Tonight will see #RAW amp things up as we hit the #Fastlane on the Road To #WrestleMania, and we will be here to provide you with live updates throughout the evening. Live from Wisconsin, the Fastlane event will see WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens defending his championship against the legendary #Goldberg.
Also at the event, Roman Reigns will take on the monster among men known as Braun Strowman in what is destined to be physical clash — but who will be the last monster standing? Meanwhile, RAW's newly crowned Women's Champion Bayley will be defending her gold against the Queen of #PPV Charlotte while Sasha Banks will be facing the unstoppable Nia Jax. And let's not forget about Samoa Joe's main roster PPV debut against Sami Zayn.
Catch up on the world of WWE here:
- Elimination Chamber Results: The Wyatt Era Begins As Two Major New Champions Are Crowned
- Royal Rumble Results: Two Legends Face Off And A Shocking Rumble Winner
- Roadblock Results: Old Friends Reunite In Controversial Main Event
With WrestleMania on the horizon, we should expect to see some major developments at Fastlane. But the question is — when we make our final stop on the road to the grandest stage of them all, who will be walking away as Universal Champion?
Watch The KickOff Show:
Sami Zayn Vs. Samoa Joe
The two begin feeling each other out as the audience sings Sami Zayn's theme. After a little back and forth — without actually connecting — Samoa Joe takes Zayn down with a cracker of a kick, followed by a kneebar. While Zayn gains a little control, Joe connects with a right hand. He maintains the control as varying "Let's go Sami" and "Let's go Joe" chants break out.
After a physical clobbering, Joe is disgusted to see Zayn attempting to get back to his feet — and so, he starts chopping him down again. An aggressive Sami begins to fight back, but Joe easily sweeps his legs away to take him down again. He then stretches him in a submission lock, but the resilient Sami uses his flexibility to break free and takes him down with a thunderous clothesline. He then hits the Blue Thunderbomb for a close two-count.
Sami makes his way to the top rope but Joe follows. Zayn fights him off and attempts to fly — but he misses. Joe kicks Zayn to the mat and hits the senton for a two-count. The bigger man then whips Zayn into the corner and uses his momentum to hit a killer powerslam, for another near-fall. He begins to unload with a few nasty jabs and Zayn collapses. A peeved Joe suddenly finds himself locked into a small package by Zayn who was merely playing possum. Sami climbs the rope again but is stunned by an enziguri. Samoa Joe tries for a Superlex but Zayn fights out, attempting a sunset flip powerbomb. Joe holds on but Sami takes out his legs. However, Joe is able to block the Helluva Kick and slams Zayn to the mat. He then locks in the Coquina Clutch, causing Sami to pass out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Backstage, Bayley suggests that if Charlotte truly is the Queen of PPV, she should leave Dana Brooke in the back and let the two women settle it in the ring. Nia Jax interrupts her and claims she's going to destroy her friend Sasha Banks later. And if Charlotte doesn't take the title from Bayley tonight, Nia will.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass (RAW Tag Team Championship)
Enzo and Cass get an amazing crowd reaction as they begin their usual shtick — which the crowd sings back to them — to liven things up. They close by telling us that their going to be the "realest champs in the room". Then the Tag Team Champions — Anderson and Gallows make their way to the ring.
Enzo and Cass dominate early as Big Cass takes the fight to both Anderson and Gallows, knocking them to the outside. Cass lifts his partner over his head and throws him out of the ring, onto the champions. Throwing the champs back in the ring, Enzo takes the fight to them. However, Anderson attacks Enzo from behind, delivering a cringe-worthy knee to the back of his head.
The beatdown on Enzo begins as Anderson and Gallows punish him, frequently tagging in and out. Anderson delivers consistent knees to the prone Enzo as "let's go Enzo" chants break out. He follows it up with a sleeper hold, but finds himself involuntarily dragged towards Big Cass as Enzo attempts to reach for his partner. Amore tries to fight back but Anderson knocks him down. However, Enzo takes Anderson to the outside and joins him out there, delivering an enziguri, before ramming Gallows into the ring post. He then re-enters the ring and sprints towards his partner, but is cut off at the pass by a huge dropkick from Anderson. And the beatdown continues.
Gallows beats Enzo down again with slow, vicious shots. But he misses an attack in the corner as Amore sidesteps him. Enzo does the same to Anderson and finally makes the tag to Big Cass. The big man tears things up as he takes down both Anderson and Gallows with big splashes, Stinger splashes and a killer big boot. He tags Enzo back in and they hit the Bada Boom Shakalaka. Just as the it seems like we will have new Tag Champs, Enzo is pulled out of the ring by Gallows.
