WWE Fastlane 2018: Match Grades and Analysis 0

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Fastlane is over, and so is the final stop on the road to Wrestlemania. Whatever looks set now will probably happen, without any changes, at Wrestlemania. Of course new matches can be booked but the existing matches and title holders are set in stone. As Fastlane came and went by, let’s take a look at what went down at the event:

1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Rusev

The crowd was hot for both these guys. Rusev, as I have said previously, is the most over superstar on the WWE roster at the moment. And Nakamura recieved a huge ovation from the crowd as well. The match was well panned out to almost 15 minutes. The fact there were only 6 matches on the card could be the reason. The match got a slow build up and a great pay off as Nakamura finished Rusev with a couple Kinshasas, one to the back of the head, one on the face. At one point Rusev countered a Kinshasa attempt with a huge superkick which Nakamura sold like he got shot in the face. That certainly was the moment of the match.

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

2. Randy Orton vs Bobby Roode – United States Championship Match

Both these veterans should have pulled off a great match, but both of these guys aren’t particularly agile in the ring anymore. The slowness of the match and the sluggishness was really apparent. Both Roode and Orton tend to work better with a faster, younger opponent. The fact that the match went on for 19 minutes is a minus point as well. However, the two nailed the finishing sequence as Orton hit a RKO out of nowhere on a flying Bobby Roode to pick up the win and become a Grand Slam champion in the WWE.

Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

3. Natalya and Carmella vs Becky Lynch and Naomi

This match existed solely because they had to put something on the card. However the ladies started the match off good but some sort of confusion occured at one point when Naomi missed a springboard kick on Carmella failing to jump off of the ropes. From then on, botch followed botch as the match ended in a confusing manner with Carmella pinning Becky Lynch after a superkick and a Natalya distraction. Hard to say the match was any good as the most interesting part of the entire bout was Becky Lynch’s gear.

Verdict: 1.5 out of 5 stars.

4. The Usos vs The New Day

The Usos and New Day’s rivalry was supposed to be renewed this PPV. But their match was cut short midway through by the Bludgeon Brothers. Harper and Rowan demolished both the teams and left their mark as Xavier Woods was injured and stretchered out. The match was fun in and itself as New Day and Usos used each others moves on each other to some good reactions. The fun match however was cut short and the Bludgeon Brothers storyline was moved forward to set up a Wrestlemania clash between all 3 maybe.

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars

5. Charlotte vs Ruby Riott

Ruby Riott really held her own against Charlotte. Not a groundbreaking match. But a great match nonetheless. Both women worked hard and had good chemistry with each other except for a few bad timings here and there. The match certainly elevated Ruby Riott and didn’t diminish Charlotte’s aura as she looks forward to a match with the Empress of Tomorrow at Wrestlemania.

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars.

6. AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler vs John Cena – 6 pack challenge for the WWE Championship.

The match was great. Cena started the match by hitting AAs on everyone but Styles, Styles and Cena then had a one on one untill everyone else ganged up on Cena. The action then broke into pockets and spread outside the ring as Corbin smashed Ziggler through a glass container inside the crowd. A great sequence between Zayn and Owens happened and everyone wound up outside the ring right in front of Shane McMahon. Kevin Owens attempted a superkick on Zayn who dodged and KO hit Shane instead. The action went back in the ring as both men hit their finishers on Dolph Ziggler for the win as Shane cost both of them by interfering in the match. AJ Styles capitalized on the mayhem and stole the victory to retain his title and make his match against Shinsuke Nakamura official.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars.