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WWE Fastlane 2015 Results
Sunday, February 22, 2015
From FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Report by Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
The show opens with a video package highlighting the main feuds heading into tonight. A good bit of time is spent on Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns and Cena vs. Rusev. There's also a bit of time spent hyping the Sting/Triple H in ring meeting happening tonight.
The pyro hits, and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. He immediately throws it to the ring for six man tag team action, as Dolph Ziggler makes his way out to the ring as the first man for his team.
Erick Rowan is out next, followed out shortly by Ryback. The good guys get a nice reaction as they make their way to the ring as a team.
Big Show is the first man out for his team, followed by Kane. The two look friendly as they wait for Seth Rollins to make his way out, flanked by J and J Security.
We get a recap of the events on Smackdown that led to this match, with Rowan, Ryback and Ziggler laid out by the five men currently making their way to the ring.
Six Man Tag Team Match
Ryback, Erick Rowan, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Big Show, Kane and Seth Rollins
After a brief hiccup, we rejoin this match in progress. Kane and Rowan are in the ring. Kane shoves Rowan into the corner and eats a back elbow, then a leaping back elbow from the middle rope. Kane pushes Rowan into the corner and tags out to Show who comes in with a series of blows to Rowan. Show whips Rowan into the corner, but runs right into a big boot. Rowan charges Show, but is tossed over the top rope. Show follows, but he's pushed into the ring post by Rowan. Rowan scares off J and J Security, but when he goes to kick Show, Show ducks and Rowan's leg connects with the ring post.
Show tosses Rowan into the ring, kicking his leg before making his way into the ring. Show drops and elbow on Rowan's leg, then does it again. Show picks up Rowan and slams him down to the mat.
Show continues to attack the leg, kicking the back of Rowan's knee before tagging out to Kane. Kane comes in and stomps away at Rowan repeatedly, driving him into the corner and continuing the assault on Rowan's leg. Kane pulls Rowan back to his own corner, then tags out to Rollins. Rollins comes in and kicks at Rowan's leg before locking Rowan in a submission hold. Rowan grabs Rollins' hair to break the hold, and he pushes Rollins away, but Rollins connects with a big boot, and a blockbuster from the middle rope for a two count.
Rollins gets in a couple more stomps before tagging out to Show, who comes in and kicks Rowan in the face. Show locks in a weird leg lock, catching Rowan in a submission in the middle of the ring. Show breaks the hold, and picks Rowan up to his feet. Show tries for a chokeslam, but Rowan counters with a DDT.
Show tags Rollins, who comes in and dropkicks Ziggler from the apron and laughs at Ryback. Rollins turns around into a big spinning back kick from Rowan. Rowan makes the tag to Ryback, who comes in and takes Rollins from corner to corner, slamming him in before connecting with a Thesz press. Ryback misses a splash, but he's able to counter a curb stomp and slam Rollins to the mat. Ryback connects with a meathook clothesline on Kane, and he almost connects with shellshock on Rollins before he's distracted by J and J. Rollins connects with a superkick, and he goes for the pin, but Ryback kicks out at two.
Rollins rolls out to the apron and goes up to the top rope, but Ryback's on his feet. Rollins leaps over Ryback and goes across the ring and to the middle rope. Ryback catches Rollins and hits the shellshock, but Show is in out of nowhere and he splashes Ryback. Both men are down.
Ryback and Rollins make the tag to Ziggler and Kane. Ziggler dropkicks Big Show, and pushes Kane into Show, knocking him from the apron. Ziggler avoids a side slam, and Ziggler connects with a superkick. Ziggler hits Rollins with the fameasser, and he mounts Kane in the corner for a series of punches. Show knocks out Ziggler from the floor, while he's on Kane in the corner, and Kane connects with a chokeslam, pinning Ziggler for three.
