Powell’s WWE Fastlane 2019 live review: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship, The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin, The Usos vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz for the Smackdown Tag Titles

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE Fastlane 2019
Aired live March 10, 2019 live on WWE Network and pay-per-view
Cleveland, Ohio at Quicken Loans Arena

Fastlane opened with a video package that focused on the return of Roman Reigns and the latest reunion of The Shield. The opening video also spotlighted the other top matches… Tom Phillips welcomed viewers to the show…

1. Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz for the Smackdown Tag Titles. The Smackdown broadcast team of Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton called the match. Miz and Shane greeted Miz’s Dad(!!!), who was in the front row. Miz and Shane wrestled in baseball style jerseys. They teamed up for a Hart Attack clothesline on Jey around 2:10.

The Usos isolated Shane after one of the brothers caught him with a running cross body block. Jey knocked Miz off the apron as Shane was inching toward him. Miz got back on the apron and told Jey to watch himself. Shane came back with a DDT and made the hot tag at 6:50. Miz performed a springboard double ax-handle and then worked over both Usos to a strong reaction from his hometown crowd.

The Miz dumped both Usos to ringside and then removed his jersey to reveal a “Cleveland Is Awesome” t-shirt. Miz went up top and performed a cross body block onto both Usos. Back inside the ring, got a near fall off a DDT on Jimmy. Jey tagged in and the Usos performed a popup Samoa Drop on Miz. Jimmy tagged in and Miz fought off both Usos for a moment, then leapt off the ropes into a double superkick. The Usos had the pin, but Shane broke it up.

The Usos performed a double team neckbreaker on Shane. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Jimmy and got a visual pinfall, but the referee was caught up checking on Shane. The ref finally made the count and Uso kicked out at two, which drew loud boos from the crowd. Miz went for a figure four and was kicked through the ropes and into the post. Jey tagged in and the Usos set up for a double team move that Shane avoided. Miz rolled up Jey for a good near fall.

At 12:45, Shane went up top with the plan of going for a Coast To Coast. Jimmy Uso went to the other turnbuckle for a faceoff. Jimmy leapt from the top and Shane ended up doing the same and dropkicked him while Miz rolled out of the way. Miz looked at his father, who pointed for Miz to go back up top. Miz performed a frogsplash, but Jimmy put his knees up and then pinned Miz…

The Usos defeated Shane McMahon and The Miz in 14:10 to retain the Smackdown Tag Titles.

After the match, Miz looked stunned by the loss. Shane sat down by him and they bumped fists. Miz asked Shane if he was okay and then escorted him to ringside where they raised each other’s arms while Miz’s Dad cheered. Miz hugged his father and then he and Shane raised his arms.

Suddenly, Shane attacked The Miz from behind and put the boots to him while Miz’s Dad watched from behind the barricade. Shane ripped the Cleveland Is Awesome t-shirt off Miz to boos and continued to punch him, then wiped his brow with the shirt and threw it at Miz. Shane put the boots to Miz and then jawed at his father.

Shane grabbed Miz’s Dad by the face and barked at him, then shoved him to his seat. Shane went back to beating up The Miz and rolled him into a submission hold while barking at his father. A security guard stood by Miz’s Dad. Miz left to boos and Miz’s father was finally allowed to check on his son. Two referees helped Miz to the back while his father walked behind them…

Powell’s POV: The McMahons playing neutral authority figures hasn’t lasted long. Vince basically turned on Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston, and now Shane turned on The Miz. Please tell me they’re not setting up a Vince and Shane vs. Hunter and Steph feud. Anyway, the match was entertaining and the post match attack got over well with the Cleveland crowd, who booed the hell out of Shane. I doubt that any other city would have reacted so anti-Shane as Cleveland, so it was well done in that regard.

