WWE Fastlane 2015
The fist-ever WWE Fastlane pay-per-view, which comes to us live from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee tonight opens with the usual elaborate video package to tell the stories leading into tonight's show.
The pyro explodes. "The Fastlane to WrestleMania begins tonight," opens Michael Cole on commentary.
Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan & Ryback vs. Big Show, Kane & Seth Rollins
From there, Dolph Ziggler's theme hits and out he comes. He stops half way down the ramp. Then, Erick Rowan's theme hits and he comes out and joins him. Those two then wait as Ryback's theme hits and he comes out. All three head to the ring.
After the babyface entrances, Big Show's theme hits and out he comes. Kane comes out next and joins him. Finally, Seth Rollins comes out and all three head to the ring. Six-man tag-team action kicks off the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view event.
The babyfaces start strong very briefly, but almost immediately the heels take over. The smoke clears and Rollins is in control of Ziggler. Ziggler finally fights back and tags in Rowan. Rowan is in control of Rollins now with ease thus far.
Kane tags in and after taking a beating for a minute or so, he turns the tide. He tags Big Show in and the big man continues the dominance. The action spills out to the floor where Rowan slams Big Show back-first into the ring post. He goes for a follow-up, but Big Show moves and Rowan slams into the post. While on the ground hurt, J&J Security take some cheap shots on Rowan. Big Show grabs him, throws him in the ring and continues to punish him.
Big Show tags Kane in, who picks up where he left off. Kane takes it to Rowan for a while and then tags in Rollins. "Mr. Money in the Bank" continues to punish Rowan.
After a series of near falls between Rollins and Ryback, Rollins goes for a Blockbuster off the top, but Ryback catches him in the suplex position, moves him into a Shellshock and blasts him. He covers him, but Big Show makes the save. Out of nowhere, Big Show nails Ziggler with the knockout punch. Kane pins him and it's over.
Ziggler and Kane both tag in. Ziggler takes the hot tag and starts nailing anything that moves. Ziggler hits a big DDT on Kane for a near fall. He goes for the FameAsser followup, but Kane avoids it. Ziggler superkicks Kane and hits the FameAsser on Rollins, who tries to interfere.
Winners: Big Show, Kane & Seth Rollins
After The Match: Randy Orton Returns
After the match, Rollins hits a Curb Stomp on Ziggler. Kane chokeslams Ryback. All three, along with J&J Security, beat down Rowan as well. As the three continue to punish Ryback, the fans start chanting "Randy Orton." Sure enough, Orton's theme hits and out he comes to make the save. He RKOs anything that moves as the fans in Memphis erupt. He goes for the draping DDT on Rollins, but Big Show gets him out of there. Orton RKOs Kane for good measure.
Backstage: Goldust & Dusty Rhodes
A video package airs showing the history of the Rhodes family feud. From there, we shoot backstage to Goldust when in walks Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes tells Goldust to take it easy on his brother. Goldust says he's not fighting his brother tonight, he's fighting Stardust. He says he's gotta hurt him to the point that his brother shows up. Dusty tells him that both of them mean the world to him. Goldust walks off.
Stardust vs. Goldust
From there, we shoot back live inside the arena. Stardust's theme hits and out he comes. He makes it to the ring. He's only wearing a partial Stardust uniform, as he's got no shirt on. He's still painted up and wearing the shiney black pants, however. Next out is Goldust. It's time for our brother versus brother match of the evening here at WWE Fastlane.
The bell rings and here we go. JBL and Cole get The Godfather and Lord of the Rings confused. Meanwhile, Goldust is in control of his little brother early on. A crowd chant of "Cody" starts to get to Stardust. Goldust extends his hand to shake Stardust's hand, but Stardust slaps it away.
The two lock up and continue to go to work. Goldust dominates little brother for a bit and then Stardust turns the tide. Stardust is in firm control at this point, as the action slows down a bit and the commentators talk about past sibling rivalries.
The fans start chanting "Cody" at Stardust again, and again it bothers him. He continues to punish Goldust, which shuts the crowd up.
Stardust goes to hit the Curtain Call on Goldust. Out of nowhere, Goldust rolled him up. 1-2-3. Goldust wins. We see Dusty Rhodes looking on from a montor backstage as Goldust's theme plays in the arena.