Winners: Kane, Seth Rollins and Big Show
The Authority celebrate after the match, and Rollins connects with a curb stomp on Ziggler. Ryback and Rowan come in and Ryback gets a double chokeslam from Show and Kane, while Rowan gets a curb stomp from Rollins. Everyone pulls Ryback into position, but they're interrupted by Randy Orton. Orton comes into the ring and hits J and J with RKO's, and he catches Rollins coming into the ring. Orton tries to hit the suspension DDT, but Show pulls him out of the ring. Orton hits Kane with an RKO, and he tosses Rollins' MITB briefcase up the entranceway. Rollins runs off through the crowd like he's seen a ghost. He runs all the way to the garage, where it looks like he's leaving the arena.
The crowd is very happy to see Orton back, and Orton is in full-on face mode, calling for cheers from the fans.
Cole, Lawler and JBL talk about the Road to WrestleMania, and how people like Orton can pop up to cause potholes. Cole talks about how this may be the situation between Goldust and Stardust, which leads to a video package highlighting the events the led to next match.
Goldust is shown backstage, and Dusty Rhodes comes in. Dusty says he's got a heavy heart about tonight's events. He knows both of his sons are dangerous, and he asks Goldust not to hurt his brother, because they both mean the world to Dusty. Goldust talks about being young and going to the matches with Cody, and how he couldn't think about anything else he wanted to do. Tonight, he's not facing Cody, he's facing Stardust. And he's got to beat him so bad, that the thought of putting on paint and a costume sickens him. He's not leaving the ring without his brother Cody. Dusty reminds him that no one needs to get hurt, and both of them mean the world to him. Dusty outright repeating himself there was pretty weird.
Stardust is the first man out to the ring, and he's not wearing his usual jumpsuit, just tights and long gloves. Stardust doesn't get much of a reaction on his way down.
Goldust is out next, and he gets a warmer reaction, but it seems like the fans might be coming down a little bit off Orton's return.
Stardust vs. Goldust
The bell rings, and both men lock up, with Goldust immediately pushing him brother into the corner, and Stardust shoving him away. Stardust shoves Goldust into the corner, and Goldust slaps Stardust. Goldust sits in the corner, as the crowd chants 'Cody', and Stardust freaks out. Goldust offers his hand, and Stardust slaps it away. Goldust locks on a headlock, but Stardust fights out of it. Goldust is able to connect with a hip toss, and both men score with an arm drag, and we get a quick stare down.
Stardust kicks Goldust in the gut, and Goldust comes back with an inverted atomic drop, and a slap. Goldust goes for a piledriver, and Stardust tries to counter, but Goldust counters again, getting Stardust in reverse DDT position, but Stardust bails to the floor. Stardust comes back into the ring, and Dream is shown watching backstage. Goldust clotheslines Stardust over the top rope and out to the floor.
Stardust heads back into the ring, going for a right, but getting outsmarted by his brother. Both men trade shots, and Goldust traps Stardust in the corner, setting up shattered dreams. Stardust is able to get out of it, but he misses with a senton into the ring. Goldust leaps off the middle rope right into a boot to the ribs from Stardust, and Stardust immediately begins stomping away at Goldust. Goldust bails to the floor, and Stardust follows, backing him into the ring apron, and kicking him in the ribs.
Stardust brings things into the ring and traps Goldust in a grapevine, wrapping his legs around Goldust's body. Goldust fights his way out of the hold with back elbows, and avoids a roll up. Stardust connects with a front suplex, tossing Goldust to the mat, then standing on his chest for a two count. Stardust chops at Goldust's chest in the corner, then whips him across the ring, getting another two count.
Stardust stomps away at Goldust, and hits him with several clubbing blows before throwing him into the corner again. Stardust asks Goldust who his Daddy is, and continues to stomp away at Goldust's chest. Stardust traps Goldust with a bear hug from behind, but Goldust fights his way out of it. Goldust goes for a back elbow out of the corner, but Stardust avoids it, and Goldust crashes to the mat.
Stardust tries for cross Rhodes, but Goldust counters with a snap mare, then a roll up, scoring a three count that was hard to hear.
