Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback vs Seth Rollins, Kane and The Big Show
This one was an okay opener. It seemed like a rushed version of the match of Survivor Series. The Authority basically dominated to entire match up, which made it a little boring for my liking. The match ended with Kane pinning Dolph Ziggler after a knock out punch by The Big Show.
What made this one exciting is the return of Randy Orton. Seth Rollins and co started to attack Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback, but was saved from The Viper. He returned to dish out RKOs to Kane and J&J security. Seth Rollins ran out of the building, straight to the parking lot which I thought was a bit stupid. Overall, not the best match, but it’s good to see Randy Orton back after a long wait.
Stardust vs Goldust
This one is a match that I really would’ve liked to see, but at Wrestlemania. Saying that though, looking back on it, it did work to build their storyline together. We saw a kind of new look Stardust. This may suggest that we see a full return to Cody Rhodes come Wrestlemania as Goldust tries to get him out of his magical world.
Again, not the best match, and the sloppy ending made it look even worse. It seems that wasn’t the ending which was first planned, because Stardust kicked out just as the referee counted 3, the confusion almost looked real. It did progress their storyline a little bit which I’m glad of, but in terms of in-ring action, it was pretty poor.
The Usos vs Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
I actually quite enjoyed this. It seems the WWE wanted to make some in-ring chemistry between the two teams, and show the WWE Universe the best, at their PPV match. It was quite end to end with many double team moves from both teams. It finished with Kidd getting the pinfall.
I’m glad this match has finally been done. I really hope that the teams go their separate ways after Fast Lane, because I got very bored with their storyline, but something tells me it’s not over. I will be doing a blog post soon about how to improve the tag team division, so watch this space!
Triple H and Sting Confrontation
A very casual Triple H made his way to the ring, and got straight to the point. Sting joined him soon after, but it was still Triple H and the mic. The way the WWE did this was perfect! Triple H attacked the old-looking Sting. After that, he went ringside to get a sledgehammer, but before he could attack Sting with it, he had been pinned up in the corner almost from Sting’s baseball bat. Sting soon pointed, the bat, to Triple H and then the Wrestlemania sign. Triple H did accept this before getting hit with the bat. Sting then hit the Scorpion Death Drop to leave the COO of the company in the ring.
I loved this. They have gone with the older Sting from WCW, with the eary feel to him. WCW and now WWE have done great jobs of building great promos with Sting, without him having said a word. It is now announced that Sting will face Triple H and Wrestlemania, which I am looking forward to, but I would much rather it be The Undertaker.
Dean Ambrose vs Bad News Barrett
This had one of the better build ups to the match at Fast Lane. But the match was very poor in my eyes. The fans didn’t really get behind it either. It ended very quickly with a disqualification to Ambrose after not answering the Referee’s count to let BNB go. He then hit the dirty deeds to the Intercontinental Championship, and left with the title.
This was a very poor one in my eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rematch sometime on Raw before Wrestlemania. Many fans, including me, were disappointed with this slow, and boring match.
Bray Wyatt Segment
If I hadn’t seen the results before I watched this, I would’ve thought The Undertaker had actually returned. Bray Wyatt, what a tease! He called out The Undertaker which all but confirms their match on the grandest stage of them all.
John Cena vs Rusev
John Cena was doing what he has doing for the past 10 years, performing as the underdog all the time, but still having his never die attitude. I also found this a little bit boring, because I’ve seen it so many times! He’s even kept the exact same move set! Although I did realise that Rusev actually has a tattoo of Bulgaria (his actual home country), when he portrays a Russian wrestler. Rusev locked in the accolade to end the match.
This could’ve of really been much better, even though it was very poor. It was always going to lead to a Rusev win with John Cena not directly giving up. It was good to see both superstars go right to the edge in this match though. Lana did interfere in the end to help Rusev, which I liked. I think if John Cena was replaced by anyone else, I would’ve actually enjoyed it a little bit more.
Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns
Both men started this match trying to figure out the opponent. It was a slow starter, but it did pick up pace eventually. I loved the powerbomb by Roman Reigns from the top rope, I was surprised to see Bryan kick out of the pin attempt. Roman Reigns then counted the running knee to spear DB, and go to Wrestlemania. I was actually surprised that 1,001 booes went around the arena, like they did at Royal Rumble.
I’m glad that Reigns won this one, purely because it shows that the WWE are gutsy when their fans don’t like the outcome of the Royal Rumble, and I’m glad it won’t be a Daniel Bryan fest at Wrestlemania either. Although Reigns vs Lesnar doesn’t get me excited one bit. I’m praying that Seth Rollins cashes in on the WWE Champion, just to make things a little interesting, but I know it will happen after Wrestlemania.
Overall, Fast Lane wasn’t as bad as I thought it could’ve been. There were a couple of solid matches in there, but some very poor ones too. My highlight must be the Sting and Triple H story, or Bray Wyatt vs The Undertaker. What did you guys think of Fast Lane? Let me know @ImThatWWEGuy on twitter, or comment below. Hope you guys enjoyed it!