In less-than-ideal circumstances for the late night newsmakers, WWE informed its audience of some pretty substantial changes to the evening with announcements both subtle and shrewd on the ordinarily ordinary pre-show.
The first came in the form of a match announcement that potentially freed up a WrestleMania-worthy pairing ahead of the 'Show Of Shows' itself. Andrade and Rey Mysterio were initially charged with delighting the Kickoff crowd at Fastlane, but found themselves added to a US Championship Fatal Four Way thanks to the arrogance of new titleholder Samoa Joe.
Elsewhere, the dialogue ranged from insulting to intriguing. EC3 finally broke his silence in some failed flirtation with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, whilst Kofi Kingston was torn away from Xavier Woods and Big E on their way to the ring to go and meet with The McMahon Family regarding "the WWE Championships". Better a thick plot than thick character, all things considered.
The New Day duo sadly couldn't provide a comparable pop in the match itself...
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