Stardust looks confused as Goldust stands over him with his hand extended, offering to shake hands. Stardust ultimately refuses, rolling out of the ring and turning his back on Goldust. We see another shot of Dusty watching from backstage.
The actual pin is shown a few times on replays with the commentators calling it controversial. Goldust rolled Stardust up and it looked like the ref didn't hit three, but apparently he did. Either way, Goldust won and we've moved on.
Seth Rollins vs. Jon Stewart
We shoot to the announcers on-camera. Michael Cole talks about the recent issues between Seth Rollins and actor and host of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart. They show Stewart's promo on Rollins as well. They also show Rollins' pre-recorded promo back to Stewart.
Backstage: Dusty Rhodes, Goldust & Stardust
Backstage, Goldust and Dusty are shown talking. In walks Stardust. Stardust attacks Goldust as Dusty yells for him to stop it. However, he calls him Cody Rhodes. Stardust stops beating up Goldust and starts yelling at Dusty. He says Dusty killed Cody when Dusty sent him off to team with Goldust. He tells Dusty that Dusty is now living in his shadow. He walks off.
WWE Tag-Team Championship
- The Usos (c) vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd
From there, The Usos' theme hits. Out they come, accompanied by Naomi. Out next are their challengers for tonight, the team of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, who now make their way to the ring accompanied by Natalya.
After some video reminders of the history of this feud, the bell rings. Kidd and Jey start things off for their respective teams. Jey secures the upper-hand and then tags in Jimmy. Jimmy picks up where Jey left off, taking it to Kidd.
Kidd tags in Cesaro. After some quick double-team offense, Cesaro remains in the ring and continues to go to work on Jimmy. Cesaro tags Kidd back in. They utilize some more quick double-team offense to remain in control of the match.
Each guy makes the tag. Jey takes the hot tag and is blasting anything that moves. He nails Cesaro with a Samoan Drop and then starts calling to the fans. Kidd interferes, allowing Cesaro to roll Uso up for a close near fall.
Uso fights his way out of it and superkicks Cesaro. He hits the running-ass-slam in the corner ala Rikishi for another near fall. He goes to the top rope, but Cesaro crotches him and tags Kidd back in.
Cesaro grabs Uso and superplexes him. Kidd comes off the top on the other side of the ring with a splash. 1-2...Uso kicks out.
The action continues until one Uso superkicks Cesaro out of the ring. The other Uso, however, gets nailed by Kidd with Kidd's suplex finisher. 1-2-3. We have new WWE Tag-Team Champions.
Winners and NEW WWE Tag-Team Champions: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd
Triple H & Sting Face-To-Face Confrontation
After a very lengthy video package showing the history of the Triple H and Sting feud, "King of Kings" plays and out comes "The Game" in his street clothes.
HHH comes out and gets on the mic. He talks about what happened with Ric Flair this past Monday night on RAW. He reminds us that he's standing here as a man. As Triple H. As the heartbeat of WWE. He calls out Sting.
After a few second delay, the crow makes it sound and Sting's video plays on the big screen with the lights out. He slowly makes his way to the ring.
Sting stands in the ring now. The lights come back on and the music stops. The fans explode with "Sting! Sting! Sting!" chants. HHH assumes he and Sting are past the point of pleasantries.
He tells Sting that he backed the wrong horse. He talks about all the years Sting spent in WCW fighting against WWE. HHH says the reason Sting helped Team Cena at Survivor Series is because he wanted HHH and Stephanie out of the WWE. He says Sting knew if HHH and Steph were out of WWE, it would finally die and Sting would win.
HHH makes an offer to Sting, offering to keep Sting's legacy alive. He says he'll keep it alive through the WWE Network and other places. He says maybe even down the line he'll put him in the WWE Hall Of Fame. He takes his leather jacket off. He tells Sting to get that look off his face or they can handle things the other way and he can beat what's left of Sting out of him and his legacy will die and it'll be like he never existed.
Triple H tells Sting that the choice is his, but he's not going to wait long for his answer. HHH says he can tell by the look in Sting's eyes that he made up his mind. As HHH tries to cheap-shot Sting in mid-sentence, Sting starts firing back at him with punches. HHH knocks Sting down with a shot to the face with the microphone. He jumps on top of him and starts punching away. He stands up and stomps on Sting as the fans boo. HHH yells at Sting "I gave you a chance" and stomps him again. He looks to the crowd and the fans boo.
