WWE Fastlane 2017 Review & Opinion

WWE Fastlane 2017 Review

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WWE Fastlane 2017 Review & Opinion

On the final stop before WrestleMania 33, the stars of WWE RAW came together inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s now in the history book, here is the WWE Fastlane 2017 Review & Opinion.

The opening promo looked at the various feuds which have gone into the event, whilst placing emphasis on it being the final stop before WrestleMania. Only three of the feuds were showcased, where great prominence was placed on Goldberg versus Kevin Owens. The commentary team for the event was Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. The show was then quickly underway…

1. Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe

Both men made their way to the ring, as a brief video clip highlighted where Samoa Joe attacked Zayn. From the outset, Joe was exceptionally dominant over Sami. To his credit, Sami was able to fire back and got a near finish following a Blue Thunder Bomb.

However, the match was pretty much controlled by Joe, who really took apart Sami. Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch, were he picked up the win via technical knockout. That was a very enjoyable opening match.

But, unfortunately this does nothing once again for the career progression of Sami Zayn. In some way he has become the glorified jobber to the up and coming stars on RAW. He desperately needs to go to SmackDown Live where he will be able to thrive. On RAW, he’s lost.

Winner: Samoa Joe, via Knockout

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows (c) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Both teams made their way to the ring, where Big Cass was initially dominant. However, it didn’t last long as Gallows and Anderson soon gain the control of the match over Enzo.

The match saw Enzo and Cass fight back, and were able to get a near finish. However, ultimately Gallows and Anderson got the victory albeit with a controversial finish. Unfortunately, that match was nothing special and pretty forgettable.

Winners: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, to retain the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks

Both women made their way to the ring, as a brief history package was shown which went back to the night after Roadblock. From the outset, Nia was exceptionally dominant over Sasha. An impressive torture rack from Nia was countered into a guillotine submission hold from Sasha.

Nia was continually able to overcome the efforts of Sasha, using her weight advantage to her favour. However, in a surprising moment Sasha was able to pick up the win with a sunset flip roll up. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything particularly memorable about this match.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Cesaro (w/Sheamus) vs. Jinder Mahal

It can only be assumed that this was an impromptu match for whatever reason. Before the match began, Mahal brawled with his partner Rusev which made no sense. The match was evenly contested between the duo.

The later part of the match was very much controlled by Cesaro, as he nailed his signature moves. Cesaro eventually won this match which made no sense. Unfortunately, it came across as slightly dull – Cesaro really deserved a better.

Winner: Cesaro

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

5. The Big Show vs. Rusev (w/ Lana)

Rusev was already in the ring, as The Big Show made his way to the ring, Show was pretty dominant from the outset. Eventually, Rusev was able to regain some momentum and took down The Big Show. In what was a competitive but dull match, Show was victorious after a trio of choke slams.

Winner: The Big Show

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

6. WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) vs. Jack Gallagher

Both competitors made their way to the ring, as their confrontation from 205 Live was shown. The match got started with a very quick pace between the pair, until Neville was able to assume the control. Gallagher had some brief offence, but Neville eventually won what was a great match.

Winner: Neville, to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns

The history package looked at the rise of Braun Strowman since the Brand Split. It also looked at the bad blood which had being established between the pair since Royal Rumble 2017. Both men then made their way to the ring ready for the match to get underway.

The match was quickly underway, as Roman went for Strowman and vice versa. They continually tried to out power the other in the early moments. Strowman was able to gain the control, and used a variety of grip based holds to keep the action in his favour.

One notable spot saw Strowman power slam Reigns through the announce table, but eventually Roman was able to pick up the win. This was a much better match than anticipated and was surprisingly enjoyable.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

8. WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

The history package looked at the career progression which Bayley has gone through, but also the determination which was shown by Charlotte to go to WrestleMania. Both women then made their way to the ring, as the match got underway.

Charlotte quickly controlled the match from the start. She did this whilst she was continually taunting Bayley. She used a whole variety of moves to achieve this. However, it lacked the spark or imagination to maintain a level of interest.

Bayley was eventually able to regain the control, and took it to Charlotte whilst attempting to exhume the charisma of her character. The later part of the match became back and forth. An appearance from Sasha allowed enough of a distraction for Charlotte to nail the Bayley-to-Belly.

This allowed Bayley the win to remain the champion. The match was okay and very solid. Unfortunately, the presence of Sasha has completely undermined the championship reign of Bayley. It has taken away any credibility that may have been had.

Winner: Bayley, to retain the WWE RAW Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg

The history package looked at the achievements of Goldberg since his return in October 2016, but also the cockiness of Kevin Owens who declared Goldberg as “Next”. Both men made their way to the ring, as they taunted one another from the outset.

Kevin attempted to play the mind games with Goldberg, as he took his time pacing around outside of the ring. The mind games were fine, but the pacing about got the to point of being a complete p*** take.

As the bell rang, Chris Jericho appeared. This allowed Goldberg to nail Owens with a spear and jackhammer to become the champion in a complete joke of a match, if you can call it that. This was a complete joke.

Winner: Goldberg, to capture the WWE Universal Championship

Match Rating: 0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE Fastlane 2017 Conclusion

This was a very difficult event to watch. It was actually very poor. The matches, whilst some may have been good, lacked any credible creative direction to make any sense. The opening match, whilst in some ways made Samoa look strong – not credibly though, it made Sami look very weak and again reinforces the point that he should not be on RAW. The RAW tag team title match was a complete washout, as were the following two matches which made no sense. The cruiserweight championship match was very good considering what they have done to the division. The direction they have gone with that division is completely baffling. 

Braun Strowman versus Roman Reigns was much better than anticipated. It was very well contested, even if the match did start off slowly. The match between Charlotte and Bayley, again was very solid. But unfortunately it lacked something to capture the imagination the booking of the finish was a cluster f***. It has done Bayley no favors whatsoever. It has made it even harder for her reign to look credible and her to be taken seriously. The main event, well, has never left me so frustrated with. It made Owens look pathetic, and all to make the match between Brock and Goldberg for the title at WrestleMania. What a complete waste of time. 

The path for the stars of WWE RAW going to WrestleMania is looking very bumpy now, and it’s only because of the mindful they have booked themselves into. 

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