Hey folks! It’s Jack Wannan once again. Today, I will be doing live coverage of WWE Fastlane! If you can’t catch the show, this is the place for you to check. There will be timestamps throughout the night so you can see when there are updates. Make sure to come back every 15-20 minutes for more updates!
6:45PM: The pre-show is starting soon! Grab the popcorn, and get ready!
The pre-show can be viewed for free here:
7:00PM: The pre-show is live! We go right to the analyst desk inside the arena.The crew on the desk is Renee Young, Booker T, and Peter Rosenberg. Booker T does the first pop culture reference on the show, referencing the Daytona 500, which happened last week. Speaking of Booker, the crowd gave him a huge reaction when he started talking.
7:03PM: Charly Caruso will be in the social media lounge tonight, interviewing Samoa Joe during the second half of the hour. A match is also scheduled for the pre-show too.
7:13PM: We get shown a backstage segment from earlier where Brian Kendrick motivates Noam Dar as they are teaming later on tonight. Kendrick implies that Alicia will have a meltdown ringside, which makes Fox freak out. Dar diffuses the situation, but Kendrick leaves saying “I don’t do crazy”, making Fox flip out again.
7:16PM: Cesaro and Sheamus are at the analyst desk. Cesaro is frustrated because he feels the fans doesn’t want to see him talk, they want to see him fight. The whole desk says that Gallows and Anderson will win the tag match tonight.
7:2oPM: Mick Foley is backstage on the phone with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie’s flight is delayed, and she is mad at Mick. As they are on the phone, Jinder Mahal walks in and says that him and Rusev are no longer a team. Mahal and Rusev start arguing. Mick Foley sets up some sort of thing between them later tonight, but it’s very confusing what it was. As Foley walks out of the scene, Stephanie is still on the phone saying “Mick?”
7:26PM: It is time for the Samoa Joe interview. The first question is “Why did you side with Triple H, and why did you attack Seth Rollins?”. Joe said that he was presented with an opportunity, and he wanted to make an impact. Second question was how does he plan on destroying Sami Zayn tonight? He says that he has done it before and he can do it again. Third question was what Joe’s plan for Wrestlemania? He said that his plan will be revealed eventually, but he wants to make an impact. Good segment.
7:40PM: Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar
We head to the commentary booth with Austin Aries, Michael Cole, and Corey Graves. Our first match is up next, but before that we see a teaser of Austin Aries, and his eventual in-ring return. Our first match of the night is from the Cruiserweight division. A combination of two rivalries, if you will. Swann and Tozawa face Kendrick and Dar. Tozawa starts off against Dar. Early on in the match Swann and Tozawa try for double dives, but they stop because Fox stands infront of Kendrick and Dar. We go to a quick commercial break.
After the break Tozawa is in the ring under the control of Brian Kendrick. “Taking him to school” as Aries described. Swann gets the hot tag on Dar. Standing frogsplash by Rich gets a kickout. Swann and Dar wear eachother down, and another hot tag happens, this time Tozawa and Kendrick. Kendrick and Dar get thrown to the outside once again. The double dives by Tozawa and Swann work this time around. Swann and Dar are the legal men. Tozawa and Kendrick are brawling outside the ring as Swann hits the Pheonix Splash on Dar for the win.
7:54PM: Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa def. Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar
7:55PM: PPV to start soon.
8:00PM: The PPV is underway! It starts off with a video package hyping up the show. After that we get a quick pyro show, then we head to our first match!
8:04PM: Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe
It’s time for our first match of the PPV, Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe! Sami is happy heading to the ring, but he buckles down and is serious once the match starts. The match is at a very slow pace from the get-go. Samoa Joe wears down Zayn with strikes. The crowd does not react too much to what is happening. Sami Zayn starts to slowly make a comeback. He hits the Blue Thunder Bomb, but gets a kickout. Joe hits his patented Senton. Zayn kicks out. After that move, Joe goes back to his jabs and strikes. Joe hits the ropes for a move, but Sami collapses. When Joe walks towards him, Zayn hits a roll-up pin. Zayn must have been “playing possum”. The two are on top rope. Joe tries for the Superplex but it doesn’t work. Both of them get off the top rope. Zayn tries for a Helluva Kick but he gets slammed down by Joe. Joe hits Zayn with the Cohena Clutch (Might have spelt it wrong lol) to end the match. Crowd is dead silent.
