It’s a shame because I genuinely think Smackdown genuinely has some of the best talent in the WWE, but they just don’t seem to know what to do with them. And despite the name, Fastlane didn’t give it any momentum. Considering this is the last PPV before Wrestlemania, that’s pretty weak!
Anyway, Fastlane had its ups, but it had more downs. So, lets look over them shall we?
For a list of matches and results (including the Pre-show matches which will not be covered), see HERE.
We kicked things off with Rusev versus Nakamura and – to be frank – this was actually pretty good. The crowd were fired up with “Nakamura” and “Rusev Day” chants filling the arena. It actually looked like Rusev could get one over on the Artist, but a Kinshasa quickly ended that. But on the whole, this was a good start and I would say one of the best matches of the night.
Could Bobby Roode beat Randy Orton and deny him the chance to claim the one title he has never won? It looked like he would a couple of times, but as always, the RKO outta nowhere ended a… decent match, if nothing else. After the match, Jinder Mahal (thinking he’s still relevant) attacked Orton, only for Roode to save him – but then he laid out Orton. Is this the beginning of a heel turn for Roode? I hope so – considering he is way better as a heel in my opinion.
We had a women’s tag match – but that didn’t really do anything for me. It was pretty much just filler. And the ending looked sloppy, none of the girls seemed like they knew what they were doing. Next!
This next match I was excited about. The Usos and The New Day have had some of the best matches in recent years – Hell in the Cell being one of them. And they had a very intense promo two weeks ago so I was psyched! It was definitely fun, with both teams stealing each other’s moves in a battle of “one-up-manship.” It looked like they were going to have another classic battle – until the Bludgeon Brothers came down and completely destroyed them, ending it in a no-contest.
Whilst it was a cop out to end a match like this with no result, the Bludgeon Brothers were nothing short of brutal here – it had been teased for ages, but finally we got to see the chaos the brothers could do. At least they weren’t squashing jobbers again.
The next match wasn’t really so iconic itself, but for the ending. I don’t think it surprised anyone to say Charlotte won (though to be fair there were some excellent spots in the match), but what did surprise people is when the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka came down and – presumably – challenged Charlotte for her title. Guess Alexia Bliss can rest easy. For the moment.
And finally, the Six Pack Challenge – or as I called it “Don’t you DARE deny us Shinsuke versus AJ at Wrestlemania!” The match was good, but we’ve seen these matches loads of times before. There were some good moments though. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn finally broke up and attacked each other, Shane interrupted their attempts at becoming champion by pulling the referee out the ring (I’d say this is a dick move, but I really want AJ to fight Shinsuke), continuing the rivalry. And just when it looked like AJ was out the fight, he came back in to win. The Wrestlemania dream match seems cemented! But John Cena looked pissed at losing, having “exhausted” all his routes to Wrestlemania.
Here’s an idea, John – why not just find an opponent and challenge them? That’s how most people do it!
Despite a couple of highlights (Asuka challenging Charlotte most definitely being up there), Fastlane was a weak event that felt anything but, well fast. It wasn’t really anything you couldn’t already get on Smackdown. For an event that is supposed to lead us to Wrestlemania, it really didn’t give us that much. But at least AJ and Shinsuke seem set for Wrestlemania – for the moment.
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