WWE Fastlane PPV Results (3/11): Columbus, Ohio
Sunday, March 11, 2018
The Kickoff Show opens up with Renee Young welcoming us to the show and introducing her panel, consisting tonight of Sam Roberts, David Otunga & WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. They hype tonight's show, WrestleMania 34 and the WWE Network by mentioning that first-time subscribers will get WrestleMania as part of their free month if they sign up right now. This is followed by a rundown of tonight’s card and we toss backstage to Charly Caruso.
She talks about tension being high backstage but how she got a chance to talk to Sami Zayn about how great he is feeling after pinning Kevin Owens last week, but she couldn’t find Owens to speak to. John Cena meanwhile, told her that it’s do or die and if he doesn’t win tonight he might be watching WrestleMania from the outside looking in. Ziggler is also feeling good, but he’s only answering questions on social media.
Video package and discussion about the SmackDown Women’s Championship match follows and then the panel announces a Six-Man Tag Team Match for the Kickoff Show, Tye Dillinger & Breezango vs. Mojo Rawley, Chad Gable, & Shelton Benjamin. Baron Corbin gets a promo about how the other guys want to main event WrestleMania but he doesn’t care what they want, and he wants to be the face of their disappointment and the reason their WrestleMania moment never happens.
The Women’s Tag Team Match is next on the docket for discussion, and then the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match gets a video package. Charly Caruso is backstage with The New Day and their platter of pancakes. They try to feed her but she just wants to do an interview. They address The Usos' criticisms by pointing out that they don’t care what The Usos have to say, and no team embodies the E in WWE better than The New Day.
Big E cuts a passionate promo about how the kids save up and buy their unicorn horns but they remain the best tag team around. Kofi Kingston points out that they became four-time champs in a fraction of the time it took The Usos to become relevant, and Xavier Woods says that The Usos talk about being down since Day One, but their bond is through family. The New Day chose to be brothers, chose to be the longest-reigning tag champs, chose to put the tag division back on the map and tonight they’ll choose to walk out five-time tag champions.
A video package and panel discussion for the United States Championship Match follows, with Jinder Mahal crashing the discussion. He says that he is upset that the video package didn’t have him in it and talks about how he beat Randy Orton and how he has stood tall over Bobby Roode for the last month and he considers himself the uncrowned United States Champion. He concludes by saying that he’ll be watching, maybe even from commentary.
Dolph Ziggler is interviewed and says that he has been waiting his whole life for a chance to go to WrestleMania as the World Champion. He says that he doesn’t regret giving up the United States Championship because he has accomplished goals and sometimes the title doesn’t mean what it’s supposed to mean. He talks about how he comes to work to prove things to himself, not because he cares about what anybody else thinks.
He then says that it means nothing to him if he doesn’t earn his position as the best guy around and maybe this will the last show you ever see him at if he can’t get it done. Renee then sends us to ringside with Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton for our Six-Man Tag Team Match.
Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) & Tye Dillinger vs. Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin & Mojo Rawley: Gable and Breeze starts this one off. Fandango tags in early and puts on some wrestling headgear that Tye hands him. Fandango tries to wrestle Gable on the mat, but Gable suplexes him down. Breeze comes back in now and Gable invites him to try outwrestling him on the mat. Breeze jumps on Gable's back, then comes off and hits a dropkick. Shelton comes in and gets dropkicked too. Mojo comes in next but Tye and Fandango dump him outside. Back in the ring, Shelton fires up and starts beating on Breeze. Breeze tries to tag in, but Benjamin takes him back down then tags in Gable for the double team. Gable hits a belly to belly suplex, but Fandango breaks up the pin attempt. Mojo tags in now and starts beating down Breeze as the fans chant "You can't wrestle" at Mojo. Mojo yells that he didn't come here to wrestle, then rams Breeze into the corner and pummels on him. Mojo knocks Fandango off the apron and taunts Tye. Breeze comes back with a shot on Mojo, then Gable and Tye tag in. Tye cleans house and looks for the Tye Breaker, but it doesn't happen and Gable rolls up Tye for a close two count. Gable hits a boot, then Shelton tags in and goes for the double team. Tye fights them off before they can strike. Breeze drops Gable, then Tye drops Shelton. Mojo and Tye go at it in the ring now, and Tye ends dropping Mojo and rolling him up for the three count. Winners: Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) & Tye Dillinger
After the match, Tye Dillinger and Breezango celebrate in the middle of the ring.