A lot of the fans seem confused, along with Stardust, who's in shock. Goldust offers Stardust his hand, and Stardust shakes before heading out of the ring looking dejected.
Cole, JBL, and Lawler talk a bit about Seth Rollins, and his tendency to stir things up. They touch on Rollins talking about taking over as the host of the Daily Show, and John Stewart's response to Rollins' comments.
Goldust is shown backstage talking to Dusty. Stardust comes in and asks Goldust if they're done before slamming him into some of the equipment cases backstage. Dusty yells for Cody to stop. Stardust screams at Dusty that he killed Cody Rhodes, and so did Goldust. Stardust says he's not living in Dusty's shadow, Dusty's living in his. Stardust kicks Goldust into the equipment case before stalking off.
The Uso's are out into the arena for the next match, accompanied to the ring by Naomi.
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are out next, with Natalya fulfilling valet duties for these two.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Uso's vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
The bell rings, and it looks like Tyson and Jey will be kicking things off in this one. Kidd goes behind, but Jey is able to clamp on a head lock. Jey fights out and hits a huge forearm shot, then slams Tyson to the mat. Jimmy tags in and hits a flying forearm from the top rope after his brother hits a backbreaker. Jimmy takes Tyson into the corner and chops him repeatedly before hitting a big right hand, and a twisting dive from the top rope. Jimmy clamps on a headlock, and Cesaro makes the blind tag, hitting a chop block to take out Jimmy, then connecting with a series of knees to the back of Jimmy's knee.
Cesaro hits a big uppercut, and Jimmy tries to fight out of the hostile corner, but Tyson tags in and drops Jimmy's leg across the middle rope as he falls to the floor. Tyson gets into the ring and goes to work with an immediate submission hold before tagging out to Cesaro, who comes in with a double stomp from the middle rope to Jimmy's leg. Cesaro wrenches away, pulling Jimmy's leg at an odd angle. Jimmy tries to fight it off, hitting Cesaro with a couple of big right hands. Cesaro does a quick one legged big swing, then tags out to Tyson. Tyson comes in with a springboard legdrop to Jimmy's head, and he goes right back into a submission. Tyson breaks the hold and goes to the outside, slamming Jimmy's leg against the apron. Jimmy kicks Tyson away.
Both men make the tag, and Cesaro walks into a series of rights, and a big Samoan drop from Jey. Jey gets distracted by Kidd, and rolled up by Cesaro for two. Jey connects with an enzugiri, and a running hip thrust in the corner, but it's only enough to keep Cesaro down for two. Jey heads to the apron and up to the top rope, but Cesaro hits the ropes and crotches Jey. Cesaro tags Kidd, and suplexes Jey into the ring from the middle rope. Kidd leaps in from a springboard jump with a big kick, but he's only able to hold Jey down for two.
Kidd tries for the sharpshooter, but Jey kicks him away to the apron. Jimmy makes the blind tag, and we get a pop up Samoan drop, but Cesaro's able to break up the pin. Cesaro pulls Tyson to the apron, and Kidd kicks Jimmy in the head. Jey dives to the outside to wipe out Cesaro. Jimmy misses a baseball slide, but he pulls Kidd from the apron and hit a Samoan drop, planting Kidd into the barricade.
Jimmy gets Kidd back into the ring, and he goes to the top. Cesaro distracts Jimmy, but Jimmy fights him off. Jimmy goes for the splash, but Kidd gets his knees up, and rolls Jimmy up for two. Kidd locks in the sharpshooter, keeping Jimmy in the middle of the ring. Jey comes in with a superkick to the back of Kidd's head. Cesaro is in and he and Jey trade rights and fight to the floor. Jimmy is pinning Kidd, and he gets a two count.
Cesaro tosses Jey into the ring, and distracts Jimmy. Tyson kicks the back of Jimmy's leg, and connects with a crazy rolling suplex, following through with a pin to score the three count.