After some advertising, the Smakdown broadcast team recapped the angle. Phillips and Saxton said Shane snapped, and even Graves said that you don’t put your hands on someone else’s father…

Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin were shown putting their fists together Shield style. McIntyre said the Shield would go down at his hands again. Corbin said they’ve been dominating Raw while the Shield have had their issues. Lashley spoke briefly and then McIntyre said they are the new dominant force in WWE…

Elias sat on a stool in the ring and strummed his guitar. Elias sang a song about WrestleMania and Cleveland, then pulled the rug out from under the fans by saying he would head out to Los Angeles to hang out with LeBron James…

An ad aired for Raw that focused on Batista and Triple H… Graves said his sources have confirmed that Batista and Triple H will both be in Pittsburgh for Raw. Phillips set up footage from the Kickoff Show of a man informing Kofi Kingston that the McMahons wanted to speak to him about the WWE Championship match…

2. Asuka vs. Mandy Rose (w/Sonya Deville) for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. The Smackdown team remained on commentary. Deville provided an early distraction that allowed Rose to catch Asuka with a knee that led to a two count. Asuka came back with an abdominal stretch. Deville started looking under the ring for some reason. Rose powered up Asuka and dropped her awkwardly (and safely) to the mat.

Asuka caught Rose with a kick at 4:35 and then performed the “hip” attack in the corner. Asuka performed a release German suplex and a sliding knee for a two count. Asuka went for another hip attack, but Rose avoided it and ended up getting a two count of her own. Rose set up for her finisher, but Asuka avoided it and then threw a knee to the face.

As Asuka was throwing punches at Rose, Deville reached under the ring and pulled out a kendo stick. Asuka whipped Rose into the ropes and Rose tripped on the skirting that Deville left up on the apron. Asuka followed up with a kick on Rose and pinned her. After the match, Deville was apologetic to Rose, who wanted nothing to do with her…

Asuka defeated Mandy Rose in 6:40 to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

Powell’s POV: The live crowd was flat for this match and it was hard to blame them. Asuka had a long break from television coming out of the Royal Rumble, and I don’t think anyone really expected Rose to beat her in this match.

Backstage, Kofi Kingston was still waiting outside the McMahon family’s office when Big E and Xavier Woods showed up. Big E and Woods were pissed that Kingston had been waiting over an hour. Big E knocked on Vince’s door and the trio entered the room. Vince McMahon claimed he was waiting for Kingston. Woods and E sang the praises of Kingston to Vince and suggested he go with a Triple Threat for the WWE Championship. Vince said it would be a Triple Threat with Big E and Woods barred from ringside. Vince said the match was coming up right now…

Kofi Kingston made his entrance and the fans chanted his name loudly once his music stopped playing. Ring announcer Greg Hamilton was about to continue the introductions, but a crew member grabbed his attention. Hamilton announced that he’d just been informed that the WWE Championship match would take place later tonight. Hamilton introduced a new match instead…

3. Kofi Kingston vs. “The Bar” Sheamus and Cesaro in a handicap match. The Smackdown broadcast team questioned why Vince McMahon was messing with Kingston. The bell rang and The Bar double teamed Kingston while a “you suck” chant broke out. Kingston came back for a moment, but the heels ended up working him over again. Cesaro and Sheamus took turns performing moves on Kingston in the corner and then dumped him to ringside.

The Bar worked over Kingston at ringside and then as he was on the apron. Kingston caught Cesaro with a kick and then shoved Sheamus into the ring post. Kingston put Cesaro back inside the ring and then went up top. Sheamus got back onto the apron, so Kingston dove at him and knocked him off. Kingston went back up top and leapt at Cesaro, who caught him with an uppercut. Cesaro picked up Kingston for a powerbomb and then Sheamus came off the ropes with a clothesline to make it a combo move. A “this is boring” chant broke out. Ouch.

Big E and Kingston came out to help, but Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev attacked them from behind and left them lying. Meanwhile, Sheamus and Cesaro performed a White Noise double team move, then stood up and put their boots on Kingston and posed while pinning him…

Sheamus and Cesaro defeated Kofi Kingston in 5:15 in a handicap match.

Powell’s POV: I liked the booking apparently more than the live crowd did. I can see being disappointed that they didn’t get the Triple Threat that was teased, but I didn’t feel like the handicap match was boring as much as it was good storytelling that made Kingston look sympathetic while on the road to his title shot at WrestleMania.

