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.
In part one Ziggler, Ryback and Rowan faced off with Rollins, Kane and Big Show, It was brother vs brother for Stardust & Goldust, The Usos put their titles on the line against Cesaro & Tyson Kidd and Triple H confronted Sting. Lets see what happened next.
To read about the matches from part one follow the below link.
Paige Vs Nikki Bella (WWE Divas Title Match)
Now it was time for Paige to finally get her revenge for the disgraceful bullying she’s been subjected to at the hands of the Bella Twins. Or not as it turned up, yes that’s right for some bizarre reason WWE Creative chose not to let that happen. We aren’t sure why Nikki Bella was even champion to begin with when there are plenty of other Divas who deserve the title and have put on much more convincing performances recently. There was little about the match to really talk about as Paige consistently proved her technical superiority only to lose the match after a cheap Rollup by Nikki that had little build up. No revenge for bullying seems like an odd choice by WWE but maybe they have a better revenge set for Wrestlemania, let’s hope so.
Nikki Bella retains the WWE Divas Championship
Match rating 4/10
Dean Ambrose Vs Bad News Barrett (WWE Intercontinental Championship Match)
Bad News Barrett has looked good since his return from injury which can only be a good thing for WWE. This match was bound to be a good one, especially as his opponent Dean Ambrose is surely the people’s champion of the future. Barrett dominated the beginning of the match, overpowering Ambrose and hitting him with some savage moves. Ambrose eventually managed to get into the match, hitting quick moves again and again until Barrett rescued the match by hitting Wasteland. Miraculously Ambrose actually kicked out of the pin. Eventually Barrett got frustrated by Ambrose’s tenacity, picking up his belt and trying to leave. Ambrose manages to get him back into the ring but is quickly disqualified after ignoring the referees count as he beat Barrett in the corner. Before he left the arena Ambrose stole the Intercontinental Championship Belt. Something tells us that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of these two.
Bad News Barrett retains the Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating 8/10
The crowd was stunned into silence next as the lights went out and a procession of Monks came to the entrance ramp accompanied by The Undertaker’s theme music. The crowd went mad as a coffin was led to the ring but they were soon silenced again after the coffin opened. Inside it was Bray Wyatt who called out The Undertaker to face him at Wrstlemania. Some in the crowd booed but we think this could be THE match at this year’s Wrestlemania. Wyatt is the only superstar in the current roster that can stand up to the spectacle of The Undertaker and he feels like a natural successor to Undertaker’s place as the companies dark character.
Segment Rating 10/10
Rusev Vs John Cena (United States Championship Match)
The build-up to this match has been brilliant and the match fully lived up to the hype. Rusev dominated the start of the match and as expected looked unstoppable. The entire match was made up of the two superstars countering each other’s big moves which may sound dull but it was anything but. There was a great sequence were Rusev went for the Accolade and Cena countered with the STF, in fact the match was filled with attempted submissions as well as some huge blows. Finally Rusev managed to lock in the Accolade but Cena powered out, this was followed by Lana panicking and getting into the ring. The referee turned to get her out and Rusev hit a low blow followed by a huge Superkick. This allowed Rusev to hit another Accolade and Cena passed out. This feud surely isn’t over as no doubt Cena will be the one to end Rusev’s streak, most likely at Wrestlemania.
Match Rating 9/10
Roman Reigns Vs Daniel Bryan
Finally it was time for the main event that would see Reigns and Bryan fight for the chance to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. This match was arranged as a last ditch attempt to repair the damage done at the Royal Rumble when the crowd booed Reigns for winning. The match started incredibly slowly and the crowd were chanting “boring” before too long. The contest did eventually heat up and Reigns appeared to injure his abdomen, very close to where he had the surgery that put him out for so long. Bryan took full advantage of the injury, delivering kick after kick to the area before taking the fight outside the ring, almost ending in a double count out. Reigns tuned things around although still looked pained. He went for the Superman punch, which ushered boos from the crowd, luckily Bryan countered with a rollup. Bryan then went for the Running knee, hitting it only for Reigns to kick out. There was then a series of Yes Kicks as an angry looking Bryan took out his frustrations. Unfortunately for everyone this build up soon came to an end as Reigns hit a fairly unimpressive Spear, pinning Bryan immediately.
It’s a shame that the match ended like this, it was a poor main event and did nothing to get Reigns over, which was surely the point of the match. Bryan looked better on the night but ultimately Bryan vs Lesnar just wouldn’t be believable. That said Reigns vs Lesnar doesn’t seem believable either, perhaps if Reigns develops a better finishing move that the ridiculous Superman Punch?
Match Rating 7/10
So the road to Wrestlemania is drawing to a close, what will come of the big feuds between now and then?
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