Anderson connects with Enzo on the way back in and pins him. While Amore's foot is on the rope, Gallows forces it off and the referee doesn't see it as the Champions retain their titles.
Winner and STILL RAW Tag Team Champions: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Backstage, Mick Foley is listening to Stephanie McMahon on the phone. Stephanie says she won't be able to make it but that she'll remain on the phone with Mick for the rest of the night. Stephanie also asks if she's on speaker which gives Mick an idea — he lifts the phone and talks to her, pulling the lead so hard that it disconnects. He giggles and puts the phone down.
Nia Jax Vs. Sasha Banks
Things start off in a big way as Sasha Banks is fired into the air by Nia Jax, but The Boss lands fighting and begins to throw everything she has at the bigger woman. But it doesn't take long for Nia to overpower her. She locks Sasha in a backbreaker and the audience tries to will Banks back into it. The Boss fights out and attempts to lock in a rollup, but Nia foils her again.
Jax starts to drag Sasha around the ring, continuing to pick her apart. Banks fights out with kicks, but is thrown across the ring by Nia — who begins trash talking. Nia goes for a cover, but Banks kicks out, and she locks in another stretching submission. While The Boss attempts to get back to her feet, Nia picks her up and slams her down again. Jax looks for an Irish Whip, but Sasha holds onto the ropes. Jax doesn't like this and rams her into the turnbuckle. The bigger woman locks in a torture rack, ragdolling Sasha. However, Sasha eventually fights out and reverses it into a guillotine. While she can't quite lock it in, she uses Nia's reversal against her and locks in a sleeper.
Nia takes her out but finds herself planted with a DDT, and Sasha follows it up with the Banks Statement. For a moment, it really seems like Nia could tap, but she manages to overpower Sasha, slamming her to the floor and flattening her. Nia begins to throw her around by her hair like a ragdoll. She mounts Sasha on her shoulders, but the Boss sneaks down the back and somehow manages to take Nia down with her into a rollup. She bridges as the referee counts the three in a shocking win.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Cesaro Vs. Jinder Mahal
Before the match, things break down between Jinder Mahal and Rusev with the former coming out on top after throwing Rusev into the barricade — I'm guessing that's the end of that short-lived tag team. Mahal re-enters the ring to find out his opponent is Cesaro — who arrives, accompanied by Sheamus.
Mahal and Cesaro attempt to feel each other out but the Swiss Superman hits a snapmare to get the early advantage. Despite Mahal's aggression, Cesaro takes him down with a wicked right hand. He then exhibits some awesome strength by lifting Jinder — but it results in Cesaro hurting his own back. This becomes a target for Mahal, who delivers some brutal blows to Cesaro's lower back.
Mahal locks in a rear chinlock, forcing his knee into Cesaro's back for the extra leverage. The Swiss Superman manages to get up — only to be taken down a running knee. Jinder Mahal continues the domination, slowly picking Cesaro apart. He attempts a suplex, but Cesaro blocks it and delivers an awesome vertical suplex of his own — just where does he get that strength? The Swiss Superman maintains the advantage as he hits uppercut after uppercut.
He drop-toe-holds Mahal and hits the Swiss-1-9, before following that up with a crossbody for a near-fall. Mahal fights back with a few strikes and glares at Rusev — who has risen from the wreckage. But he turns around into another uppercut from Cesaro.
Rusev rams Mahal into the corner and beats him down violently. He kicks his former tag team partner out of the ring and roars aggressively — only for the Big Show's music to hit.
Big Show Vs. Rusev
Big Show takes Rusev down with a big boot and manhandles him. He then throws him into the corner and shushes the audience as he hits his trademark chop that echoes throughout the arena. Show continues to dominate as he chases Rusev around the ring and when they get back into the squared circle, he headbutts him. He then whips Rusev into the corner and hits a big splash — highlighting just how fast he has gotten. I am loving this new Big Show!
Show trash talks a little to Rusev and pays for it as the Bulgarian Brute fights back with two powerful clotheslines. However, the third doesn't go as planned as Show hits a clothesline of his own. As Big Show hits the ropes, Rusev takes him out at the knees. He follows it up with subsequent attacks on the knee as the "USA" chants ring loudly and proudly from the audience.
Rusev finds himself in trouble as Big Show hits a sidewalk slam. Show goes for the Chokeslam but Rusev takes him out at the knee. An angry Rusev follows it up with a kick in the head. Angered by Show's survival, he hits him with the kick again. And again. He attempts the pin but only gets a two count. The frustrated Rusev attempts the Camel Clutch but Show slides out and hits a Chokeslam. Angrily, he takes down his straps and hits another Chokeslam. Listening to the "one more time" chants, he hits a third Chokeslam.
