WWE Fastlane Results
Sunday, February 21, 2016
From the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
Report by Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Welcome to the 2016 WWE Fastlane Kickoff!
Renee Young welcomes us to the Kickoff as fans file into the Quicken Loans Arena. She is joined at the panel by Booker T, Jerry Lawler, and Corey Graves. Corey urges us to use #WWEFastlane to join the conversation. Jerry heels it up by asking Renee if she got her dress on clearance.
Renee asks what could be going through the heads of the competitors tonight. Booker says that making it to Fastlane is the hardest part, with all the injuries lately. Jerry can't wait for "Brother vs. Brother vs. Beast." Corey is most excited for the Divas Championship match, and thinks it might steal the show.
Meanwhile, Rich Brennan is in the Social Media Lounge. He announces he'll have a Q&A with AJ Styles later in the Kickoff. Use #AJStyles to send in your questions.
Back at the panel, Renee notes that we'll have a 2-out-of-3 falls match between Kalisto and Alberto Del Rio in a few minutes. Jerry says it'll be easy for Del Rio to regain the title, because "bigger is better." He says Kalisto is so short, his mask smells like feet. Booker says Kalisto has consistently been Del Rio's biggest challenge. Corey thinks Del Rio is just using mind games when he says Kalisto's wins have been flukes. Corey picks Kalisto, Jerry picks Del Rio, and Booker picks Kalisto.
The conversation shifts to the Divas Championship Match between Charlotte and Brie Bella. A recap of Daniel Bryan's retirement and Nikki Bella's surgery airs. Booker says Brie will have to block out plenty of distractions tonight. Ric Flair may be a factor tonight. Brie told Renee that she'll be wearing Bryan's kickpads from WrestleMania tonight, but Booker doesn't think that will help her. Corey says you never know what the Flairs may have up their sleeves tonight, so Charlotte will walk out as champion. Renee announces that Paul Heyman will be joining them later in the show as we head to commercial.
Back from commercial, Paul Heyman is seated at the panel. Renee asks how Brock Lesnar is preparing. Heyman says it's like any other big-money fight. He's prepared to conquer Reigns and Ambrose. Renee notes that Brock need not even be involved in the finish, but Heyman assures us that Brock will be the focus of the match. Reigns and Ambrose will have to deal with that. Heyman hopes that they start the match as a handicap match, because that means one person has to eventually betray the other. Heyman thinks he should be talking about Lesnar vs. Triple H already. Jerry says Heyman is reprehensible, but he's telling the truth about what will happen tonight. Corey agrees.
The conversation shifts to The New Day/Edge & Christian segment. Jerry says music and wrestling don't go together, and if you don't believe him, ask Tiny Tim. Renee asks how they'll keep the booty dancing PG, but Corey notes that they're on the WWE Network.
Up next is discussion of the Intercontinental Championship Match between Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler. Backstage, JoJo asks Ziggler how confident he is tonight. Ziggler says confidence has never been an issue with him. Ziggler's beaten Owens over the past few weeks, but Owens stole a win on Raw. Ziggler says if Owens is gonna be Owens, why shouldn't Dolph go out there and be Dolph? He's gonna do what he does best and steal the show. Renee notes that we're in Ziggler's hometown. Jerry says family and friends might mean a lot to him, but Owens is an opportunist. Booker says Ziggler needs to focus on stealing the match tonight against Owens.
Mauro Ranallo, alongside Byron Saxton and JBL, welcomes us to ringside as Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the ring. Kalisto is out next as Lilian Garcia does in-ring introductions.
