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Fastlane Review

FASTLANE

Well this was unexpected.  The card was vanilla and predictable.  I predicted every announced match correctly except for the New Day vs Nakamura and Rusev.  But the unexpected part was all the craziness before the PPV started and during it.  A lot of seeds were thrown around with Wrestlemania just 4 weeks away now.  The card has become clearer now.  Some of the matches were just ok tonight but you have to like what the WWE creative is doing now.  They made a vanilla PPV exciting.

So we start on the kickoff show with Carmella and Zelina Vega arguing over who should get the next US title shot.  These two are destined to have a good match maybe this week on Smackdown Live.  As much as I love my wife Carmella I don’t think this leads to a one on one match at Wrestlemania.  Maybe a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania?  Depending on how many matches are on the card.  So anyway the match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade has now been moved to the actual PPV and has become a fatal 4 way for Samoa Joe’s US title with R Truth in the match.  More camera time for my Carmella.

We then see the New Day and find out that the McMahons requested to see Kofi Kingston to talk about the WWE title.  New Day beats Nakamura and Rusev.  Ok match.  Not expecting anything big.  Please get Nakamura and Rusev involved in something big.  Nakamura was super over before they turned him heel.  If anyone saw Total Divas, they know the kind of personality Rusev has.

Now the main show starts.  This show really flowed nicely.  I wonder how it played out in the arena.

The first match was the Uso’s defending the tag team titles against Shane O’Mac and the Miz.  The breakup of Shane and Miz has been inevitable as they are setting up their Wrestlemania match.  So when Shane attacked Miz in front of his father after they lost to the Uso’s this was no surprise to me.  I wish they made the Miz the heel because he is so good as a heel but still a good spot.  The match was good too.  A few big spots especially the mid-air collision between Shane and one of the Uso’s.  Miz got a lot of pops from his home town crowd.  Shane taunting Miz’s dad was a good touch.

Next we have a Wrestlemania Promo. Drew/Corbin/Lashley quick promo for their match.

Elias is in the house and he was not interrupted.  This is a theme that played out through the night as Elias came out a few times to sing a song killing Cleveland.  I love Elias.  Hopefully he will walk the streets of Manhattan during the Wrestlemania week.

Another promo for HHH and Batista for Monday Night Raw.

Again rehashing the New Day from the kickoff show

Next up we have Asuka defending the title against God’s Greatest Creation Mandy Rose. Corey as usual acts like a 15-year old boy in heat whenever Mandy comes out.  I never thought Mandy was going to win this match.  The match was ok.  Asuka is a really good wrestler and she deserves to be in a good program.  Perhaps Asuka is not 100 percent after getting hurt at a house show on Monday night so the WWE did not want her to do too much. The ending really didn’t come off well as Mandy lost balance because of stepping on the ring apron as Sonya Deville went under the ring looking for a kendo stick.  We get teased of a Mandy and Sonya spat so we will see where this one goes.

Next we see back stage where the New Day find Kofi standing out of the McMahon’s office.  He never went in and said he has been waiting for someone to get him.  New Day walk into the office and are like what’s up making their man Kofi wait.  Vince says I was waiting for him.  Vince says the WWE title match is now a triple threat match.  The crowd pops as Vince says the match is happening right now.  New Day is barred from ringside.  I thought it was kind of odd to have this match so early in the card.  Kofi comes out first.  It is announced there is a change to this match and gets screwed as he is facing the Bar in a handicap match.  The championship match is announced for later on in the night.  Let’s further this Kofi getting screwed underdog role as the Bar squash him big time.  But the crowd was popping for Kofi big time.

Back stage with the Boss Hug Connection.  Blah still no buildup for this match.

Here comes Elias again to sign un interrupted.  Now he is again attacking Cleveland and Kofi and the Miz again.  Talks Steelers are better than the Browns.  Loving this Elias angle.

We review the Shane and Miz breakup again.  Kayla asks Shane for an explanation and gets blown off.