HHH gets out of the ring. He looks under the ring and grabs a sledgehammer. As HHH steps back in the ring with the sledgehammer, Sting is back up and has a baseball bat. Sting puts the bat to HHH's throat and backs him in a corner. HHH drops his sledgehammer out of the ring. Sting takes the bat and points to the WrestleMania sign. HHH looks up at it. The fans start chanting "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
Sting continues to point at the sign with the bat, keeping HHH stuck in the corner the whole time. He points at the sign one more time and as he goes to walk away, HHH tries to run after him. Sting turns and catches HHH just in time with a shot to the stomach with the bat. He picks HHH back up and blasts him with a Scorpion Death Drop. He grabs his bat, points to the WrestleMania sign again. "The challenge is clear guys," says Michael Cole on commentary as Sting's theme hits again and he walks off with Triple H left laying in the ring.
WWE Divas Championship
- Paige vs. Nikki Bella (c)
Paige makes her way out to the ring. A video package is shown documenting the history of the Paige-Bella feud. Back live in the arena, Nikki Bella's theme hits and she comes out with Brie Bella.
It's time for our WWE Divas Championship match of the evening. The bell rings and Paige immediately goes to work on Nikki. Nikki takes some punishment but ultimately starts fighting back.
Nikki is in control of the match now as we see Brie cheering her on from the floor. Paige starts building some momentum and turns the tide after hitting Nikki with a couple of kicks and a drop kick.
Paige dominates for a while until Nikki catches her running into the corner with an elbow. The two head to the top rope, where Nikki hits a sunset flip off the top rope into a power bomb. She covers her, but Paige manages to kick out at two and a half.
Paige looks to lock her into her submission finisher. Nikki makes it to the ropes, forcing the referee to break the hold. Paige rolls Nikki up but Nikki rolls through and holds Paige's tights. Nikki gets the 1-2-3 and immediately rolls out of the ring. Nikki steals the win and retains the Divas Championship at Fastlane.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella
WWE Intercontinental Championship
- Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett (c)
Eden introduces our next match, which we hear is for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Dean Ambrose's theme hits and out he comes. Out next is his opponent for tonight, the WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett. Our I-C title match is up next here at WWE Fastlane.
The bell rings and here we go. Ambrose jumps off to an early lead and then stays there for several minutes. Ambrose lands a flying elbow smash off the top rope, ala Randy Savage, for a near fall. From there, Barrett starts to fight back.
Barrett nails Ambrose with Wasteland. He covers him but only gets two. He seems shocked that he only got two. He turns his arm pad inside-out. He goes for the Bull Hammer Elbow, but Ambrose avoids it, ducks down and rolls Barrett up. 1-2....Barrett kicks out.
Ambrose catches Barrett coming off the ropes out of nowhere with a huge clothesline. Ambrose plays to the crowd and then picks Barrett up. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Barrett drops down, rolls out of the ring and asks for his I-C title. He waives his hands and walks off.
As he's walking off, Ambrose runs and dives through the ropes, crashing onto Barrett on the floor. Ambrose refuses to quit stomping on Barrett in the corner inside the ring. The referee finally sees enough and calls for the bell.
Winner via Disqualification: Bad News Barrett
After The Match: Ambrose Continues His Attack
After the bell rang, Ambrose keeps stomping on Barrett. He rolls out of the ring and grabs the I-C title. He talks some trash to Barrett and then hits him with Dirty Deeds. The announcers confirm that Ambrose has been disqualified. Ambrose walks off for a second, but decides against it. He comes back in the ring and takes the I-C title. He leaves again as his music plays.
Bray Wyatt Officially Challenges The Undertaker
The Undertaker's church-type music plays as druids come out holding torches while the lights are out/dark blue throughout the arena. The crowd silences to a hush as this scene plays out. The music stops, the lights go out and the "gong" hits. It hits again. And again.
The gong hits one final time and then Undertaker's theme starts playing. Out come two more druids rolling a casket. Once the casket gets to the ring, the lid pops open and up sits Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt talks about "the face of fear." He says he's over his fear. He says he's the new face of fear. He closes by outright claiming he is going to take The Undertaker's soul at WrestleMania.
