Monday, March 6, 2017

WWE Fastlane 2017 Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the WWE Fastlane recap. WWE Fastlane was live at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the next stop on the Road to Wrestlemania 33 for RAW. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens defended his title against Goldberg. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defended their titles against Enzo and Big Cass. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville defended his title against Jack Gallagher. WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley defended her title against Charlotte. Braun Strowman battled Roman Reigns in a one on one match. Samoa Joe battled Sami Zayn in a one on one match. Nia Jax battled Sasha Banks in a one on one match. Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann battled Noam Dar and Brian Kendrick in Cruiserweight Division tag team action. Cesaro battled Jinder Mahal in an impromptu one on one match. Big Show battled Rusev in an impromptu one on one match.

** Pre-Show **

- Backstage, Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar talk strategy. Kendrick tells Dar to stay focused on the match and not his crazy girlfriend Alicia Fox. Alicia gets riled up, forcing Dar to calm her down.

- Backstage, Mick Foley is on the phone with Stephanie McMahon, because Stephanie's flight is delayed. Jinder Mahal interrupts to announce that due to Rusev's attitude, they are no longer a tag team. Foley puts Stephanie on hold as Rusev and Lana storm in and Rusev accuses Mahal of stealing his ideas. Foley tells them to get to the ring because they'll be in a tag team match tonight. Foley walks off and forgets about Stephanie on hold. 

- Social Media Lounge Interview With Samoa Joe: Joe says Triple H brought Joe in to make an impact and he did that by injuring Seth Rollins. Joe says tonight he'll punish Sami Zayn until he breaks him. Joe plans on announcing his Wrestlemania 33 plans soon and promises his presence will be felt full force.

- Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann vs. Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar: The match closes out with Tozawa landing a kick on Kendrick, but Kendrick gets a near fall roll up. Kendrick tags in Dar who gets tossed to the floor by Tozawa. Swann is in and tosses Kendrick to the floor. Swann and Tozawa charge and hit double suicide dives on Kendrick and Dar. Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard on Kendrick, but Tozawa eats a Dar knee. Swann hits a knee on Dar and goes to the top rope. Swann lands on his feet after Dar moves and Dar gets a near fall roll up on Swann. Swann kicks both Dar and Kendrick in the mouth and Tozawa follows with a snapping german suplex on Kendrick. Swann goes to the top rope, hits the Phoenix Splash and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann, by pinfall.

** WWE Fastlane **

- Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Joe connecting with an inverted atomic drop and a boot for a near fall. Joe gets another near fall powerslam and Zayn makes a comeback afterwards. Zayn goes to the top rope, but Joe meets Zayn there and they trade strikes. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster, but Zayn counters it. Joe hits a leaping enziguri and stuns Zayn on the ropes. Joe goes for a superplex off the top rope, but Zayn again comes back to life and lands shots on Joe. Zayn goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Joe holds on and blocks the move. Zayn ends up dropping Joe face first on the turnbuckle instead and goes for the Helluva Kick. Joe counters the Helluva Kick and plants Zayn into the mat with a slam. Joe traps Zayn in the Coquina Clutch submission and Zayn has no choice but to tap out. After the match, Joe tells a hurting Zayn "I told you so", before leaving the ring.
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission.

- Backstage, Bayley says she's nervous about tonight's match with Charlotte. Bayley is expecting Charlotte to bring Dana Brooke with her, but Bayley is up for the unfair advantage. Nia Jax interrupts to inform Bayley that tonight Nia is ripping apart Bayley's friend Sasha Banks and if Bayley somehow survives Charlotte, Nia is coming for Bayley next.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c) vs. Enzo and Big Cass: The match closes out with Enzo dodging an elbow from Gallows. Enzo finally tags Cass and Cass unloads on Anderson and hits a fall away slam. Cass hits a corner splash, another fall away on Anderson, another splash and a side slam. Cass hits the Empire Elbow on Anderson then knocks Gallows off the apron. Anderson rolls up Cass and gets a near fall, but Cass comes back with a big boot. Cass and Enzo hit a double team on Anderson, but Gallows stops the pinfall.
Cass and Gallows brawl on the floor where Gallows sends Cass into the apron and the barricade. Enzo flies and sends Gallows off the apron and to the floor. Anderson nails a big boot on Enzo and scores the pinfall, however, Enzo's foot was on the bottom rope, which should have cancelled the pinfall, but Gallows shoved it off. After the match, Cass tries to tell the referee what happened, but the referee refuses to listen.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Mick Foley is on the phone with Stephanie McMahon again. Stephanie says her plane is stuck on the tarmac so Foley needs to make sure Fastlane is a success. Stephanie says she'll check in all night by phone and then can be heard yelling at the pilots.

- Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax: The match closes out with Nia countering a Sasha guillotine choke submission by powering out. Sasha jumps onto Nia's back and applies a sleeper hold submission. Nia again counters out by slamming Sasha into the mat. Sasha unloads some punches, a knee and puts in some boots on Nia. Sasha plants Nia with a DDT and immediately locks in the Banks Statement submission. Nia powers out of the submission, but Sasha hangs on and unloads on Nia. Nia plants Sasha on the mat as she charges and then drops the leg drop on her. Nia talks trash instead of covering Sasha and then tosses Sasha around by her hair. Nia goes for the Samoan Drop, but Sasha counters out, rolls up Nia with a bridge and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by pinfall

- Jinder Mahal and Rusev In Ring Segment: Mahal and Rusev argue over who's wrestling first and start brawling. Mahal sends Rusev into the ring post and then dumps him over the barricade.

- Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal: The match closes out with Mahal landing a knee and sending Cesaro into the corner. Cesaro lands a suplex and then unloads the uppercut train on Mahal in the corner. Cesaro hits the Swiss 19, goes to the top rope and hits a cross body for a near fall. Mahal counters the Cesaro Swing and plants a super kick on Cesaro. Rusev returns to ringside and distracts Mahal. Cesaro hits an uppercut on Mahal and scores the pinfall. After the match, Rusev sends Mahal into the ringpost, unloads punches and drops Mahal with a thrust kick. Big Show makes his way out to face Rusev next.
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall.

- Big Show vs. Rusev: The match closes out with Rusev in control, stomps on Show's back and goes for The Accolade submission. Show counters out by shoving Rusev to the floor. Show grabs Rusev as he gets back in the ring and plants Rusev with a choke slam. Show brings down his straps and plants Rusev with another choke slam. Show grabs Rusev up off the mat and delivers a third choke slam. Show drags Rusev into the corner and lays him down on the bottom turnbuckle. Show delivers the Knockout Punch on Rusev and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Big Show, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens guarantees he's beating Goldberg tonight and the Kevin Owens Show will go on.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Neville (c) vs. Jack Gallagher: The match closes out with Gallagher drilling Neville with a head butt and gets a near fall. Neville counters the Gallagher running drop kick and kicks Gallagher out to the apron. Neville goes for a superplex, but Gallagher counters and sends Neville to the mat. Gallagher takes control and hits another head butt on Neville, as Neville sits on the top rope. Neville comes back to life and sends Gallagher flying off the ropes to the mat. Neville hits the Red Arrow on Gallagher and scores the pinfall, to retain the title.
Winner: Neville, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- Backstage, Paul Heyman arrives and says that Brock Lesnar has the right to be here, but Heyman isn't going to say whether or not Lesnar is in the building. Heyman says that Brock Lesnar will be the ultimate winner of tonight's WWE Universal Championship Match no matter if Goldberg wins or not.

- The New Day Promo: The New Day arrive with an ice cream cart and state that the fans made Booty-O's cereal possible now it's time to get New Day ice cream started. New Day announce that their riding their ice cream cart all the way to Wrestlemania 33.

- Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Strowman missing a running boot, gets tangled in the ropes and falls to the floor. Strowman appears to have hurt his knee as Reigns hits the Drive By. Reigns goes for the spear, but Strowman catches Reigns and power slams Reigns through the announcers table. Reigns gets tossed back into the ring, but hits the spear on Strowman as Strowman re-enters the ring and gets a near fall. Reigns gets sent into the corner as Strowman charges, misses and eats the turnbuckle. Reigns hits a Superman Punch and then follows with a second one knocking Strowman into the ropes. Reigns charges at Strowman, but gets dropped to the mat. Strowman climbs to the top rope and goes for a big splash on Reigns. Reigns moves out of the way and then hits the spear on Strowman to score the pinfall.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Mick Foley confronts Samoa Joe and says that he better not get involved with the main event because it would taint the win if he helps Owens win. Foley promises that Joe will have hell to pay if he does.

- "WWE RAW Women's Championship Match": Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte: The match closes out with Bayley hitting the hurricanrana and an elbow drop for a near fall. Charlotte tosses Bayley to the floor and then hits Natural Selection as Bayley gets back into the ring for a near fall. Bayley counters the Figure Four leglock and sends Charlotte to the floor. Bayley gets on the apron and gets sent to the floor by Charlotte. Sasha Banks suddenly hits ringside and distracts Charlotte. Charlotte lays out Sasha, but then Charlotte gets dropped with Bayley To Belly on the floor. Back in the ring, Charlotte gets a near fall roll up on Bayley with a handful of tights. Sasha yells at the referee to bring Charlotte's cheating to his attention. Charlotte again gets distracted by Sasha allowing Bayley to hit Bayley To Belly to score the pinfall and retain the title.
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW Women's Championship.

- "WWE Universal Championship Match": Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg: Owens plays games with Goldberg by refusing to wrestle and pacing around outside the ring. Owens finally gets in the ring and as soon as the bell rings Chris Jericho's music hits. Jericho stands on the stage distracting Owens. Goldberg hits the spear and the Jackhammer on Owens, covers and scores the pinfall to win the title. Goldberg celebrates with the fans to end the show.
Winner: Goldberg, by pinfall, to win the WWE Universal Championship.

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