WWE FastLane 2015 Reaction

WWE FastLane 2015When it was all said and done, we got everything we expected WrestleMania to look like so far, but nothing was outstandingly memorable here about the way we got there.

Considering it’s the Road to WrestleMania, this should be Creative’s slickest story-churning to date.

Every possible chance to get the fans to stand on their feet and be truly invested in what they were seeing was thrown away on this show and thus, we’re left with the end-result, similar to that of a soggy, sad deli sandwich.

In the end, the result is what you expect, sure – but that’s the best quality you can offer us?

 

 

 

(Aired 2/22/15)

The Breakdown

– The pre-show MizTV segment with Paul Heyman allowed the Miz/Damien Mizdow ongoing conflict to continue as Miz made Mizdow literally sit in the corner. Funny. Heyman also soaked up the heat here and sounded poised and confident of his client’s abilities. Nothing else beyond that besides a tease of Mizdow standing up to Miz. That moment is more likely at Mania.

– The opening hype video was slick and cool, but then again, looked a little too much like Adrian Neville’s titantron montage.

– Maybe one day WWE will go back to individual sets for PPVs. It used to bring an aura of mystique to the shows. How special can a PPV look when it looks like a glorified Raw?

– The Dolph Ziggler/Erick Rowan/Ryback-Seth Rollins/Kane/The Big Show match was what we expected: filler. Cole’s explanation of Ziggler/Ryback/Rowan teaming together as “rebels” left a lot to be desired. Not what you think of when “rebel” comes to mind. The overall action was okay, but the KO finish on Ziggler brought back bad reminders of the Royal Rumble. Regardless, the right team went over as this is hopefully the last we see of the trio. This was also the best time to have Randy Orton make his return as he cleared house of The Authority. Most likely, seeds for an Orton-Rollins Mania match were planted.

– The Dusty Rhodes-Goldust backstage segment carried on the family feud from Dusty’s perspective and tried to paint a sympathetic picture with a bit of a twist at the end.

– The Stardust-Goldust match clearly had more focus on the story than the wrestling itself, if you even want to categorize it as such. Little things told us Stardust was breaking into his own, such as being shirtless with his new ring attire and also playing to the crowd’s “Cody” chants. The finish was odd in that it wasn’t expected and just confused mostly everyone. It didn’t even look as if the Ref’s hands touched the mat, which the announcers also brought into question.

– The hype behind Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins made sense to show, but where does it lead?

– The segment with Stardust attacking Goldust was what needed to happen here. It was good to see him reference his old character and call Goldust “the attitude era never ends but oh it did.” That actually did more than the match did.

– The Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and Tyson Kidd/Cesaro was quite solid down the stretch once the pace quickened. It was a clean victory as well, so as predicted, this makes The Usos the hunters for Mania time. Hopefully, Kidd/Cesaro make the most of their time as Champs.

– The Sting-Triple H face-to-face interaction segment was solid in that it successfully set up their WrestleMania match. WWE is playing the WCW circa 1997 card with Sting and keeping him silent against a heel stable and sporadically appearing. This makes him more intriguing. Will he stay silent though? He should. How much cooler was him pointing the bat at Triple H and then the WrestleMania sign as his “silent” persona?

– The Divas Championship match between Paige and Nikki Bella was the bathroom break affair we were all waiting for. Nikki did it all on her own but still by dirty tricks. Yawn.

– The Intercontinental Championship match between Dean Ambrose and Bad News Barrett had them make the most of the time they had, but it ended before it could really get going. So, Barrett looked like a coward and Ambrose punched his way to a DQ? Who came out of this looking better? Ambrose leaving with the Title belt fits his “loose cannon” character at least. Still kind of lame though, following lackluster results from previous matches.

– What better way to introduce The Undertaker than just to have him come out and be Bray Wyatt instead? Consider everyone trolled. Somewhat. His promo was strong and confirmed what we figured all along, but this has been going on for weeks now. The fans were probably more receptive when they thought it was Taker mainly to see what his reaction would be. They wouldn’t get that here.

– The United States Championship match between Rusev and John Cena took some time to get going but once it did, it was very entertaining. Yes, Rusev won by submission, but he had help from Lana and that is ultimately Cena’s out. Don’t look at this as the finale. That’s still likely to come, with a cheesy stipulation in store.

– The Daniel Bryan-Roman Reigns match was a good match as Bryan carried Reigns well to his best singles match to date. The crowd was very much behind Bryan and a finish like this probably turned the crowd even more – as decisive as it was. Now Bryan has been crushed twice trying to get to WrestleMania. The fans didn’t buy too much into the sportsmanship either. So, this was all just a way to get Reigns more fairly to Mania. Give WWE credit – they’re not backing down from sticking with Reigns, but will their fans stick through to Mania to want to see him fight Lesnar? That’s the true question here.

 

 

 

 

Results

– Kane/The Big Show/Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) def. Dolph Ziggler/Erick Rowan/Ryback via pinfall

– Goldust def. Stardust via pinfall

– Tag Team Championships – Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) def. The Usos (w/Naomi) to become new champions 

– Divas Championship – Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella) def. Paige to retain

– Intercontinental Championship – Bad News Barrett def. Dean Ambrose via DQ to retain

– United States Championship – Rusev (w/Lana) def. John Cena via submission to retain

– Winner Faces Brock Lesnar For WWE World Heavyweight Championship At WrestleMania – Roman Reigns def. Daniel Bryan via pinfall

 

 

Original Predictions Correct: 5/7

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About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 25 year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently Freelancing for The Bensonhurst Bean website in Brooklyn, he has also been published on sites such as Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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