On the way to WrestleMania, does Fastlane end up Good, Bad or Ugly?
We are almost onto the Final push. Right now Fastlane is set up to be a Good night with a ton of action and possibly some major ramifications with a ton of Gold and Storylines at stake before WrestleMania is here.
Without question tonight will mean a lot; but will it be Good, Bad or Ugly?
KickOff Show- Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev w/ Lana vs. New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)
After Kofi Kingston got called in about the Championship Match later on, New Day faced off with Nakamura and Rusev. This is a decent Match with some really Good talent being put together. Rusev and Nakamura are two potentially top guys in the WWE and paired up hopefully will do something big. New Day Rocks, this is a fact and both Woods and Big E can do some Great things in the ring. This went as expected. Rusev and Nakamura beat down Woods and controlled the match early. It really is incredible how athletic Rusev is, he moves around like a much smaller guy but also is a pure powerhouse. Big E got that long awaited painstaking tag and didn’t waste a second wrecking everything in his path and oozing charisma. Big E went high impact and killed it but got cut off by Nakamura with a flurry of knees. Things got a little fishy but recovered. Again Nakamura and Rusev got control on Woods and almost had it won. However it was a huge “up up down down” for an impressive exciting New Day Victory!
Opening Match- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship- The Uso’s (C) vs. McMiz
Miz is home and will turn it on. If he is going to have a successful night, this is the time. Opening Match and Hometown Pride filled the Cleveland Arena. Nothing quite feels as great as someone getting hometown love. Miz is not going to have to “heel” it up at home for a change also. The crowd was loud and appreciative and it felt Good. McMiz started off strong in full control everything looking clean and an extremely hot crowd. Jimmy Uso finally tagged in and took out Shane. The Heels spent a decent amount of time beating down the Shane O’ Mac. It was all to set up the big moment for the hero. The Miz gets the long awaited hot tag. Miz looked to take it away but with a miscue by the referee missed a huge opportunity. Again Uso’s looked to take control but The Miz would not quit. The “Coast to Coast” interception of the massive “Samoan Splash” was insane and blew the roof off. The Miz got his amazing “frog splash” blocked and rolled up. The Uso’s retain in a very Good, successful title defense. Then, it happened. Shane McMahon brutally attacked The Miz in a “shocking” heel turn. To do it in a place like Miz’s town that was a Good decision and genius way to get this popping off. Shane was straight stiff on the “A Lister.” Even assaulting Miz’s Father at Ringside. This got a little too much after a while but the overall effect was felt. Good job all around!
Elias/Elias Part II/Part III
Elias got to sing in the City that Rocks, and got to piss off the Cleveland crowd with insults making fun of Miz and his Dad. Cheap heat even bringing up Lebron James. That was that, nothing else even happened.
More cheap heat, more entertainment. It really works for him. He has this fantastic way of getting unreal heat for doing textbook gimmicks. Good again.
Breaking it all down and heeling it up again, even pulling Becky Lynch into his act. Again Elias has the heat and brings it at all times. Elias then shot himself in the leg because he strangely was uninterrupted. Elias went on a tirade about how bad OH is. Even more strange, the South Carolina precious flower, Lacey Evans didher sexy, sophisticated cat walk. No one complained. “RKO” outta no-where! Orton gets Elias, AJ Styles then flattens Orton. Whatever is to come of this, will be Good! Point taken.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships Match- The Revival (C) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Roode and Gable
So much potential here, this looks to be a damn Good match. As expected Black and Ricochet started off hot but Ricochet got isolated by the Champs. Even getting beat up, Ricochet puts up a fight and makes it look Good. Aleister Black shined and put in some amazing work with Roode and Gable. Ricochet almost stole it with a “shooting star press” after Wilder hit a sick splash on Gable. The action then went all over and ended with a disgusting “hurricanrana” by Ricochet to Dawson to the outside spilling everyone down on the outside. Again it was anyone’s game, until The Revival hit a “shatter machine” for the Victory, retaining the Tag Team Championships! Then all hell broke loose everyone beating the hell out of each other. Ricochet and Aleister Black are the last men standing, but it was Revival who wins this Good Match.