Next we have the triple threat tag team match for the belts.  This was a better match than I expected.  Ricochet is so incredible to watch and he has great chemistry with Aleister Black.  The Revival are a good tag team they are just getting booked wrong.  Gable and Roode also showed they are a good tag team.  A lot of good spots in this match.  The Revival retain by pinning Gable.  Ricochet and Black clear the ring at the end.  I am not sure what show they are going to eventually land on but these are three of the best tag teams in the WWE.

Let’s see Charlotte back stage getting her robe on and Becky limping out of the trainer’s room.

Next up is my favorite time of the card.  The fatal 4-way match for the US title.  R Truth and Carmella come out first to get the crowd running.  Mella is rapping now and she is super over with the crowd.  Mella is so beautiful and I am happy she is getting pushed.  This was such a great match.  Big spots all over the place.  Andrade is a future star.  R Truth was always under rated as a performer.  Mysterio still got it and Samoa Joe deserves to be champ through Wrestlemania.  They actually out performed their match from Smackdown Live this past week.  For a big guy Joeis really athletic.  Throw in Carmella lighting up Zelina Vega setting up something between them down the road and this match was well put together.  Joe retains.

Boss Hug Connection vs Nia Jax and Tamina.  Beth Phoenix is announced as the commentator for this match.  I didn’t think much about it because she has been doing this the last couple of months.  Nia and Tamina together are the biggest forces in the woman’s division.  The match was ok.  There is not much you can do when you are wrestling someone who is larger than you as Nia and Tamina are.  Bayley dominated this match and they really made Nia and Tamina seem mortal here.  Bayley rolls up Nia for the win.  After the match Nia and Tamina lay waste to the Boss-Hug Connection.  You almost knew that Beth Phoenix was going to say something.  Beth hits Tamina.  Nia lays out Beth.  Here comes Nattie.  She gets laid out.  I am kind of liking what they are doing with Nia and Tamina.  They eventually will be tag team champs.  Now we will see what happens with Beth Phoenix.  Maybe a Wrestlemania match?  It’s really great to see a lot of women’s angles being created.  Did someone say weekly female show?

It’s time for the Triple Threat match with Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston.  We see the history of this before the match.  WWE is really selling this 3-way match.  KO comes out first.  Then Daniel.  As we are waiting for Kofi we get Mustafa Ali?  No Kofi.  The crowd is booing and chanting for Kofi.  WWE rolled the dice that this match would deliver without Kofi and boy did it deliver.  Kofi will get his match at Wrestlemania.  Why waste it now.  Mustafa really put himself on the map with this match.  The boys are really trying to outdo each other.  KO had several big spots as did Daniel.  The match was great and the crowd eventually got behind it.  Daniel pins Ali after Rowan saved him from a certain pin fall.  I am anxious to see where they go from here with KO.  Also no Sami Zayn, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper who came back during the weekend at a house show.

Two matches left and they are very predictable.

We get a Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins promo.

We get a review of the Becky Lynch/Charlotte/Ronda story.

Now it’s time for Charlotte vs Becky Lynch.  There isn’t anything else they can do with this angle right now except to do what we or most of us have known for a while now and that is to make it officially a triple threat match.  The ending was really bogus though.  I think we all expected to see Ronda interfere.  But she comes in and hits Becky once causing a DQ and that’s it as Becky laughed.  I would have rather seen Ronda destroy both Becky or Charlotte or have Charlotte attack Becky after Ronda hit her causing the DQ.  Please do us a favor and not have any of these three in a match before Wrestlemania especially Ronda vs Becky.

Now we have yet another Elias concert.  Brilliant.  And what would a WWE TV event be without another cat walk by Lacey Evans.  Please get in the ring already.  Then out of nowhere we see Randy Orton RKO Elias.  Then even more out of nowhere we see AJ Styles give Orton a Phenomenal forearm cementing their Wrestlemania match.

Now for the main event of the Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Lashley and Baron Corbin.

We get a video package of the last two weeks of the Shield.  Now they keep talking about Dean Ambrose not re-signing his contract.  As far as I can remember I have never seen the WWE ever do this.  But they keep talking about it so it makes me think that Dean is not going anywhere.  And maybe the significant changes made in creative is making a big difference.