Show drags Rusev into the corner and leaves him there. He polishes up his own right hand and strikes the prone Rusev with the knockout for the definitive win. Wow, I have never seen Big Show dominate like this in years — what a comeback!
Winner: Big Show
Backstage, Kevin Owens comments on how Goldberg hasn't beaten anyone else outside of Brock Lesnar in the past decade. He tells us that it's the Kevin Owens show and that he will beat Goldberg tonight, and anyone else WWE puts in front of him.
Neville Vs. Jack Gallagher (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Things start off rather hilariously as Gallagher's unorthodox and quirky fighting style throws Neville off-kilter. Gallagher continually saves himself from turnbuckle collisions by turning himself upside down and blocking Neville's offense with his foot. The moments draw great crowd reactions.
Neville draws Gallagher outside and rams him hard into the barricade — I felt that one! The self-proclaimed King of the Cruiserweights works down on the Gentleman inside the ring. Corey Graves plays on Neville's viciousness and we see it the Champion steps on Gallagher — in between showboating to the audience — who solidly get behind Gallagher. Jack manages to breaks free from Neville's hold and delivers some solid strikes, taking the Champion to the outside.
The Gentleman dives through the ropes and hits an incredible plancha on the champ. Back in the ring, Gallagher maintains the control, mounting Neville on the top rope, hitting a killer belly-to-back Superplex, for a very near-fall. The Crusierweight Champion hangs Gallagher up on the ropes and viciously rams him into the mat. Neville counters Gallagher's offense and dumps him on his head and neck. The King of the Cruiserweights ascends the ropes and successfully connects with the Phoenix Splash. But Gallagher kicks out milliseconds before three — I really thought it was over here.
Neville beats Gallagher down and attempts to take him down but is met with a solid headbutt from the Gentleman. A stunned Neville hits a kick in response, but Gallagher lands another physical headbutt. He stumbles onto the fallen Neville for another near-fall. When they get back to their feet, Neville hits a superkick almost knocking Gentleman Jack out of the ring as a "This is awesome" chant breaks out — yes, yes it is.
On the top rope, Gallagher hits another sick headbutt that echoes through the arena. But Neville counters his offense, sending him crashing to the mat below. Perched on the top rope, Neville ceases his opportunity and dives into the air, hitting the Red Arrow on Gallagher for the win.
Winner and STILL Cruiserweight Champion: Neville
Neville may have won this one, but Jack Gallagher was incredible — what a stunning performance. Definitely an unexpectedly brilliant match.
Backstage, Paul Heyman tells us how Brock Lesnar is the ultimate winner of the Universal Championship match, because if Goldberg wins he takes the title to WrestleMania, but if Owens wins, he will do so by exposing a weakness in Goldberg, which Lesnar will prey upon at 'Mania.
Roman Reigns Vs. Braun Strowman
Roman can't get into things at the get-go because Strowman keeps fighting him off — not to mention overpowering him. He waits for his moment and eventually hangs Strowman up on the top rope and works on him in the ring. He then knocks the bigger man over the top rope, back to the outside. Strowman fights back and Roman narrowly misses getting rammed into the steps. He jumps back at Strowman over the steps and manages to knock the monster into them. However, the giant grabs Reigns and rams him into the apron. Very physical so far — exactly as it should be between these two.
Back in the ring, Strowman flat-out dominates. He fires Roman across the ring time and time again, posing for the audience — much to their delight. Strowman locks in a vice-grip on the shoulder, but Roman counters by attempting to lift him for a Samoan Drop. But Strowman is too heavy and reverses it with a Samoan Drop of his own — before eerily smiling at the camera. He then hits a splash and locks in a chinlock. After a long period of sleepiness, Reigns gets back to his feet and breaks free, delivering two clotheslines. But Braun is barely phased, and he grabs Reigns by the throat before ramming him facefirst into the mat.
Strowman follows Roman outside and begins stripping the announce table. He enters the ring to break the count and comes back outside, lifting Roman for a powerslam — looking to put him through the table. But Reigns fights out and rams the monstrous man into the ringpost. He attempts a drive-by but Strowman grabs him in mid-air, manhandling him into the ringpost.
Back in the ring, the bigger man attempts a turnbuckle splash, but misses and Roman jumps on the opportunity. He beats Strowman down with numerous clotheslines. Strowman attempts the Chokeslam, but Roman counters with the Samoan Drop. However, when they get back to their feet, Braun regains control. He attempts a big boot in the corner, but Reigns ducks out of the way and the Monster Among Men ends up hung up and over the rope.
