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WWE Fastlane 2021 2021 . Results. full recap and match ratings

WWE Fastlane 2021 2021 . Results. full recap and match ratings

WWE Fastlane 2021 WWE Fastlane 2021 match Results, : full and ratings recap

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 02:00:00 +0000

Roman Reigns retains his Universal Championship

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Roman Reigns pinned Daniel Bryan after Edge hit Bryan with two chair shots

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Bryan had inadvertently hit 

Reigns pins Bryan after interference from Edge.

The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 2021 is in the books, and the last event to air on the WWE Network, is in the books.

As expected, Fastlane was a one-match show.

There was some filler, two solid matches and one awful segment, but in the end Fastlane delivered thanks to the outstanding Roman Reigns versus Daniel Bryan main event.

That match saw Reigns defeat Bryan via pinfall, with the help of Edge.

Edge was special enforcer and, once the referee was taken out, acted as stand-in referee.

After Bryan accidentally hit Edge with a chair, Edge returned the favor by hitting Bryan twice — just as Bryan was making Reigns tap.

The Seth Rollins versus Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus versus Drew McIntyre matches were also strong, but the main event was the only truly remarkable thing on the card.

The Randy Orton/Alexa Bliss “match” led to The Fiend returning, as expected, and was truly terrible, as expected.

Roman Reigns pinned Daniel Bryan after Edge hit Bryan with two chair shots.

Bryan had inadvertently hit Edge, who was acting as referee, with the chair earlier in the match.

With Edge and the ref down, Bryan had Reigns tapping in the Yes Lock.

Edge interrupted it with a chair shot, leading to reigns victory.

It was an absolutely stellar match, even if the ending was less so.

It started slow, with Bryan frustrating Reigns by outwrestling him.

Reigns would muscle Bryan, Bryan would counter and slip out.

It started an excellent dynamic for the match. 

It was perfectly paced, starting out more methodical and working into action-packed back and forth.

Eventually, Bryan went for his signature running knee but Reigns moved, resulting in Bryan clocking the referee.

That led to Edge, who was special enforcer, coming in to act as referee.

Reigns hit a spear for a two count.

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Bryan had Reigns in the Yes Lock multiple times, with him promising on SmackDown to tap Reigns out.

On one occassion, Jey Uso hit the ring and superkicked both Bryan and Edge.

He then brought a chair into the mix, but was then taken out by Bryan.

Bryan then tried to hit Reigns with the chair, but Reigns moved and Bryan accidentally hit Edge.

Reigns then went for a spear but Bryan countered it into a Yes Lock.

After a dramatic few moments, Reigns tapped out.

But Edge broke the submission up with a chair shot.

He then hit Reigns with a chair, and then hit Bryan once more.

He yelled at both, then left the ring like a madman.

Roman then pinned Bryan.

Rating: 4.5 stars.

The match had some flaws, like how it overused the “Reigns moves and Edge/the ref is taken out” spot, and there was a little too much intereference.

Plus, the ending will only make sense if it leads to a Triple Threat at WrestleMania.

Edge acted like a heel, which is crazy to me that WWE would make the returning hero look so unlikeable.

If we get a Triple Threat with Bryan as the babyface it kind of makes sense (but still mostly doesn’t), but this will be terrible creative if it ends up Edge versus Reigns one-on-one. 

With all of that said — this match ruled.

Alexa Bliss pinned Randy Orton after The Fiend climbed out from under the ring and hit Orton with a Sister Abigail.

As expected, it was awful. 

As Orton was doing his entrance, posing on the turnbuckle, Orton started coughing up blood.

The announcers wondered aloud how this might affect his performance.

Off to a bad start.

Alexa Bliss makes her entrance, and the match begins by her summoning a wall of fire.

Off to a 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 start…#WWEFastlane @AlexaBliss_WWE @RandyOrton pic.twitter.com/Zi36HPoSGA

HOW?!#WWEFastlane @AlexaBliss_WWE pic.twitter.com/0N0j5Nbg1l

Out of the ashes …

THE FIEND HAS EMERGED?! #WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/eu0jfo031V

Orton then runs into the turnbuckle, like an idiot and unlike a 14-time world champion.

Alexa then magically makes a set of lights drop right in front of Orton as he’s stalking her.

