Fast Lane 2015: The Best Commercial I’ve Ever Seen

Fast Lane 2015
Date: February 22, 2015
Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry Lawler

It’s the final major show before Wrestlemania XXXI and I’ve yet to find someone who really wants to see this show. The big story tonight is finding out who is going to be in the main event against Brock Lesnar, as well as if Sting is going to accept HHH’s likely challenge for a match at the biggest show of the year. Gee I wonder what his answer is going to be. Let’s get to it.

There’s no pre-show match this month but we do have MizTV with special guest Paul Heyman. Before Heyman comes out though, Miz tells Mizdow to go sit in the corner. Miz was supposed to be at the Oscars but the Academy got Dwayne Johnson to fill in for him. He explains Reigns vs. Bryan for later tonight and here’s Heyman. Paul suggests that Miz is terrified of Lesnar being here because he’s not a good enough actor to hide that fear.

Brock is NOT here tonight, but Miz can’t get off that insult to his acting abilities. He brings up his win in the main event of Wrestlemania (he’s going to catch Jericho’s “I beat Rock and Austin in one night” at this pace) as a qualification for being able to ask who Lesnar wants to face this year. Miz talks up Bryan’s wins last year and Heyman understands how hot Bryan is right now, but he doesn’t think Brock would be worried.

Heyman gets freaked out by Mizdow sitting in the corner so Miz makes his employee face the corner. This gets Mizdow on his feet but Miz shouts him down again. Now we get back to the main event of Wrestlemania with Heyman repeating all of his lines about Reigns from the last few weeks.

The fans cut him off with a Mizdow chant so Heyman actually starts all over again. That’s one way to get some heat. Heyman talks about the YES chants at Wrestlemania that will be silenced by Brock Lesnar, and you can believe that Reigns will go down as well. Paul rolls his eyes as he leaves. This felt like total filler since there aren’t enough matches to go around.

The opening video has a computerized car theme, talking about speed and velocity while focusing on the two main events.

Dolph Ziggler/Erick Rowan/Ryback vs. Seth Rollins/Kane/Big Show

This was announced on WWE.com earlier in the week. Rowan now has a big R on his coveralls. Ziggler and Rollins get things going as the fans chant for Ryback. Dolph escapes a headlock and counters a powerbomb into a sunset flip. Cole brings up Rollins bringing up the Daily Show and Jon Stewart actually responding to him. A nice dropkick staggers Rollins and it’s off to Rowan to work on the arm.

That’s not enough for Rowan so he hooks a pumphandle backbreaker for two. I’ve always liked pumphandle moves and could go for more of them. Kane comes in for the battle of boring big men and Rowan slams him down, followed by a legdrop for no cover. A nice jumping middle rope back elbow gets two on Kane but he drives Rowan into the corner for the tag to Big Show.

The villains take Rowan to the floor where he spinwheel kicks the post by mistake. Another FEED ME MORE chant starts up as Lawler makes easy bald jokes about Big Show. Back in and Kane stomps Rowan in the corner before it’s off to Rollins to stomp on the leg. A Blockbuster gets two more and Big Show comes back in to keep control. He hooks the Lasso From El Paso to actually show some psychology but just lets go for some reason. Rowan counters a chokeslam and plants Show with a DDT but Rollins breaks up the tag attempt.

Erick gets up though and spinwheel kicks Seth down with the bad leg. The hot tag brings in Ryback as things speed up but Rollins avoids the Warrior splash. The Curb Stomp is countered into a powerbomb but Kane takes the Meathook. There’s the low superkick for two on Ryback but another Blockbuster is countered into Shell Shock but Big Show makes the save. It’s off to Ziggler for a jumping DDT on Kane for two but Rollins interference allows Big Show to knock Ziggler cold, giving Kane the pin at 13:00.

Rating: B. The man is Mr. Money in the Bank and possibly the future of the company and he’s now running interference for Big Show and Kane to get the glory as they pin one of the most popular guys in this company. This was your basic Smackdown main event, meaning it was entertaining enough and a good choice for a PPV opener. I’m totally sick of this story, but at least it’s a good enough match.

