Wednesday, March 22, 2023

WWE Fastlane 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Fastlane 2019, out of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about Fastlane by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)

Rusev and Shinsuke started off strong, well on their way to proving themselves against their esteemed opponents. Rusev got a near fall on Xavier Woods, but Woods kicked out.

Lana interfered as Woods and Big E went for the Up Up Down Down, allowing Nakamura to get a knee and Rusev to land a Machka Kick on Big E, but Woods broke up the pin.

The second attempt on the Up Up Down Down was successful, however, and The New Day picked up the victory.

Winner: The New Day

The Usos (c) vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match

With Miz’s father in the front row, Shane McMahon took most of The Usos’ offense to kick things off, Jimmy and Jey doing an excellent job of keeping Shane O’Mac away from his corner and Miz out of the match.

When The Miz finally tagged in, he got a massive hometown pop, and used this energy to take his offense to new heights (literally, as he dove out of the ring onto The Usos on the floor).

The Usos dealt double superkicks to Miz, then a double Samoan Drop on Shane O’Mac, but weren’t able to finish off either opponent.

As Jimmy Uso set himself up for a splash, Miz shoved Jey into him, knocking him off the top rope. Shane prepared for the Coast to Coast and was caught in a game of chicken with Jey Uso, who was on the opposite rope, ready for a splash. Shane ended up colliding with Jey in the middle of the ring, laying both men out.

Miz attempted to capitalize by going for a frog splash on the incapacitated Uso, but Jey put his knees up at the last second, weakening Miz and winning the match with a rollup.

The Miz and Shane both went over to Miz Senior, Miz looking for comfort following his loss. As Miz turned to walk away, he was struck from behind by Shane, who continued to assault the A-Lister right in front of his father. And Shane didn’t stop there; he grabbed Miz Senior by the head, shaking him violently before going back to deal more damage to The Miz.

Winner: The Usos

Asuka (c) vs. Mandy Rose

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

Sonya Deville watched carefully from ringside as Asuka quickly got the upper hand on Mandy Rose. Asuka nearly snagged the early victory, but Sonya made a repeated effort to interfere, giving Mandy an edge with every distraction.

The help from Sonya made Mandy a little too confident, however. She insulted Asuka a few too many times, and Asuka again gained momentum, delivering a knee followed by several strikes to the face.

Sonya was sneakily removing a kendo stick from under the ring but neglected to pull the ring apron back down when she was finished, and the evil plot cost her. Mandy slipped on the piece of the apron in the ring and was caught with a kick to the face from Asuka, losing the match.

Winner: Asuka

Kofi Kingston vs. The Bar

2-On-1 Handicap Match

Perhaps as punishment for breaking down Vince’s door with Big E and Xavier Woods to demand a WWE Championship match, Kofi Kingston was placed in a handicap match against The Bar. The WWE Championship match taking place later in the evening was made a triple threat, but Kofi was not given the third spot.

Sheamus and Cesaro took full advantage of the handicap stipulation, beating Kofi down together for much of the match. Every time Kofi looked to be gaining steam, The Bar knocked him down.

Xavier Woods and Big E had seen enough and ran down to save their New Day brother but were ambushed by Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev, who hit them with a Kinshasa and Machka Kick, laying them out. And with a double White Noise, The Bar brought down Kofi Kingston.

Winner: The Bar

The Revival (c) vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

The Revival took their time getting into the action, watching Chad Gable and Ricochet go one on one, choosing their moment carefully. When Dawson and Dash did step in, they put the boots to Ricochet, getting some big moves in and gaining a couple near falls, but were unable to put him away.

When Aleister Black got the tag, he came in hot, going for a Black Mass on Bobby Roode, but Roode threw his leg into Dawson instead, then hit Black with a spinebuster.

Ricochet continued to show off his high flying moveset, getting a hurricanrana on Dawson from the ropes to the floor onto the other four men, then flipped over the ring post onto Bobby Roode moments later.

