WWE Fastlane delivered more than expected

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The February pay-per-view for WWE is always a nightmare; it's just over a month before the biggest event of the year and whilst not giving away to much before WrestleMania, WWE has to come up with enough to keep the fans happy for another month. 

This year the company eased the pressure on themselves by giving the WWE Universe Fastlane for free not only on the Network, but on Sky1 in the UK for the first time. 

The pay-per-view had an unusual feel about it from the start, when WWE pushed a Damien Mizdow turn just enough to keep the Universe interested, but not enough for him to turn fully. 

The six man tag match then opened the show and whilst this was another match that was completely stolen by Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins, it was the aftermath that will be remembered. 

Rollins put Randy Orton out of action just over five months ago and ever since The Viper has been biding his time waiting for the opportune moment and finally last night he struck. He made it clear to Seth Rollins that he will be his target for Wrestlemania. This was the perfect way to begin the show.

The atmosphere died down a little as Goldust and Stardust collided but after the botched ending and the strange backstage segment, this was a low point for the show. 

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are the next big thing for the tag team division, up against The Usos last night, they delivered. It was a thought out match and rightfully The Masters of the Universe took home the gold. 

This wasn't the only gold on the line last night - Nikki Bella defended her Divas Championship in a solid match with Paige, and Dean Ambrose lost his chance to become Intercontinental Champion when he refused to stop beating Bad News Barrett in the corner and was ultimately disqualified. 


This sets up either a no-dq match or at least a rematch between the two in less than five weeks time and it also keeps both looking strong in what could be a career defining match for both parties. 

Sting continued his crow character and didn't say a word in the promo with Triple H, the baseball bat pointing at the sign was enough to inform the WWE Universe, that it was about to happen. A sanctioned WWE match that includes WCW legend, Sting. 

Whilst the face-down was built up more than either man could ever deliver, at the same time, Sting and Triple H went back and forth and another Death Drop sealed Triple H's fate before the clash was made official. 


If that didn't hit fans with a bit of nostalgia then Bray Wyatt coming out in a casket to Undertakers music will have pushed them over the edge. 

Bray delivered a sensational show stealing promo to challenge The Undertaker on the grandest stage of them all. Wyatt got everything right here and it will be interesting to see the Deadman's response.

John Cena and Rusev was always going to be the sour note of the pay-per-view. It was hard to see how this one would end, Cena couldn't tap and look weak and Rusev couldn't be defeated at the first hurdle so all thoughts went towards a disqualification. 

Luckily, this wasn't the case and Rusev again was booked to look strong and once again Cena didn't tap, he was knocked out - which again hypes up the WrestleMania re-match. 

Main event 

The final event of the night saw Roman Reigns collide with Daniel Bryan for a chance to face Brock Lesnar in the main event of Wrestlemania. Both men put on a better show than expected and Reigns carried the match himself for a few spots before a thunderous spear gave him the clean win. 

Bryan told him after the match to "Make sure he beats his ass" referring to Brock at Wrestlemania, before the two shook hands. A clean win over Bryan gives Reigns the momentum he needs to go into the biggest event of the year and leave with the title. Excellent booking. 

Seeds have been planted and rivalries defined which was WWE's ultimate aim going into the final pay-per-view stop on the "Road to Wrestlemania". With less than five weeks to go, it seems the biggest event of the year could be one of the best WWE has ever produced. 

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