The beating continues post match (picture any Smackdown……if anyone actually watches that show) but Orton FINALLY returns and cleans house, sending Rollins running away. He goes all the way into the parking lot and presumably drives away though we don’t see him get in a car.

We recap Stardust vs. Goldust, which is due to their issues as a tag team. Their father Dusty Rhodes tried to settle things on Monday but Stardust attacked his brother, setting up this match.

Dusty is in the back with Goldust and asks him not to hurt Cody too badly tonight. Goldust talks about going to the shows with Cody to watch Dusty in the ring. Tonight, he’s facing Stardust though, and he has to beat him so badly that the thought of painting his face and putting on a costume will make Cody sick. He isn’t leaving without Cody tonight.

Stardust vs. Goldust

Stardust is now in star tights and no shirt. Goldust shoves him out of the corner to start and neither guy seems comfortable to be out there. They trade hiptosses and Stardust hides in the corner for some polite applause. An atomic drop and right hand have Stardust in more trouble but Stardust escapes the Curtain Call. We see a nervous Dusty watching in the back. Goldust clotheslines him out to the floor before loading up Shattered Dreams, only to have Stardust bail to the apron.

Back in and Stardust finally gets some energy into the match and stomps away, taking it back to the floor. This isn’t very interesting so far but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Back in and we hit a bodyscissors on Goldust before a rollup gets two for Stardust. A slap to the back sets up another body vise as the fans can’t decide who to cheer for. Goldust misses a springboard elbow but counters Cross Rhodes into a bad looking crucifix for two, which is called three in what looked to be a botched ending at 10:00. The referee’s hand only hit the mat twice.

Rating: D. I think they were going for Goldust not wanting to do this, but it came off as much more boring and dull than anything else. At the end of the day, these sort of matches don’t hold up for me with neither guy wanting to do much and clearly just being there to set up another match down the line. Nothing to see here other than a good looking change of outfit for Stardust, who wound up losing.

We see Jon Stewart of the Daily Show responding to Seth Rollins. Seth has made a big mistake by coming after the Daily Show and even J and J Security can’t get him out of it. Stewart is coming for him.

Rollins says he’s not hard to find and welcomes Stewart to Fast Lane or any Raw he has time to come to.

Goldust and Dusty are in the back and hope it’s over but Stardust comes in and destroys his brother. He yells at Dusty that he was the black sheep of the family before nailing Goldust again.

Tag Team Titles: Usos vs. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro

The Usos are defending after Cesaro and Kidd beat them in a non-title match. Naomi and Natalya are here as seconds. Jey takes Kidd down to start and holds him for a top rope shot to the chest from Jimmy. It’s off to Cesaro via a blind tag and he takes out Jimmy’s knee to take over. Kidd goes after the knee and Cesaro follows suit with a one legged swing.

Back to Kidd with a slingshot legdrop for two. Notice how much they’re mixing up the offense on the leg. You don’t have to take turns doing the same holds over and over again. Jimmy gets over for the tag to speed things up but Cesaro grabs a quick rollup for two. The running Umaga attack gets two on Cesaro but he crotches Jimmy on the top. Cesaro lifts Jimmy off the apron for a superplex, setting up the top rope elbow from Kidd for two.

Jey escapes the Sharpshooter and throws Kidd into the air for a Samoan drop from Jimmy, only to have Cesaro drag Kidd outside. That’s fine with Jimmy as he hits a huge dive. A Samoan drop drives Kidd into the barricade and all four are down outside. Back in and Jimmy’s Superfly Splash hits knees and Kidd slaps on the Sharpshooter. Jey makes the save and slugs it out with Cesaro but they fall to the floor. With Jimmy still shaken up, Kidd hits a quick fisherman’s neckbreaker for the pin and the titles at 9:35.

Rating: B-. Another good match here and I’m very pleased with the results. Kidd has gotten a lot better in the last few months and it’s nice to see him get rewarded for all the hard work. The Usos can only do their thing for so long before they need a freshening up and this might be such a chance. Another good result after another good match.

We recap Sting interrupting HHH at Survivor Series and then again on Raw a few months later, setting up their confrontation tonight.