Fatal 4-Way- United States Championship Match- Samoa Joe (C) vs. R-Truth vs Andrade w/ Zelina Vega vs. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is a dynamo and a major part of some of the very best of Professional Wrestling history. Andrade has already made a huge name for himself and rightfully so, as he and his always fabulous Zelina Vega have become quite the treat for the audience. It comes as no surprise that this was an airshow. We saw precision and cut throat high flying insanity. Samoa Joe the Champ fit right in with the high flyers quite nicely. This was one crazy, action packed match. It took a certain amount of cooperation to take out Joe but it was always short lived as this was an every man for himself, non-stop battle. Samoa Joe took some hits but dominated a large part of the title defense. Although any of these guys would be an awesome U.S. Champ, it was Samoa Joe who locked a “Coquina Clutch” on Mysterio for the Win! Samoa Joe and the crew kicked major ass in this one dominating the show! Samoa Joe retains! Fantastic Match!
WWE Championship Match- Daniel Bryan (C) w/ Rowan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston Mustafa Ali
Yes! Kofi gets his moment! This is what we all wanted! Only he isn’t. Mustafa Ali disappointingly made his way out to a stunned crowd. This is a joke really. However this match has some major talent and could be incredible. K.O. and Ali had some great chemistry and of course this was action packed. Unfortunately the shot in the gut regarding Kofi Kingston stung and took away from the match. It really does suck that he isn’t working this match too. This was high risk, Ali especially took some serious bumps. Like all of the matches this could have gone to any of the three competitors. So much back and forth and jocking for position. We saw a Spanish fly off the top and a sick number of other crazy spots. Ali missed his “054” K.O. had the match won but got broken up. K.O had a couple of close calls and could taste the Championship! Ali later hit a “450” on the Champ on the apron, but Rowan saved Bryan. Rowan then took advantage but was neutralized. Surprisingly in this no-DQ Rowan took an incredibly long time to get involved. It was between Bryan and Ali and Daniel Bryan out did him. Daniel Bryan retains! Good, solid match. Not perfect but Good.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch (Lynch Gets spot on WM 35 Match)
A hobbling Becky Lynch came out to an appreciative ravenous crowd. She is a one legged “Man” in a “Lass Kicking” contest. The constant loud trash talking was a bit much but very “Flair-like” of Charlotte. Flair looked Great in there just twisting and punishing Lynch. They have worked each other so many times and know each other so well. The trend continued with Flair pouncing and Lynch hitting little spurts of hope. Lynch got Flair in the Disarmer but was turned into a “figure 8.” Rousey ran in and attacked Beck Lynch, causing Charlotte to be disqualified. Becky Lynch Wins and will be at WrestleMania! Great writing!
Main Event- The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre
Michael Cole mentioned it, Ambrose is leaving and this may be one of his final Shield moments in history. This should be a huge, physical, red hot match. The Heel crew beat down the Shield Brothers and The Shield gave it right back to them. It was back and forth lots of power moves and lots of action. Main Event, slower, bigger pace. Roman Reigns “The Big Dog” front and center. McIntyre and Reigns were especially entertaining as a precursor to bigger things to come down the road. Bobby Lashley also just demands attention as he is a beast with major authority. Even Corbin held his own. Ambrose desperately needed to make the tag. In came “The Big Dog!” Reigns cleaned house, the crowd was hot, and it all clicked. The action was all over the place, and the wooden basketball court made for a great landscape. The Shield would not be denied no matter how much punishment it takes. “Shield Bomb” for McIntyre through the announce table. The Shield savored the moment. Corbin was next, dismantled by the Hounds. Seth Rollins straight dropping F-Bombs that had to be blocked. Another “Shield Powerbomb” Shield Wins!
