super White Noice to Kofi for the win. DUD
- Amin’s Analysis: This sucked and didn’t make sense if Kofi Kingston is getting a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.
The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) def. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable and Aleister Black & Ricochet to retain the RAW Tag Team Titles — Ricochet delivered a handstand head scissors to Gable and then delivered a dropkick. Dawson and Wilder delivered an assisted gut buster to Ricochet for a near fall. Ricochet delivered a rolling dropkick to Dawson. Black delivered a quebrada to Roode but Dawson made the save. Roode delivered a spine buster to Black. Black delivered a flying double knees to Roode. Gable delivered a Koppo Kick to Ricochet. Gable delivered a German suplex to Black but Wilder broke the referee’s count by delivering a Super Splash to Gable. Ricochet delivered a Shooting Star Press to Wilder but Roode made the save. Ricochet delivered a hurricanrana to Dawson who landed on Gable and Roode on the floor. Roode rammed Black into the barricade. Ricochet charged (as Gable made the tag) leaped over the ring post and delivered an awesome looking flip dive to Roode on the floor. Gable and Dawson exchanged pinning combinations as Dawson made the tag. Dawson and Wilder delivered the Shatter Machine to Gable for the win. (After the match, Roode delivered the Glorious DDT to Dawson. Black delivered the Black Mass to Roode. Ricochet delivered an awesome looking 630 Splash to Wilder) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match as everyone worked hard and at a great pace. I didn’t like how Dawson and Wilder were attacked after the match but I didn’t mind because you want to make Black and Ricochet look like superstars after being called up from NXT.
Samoa Joe def. Rey Mysterio, Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) & R-Truth (w/Carmella) via Submission to retain the WWE United States Title — Joe delivered an elbow suicida to Andrade, Mysterio and R-Truth on the floor. Andrade delivered a spinning back elbow to Mysterio. Mysterio delivered a springboard hurricanrana to Andrade and R-Truth. Mysterio delivered a tornado DDT to Joe. Andrade was placed on R-Truth’s shoulder as Mysterio delivered an awesome looking springboard hurricanrana. Joe delivered a step-up enzuigiri to R-Truth in the corner. Andrade delivered a springboard corkscrew splash to Joe on the floor. Mysterio delivered a jumping hurricanrana to Andrade on the floor. Carmella and Zelina brawled on the floor. Joe delivered a uranage to Mysterio but Andrade made the save. Andrade delivered the Hammerlock DDT to Mysterio but R-Truth made the save. R-Truth delivered the Five Knuckle Shuffle to Joe and then delivered a Scissors Kick to Andrade. Joe sent R-Truth into the ring post. Mysterio delivered a 619, went for the Springboard Frog Splash but Joe moved out of the way. Joe placed Mysterio in the Coquina Clutch and got the submission win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good match as everyone worked really hard, at a great pace as there were some nice creative spots. I would like see Joe have a long run with the United States Title and face John Cena at WrestleMania.
Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Nia Jax & Tamina to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles — Jax press-slammed Sasha onto Bayley for a near fall. Jax delivered a Powerbomb but Bayley kicked out. Sasha delivered a flying crossbody to Tamina on the floor. Bayley delivered a tope to Jax. Sasha delivered a flying knees to Jax as Bayley followed up by delivering a Diving Elbow Drop but Tamina made the save. Bayley delivered a springboard hurricanrana to Jax and then transitioned into a rollup and got the win. (After the match, Nia sent Sasha over the announcers table as Tamina delivered a Superkick to Bayley after the match. Beth Phoenix got in Tamina’s face. Jax delivered a leg drop to Phoenix. Tamina went for the Super Splash but Natalya ran down. Tamina gave Natalya a Superkick) ⭐️
- Amin’s Analysis: Bayley and Sasha worked hard but this was not a good match as both Nia and Tamina were not good and worked a really slow pace. The post-match angle was fine and will likely set up a multi-team match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan (w/Rowan) def. Mustafa Ali and Kevin Owens in a Triple-Threat Match to retain the WWE Title — The crowd chanted We want Kofi as the match began. Ali delivered a dropkick to Owens. Ali delivered a tope to Bryan. Owens delivered a running cannonball from the ring apron to Ali on the floor. Owens delivered a running cannonball to Bryan into the barricade. There was a crazy spot as Bryan delivered a flying Buzuki Knee as Ali went crashing into the barricade. Bryan delivered a roundhouse kick to Owens but Ali made the save. Ali delivered a rolling X-Factor to Bryan. Owens delivered running cannonballs to Ali and Bryan in opposite turnbuckles. Ali delivered a reverse hurricanrana to Owens and then delivered a great looking Super Spanish Fly from the top turnbuckle to Bryan. Owens avoided a 045 and delivered the Stone Cold Stunner to Ali but Bryan made the save. Bryan countered a Stunner and delivered a roundhouse kick to Owens. Bryan went for the Buzuki Knee but Owens countered by delivering a sit-out Popup Powerbomb