Charly Caruso interviewed Sasha Banks and Bayley backstage. Bayley wished Kingston well and said he inspires them. Banks said they want to be the greatest tag champions of all time. Bayley spoke about defending the WWE Women’s Tag Titles on all brands and said it would start tonight against Nia Jax and Tamina…

Elias was introduced and he was once again seated on his stool in the ring. Elias played his guitar and sang about Kingston suffering the same fate “as that moron The Miz.” He said they looked like a couple of Cleveland Cavaliers, saying they were beat up losers “just like everyone here.” Elias also told the crowd that his Pittsburgh Steelers are the best, which drew mega heat…

After some advertising, the broadcast team recapped Shane McMahon turning on The Miz…

Kayla Braxton knocked on the McMahon Family locker room door. Shane answered the door and she asked if he had any explanation for what he did to The Miz. Shane rolled his eyes and closed the door…

4. “The Revival” Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable for the Raw Tag Titles. The Raw broadcast team of Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Renee Young checked in for the first time and called the match. The international broadcast teams checked in during the ring entrances. The Revival were immediately cleared from the ring and the other teams fought. The rules of the match allowed two wrestlers in the ring at once.

Ricochet sold for The Revival for a bit. Black took a hot tag and ended up working over each of his opponents until Roode caught him with a spinebuster. A short time later, Gable suplexed Black and bridged, but Wilder had tagged in and splashed onto Gable. Ricochet, who apparently tagged in, performed a shooting star press on Wilder and had the pin, but Roode broke it up. Nice sequence.

Ricochet performed a huracanrana on Dawson from the ropes and onto a pile of wrestlers at ringside. Ricochet set up for his finisher on Dawson, then hopped down from the ropes and ran to the other side of the ring and dove over the post onto Roode, who had been working over Black. Gable tagged himself in while Ricochet was diving past him. Gable picked up a couple of two counts, but then took the Shatter Machine and was pinned by Dawson. After the match, the teams fought. Ricochet hit his 630 on Wilder..

The Revival defeated Ricochet & Aleister Black and Bobby Roode & Chad Gable in 10:50 to retain the Raw Tag Titles.

Powell’s POV: An entertaining three-way tag match. Everyone worked hard and they made the most of their time. That said, I really hope the company gets back to regular tag team matches and builds up The Revival as credible champions so that it means something when either one of these teams chase them.

The broadcast team hyped The Shield match and Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch. Cole once again noted that Dean Ambrose was not re-signing with WWE. Separate shots aired of Lynch and Flair. Lynch was still using a crutch to get around…

5. Samoa Joe vs. Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) vs. R-Truth (w/Carmella) vs. Rey Mysterio in a four-way for the U.S. Championship. The Smackdown team was back on the call. Joe was the last man standing early and then performed a suicide dive onto all three opponents less than a minute into the match. Mysterio performed a double huracanrana on Truth and Andrade at 2:20. Mysterio performed a tornado DDT on Joe for a near fall at 4:25. Truth hoisted up Andrade onto his shoulders at 5:20, then Mysterio leapt from the ropes and performed a huracanrana on Andrade.

Andrade performed a corkscrew dive over the top rope onto Joe, then Mysterio caught Andrade with another huracanrana. Vega got involved, leading to Carmella attacking her. While Andrade and Truth tried to pull the women apart, Joe performed a uranage on Mysterio. Joe had him pinned, but Truth and Andrade rushed back to the ring to break up the pin. Truth performed some of John Cena’s signature spots on Joe and Andrade, then performed the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Joe.

Mysterio caught Joe with a 619 at 10:30. Myserio followed up by Dropping The Dime, but Joe moved and put him in the Coquina Clutch to win via ref stoppage. Phillips emphasized that Mysterio passed out and did not tap out to Joe’s finisher…

Samoa Joe defeated Rey Mysterio, Andrade, and R-Truth in a four-way in 10:50 to retain the U.S. Championship.

Powell’s POV: A well worked four-way match. There was no reason to suspect a title change given that Joe just won the title on Smackdown, so that took away from the near falls. Even so, there were plenty of big spots and the crowd remained engaged.

6. Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Nia Jax and Tamina for the WWE Women’s Tag Titles. Beth Phoenix sat in on commentary with the Raw broadcast team for the match. Mike Rome delivered in-ring introductions for the title match. Jax threw Banks onto Bayley during the opening minute. Bayley was isolated for a couple minutes and then tagged in Banks. There was a clunky moment where Tamina tried to push Banks up and over and onto the shoulders of Jax, but it was botched and Jax stumbled trying to save it, then powered up Banks for a Samoan Drop.

