The last stop before WrestleMania is now in the books as Fastlane managed to exceed low expectations, with some good matches on the night as well as a big return.
The WWE knew they had to make Fastlane a memorable event, it was the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania so it had to sow the seed of anticipation for the biggest show of the year.
It was free for all new subscribers on the WWE Network so they had to put on a show which would want to make them continue with their subscription and with tough competition from The Academy Awards and UFC Fight Night 61; they needed to pull something out of the bag.
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The actual standard of the matches was pretty high in general and other factors such as a return and a great promo from Bray Wyatt elevated this event and as Fastlane is now over, let’s take a look at the five big talking points coming out from the pay-per-view.
It was long overdue but Randy Orton finally made his return at WWE Fastlane when he stopped Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback receiving more of a beat down at the hands of Seth Rollins, The Big Show and Kane.
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We already knew Orton would be returning and targeting Seth Rollins and many expected it to happen at the TLC event at the start of the year but the fact that the return came a month later doesn’t change anything.
Orton returning and chasing Rollins out of the arena practically sets up their WrestleMania match which should be a good one. It was a nice surprise to see Orton back and as one of the more solid and reliable works in the WWE over the last decade or so it will be interesting to see is the WWE books him as the firm favourite to defeat Seth Rollins in the build-up to WrestleMania.
STING AND TRIPLE H COME TO BLOWS
This segment was one of the more highly anticipated moments of the evening, Sting would definitely be coming down to the ring and there was no way the face to face was going to go to plan. Triple H made his way out in his jeans and leather jacket and ditched the suit, suggesting he was ready for the fight which is great to see as WrestleMania edges closer as does the return of The Game.
The feeling of excitement was in the air as Sting made his way to the ring – although his entrance felt short – it was still effective. I think some fans would have liked Sting to finally speak but he doesn’t need to, there’s enough time in his limited appearances to talk and hype up the match. It was a great segment which involved Triple H being on the back foot even though he tried to get his trusty sledgehammer involved but the Baseball bat worked in Sting’s favour as he pointed at the WrestleMania sign and got the match we have been anticipating for months.
BRAY WYATT CALLS OUT THE UNDERTAKER
This is something the fans didn’t expect, the fans were treated to the full works with the eerie music and the druids and the flames and the WWE probably had the majority of the WWE Universe fooled as the casket rolled down to the ring to reveal Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt finally called The Undertaker out after weeks of hinting at targeting The Deadman and the fact that this huge step was taken at Fastlane, it pretty much confirms that The Undertaker will return and take on Bray Wyatt and the build up to that should be fantastic and elevate Wyatt back up into the main event stage where he belongs.
ROMAN REIGNS SUPREME
Roman Reigns didn’t do a lot wrong at Fastlane, there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders after winning the Royal Rumble and regardless of how well he performed at Fastlane, against Daniel Bryan he was always going to have a tough task in winning over the crowd. Thankfully, Bryan performed brilliantly as he carried Reigns throughout the match and it was a big step for Roman Reigns as he closed out the show in a lengthy match.
In this match Reigns did look comfortable but that was probably because of the opponent he was up against, someone safe and trustworthy in the ring and the situation will be different at WrestleMania. Reigns showed that with the right opponent he can look good in the ring and the finish to the match was great and the clean finish was probably a surprise when many thought the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match was heading to a triple threat. The fact that the two superstars shook hands after the match and Bryan told Reigns to capture the title just added more hype to the WrestleMania main event and made Lesnar feel that much more dangerous.
RUSEV REMAINS UNDEFEATED
For me this was the biggest talking point and the biggest positive coming out of Fastlane. Eyebrows were raised when the United States Championship was included but it really didn’t matter as John Cena did a great thing in putting Rusev over in semi-clean fashion. This match was 50-50 and nobody could guarantee the winner especially with a WrestleMania rematch a likely possibility.
Cena didn’t submit but Rusev did leave him in no state to compete and that was a huge step in this feud as it allowed Rusev to be built as an unstoppable force when many thought Rusev would be fed to Cena. That wasn’t the case and things could be even better for Rusev if he’s allowed to defeat Cena clean at WrestleMania.