HHH comes out in his leather jacket and jeans for a change. He brings up the meeting with Flair on Raw and calls out Sting right now, so here’s Sting in person. HHH knows why he’s here and thinks Sting is backing the wrong horse. Sting may have been WCW but he went down with the ship.

It was guys like HHH that made the ship go down in the first place because his family is what keeps the WWE alive. So HHH is now taking credit for killing WCW? He wasn’t even in the Winner Take All match. If Sting just walks away now, his legacy goes on. He can continue through DVDs and merchandise, and maybe even the Hall of Fame one day.

HHH takes off the jacket and says we can do it another way. He goes for a cheap shot but Sting lays him out, only to eat a microphone shot to the face. It’s sledgehammer time but Sting pulls out the ball bat. HHH throws the hammer down and Sting points the bat at the Wrestlemania sign. Sting turns away but hits HHH with the bat while he’s trying a cheap shot. The Death Drop leaves HHH laying. This was exactly what people expected but it worked well enough. The hammer vs. the bat was really cool to see.

We recap the pre-show edition of MizTV.

Quick recap of the Bellas embarrassing Paige.

Divas Title: Paige vs. Nikki Bella

Paige is challenging. Lillian screws up again and calls it the Women’s Title. Paige quickly takes it to the mat and Nikki rolls to the floor. A chase gets us back inside but Nikki knocks her right back to the floor. Back in again and we hit the chinlock before an Alabama Slam gets two on Paige.

Nikki charges into a boot in the corner before Paige hits the three straight clotheslines. A dropkick gets two and Paige kicks her in the face for the same. The Rampaige is countered into a facebuster but Paige pops right back up. Nikki counters a superplex into a nice powerbomb for two but has to crawl to the ropes to escape the PTO. In a fast ending, Nikki sends her into the buckle and grabs the trunks for the pin to retain at 5:37.

Rating: D+. Believe it or not, this wasn’t horrible, but I think most of that is due to Paige holding the thing together. The Bellas (they’re the same person in my eyes anyway) know how to do some decent looking moves, but they don’t know how to work a match. That’s a very big difference and it shows badly when they’re in there against well rounded wrestlers.

Cameron and Eva Marie are at the Oscars.

Sting vs. HHH is officially announced for Wrestlemania.

Intercontinental Title: Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett

Ambrose pinned Barrett in a non-title match (join the freaking club) and literally forced him into signing a contract for a title match. Dean goes right after him to start but gets kicked off the top rope and out to the floor. A chinlock doesn’t last long and Barrett kicks him in the face again to stop Dean’s comeback. Back in and Dean scores with a tornado DDT before countering Winds of Change into a small package for two.

The standing elbow drop gets two more but Dean runs into Wasteland. They’re just trading signature moves right now. The Bull Hammer is countered into a rollup for two and Dean kicks him in the face for no cover. Barrett tries to bail but gets caught by a suicide dive. Dean pulls him back from the crowd and stomps away in the corner for the DQ at 7:46.

Rating: D. This felt like a Raw match to set up a pay per view match, reenforcing my theory that this show could have been broken up into a bunch of Raws instead of being its own pay per view. Nothing to see here and it was pretty clear about halfway through that it was going to be a screwy finish.

Dean hits Dirty Deeds and leaves with the title.

The lights go out and Undertaker’s druids come out with their torches. The gong strikes and two hooded men wheel out a casket. The casket opens up and it’s Bray Wyatt inside. He says he will never forget the first time that he saw him. He made Bray tremble with his cold eyes but now he’s just a shell of his former self. His soul is lost and it’s time to go home. Bray’s mission is clear because he doesn’t fear him anymore. At Wrestlemania, he will claim the Undertaker’s soul. Bray lays back down in the casket and the druids close it up.

The pre-show panel recap the evening so far.

We recap Cena vs. Rusev, which is based on the idea of Cena reaching the end of his career and being far weaker than he used to be. The eye injury has been forgotten in the span of a week.

US Title: Rusev vs. John Cena

Rusev is defending. They stall to start and the fans think Cena sucks. A big right hand drops Rusev so he kicks Cena in the face for two. The champ chokes him in the corner and nails a spinwheel kick for two more. A Jerry chant starts up as a fan takes pictures of Lana. Cena comes back with a dropkick for two of his own but Rusev hits a slightly worse dropkick for two more.