8:17PM: Samoe Joe def. Sami Zayn
8:19PM: Bayley is interviewed backstage. Bayley says that Charlotte has the advantage. Bayley challenges Charlotte to leave Dana Brooke in the locker room for tonights match. Nia Jax walks into the scene and says that she will rip her “best friend” (Sasha Banks) to shreds.
8:21PM: Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (RAW Tag Team Championship Match)
Our first tag match of the PPV is up next! Enzo Amore and Big Cass face the tag champs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championships. Enzo and Cass make many, many Milwaukee references while on the mic before the match. Cass and Anderson start off in this match. Gallows gets thrown to the outside alongside his partner Karl, and Enzo gets thrown onto both of them. Back in the ring is Anderson and Enzo. As they get back in the ring, the champs have control in the match. Enzo is isolated in the champs corner. Anderson and Gallows are frequently tagging in and out to keep Enzo in their corner. This goes on for quite some time.
Finally, after a very long time, Big Cass gets the hot tag. Cass hits a big boot to Anderson. The team hits Bada Boom Shaka Laka and go for the pin, but Gallows drags Enzo out of the ring during the pin. Anderson hit Enzo with a knee a minute later. When he goes for the pin, Enzo has his leg on the rope, but the ref doesn’t notice because Gallows pushed Enzo’s foot off.
8:36PM: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore and Big Cass to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships
8:38PM: Stephanie is on the phone with Mick again. Her flight is still delayed and she says that she won’t make it to the show.
8:40PM: Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks
We have had our first singles match, our first tag match, and now we will have our first women’s match of the night! Nia Jax faces Sasha Banks in a grudge match. Sasha Banks is working the “wearing down” gimmick on Jax, which is basically attacking Jax with strikes, and Jax nosells most of them. Anyways, Nia Jax has control over this match for most of the time. Sasha shows almost no offence in this match. Crowd is not showing much interest in this match. Nia Jax puts Sasha in the Torture Rack and starts to squat while doing that. Sasha reverses it into a sleeper. Jax escaped by running Sasha into the corner. Sasha jumps back onto Nia’s back for another attempt at the sleeper. Nia throws Sasha off this time. Sasha hits a DDT into a Banks Statement next. Crowd starts to make noise for that. Jax reverses by Slamming down Banks then leg dropping her. After that, Jax tries for something, but Banks hits a roll-up pin for the win. Crowd pops for this. Jax looks shocked.
8:52PM: Sasha Banks def. Nia Jax
8:55PM: Rusev and Jinder Mahal find opponents
It’s time for whatever Mick planned for Jinder Mahal and Rusev. When the two get to the ring, they immediately start to argue. They then start to brawl. Jinder awaits his opponent. Cesaro and Sheamus come out. Cesaro will face Jinder Mahal first. The crowd was silent for this match. As was I. This was a RAW mid-card match. Cesaro gets the victory after some slow pace fighting. Who cared about the match. It was a waste of everyone’s time.
After the match, Jinder gets beaten up by Rusev. Who answers Rusev’s challenge? Big Show! Big Show and Rusev battle for quite some time. Big Show Chokeslam’s Rusev two times in a row. He looks around at the crowd, then chokeslams Rusev for the third time. Rusev is lying in the corner after, and eats a knockout punch to end the match. Rusev and Jinder both take their loses and leave.