With the other men laid out at ringside, Dawson and Dash destroyed Gable with a Shatter Machine, winning the match.

Bobby Roode did not take losing for the second time well, and attacked Dawson and Dash, but was hit with a Black Mass for his troubles. Ricochet then landed a 630 on Dash, and stood tall with his partner while the champs collected themselves on the floor.

Winner: The Revival

Samoa Joe (c) vs. R-Truth vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio

Fatal 4-Way United States Championship Match

Samoa Joe demonstrated exactly why he is champion moments after the match began, diving from the ring onto the other three men on the floor. Rey Mysterio flew around the ring with ease (as he does), but any time the other three gained momentum, Samoa Joe was there to mow them down.

Andrade took a moment to collect himself at ringside while Zelina Vega strategized. Back in the ring, he went for a big move off the top rope and was hit with a hurricanrana off R-Truth’s shoulders by Mysterio.

To add insult to injury, Andrade hit a Three Amigos (a signature combo of Eddie Guerrero) on Rey Mysterio. Andrade began trading strikes with Truth on the apron when Truth was pulled off by Joe, who then caught a corkscrew plancha from Andrade.

A brawl broke out between Carmella and Zelina at ringside, and while Truth and Andrade were distracted, Joe attempted to finish Mysterio. Truth and Andrade broke up the pin, but their alliance was short-lived, as Truth quickly went for a Five Knuckle Shuffle on Andrade and Joe.

Joe rolled out of the way, but soon collided with a 619 from Rey Mysterio. When Mysterio went for the exclamation point in the form of a frog splash from the top rope, however, he was caught in a Coquina Clutch. Samoa Joe put Mysterio to sleep, winning the match and retaining his title.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Sasha Banks and Bayley (c) vs. Nia Jax and Tamina

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

Nia Jax and Tamina went for the quick victory, working Bayley before moving on to Sasha Banks when they were unable to put Bayley away.

Sasha Banks dove onto Tamina and Nia Jax on the floor, and when she was caught by Jax, Bayley dove as well, finally knocking Nia and Tamina down.

Bayley won the match for her team after countering an attack from Nia into a rollup, but the celebration was cut short, as Nia and Tamina beat Bayley and Sasha down post-match.

The action spilled into the announce area, where Beth Phoenix sat as a guest announcer for the match. Beth got in Tamina’s face and was charged by Jax. Natalya ran down to make the save, but she was taken out as well and Nia and Tamina walked away from the encounter unscathed.

Winner: Bayley and Sasha Banks

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali

WWE Championship Triple Threat Match

Although Kofi Kingston was not given the third spot in this match, it remained a triple threat. The spot was instead given to Mustafa Ali, who had been in the main event scene before suffering an injury and being replaced with Kingston.

Mustafa Ali was determined to prove his belonging in the Championship match and wowed the audience with his impressive arsenal of high-flying acrobatics.

Daniel Bryan took Mustafa out of action momentarily by drop kicking him from the top rope onto the floor, then went after Kevin Owens. Bryan attempted to snap Owens’ arm in half with a submission hold, but Owens broke free.

Mustafa tried to get back into the action but was thrown to the floor again by Bryan, who went back for Owens, Yes Kicking the Prize Fighter until he was ready to go for the pin, but Ali broke it up.

Bryan then turned his attention to Ali, hitting him with Yes Kicks until Mustafa reversed the attack. Owens slammed into Ali and Bryan with matching cannonballs, then dropped Mustafa onto Bryan with a senton.

Gaining momentum, Owens had Ali on his shoulders, but Ali countered with an inverted hurricanrana. Ali went for an 054 on Owens, who rolled out of the way, coming back at Ali with a Stunner, and would have taken the win if the pin hadn’t been broken up by Bryan.

Bryan ran at Owens, possibly going for the running knee, but was caught in a powerbomb by Owens. With Bryan on the apron, Mustafa Ali landed a 450 on the champ. Rowan tried to avenge his partner in crime but was stopped by Owens and Ali, who worked together to fight off the common enemy.

