This was the first ever WWE Fastlane, taking over from the cancelled Elimination Chamber as the last PPV on the Road to Wrestlemania. Would it live up to Elimination Chamber and how would it set the scene for Wrestlemania? Let’s find out.
Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan & Ryback Vs Big Show, Kane & Seth Rollins w/ J&J Security
The match started with Ziggler and Rollins putting on a great show, they always match each other’s skill well and they upped their game for this match. Rowan and Kane had a decent segment but eventually it was Big Show who took control of the match, taking out Ziggler and Rowan; This lead to the crowd starting a chant of “Feed Me More”. They eventually got their wish as Ryback got into the match and dominated, countering a Kerb Stomp from Rollins with Shellshock. Big Show broke up the pin and then Ziggler hit top gear until J&J Security distracted the referee, allowing Big Show to hit a KO punch. With Ziggler out cold Kane easily pinned him. Once the bell rang the rest of The Authority teamed up and destroyed Rowan and Ryback, then something unexpected happened. The crowd erupted as Randy Ortons music started and the man himself made his return, running to the ring and despatching The Authority with a series of RKO’s. The only man he didn’t get his hands on though was Rollins who was filmed running away into the parking lot.
Match Rating 9/10
Stardust Vs Goldust
The saga of the Rhodes brothers has been a long and gripping one, as Cody descended more into the insanity of Stardust his brothers’ concern lead to his confronting him over the last couple of weeks on Raw and Smackdown. Once again their father “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes would be backstage, hoping that Goldust could finally get through to his brother. The match itself was a slow affair, with the brothers seemingly holding back from hurting each other. Eventually Stardust got annoyed with the crowd chanting “Cody” at him and he unleashed against his brother. Unfortunately the match never really went anywhere but perhaps it was just the expectation of seeing these two talented brothers fight. Eventually Stardust got his brother into position to hit Cross Rhodes but Goldust managed to counter, rolling up Stardust for an easy pin. Backstage Stardust attacks his brother with more aggression than either of them put into the match. He then told his father that he refuses to live in his shadow.
Match Rating 6/10
The Usos Vs Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/Natalya (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
Cesaro & Tyson Kidd appear to have given a meteoric rise to their position in the Tag Team division, despite some more established and very talented Tag Teams being left by the wayside( Los Matadores anyone?). That said they have done well against The Usos recently and many feel that Jimmy & Jey have become old very quickly. The Usos started well, completely taking apart Kidd & Cesaro at the start and actually looking good. It didn’t last long though as Cesaro repeatedly attacked Jimmy’s knee, even performing a one legged Cesaro Swing. Kidd soon tagged in and continued the assault until Jey finally got a chance. He exploded into the ring but the crowd started to boo and Cesaro quickly turned the momentum around again, following a little distraction from Kidd. Finally the match finished with Kidd hitting a big move and pinning his opponent.
Cesaro & Tyson Kidd are the new Tag Team Champions
Match Rating 7/10
Surprisingly it was now time for the much anticipated encounter between Triple H and Sting. It didn’t make sense to have such a big event hidden near the start of a pay per view but there you go. Triple H came to the ring and talked about his attack on Ric Flair on last week’s RAW. He said it was a mistake but that what he said is true. He vowed to get rid of Sting once and for all before eventually calling him out. Sting came to the ring and Triple H mocked him for sticking with WCW when they went under. He then offered Sting a chance to end the conflict by signing a merchandising deal with WWE along with a place in the Hall of Fame. Triple H then got annoyed at Sting’s lack of response and offered him a fight, right then and there. Sting didn’t answer so Triple H attacked him, beating him to the floor; he then rolled out of the ring and got his iconic Sledgehammer. He got back in the ring and went to hit Sting with it but Sting countered with his trademark Baseball Bat. The crowd erupted at the sight of Sting with a bat and he pushed Triple H into the corner, forcing him to drop the sledgehammer. Sting then used the bat to point at the Wrestlemania sign. He turned to leave and Triple H went to attack again, only to be pushed back into the corner. This happened again until Sting was forced to hit him with the bat before then hitting Triple H with the Scorpion Death Drop and leaving.
The scene is now set and Sting will make his full WWE debut at Wrestlemania as he takes on Triple H and we can’t wait. It’s just a shame that we didn’t get a decent fight tonight.
Segment Rating 7/10
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