We go back to the panel for more discussion on tonight's card. They hype the WWE Network once again before moving on to discussing the WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge to close out the Kickoff Show.
The Main Show kicks off with a video package highlighting the idea that this is the last place to earn a WrestleMania opportunity for the SmackDown roster.
Tom Phillips welcomes us to The Main Show. He is joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
We go right to the ring for the first match of our main show and out comes Shinsuke Nakamura to a huge pop from the crowd. Aiden English comes out next. He sings and raps about Rusev Day and Nakamura, taking a shot at Columbus. English then introduces Rusev and Rusev makes his way down to the ring to a huge pop from the crowd.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev: They go back and forth off the opening bell, but Nakamura gets the upper hand and starts controlling the pace. Rusev starts to fire up, but Nakamura walks away and taunts him. Rusev rolls outside for a breather and a pep-talk from Aiden. Rusev taunts Nakamura from ringside, so Nakamura runs outside and drops Rusev. Nakamura puts him up on the apron and hits a running knee to the face. Nakamura rolls Rusev inside, then stares at Aiden and takes his time getting back in the ring. Rusev is able to recover, and he hits a shot to Nakamura's face and drops him off the apron. Rusev starts beating Nakamura down around ringside before rolling him back in the ring for a two count. Rusev wrestles Nakamura back down to the mat and works on keeping him grounded. Nakamura locks in a heel hook, but Rusev fights out and hits a big slam for a two count. Rusev starts laying into Nakamura with stomps and knee drops on the mat. Nakamura comes back with a kick, and both men are down. Nakamura is up first and he hits a series of kicks. He hits a couple of running knee strikes in the corner on Rusev for a two count. Nakamura holds Rusev in a front face lock as Rusev tries to fight his way up. Rusev appears to be selling his leg from the heel hook earlier. Rusev hulks up and hits a fallaway slam to get out of the front face lock. They both get up and start trading strikes until Rusev hits a big boot to the face for a two count. Rusev goes for another boot, but Nakamura ducks it and starts throwing punches. Rusev fires back with kicks to the leg, but Nakamura dodges one and hits some kicks of his own. Nakamura charges and misses, which leads to Rusev going for the Accolade. Nakamura escapes and hits a spinning heel kick. Nakamura charges, but Rusev hits a big boot that sends Nakamura flying back. Rusev covers but only gets a two count. Rusev goes for the Accolade, but Nakamura escapes and hits a knee to the back of the head. Nakamura follows up with the Kinshasa for the three count. Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, Nakamura stands tall and points at the WrestleMania 34 sign as his music hits. We go to replays. Nakamura stands on the top rope and continues to point up at the WrestleMania 34 sign as fans pop.
A video package hyping up WrestleMania is shown.
We get a video package for the next match.
We head back to ringside and Randy Orton makes his way down to the ring first. United States Champion Bobby Roode is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton.
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Randy Orton: The United States Title is on the line in this one. Roode starts off strong in this one and wrestles Orton down to the mat. They trade holds back and forth; and Orton fires up and hits an elbow to Roode's face. Orton looks for an RKO early on, but Roode escapes and rolls outside for a breather. Back in the ring, Roode fires back with some stiff strikes, and now it is Roode who sends Orton rolling outside for a breather. Jinder and Sunil are backstage watching on a monitor. Back in the ring, Orton hits a kick on Roode then a reverse suplex. Roode fires up and starts taking control. He looks for the Glorious DDT, but Orton fights out and comes back with a spinning power slam. Roode starts coming back and stuns Orton, then Roode goes up top and hits the Blockbuster on Orton for a two count. They fight out to the apron, which leads to Orton hitting the DDT through the ropes. Orton looks for the RKO, but Roode escapes. They go back and forth until Roode clotheslines Orton to the outside. Roode follows him outside and they brawl around ringside. Orton slams Roode into the fan barricade, then rolls him back in the ring for a two count. Roode and Orton fight up to the top rope, which leads to Roode hitting a sunset flip powerbomb for a two count. Both men are slow to get up and they trade strikes. Roode escapes an RKO attempt and hits a spine-buster on Orton for a near-fall. Roode goes up top and looks to follow up with a Blockbuster, but Orton leaps up and hits an RKO in mid-air. Orton immediately pins for the three count, and we have a new U.S. Champion. Winner & New United States Champion: Randy Orton
After the match, Orton takes the title and stands tall as fans pop. We get replays and come back to Orton celebrating. The music interrupts and out comes Jinder Mahal. Orton stares him down. Jinder enters the ring, kicks Orton in the gut and then drops him. Roode comes over and fights Jinder, dropping him with the Glorious DDT. Roode grabs Orton and hits him with another Glorious DDT. Roode stands tall and leaves the ring as his music hits.
