WWE Fastlane 2018: Reactions & Review

Bobby Roode (c) vs. Randy Orton (WWE United States Championship)

Randy Orton stuns Bobby Roode with a hard-hitting powerslam: WWE Fastlane 2018 (WWE Network)Randy Orton rebounds from a clothesline to drop United States Champion Bobby Roode with a powerslam: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof2018-03-12T01:42:10.000Z

Reactions: What we got here was the purest definition of a slow burner. The entirety of this bout wouldn’t look out of place on an old school NWA card from the 80s. Orton and Roode employed a methodical pace that built things up in an old school manner. Both men gave me vibes of Lex Luger taking on Barry Windham on a Clash of Champions special for the very same championship put up for grabs here. I had my doubts about both men’s styles meshing well with each other, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out to be. After Orton put Roode down with a Superplex, the action heated up accordingly. Roode ate a nasty mid-rope DDT, Orton got taken down to the mat with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb, and both men blasted each other with a series of nasty strikes. I’m always pleased whenever someone makes the mistake of coming off the top rope and eating an RKO for their troubles. Color me surprised here due to the quality of the bout and the shocking result. And after seeing what transpired after the final bell rung, it looks like we’re getting a Triple Threat Match for the title at ‘Mania 34.

Bobby Roode offers an explanation for losing the U.S. Title to The Viper: Exclusive, March 11, 2018After a tough loss at WWE Fastlane, Bobby Roode gives credit to Randy Orton and says a rematch is in the cards for the future. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof2018-03-12T03:28:29.000Z

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena (Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship)

John Cena sends AJ Styles crashing through the announce table: WWE Fastlane 2018 (WWE Network)With WrestleMania in his sights, John Cena puts AJ Styles through the announce table in a WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof2018-03-12T03:43:48.000Z

Reactions: My, my, my…Fastlane 2018’s main event may have had a convoluted buildup, but it still proved to be a thrilling affair. As soon as it started, Cena tore into a bunch of unsuspecting Superstars with AA’s! Once that hot beginning concluded, Styles and Cena gave the crowd another taste of their amazing rivalry. They kept the crowd alive during their standoff, then everyone became unglued once the rest of the pack reentered the fray. From that point forward, this match turned into an exciting barn burner. Unique situations involving finishers being dealt out took place, Sami and Owens’ war with Shane resulted in some wild shenanigans, and plenty of hardware became a part of the match’s proceedings. Cena fought hard to get a spot at ‘Mania 34 as he put Styles through an announce table and delivered an AA to Corbin onto the steel ring steps. His desperation was on full display here, which played well into the many story threads intertwined during this hot bout. The ending sequence put an exclamation point on this wild main event and kept the dream of Styles vs. Nakamura at ‘Mania 34 alive.

John Cena is humble in his defeat to AJ Styles: Exclusive, March 11, 2018After failing to get a win in the WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge at WWE Fastlane, John Cena shows respect to WWE Champion AJ Styles and makes his way up the entrance ramp. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on…2018-03-12T04:32:30.000Z

Rating: 3 & a Half out of 5 Stars


Match of the Night

WWE Champion AJ Styles has a blunt warning for Shinsuke Nakamura: Exclusive, March 11, 2018Following his victory at WWE Fastlane, WWE Champion AJ Styles doesn't mince words about what he's going to do to Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof2018-03-12T04:53:23.000Z

AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena!


Final Verdict

Asuka confirms she wants to challenge Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania: Exclusive, March 11, 2018It's official. Asuka has her sights set on SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania on April 8. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof2018-03-12T03:58:40.000Z

I wasn’t expecting a lot from Fastlane 2018. But after watching a bunch of decent to good matches take place, I came away with a positive reaction to the show as a whole. The Women’s tag match was an eyesore, but the rest of the card was worth the (cheap) price of admission. Several post-match events gave us a clue as to what matches would be booked for ‘Mania 34 (we even got confirmation that Asuka will battle Charlotte!). A night full of good storyline development and eventful matches gave this show the spark it needed despite an unexciting build.


Final Score: 3 & a Half out of 5 Stars

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