Fastlane, the final PPV before Wrestlemania, hit the WWE Network on Sunday, March 11, and there were plenty of surprising moments during the evening. The Fastlane event was a Smackdown brand-exclusive PPV featuring seven matches, in which every Smackdown title was on the line. Many of the results set up Wrestlemania matches for April as well.
During the event, we saw some comedic antics, insane maneuvers, and a possible severe injuries happen during the evening. If you’re looking for the full results for Fastlane, make sure to check out GameSpot’s coverage of the event. Here are some of the notable moments during the the PPV.
The Kickoff Show Got Silly
Fastlane kicked off with Breezango and Tye Dillinger taking on Sheldon Benjamin, Chad Gable, and Mojo Rawley. While facing Olympic athlete Chad Gable, Fandango put on some headgear that all amateur wrestlers wear while competing.
Gable Is Mixing WWE And Collegiate Wrestling
Once Tyler Breeze was tagged in, Gable got into the defensive starting position. Breeze didn’t know what to do, so he sat on Gable’s back.
That Looks Like It Hurt
Fastlane was full of moments that looked extremely painful. During the Rusev/Shinsuke Nakamura match, Rusev hit Nakamura so hard, he did a flip, and it looked like he landed right on his neck. Apparently, he was fine and finished the match.
The Usos/New Day Match Was Fire
The first half of the Usos and New Day tag team match was incredible. This was a rivalry done right. The teams were taunting each other and stealing move sets. It had the potential to be a match of the year.
The Bludgeon Brothers Ruin Everything
While the Usos and New Day were laying outside of the ring, all pretty beaten down after an intense match, The Bludgeon Brothers showed up, and things got worse from there. Because of the interference, the match was called a no contest around the nine minute mark.
Xavier Gets Hurt, And It Doesn’t Look Good
During their beatdown of the Usos and New Day, the Bludgeon Brothers powerbombed Xavier Woods onto the steps, and it looked bad. According to WWE, Woods suffered “multiple thoracic contusions” and was currently being evaluated for more injuries.
Nobody Is Ready
After Charlotte beat Ruby Riott to retain her Smackdown Women’s Championship–a great match overall–Asuka made her entrance. Asuka won the Women’s Royal Rumble match earlier this year and had yet to choose her opponent for Wrestlemania.
The Only Sign Pointing We Care About
Asuka’s actions are always louder than words, as she came to the ring, looked at Charlotte, and pointed to the Wrestlemania sign. Obviously, that means Asuka chooses to take on Charlotte for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania. This is a main event-worthy match.
Shane McMahon’s Hijinks
During the Six-Pack Challenge, a match when finishers didn’t actually finish anyone off, Kevin Owens made the pin on Dolph Ziggler. As the ref was counting, Shane McMahon–who was hanging out ringside–pulled the ref out of the ring, denying Owens his win.
Shane McMahon’s Hijinks Part 2
Moments after McMahon’s interference, Sami Zayn was pinning Kevin Owens, and McMahon pulled Zayn out of the ring, stealing the win–yet again–from one of the challengers. It was obvious by the end of the evening that Shane McMahon will be fighting Owens and Zayn at Wrestlemania. The real question is “Will Shane have a partner of his own or will this be a triple threat?”
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