We get a recap of Ronda Rousey’s time in WWE thus far and the build for her WrestleMania 34 matchup as she teams up with RAW General Manager Kurt Angle when they go against WWE COO Triple H & RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon.
We head backstage where we see Sami Zayn walking up to Kevin Owens, who is not very happy to see him. Owens reminds Zayn of his betrayal last Tuesday and Zayn says that he meant it when he said he’d lie down, but he meant tonight, not last Tuesday, that was different. Zayn says that he is still Owens' buddy, his pal, his guardian angel, and he can still count on him tonight. Owens walks away while Sami is still talking.
We head to ringside and out first comes Naomi, followed by her partner Becky Lynch. Carmella is out next with her Money In the Bank briefcase. Natalya comes out last for her team.
Carmella & Natalya vs. Becky Lynch & Naomi: Carmella gets the upper hand on Becky early, then tags in Natalya who continues the offense. Becky fires back with some knees to Natalya, then Naomi tags in and follows up with more strikes for a two count. Naomi hits some leg kicks, then a Frankensteiner. Naomi misses a shot in the corner, but comes back with a stunner. Naomi looks for the moonsault, but Carmella distracts her. Natalya powerbombs Naomi off the turnbuckle for a two count. Carmella tags in now and stomps on Naomi then hits the bronco buster for a two count. Carmella hits some elbows then applies a chin lock. Natalya and Carmella exchange frequent tags now to continue the offense on Naomi. Naomi dodges a shot from Natalya and finally gets the tag to Becky. Becky cleans house and hits a t-bone suplex on Natalya. Carmella and Naomi tag in now, and Naomi drops Carmella with a kick then tags Becky back in. Becky follows up with a flying leg drop off the top for a two count, as Natalya breaks up the pin. Naomi runs in but Natalya throws her outside, then Becky throws Natalya outside. Becky goes up top but gets distracted by Natalya, and Carmella hits a head scissor takedown for a two count. Natalya causes a distraction on the apron, which leads to Carmella hitting a superkick for the three count. Winners: Carmella & Natalya
After the match, Carmella and Natalya celebrate on the ramp as their music hits. We get a replay and come back to the heels leaving as Carmella raises the briefcase.
We get a backstage comedy promo of The New Day trying to audition for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which will be hosted by John Cena later this month.
We then get a video package showing us the rivalry between The New Day and The Usos.
We head back to ringside and out comes The New Day first. They're throwing some pancakes around like they usually do. Out next come SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos.