The fall away slam gets yet another near fall and Rusev slowly stomps away even more. Cena charges into an elbow in the corner and we hit the chinlock. A suplex puts Rusev down but the AA is countered with a DDT. Back up and Cena fires off right hands before starting his usual sequence. Another AA is countered into the jumping superkick for two. The STF doesn’t work either and Rusev hits a swinging Rock Bottom for two more.

Cena goes to the middle rope for a tornado DDT but still can’t put Rusev away. They slug it out and Rusev grabs the ropes to block another AA attempt. Cena pulls him into a Crossface (called an STF by Cole) but Rusev easily powers out and hits the second Alabama (Moscow?) Slam of the night. Some elbows to the back look to set up the Accolade but Cena blocks a stomp (it could have been the shouting of RUSEV CRUSH) and slaps on the STF.

Rusev finally grabs a rope and escapes the AA again but misses the superkick. Now the AA connects for two (I’m as shocked as you are) and both guys are spent. The top rope Fameasser misses though and Rusev hooks the Accolade. Cena has his knees under him though and powers up, only to have Lana offer a distraction so Rusev can kick him low. Another superkick to the face sets up the Accolade and Cena passes out at 19:00.

Rating: B. Good freaking grief STOP USING PAY PER VIEW TO SET UP REMATCHES. They’re making it as clear as they can that this show is just a big preview for Wrestlemania and they can claim “you didn’t have to pay for it.” Unless you’re loyal to WWE of course and actually bought the Network before the free month. This took some time to get going but finally took off about halfway through. Of course it sets up Cena’s big win at Wrestlemania, but this is a good win for Rusev. Granted it’s on a worthless show but at least it’s there.

Cena is dazed post match.

Kickoff panel recaps again.

We recap Reigns vs. Bryan, which is all about headlining Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar. They started off respecting each other but it’s evolved into a game of topping each other to play mind games.

Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan

The previous match got big match intros but this didn’t get anything. Good sign in the crowd: PUNCH THAT HIPPIE! Bryan keeps getting down low on the mat to avoid Roman’s power in a smart move. A headlock slows Reigns down a bit but he counters into one of his own. Daniel goes for the leg and takes Reigns down into the surfboard but Reigns easily kicks him away. Roman stomps him down in the corner without showing a lot of aggression.

A nice tilt-a-whirl slam and clothesline put Bryan on the floor but he comes back with kicks to the leg to slow Reigns down again. That’s fine with Roman who just blasts Bryan with a right hand to the jaw as they’re getting a good story going here. Back up again and Reigns hits the jumping clothesline but misses a charge into the corner. Another clothesline turns Bryan inside out and Reigns starts rolling some pumphandle suplexes. The Superman Punch is countered with a kick to the ribs.

Some knees to the ribs have Reigns in even more trouble and the running corner dropkicks stagger him again. Bryan tries a top rope hurricanrana but gets caught in a superbomb for a close two as things are starting to get good. Reigns loads up a top rope superplex but gets crotched down, setting up a belly to back superplex to stay on the weakened midsection. The YES Lock goes on but Reigns gets the rope and bails to the floor.

Bryan hits back to back Flying Goats but tries once too often and gets belly to belly suplexed. The spear hits the steps though and Reigns barely beats the count back in. Bryan dives into something resembling the Superman Punch for two. The spear is countered into a rollup but the running knee only gets a very near fall. The YES Kicks have Reigns reeling but he blocks the big one.

Bryan slaps him in the face on one leg before pulling Reigns down into a YES Lock. Reigns turns it over and hammers away right hands to stun Bryan again. He lifts Bryan up into a powerbomb and both guys are down. Bryan’s legs are over Reigns but the referee doesn’t count it as a cover. Both guys sit up and Reigns hammers away with right hands so Bryan just unloads with kicks to the head to put him down again. Another running knee is countered with the spear though to send Reigns to Wrestlemania at 20:04.