WWE United States Championship
- John Cena vs. Rusev (c)
A video package shows documenting the history of the Rusev, Lana and John Cena feud. After the video wraps up, out comes Rusev and Lana. After them, out comes John Cena. The bell rings and out WWE U.S. Championship match is officially underway here at WWE Fastlane.
Rusev closes in on Cena. Cena avoids any punishment thus far. The fans in Memphis break out into a loud, split "Let's go Cena" and "Cena sucks" chant. Cena catches Rusev with a big right hand that drops him to the mat. Cena slaps on a headlock to control the Bulgrarian Brute.
The chants continue as Rusev goes to work on Cena. Cena fights back with punches, however, Rusev gets the better of him with a big flying spin-kick coming off the ropes. The United States Champion appears to be in full control of the offense in the match at this point.
Cena starts to fight back again, blasting Rusev with a big drop kick. Cena's momentum doesn't last long, however, as Rusev easily takes back control of the offense. Cena is clearly heard on the camera calling a spot to Rusev. Anyways, it plays out just like we hear Cena calling it, with Rusev catching him coming in the corner with an elbow and then locking him in a head lock.
The fans begin another "let's go Cena" and "Cena sucks" dueling chant as Rusev continues to dominate the action. Rusev goes for a big clothesline but misses. Cena hits Rusev with a monster clothesline of his own for a near fall.
Cena hoists Rusev up for an Attitude Adjustment, but Rusev reverses it and blasts Cena. He covers him, but Cena kicks out at two. Rusev slows the pace down now, however appears to be in firm control of the offense again, as he is once again dominating Cena with ease.
Cena starts fighting back with punches. "Watch the tackle," says Cena to Rusev, again, with the camera picking him up calling a spot -- clear as day too, by the way. Anyways, this leads to Cena hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He goes to follow that up with an A.A., but Rusev avoids it and catches Cena with a big superkick for a close near fall.
Rusev goes to set Cena up for The Accolade. Cena tries to reverse it into an STF attempt, but Rusev avoids that, using brute strength to hoist Cena up an slam him down with a vengeance. Rusev waits for Cena to get up now, looking to deliver additional punishment.
Rusev runs into Cena in the corner, but Cena catches him coming in with a big boot. Cena hops up to the middle rope and nails Rusev with a flying bulldog. Lana is shown freaking out at ringside as both guys are down and replays are shown on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Cena goes for another A.A., but again Rusev avoids it. Cena, however, locks Rusev in the STF literally seconds later. The crowd wakes up as Rusev is stuck in Cena's finishing submission hold. Cena cranks on it some more, but Rusev uses brutal power to break out of it.
Rusev hits a big sidewalk slam type of move on Cena. Rusev covers Cena, the referee drops down and begins his count, however Cena finds a way to kick out at two-and-a-half.
The commentators point out that Rusev has found a weakness in Cena. Rusev stomps away at the back of Cena. He tells fans he's going to crush him. He goes for another big stomp to Cena's back, but Cena reverses that into another STF attempt. Cena once again has Rusev stuck in the STF while Rusev tries to crawl over to the ropes to force a break in the hold.
Finally, Rusev indeed does make it the ropes and the ref breaks the hold. Both guys are down. The announcers continue to sell the story of the match as we clearly approach the go-home point, which is definitely coming any second.
They do a tease for the finish, with both guys avoiding and reversing finishing move attempts until Cena catches Rusev with an A.A. and covers him immediately after, only for Rusev to kick out.
Ultimately, the real finish comes when Cena comes off the top with a high-spot attempt and Rusev catches his leg coming down. Rusev turns that into The Accolade. Eventually, Cena powers his way to his feet, but Lana comes in the ring and distracts the ref. While the ref is distracted, Rusev low-blows Cena with a big kick and then a kick to the face. He locks him back in The Accolade. This time, Cena is completely out while in the Accolade and the ref has no choice but to call for the bell. Rusev wins and retains as the fans boo.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Rusev
After The Match: Reality Sets In
After the match, Rusev celebrates as the giant Russian flag comes out of the ceiling, all-the-while, Cena remains unconscious in the ring.