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods): The SmackDown Tag Team Titles are on the line in this one. Kofi and Jimmy get nose to nose then trade punches in the middle of the ring early on. Jimmy ducks a shot from Woods and Jey gets the blind tag. They superkick Woods and Woods is down. The Usos take turns beating on Woods now until Kofi finally gets the tag. Kofi cleans house and drops both Usos. Jimmy comes back and hits his own version of The Boom Drop, then taunts Kofi. Jey gets the blind tag and they hit their own version of The Midnight Hour for a two count on Woods. The Usos and The New Day start trading superkicks in the ring now, and then Kofi tags in and hits the super splash on Jey. Woods and Kofi look for the Double Uso splash now, but The Usos get up and knock Kofi and Woods to the outside. The Usos follow up with a double suicide dive onto all three New Day members at ringside. The Bludgeon Brothers' music hits and Luke Harper and Eric Rowan walk out on the stage. Harper and Rowan start beating everyone down at ringside, and the referee calls for the bell. Winners: No Contest
After the bell, Harper and Rowan destroy both teams at ringside, using the ring post and the sledgehammers. They drive Uso into the floor. They roll Big E into the ring and double suplex Woods from the apron to the floor. Rowan rolls his partner into the ring. Harper stares down Big E and splashes him in the corner. Rowan drops Kofi on the floor. Harper sends Big E to the floor and Rowan follows up, destroying Big E on the outside. They slam The Usos into each other and then slam them on top of each other on the floor. Rowan scoops Harper and slams him on top of The Usos. Harper slams Rowan on top of The Usos next. Graves asks for the police to come stop Harper and Rowan. Fans chant for tables. Rowan brings the mallets over and hands one to Harper. Rowan sends Uso into the steel steps and Harper crosschecks him over the barrier into the crowd. The Bludgeon Brothers go to leave as some fans boo but they've also received some cheers. They stop at the bottom of the ramp and turn back around, taking apart the steel steps. Rowan grabs Woods and they double powerbomb him on top of the steps. Trainers check on The Usos and The New Day as The Bludgeon Brothers march up the ramp while their music plays. Paramedics bring stretchers out now. The announcers play up the seriousness of the situation as we see The New Day and The Usos suffering around the ring. Woods is shaking as he's put onto a stretcher.
We get a video package for the WrestleMania 34 Match between Roman Reigns & WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar before cutting back to the arena and seeing more of the aftermath from the last match.
We head backstage where WWE Champion AJ Styles is being interviewed. He talks about the odds and says that this is the hardest any WWE Champion has ever worked but he woke up with a smile this morning because he has been facing obstacles like this his whole life, turning the impossible into the phenomenal, and his WrestleMania moment starts tonight. When he beats all five dudes and makes his way to New Orleans. Shinsuke Nakamura rolls up and he wishes AJ good luck so that he can knee. Styles cuts him off and says that it will be Shinsuke that gets beat at WrestleMania.
This is followed by another look at ringside where EMTs and trainers are still tending to The New Day and The Usos in the wake of the Bludgeon Brothers’ attack.
We get a video package for the next match.
We head back to ringside and out comes the leader of The Riott Squad by herself, Ruby Riott. SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair is out next.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ruby Riott: The SmackDown Women’s Title is on the line in this one. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan are suddenly both at ringside for this one. Charlotte and Ruby go back and forth early on, with Charlotte looking for the Figure Four early on. They briefly fight at ringside, where Charlotte briefly gets distracted by Sarah and Liv, before going back in the ring. Ruby fires up and knocks Charlotte outside. Sarah and Liv stalk Charlotte at ringside, so Naomi and Becky run down to even the odds. Back in the ring, Ruby continues to control the match after slamming Charlotte's face into the middle turnbuckle. Ruby follows up with a flying senton for a two count. Ruby continues with a choke on Charlotte. Charlotte fights up, but then misses a shot in the corner. They fight up to the top turnbuckle, and Ruby hits a Frankensteiner off the top for a two count. Charlotte gets to her feet and starts fighting back with slaps and chops. There's a botched spot that sees Ruby get dropped on the middle rope. Sarah and Liv get on the apron, and Naomi and Becky run in. The referee stops Naomi and Becky and gets them out of the ring, while behind his back Sarah and Liv beat down Charlotte. The referee orders Sarah and Liv away from ringside, while Ruby protests with the referee. Charlotte gets up and starts laying into Ruby with chops. They fight into the corner, and Charlotte slams Ruby into the middle turnbuckle. Charlotte follows up with a spear, then goes for the Figure Four. She locks it in and does the Figure Eight, and Ruby taps out. Winner & Still SmackDown Women's Champion: Charlotte Flair
After the match, Charlotte Flair stands tall with the title as we go to replays. We come back and out comes RAW Superstar Asuka as her music hits and fans pop. Asuka marches in the ring and stares Flair down. Asuka faces off with Flair and points up at the WrestleMania 34 sign. The Empress of Tomorrow is cashing in her Royal Rumble title shot against Flair at WrestleMania 34. Asuka leaves as her music plays. Flair points at her and Asuka smiles back while heading to the back. Flair looks up at the WrestleMania 34 sign.