Ali clobbered Bryan with a nasty DDT, but was unable to capitalize, as he was almost immediately smashed into the apron with a powerbomb from Owens.

Bryan had almost completely lost it at this point, screaming at Mustafa that he didn’t deserve to be in the match while smacking him in the face. Ali tried to get revenge with one of his high-flying maneuvers from the top rope but was caught with a disgusting knee from Bryan, allowing the champ to retain.

Rowan slammed Mustafa down again in celebration, and left the ring with the Planet’s Champion.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

If Lynch Wins, She is Added to the Raw Women’s Championship Match at WrestleMania

Becky Lynch hobbled her way to the ring, leaning on a crutch, barely able to walk. Charlotte Flair took advantage of the “injured” knee, working the left leg of Lynch throughout the match.

Becky did her best to bring Charlotte down, but with only one good leg, it was more than an uphill battle for The Man. Lynch got in a glimmer of offense now and then, but it did little to deter The Queen.

Charlotte had Becky locked in a Figure Four, and just when she was about to bridge up into the Figure Eight, Ronda Rousey ran down to the ring and caused a disqualification by attacking Becky, making Lynch the winner of the match.

Ronda Rousey will finally get her hands on The Man at WrestleMania, just like she wanted.

Winner: Becky Lynch (via disqualification)

The Drifter Has His Moment… And Then Loses It

Elias gave not one, but three full performances throughout the show, tearing down the Cleveland crowd and everything they loved, finally uninterrupted. As he thanked the audience for giving him what he deserved, Lacey Evans made her signature strut down the ramp and back.

As Elias watched the Sassy Southern Belle saunter up the ramp, he was hit with an RKO outta nowhere. Unfortunately, The Viper had let his guard down and was attacked by AJ Styles, who nailed him with a Phenomenal Forearm.

The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley

A brawl broke out between all six men before the bell rang, setting the tone of the match. Corbin, McIntyre, and Lashley got out of the ring to regroup, but their luck didn’t get much better once the match began.

Corbin and his crew thought they were going to single out Ambrose, but Ambrose brought McIntyre to the Shield’s corner, where he was hit with punches from all three Hounds of Justice.

The villainous trio was eventually able to get Rollins away from his corner for a few moments, but no serious damage was done to The Kingslayer and Dean Ambrose tagged in.

Ambrose went to work on McIntyre, diving on The Scottish Psychopath from the ring post. Back in the ring, Ambrose was Speared by Bobby Lashley, but Roman Reigns broke up the pin.

Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre tried again to focus their efforts on Dean Ambrose, but were unable to keep him down. Lashley tried to suplex Ambrose from the ropes, but Ambrose escaped, hitting Lashley with a neckbreaker.

Reigns finally got the hot tag and wasted no time getting retribution for all of the punishment Ambrose had endured. Ambrose and Rollins hit twin suicide dives on McIntyre and Lashley, but when Reigns went for his, he was caught in a Deep Six from Corbin.

Corbin and Reigns went one on one in the ring, Corbin delivering a massive chokeslam to Reigns, while the other four men brawled around the arena.

Rollins dove onto Lashley and McIntyre from one of the balconies, and he and Ambrose made their way back to the ring. Corbin slammed Reigns with an End of Days, but the pin was broken just in time by Rollins and Ambrose.

Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre worked together in an effort to put Reigns through an announce table but The Big Dog was again saved at the last moment by Rollins and Ambrose.

In the end, it was McIntyre who went through the announce table via a triple powerbomb from The Shield.

Bobby Lashley had been taken out of action by a Curb Stomp, leaving Baron Corbin in the ring alone. The Shield surrounded him, and he was hit with a Superkick, Superman Punch, and Dirty Deeds in rapid succession.

With another triple powerbomb, this time on Corbin, The Shield emerged victorious, embracing each other before celebrating one last win.

Winner: The Shield

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