Best Match of the night:
It’s going to be damn hard to top Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler.
Except that Styles and Jericho? They came pretty darn close. And, Jericho with a nice show of respect at the match conclusion.
Honestly, almost the entire card, top to bottom, was better than advertised. The main event, in spite of having it’s outcome telegraphed, was solid if unspectacular. But out of the entire card? Owens-Ziggler and Styles-Jericho were the two best on the evening. Next two best, in no particular order, would likely be the two Divas matches, honestly.
The overall show was much better than I expected, but my co-matches of the night delivered in spades.
Worst match of the night:
I will give this one to the unannounced R-Truth versus Social Outcasts match, because it was short and not worth PPV time-it screamed filler. The one redeeming quality? That it might push forward the idea of an R-Truth/Goldust tag team. Even though no one asked for that team. Ever.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is Awesome
Feed me more
Yes! Yes! Yes!
New Day sucks
You look stupid
Star of the Night:
Tonight was a very good night, and a tough night to pick just one. So, I will instead pick two. Hey, it’s my column, I can do what I want to, right?
So my two winners? AJ Styles and Sasha Banks. I think these two, above all other Superstars and Divas, had exceptional evenings. I could have mentioned a few others as well, but as I said, it was a really strong show.
Spot of the Night:
Owens, with his suplex/driver off the top rope.
Styles, nailing a bicycle kick on Jericho-while Chris was on the top rope!
Ambrose and Reigns, harkening back to their Shield days, powerbombing Brock through an announce table. Not once, but twice.
Lesnar delivering a German to Roman, as Reigns was preparing to deliver a Samoan Drop to Dean.
Jobber of the Night:
R-Truth, since no one else really was in a jobber-esque role tonight.
Upset of the Night:
Not on the main card, which was upsetting (different use of the word:). But Kalisto actually retaining? That would be considered a mild upset, as I think a lot expected Alberto Del Rio to win and then defend the title at WrestleMania. So it will be interesting to see where this one goes now, but for the evening, I call this an upset. And a pleasant surprise.
I was also somewhat surprised that Ryback, Show and Kane beat the Wyatts.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The mic drop moments from the Cutting Edge Peep Show…ripping on Kofi’s fake Jamaican accent, among other things. The “never seen chocolate be so vanilla” line was pretty stunning and funny.
But, otherwise? That segment didn’t reek of awesomeness for most of it. Nope, for most of it, the segment kind of reeked. This was something that honestly should have taken place on RAW.
Botch of the night:
Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler. Dolph went for a Fameasser, but looked like it might have been planned to skip that. As Ziggler bounced off the ropes and back to Owens, he was supposed to do his “slide between the legs” thing, but either Owens didn’t allow it, and/or Ziggler didn’t slide too well, and we were left with Ziggler hugging Owens’ leg. I guess the ad-libbed it OK, but that was a really bad botch.
Commentary of the night:
Not much I liked tonight…but here’s what I did:
Show taking them out like Rick Grimes takes out walkers (nice node to TWD, which happened to be starting a new episode at that moment).
JBL, comparing AJ being in WWE to when Dr. J came from ABA to NBA, or Herschel Walker coming to the NFL from the USFL.
Finally, Cleveland gets to see a championship team
LOL Moment of the night:
Ambrose and Reigns, being interviewed backstage, and Ambrose said he already booked his trip to ‘Mania because he got a great deal on Priceline.
Some good lines in the Peep Show open.
Social Outcasts, debating which car each one was.
I have to give props to WWE for opening with the Divas tag match. Now, like, a couple years ago? No way we’d get a Divas match to lead off a PPV AND be a hot opening match. But this time things were different, and we got a Divas tag match AND a hot opening match, all in one.
I know it wasn’t just me, as I saw comments in our live PBP feed. The Network feed was really spotty for me, especially early on. At several points during the Divas tag match and IC title match, I had live audio and frozen video. Or, really low quality video.
Outside of my issues with the Network, which were off and on, the show itself was not bad. If I had to give up some Fastlane-specific lows? I would say the R-Truth match, and probably what they did with the Cutting Edge Peep Show. Not that they had one, but rather that they could have done so much more, like, set up a WrestleMania match, and if they did that with that segment, I can safely say it’s a tag match no one is begging to see.
The Divas tag match.
The main event.
After the final bell:
I will come right out and say it. I expected so very little from Fastlane, and after virtually every match, I was telling myself that I was impressed. This was a PPV I practically didn’t care about, because I felt it was almost an afterthought. It didn’t even seem like WWE pushed it as well as they could have. However, when it all came together, it was a strong card.
We obviously have our ‘Mania main event, though I figure with over a month to go until the big show, we may get some stipulations added to make things even more intriguing.
I could make a case for a Brie/Charlotte re-match, though clearly Sasha is due for a shot and would be worthy.
If we got Owens/Ziggler again, or Styles/Jericho again? I don’t think a wrestling fan on the planet would mind.
What we don’t know? We don’t know what is going on with the Wyatts, or whom they’d face. Nor do we know what happens for Dean Amrose (does he want an IC rematch?) or Brock Lesnar (does he finally settle his Wyatt score?). So the next few RAWs should make for interesting watching.
Kalisto retains the United States Championship, defeating Alberto Del Rio
Sasha and Becky defeat Team B.A.D.
Kevin Owens successfully defends his Intercontinental title, defeating Dolph Ziggler
Kane, Ryback and Big Show defeat The Wyatts
Charlotte defeats Brie Bella, retains Divas Championship
AJ Styles defeats Chris Jericho
Curtis Axel defeats R-Truth
Roman Reigns defeats Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar, becoming #1 contender.