We get a new trailer for the Andre The Giant documentary that’s coming out soon.
Commentary provides us with a medical update from the tag team match, saying that The Usos, Big E and Kofi Kingston are being treated backstage but Xavier Woods has a thoracic spine contusion and has been taken to a local medical facility.
We get a video package for the next match which is tonight's main event.
We head back to ringside for tonight's main event and out comes SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon, who will be watching from ringside. John Cena is out first to a mixed reaction. Baron Corbin is out next, followed by Dolph Ziggler. Kevin Owens is out next but Sami Zayn's music hits before he reaches the ring. Sami heads to the ring and acts like Owens isn't there. WWE Champion AJ Styles is out last for a pop.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (Six- Pack Challenge Match): The WWE Title is on the line in this one. Corbin gets in AJ's face before the opening bell. Cena starts things off by hitting an Attitude Adjustment on literally every wrestler in the match except for AJ Styles. Cena and AJ start going at it now in the middle of the ring. Cena looks for the AA, but AJ escapes and gets on the apron. The other wrestlers now start getting back up, and they all gang up on Cena and beat him down. AJ gets dropped next, then Corbin starts beating everyone else down around ringside. AJ takes out Corbin now, then starts going at it with Owens. AJ sends Owens outside, then goes at it with Zayn. AJ hits a facebuster on Zayn, but Owens breaks up the pin. AJ and Owens fight up to the corner, and Owens knocks him down. Ziggler and Cena go at it now, and then Owens jumps in and throws them both outside. Owens and AJ are now trading blows in the middle of the ring. Corbin runs in and hits the chokeslam backbreaker on Owens, then Cena runs in and starts laying out everyone who comes near him with a back suplex. Cena locks Ziggler in the STF, but AJ breaks it up. Zayn jumps AJ now and starts pummeling on him, then Corbin drops Zayn. Corbin drops Owens next with a big lariat, then hits the Deep Six on AJ. Ziggler runs in and starts going at it with Corbin, but Corbin takes him outside and throws Ziggler into the crowd. Corbin follows him out and they fight into he crowd. Corbin beats down Ziggler until Ziggler comes back with a superkick, and both men are down.
Owens and Cena fight up onto the announce table, but Owens escapes. AJ runs up, but Cena catches him and AA's him through the table. Owens drops Cena now, then gets in the ring and comes face to face with Sami. Sami lays down like he's going to let Owens pin him, but then he grabs Owens and rolls him up in a small package for a two count. Owens and Sami start throwing right hands in the ring now, then they fight out to ringside where Owens whips Sami into the barricade. Owens looks for a powerbomb, but Sami escapes. They go up to the apron where Owens looks for the powerbomb again, but Sami reverses into a back drop on Owens on the apron. Sami gets in Shane's face now at ringside, and Shane stands up. Owens goes to superkick Sami but Sami ducks and he superkicks Shane instead. Shane is down, and Sami hits a tornado DDT on Owens. Back in the ring, Ziggler drops Sami, then Owens hits the pop up powerbomb on Ziggler. Owens pins but Shane breaks up the pin. Sami boots Owens and pins but Shane breaks up that pin too. Sami gets in Shane's face, but Sami has to go back in the ring to break up a pin attempt. Corbin and Cena go at it now at ringside, and Corbin drops Cena using the ring steps. Corbin gets in the ring now and starts dropping everyone using the ring steps. Cena runs in and drops Corbin, then gives him the AA onto the ring steps. Cena pins but Ziggler breaks it up. Cena and Ziggler go at it, and Cena hits the AA then goes for another one. Owens hits the Pop up Powerbomb on Cena, and then AJ comes out of nowhere with a Phenomenal Forearm on Owens. AJ immediately pins and gets the three count. Winner & Still WWE Champion: AJ Styles
After the match, AJ stands tall with the WWE Title as we go to replays and his music plays. Shane stops and looks at Sami before making his exit. Cena watches from the corner as AJ celebrates with the WrestleMania 34 sign hanging high. The announcers hype Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles for WrestleMania 34. AJ looks up at the WrestleMania 34 sign and talks about being champion. AJ heads to ringside and raises the title while looking up at the WrestleMania 34 sign as Fastlane goes off the air.