I know, better late than never, but honestly, I’ve had better things to do with my time. Like work, and play Super Mario Odyssey. Though, I did watch the PPV, and actually did enjoy it. As you can tell, this review is in blog format only. I haven’t had the opportunity to record. So we will have to go this route for Fast Lane. Though, look out for the Wrestlemania preview episodes in the lead up to Wrestlemania. Also, I will be covering TakeOver: New Orleans, and if I can catch up with the storylines and matches, I might also preview and review ROH SuperCard of Honor. So there should be plenty of content coming real soon. With that said, let’s get into the review.
PS. I didn’t watch the pre-show. So I wont be talking about that match at all.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
The crowd was really hot for this match. There was dueling chants for both wrestlers throughout the entire match. This match was probably the best Rusev match I have ever seen. It was nothing ground breaking, but it was a damn fine back and forth battle. Rusev got a lot of offense in. Nakamura hasn’t looked this good since NXT. I think he has finally found that drive that he was missing when he debuted last year. Just in time also. This match is a definite must watch.
WWE United States Championship
Bobby Roode(c) vs. Randy Orton
Winner: Randy Orton
This match was much slower than the previous match, but it will still pretty good. This is probably Bobby Roode’s best match since debuting on the main roster. Also, Randy hasn’t looked this good since his match with Luke Harper last year at Elimination Chamber. Orton picked up the win to become the new us champ, he also became the 21st Grand Slam champion in the WWE. So that is pretty cool. Also, having Orton elevate and actually want to carry the US title makes the title much more valuable. He actually longed for it unlike Reigns did with his US and IC title reigns. Hopefully, he can elevate the title and the midcard that has been lacking since Cena held the US title. With that said, this match was entertaining enough to be a must watch. After the match, Captain Buzzkill Jinder Mahal came out, and put a beating on Orton. While he was attacking Orton, Bobby Roode ran in and made the save by hitting Mahal with a Glorious DDT, then when it seemed like the segment was over, he then planted Orton with a Glorious DDT. Teasing that heel turn that people have been wanting to see since debuting on the main roster.
Tag Team Match
Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella
Winners: Natalya and Carmella
This was a smackdown time waster through and through. There were no big botches or anything like that. I just didn’t care about the match. Hopefully, Becky can go to RAW after the shake-up and really rejuvinate her WWE career. She has been spinning her tires since losing the Smackdown Women’s Championship. She deserves better.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Usos(c) vs. The New Day
Winners: No Contest
This match was really fun depsite how short it was. Both teams have wrestled each other so much over the past year that they know how to do each other spots. Seeing them trade big spots was really fun, and it was a nice twist on their classic formula. The match came to an end when the Bludgeon Brothers came out and put a beating on all five wrestlers at ringside. Xavier took the worst of the beating. Personally, I like this ending. It gives an out for both the Usos and New Day to not lose, and it inserts Harper and Rowan into the tag title scene going into Wrestlemania 34. If they have a Triple Threat between these three teams, it should be pretty freaking fun to watch.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair(c) vs. Ruby Riott
Winner: Charlotte Flair
This was a good match. Nothing to write home about, but it was watchable. Despite being a fan of Ruby’s work on NXT, I haven’t really followed her run on the main roster. I don’t really watch Smackdown or RAW week to week anymore, so it’s tough to get invested into a match like this. Charlotte picked up the victory after Becky, Naomi, and the rest of the Riott Squad got ejected from ringside. After the match, Asuka made her entrance and made her intentions clear that she plans on challenging Charlotte for the Smackdown women’s championship at Wrestlemania 34, and I can’t wait to watch that match. It should be fun.
Six Pack Challenge
AJ Styles(c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens vs. John Cena vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Winner: AJ Styles
This match was chaotic and fun. AJ was taken out of the match halfway though after a brutal Attitude Adjustment from Cena on to the commentary table. For some reason Shane was at ringside, which played into the finish. He ended up taking a pretty stiff accidental super kick from Kevin Owens after Sami Zayn avoided the move. That pissed him off and as Kevin Owens was going to win the match, Shane pulled the ref out of the ring. Then after Kevin had a stare down with Shane, Sami hit Kevin with a Helluva Kick and as he was about to win, Shane pulled Sami off Kevin. After that they went into the finish. Kevin Owens gives Cena a popup power bomb, then as he turns around, he eats a phenomenal forearm from AJ, and AJ picks up the win. After the match, they show Shane walking past a dejected Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. This match was a definite must watch.
Show Grade: B-
This was a really good ppv, but there wasn’t anything ground breaking, and there weren’t any match of the year cadidates. If you have the time, I say to go ahead and check this show out. It was fun enough to hold my interest throughout the PPV’s duration.