Back in the ring, there’s more fire stuff.

Then The Fiend’s charred hand emerges from the ring, he climbs out, looking disgusting, and then hits Sister Abigail for the finish.

Rating: Bad.

The match was exactly what you’d expect: McIntyre and Sheamus beat the hell out of each other, and then McIntyre won.

How much you’d like it depends on how much you like physical brawling, since the match was mostly that.

McIntyre came out with Braveheart-style Scottish makeup.

The first weapon introduced to this No Holds Barred match was the Kendo stick, which both men duly used to pound the crap out of each other.

Sheamus also used it to choke McIntyre, then McIntyre used it to try and gouge out Sheamus’ eye.

Pretty gnarly. 

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WE’VE GOT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 in the #WWEThunderDome!#WWEFastlane #NoHoldsBarred @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/OJXX5JvkhR

WHITE NOISE THROUGH THE TABLE.

There truly are #NoHoldsBarred in this war between @WWESheamus and @DMcIntyreWWE! #WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/nskc3zNYJd

The man who will challenge @fightbobby for the #WWEChampionship at #WrestleMania stands taller than ever tonight.#WWEFastlane @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/NEakAVAdNp

They then fought to the outside, and battled in the ThunderDome area in between monitors.

I personally zoned out here, since there’s a lot of generic striking and throwing each other into things.

There were some definite high spots though, like when McIntyre tossed Sheamus through some ThunderDome monitors, causing some pyro to go off.

Later, Sheamus hit a White Noise through the announce table.

Sheamus then took a part of the annouce table into the ring to try and kill McIntyre with it, but he was countered and McIntyre got the Futureshock DDT, slamming Sheamus’ head into the table part.

Then it was Claymore Kick, 1-2-3.

Rating: 3.5 stars. These two worked very hard, and smashed each other to bits.

But some of the action was plodding, and the stifness was undermined by the fact that McIntyre’s victory was never really in doubt. 

In by far the best match so far, Seth Rollins defeated Shinsuke Nakamura with a curb stomp.

The result came as no shock, since Rollins is on course for a clash with Cesaro at WrestleMania, yet the two wrestled well enough to make the bout compelling regardless.

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We may be in the FASTLANE, but let’s take a slower look at this one.#WWEFastlane @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/uirU5Z1W0v

The vision tonight? A @WWERollins VICTORY over @ShinsukeN.

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Rollins took much of the opening minutes, but the tide was turned when he tried to mock Cesaro by giving Nakamura a Giant Swing.

Nakamura countered it into a Triangle Choke attempt, and then began fighting back.

From there, it became a fun back-and-forth contest.

Nakamura countered a buckle bomb into a Falcon Arrow, Rollins counted a Kinsasha into a buckle bomb.

Rating: 3.5 stars. The match would have benefited from an extra couple of minutes, as the pinfall came just as it was getting great.

Braun Strowman was scheduled to face Shane McMahon, but an alleged leg injury put McMahon on the shelf.

Instead, McMahon tricked Elias into taking his place against the Monster Among Men.

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Simple match.

Elias got a DDT and an elbow drop on Strowman over the course of about five minutes, but other than that it was all Strowman.

He dominated Elias, and also bulldozed Jason Ricker on the outside.

He got the pin following a powerslam.

I expected McMahon to ambush Strowman after the match, revealing his injury to be fake, but there was no such angle.

Rating: 1 star.

More of a Raw segment than a pay-per-view match.

Big E defeated Apollo Crows with a very awkward, possibly-botched rollup after a short but intense match.

This feud is clearly headed to WrestleMania, as the short, indecisive contest was followed by Crews attacking, slapping and insulting Big E.

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The match opened strong.

The story leading into it had Big E apoplectic, threatening to destroy Crews and bulldoze his house.

No chill from Big E going in, and E starting explosive by hitting his signature spear through the ropes.

He then trash talked Crews as he beat him down on the apron.

In essence, unlike too many performers, Big E was actually wrestling like he had a grudge.

It was good stuff.

Big E Bringing Back The 5 Count Gimmick I See.

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Finish was so lame they didn’t bother showing a replay, and you can’t rewind on Peacock.

Crews then cut him off by attacking E’s injured leg.

