The superstars of “SmackDown Live” have arrived at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The main event of Fastlane was a roller-coaster ride, where it seemed at times that anyone could win.
The former Wyatt Family members made it clear that they are gunning for the Smackdown Tag Team titles ahead of WrestleMania.
Shane McMahon hates Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. The in-ring action was fine but instantly forgettable, and the crowd were dead throughout.
“There could be a chance of headlining WrestleMania this year”. As the battle wore on, Ziggler was dispatched an Attitude Adjustment from Cena and Styles took out Kevin Owen with a Phenomenal Forearm. Daniel Bryan feels that Shane goes overboard in his hate for them and tries to balance it out by being supportive to them.
We are in the thick of WrestleMania season as less than one month remains until the New Orleans super show. Nothing was added to it, no Cena, no Owens, no Zayn. I love AJ Styles, I like Shinsuke Nakamura, and I have seen their match at Wrestle Kingdom, it was lovely. However, they might just want to do that after the match and target the victor. And yet, now it is in stone. But it’s what happened after the match that has us all juiced. Let’s get the results of the Fastlane pay-per-view including the pre-show. But we don’t know if this is the right direction for Ziggler, who’s making bigger bucks thanks to his new deal, but still far removed from the main event scene many fans believe he should belong to. The results of that and Nakamura’s singles match should be interesting, and it will be curious to see if any titles actually change hands.
Many had expected Asuka to be wrestling Raw women’s champion Alexa Bliss, but instead two of the best in the company will now go at it at Wrestlemania. To the best of my knowledge, Asuka hasn’t yet chosen an opponent after her Royal Rumble win. It’s why if Cena does win a 17th World Title the audience may not react as positively as they did to his 16th World Title Reign.
Watching both teams steal each other’s finishes and spots was excellent storytelling, and I would have loved for them to work a full match with a payoff to this feud that the fans deserve. Jinder Mahal did not run in until after the match was over. Roode fends Mahal off with the Glorious DDT, then he hits one to Orton as well. This tag match is the biggest selling point of Fastlane aside from the potential of simply seeing The Undertaker. While the Bludgeon Brothers are busy taking on the lesser teams, New Day won a #1 contenders match against Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable. Where people line up to get tossed out of the ring before the last person superkicks the second to the last person. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev is a throwaway match meant to keep the Royal Rumble victor in action, and was only decided up on after a quick two-week build. Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella was only created in this week’s episode.