Winner and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
Cole, JBL and Lawler immediately turn their attention to the face-to-face confrontation between Sting and Triple H. We get a video package highlighting some of the work Hunter's done on the mic over the last couple of weeks to sell this confrontation.
Triple H is unsurprisingly the first man to make his way to the ring, and it looks like he's dressed for a street fight, with a leather jacket, jeans, and his fists taped up.
Hunter's got a mic, and he says last week on Raw, he was confronted by one of the greatest legends of all time, Ric Flair. Tempers flared, and things got heated. He pushed Ric, and he apologized for that, but not what he said. He stands by what he said. So he stands in the ring tonight, not as the COO, but as the heartbeat of the WWE. He stands here as the game, the King of Kings, and Sting, he is waiting for you!
The lights dim, and a video plays on the Titantron. Sting makes his way out, getting a big initial pop, but it's really shocking how quiet these fans are.
Both men stare at each other, and Hunter says let's get down to it. He says he knows why Sting is here, and he's not even mad about it, he feels sorry for Sting. Sting backed the wrong horse, all those years ago. He was a loyal soldier to WCW. Hell, he was WCW, and when the time came, Sting went down with the ship. Hunter respects that, but with guys like Hunter that made the ship go down in the first place, his legacy is putting Sting's legacy out of business. Hunter gets it, that eats away at Sting, which is why he did what he did at Survivor Series, to put him and Stephanie out of the WWE, because without them, the WWE dies. But Sting failed, but at the end of the day, Hunter guesses failure is what Sting does. But what if he could give Sting the power back. What if he could give him his legacy back. He could walk away with his head held high, and they'll do business together. He does what's best for business, and if Sting puts this behind them, his legacy will go on, and Hunter will ensure it lives forever, through the Network, DVDs, merch, action figures. In 2015, Sting will be bigger than ever before.
Hunter will even go as far as putting Sting in the Hall of Fame down the line. Sounds pretty good, right?
Sting stares at Hunter, and Hunter takes off his jacket, saying they can do it the other way. Sting can sit there with that look on his face and continue to disrespect him, and he can beat the legacy out of him. He'll be erased, like he never even existed. The choice is his, but he's not going to wait long.
Hunter says he can see Sting has made up his mind. It's funny, because Ric always said- Hunter throws a right, but he's cut off by Sting and Sting gets in a couple of shots of his own. Hunter hits Sting with the mic, and stomps away at him repeatedly before mounting and burying punches into Sting's body. Hunter goes to the outside, and goes under the ring, where he grabs a sledge hammer.
Hunter makes his way into the ring, and Sting's got a bat, which he puts right up to Hunter's throat. Hunter holds up his hands, and Sting backs him into the corner. Hunter tosses the sledge hammer to the floor, where it bounces up and down repeatedly. Sting uses the bat to point to the WrestleMania sign, and the fans go nuts. Hunter tries to make a move, and Sting backs him into the corner again, before pointing to the sign once more.
Hunter tries to talk a bit of smack, but Sting just backs him up once more, and points to the sign again. Sting goes to walk away, and Hunter runs out of the corner, only to eat a bat to the gut. Sting picks Hunter up and puts him down with the scorpion death drop. Sting points to the WrestleMania sign for the 30th time of the segment, then points out to the fans before making his way to the back. He got a heck of a pop for someone who hasn't said a word in his WWE run so far.
Daniel Bryan is shown warming up backstage, stretching out, and Cole hypes the main event of the evening. Cole talks about the Network getting ready to hit its one year anniversary, and he thanks the fans that have been with it since the beginning, as well as those who are new this month.
We get a recap of Miz TV from the pre-show, where Paul Heyman said it doesn't matter who wins tonight, because whoever wins tonight, they'll lose to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Back in the arena, Paige makes her way out for a shot at the Divas Championship, and she gets a pretty favorable reaction from the crowd.