But before the match could get into a third gear, it came to an end.

Crews got a small package on Big E, but Big E reversed it to get the pin.

It sounds much better on paper than in practice though, as the refereee started three counts for two pinfall attempts, and not even the announcers could explain what happened.

They didn’t even try, and no replay was shown.

Rating: 2 stars. Bad finish, but the fiery action is hopefully auspicious for a WrestleMania encounter.

The Women’s Tag Team Championship match between Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler on one side and Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks on the other opened the show.

It was decent action, though not exceptional, but with booking that ultimately made the Banks versus Belair storyline less compelling.

The match had a basic structure: Plenty of action to begin with, long heat on Belair in the middle and a flurry towards the end.

The finish itself was also formulaic WWE: Banks had Baszler in the Banks Statement, Jax pushed Belair onto Banks to breakup the hold, Banks got mad at Belair and, as the two squabbled, was rolled up for the pin by Baszler.

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Again, there was good action here.

Belair’s wrestling with Baszler earlier in the match was great, ending with Baszler hitting a wicked knee to Belair’s chin.

Later, Sasha’s hot tag was creative and fiery, a reminder how of fun she is to watch.

And there was a nice false finish when Belair hit a 450 Splash only to have the pinfall broken up by Reginald, who’s now in a love angle with Jax.

But ultimately, the storyline made Banks look silly, getting mad at Belair even though it was Nia Jax who pushed Belair onto Banks.

It also made Banks look incompetent, when her distraction led to being pinned.

And after the match the two had a showdown that ended with Banks calling Belair a rookie before slapping her.

Belair took the slap and pointed to the WrestleMania sign.

Rating: 2.5 stars.

The build to Banks versus Belair at WrestleMania has been weak so far.

With the tag team red herring now climaxed, hopefully the creative picks up between now and WrestleMania.

The kickoff show bout saw Riddle defend his US Championship against Mustafa Ali.

It was a strong match, which will come as no surprise to anyone who saw the pair’s previous bouts on Raw.

In the end, Riddle pinned Ali with a BroDerick off the top rope.

After the match, Retribution turned on Ali.

Apparently tired with Ali’s failure, Mace and T-Bar double chokeslammed the now former leader of the faction.

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HIGH JUSTICE for @AliWWE.

Now THIS is what you call #RETRIBUTION!#WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/Lex6q65khP

A solid match and a faction breakup angle.

Good stuff — but it says a lot about what WWE thinks of Riddle and Retribution that this was on the Kickoff Show.

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Standing out above all else was the main event between universal champion Roman Reigns and challenger Daniel Bryan with Edge as the special enforcer at 

Despite a rocky start to WWE Fastlane that saw the show get off to a stumble more than a sprint, the back end of the show delivered two high-quality matches featuring several men who will anchor April’s WrestleMania 37 event.

Standing out above all else was the main event between universal champion Roman Reigns and challenger Daniel Bryan with Edge as the special enforcer at ringside.

Edge had already secured his spot challenging for the universal title at WrestleMania after winning the Royal Rumble.

While his issues with Reigns were already established, Edge has seen tensions rise with Bryan during recent editions of SmackDown.

This led to a shocking finish to the main event that will likely change the entire complexion of one of the featured bouts on the biggest weekend of the year for professional wrestling.

CBS Sports was with you all night, bringing you recaps, grades and highlights for all the action from the ThunderDome inside St.

Petersburg, Florida’s Tropicana Field.

United States Championship — Riddle (c) vs.

Mustafa Ali: Retribution was, of course, ringside in support of Ali for the match.

After a fast start for Riddle, Ali countered a senton with a kick to the neck, putting the champ on the defensive.

Ali continued to work over the neck and shoulder area of Riddle, but Ali tweaked his own knee in a flurry of offense.

Riddle exploded with a big chain of moves, including a powerbomb and a Final Flash knee strike, but Ali again countered Riddle’s attempt to fly, getting his knees up to block a Floating Bro.

After a series of counters from both men, a Koji Clutch almost won the match for Ali.

Riddle managed to escape before eventually hitting Bro Derek from the second rope to retain his title. 

One of the better Kickoff matches in recent memory with a really well thought out match that showed off the best of both men.

After the match, Ali again ran down Retribution, but Reckoning walked off, followed by Slapjack.