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship- Asuka (C) vs. Mandy Rose
Most don’t think that Mandy has a shot here and they are probably correct. Asuka seemed to play around with Mandy early on like always with precise offense. Sonya Deville did her part trying to help her friend and gave her an advantage at the least. This was not a Good match however. Mandy was not at her best, or maybe unfortunately she was? This was not Good unless it was Asuka who is Great. BotchaMania filled the air with this one too many times. In the most anti-climatic of fashions, Mandy slipped on the apron due to Sonya Deville, Asuka capitalized and got the Win! Asuka retains with a brutal kick to the head. To add to the ugliness Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville now have obvious public heat. Gross!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship- Bayley and Sasha Banks (C) vs. Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax
Nice to see Beth Phoenix getting some more time. Sasha Banks and Bayley are awesome, it is just a shame that they aren’t feuding with Kairi and Io instead of these two. Tamina and Nia are pretty Bad sometimes and are certainly hurting the show more than helping. Frequent tags, the Challengers kept everyone’s favorite “hugger” down. Jax and Snuka clicked and kept control. Of course we had a botch as they started doing too much. Nia Jax caught her and fell awkward but moving right on. Bayley and Banks looked outstanding at times especially Bayley. This wasn’t all Good though, it was rough as is the calling card of Tamina and Jax. Although nothing unforgivable this wasn’t Good, Bayley gets a sick pin. Boss N Hug Retain! Then get jumped and beat down by the Challengers. Sore losers and all the after action looked better than the match. A shame. This could and should have been better. Hopefully we can get someone going for the titles. Please Wrestling Gods! Yes we saw Beth Phoenix get involved and it was okay, but hopefully it will be against Jax and not Tamina. Natalya for the “save” but was also just smashed down by the large duo. No Good still, only Bad.
Handicap Match- The Bar vs. Kofi Kingston
This was a shocking moment and Kofi Kingston is living in a Pro Wrestling nightmare. The Bar wrestling at the same time virtually ready to kill Kofi Kingston. This was of course a McMahon heel twist but still so weird. Kofi made it all come together and looked Good. No one could Win this match against The Bar, it isn’t possible, this was just a punishment. This mugging was over the top and senseless. Repetitive beating and Kofi was done. The Bar Wins! Woods and Big E just had enough and ran in but Rusev and Nakamura made short work of them also.
With little to no mud on their face, WWE had a GOOD show here. We saw a very talented roster shine and do what they do best. This wasn’t a perfect show but it was damn Good.
WrestleMania is the next Big One, well after NXT Takeover of course. Let us not forget that the best time of year to be a wrestling fan is right now! Get those shirts out, the parties planned and troll away! Tis the season! Catch you after Raw for more Good, Bad and Ugly only on thechairshot.com
Chris King: One More Spear and Jackhammer for Goldberg?
After his WWE Super ShowDown with The Undertaker wasn’t well received, is there room for Goldberg to have more “proper sendoff” to end his career?
By now you’ve heard the troubling news that during Goldberg and The Undertaker’s first-ever-match something went terribly awry; Goldberg smashed his head square into the ring-post, instantly he began bleeding profusely and was knocked out. What followed was extremely hard to watch; several signature maneuvers were horribly botched, and I was 100% concerned for both superstars’s health and well-being. This is not what we hoped would occur, and this should not be the last image of Goldberg that we witness in WWE.
There was speculation that Undertaker was furious at Goldberg for his performance that appeared absurd to me; how could Undertaker a locker room leader held in such high respect get into a screaming match backstage? On top of that there was also rumblings about Vince McMahon the CEO of WWE, was fuming, and had to break things up between the legends. He apparently told both superstars they were finished wrestling careers were over.
Thankfully the rumors were quickly refuted by not only WWE officials who were in Saudi Arabia, and TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy, and Mike Johnson on PWINSIDER.
Goldberg has admitted he was knocked out during his match with Undertaker at #WWESSD and that is why the final minutes were what they were.
Undertaker was angry with how the match went, but reports suggesting things got heated backstage with Goldberg aren't true, I'm told.
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) June 8, 2019
Mike Johnson confirmed that after chatting with WWE officials he can confirm that after the bout Goldberg was too weak to muster up the energy to engage in a heated altercation.
Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true. In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.”
Goldberg the WCW veteran was last seen in the squared circle on the Post-Mania-Raw, twenty-four hours after dropping the Universal championship to Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universe gave him a standing ovation for his love for the business throughout his illustrious twenty-year pro wrestling career.
Goldberg has battled some of the biggest wrestlers in WWE; The Rock was his first feud after his arrival in 2003 at the Backlash pay per view, followed by his almost year-long rivalry with HHH and “Evolution” where he won the World Heavyweight championship. He finished his initial run in the company in 2004 in a “Battle of Behemoths” with Lesnar. In 2019, there are many new powerhouses since he left the company in 2004. Below I will be listing the 5 Potential Opponents for his final match in WWE.
