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WWE: Fastlane Lacks Surprises But Still Packs Plenty of Heat!


CLEVELAND, Ohio – WWE Fastlane came to Cleveland Sunday night in front of a packed house, including yours truly. It was the last Pay Per View stop on the road to Wrestle Mania 32, and quote a good one!

Alberto Del Rio lost his United States title rematch to Champion Kalisto in a fast paced and well contended best of three match, 2 – 1. This set s up a possible 8 man ladder match for the title at Wrestle Mania 32 that very well may steal the show.

Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks defeated Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina) by submission. While I was surprised they decided to open the Pay Per View portion part of the match with this match, it surprised a lot of fans including myself as it turned out to be great, and proved that Sasha Banks is the most popular Diva on the main roster right now. There was a huge pop for Sasha throughout the whole match.

Kevin Owens defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Title in the match of the night. While it was a long shot that hometown favorite Dolph Ziggler would win the title, he kept it interesting long enough to make people believe it was possible. Great match that stole the show! Kevin Owens deserves the push he is getting as he is absolutely incredible on the microphone and in the ring.

Big Show, Kane and Ryback defeated The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman) (with Bray Wyatt). Not sure why they would have the hottest faction the WWE has seen since Evolution lose to three wrestlers that haven’t won on Pay Per View since Clinton was in office. This made little to no sense.

Divas champion Charlotte defeated Brie Bella by submission in a contest that was better than expected. It was a good night for the Divas division. It was clear that Brie had no chance to win considering it was her last night with the federation, but she performed well and Charlotte once again proved she could have a good match with anyone on the roster.

AJ Styles defeated Chris Jericho by submission. At sixteen minutes and twenty seconds, it was the longest match of the night but filled with action and kept the split crowd yelling the entire time. It will be very interesting to see where they take AJ from here. The smart money would be a run vs Kevin Owens for the IC title.

Curtis Axel (with Heath Slater, Adam Rose and Bo Dallas) defeated R-Truth
The social outcasts are starting to get over, not much else other than that to report.

Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar in a Triple Threat match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestle Mania 32. Despite the fact that everyone knew Reigns would win, the match still held drama to it and provided several big spots, including Lesnar going through two tables.

Overall it was a great card worth the price of admission. There are not too many fans happy with Roman Reigns being the number one contender however, and I wouldn’t expect that to change.



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