Nikki Bella is out to the ring next, accompanied by her sister Brie. The Bella's don't get much of a pop out of the fans.
WWE Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella vs. Paige
The bell rings, and Paige spears Nikki and takes her to the mat immediately, drilling her with rights. Nikki bails to the floor, and Paige runs after her, chasing her back into the ring. Paige wraps Nikki up in the ropes and hits her with a knee to the chest, but Nikki pushes Paige off the apron and to the floor. Nikki tosses Paige into the barricade, then brings things back into the ring for a near fall.
Nikki wrenches Paige's neck, pulling her chin back hard. Paige fights out of the hold, but she's planted to the mat with an Alabama slam. Nikki goes for the pin, but only gets two. Nikki kicks Paige in the back, but still can't keep her down for three. Nikki buries her shoulder in Paige's midsection in the corner, but runs right into a big boot. Paige rolls Nikki back into the corner, hitting her head on the bottom turbuckle. Paige takes Nikki to the mat, and both women get near falls. Paige tries for the rampage, but Nikki fights out. Paige scores with a big kick to Nikki's face, but she still kicks out at two.
Paige sends Nikki into the corner, and Nikki kicks her away. Nikki heads to the top, but she's stopped by Paige. Paige heads up after Nikki, but Nikki sunset flips over Paige and powerbombs her to the mat for another two count.
Paige comes back, locking up Nikki's legs, but she can't quite get her arms for the PTO. Nikki makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Nikki is able to slam Paige's head into the turnbuckle, and roll her up for a quick three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion
Paige argues that Nikki held her tights, but it's not really as blatant as the announcers make it out to be.
Cole talks about the Oscars, and how Cameron and Eva Marie from Total Divas are at the Oscars tonight. Cole then confirms that Triple H and Sting will face off at WrestleMania.
Dean Ambrose is the first man to make his way out to the ring for the next match. Ambrose gets a nice response from the fans in attendance.
Bad News Barrett is out next, and Barrett gets a decent reaction as well, but the fans are definitely on Ambrose's side in this one.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose
The bell rings, and we get a lock up right away. Barrett backs Ambrose into the corner, and we get a mostly clean break. Barrett kicks away at Ambrose. Ambrose ducks a clothesline, and scores with a flying clothesline. Ambrose sends Barrett into the ropes, and Barrett bails to the floor. Barrett makes his way into the ring, and falls to a shoulder block. Ambrose drops an elbow, and gets a one count. Ambrose kicks at Barrett in the corner, then rakes his forearm across Barrett's face. Ambrose heads to the top, but Barrett catches him with a big boot that sends him falling to the floor.
Barrett follows to the floor and slams Ambrose's head into the ring steps before bringing things back into the ring. Barrett hangs Ambrose up in the corner and hits him with some clubbing blows to the back before kicking him in the chest. Barrett traps Ambrose in a rear chin lock, but Ambrose is quick to fight his way out of it. Barrett comes right back with a big boot that sends Ambrose falling out to the floor.
Barrett backs Ambrose into the ring apron, then tries to toss him back into the ring. Ambrose pops right back out to the floor, and lays Barrett out with a huge clothesline. Both men make their way back into the ring where Ambrose heads to the top. Barrett charges in, but Ambrose catches Barrett with a boot to the gut, and he connects with a tornado DDT. Ambrose punches Barrett repeatedly before hitting him with running forearms, and a bulldog out of the corner.
Ambrose heads to the top, but leaps over Barrett. Ambrose avoids a black hole slam, and catches Barrett with a knee to the gut, and a dropkick to the chest. Ambrose heads to the top rope and flies off with an elbow to Barrett's heart while he's standing.
Barrett shoulders Ambrose, but Ambrose fights his way out. Ambrose tries for the rebound lariat, but Barrett is able to connect with wasteland. Barrett pins Ambrose, but he kicks out at two! Barrett sets up for the bullhammer elbow, but Ambrose counters with a roll up. Ambrose is able to connect with the rebound lariat, but Barrett fights off dirty deeds.