A short time later, Banks dove at both heels from the top rope. The idea appeared to be that the heels would catch her, but Tamina fell down. Bayley ran the ropes and performed a suicide dive, leading to all four women being down for a moment. Back inside the ring, Bayley took out Tamina with a stunner, then performed huracanrana into a pin on Jax for the win.

Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Nia Jax and Tamina in 7:05 to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Titles.

After the match, Jax and Tamina roughed up Banks and Bayley at ringside. Jax threw Banks over one of the broadcast tabes. Beth Phoenix stood up and glared at Tamina and eventually hit her with a forearm. Jax hit Phoenix from behind. The heels brought Phoenix into the ring where Jax performed a leg drop. Tamina set up for a top rope splash, but Natalya ran out to make the save. Jax and Tamina got the better of Natalya and left her and Phoenix lying…

Powell’s POV: The post match angle was better than the match. It seemed like an off night for Tamina with those two rough spots. I assume this leads to Natalya and Phoenix teaming at WrestleMania. Will they be in the WWE Women’s Tag Title match or facing Jax and Tamina straight up?

A video package aired on the WWE Championship match…

Ring announcer Greg Hamilton introduced the WWE Championship match as a Triple Threat. Kevin Owens made his entrance. Daniel Bryan and Rowan were out next. Bryan barked at Hamilton off-mic and asked who the third man was. Mustafa Ali’s music played and he made his entrance to a flat reaction…

7. Daniel Bryan (w/Rowan) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali in a Triple Threat for the WWE Championship. Hamilton delivered in-ring introductions for the title match. Ali was booed by some fans, and Bryan had good heat. The broadcast team acknowledged the poor reception for Ali. A loud “We Want Kofi” chant broke out. A “Kofi” chant broke out a short time later. Ali performed a suicide dive on Bryan, then Owens took out Ali. Owens performed cannonballs on both opponents and then rolled Bryan back inside the ring and covered him for two.

Ali returned to the ring and set up for a move from the ropes on Owens. Bryan charged with a dropkick. Owens moved and Bryan ended up dropkicking Ali, who took a great bump into the barricade. Bryan taunted both opponents at various times by telling them that they weren’t supposed to be there.

Later, Ali performed a top rope Spanish Fly on Bryan, who rolled to ringside. Ali went for an 054 on Owens, who rolled out of the way. Owens performed a Stunner on Ali and had him beat, but Bryan broke it up at the last moment. Bryan and Owens traded strikes in the middle of the ring. Bryan knocked Owens down with a kick. Bryan set up for a running knee, but Owens turned it into a Popup Powerbomb for a good near fall.

At 13:40, Owens set up for a powerbomb on the apron, but Bryan backdropped him instead. Bryan went for a running knee when he spotted Ali on the apron. Ali moved and then Bryan crashed into the post. Ali clotheslined Bryan with the bottom rope and then went up top. Ali performed a 450 splash onto Bryan on the apron. Bryan rolled away from Ali, who eventually covered him. Rowan pulled Bryan to ringside while Graves noted that there are no DQs in a Triple Threat.

Owens and Ali delivered superkicks to Rowan to knock him to ringside. Ali performed a huracanrana to drive Rowan into the post. Owens performed a flip dive onto Owens, then fired up the crowd by slamming his hand on the broadcast table. Bryan caught Owens with a flying knee from the apron and then rolled him back inside the ring. Bryan tried to go up top, but Ali fought with him.

Ali set up Bryan for a top rope move. Bryan shoved Ali off, and Ali flipped and landed on his feet on the floor. Bryan went for a flying knee that Ali avoided. Ali performed a tornado DDT. Owens powerbombed Ali onto the apron. Owens rolled Ali back inside the ring, but Rowan stopped Owens from following. Bryan covered Ali for a near fall. Another “Kofi” chant broke out. Bryan picked up Ali and told him he didn’t deserve to be there and slapped him a couple times. Ali fired back and went for a move from the second rope, but Bryan caught him in mid-air with a running knee and pinned him…

Daniel Bryan defeated Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali in 18:45 to retain the WWE Championship.

