Thoughts/Review (kinda) on Fastlane (2016)


THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS (Not that it matters at this point…)

I’m really late on this but you know what they say, better late than never! So WWE Fastlane has already happened and now everybody is looking forward to the spectacle that is WrestleMania, we already know that three matches have been booked. I’d say that Fastlane was ok, just slap bang average.

General thoughts on Fastlane:

What a stupid name. Bring back No Way Out!


Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Naomi & Tamina Snuka

Winner: Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch

I have to admit, I was surprised to see this match go on first because usually the first match in a pay-per-view gets the crowd excited and it’s not like WWE fans take to women very well. I can’t say that I was blown away by this match, I mean it was ok but there wasn’t anything to rave about. The four divas worked a decent match which is pretty much what most people ask for. Not to be lazy but, there’s not much I can say for this match, I’ll say that I would’ve liked to see more tension between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch during the match though because it felt more like a feud between Banks and her former teammates which Lynch was awkwardly inserted into.

Watch or Skip: It’s worth a watch I’d say

Other thoughts: Is the rear view still a finish? I’m a huge fan of Naomi’s derriere but come on. I didn’t know that Naomi could kick repeatedly like that and I should have. How could Michael Cole be shocked with the fact that JBL knew his suplexes? He is aware that JBL was once a wrestler isn’t he? JBL really loves his sports references doesn’t he? The finish was interesting.

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship)

Winner: Kevin Owens

This match has been done a lot in WWE so at a ppv I already know what to expect from these two. The pace kept changing which allowed Owens to be methodical and slowly beat down on Ziggler but momentum would switch at the right time so that Dolph Ziggler could inject some energy into the match. I say this with a lot of matches but I could have seen this match on Raw but with that being said, some of the sequences in this match were impressive.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Kevin Owens’ comments are very funny. He told Dolph Ziggler to stop touching him… in a wrestling match. Owens telling Michael Cole to shut his mouth is what I wanted to say back when Cole used to tell everybody how to download the WWE app. The Irish whip that Owens gave Ziggler looked like it actually hurt. Kevin Owens could walk into his first WrestleMania as Intercontinental Champion; it’s been a good year for him.

The Wyatt Family vs. The Big Show, Ryback & Kane

Winner: The Big Show, Ryback & Kane

A match with six hoss’ in WWE is never expected to be interesting. I won’t say that the match was terrible because I slowly see the bigger wrestlers in WWE trying newer things and maybe if there was more of a story to the match I might dare say it could have been enjoyable. Slow matches have never been my style, it looked like momentum didn’t build up as well as it could have because with every tag there wasn’t too much life being injected into the match. There were a few interesting spots in the match but despite opting not to call this match terrible, I can’t say that I want to see it again anytime soon.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: The interesting spots were thanks to Luke Harper and in all honesty, there’s only so much that he can do to make a hoss match look good. Ryback does dropkicks? It might just be me but I’m sure that Bray Wyatt’s lamp is electric, I’m sure it’s been electric for a long time so why does he blow it out? (late observation).

Charlotte (c) vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship)

Winner: Charlotte

Basically I didn’t pay attention to this match, I’m sure Brie did some things as a tribute to Nikki Bella and Daniel Bryan but everyone knew the reason for this match.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: How did Charlotte break out of the single leg crab?

Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles

Winner: AJ Styles

These two have already had two good matches with each other so already it was expected that they’d put on a third good match. They didn’t disappoint, it doesn’t seem as if AJ Styles has been fully watered down by WWE (yet) and on top of that he works well with Jericho. They both had their turn to control the match and they threw out some good sequences as well (good sequences in more than one match at WWE!? WOW!). This match was done fairly well (match of the night) and I think that it wasn’t a bad way to handle Styles’ first feud. They both did well to show that the win was important to them and the handshake at the end was a nice touch.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: I thought WWE were trying to phase out the styles clash to be honest. Michael Cole said that Jericho countered the code breaker so the question has to be asked, which WWE does Michael Cole watch?

Cutting Edge Peep Show

Winner: Nobody (not even the fans)

Well this was a segment which had a lot of potential. Edge, Christian and the New Day are people that have provided laughs for the WWE and you don’t lose the ability to be funny. The segment started off well but the most significant points from it were the incredibly shameful plug for Edge and Christian’s show on the WWE Network which you can subscribe to for £9.99 and the New Day possibly turning face or into tweeners for a feud with the League of Nations.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts:  Xavier Woods made a Supa Hot Fire reference that the WWE Universe clearly didn’t understand. Big E telling Christian that no one cares about his match was funny. Edge’s Beyonce joke was meh at best but ‘I’ve never seen so much chocolate act so vanilla’ was a quotable. The ascension are low enough without Kofi Kingston having to rip on them.

My reaction to Edge’s Beyonce joke

Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth

Winner: Curtis Axel

This was the selfie match and it served to further the Golden Truth angle that WWE have been doing for a while now. That’s it.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: Is the social outcasts’ thing to cut promos that people don’t understand because Bray Wyatt’s already doing an excellent job of that. This match is the selfie match because the camera caught a father and son taking a selfie as the match started and there will be no dispute. When is Golden Truth going to become a thing? R-Truth counting to four and being sarcastically congratulated by JBL was funny.

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar

Winner: Roman Reigns

I think the result of the match was pretty obvious from the start. The match was ok, I thought it was a little underwhelming. There was a huge chance to tell a story about how much Dean Ambrose wanted the Championship opportunity and how he was willing to throw away his friendship with Roman Reigns and it was told to an extent but not enough. Brock Lesnar looked strong but not as strong as he has in previous matches. I can’t say that there were any highlights in this match, it didn’t really drag on but there wasn’t much to get me on the edge of my seat.

Watch or Skip: Up to you

Other thought: Fans didn’t want Reigns to win which makes no sense because it was obvious that he was going to especially considering that he didn’t get a rematch after the Royal Rumble. The Spanish and English announce table both got destroyed, I’m expecting to see the German announce table fall at WrestleMania along with the other two. Ambrose trying to German Brock Lesnar was funny just due to how quickly Lesnar turned around to give him a belly to belly. The powerbomb isn’t the same without Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns continues to evolve into Super Reigns and Super Reigns comes equipped with invulnerability to chairs.

My reaction to Fastlane

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