Barrett heads to the floor and grabs the title, but Ambrose dives to the outside to wipe out Barrett. Ambrose brings things back into the ring, but Barrett bails right to the outside again, trying to leave through the crowd. Ambrose slams him into the ring steps and brings things back into the ring again. Barrett tries to leave the ring, but Ambrose stomps away at him in the corner. The official ends up throwing out the match, apparently because Ambrose wouldn't stop stomping on Barrett in the corner. Ambrose continues the assault, before he's pushed away be the referee.
Winner by DQ and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett
Ambrose grabs the belt and asks Barrett why he's running. Ambrose drops the belt, and hits dirty deeds, planting Barrett on the title.
Ambrose grabs the title before he leaves the ring, and he teases the referee with it before heading toward the back with the belt in hand.
Roman Reigns is shown taping up his fists backstage while the announcers hype the main event. They wonder what's going through both men's minds. JBL says he's got to fight for the prize tonight.
The lights go down, and druids make their way into the arena holding torches. Michael Cole is freaking out and JBL says, 'It's him'.
The iconic gong sounds, and people go nuts. A casket is rolled out by two druids, and there may be more to this than what appears.
The casket is rolled right up to the ring, and when it's opened, Bray Wyatt sits up with a smile on his face. There's a wicked feeling in the air tonight, can you feel it?
Wyatt says he'll never forget the first time he saw him. His eyes were so cold, and behind them was nothing but darkness, and Wyatt feared him. But now, he's become just like everyone else. Weak, and broken. Just a shell of what he once was. His obsession with sympathy has turned a monster into a mere mortal, and now his soul is lost, stuck in limbo between your world and ours. But Wyatt thinks it's time for him to go home. His mission is clear.
He knows you can hear him. He knows you're listening, and he wants him to know he doesn't fear him anymore. He's pain, he's suffering. He's Bray Wyatt, the new face of fear. And at WrestleMania, he'll claim the soul of the Undertaker. Wyatt throws back his head and laughs before laying down in the coffin and having the lid closed.
The expert panel is shown, and they're completely stunned. Renee Youn is joined by Booker T, Cory Graves, and Byron Saxton. Graves says Wyatt's out of his mind. Byron says on one hand it takes gusto, but he doesn't think Bray knows what he's getting into. Booker says he hopes that if Wyatt thinks Taker is broken because of his match last year, he better think again. They all say when the music hit, they all had chills. Renee says coming up next will be the United States Championship match, throwing it right to a video package that highlights the events leading to this match, including Cena being called 'the past' by Triple H.
Rusev is the first man to make his way out for the match, and the United States Champion is accompanied by Lana as he makes his way to the ring waving a Russian flag on his way down the aisle.
John Cena is out next, and Cena gets a much more positive reaction than he usually does. This crowd is nowhere near the 50/50 split we usually hear.
WWE United States Championship Match
Rusev vs. John Cena
We get formal ring introductions from someone that's not Lillian Garcia, who I don't know off the top of my head. It's nice to give a little prestige to the US Title.
The bell rings and Rusev kicks at Cena's legs, and both men stare each other down. Rusev tests Cena with another kick, and Cena lands a huge right hand before trapping Rusev in a rear chin lock. Rusev flips Cena over and hits him with a quick kick to the midsection. Rusev takes it to Cena in the corner with a series of strikes before choking Cena with his foot. Cena fights back with a series of right hands, but Rusev comes back with a spinning back back to wipe out Cena for a two count. Rusev grabs Cena's arm and kicks him in the ribs repeatedly.
Rusev backs up and splashes Cena in the corner, but still only gets a two count. Cena grabs the ropes to pull himself up on the apron, and Rusev hits the ropes, launches Cena into the barricade on the floor. Rusev brings things back into the ring for another near fall.