Powell’s POV: The addition of Ali to the match a nice touch. It’s unfortunate that Ali was injured when he was, but the company had to move on and go with Kofi Kingston instead. As such, this match gave Ali a title match while protecting the returning Owens character from taking the pin. Most importantly, the live crowd was super hot for Kingston, who will clearly be challenging for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. And credit to the three wrestlers who had to work through the loud Kofi chants. While there were still some Kofi chants late, they actually managed to get a disgruntled crowd into what they were doing.

A WrestleMania video focused on the Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins match for the WWE Universal Championship… The Raw broadcast team noted that WrestleMania is just four weeks away and then set up a video package on Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair…

8. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair. Lynch used a crutch to get to the ring while Cole ran through a ridiculously long list of her injuries and reminded viewers that she signed a hold harmless agreement. Charlotte mocked Lynch by limping. Lynch threw her crutch to ringside after the bell rang while Cole played up the stipulation that Lynch had to win to earn a spot in the Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania. Lynch hobbled on one leg, but threw punches at Flair to start the match.

Flair targeted the bad knee. Graves said Lynch is superior in every way and it was foolish of Lynch to fight in her condition. Flair clipped Lynch’s knee and mocked her, then stood and pointed at the WrestleMania sign, which drew boos from the crowd. Flair threw chops in the corner and got the obligatory wooos in response. Lynch avoided Flair dropping a knee on her bad leg. Lynch through a rough spin kick that Cole described as a glancing blow. Flair clipped her knee again.

Flair went to the top rope. Lynch recovered and shoved her to the mat. Cole pointed out that Lynch would advance to WrestleMania with a count-out win. Flair beat the count of referee Charles Robinson. Lynch caught her in the Disarmher. Flair rolled out of it and applied a Figure 8. Ronda Rousey ran out, entered the ring, and punched Lynch. Rousey stood up and leaned against the ropes, then Robinson called for the bell to end the match.

Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair by DQ in 8:45.

Rousey left the ring as Charlotte seethed. Rousey walked up the ramp and then pointed back at the WrestleMania sign. Lynch’s music played as Lynch pulled herself up in the corner and pointed at the WrestleMania sign. Lynch laughed at Flair, who stormed out of the ring while Cole hyped Rousey vs. Lynch vs. Flair in a Triple Threat for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania…

Powell’s POV: An unsatisfying match, albeit with a fairly logical finish in that the Rousey character wants to get her hands on Lynch too. Flair was fun as the overconfident heel, but that’s about the best thing I can say about this. Here’s hoping they say Lynch is magically healed within the next four weeks because the idea of watching her hobble around and still selling all these injuries during the Triple Threat match is unappealing.

Cole hyped Batista and Triple H for Raw…

Elias played his guitar in the ring again. He said everyone seems to love Lynch, but he’s not a fan. He said her 15 minutes are almost up and he’ll be glad to see them go. He said she so destined for failure that he’s surprised she wasn’t born in Ohio. Elias shifted his focus to the main event and the reuniting of The Shield. He said he has no faith in them, kinda like every time the Browns take the field. Elias signed off, but then Lacey Evans did her runway walk. Suddenly, Randy Orton hit the ring and performed an RKO out of nowhere on Elias to a big pop. Orton’s music played, but then AJ Styles showed up and performed a Phenomenal Forearm on Orton…

Powell’s POV: The pop for the RKO was much stronger than it was for Styles hitting his finisher. It may have simply been a case of the fans being a bit confused by this feud since it’s just getting started. For whatever it’s worth, I saw them work a house show match eight days ago and the live crowd was loud in calling for the RKO. I don’t know if the WrestleMania crowd will follow suit.

The WrestleMania video aired. We’re 28 days away…

The broadcast team set up a video package on the main event…

9. “The Shield” Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin. Lio Rush did not come out with Lashley. McIntyre was the final man introduced for his team and knelt down and faced the entrance. The Shield made their entrance from their usual spot in the crowd. Cole told viewers to take a long look because this was the last look people would get at The Shield. He said Ambrose had not re-signed his contract and would be leaving WWE in the near future, and Rollins was moving on to challenge for the WWE Universal Championship.