Rating: A-. I actually really like that ending because storyline wise, Bryan has very little claim to a spot in the main event at Wrestlemania. This is the big win that Reigns needed to look like a star and he certainly delivered his half. They were telling a good story out there with Bryan trying to pick Reigns apart but eventually just getting run over by raw power. Excellent main event here and it did what it was supposed to do.

Bryan pokes Reigns in the chest and tells him to take out Lesnar at Wrestlemania. They shake hands and Bryan lets Reigns celebrate to end the show.

Overall Rating: B-. This show was good in spite of itself because of some really solid wrestling. Unfortunately, the total lack of need to have this show really hurts it though as this simply didn’t need to be a pay per view. Reigns should have eliminated Bryan last from the Rumble and the exact same things could have been accomplished on TV. The wrestling carried this, but there was no way to care about a lot of the stuff on this show. Think about it like this: other than the Tag Team Titles and the Divas, every match on here (or the post match segment) seemed to be to set up a future match. That’s inexcusable for a big time show.

Results

Kane/Big Show/Seth Rollins b. Dolph Ziggler/Ryback/Erick Rowan – Kane pinned Ziggler after a KO Punch from Big Show

Goldust b. Stardust – Crucifix

Tyson Kidd/Cesaro b. Usos – Fisherman’s neckbreaker to Jimmy

Nikki Bella b. Paige – Rollup with a handful of trunks

Bad News Barrett b. Dean Ambrose via DQ when Ambrose wouldn’t stop stomping

Rusev b. John Cena – Accolade

Roman Reigns b. Daniel Bryan – Spear

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43 comments

  1. SamualDude says:

    So where does Bryan go to from here?

    Also I fear that if Roman doesn’t deliver at Mania, then he’ll be set back a LONG way

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I hope he doesn’t win the title.

    Alas, it seems Sheamus may be in play.

    SamualDude Reply:

    I for the love of god, Hope we don’t get another Sheamus vs Bryan match.

    If Roman doesn’t deliver, WWE will mostly not look at it as a “we fucked up” situation but as a “roman fucked up” situation.

    Gunther_224 Reply:

    Why not? WWE has been hard to watch with a part time champion and with. It looking like Lesnar will re-sign it doesn’t look like there is an end in sight. Reigns isn’t great but I’d take him over a champion who shows up 3-4 times a year.

    Steve Reply:

    Honestly, even if he doesn’t deliver they’re just gonna let him keep the torch ‘cos he’s practically been handed it on a silver platter.

    SamualDude Reply:

    It also depends on the crowd reaction over the next few weeks, If the fans start cheering Lesnar and booing Reigns then that will be interesting.

  2. Aeon Mathix says:

    People are really overlooking how fantastic Rusev looked. I thought he was another flash in the pan foreign heel who would end up as a rosebud by summer but man that was quite a performance. He hadnt had a long match until tonight and he delivered

    klunderbunker Reply:

    He’s long since passed being just another foreign heel.

    Aeon Mathix Reply:

    Since? Hes beaten a bunch of midcarders and got a meaningless championship and had his first real test tonight and will probably lose to cena at mania. Its literally the same thing Umaga went through

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Umaga was a monster of the month. I’ve never gotten that impression with Rusev.

  3. deanerandterry says:

    I love Bryan but I’m happy Reigns finally has a big win before he goes against Lesnar. I was really hoping WWE wasn’t going the Bryan route again and I’m happy they didn’t.

  4. Rainbow says:

    This one is certain: Maffew will have a blast doing the next Botchamania with this PPV.

  5. Steve says:

    For the first time ever; I disagree with your rating. The PPV overall felt more like a C- or a D+ to me, but that’s just my opinion.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I totally get that on a show like this. THe wrestling carried a lot of it, but it’s one of the most skippable pay per views I’ve ever seen. That can easily drag a show down and I think it did so here.

  6. F5 says:

    The hotshotting of Reigns to the title is nearly complete. The dude has been thrown into the picture faster than Ultimate Warrior or Goldberg, and they had a much better roster to work with and a crowd that actually wanted them. Both were probably better workers too.

    WWE is making up for the correction of their mistake last year in a big way. Let’s see if Vince can have his wet dream of the Bryan/Sheamus rematch now, and let’s see if everyone sits on their hands when Reigns pins the former, actually legitimate UFC Champion in Lesnar.