Rusev looks frustrated, and turns around into a dropkick from Cena. Rusev returns the favor with a huge dropkick of his own that's good for another near fall. Rusev hits Cena with a big right hand, and Cena takes down Rusev with a spear, and a series of right hands. Cena hits a shoulder tackle, but when he goes for a second, Rusev catches him and hits a fall away slam that's good for two.
Rusev drops an elbow, and then another to the chest of Cena, then a third. Rusev goes for the pin, but only gets two. Cena pulls himself to his feet and hits Rusev with a couple of punches, but Rusev catches Cena with a back elbow, and goes right for an arm-trap rear chin lock.
Cena fights up to his feet, and he struggles to break the hold, getting kicked in the gut by Rusev. Cena blocks a suplex attempt by Rusev, and reverses with one of his own. Both men are slow to get to their feet. Cena ducks a clothesline, and connects with a giant one of his own. Cena shoulders Rusev, but Rusev fights out of it, hitting Cena with a DDT. Rusev rolls Cena over for a cover, getting two.
Rusev splashes Cena in the corner, backing up and splashing him and second and third time. Rusev covers Cena for another two count, slamming his fists on the mat in frustration. Rusev looks down at Cena as Cena pulls himself up using Rusev for support. Cena scores with a series of lefts and rights, two shoulder tackles, a belly to back suplex, and a five knuckle shuffle. Cena shoulders Rusev, but Rusev fights out of it and connects with a superkick for a short two count.
Rusev goes for a big stomp, but Cena fights out and tries for the STF. Rusev fights out, and connects with a giant swinging slam, putting Cena down for another two count. Rusev charges Cena in the corner and runs into a big boot. Cena leaps off the middle rope with a tornado DDT that puts Rusev down for a two count.
Both men get to their feet and trade right hands. Cena ducks a clothesline and shoulders Rusev. Rusev fights out of it and goes to slam Cena, but Cena counters into the STF in the middle of the ring.
Rusev breaks the hold by powering out of it, then he plants Cena with the Alabama slam, good enough for another two count. Rusev drops a series of elbows across Cena's back, but when he goes to stomp Cena, Cena turns it around into the STF. Rusev teases tapping out, but he grabs the rope and forces Cena to break the hold.
Both men are slow to get to their feet, and when they do, Cena shoulders Rusev again, but Rusev fights out, kicks Cena in the ribs, and then the side of the head. Rusev misses a superkick and Cena shoulders Rusev and connects with the AA, pinning Rusev for two!
Cena picks himself up on the apron and heads to the top rope. Cena leaps off the top rope and Rusev catches him, planting him with a powerbomb. Rusev traps Cena in the accolade, wrenching back.
Cena attempts to break the hold, but Rusev fights him at every turn. Cena stands with Rusev on his back, and Lana's in the ring with the distraction. Rusev low blows Cena, and hits a superkick to Cena's face. Rusev traps Cena in the accolade again, and the ref is forced to call for the bell as Cena has been knocked out.
Winner and STILL WWE US Champion: Rusev
Doctors are in the ring checking on Cena as Rusev makes his way to the back with his title, and Lana.
Cena shakes off the doctors, preferring to walk to the back on his own, and waving them off.
The WWE Fastlane kick-off panel is shown, and Renee Young runs down some of the bigger results of the night. Corey Graves says he's shocked by Rusev. Booker says he's not surprised, Rusev had a better gameplan. Byron says Cena should be commended. You hate to see how that match ended. Graves says he didn't give up, but that's a loss by submission. Renee Young hypes the main event, once again throwing it to a video package highlighting how Roman Reigns came to put his WrestleMania title shot on the line, and how Daniel Bryan has reacted since qualifying to face Reigns tonight.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring first, coming out through the crowd, who give him a nice reaction as he hops over the barricade and into the ring.
Daniel Bryan is out next, and of course he gets a nice big pop, probably the biggest of the night for someone in a match (i.e. not including Sting and Orton).