T-Bar and Mace then laid out Ali with a double-team chokebomb.

Riddle def.

Mustafa Ali via pinfall to retain the title.

Grade: B

HIGH JUSTICE for @AliWWE.

Now THIS is what you call #RETRIBUTION!#WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/Lex6q65khP

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs.

Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks: The champions had trouble getting on the same page, arguing early with Jax even tagging herself in when Baszler had an early advantage.

Jax and Baszler started to get rolling once it became clear that Banks and Belair were willing to work as a team.

Belair hit a 450 splash on Baszler but Reginald jumped on the ring apron to provide a distraction.

Banks locked Baszler in the Banks Statement moments later and Belair jumped in the ring to keep Jax from breaking the hold, but Jax threw Belair backward onto Banks.

Banks and Belair argued, allowing Baszler to roll up Banks for the pin to retain the titles.

Banks and Belair continued to argue after the match about who was at fault for the loss before Banks delivered a slap and stormed off.

There’s just nothing good about the build WWE is doing to a money match between Belair and Banks at WrestleMania.

Neither woman has been given the slightest bit of shine for weeks, and neither looks particularly smart or strong through the whole program so far. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler def.

Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks via pinfall to retain the titles.

Grade: C

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Intercontinental Championship — Big E (c) vs.

Apollo Crews: The match started with an immediate brawl before Big E hit his spear through the ropes to the floor.

E continued to dominate Crews, hitting several splashes on the ring apron before throwing the challenger around the ring with suplexes until Crews finally went low with a dropkick to the knee of the champion.

E’s aggression led to more openings for Crews before a confusing ending with some pinfall reversals before E had Crews’ shoulders down to score the pin and retain the title.

Crews snapped after the match, beating down Big E with several deliveries of his variation of the Olympic Slam before standing over the champion.

This match needed more time and a better finish — or at least a better camera angle — to live up to its potential.

Big E def.

Apollo Crews via pinfall to retain the title.

Grade: C

A quick victory for @WWEBigE means @WWEApollo is NOT pleased.

#WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/JcQStTOnqS

Braun Strowman vs.

Elias: This was supposed to be Strowman vs.

Shane McMahon, but McMahon “injured his knee” training before the show, leading to Elias as replacement.

Strowman was able to repeatedly fend off the involvement of Jaxson Ryker outside the ring.

Finally, Ryker was able to provide enough distraction to allow Elias to hit a chop block and an elbow drop off the top rope.

Strowman was able to kick out and hit the running powerslam for the win moments later.

This was a throwaway match that only served to drag out the issues between Strowman and McMahon, and there’s nothing good about that.

Braun Strowman def.

Elias via pinfall.

Grade: C-

An ENRAGED @BraunStrowman takes his frustrations out on @IAmEliasWWE! 😱 #WWEFastlane @shanemcmahon @JaxsonRykerWWE

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Seth Rollins vs.

Shinsuke Nakamura: Rollins was all over Nakamura from the jump, taking the fight to him both inside and outside the ring.

Rollins began taunting Nakamura and turning his focus to the 22 times Cesaro swung him on SmackDown weeks ago.

Rollins tried for a swing of his own but Nakamura countered to an armbar.

That moment got Nakamura back in the match, and he and Rollins began trading offensive flurries.

Nakamura seemed ready to end things with a Kinshasa but Rollins countered with an elbow to the back of the neck, followed by a kick to the same spot.

This left Nakamura prone, and he ate the stomp for the finish.

This match wasn’t as good as it could have been, but was perfectly fine, especially given the weak string of matches that came before.

Seth Rollins def.

Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall.

Grade: B-

While trying to send a message to @WWECesaro, @WWERollins inadvertently opens the door for @ShinsukeN to battle back at #WWEFastlane! pic.twitter.com/3esaXjWJSx

Drew McIntyre vs.

Sheamus (No Holds Barred match): It took little time after the brawling started for the action to spill outside the ring and a variety of weapons to come out from under the ring.

A pile of kendo sticks were among the plunder and Sheamus was quick to use them to mark up the front and back of McIntyre’s torso.

McIntyre returned the favor, taking things one step further to the extreme by driving the end of the stick into Sheamus’ eye.

