WWE creative must've sighed when hearing that LA Knight would have to skip SmackDown due to COVID. Naturally, everyone's first thought would've been the man's wellbeing, but Knight was scheduled for a big spot on Friday's show - he was going to run in and save John Cena from a Bloodline beatdown.
The company can still get where they want to go in time for Fastlane though, and everyone deserves credit for pivoting last-minute to produce the goods. Honestly, this was one of the slickest editions of blue brand fare this year, and that's saying something considering the highs Roman Reigns, The Usos and more have enjoyed.
Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa came away looking like wrecking machines, IYO SKY vs. Asuka was very good in-ring, and other combos proved their worth to help deepen the undercard mix. Sadly, WWE appears to be wobbling a little when it comes to The Street Profits (already!), and one major story beat still needs settled.
Or, maybe the writers plan to bench that and hope nobody notices.
Here's all the good and bad from a night that didn't exactly reveal Fastlane's hand, but did take one giant step towards cementing a killer match for it.