WWE Fastlane sucked. It was a lackluster PPV that saw streaks end, and 50-year-old Goldberg squash one of the best talents on the roster. It’s hard to see any good in this show and we shouldn’t try to.
Kevin Owens has worked his entire life to get where is today. From Combat Zone Wrestling to Ring of Honor to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and now WWE, Owens is a top-level talent. In just 20 seconds, WWE spat in the face of all that he has worked for. In just 20 seconds, Goldberg speared, jackhammered and pinned Owens to win the Universal Championship; with help from a Chris Jericho distraction, Owens never saw it coming.
In an event that saw Charlotte’s PPV streak end and Braun Strowman get pinned by Roman Reigns clean, this was the icing on the cake. In an effort to get either a thumbs up or thumbs down, WWE gave fans the middle finger. For the fourth time in five years, a part-time performer has a heavyweight championship heading into Wrestlemania. And he is heading into a match with Brock Lesnar, another part-timer.
As mentioned earlier, Charlotte Flair’s PPV winning streak come to an end at 16. Bayley pinned Flair after interference from Sasha Banks, which should have been a disqualification in the first place. Braun Strowman also finally met his maker in the form of Roman Reigns, who pinned the so-called “Monster Among Men” after a spear. For some reason, Jinder Mahal and Rusev got matches in the middle of the show, which they both lost to Cesaro and Big Show respectively. The Club, Samoa Joe, and Sasha Banks were victorious in their matches. Match of the Night honors goes to Neville retaining his Cruiserweight Championship against Jack Gallagher.
If the best match of the night is the cruiserweight bout, then you have a problem. Nothing against Neville and Jack Gallagher – the match was good — but the main event needs to deliver. It’s clear that Goldberg can’t last more than two minutes in the ring. It wouldn’t be a surprise if WWE does another squash match at Mania. With Lesnar getting his revenge against Goldberg.
Goldberg and Brock Lesnar’s match at Wrestlemania 20 was booed out of Madison Square Garden. WWE must not remember that because they are on course for a repeat performance. And no amount of video/audio editing will save them from that humiliation.