WWE Fastlane 2018 Thoughts and Results
Here are some quotes, courtesy of the prowrestling.net polls about this PPV:
“A boring PPV with all predictable results. Why is Shane still getting involved with Owens/Zayn.” – Adam
“A perfect example of having a PPV simply because it was time for a PPV. They’re no longer special or meaningful.” -Jeff
“This was the PPV equivalent of vegetable lasagna. It tastes bleh and it’s not filling. There’s nothing surprising at all” – Devoid of Anything
Yeah, I could go on but I think you get the point. I feel bad for the talent because they were written (poorly by Road Dogg and co.) into this. WWE is a money making machine so I understand the logistics of putting on this show. For a Smackdown branded PPV, they sure as hell had no issue with spending their time showing the vignettes for two Raw Wrestlemania matches, though.
Here are my quick thoughts on the card. They will be brief but I think Raw and Smackdown this will will kick into high gear with only four weeks to Wrestlemania.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
A good match that should have been saved for after Wrestlemania. You knew Nakamura wasn’t losing, so what was the point in having someone so over as Rusev taking the pin? I don’t know. It seems like any time Rusev is red hot, WWE Creative wants to douse him. As well, besides Nakamura’s entrance, the casual WWE fan still has nothing (NOTHING) to really get behind as there’s been no character development since he got the call up to Smackdown almost a year ago. Once again, this shows the idiocy of the people writing and signing off on this stuff.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Bobby Roode (Champ) vs. Randy Orton – United States Championship
Garbage match with a garbage ending. Why in the hell would Mahal come out after the match only to get destroyed? Why in the hell does WWE want Orton to carry a title again? Why in the hell is this stuff written like it is? I just shake my head in disbelief. It looks like we’re heading into a triple threat (at least) match at Wrestlemania for the US championship. Roode needs a full-on heel turn as he is not entertaining as a face, but it won’t happen with Mahal in the mix.
Winner: “Boring as hell” Randy Orton
Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya & Carmella
Did anyone stay awake during this match to see poor Lynch, one of the best women on the roster, eat another pin? This match did nothing except show how green Carmella still is. Here’s what’s happening: a Money in the Bank cash in WILL happen at Wrestlemania after Asuka beats Charlotte but Carmella will get destroyed. “It’s best for business.”
Winners: Natalya and Carmella
The Usos (Champs) vs. The New Day – SmackDown Tag Team Championship
As predicted, the Bludgeon Brothers (goddamn…what an awful name) came out and laid wreck to everyone. I actually thought it was effective but Corey Grave’s half-assed commentary ruined it for me. “Someone call the cops,” he insisted. Ugh. I can see this all leading to another 3-team match for the championship and I think this one will be good. The Usos and New Day will work together to try and put away “the monsters” until they turn on each other.
Winners: No one
Charlotte Flair (Champ) vs. Ruby Riott – SmackDown Women’s Championship
Big, big props to Ruby Riott for this match (and Charlotte, too). This was one of the better matches on the card and Riott needed to look strong as hell here, and she did. There was the odd little hiccup here and there but nothing to take away from the overall action in the match. I think Riott’s stock probably went up after this match and it’s well deserved. I think Carmella needs to go back and watch this match. Riott converted me last night and I’m now I’m totally behind her.
As predicted, Asuka came out after the match and pointed to the Wrestlemania sign. I think this match is probably the right one to go with and expectations will be high. Damn high. I can’t wait.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler – Six-Pack Challenge Match
Although we basically got this match a few days prior on Smackdown without Cena, this match was quite entertaining albeit knowing what the ending would be. What I am pissed about more than anything is the involvement of Shane McMahon. Unless Daniel Bryan is cleared to wrestle and the whole world goes nuts for it, there is no rhyme or reason for this shit to continue with McMahon and Owens/Zayn. I guess we’ll see on Tuesday. Perhaps those two will have a match against each other with Bryan and McMahon as co-refs? I really have no clue. Here I am bitching that things are predictable and yet I don’t know where they’re going with this. I just hope the payoff is good.
Speaking of payoffs, what will Cena do tonight on Raw? After losing and now not having Rey Mysterio as a potential opponent (according to rumours), if ‘Taker isn’t going to do the J-O-B, what will Cena’s involvement in the show be? You know, I think Cena vs. Ziggler with something huge on the line would be fantastic. Ziggler stated he has never had a one-on-one match on the show and that could easily plant the seeds for Ziggler to show up on Raw and call Cena out. It would be good TV if Ziggler could just stick to not screaming into a mic.
Back to the match…the near-falls were great and I think all the participants actually got a lot of screen time and offense in. Of course, we all know the right person won and thankfully we’ll see a one-on-one match between Styles and Nakamaura with no BS thrown in. Let’s get the road to Wrestlemania into high gear, WWE! Although you kind of saw this a few day prior, make sure to watch this match if you missed it. It was a good group effort.
Winner: AJ Styles