Graves said it would be tough to find a bigger Shield fan than him because they are three of his closest friends. However, he said they are not the same force they once were, and he sang the praises of McIntyre, Lashley, and Corbin. Ambrose tagged in Rollins and then knelt down and Rollins used his back as a springboard to leap onto McIntyre. Reigns tagged in and performed a leaping clothesline on McIntyre and covered him. McIntyre kicked out and fled to ringside to regroup.

The heel trio went on the offensive and mostly got the better of Rollins and then Ambrose. McIntyre caught Ambrose with a Claymore Kick, but Ambrose fell between the ropes to the floor. Ambrose returned to the ring after the ref counted to nine. The heels isolated Ambrose as Reigns and Rollins made it back to the apron. Ambrose eventually caught McIntyre with a clothesline. Renee said he was paying homage to Nigel McGuinness. Ambrose made a hot tag to Reigns, who worked over the heels. Reigns performed a Drive By on Corbin and covered him, but McIntyre broke up the pin.

Lashley tried to powerbomb Rollins. Ambrose broke it up. Rollins and Ambrose performed stereo suicide dives onto McIntyre and Lashley. Reigns clotheslined Corbin to ringside and then looked to the crowd. Reigns ran the ropes, but Corbin returned to the ring caught him with a Deep 6 for a near fall. Reigns and Corbin traded punches. Corbin ran Reigns through the ropes and into the post and then rolled him up for a two count. Corbin chokeslammed Reigns for another near fall. Meanwhile, Rollins and Ambrose were shown fighting McIntyre and Lashley by the Kickoff Show set on the main floor at 16:10.

Reigns performed a sit-out powerbomb on Corbin for a near fall. McIntyre and Lashley placed Ambrose onto the Kickoff Show set’s table. Ambrose dove at them and they caught him, then Rollins dove onto them from a railing off the main floor. In the ring, Reigns went for a Superman Punch, but Corbin stuffed it. Corbin did his slide out of the ring and rush back into the ring and ate a Superman Punch for a near fall. Rollins and Ambrose returned to ringside. McIntyre returned and ran Ambrose into the barricade. McIntyre and Lashley climbed onto the apron. Reigns hit them both with Superman Punches. Corbin performed End of Days on Reigns and had him pinned, but Rollins and Ambrose broke it up at 19:20.

Corbin cleared the Spanish broadcast table. McIntyre, Lashley, and Corbin set up for a Shield Powerbomb on Reigns. McIntyre mocked the Reigns war cry, then Ambrose attacked him. Lashley tried to slam Rollins through the table, but Reigns hit him with a Superman Punch. Rollins performed a Stomp on Lashley on the table. Reigns spared Corbin. The Shield trio worked over McIntyre with punches and then kicks. Reigns did the war cry and then The Shield performed their triple powerbomb and drove McIntyre through the table. Fans chanted “one more time.”

Corbin was alone in the ring. The Shield trio surrounded the ring as the fans chanted “this is awesome.” Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose entered the ring. Rollins threw a superkick. Reigns threw a Superman Punch. Ambrose performed Dirty Deeds. The Shield played to a hot crowd. The trio hit the Shield Powerbomb on Corbin, and then Reigns pinned him to win the match.

The Shield defeated Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin in 24:50.

After the match, Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose hugged in the middle of the ring. Cole said we salute The Shield one last time as the trio put their fists together in the middle of the ring to close the show…

Powell’s POV: A good, satisfying main event to close out the show. They sent the crowd and pay-per-view viewers home happy, which was the right call. The question now is what happens with Reigns and Ambrose now? Will Ambrose stab Reigns in the back tomorrow to set up a match between them at WrestleMania? If that’s not it, what is Roman’s WrestleMania match? It should be an interesting Raw on a number of levels. Overall, Fastlane was a decent show that wisely put heat on key heels heading into WrestleMania, which is likely going to be a big night for the babyfaces.

I will have more to say about Fastlane when Jake Barnett and I get together shortly for the Dot Net Members’ exclusive audio review. I will also be by on Monday with the WWE Fastlane Hit List and the return of ProWrestling.net Live with Will Pruett and I taking your calls at 3CT/4ET at PWAudio.net.

Check below for the new Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Ian Riccaboni discussing his decision to re-sign with Ring of Honor, getting emotionally invested in matches, the March 15 ROH 17th Anniversary show, the G1 Supercard at MSG, and much more.