Rusev and Lana finally leave victorious as Cena struggles to return to his feet. Once he's back up, Cena slowly -- very slowly -- makes his way to the back, disappointed.
Number One Contender's Match
- Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
The elaborate video package airs to tell the story of tonight's WWE Fastlane pay-per-view main event between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns.
After the in-depth video package, we return live in the arena where Roman Reigns' music hits. Once his music hits, the fans seem to be boo'ing for the most part. He makes his way to the ring through the crowd.
After Reigns' entrance, Daniel Bryan's music hits and out comes the leader of the "Yes! Movement" to a ton of loud "Yes!" chants from the fans in Memphis, Tennessee. It's time for our number one contender's main event tonight here at WWE Fastlane.
The bell rings and here we go. The fans immediately break out into loud dueling chants. One-half of the arena is chanting "Daniel Bryan!" while the other half chants "Roman Reigns!" Bryan and Reigns are cautious with each other early on.
In the early goings, Reigns' power is exchanged with Bryan's smarts and abilities, with neither guy establishing control over the other. Each guy is making a point to the other, back-and-forth, with neither guy seeming in control in any way yet.
Finally, in what boils down to a speed and smarts versus strength battle, Reigns gains the upper-hand, launching Bryan out to the floor. Reigns goes out after Bryan and delivers more punishment on the floor, smashing him back-first into the ring and then the barricade, before throwing him back in the ring.
Once back in the ring, Bryan catches Reigns coming in with multiple leg kicks, a tool Bryan has been working on since the word "go" tonight in this main event match up.
The action continues, with each guy having their moment and the announcers actually outright saying that "Bryan is out-wrestling Reigns," while Reigns is "out-powering Bryan," as a way to explain each guy's moments in control of the match.
Reigns finally gains control for a lengthy period of time, however things begin to change hands when Bryan crotches Reigns on the top rope. Now the person in control of the match is back in question.
Bryan ends up catching Reigns in the "Yes! Lock," however Reigns finally makes it to the ropes, forcing the referee to break the action. Reigns rolls out to the floor to recover but Bryan runs and dives through the ropes -- twice -- splashing onto Reigns on the floor. On a third attempt at diving through the ropes on Reigns, Reigns catches Bryan and belly-to-belly suplexes him on the floor. He goes to follow up with a big spear on the floor, but Bryan moves and Reigns ends up taking himself out by spearing the ring steps.
Both guys are down and out on the floor, so the ref begins his count. Finally, both guys make it into the ring just in time. Once in the ring, Bryan comes off the top, but Reigns catches him coming down. Reigns goes for the pin but Bryan kicks out at two.
Reigns charges at Bryan for a spear, but Bryan catches him coming in and reverses it into a roll-up attempt. Reigns, however, manages to kick out at two. Bryan waits for Reigns to stand up and catches him with his running knee finisher. Reigns kicks out at two, something "no one has ever done," according to the announcers on commentary.
The fans break out into a "This Is Awesome" chant as Bryan looks nervous that his latest attempt didn't finish the match. The announcers question whether or not Bryan is giving up now that that didn't work. The fans start chanting and supporting Bryan as Bryan pounds away at Reigns, who is on his knees, with big kicks to the chest. When Bryan goes for one final kick, Reigns catches it. Bryan starts bitch-slapping Reigns. Reigns grabs Bryan by the throat, but Bryan reverses into the "Yes! Lock."
Reigns finally breaks the submission and starts punching the crap out of a grounded and on-his-back Daniel Bryan. The fans start to boo as a dead Daniel Bryan slaps Reigns in a triangle choke out of nowhere in a come-to-life sign. Reigns slams his way out of the triangle. Both guys are laid out in the ring now as the ref begins his double-count out. At the count of nine, Bryan and Reigns both finally sit up. They start exchanging blows as the fans get into things.
Bryan waits for Reigns to get up. He's looking for the running knee to the face again. He charges Reigns as Reigns gets up, but on the way in for the running knee, Reigns catches Bryan coming in with a spear. He immediately covers him. 1-2-3. Roman Reigns wins.
The announcers do a final hard-sell for the main event for WrestleMania 31, which takes place five weeks tonight with Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns headling for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Winner and NEW Number One Contender: Roman Reigns