    But at least there’s the disciple of the HHH school of cutting promos with a dick stuck in their mouth in Rollins to cash in his money in the bank and make the whole night and Undertaker’s streak an anti-climax.

    And Vince and HHH inject each other full of steroids in the back while telling everyone that WWE is “drug free”, and 60+ year old men being on the cover of Muscle and Fitness is totally normal.

    Boy, do I love this new era of profession… Sports Enter…. WWE…?

    Eric Reply:

    To be fair, it’s not faster than Goldberg. Goldberg literally had the title in his hands within 2 years of first stepping foot in a wrestling ring FOR TRAINING. Reigns started training like 5 years ago.

    F5 Reply:

    It’s a different system then it was back then, people would debut for training on the main roster. Nobody counted OVW for Lesnar either, or Warrior’s time before he was signed in WWE.

    Reigns hasn’t been a single’s star anywhere near long enough as they had been, and on top of that he spent the other time on the active roster being protected by 2 better workers in a stable, which was designed to make him look good.

    Reigns needed an extra year of build, then it’d be perfect, and they could make him better as the champ. Meanwhile Bryan beats Lesnar and feuds with Rollins and whomever. Though even then turning Cena against Bryan at Mania 32 would’ve been smarter. Bryan would’ve been the top face, Cena could be the NWO Hogan heel, still drawing, headlining, and taking on the top face, Reigns gets more experience and becomes a mainstay, Bryan beats Cena, and Reigns and Bryan feud.

    So many better booking options and better ways to go about their future than WWE has done. But these are the same people that in 2015 are booking half of their future stars as jobbers and having Big Show and Kane as serious threats.

    It’s insanity.

    Eric Reply:

    Dude, I’m not disagreeing with it being too soon for Reigns. I agree with you. I just don’t think you should make up your own facts to substantiate your claim. Reigns has been on the main roster longer than Goldberg when he won the title and he had more time in developmental than Goldberg did at the power plant. Your opinion is fine, your factual basis behind it should be more accurate.

    F5 Reply:

    I’m not making anything up. Goldberg is a very different case than Reigns. People BOUGHT Goldberg. Goldberg was a professional athlete and an NFL Football Player. He was far more legit even in his first match than Reigns. And then Goldberg had the look, he had the intensity, he had FAR better moves and was MUCH stronger than Reigns, and his spear could legitimately destroy someone, and even then he used it only to set up his actual finisher, which he could hit anyone with because of his freakish strength, which allowed him to do it to the Big Show!

    Goldberg was FAR more established as a dominant force and a single’s star than Reigns when he faced Hogan for the title and won it. He was also the US Champion, which he steamrolled through the previous champion, Raven, to get, whom was established himself.

    Reigns hasn’t been a single’s wrestler anywhere NEAR the length of Goldberg in a real, televised company. And he isn’t half the star Goldberg was then, or arguably when he debuted. So, no, your argument is in zero way apt.

    Eric Reply:

    Again, I’m not arguing that point. You’re just ranting and raving about whatever comes to mind. I merely called out a simple error you made which was that Reigns had less ring time than Goldberg. That’s still not accurate no matter what you say. I’m not disagreeing that Reigns isn’t ready or anything like that, but I’m also not making up my own facts as I go along. I’d argue that he isn’t ready based on having like two major matches as a singles guy at this point in his career, not based on saying he’s had less ring time than Goldberg which is so inaccurate it’s scary. You’re actually arguing against yourself here as I agree with you but you can’t get out of your own way and understand that even though you make decent points, people aren’t going to listen because you cloud them with nonsense and falsities. Keep it concise and accurate and you’re on to something.

    Of course, you’re also wrong in this last post as Reigns was a professional football player as well. It’s this type of stuff where you lose credibility.

  7. Jay H (the real one) says:

    Does anyone honestly listen to this idiot above me?

    I gotta say kudos to WWE for sticking to the original plan all along. I thought they would go the Triple Threat route again but im not even mad. DB will be Champion again at some point this year I think. A middle of the road PPV but it wasn’t bad either.