#1 Contendership Match
Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
The bell rings, and Bryan and Reigns circle each other for a bit before locking up. Roman backs Bryan into the corner, but we get a clean break. There's actually dueling chants for both men. Bryan avoids being backed into the corner again and pats Reigns on the back.
Bryan clamps on a side headlock, and Reigns tries to break it but Bryan hangs on. Reigns gets in a couple of shots to Bryan's kidneys, but Bryan still hangs on to the hold. Reigns finally powers out and into a headlock of his own. Bryan fights it off and Reigns hits a shoulder block. Bryan rolls up Reigns for two, then hits a drop toe hold, and he sets Reigns up in the surfboard. Reigns powers out of that as well, sending Bryan across the ring by flexing his legs.
Bryan kicks Reigns in the chest, and tries to his an run, but Reigns catches him in the corner with a huge right hand, then a series of stomps in the corner. Bryan backflips over Reigns out of the corner, but he falls victim to a tilt-a-whirl slam, and a clothesline over the top rope. Reigns follows to the outside and slams Bryan into the barricade, ring apron, and barricade once more.
Reigns brings things back into the ring where Bryan connects with a couple of big kicks to the back of Reigns' leg. Bryan traps Reigns' legs, but Reigns breaks the hold with a huge forearm. Reigns tries for a suplex, but Bryan reverses out of it and hits a couple of big uppercuts before being hung on the top rope. Reigns hits a bit flying clothesline, but then runs right into a drop toe hold. Bryan goes for a dropkick, but Reigns pops up and hits a giant clothesline that's good for a two count.
Reigns traps Bryan in a pumphandle suplex, hitting three without letting Bryan out of the posture. Reigns hits his signature single leg dropkick on the ring apron, but back in the ring, Bryan avoids the superman punch with a giant kick to the ribs.
Bryan knees Reigns repeatedly in the corner until he's backed away by the ref. Bryan kicks at Reigns, then backs away and connects with a running dropkick, then a second, and third. Bryan kicks Reigns in the chest before seating him on the top turnbuckle. Bryan hits Reigns with a couple of rights, but Reigns counters a top rope hurricanrana with a powerbomb off the top. Reigns goes for the pin, but Bryan's able to kick out at two.
Reigns hits Bryan with a series of clotheslines in the corner, the he seats Bryan on the top rope and connects with a huge right hand. Reigns follows up after Bryan and tries for a superplex, but Bryan drops down to the mat and crotches Reigns. Bryan stands on the top with Reigns and hits a belly to back superplex, but it's still not enough for a three count. Bryan clamps on the yes lock, but Reigns makes it to the ropes to force Bryan to break the hold.
Reigns bails to the outside, and Bryan dives through the ropes to the outside to wipe out Reigns twice. The third time Bryan tries, Reigns catches him and hits a huge belly to belly suplex launching him to the floor. Bryan stands and avoids a spear from Reigns that sends Reigns crashing into the steel ring steps.
Both men beat the count, and Bryan heads to the top rope. Bryan leaps off the top, right into a superman punch from Reigns. Reigns goes for the pin, but Bryan kicks out. Reigns waits for Bryan to stand and he charges right into a small package for two. Bryan kicks Roman square in the face, then connects with the flying knee, but Reigns kicks out at two.
Bryan pulls himself up to his feet and begins kicking Reigns in the chest and arm. Bryan winds up and goes for one more, but Reigns catches his foot. Bryan slaps Reigns, but Reigns grabs his arm. Bryan ends up countering into the yes lock in the middle of the ring. Reigns struggles, and breaks the submission, hitting a series of huge forearms to Bryan's face.
Bryan clamps on a triangle choke, but Reigns picks up Bryan and slams him down with a powerbomb. Both men are down, but manage to beat the count, kicking and punching each other from a seated position. Bryan connects with a huge kick to the side of the head, and he waits for Reigns to stand. Bryan runs right into a giant spear, and Reigns pins Bryan for three.
Winner and going on to WrestleMania to face Brock Lesnar: Roman Reigns