SPOILERS: WWE Fast Lane Review

Source: WWE.com

This will be the first of many WWE pay per view events I review, and assign grades for.

Grade Scale:
★★★★★-Amazing
★★★★-Great
★★★-Good
★★-Average
★-Bad
☆-Awful

Samoa Joe defeated Sami Zayn

Type of Loss: Submission (clean)

You had to know that Sami never had a chance here. Samoa Joe having his first pay-per-view(PPV) match against Sami Zayn who has been floating around aimlessly ever since he concluded his feud with Kevin Owens. One mini-feud with Braun before this with Joe doesn’t really count. Anyways, Joe looked like an absolute beast here and Sami did what he does best: sell, play the underdog, and tell a great story. Ideally this would have gone a little longer to end the feud because these two clearly have excellent chemistry. Hopefully we get to see them revisit this feud in the future and give them more time to show what they can do.

Grade: ★★★

Gallows and Anderson defeated Enzo and Cass to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships

Type of Loss: Pinfall (dirty)

I really faded in and out of this one. I find it really hard to care about any Enzo and Cass match because it’s so predictable. Remember when Cena would get destroyed 90% of the time then make his comeback at the end and win? Well it’s the same thing here, except they usually don’t win. Enzo gets dominated the entire match only for Cass to come in and clean house until he goes over the top rope or they attempt their finisher which gets Enzo back in to eat the pin. Which begs the question…why would Cass ever tag Enzo in? I know his character is from the East Coast and a little dim but you have to realize you dominate every time you step into the ring (routinely 1 on 2) and your buddy just gets his ass kicked all the time. It makes no sense.

As far as the match goes, it was alright and per usual they were able to get the crowd into it. I’m glad Gallows and Anderson retained though it looks like this feud will continue based off the “leg on the rope” dirty finish.

Grade: ★★

Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax

Type of Loss: Pinfall (clean)

I’m assuming Sasha is headed towards a triple threat with Charlotte and Bayley at Wrestlemania and they wanted her to look strong, hence the win. The fact that it was a roll-up somewhat keeps Nia looking strong as it looks more so that she was caught off-guard instead of actually getting beat. I’m not sure where she goes from here though.

As expected again, Nia dominated most of the match and Sasha made a comeback at the end. There was a cool sequence of transitions where Sasha turned a guillotine into a sleeper after nearly eating a vertical suplex. Outside of that the match wasn’t memorable at all.

Grade: ★★

Antonio Cesaro defeated Jinder Mahal

Type of Loss: Pinfall (dirty)

I think both of these guys are underappreciated. Mahal has been pretty solid whenever he’s been given a legitimate opportunity and he is in phenomenal shape. The dude is absolutely jacked, Vince should love him. If they really want to continue a feud with Rusev they will have to pick things up big time because Rusev is about three tiers above him in terms of credibility.

Cesaro is just a physical marvel. However, he spams the uppercut WAY too much nowadays. It really detracts from his matches at this point and is completely unnecessary considering his remarkable move-set. It’s a shame that him and Sheamus are being wasted as a tag in the weakest tag division in years. I was actually really pumped when they formed a tag team, now I have a hard time caring about anything they do (like most of the talent on Raw).

Grade: ★★

Big Show defeated Rusev

Type of Loss: Pinfall (clean)

It looks like the rumored match with Shaq at Wrestlemania has fallen through and Rusev wouldn’t be a bad opponent. Rusev is a big, credible guy who has the ability to get something pretty good out of Big Show performance-wise. He’d also be a great guy to give the rub from Big Show’s career ending. Like so many others on Raw he’s been in limbo for what seems like years at this point. By the way, the knockout punch is the lamest finisher ever and one of the moves that seriously tests people’s ability to suspend disbelief. It’s a fucking punch…and he refuses to do it until they end of the match for no logical reason.

Grade: ★★

Jack Gallagher is a star in the making and the future of the Cruiserweight Division

Adrian Neville defeated Jack Gallagher to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

Type of Loss: Pinfall (clean)

This is the first match on the show that has actually been worth talking about. At one point we got the cliche “This is Awesome” chant but it was well deserved in this case. Jack Gallagher looked like a freaking star. His headbutts are absolutely vicious and he took at least two nasty falls on his neck/shoulder and kept coming back like a true underdog. He is such an entertaining character to watch, something WWE tends to lack at times. Neville’s been on fire as a heel and looks like an absolute force right now. Gallagher is the best the Cruiserweight has to offer right now and Neville pulverized him. I really hope that we get to see more of these two. They are both top-notch performers in the ring.

Grade: ★★★★

Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman

Type of Loss: Pinfall (clean)

The first match-up of the night that I actually was looking forward to seeing. There was definitely a big fight feel with this one and the punishment matched the expectations. It was a good match that highlighted both men’s strengths. They are both at their best when the fighting is brutal and constant. Both men have the ability to convey intensity far better than pretty much any other active member of the roster.

I’m sold on Braun Strowman. He’s a legit monster character who can actually go in the ring. He’s a lot better than I expected him to be. His top-rope diving headbutt was pretty impressive. He did a kip up against Big Show a few weeks back. I think he has a lot more to offer than we have seen and he could have a big performance coming up soon. I also liked that fact that for once Roman didn’t spam the superman punch to all hell. I knew he would win to be protected for his match with Undertaker but overall this match was enjoyable.

Grade: ★★★

Bayley defeated Charlotte to retain the Raw Women’s Championship

Type of Loss: Pinfall (dirty)

The end of Charlotte’s PPV streak ends in mediocre fashion. I was not into this match at all until Sasha showed up and even then it wasn’t great. I was hoping she would turn on her after the match or something but unfortunately that was not the case. I’ve said before that I don’t think it makes any sense for Bayley to be champion yet but it looks like she will be walking into Wrestlemania 33 as champ and definitely face Sasha.

Charlotte will either be involved in a triple threat with Bayley and Sasha or she will be doing something with Nia Jax. The only thing that I really liked about this match is something Charlotte consistently excels at..her facial expressions always convey such real emotion. She always looks devastated or legitimately pissed or so smug, etc. I think they wasted her streak ending here but we will see what happens next.

Grade: ★★

Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens to win the WWE Universal Championship

Type of Loss: Pinfall (dirty)

Poor Kevin Owens. At least they made it a dirty loss.

Grade: ☆

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