THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA IS WELL UNDERWAY AFTER AN EVENTFUL FASTLANE, JOIN US HERE AS WE TAKE YOU BACK DOWN THE RESULTS OF WWE FASTLANE 2017.
Goldberg faces off against the WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Bayley takes on Charlotte Flair, the RAW Tag Team Championships are up for grabs as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defend against Enzo Amore and Big Cass and The King Of The Cruiserweight’s defends his title, and honor, against Gentleman Jack Gallagher – it’s all kicking off, let’s go!
Pre Show – Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa def. The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar
The Cruiserweights kicked off the final PPV of the year before WrestleMania, and in their own personal high flying, aeriel style – they did good, better than good in fact, they did brilliantly. Noam Dar made flying out a ring seem effortless, and Akira Tozawa stepped up to the plate and performed very well in his first PPV. The match did what it needed to, get the PPV off the ground and even though the crowd were quiet at times – the Superstars weren’t fazed by it whatsoever. A couple of “TOPE SUICIDA’S” as Mauro calls them. A huge German Suplex from Tozawa on Kendrick stunned him, while Swann took flight from the top rope with a Phoenix Splash to get the win on Noam Dar.
Samoa Joe def. Sami Zayn
The Samoan Submission Machine is here, and boy is he not happy. How long until the #PrayForZayn hashtags appear on Twitter? This was brutal, chaotic, thought Zayn didn’t simply lay down for the count, he had a few good attempts to take down Joe. A strong Blue Thunder Bomb from Zayn held down Joe for a 2 count, but a failed Helluva Kick signalled the end as Joe took down poor Sami with the Coquina Clutch, and Zayn passed out.
(Raw Tag Team Champions) Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
All together now – Controversy! what’s better than a nice juicy bit of controversy when it comes to a title match? That’s just what we got here. The Club (do we call them that anymore?) had their focused heads on, they weren’t here for any jokes. Not even paying attention to Enzo’s leopard print arm sleeves, or flashy sneakers. The match was good, the champs decimated Enzo for most of it, tagging in simultaneously and breaking him down until Big Cass came in on the hot tag to try and bring back any momentum alas after an Empire Elbow the downfall came – as a BoomShakaLaka turned quickly into a close 2 count with Gallows pulling Enzo away from the outside, and hitting him with a kick to the head. Anderson with the pin on Enzo as he gets his foot on the bottom rope, Gallows on the outside knocks it off as the Champs’ retain.
Sasha Banks def. Nia Jax
The Boss brought it back to this match, after weeks of debates, injuries, fallouts and punishment, Sasha Banks managed to regain some momentum. Thought not an easy ride, Banks was tossed around the ring like a ragdoll at times, but showed just howe #LEGIT she really is by showing off some seriously impressive strength in lifting Jax on more than one occasion. Even a Bank Statement couldn’t hold down Jax, but a beautiful roll-up into a bridge showed that Banks isn’t giving up just yet.
Cesaro def. Jinder Mahal
“What? This wasn’t on the card!” I hear you scream, no, it wasn’t. Jinder Mahal came out and demanded an opponent to show off his skills in singles competition – and who else should answer but the Swiss superman himself. A brawl pre-match with Rusev though meant he wasn’t in the right mindset from the off, and Cesaro made quick work of this showboating his crazy strength and Swiss-One-Nine moveset. Rusev shouting at him from the outside meant a European Uppercut kept him down for three.
Big Show def. Rusev
Big Show looks like a completely different person! Is he actually trying to get in the Cruiserweights title scene? Hope so. Anyway, a nothing match showed that Showe is still capable of pulling off a win as he continues his training for Shaq at Mania.
Remember when Rusev was a legit beast? TWM remembers….
(WWE Cruiserweight Champion) Neville def. Jack Gallagher
Match of the night for us – two superstars who are on a fast rise to the top of their game, unique characters, villain verses good guy. The match has everything. Gallagher even pulled out some aeriel moves, never seen before! He was definitely up for this match, and a crack at the title belt. Neville up to his usual standard with flips and all kinds of moves which show just why he really is the King OF The Cruiserweights. Gallagher with the headbutts, and a superplex couldn’t keep Neville down though. We were treated to a perfect Red Arrow from Neville, which kept both Gallagher down for three, and the belt around his waist.
Roman Reigns def. Braun Strowman
This bout wins “Most Frustrating Match” of the night. After building up Strowman for weeks and weeks against nearly everyone on the roster – he loses to WWE’s golden boy in a match up that made him look like a puppy. The match in terms of wrestling quality was okay (Hey, I’m an optimist.) as both Roman and Braun have developed their in-ring talent lots recently. But it’s the booking that’s the most annoying – Reigns is still being pushed down our throat, and to have him go over Braun this close to WrestleMania only makes him even more hated. The crowd reaction alone showed this. Let’s hope Braun can gain a little momentum going into WrestleMania, and become the savage wolf that we have seen.
Note – The desperate words of Michael Cole (clearly Vince’s lines in his ear) at the end of the match of us “having to be on his side” etc. it makes you cringe.
(Raw Women’s Champion) Bayley def. Charlotte Flair
This match was probably second best of the night (you’re probably thinking ‘Well that ain’t hard’ at this moment, right?) We saw some fantastic moves, including Charlotte with a moonsault into-a-senton on Bayley for a 2 count. As she returned the favour to Charlotte with kicks, punches and a hurricanrana. After a natural selection though, Sasha Banks came down to help her friend (and further sew the turn seeds) retain her title. A Bayley-to-Belly on the outside had Charlotte dazed, but as she got a roll-up Banks pointed out to the ref that she had Bayley’s tights. Distracted, another Bayley To Belly secured the women’s title stayed on Bayley. Heel turn imminent for Sasha?
Goldberg def. Kevin Owens to win the WWE Universal Championship