Definitely Live & Half Assed Review of WWE Fastlane

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Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks vs Naomi & Tamina – Lynch & Banks get control early through some problems. Lynch ends up taking the beating from the heels. Naomi pulls Banks off the apron just as Lynch is about to make the tag. They continue beating on Lynch. Becky finally creates an opening. Banks puts a hurting on Naomi. Tamina turns it around with a distraction. Banks gets hit with a Rear View but she kicks out. Tamina gets tagged in and super kicks Banks. Lynch makes the save on the pin attempt. Lynch takes out Naomi. Banks turns a tilt-a-whirl into the Bank Statement. Lynch cuts off Naomi again and applies the Disarmer. Tamina taps out to the Bank Statement for the official victory.

Kevin Owens defends the Intercontinental Title against Dolph Ziggler. This match has been pretty good but it’s hard to pay attention to since they have fought so much against each other. Owens hit a modified DVD off the middle ropes but Ziggler rolled out of the ring. When Owens finally followed, Ziggler super kicked him. Ziggler rolled Owens back into the ring. Owens returns the super kick in ring. Ziggler connects with another super kick but Owens kicks out. Owens goes for a power bomb on the apron. Ziggler turns it into a huracanrana into the steps. Owens uses the referee as something of a shield. Pop Up Power Bomb for the win. Owens continues the weird feud with Michael Cole even though he hasn’t questioned his resolve or legitimacy in months.

Big Show, Ryback & Kane vs Luke Harper, Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman – I missed most of this match because my feed has been garbage for much of the pay per view. The fact that Big Show, Ryback & Kane won is mind boggling. The Wyatts have won nothing important and are supposed to be an intimidating group. This loss strips them of that aura.

Roman Reigns says that things will never be the same in the WWE after the three way match later tonight including his relationship with Dean Ambrose, who shows up. He wants to be in the Fastlane leaving Reigns to hitch hike to Wrestlemania. They agree that it’ll be one of them heading to Wrestlemania, not Brock Lesnar.

Brie Bella taking on Charlotte for the Divas Title – They do a good job of early exchanges and mocking each other with their opponents catch phrases. Charlotte ends up taking control and wearing down Brie. Charlotte continues to work over the neck. Brie connects with a running knee. She follows up with a slew of forearms. Brie nails a top rope drop kick. Brie acts like she injured her leg. Brie X Factors Charlotte but only gets a two count. Brie turns the Yes Lock into a Single Leg Crab to counter possible interference from Ric Flair. Charlotte fights her off. She then locks in the Figure Eight for the tap out victory. Michael Cole is having to explain the quick turn around which means it wasn’t a good finish.

AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho – Jericho cut a promo before the match. He continues to act like he finally has a mission in the WWE. I just sat back and watched this match because I expected it to be a quality match and I wasn’t disappointed. Jericho can still turn it on when he has something to sink his teeth into and working with Styles was just what the doctor ordered. Styles has been put over strong even if Jericho’s recent track record has been littered with losses. Styles was featured in a major feud that got plenty of play on both Raw & Smackdown. I enjoyed that Styles finally connected with the Styles Clash but had to finish Jericho with the Calf Crusher.

I had no idea I was going to miss Alberto Del Rio vs Kalisto for the US Title. I’ll have to give it a watch later. I’m glad Kalisto won. Hopefully that feud is put to sleep for good.

There was a segment that involved New Day, Edge, Christian, Del Rio, Sheamus, King Barrett and Rusev. It was mostly bad with small doses of funny.

I went to the bath room when the Social Outcasts were on with R Truth and later Goldust.

Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar – I really enjoyed the story they told in this match. I’m glad Bray Wyatt didn’t get involved even if that’s who Brock Lesnar ends up taking on at Wrestlemania. To go back to the match, I’m glad that Lesnar got in his offense early and got to toss around both of his competitors. Dean Ambrose turned things around with another nut shot. It was smart planning on 2/3 of the Shield to then double team Lesnar by tossing him through two announce tables. The burying him in the rubble made sense but I had to laugh that the announcers didn’t note Lesnar recovering from the rubble considering they were sitting right there. It did lead to a dramatic double suplex of both Ambrose & Reigns though. Reigns powered out of a kimura attempt which allowed Ambrose to attack him and Reigns with a chair. Ambrose chased Lesnar. Reigns took advantage and speared him for the win. HHH came out and they had a nice stare down after the match with the Wrestlemania sign in the background. I think it’ll make for a good main event. – Kevin

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