This match was crazy.  It was all over the place all over the arena.  Some big spots by Dean and Seth.  The ending was all too predictable.  The Shield did all their spots.  It did look like a sendoff. I just don’t think Dean is leaving.

So overall I will rank this PPV as an A Minus.  Only because I didn’t like the ending of the Flair/Becky match and the Asuka/Mandy match.  But I am glad the women who had three matches plus My Khaleesi Carmella and Zelina maybe building a storyline of their own.  Not to mention Beth Phoenix who might have another match in her.

Wrestling Blog 3-7

Wrestling Blog 3-7

After last week’s Raw which was the best Raw, we have seen in a while there was no way this week could ever top it.  I mean just with the return of Roman Reigns alone was a lot to overcome.  Throw in the Batista/Flair/HHH angle and Ronda’s promo there was a lot going on.  So, what do we have to talk about this week?  I am going to save the best for last which is the absolute madness involving the Raw Women’s Championship.

The show starts with Roman talking about wanting one thing and he asks Seth Rollins to join him in the ring.  Who didn’t think Roman wanted to get into that title match with Seth and Brock Lesnar?  I mean after all Roman never actually lost the belt.  As un fair as it is for Roman this is Seth’s time.  So, I was glad this is not what Roman wanted.  By the way I am not completely sold on Seth winning the belt at Wrestlemania.  There is no way Vince wants Brock going to a rival company.  Instead Roman wants the yawn band back together.  Who really cares anymore?   Seriously.  These things are better off as surprises like when they re united on the Raw after Summer Slam.  I was in the building for that and it was electric.  Now it looks like it’s forced and tired.  Even if this is an attempt to keep Dean Ambrose in the company which is a good idea, I am still over it.  Who the hell knows what to think about Ambrose anymore?  Is he leaving or staying?  Is this an angle?  I am so tired of the Shield and on that point I am tired of Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Lashley.  Drew needs to be in the main event already.  Elias attacks Dean as he was walking to the ring to address the shield re union.  Elias is so under used.  I am going to petition the WWE to organize a Walk With Elias NYC night during Wrestlemania week.  Imagine walking through the streets of Manhattan with Elias.  There is no shortage of bars that he can play at.  But overall just an average segment.

Next, we have a throw away 6-man tag team match.  Kurt Angle needs to retire already.  Sorry Kurt.  You were great but your time is up.  Give some TV time to EC3 and for god’s sake let him talk.  Finn Balor has the Intercontinental title, so he is relevant but get him out of this angle.  And Braun Stroman who just about killed Lio Rush I am not sure what to do with him anymore.  Bad match with no story behind it only to be fed to the shield at Fastlane.

Nattie vs Ruby RIott is just a waste of two talented wrestlers.  It’s okay to have several story lines for the women at one time.  It’s like they want to keep pushing the Ronda/Becky/Flair angle to the moon which I get but you have other talent that needs story lines.  Can you say a dedicated show just for the women?  After the match which Nattie wins we have another ridiculous cat walk by Lacey Evans.  This was old and tired two weeks ago.  Just get her in the ring already.  It’s like WWE does not want you to forget about her.  Then why bring her up from NXT if she is not going to wrestle.  If she is rumored to be getting a huge push and will be in an angle with Nattie then get it started now.  Nattie can’t be the sidekick to Ronda for the next month.  One Ronda and that angle does not need it and two Nattie is too good to be a sidekick

Now for one of things I wanted to see this week on either show.  I have to say Batista cut a good promo.  He clearly is the heel and he made sure it would stay that way.  Then HHH started to talk about the real man Richard Flehr.  I can see where this is going.  WWE is trying to make this into a real-life angle.  If that is the direction WWE wants to take this then so be it.  I am not so sure I agree with it.  Maybe they felt more juice is needed.  HHH was golden talking about attending a couple of Natch’s weddings.  Say what you want about HHH the man can still cut a mean promo.  I am looking forward to the one on one next week.  Hopefully they get some freedom when they are in the ring on the mic.  Dave is Hollywood now but what’s up with that blue earring in his nose.  Could be a very good segment.

