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Yesterday marked history in the WWE with their first annual pay-per-view Fast Lane. I will give you my overall thoughts in my three count, as well as the results and all the current situations heading into WrestleMania 31.
1) Roman Reigns has his destination set
I thought that the main event was booked absolutely perfectly in my opinion. It had a big way fight feel to it for good reason because the winner would be off to WrestleMania 31 headlining it with Brock Lesnar. There was a lot of good psychology used throughout the match which in wrestling has become a lost art. It needs to be brought back because it would make the matches more significant. I liked how both man utilized their strengths for instance Daniel Bryan focused on Reigns arms to make him weaker for the yes lock later on. On the other hand Reigns focused on Bryan stomach to enhance the overall damage for the spear later on.
The finishing sequence had Bryan go for the kill via the running knees but Reigns had it scouted perfectly, he delivered a vicious spear instead to pick up the win and head off to WrestleMania 31 to face Brock Lesnar.
This leaves Daniel Bryan without a match at WrestleMania 31 but he’s too talented not to have a match. Therefore I expect him to either have a match against a returning Sheamus or Ziggler as it was rumoured before. That being said in my opinion this match didn’t need to happen, because it devalued all that importance of the Royal rumble itself. However I understand it because they needed to sell this pay-per-view for free, exclusively for the month of February for new subscribers on the WWE Network.
There were two overall segments that really saved this pay-per-view from being a tremendous failure in my opinion. It’s really where the PPV started to elevate itself. One of the most anticipated segments in wrestling history took place last night between Triple H and Sting. It was actually unbelievable and it had money written all over it because they got their point across very effectively.
Triple H stated that he respected Sting for his loyalty to WCW and never wanting to jump ships to the WWE when WCW went out of business. In addition Triple H stated the fact that he was the main reason why WCW went out of business and Sting has always been a failure.
Triple H gave Sting an ultimatum he can do two things the easy way or the hard way. The first choice was Triple H said that he could put Sting name on absolutely all the WWE products and his name would be bigger than it has ever been before in his career and he might put him in the WWE Hall of Fame later. Or Triple H said he could be beat up Sting and make sure he never comes back to the WWE and then Sting made up his mind by beating up Triple H with his baseball bat.
The lasting image of this segment was Sting putting his bat towards Triple H throat and he constantly pointed to the WrestleMania 31 sign. Therefore in five weeks the unthinkable will happen Sting, will finally compete in the WWE ring on the biggest stage of all to end his HOF career in wrestling.
When you’re calling out The Undertaker you have to make an impact and that’s exactly what Bray Wyatt did last night. The Undertaker’s music played and the crowd exploded as expected, then The Undertaker druid’s brought down a casket to the ring. The druid opened up the casket and Bray Wyatt sat up and cut up on unbelievable promo as he always does.
Wyatt stated when he grew up he was scared of Undertaker but now he doesn’t really fear him because he’s old and needs to go away, The Undertaker knows what I want and knows where to find me. This segment just helped build towards a match that will take place at WrestleMania 31.The match itself will be incredible from a psychological standpoint because both Bray and The Undertaker are the two best wrestlers, from a psychological point of view in a really long time.
I know everybody won’t agree with me but Taker needs to lose once again and pass the torch to Bray Wyatt, as the next guy who is one of the last wrestlers currently with a scary presence in the company. The Undertaker has nothing really to gain from a win against Bray Wyatt and Wyatt, has everything to gain from a victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. Ever since his feud with Dean Ambrose Bray Wyatt has really not been involved in a significant feud for a couple of months which is very dangerous from a wrestling point of view because he something that will elevate his overall career.
3) Tag Team and US Title matches
I believe the revival of the tag team division in the WWE is solely because of two tag teams The Usos and Kidd and Cesaro in my opinion. This match delivered on all levels of expected it would not surprise there because these two teams have incredible chemistry every time they get in the ring together. Kidd and Cesaro had momentum going into this match because they defeated the Tag Team champions in a non-title match so their confidence was on all-time high.
The action was back and forth between both teams there were numerous spots that were amazing such as a deadlift superplex/springboard elbow drop combo by Cesaro and Kidd resulted in a near fall. Before the match spilled to the floor with Jey soared over the top, with a dive and Jimmy eventually hitting Kidd with a Samoan drop into the ring barricade.
Jimmy got back in the ring and he attempted to hit the Samoan Splash but he got a pair of knees for his trouble by Kidd instead and then Kidd locked in the Sharpshooter for a long time. However Jey came in the ring and he delivered a Super Kick to the back of Kidd’s head.
The finishing sequence once again gain control of the match and hit Jimmy with a Swinging Fisherman Suplex out of nowhere for the three-count. Therefore they became the new Tag Team Champions it was a massive upset victory that nobody saw coming. I thought they would get a rematch at WrestleMania 31 to be crowned the new Tag Team Champions then.
I could not be happier for them because they are one of the few only legit tag teams in the company left. Finally it’s great to see Tyson Kidd as a champion because he hasn’t had gold for years since DH Smith as a tag team.
I thought that the WWE did an excellent job of building up this feud between John Cena and Rusev, I was really looking forward to this match and they did not disappoint. This was not a match it was an all out war between two men that literally hate each other and they wanted to break each other in half.
Cena delivered all his signatures moves to Rusev but it did not stop the super athlete to destroy John Cena that was his overall mission. Rusev was amazed that Cena took all this punishment but I was not really surprised because Cena motto of “Never Giving Up”.
Therefore Rusev took any measure to be victorious and he did so via a low blow which was followed by The Accolade submission hold. Cena blueprint of his career of never giving up was not true in this contest because Rusev made Cena tap out which was very shocking.
This was the biggest win of Rusev overall career beating a future Hall of Famer and a 15 time world champion. Now I was completely shocked that this match did not end in a DQ because it could have led to a match at Wrestlemania 31. Now don’t get me wrong WWE could still do a rematch at WrestleMania 31 but it would be completely pointless now to have Rusev lose to Cena after such a dominating performance last night.
Overall I thought the pay-per-view was solid except for a couple matches in the beginning of the card that I had high hopes for but it disappointed me. Regardless after Sting and HHH’s segment the PPV elevated to a whole new level and from there I really enjoyed the PPV. I would give this an 8 out 10 simply because of all the developments and the future storylines that could happen at WrestleMania 31.
Seth Rollins, Big Show & Kane defeated Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan via the Choke slam by Kane on Ziggler
Goldust defeated Stardust via a rollup pin
Nikki Bella defeated Paige via a rollup pin
Bad News Barrett defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification
Rusev defeated John Cena via The Accolade
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