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
Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments
Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?
This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!
Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.
Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!
5. Main Eventing WrestleMania
The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.
4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler
Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.
2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.
3. The First MITB Cash-In
You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.
People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.
What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.
2. Feuding with The King
A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.
Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.
It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.
I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.
Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse
You knew I had to mention this, right?
1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan
I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.
None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.
This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.
Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE Elimination Chamber 2021
Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!
Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!
Due to the short build between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, there was a general lack of excitement from fans heading into the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, especially with the lack of established matches on the card. Despite this, the Elimination Chamber was still a solid show to watch, mainly due to both chamber matches being fun to watch, with the last chamber match, having a shocking but awesome twist. So as we leave the Elimination Chamber and take yet another step forward on the Road to WrestleMania, let us look at the top 5 moments that stood out on this short but solid show.
5. Riddle becomes United States Champion
Heading into this match, it seemed highly unlikely that Riddle would beat the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley. Even though the match was a triple threat match and Riddle did not have to pin Lashley to win the title, fans had seen Riddle lose to Bobby time and time again, making it seem the only real threat to Lashley’s title reign in the match was Keith Lee. However after Lee was taken out and John Morrison won a match on the pre-show earlier in the night, things seemed somewhat possible for Riddle.
All three men looked good in this match, as Lashley dominated the start of the match, helping fans get their breath back from the opening Elimination Chamber. This would force Riddle and John Morrison to team up on Lashley, despite being teamed up on Lashley would fight back and seemed to have things won as he put the hurt lock on John Morrison, only for Riddle to attack Lashley with the crutch belonging to MVP and pin John Morrison to become United States Champion
Yet again, special credit has to be given to MVP as a manager, he serves a purpose and actually looks like he’s being effective in helping Lashley. An example of this was MVP encouraging Lashley to stay outside the ring to recover as Riddle and Morrison treaded blows inside the ring.
4. The Tribal Chief reigns supreme for now
Instead of defending the Universal Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns would use his power to face the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match, straight after the match. This was yet another great heel move from Roman as it once again showed how much power he has backstage due to his bloodline and role as a main-event player.
After Daniel Bryan survived a brutal chamber match, Roman Reigns would come out straight after the match, giving Daniel Bryan little time to recover. Roman would go to spear Daniel, only for Daniel to reverse it into the Yes Lock, making the impossible seem possible, only for Roman to counter and punish Daniel, locking in the guillotine for the win.
After holding the Universal Title, Roman would be hit with a spear by Edge, who seemed to copy Roman from earlier on SmackDown as he whispered in Roman’s ear, before pointing to the WrestleMania sign, giving fans his answer on who he’s gonna face at WrestleMania.
3. An Awesome finish
After The Miz won the Money In The Bank briefcase at Hell In A Cell against Otis, it seemed like every Pay-Per-View he would give Drew McIntyre a threat, stating he was going to cash in, however as time went on, it seemed more unlikely he would ever successfully cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase and win the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre.
Each after he pulled out of the Elimination Chamber match, it still seemed unlikely Miz would cash in successfully, especially with it being so close to WrestleMania. However, after we saw backstage footage of The Miz talking to MVP backstage before the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, things started to become interesting.
After McIntyre had won the Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship, Bobby Lashley would come out and dominate Drew, leaving The Miz to cash in on Drew, allowing Miz to win the WWE Championship, putting a massive twist on the Road to WrestleMania.
2. McIntyre survives the Elimination Chamber
The Elimination Chamber match was filled with heaps of sub feuds, especially with the WWE Champion, Drew Mcintyre who had old rivals in Randy Orton and AJ Styles, as well as a new feud with his former best friend Sheamus, despite this, Drew would keep a level head and dominate everyone in the match, before eventually hitting a claymore on AJ Styles to win the match and retain his title before The Miz would cash in.
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton would start the match before Drew would come in and dominate both men. Kofi Kingston would come in next and hit Orton with a roll-up to score a shock elimination. Orton would RKO both Hardy and Kofi, allowing Styles to have an advantage as Omos helped destroy his pod, so Styles could enter early in the match. Kofi would be eliminated by Sheamus, as well as Hardy who was eliminated by Drew.
AJ, Sheamus and Drew would trade blows, with Sheamus hitting Drew with a Brogue kick, only for Styles to hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Sheamus to eliminate him. With Drew now battered and broken Styles would attempt a Phenomenal Forearm on Drew, only for Drew to hit a Claymore Kick in mid-air to survive and win a great Elimination Chamber match.
1. Daniel Bryan goes the distance
Despite the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship being a great match I personally found the opening chamber match earlier in the night much more enjoyable. It felt much more smooth and natural than the later chamber match with all 6 men involved looking strong with Daniel Bryan, being the clear MVP of the match as he entered the chamber first with fellow dark horse Cesaro and went on to win his third Elimination Chamber match.
Cesaro and Daniel would start things off slow as they entered the match first. King Corbin would then come out, followed by an irate Sami Zayn who could not believe we entered forth. Corbin would be the first eliminated after Cesaro put him the Sharpshooter. Kevin Owens and Jey Uso would then come out with Owens eliminating Sami. As Sami exited the ring Jey would trap Kevin’s arm in the Chamber door, superkicking him then eliminating him.
Cesaro would then mount a comeback only for Jey to ruin his momentum as he superkicked Cesaro and hit a splash to eliminate him. Jey would then attempt a splash of a wounded Bryan, only for Bryan to get his knees up and hit Jey with the running knee to win the Elimination Chamber match.
These were my top 5 moments from the Elimination Chamber. What were your top 5 moments and what did you think of both Elimination Chamber matches? Let us know in the comments below.
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