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Not-So-Immediate WWE Fastlane Thoughts

I was out of town and missed the live airing of this show, but still wanted to share some thoughts...

I really liked the idea of Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso vs. Finn Balor and Damien Priest kicking off the show. A pretty solid and entertaining match throughout, but a couple of minor nitpicks: JD McDonagh messing up the interference is really going to throw off his "pledging" of The Judgment Day, and I'm not sure we needed to see Cody and Jey as champions. I could be wrong on the latter: as we saw in the press conference, these two have a unique comedic chemistry, and they could do something really special down the line with the two of them against Zayn and Owens if they so chose. So we'll see how this one plays out, but overall a good match.

I didn't love the Rey Mysterio/Santos Escobar/Carlito vs. Bobby Lashley/Street Profits match. I don't really care about either of these trios and honestly, would have rather seen Mysterio vs. Lashley here. Carlito coming back would have made more sense following Payback, but now it feels kind of "too little, too late." There's a lot you can do with Carlito, but I don't think sticking him in a faction full of mid is going to lead to a career resurgence.

Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Iyo SKY was a decent triple threat, with the story being that Flair got screwed over once again. The upside to this is that SKY continues to look like a dominant champion and it positions her well for an eventual feud against either Bayley or Becky Lynch, depending on how the table is set.

John Cena and LA Knight vs. Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa was fine for what it was; another opportunity to give Knight the rub against some fairly big names. Knowing that Cena's days are numbered in this latest run, I'd suggest he's done a pretty good job of making others (particularly Knight) feel like a big deal. I'm still hoping that AJ Styles gets an opportunity to insert himself back into this angle at the right time.

Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was a really good match and felt like a legitimate main event. I love what they've been doing with Shin in recent months and truly hope they continue with this calculating, evil persona for him. Rollins has proven time and time again he is the Bret Hart of the modern era and can have a great match with practically anyone, so this one over-delivered on that front. I thought for sure we'd see Priest attempt to cash in on Rollins (especially given they showed that it wasn't going to happen right before match time). And honestly, I think Rollins could lose the belt tomorrow and it really wouldn't hurt his character that much...

Overall, a decent show, but not something I regretted missing live.


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