    F5 Reply:

    Does anyone even bother to listen to a loser who has nothing better to do than to make 20 different names pretending not to be himself on the website of some nobody from a wrestling forum?

    No, they don’t. I know I’m not stupid, so your ad hominems and indirect attacks don’t work. You just have an entire history of comments on this site to prove my point against you.

    Does that sting, idiot?

    Jay H (the real one) Reply:

    Actually im not the one who’s been making 20 names on this site to make fun of myself. Try again idiot.

    Jay H (the real one) Reply:

    Also I honestly don’t know why you continue to comment on this Site. Since all you do is call everyone names and pretend to be a tough guy behind a computer screen.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    Would love to see a conversation between him and gracie…..

    Jacob Jones Reply:

    Oh my gosh, If they became a tag team; that would be freakin’ hilarious to see!

  8. Heyo says:

    I heard people accuse Bryan fans of being all “BRYAN BRYAN BRYAN, NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO GO OVER OTHER THAN BRYAN” and I can totally see that argument getting a lot of fuel, based on what I’ve heard about the main event and the backlash that’s already starting.

    Now, let’s be VERY clear. I’m a Daniel Bryan fan. I think he should have won the Rumble and main evented Wrestlemania, and the neck injury totally set up a redemption storyline. But I’m afraid that Reigns could put on a 5 star performance that makes WM 25 HBK/Taker look like child’s play and he would still be hated by the IWC, simply because he’s not Bryan.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Here’s the thing that gets old more than anything: Bryan had his moment, and it was absolutely perfect. The matches were great, the story was great, even Cole’s call of “it’s a miracle on Bourbon Street!” was great.

    And almost none of the “fans” are satisfied with it. “But he didn’t get a year long title reign! WE HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!” Wrestlemania XXX took eight months to set up. I really don’t need to see it all over again. Find a new story and get Bryan back to the top that way. He can and probably will win the title later on. It doesn’t have to be the centerpiece of Wrestlemania all over again.

    F5 Reply:

    Here we go with the pretense and elitism. “Fans”? I know you were around for Austin and what happened with his fans. Austin won 2 fucking rumbles in a row and tons of championships, and beat everyone. So stop pretending this is any different.

    But no, you’d rather suck Vince’s roidy cock than actually grow a fucking brain and realize how fucking stupid you and others are whom defend this booking.

    Denying Brian’s fans is exactly the same as denying Austins. When Austin “had his moment” it wasn’t over. Him wining at Mania wasn’t the “end of the story”, and anyone who says the same about Bryan is a fucking idiot. It was only the beginning.

    WWE is killing themselves and their company by not listening to their fans no matter what, even when they, hardcore AND CASUALS ALIKE forced Bryan down their fucking throats last year, they STILL MADE THE SAME MISTAKE and had REIGNS BEAT HIM.

    CM Punk was right. Professional Wrestling will die on Vince and Paul’s watch. The only way that it can be saved and the course corrected at this point is if their private jet crashes into a mountain and Shane comes back, hires Jim Ross and Paul Heyman to run the show, and gets the fuck out of the way.

    Anything else and this profession you make your living off of being ignorant and ass kissing about is going to die. It might as well be to most fans who long since left anyway.

    Jacob Jones Reply:

    Debate etiquette can go either way. Right now you’re going the way in which your kettle is thunder cloud black.

    ted Reply:

    I agree with f5 This reigns experiment is further proof that Vince and co think they know better than the fans. It’s like Vince wants to prove he still has one over the fans before he dies. Sad really. The company is being told what to do to make the fans happy and are purposely ignoring it. What company would do that?

  9. james gracie says:

    Oh man how bad was Fastlane probably? So they gave this show away for free in hopes to get new subscribers? THIS SHOW? LOL. I can’t wait to see the buyrate for this show. That is gonna be many “LOLs”. They really did it. They are actually going with Reigns vs Lesnar. It might be worth $60 just to see how bad that match is gonna be and how bad the crowd will shit all over it.