Oh, Heavy Machinery runs the gauntlet on the minor leagues of the Raw Tag Team division.  By the way has anyone seen Otis’ Instagram stories.  Dude is always eating un healthy stuff.

The shield re-forms after Elias beats Dean.  Ho hum.  It would have been better if it was a surprise.  Now we have a 6-man tag team match at Fast Lane.  I get it.  Roman came back earlier than expected.  Now we have to fast track him into something for Wrestlemania.  So, I expect him to be in tag team matches for the first few weeks to get some stamina back.  Thus, the reason for the Shield re-forming.

Michael Che and Colin Jost with several promos through out the night.  Who really cares about this?  Seriously what a waste of air time and yet we keep seeing EC3 staring into the mirror with a spray bottle in his hand.  SMH

Tamina beats Sasha.  I was kind of surprised by this, but I guess you need to get some heat for Fastlane.  Terrible build for this match.  I haven’t seen Tamina win too many matches on her own.  This title deserves a better story line than what we got so far.  Horsemen always have gold.

Ricochet and Aleister Black win a match by DQ.  The former champs Robert Roode and Chad Gable interfere.  This sets up a triple threat tag team title match at Fastlane.  Ricochet and Black are impressive talents and are getting super pushed right now.

I have to say I am already so tired of this whole Ronda/Becky/Flair story.  Is anybody else?  Make no mistake this will be a hell of a match and will close out Wrestlemania but my god the drama has to end.  Since Ronda got into the WWE everyone knew it would be her and Flair closing out Wrestlemania.  The problem is Becky got super over.  WWE had no choice but to get her in this match.  But I have a serious problem with how this is going about and hopefully after Fastlane we can finally just stop the madness.  But WWE writers know best right, I guess.  I think my biggest issue is that this angle started before Survivor Series.  Your talking about over 4 months of build up.  And it never ceases to amaze me that some fans thought this was not going to be a triple threat match which is the right call.  So much can spawn off the outcome of this match including Ronda still being over if Becky and Flair team up to take her out of the match, so she does not get pinned.

Let’s start with Ronda.  I have said this for weeks now.  She can’t cut a promo the right way.  I will say this she is getting better.  But the last two weeks should have been epic promo moments and she for some reason either rushes or can’t get the words out.  But one thing is for sure.  Ronda brings the heat and the intensity.  I watched both the Divas and Bella shows for some clues on how she was received by the other women on the roster.  She got plenty of respect and the women knew they would have to up their game to get close to her level.  Besides she knew a lot of the girls anyway.  She is legit close to Nattie and Charlotte.

Ronda should have been a heel from day one, but I do understand why she wasn’t.  What she said in her promo was 100 percent true.  Everything she was brought in to do she has delivered.  Stephanie changed the match at Fastlane and gave the title back to Ronda.  I know it’s part of the storyline but in this story Ronda demanded something and was granted.  And yes, the McMahon’s have made a lot of money because of Ronda.  Brock brings that big fight atmosphere every time he wrestles which is not often.  Give Ronda credit.  She is there every week and she does put over the women.  But she does not need this job and she has been respectful.  I think she made a quote that WWE gives you enough money to live a nice lifestyle but not enough that you can quit.  Ronda has made millions prior to the WWE and can pretty much do anything she wants and make real good money.  I love the aggression she showed and let’s face it in a real fight she can legit hurt these women.

As for Becky.  I have thought long and hard about this and I came up to the conclusion that I really don’t like “The Man” character.  Becky got hot and WWE made her into the second coming of Stone Cold Austin.  There will only be one Stone Cold and it does not matter to me that Austin has endorsed her.  Her promos are not that good in my opinion and her voice annoys me.  She is not on the level of Ronda and Flair.  But she got hot and she might walk away with the strap at Wrestlemania because of it.

Charlotte Flair is the best all around player in the game.  At least for the women’s roster.  While I hate the Stone Cold/Becky creation I feel it is different when you are starting to channel your father’s legendary gimmick.  After all it is genetic.  Ric was an amazing heel and was so on point on the mic.  Charlotte’s mic work is getting to that level.  Her promos have been so good.  Did you have any doubts?  What I can’t understand is how many times is a one-legged Becky going to get the upper hand on Flair?  There is nothing the WWE can ever do to make me believe Becky is on that level.

