By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Another year, another chance for Roman Reigns to get into the WrestleMania main event and another year where he wins said chance.
Last year, it was against a heavy fan favorite in Daniel Bryan to take on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time, Brock Lesnar. Fans were so into Bryan’s return that they actually forced Mania plans to change again, with Reigns needing to beat him to get to Mania and be bought as a “main-eventer.”
This year, we have Reigns (who already had a World Title run) gunning for the same position, only Triple H is Champion, Lesnar’s in his way as is his “brother” Dean Ambrose, the heavy fan favorite.
Predictable booking squandered all a great main event could offer and despite some good matches, an odd final few segments/matches won’t leave Fastlane 2016 in the “classic shows” conversations.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– With Roman Reigns and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose being two-thirds of the Fastlane main event with Brock Lesnar to determine the #1 Contender to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania, there appeared to be an attempt to show slight ripples in the Ambrose/Reigns relationship, while also establishing their always-tight chemistry. We opened up with a Reigns-Rusev match that was nothing special though we applauded commentary getting Rusev & Co. over as one of the factors behind Reigns losing his Title at the Royal Rumble while Reigns/Ambrose powerbombed Rusev through the announce table recently as well and it at least built some interest in the bout. The DQ finish was bland, but as we saw with many SmackDowns, designed to have a tag main event. Will they ever make a planned SmackDown main event? Is WWE not aware how many times they do this? The Ambrose-Reigns interaction (Ambrose accidentally taking out Reigns with an apron-to-floor elbow drop) was set up to show that accidents happen, but made us wonder if this would affect their relationship going forward. Got a kick out of Jerry Lawler spinning things by saying Ambrose purposely took down Reigns.
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
United They Stand
– The opening in-ring segment with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose was likely designed to explore the wrinkle of a Lesnar-Ambrose interaction and it was what we expected, yet something about it felt empty. At least it was nice to not have Roman Reigns open the show for a change. We also dug the new red “Suplex City” shirts, since it makes it appear as if the highway sign is smeared with blood. Ambrose did look tough for interrupting Heyman and standing in Lesnar’s face, telling him he wanted to go to Suplex City all for the belt. Heyman also addressed the Wyatts, so that makes us think maybe Bray Wyatt does something to take Lesnar out of the picture.