WWE made its final PPV stop on the Road to WrestleMania
Sunday night with Fastlane, a PPV riding on a six-man match for the WWE Championship
that threatened to deliver the status quo, and that’s more or less what we got,
with four matches and only one title change.
The world title match was exactly what you’d expect: a lot of
finishers and a lot of last-minute saves. The tag title match started off
strong and then devolved, only for a very tiny silver lining to show. The women’s
title match was solid, if unspectacular. And Rusev will have to wait another day
to celebrate his holiday.
But we saw a dramatic staredown between SmackDown Women’s Champion
Charlotte Flair and Royal Rumble match winner Asuka, with the latter making it clear
that she intended to face Flar at WrestleMania. We found out who Shinsuke
Nakamura will face in four weeks at Mania. And some wheels were put into motion
for other bouts.
All told, Fastlane wasn’t a bad show, but it certainly won’t
be remembered in two weeks either. Even these ups and downs aren’t particularly
aggressive. The biggest complaint to make is that this was just dull overall
with one really good main event and a couple interesting moments. But with
nothing particularly offensive, you can’t call it a bad PPV.
With that said, let’s find out what rose to the top and what
sank to the bottom. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.