WWE pulled the proverbial rabbit out of their hat with Fastlane 2018. It’s a show that I’m sure even the most diehard fan was expecting to plod through the motions on the Road To WrestleMania, but it didn’t. While some of the results were more than a tad predictable as the Grandest Stage Of Them All’s card starts to take shape, the action served up certainly made for a great evening of wrestling.
I know what you’re immediately saying: “But Ross, how can you say such a thing when the Bludgeon Brothers robbed us of what was turning into yet another classic between The Usos and The New Day?” Simple. They gained heat – an all too rare occurrence these days – and gave the main event scene within the SmackDown Live a true sense of purpose and direction for the first time in a long time.
As for the rest of the card, it was just a bloody good show all around. Nakamura vs. Rusev had its moments, likewise with the women’s tag team match. Ruby Riott proved that she can go with the best of them in her match with Charlotte, while Bobby Roode and Randy Orton served up a solid affair with the United States Championship on the line.
As for the main event, well that was filled to the brim with what Broken Matt Hardy would call ‘Spot Monkeys,’ and I loved it. The climax of that match had me reaching for a packet of cigarettes and I don’t even smoke!
Here are 10 must-see moments from Fastlane 2018 – and I apologise to any good bits from the pre-show that should be on this list but aren’t. I simply didn’t see you so couldn’t possibly include you among the elite.
10. MACHKA KICK!
As WWE continue to book Rusev in a weird phase of ‘kind of heel but a little bit babyface too’ he came within inches of defeating WrestleMania 34 main eventer Shinsuke Nakamura in a moment that was as beautiful as it was brutal.
Just look at the way the force of that Machka Kick forces the King of Strong Style’s body to contort in mid-air, causing him to land on the side of his face. Could you imagine if Shinsuke overrotated the landing a degree or two more and was forced out of ‘Mania by the Lion of Bulgaria? WRESTLEMANIA WOULD HAVE BEEN RUSEV DAY! It still will be Rusev Day but a little bit less than it would have been if Nakamura hurt himself…
I’m sad now… but this moment was still fantastic all the same.