On the outside, Reigns successfully hits a vicious drive-by. Reigns attempts a Spear, but Strowman catches him, spins him around and powerslams him through the announce table — what a spot! Braun throws Reigns back into the ring but feels the effects of the missed big boot. It costs him as he is Speared by Reigns for a near-fall. Roman can't believe it didn't keep him down.
Reigns hits Strowman with a Superman Punch, and another but the Monster Among Men won't go down. Reigns attempts another Spear and just gets rammed through by Strowman. Braun climbs to the top rope and attempts a big splash, but Reigns rolls out of the way. Roman hits a massive Spear for the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Bayley Vs. Charlotte Flair (RAW Women's Championship)
Charlotte enters first and tells Dana Brooke to remain in the back — obviously in response to Bayley's challenge from earlier tonight.
Both ladies feel each other out at the beginning, none of them really getting the better of the other at this stage. Before they can lock up again, Charlotte takes the advantage by knocking Bayley down with multiple shoulder blocks.
Charlotte uses her long legs to her advantage, wrapping them around Bayley's head. She then uses them to brutally bang Bayley's face into the mat. She then rams her knee into the back of Bayley's head and the trash-talking continues. Charlotte brands Bayley a cheater as she delivers Ric Flair-like chops. But this enrages the Champ who gets to her feet angrily and unloads with a flurry of chops on the challenger. But Flair quickly ends that with a takedown — Bayley just can't get into it tonight. She then locks in a Dragon sleeper, taking Bayley to the ground for a near-fall. Charlotte then heads up to the top rope and hits a moonsault before following it up with a senton, for another near-fall.
Things speed up as Bayley runs into plenty of chops. But she eventually explodes with a clothesline, taking Charlotte down. The champion hammers away on Flair, hanging her up on the second rope. She attacks Charlotte in the corner and hits a belly-to-back suplex. She then whips the Queen into the turnbuckle and Charlotte is hung up. Bayley pulls her down and climbs to the top rope. But Charlotte wisely slips out to the apron and attacks Bayley. She grabs the Champ's arm, hanging it up over the ringpost. But the two women head back up to the top rope, and Bayley hits a wicked hurricanrana. She follows it up with an elbow for a close two-count. But before she can continue the offense, Charlotte hurls her out of the ring.
The Queen of PPV lands a big boot and hits Natural Selection. But Bayley kicks out and Flair is stunned. Flair is almost rolled up but she kicks out. Charlotte grabs Bayley off the apron and attempts a moonsault off the top rope. But Sasha comes running down the aisle. Charlotte meets her on the aisle and throws her into the barricade. But Bayley hits the Bayley-To-Belly on the outside, and rolls the challenger back into the ring. Charlotte attempts to capitalize with a roll-up with the tights. But Sasha Banks makes the save by pointing it out to the official. Bayley capitalizes and hits another Bayley-To-Belly for the win.
Winner and STILL RAW Women's Champion: Bayley
Kevin Owens Vs. Goldberg
Before the ref rings the bell, Owens runs to the outside and paces around the ring as "Goldberg" chants break out. He eventually makes his way back up to the apron, but just as it seems he's about to get in, he drops down again. Owens paces around the ring again. He gets back in and then leaves again.
Finally he gets back in and roars at the referee to ring the bell. Just as it happens, Chris Jericho's music hits and the arena explodes with cheers. Owens is shocked as Jericho appears on the aisle way — but the distraction costs him as he turns straight into a Spear from Goldberg. Goldberg picks him up and hits a quick Jackhammer for a swift victory.
Winner and NEW WWE Universal Champion: Goldberg
Wow, Goldberg is the Universal Champion. Let's put that in perspective — the last time Goldberg was champion was 2003, which means he hasn't held gold in 14 years. Well now, he has changed that and he is going to be taking the Universal Championship to WrestleMania against #BrockLesnar.
Whether you were a fan of the decisions or not, there's no denying that RAW pulled out all the stops at Fastlane. And now we are once again back on the road to WrestleMania as the major event arrives in just 28 days. So expect to see the fallout of these major events on RAW as we once again find ourselves in the Goldberg era and Kevin Owens will seek vengeance on Chris Jericho. Furthermore, let's not forget about the fact that between now and April, we should expect to hear that familiar gong, signalling the return of a certain Deadman on the red brand. While all these events are yet to unfold, one thing is certain — the Road To WrestleMania just got RAW!
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