Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

WWE Fastlane Review: A surprisingly pleasant stop on the Road to WrestleMania

It was mostly a clean match with a clean finish since Aiden English did not really do any interferences or other shenanigans. Thankfully, Fastlane 2018 was better than I expected as a decent effort was made from most of the matches.

In a seemingly "meaningless" sequence, Randy Orton intercepts Bobby Roode out of midair to hit his signature RKO, then he pins Roode in the center of the ring.

Orton's match with Roode was one of his better matches in recent memory. After the match, Jinder Mahal came in and attacked. The following week another brawl broke out and it was Mahal again who came out victorious.

" Randy Orton won the U.S. title for the first time, beating Bobby Roode with an RKO". We also have The Usos defending their WWE Smackdown!

Ruby Riott never actually earned this match; she just annoyed Charlotte Flair enough into getting it. Shane O'Mac does the same to Zayn a few minutes later, costing them both wins. Ruby Riott was the best Fastlane match so far.

The Uso's and The New Day renew their critically acclaimed rivalry from a year ago.

As we're gaining steam on our way to WrestleMania, SmackDown has one more PPV before reaching the grandest stage. The Usos and The New Day will continue their long feud for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships and a spot at 'Mania. I'm convinced, however, that the only reason they're doing this is to give New Day the titles back and reopen the division to new credible challengers; namely, the Bludgeon Brothers.

It's a clear band-aid boost to revive falling numbers, but the SmackDown creative team only has themselves to blame for it.

This one is still happening, but we'll have the results as soon as they go live.

One of the most interesting matches of the event is the six-pack challenge for the WWE Championship.

I also laughed at how many times John Cena did the Attitude Adjustment in this match. This match will also setup Owens versus Zayn at WrestleMania and may even establish a program for Corbin and Ziggler, but none of those four are likely to win the WWE Title here. Well WWE Creative, and probably Vince McMahon, have gotten it into their heads that if Cena wins a 17th World Title everyone will acknowledge him as the greatest of all time. John Cena was added to the mix when he defeated AJ Styles just two weeks ago in his pursuit to be featured at WrestleMania. Nakamura, who won the Royal Rumble, will be facing the champion at WrestleMania 34.

This Sunday, WWE will present their final brand-exclusive pay-per-view with the SmackDown specific Fastlane event. They stole the show on the SummerSlam Kickoff Show and many other cards.

Fans and analysts would agree that this match has the potential to easily steal the show in similar fashion to Battleground 2017 & Hell in a Cell 2017.

Interestingly, I think Flair retains in order to take on Asuka for the title at WrestleMania.

On paper, the 6-Pack Challenge main event was a odd and less special imitation of the eponymous RAW Elimination Chamber effort over-booked to overcompensate for an obvious result.

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