    So I guess for Wrestlemania it’s rematches galore! Cena/Rusev again, Barrett/Ambrose again, Golddust/Stardust again, tag title match again, Diva’s match again. This company still could add Bryan to the main event so it’s Bryan vs Reigns(with Lesnar included) again. Only additions will be Wyatt vs Undertaker, LORD HELP US, and a 50 year old has been vs a guy who should focus solely on booking shows. Good God mania is gonna suck. And if Bryan isn’t inserted into the main event, I bet they stick him in the “Creative Has Nothing For You” battle royal.

    I hope you all enjoy Sting vs Triple H cause I bet 75% of the buildup to mania is gonna focus on that fucking match. And has the WWE gotten so bad that fans actually WANT Randy Orton back? Give it a few weeks and he’ll be back to boring us again. So I guess my hope of a Rollins/Ambrose Mania match is gone. Instead we’ll get the much less interesting Orton/Rollins match so Orton can stand tall. Then Rollins will cash in after losing earlier and the WWE will wonder why his title reign will mean jack shit!

    Awful show tonight probably. And remember when everyone kept saying “they’ll step it up for Mania season” Oops. #VinceIsSoftAndOutOfTouch #FireStephanie #YouTriedButYouCanNoLongerSaveUsDanielBryan #OhManHowBadWasThatProbably

    Jacob Jones Reply:

    So you’re admitting that you didn’t watch the show but you still claim that it was bad?…..Should I take this under concern?

  10. Da Prophet says:

    Bryan going for the triangle choke should have been a bigger deal. Nobody picked up on it on commentary. I like to think it was a nice little nod to Silva/Sonnen because Reigns was relaxed in the guard and left his arm exposed for Bryan to go for the submission off his back.

  11. Vega says:

    Apparently there is an internal order that odd number Manias have to be bad.

    Reigns beating Bryan is fine in theory, but thanks for destroying the Running Knee and Yes Lock on the way. Do you really want the people’s favorite endorsing the company’s favorite after-match to be accompanied by boos? Whatever, it’s what we get. Person we’re booing, save the title for us.

    Funniest thing would be Lesnar retaining and Seth cashing in so nobody actually gets to slay Brock. That’s exactly the thing this company might do: make everyone look second-rate to the clearly demotivated part-timer and have nobody get real comeuppance.

    I’m curious if we get Sheamus – Bryan at Mania, or in 16-years-ago terms Test – Austin to compliment Nash – Goldberg main eventing.

  12. M.R. says:

    Triple H saying “it was guys like me that killed WCW” or whatever isn’t that far off. He wasn’t a big part but he contributed to a fun midcard.

    Cena defeating Rusev at Mania would be high comedy just for the fact that he beat Wyatt last year and totally derailed him for months.

    How was Orton’s reaction?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    The idea that any single person not named Austin or McMahon put WCW out of business is laughable. WCW did most of the damage to themselves.

    There’s a difference though: Rusev won the first match. That’s a big key difference.

    It was fine, though it came after a ridiculous moment.

    M.R. Reply:

    He didn’t say he single-handedly did it, he said it was guys like him. As long as he knows that list reaches about eight before it gets to him then the statement holds true.

    And I completely disagree. The Mania win is the one that matters. Plus it’s not as if Cena tapped or got pinned, last night was essentially a draw.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    It’s HHH. He and Stephanie single handedly did everything, including saving kittens and making pancakes for the homeless in Zimbabwe.

    That’s assuming Cena wins at Wrestlemania.

  13. Rocko says:

    I’m fine with HHH’s statements. Obviously he is just saying that he killed WCW for storyline purposes.

    Bryan should have won this. I still don’t feel like Reigns is ready to main event mania. It’s not that it needs to be Bryan, it just needs to be someone more ready than Reigns.

    Taker’s last match should have been last year. Otherwise breaking the streak was pointless.

  14. Derek Hamel says:

    I’m a Daniel Bryan fan and I’d like to see him in the main event at Mania. But not because I want him to win every match or be in every main event. I just believe he’d provide the best match possible of anybody on the roster.

  15. Acuzzam says:

    Great review KB. I agree with you in everything this time.

  16. ted says:

    Nope Reigns proves he still isn’t ready. Byran proves he is more than ready and not being given the opportunity. The you will like Reings because I say so train continues.