“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles defends his WWE Championship against SIX other SmackDown Live superstars on his bumpy road to WrestleMania!
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WWE Fastlane 2018 takes place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and airs live on the WWE Network. Stay tuned for live coverage and results starting at 7pm/ET. Our WWE Fastlane recap airs LIVE on YouTube immediately following at main event at 11pm/ET!
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WWE Fastlane 2018 Highlights and Results:
WWE Fastlane 2018 Kickoff Pre-Show: Tye Dillinger and Breezango def. Mojo Rawley, Shelton Benjamin, and Chad Gable. Man, it sucks to see how far Rawley has fallen considering how strong his heel promos have been. He could definitely use a makeover and new theme song just in time for WrestleMania 34.
Royal Rumble 2018 winner Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev (with Aiden English). This was the best Nakamura singles match in quite some time. Rusev received a great reaction (again). Hopefully, WWE can finally throw the Bulgarian Brute.
WWE United States Championship: Randy Orton def. “Glorious” Bobby Roode to win the WWE U.S. Title.
Crowd is mostly behind Orton with “RKO” chants. Well worked match, but taking to while to get into next gear. Crazy how similar both these guys are in their mat-based, methodical in-ring styles. This match eventually picks up the pace with the help of the hot crowd. Orton got the win with a great RKO Outta No Where on Roode who got caught when going for a second rope Blockbuster. Orton becomes the 10th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. Very good match.
Post-match, Jinder Mahal comes out in his gear to attack Orton. Roode hits Mahal with a Glorious DDT for the save, but this turns on Orton! Looks like it’s Orton vs. Roode vs. Mahal for the U.S. Title at WrestleMania 34.
Ms. MITB Carmella and Natalya def. Naomi and Becky Lynch.
Decent match that saw Carmella get the win with a head kick on Lynch after a Natalya distraction. Poor Lynch always taking the pin.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day ended in a no contest after the Blungeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) destroyed both teams including slamming Xavier Woods back-first on the steel steps.
Crowd wasn’t happy at first, but then showed their genuine concern by chanting “we want tables.” Full stretcher job for Woods.
WWE Champion AJ Styles is interviewed by Renee Young and confronted by Shinsuke Nakamura backstage. Styles doesn’t want to hear it from Nakamura because at WrestleMania 34, Nakamura will get beat.
We cut to The New Day and Usos being helped to the back.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair def. Ruby Riott (with Riott Squad members Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan) to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Title. Flair won a very good match via Figure Eight Submission. Riott looked awesome here and has a very bright future.
Finish came after the ref threw out Becky Lynch, Naomi, and he Riott Squad out of ringside.
After the match, Asuka came out in her gear to challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Title at WrestleMania 34!
Six Pack Challenge Match for WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) def. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, and John Cena to retain the WWE Title! AJ Styles faces Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 34.
This match is nuts. Cena tries to take out everyone in sight. Tables get turned on Cena as the five other superstars attack him. Tons of nearfalls. Cena AAed Styles through the announcers table.
Craziest sequence took place when Shane McMahon was at ringside and accidentally hit with a Owens superkick when Zayn moved on out the way. Things broke down between KO and Zayn. KO had Zayn pinned, but McMahon pulled the ref outside. Zayn then had KO down with the Helluva Kick, but McMahon broke up that pin as well! No Daniel Bryan in sight up to this point.
Steels steps are thrown into the mix. Literally. Cena AAs Corbin on the steps, but the pin is broken up by Ziggler. Cena throws the steps at Ziggler, but misses. Cena hits an AA on Ziggler, but gets hit with a Popup Powerbomb by KO. Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm for the pin!
Overall, a surprisingly good PPV that sets up SmackDown’s two biggest matches and new intrigue in the never-ending Shane McMahon storyline.
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