5 Best-Suited Opponents For The Final Goldberg Match
5. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar toppled Goldberg for-the-first-time in his WWE career at WrestleMania 33; after a humiliating loss at 2016 Survivor Series, in a “Shocking” one minute and twenty-seven seconds. This was Goldberg’s first official match in WWE in twelve years; the two powerhouses have had a total of three encounters, they have manifested a buzz that surpassed all the other matches on the pay per view card. Despite the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar faced in each other only two years ago, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that Goldberg won’t come back for retribution. While this contest in the past has not been well-received by the WWE Universe, there’s still a sliver of a chance these Titans’ will go to war one final time.
With Lesnar as “The Beast in the Bank” his adversary could once again cost him the Universal or WWE Championship cash-in; reminiscent to 2004 No Way Out pay per view where Eddie Guerrero was challenging Lesnar for his WWE championship, and Goldberg (who had been given a front row ticket by Raw commissioner Stone Cold Steve Austin). He would then deliver a “Devastating” spear to cost Lesnar his championship, which led to their first clash at WrestleMania XX. Goldberg could cost Lesnar his opportunity and the two competitors could then revisit this hard-hitting personal rivalry.
4. Bobby Lashley
It’s still surreal to me that these two powerhouses have never crossed paths in both of their WWE tenures. Bobby Lashley returned to WWE after making an “Impact” (Pun intended) on the Raw after Mania 34. Despite being the fan-favorite to dethrone Lesnar at 2018 SummerSlam, Lashley was upset by Roman Reigns who eventually captured the Universal Championship. Goldberg vs. Lashley will still be a “Big Money” match that will put butts in seats and sell out arenas. This the kind of “once in a lifetime” physical confrontation contrary to Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 28 that people from all over the world would tune in to watch. The WWE Network could see a “massive” increase in subscriptions, and the weeks leading up to their collision we would most certainly be a pull-apart brawl and someone could likely to be taken to jail.
3. Goldberg vs. Lars Sullivan
“The Freak” Lars Sullivan has been leaving a pile of bodies on his path of destruction since his arrival on Monday nights. Currently, he’s annihilating the Lucha House Party, but after he’s finished bullying smaller wrestlers “,” Sullivan is going to be hungry for “Real” competition. Enter Goldberg. This wouldn’t do much for the WCW titan but it sure would be a “Huge” rub for the recent draftee. Sullivan was penciled into battle John Cena at WrestleMania 35 “,” but due to health reasons, it never happened. This victory over a legend of this caliber could catapult “The Freak” to the top of the food-chain in WWE.
2. Braun Strowman
To say “The Monster Among Men” has been mistreated would only be the tip of the iceberg. Strowman was the “Hottest” wrestler in 2017 with his horror-themed assaults on Roman Reigns. Unfortunately for Strowman, his name wasn’t “Roman Reigns” and despite his best efforts he never captured the Universal Championship.
Strowman was on a path of destruction until he went toe-to-toe with Universal champion Lesnar at 2017 No Mercy; in what should have been his coronation as the next champion, Strowman was crushed within a matter of minutes. Last year at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia he was heavily-favored to walk out with the vacated Universal championship; and instead WWE thought it was wise to start a lengthy program with Baron Corbin (who clocked Strowman in the back of the head with the title), and Lesnar dropped “The Monster Among Men” with 5 F5’s to start a second title-reign with the Universal championship. To say Strowman deserves a “Monumental” win would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!
1. Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns
The announcement of this match is enough buzz to sell-out WrestleMania 36. “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns has done it all in his short eight-year career, some accomplishments other wrestlers only dream to achieve. He defeated the seemingly-unbeatable Undertaker in his second loss in decades. Reigns is a Grand-slam champion, a three-time WWE Champion and former Universal Champion. Ever since the two crossed paths on the road to WrestleMania 33; and delivered a double-spear to Strowman on January 12, 2017, I believe this dream match has been quietly penciled in. Now that there may be “One More Match” for Goldberg before he calls it quits, this is the only true contest!
Rob: Let’s Talk About Shane McMahon
He’s the Best In The World!
Shane McMahon is a hot topic among WWE fans, and Rob is here to chime in on the rumors that Shane could become WWE Champion in 2019.