Smackdown overall was a good show.  When a 2 hour show flows quickly you know it was a good show.

Daniel Bryan furthers his character as this heel environmentalist.  Even though he is a heel character he is still a tremendous talent.  Kevin Owens is also a tremendous talent.  I like Owens as a heel better.  But his mic work is also good.  I would rather see in this match Daniel as the face and Owens as a heel.  It was a good promo for both trying to generate some heat for the Fastlane match.  Owens is announced in a match with Rowan later that night.

Miz pins Jey Uso.  I have said it before that I love the Miz character.  He is better as a heel and he needs to change to a heel when he fights Shane.  This was a filler match as we are all expecting the inevitable breakup of Shane and Miz and their match at Wrestlemania.  Is it me or does Shane look like he is not doing well?  He looked kind of out of breath when he was giving his promo.

The best match of the night was the 4-way United States championship match.  Any time Carmella is on TV it makes the night magical.  I would love to see her wrestle more.  The match had R Truth defending against Samoa Joe, Mysterio and Andrade.  Very good match.  Good pace.  Good spots all over.  Zelina Vega got involved and Mella booted her out.  Andrade is a real talent.  R Truth is underrated both in the ring and on the mic.  But I am glad to see Samoa Joe finally win a strap on the main roster.  I wasn’t too keen on bringing Mysterio back.  Even though I would love to see others get TV time Rey still has it.

Ricochet and Aleister Black win yet again this time against the Bar.   Rusev and Nakamura attacked the after the bell.  The Hardy’s come in for the save.  Ricochet and Black are doing both Raw and Smackdown and have a Raw tag team title match at Fastlane, so I am not sure where they are going with this.  Maybe there will be some kind of big tag team match at Wrestlemania if they don’t win the straps on Sunday

Mandy Rose squashes Naomi.  God’s greatest creation comes out and Corey as usual damn near busts in his pants.  I don’t know why Naomi is getting buried.  But ever since her husband was arrested, she seems to be getting the fall out.  Hopefully it’s because Asuka got injured the night before and was held out of wrestling to preserve the Fastlane match.  With Sonia DeVille interfering and Asuka laying out both we can maybe see Naomi in Asuka’s corner at Fastlane.

KO vs Rowan was just to further the story line.  Daniel on commentary making fun of KO was funny.  I liked the heat when KO just attacked him.  When it became 2 on 1 Mustafa Ali saved KO who had admitted earlier in the night, he has no friends in the WWE.  Very interesting.  But the crowd was calling for Sami Zayn.  I do expect a run in during the match at Fastlane

I already covered the Charlotte and Becky angle.  Loved that Flair attacked her bad leg.  I can’t understand why a one-legged Becky continues to beat down Charlotte.  Whatever.  I can’t talk about this angle anymore even though it’s the hottest angle WWE has going on right now.

 

NOTES

How does Dana Warrior get a job in creative?  She seems to get whatever she wants.  I guess the Ultimate Warrior had pictures Vince or something.  I am all for getting the woman’s perspective but jeez.  Hey WWE I am a life long fan.  Can you hire me?

Has anyone else noticed that WWE has gotten a but edgier in the last few weeks.  That’s what happens when there is competition.

Do we really need to see John Cena in a Wrestlemania match?  He has turned into what he despised about the Rock.

I watched the Wrestlemania 36 press conference today.  It’s clear that Roman and Charlotte are the faces of the company and neither one has a strap.

Is it me or does Heavy Machinery kind of remind you of a modern day Bushwhackers?  Hey before you laugh the WWE never saw the Bushwhackers when they were the Sheepherders and were very vicious.

Are we ready for an all-women’s weekly show?  Too much female talent is being wasted.  But the women closed both shows this week and could close out Fastlane too.

 

Stay tuned for my Fastlane Predictions and a look at the wrestlemania card as it fills up.