for a close near fall. They battled on the ring apron as Ali moved as Bryan ran knee first into the ring post. There was another great post as Ali delivered the 045 to Bryan on the ring apron. Ali went for another 045 but Rowan pulled Bryan to the floor. Ali and Owens delivered stereo Superkicks to Rowan. Ali delivered a hurricanrana sending Rowan into the ring post. Owens delivered a flip dive to Rowan on the floor. Bryan delivered a flying knee strike to Owens from the ring on the floor. Ali delivered a middle rope reverse DDT to Bryan on the floor. There was another crazy spot as Ali charged but Owens caught him and delivered a Popup Powerbomb on the ring apron. Rowan delivered a spinning kick which sent Owens into the timekeeper’s area. The fans chanted Kofi as Ali and Bryan exchanged slaps. The finish was crazy as Ali leaped off the turnbuckle as Bryan caught him with the Buzuki Knee for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was an awesome match as everyone worked really hard at a terrific pace. Ali, Bryan and Owens are terrific wrestlers and did everything possible to put on a show for the fans. The fans chanted for Kofi chanted and might have thought that Kofi would be placed in the WWE Championship match after Mr. McMahon segment from earlier. I think we will get a triple-threat match between Bryan, Kofi and Owens for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
Becky Lynch def. Charlotte Flair via Disqualification — Becky came out with a crutch and delivered strikes to Charlotte as the match began. Charlotte applied a half crab and then delivered a chop block to the injured knee of Becky. Charlotte delivered an Exploder suplex. Charlotte went to climb the turnbuckle but Becky shoved her to the floor into the barricade. They teased a count-out but Charlotte made it back into the ring as Becky applied the Dis-Arm-Her. Charlotte broke free and placed Becky in the Figure-8-Leg Lock. Ronda Rousey ran down and punched Becky in the stomach as the referee called for the disqualification. (Becky smiled in the corner. Charlotte looked furious. Rousey smirked and walked to the back) ⭐️ 1/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine professional wrestling match with the heel working over the babyface’s injury. However, for the story WWE is trying to tell this match was dull and the finish was lame. The injury angle isn’t helping Becky’s character and instead should be playing a bad ass. I get Ronda’s motives because she playing an “on-screen rogue character” and wants to beat both Becky and Charlotte at WrestleMania. I liked Charlotte facial reactions as she was furious over the finish. Will be interesting to see how this storyline moves forward because right now it seems kind of flat. That shouldn’t be the feel especially if the RAW Women’s Championship match will headline WrestleMania.
–Elias was inside the ring for his concert as he made fun of the city of Cleveland. Lacey Evans came out as she sauntered up and down the entrance ramp. (This was lame and Elias’s segments throughout the show sucked) Randy Orton delivered an RKO outta nowhere to Elias which got a big reaction. A.J. Styles appeared and delivered a Phenomenal Forearm to Orton. (This was good as both Orton and Styles were great here and I look forward to seeing their match at WrestleMania.)
The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) def. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre — A brawl broke out as the match began. Rollins delivered a sling blade to Lashley. Ambrose delivered a sliding elbow to Corbin for a near fall. Reigns delivered a jumping clothesline to McIntyre for a near fall. Lashley delivered a spear to Ambrose but Reigns made the save. Lashley delivered a flatliner to Ambrose for a near fall. Ambrose delivered a rebound clothesline to McIntyre. Reigns delivered a running boot to Corbin. Reigns delivered the Drive By to Corbin but McIntyre made the save. Ambrose and Rollins delivered stereo topes to Lashley and McIntyre. Reigns went for a plancha but Corbin countered and delivered the Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin delivered a Choke Slam to Reigns for a near fall. Ambrose, Lashley, McIntyre and Rollins brawled in the corner. Reigns delivered a sit-out Powerbomb to Corbin for a near fall. Rollins delivered a balcony dive to Lashley and McIntyre. Reigns delivered a Superman Punch to Corbin for a near fall. Reigns delivered stereo Superman Punches to Lashey and McIntyre. Corbin delivered the End of Days to Reigns but Ambrose and Rollins made the save. A brawl broke out on the floor as Rollins delivered The Stomp to Lashley on the announcers table. The Shield delivered the Triple Powerbomb to McIntyre through the announcers table. Rollins delivered a Superkick to Corbin as Reigns followed up by delivering a Superman Punch. Ambrose delivered the Dirty Deeds to Corbin. The Shield delivered the Triple Powerbomb to Corbin for the win. (After the match, The Shield did their signature fist pose) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a really good match as everyone worked hard. There were some great spots and brought back some memories of some all-time classic Shield matches. Will be interesting to see where this goes next and who Reigns faces at WrestleMania.
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