Readers Comments (17)

  1. I want Lars

  2. Patrick Peralta March 10, 2019 @ 7:32 pm

    “I didn’t feel like the handicap match was boring as much as it was good storytelling that made Kingston look sympathetic while on the road to his title shot at WrestleMania.”

    no it was boring, not good storytelling and not sympathetic it made Kingston look like a moron in believe Vince would put him into the Title match. after all Kofi has been in the company a long time and has seen what Vince has done to others when comes to title shots or not and he should have known better

  3. Every night is an off night for Tamina.

    • I’m grateful for a Shane heel turn instead of a 3 month face turn for the Miz then a quick heel turn. I don’t like the racial overtones of two white thugs doing The Man’s bidding, apologies Becky, but the MAN has been in society the one oppressing the people. The way the Kofi situation has played out had me turn off the ppv. I know I’m only one guy, but if I felt disgusted by the booking I’m sure others were too. Not listening to your customers is a rather crappy way to do business. I’m praying for a happy Kofi moment WM 35 but if it doesn’t, maybe Vince really is a bigot in his heart.

  4. “It seemed like an off night for Tamina with those two rough spots.”

    when has she ever had an “on” night?

  5. Fastlane has been more about angles than anything else, which is fine with me. It’s not like they were going to resolve storylines right before Wrestlemania. At least this way we got a Shane O’Mac heel turn, Beth Phoenix returning to action, and (still) Kofi v Bryan.

  6. So is the Vince-Kofi storyline the “white man is keeping the black man down?” I don’t get it. Kofi doesn’t really deserve a shot because he already lost to Bryan, but logic would also say Owens and Ali don’t deserve title shots. So what is the angle? What story are they trying to tell?

  7. I really doubt that’s the storyline, and I wish everyone would leave race out of this. I’ve heard multiple people, including PW Torch contributor Pat McNeil, say that Kofi’s push was stalled because of race. At this point that is OBVIOUSLY not the case, because he’s being just like Daniel Bryan was a few years ago and by the time he gets his match the fans are going to go crazy.

    Can we just stop using the race card? If the wrestler involved was any other race, what would we say? But because the guy in the storyline is Kofi, we’ve gotta claim the race card? Come on.

    • If Vince came out and said you’re not getting a title shot because since you lost you are no longer number one contender. If you beat Opponent X tonight then you will get a shot. That would make sense. But it’s too all over the place and not clear. The WWE tries to reinvent the wheel in their storylines.

  8. I don’t like the direction that WWE is going in. Seems the booking is very helter skelter.

  9. Tamina is awful I mean will she ever improve? I know Nia gets a lot of hate but I prefer Nia over Tamina any day of the week…Plus her wrestling gear really annoys the fuck out of me how the hell does she manage to wrestle in that tight ass vest thing she wears LOL

  10. I respectfully disagree with the comments saying Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali were “undeserving” of a championship opportunity. Ali got hurt at the time of Elimination Chamber and missed out on that opportunity due to injury. Adding him to this match was a way to make it up to him. As for Owens, he’s an established main event player anywhere in the world what better way to bring him back after a lengthy injury than main eventing a Pay Per View and challenging for a major championship? I will admit that prior to his injury he was a Raw wrestler and I don’t recall anything about him being moved to SmackDown, so it was a little strange having someone who could likely still be a Raw wrestler challenging for a SmackDown Championship. Although the WWE Championship in theory could be defended on any WWE show or event and any WWE contracted wrestler is eligible to hold, but this tends to not get enforced as at the moment it seems to be exclusive to SmackDown.

  11. It seems Vince is trying to play up his reputation, the one he earned from years of shoving Roman down our throats, as someone out of touch with the fans. He has torpedoed the Kofi-Bryan match and made the Becky-Rousey match an incomprehensible mess. I am not sure what screwing over paying customers to no end is going to get you, but I for one am not enjoying it.

  12. Not even going to comment on anything regarding race in the Kofi storyline, because its pathetic that this country now makes EVERYTHING about race.
    As far as Becky, its ridiculous that basically Ronda had to help her get into the match at Wrestlemania. Becky could have submitted Charlotte outright and not looked like she needed help to get into that match. Typical WWE crap.

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