9:18PM: Jinder and Rusev lose their matches lol
9:23PM: Jack Gallagher vs Neville (Cruiserweight Championship Match)
Our second Cruiserweight match is for the Championship! Jack Gallagher faces the champion Neville! Before the match we see another Austin Aries hype video. The two grapple and trade strikes at the start. It is still a very back and forth match as bigger moves start to get used. Gallagher does a dive at one point, which feels almost out of character for him, but still cool. After that both of them go to the top rope and Gallagher hits a Superplex. Later on Neville throws Gallagher onto the ropes then does a very fast suplex that looked ugly. Neville follows up with his crazy flippy thing then goes for a pin but Gallagher kicks out.
Gallagher starts to make a comeback, hitting Neville with two headbutts in a row. Minutes later Neville sits on the top rope again but he gets hit with another headbutt. Gallagher then gets pushed off the ropes, Neville hits the Red Arrow right after to give Neville the win.
9:39PM: Neville def. Jack Gallagher to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
9:42PM: Backstage we have a suprise interview with Paul Heyman. Paul says that Brock is allowed at the event tonight, but he can’t confirm or deny if he will show up. He also claims that no matter who wins tonight, Brock will win in the end.
9:44PM: The New Day come out, with an ICE CREAM BIKE! They say that they will have ice cream when they are hosting Wrestlemania. That ends the segment.
9:55PM: Roman Reigns vs Braun Stroman
After Braun said he wanted more of a challenge, he gets exactly that tonight! Braun Stroman squares off against Roman Reigns! Crowd gives Roman very loud boo’s as he enters the building. Reigns is struggling in this match as Stroman goes about his business. Stroman hit a Samoan Drop, a splash, and many other moves to wear down Reigns. Reigns slowly starts to make his comeback by dodging moves. Stroman tries to dive onto Reigns in the corner but Roman dodges and Stroman hits the post. Roman hits a drive by a few minutes later. Reigns tries for the spear through the barricade but Stroman picks up Reigns and slams him through an announce table. Later on, Stroman heads to the TOP ROPE and tries for something but Roman dodges. He hits the spear right after for a 3 count to end the match.
10:14PM: Roman Reigns def. Braun Stroman
(FUN FACT: This is the first singles loss that Braun Stroman has ever taken.)
10:17PM: Backstage we see Mick Foley talking to Joe saying that he doesn’t want Joe helping Owens out in the main event. Joe does not say anything, he just walks away.
10:23PM: Charlotte vs Bayley (RAW Women’s Championship Match)
The RAW Women’s Championship gets defended in our second-last match tonight. Charlotte walks out with Dana Brooke, but tells Dana to go backstage before she is done walking off the ramp. Charlotte’s undefeated 1-0n-1 PPV record is really emphasized by the commentators.
Bayley showed dominance at the start of the match. So much so that Charlotte had to run outside the ring to catch a breather at one point. Charlotte does regain control though when Bayley decided to go outside the ring too.
They battle back and forth for nearly 20 minutes. But as the fight continues, Sasha Banks runs down to the ring all of the sudden. She attacks Charlotte but the bell does not get rung. Bayley hits a Bayley-2-Belly outside the ring, then does it once more inside the ring for the pin.
I don’t get how this match didn’t end via DQ. The crowd sounded confused and quiet for that crowd finish. WTF happened.
10:44PM: Bayley def. Charlotte to retain the RAW Women’s Championship
10:53PM: Goldberg vs Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Championship Match)
FINALLY! It’s time for our main event of the evening! Goldberg faces the champ Kevin Owens! Goldberg chants erupt throughout the arena as Goldberg makes his entrance. Kevin Owens also gets a big reaction from the crowd, but not as much as Goldberg did.
Here we go! Just before the ref rings the bell, Owens steps out of the ring for a quick timeout. The more time he takes outside the ring, the more heat the crowd gives him. Kevin Owens finally mans up and gets in the ring for the match. Jericho’s music hits just as the bell rings, and Goldberg hits his Spear and Jackhammer to become the NEW Universal Champion as Chris Jericho watches from the ramp. WOW. Lots of stuff to discuss tomorrow on Monday, but I gotta sleep.
That wraps up the show!
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