Yeah, it’s time to talk about the Best in the World Shane McMahon. Shane has become a real thorn in the side of many on wrestling twitter and not in the way that Vince intended. A lot of you guys don’t like the amount of TV time he gets (even I’ll admit that this week was a bit much), don’t like that he got a win over Roman Reigns at Super Showdown (I don’t either but so long as things play out the right way in the end I’m willing to see it as a needed piece of a bigger story), and really got nuts when the NEWZ sites starting ‘reporting’ rumors that he may become WWE World Champion down the line. Some of you guys are even threatening that you’re done if it happens, and I believe you this time. And this all makes me wonder if certain aspects of wrestling storytelling are just not viable in 2019 anymore. Because this is the kind of thing that would have been a layup for mega heat back in the day but now seems to only result in scorn towards the bookers, or in this case Vince, from a lot of you guys for even considering it.
Now I can’t tell you guys what to like or not like, but there are a lot of times when I see the takes being thrown around on Twitter and wonder if I’m watching the same TV show that you guys are. I also wonder, often out loud and in this space, just what it is some of you guys want. Because I see people complain about emotional investment but from my earliest days as a fan one of the quickest ways to get emotional investment was to do something that would make people angry. But it seems like in 2019 way too many people on Wrestling Twitter don’t ever want to get angry, and take that as a crime committed by Vince McMahon and not a storytelling piece. And I don’t know how you rectify that.
Who knew this would lead us to “The Best In The World,” Shane McMahon???
By my estimation, someone like Shane McMahon getting the title is perfect for the ‘You Deserve It’ era, because he obviously doesn’t deserve it. And to win it dirty off of someone like Kofi Kingston who toiled for 11 years to just get a chance to win it should be a heat magnet. But instead all I see is that it’s bad booking, that it’s a sign that Vince hates the fans and needs to go, etc. So again I have to ask just what is it that some of you guys are looking for? Heels are part of wrestling, and heels have to prevail sometimes. A lot of you guys won’t boo Kevin Owens no matter low he stoops in turning on or assaulting people. And one of the few guys who gets booed from the crowd because the people there don’t like him, Baron Corbin, gets ripped every day by ‘smart’ fans for being a bad choice to even put on television.
Maybe I’m out of date here but for me part of having heels is that at least every now and then something has to happen that you don’t want. The people you root for have to lose, the people who should be champion have to be denied, somebody has to do something that you find to be beyond the pale, etc. And it can’t just happen when you expect it or are ready for it, it has to happen at a time when you aren’t ready for it to get the maximum effect so that you’ll get angry enough at the perpetrators to want to see them get their comeuppance. But it seems that getting mad at the characters is a bridge too far on Wrestling Twitter, that the point of a heel is to get shout outs on Twitter for ‘good heel work’, and that anything or anyone that you find truly loathsome is now grounds to change the channel. Thus the constant ‘Corbin has go away heat’ takes on Twitter. Where I’m from Go Away Heat meant ‘can somebody please come out and get this guy outta here? and not ‘why is he on my TV, what else is on?’
I mentioned before that we’re in the ‘You Deserve It’ era, and what I mean by that is that a lot of ‘smart’ fans are judging what they watch based who’s in it and whether or not they ‘deserve’ to be there. And deserving it is almost entirely based on their personal career journey or perceived skill level. Workrate guys and gals deserve it, as do those who went down some long, grueling road to get there. Even if they’re playing a heel some of us cheer them based on how good they are in the ring or what they had to go through to get there, while on the flip side anyone who doesn’t meet our technical standards or didn’t suffer enough should be relegated to supporting roles or just removed from our television altogether. The fastest way to get someone booed now it seems is for ‘smart’ fans to find out that they didn’t have to struggle hard enough (by their measures) to get a big spot. Hell, we just had a WrestleMania main event where the winner’s whole elevation came despite acting like a heel because the personal career story of the woman behind the character was deemed more important than the actions of her character on screen.
So now back to Shane. If you can’t get some people to boo heels over sneak attacks, cheating to win (don’t get me started on the whole ‘heels are fine but they shouldn’t cheat too much’ takes I’ve seen…..smh), etc. and the thing some fans get most consistently upset about is whether or not the ‘most deserving’ people are in the right places, then putting someone in the highest position who absolutely does not deserve it seems like an inevitable choice. I’m not telling you that you’re not a real fan if you don’t like it, but I am telling you that there is some very sound logic behind it if they go that route. And all the arguments against it – that Shane is not a full time wrestler, that he’s the boss’s son, etc – seem to me like just more reason to go ahead and do it.
Anyhow……until next week, everyone.