2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the United States Championship: Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio works Kalisto into the corner and tries in vain to pull off Kalisto's mask. Del Rio wrenches Kalisto's arm and slams him into the mat before tossing him into the corner. A kick continues to work Kalisto's arm, ripping a piece off the t op of Kalisto's mask. Del Rio goes for a series of mounted punches but Kalisto slips out. Del Rio maintains control by whipping Kalisto into a corner. A second Irish whip attempt sends Kalisto sliding under the bottom rope. Del Rio chases him back into the ring, where Kalisto lands a hurricanrana for a quick pin attempt. Del Rio rolls outside and Kalisto lands a plancha from the top rope. Del Rio takes control, slamming Kalisto into the apron before slamming him into the ring steps. Kalisto is thrown back in for a pin attempt. Del Rio lands a snap suplex, sending Kalisto out of the ring. Del Rio follows, throwing him into the barricade. Del Rio breaks the count and tries to run Kalisto into the post, but Kalisto counters, tossing him back into the ring for a one-count. Del Rio rolls back out, and Kalisto pushes him into the barricade. Kalisto climbs the barricade and lands a hurricanrana, sending Del Rio over the corner barricade. Kalisto jumps back onto the barricade but Del Rio grabs a chair and smacks him in midair.
Winner of the first fall, via disqualification: Kalisto
The referee tends to Kalisto until Del Rio lands a running kick. Del Rio slams Kalisto repeatedly into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Del Rio demands the bell ring to begin the second fall. Kalisto gets to his feet using the turnbuckle. Del Rio charges and Kalisto gets a boot up. Del Rio tosses his foot to the apron and, while he's hung up, double stomps his chest to the mat for the three-count.
Winner of the first fall: Alberto Del Rio
Kalisto rolls out of the ring, and Del Rio follows. The referee demands Del Rio return to the ring as Kalisto gets up. Back in the ring, the third fall begins with a clothesline from Del Rio, which gets a two-count. Del Rio sets Kalisto up on the turnbuckle and tries to pull off his mask. Del Rio lands a kick with Kalisto in the tree of woe before climbing the turnbuckle. He signals for the double stomp, but Kalisto fights out with a frankensteiner. Kalisto climbs up on the apron and lands a springboard seated senton followed by a springboard corkscrew. Kalisto lands a spike hurricanrana for a two-count. Del Rio lands a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Kalisto reels in the corner as Del Rio charges, but Kalisto lifts a boot to Del Rio's face and lands a hurricanrana DDT for another near-fall. Kalisto climbs to the top rope, but Del Rio stops him and sets up the tree of woe again. He stomps him before landing a reverse superplex. The momentum sends Kalisto out of the ring. Del Rio grabs a chair, but decides against it. He sets Kalisto in a tree of woe on the barricade and lands a double stomp. The referee begins the count. The referee gets to 9, but Kalisto makes it in. Del Rio, incensed, stomps Kalisto and puts him back into a tree of woe on the turnbuckle. Kalisto dodges his double stomp and attempts the Salida Del Sol. In mid-air, his momentum reverses, sending Del Rio face-first into the turnbuckle. Kalisto takes advantage, rolling Del Rio up to win the third fall.
Winner of the first fall, and still United States Champion: Kalisto
Kalisto celebrates up the ramp as we go to The Social Media Lounge. Rich Brennan is with AJ Styles. The first question asks how it feels to be in WWE. AJ says he's proud of what he's done worldwide, but he's solidifying his legacy here. The next question asks what the crowd reaction at the Royal Rumble felt like. He says it was mind-blowing. He wanted it, but he never expected. He's glad he has the opportunity to stand in a WWE ring. The next question asks if a particular wrestler inspired him as a kid to become what he is today. Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions inspired him by not being the biggest guy, but still making phenomenal things happen on the field. As for wrestlers, Sting is his #1 inspiration. The last question asks how wrestling in WWE compares to wrestling around the world. AJ says it's like baseball. He played in the minor leagues, he played in Japan, but nothing compares to the MLB, the major leagues.
Back at the panel, Renee brings up the main event tonight. Booker says Roman and Dean are going to have to put family aside at one point, and tonight may be the night. Jerry says The Beast will be taking it tonight. Corey says Triple H wants what's best for business, and Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H is best for business. Booker wants Dean Ambrose to pull out a win tonight. Renee considers what it would be like for this crowd to see Ambrose win. With that, the Kickoff comes to a close.