With the brutality continuing, the fight began to move through the ThunderDome, leaving the ringside area and heading into the stands with the LED screens before McIntyre threw Sheamus through a set of the screens.

McIntyre tried to return Sheamus to the ring where he could score the pin, but Sheamus knocked him over the ringside barricade with a Brogue Kick and hit White Noise through the announce table.

McIntyre was able to come back with a Future Shock DDT and a Claymore to score the win.

This was the first truly good match of the main show.

McIntyre and Sheamus have a trust in each other to put on brutal matches that never feel truly dangerous beyond the story they’re telling, and it has made everything they’ve done in recent months truly click.

Drew McIntyre def.

Sheamus via pinfall.

Grade: A-

.@DMcIntyreWWE sends @WWESheamus EXPLODING through the screens at #WWEThunderDome! 😱💥😱💥 #WWEFastlane #NoHoldsBarred

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Randy Orton vs.

Alexa Bliss: Before the match, Orton once again vomited the black goo.

Orton tried to attack once the match began but Bliss moved out of the way, sending him crashing shoulder-first into the ring post.

Lights then fell from the rigging, nearly hitting Orton while Bliss laughed.

Bliss taunted Orton to get back in the ring, shooting a fireball at him after he did so.

A burned hand emerged from a hole in the ring, grabbing Orton’s ankle before The Fiend came through the canvas.

Bliss shoved Orton forward into The Fiend, allowing him to hit Sister Abigail for Bliss to cover for the three count.

The match, like the entire Orton vs.

Fiend angle, will largely come down to personal tastes.

But the return of The Fiend was solid enough to overcome a bit of a slog through keeping Bliss and Orton from actually making physical contact and violating WWE’s stance on intergender wrestling.

Alexa Bliss def.

Randy Orton via pinfall.

Grade: B

Out of the ashes …

THE FIEND HAS EMERGED?! #WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/eu0jfo031V

Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs.

Daniel Bryan: Bryan was almost playful early on, trying to show Reigns that he couldn’t keep up with the challenger on a hold-for-hold basis.

He proved that point right through the early stages, getting in Reigns’ head with takedowns and holds before throwing jabs to the body and leg kicks while dodging out of the way.

Reigns tried for a headlock takedown but was caught in a submission, finally having to resort to throwing a headbutt to take over on offense.

Reigns’ power was eventually able to allow him to take over the match as Edge paced around ringside.

After taking a prolonged beating, Bryan was finally able to get his offense firing again after a series of kicks, but an attempt at a rana from the top rope was countered into a Boston crab by Reigns.

Bryan was able to fire back yet again, landing some offense outside the ring and then a knee to the arm of Reigns, attempting to soften him up for a Yes Lock.

Reigns lost control and began attacking Bryan in the corner while ignoring the referee, but Bryan continued to fire back, hitting a rana and then a pair of kicks to the head for a near fall.

Bryan then landed a series of stomps to the face before rolling into a Yes Lock and re-securing the hold after Reigns nearly escaped.

Reigns managed to break Bryan’s grip and land a flurry of punches, leading to Bryan inadvertently taking out the referee with a running knee.

Reigns hit a spear and Edge slid into the ring to make the count, but Bryan kicked out at two.

As Reigns argued with Edge and tried to attack Bryan, Bryan locked in a triangle choke before transitioning to a Yes Lock and landing crossface strikes.

Jey Uso ran in and delivered a superkick to Edge and another to Bryan before grabbing a steel chair from ringside, only to be hit with a Bryan running knee.

Bryan went to hit Reigns with the chair but Reigns moved, causing Bryan to hit Edge before being hit with a Superman punch.

Bryan then countered a spear back into the Yes Lock.

Reigns began tapping out, but Edge hit Bryan with a chair, then did the same to Reigns before storming off.

A new referee came to the ring as Reigns crawled to cover Bryan for the victory.

This was outstanding stuff from both men.

Daniel Bryan has a legitimate claim to being the greatest professional wrestler in history exactly because of matches like this — making changes both small and large that completely alter a match while remaining true to his established character.

It seems clear he will be entered into the WrestleMania match with Edge and Reigns, and there’s nothing bad about that at all.

Roman Reigns def.

Daniel Bryan via pinfall to retain the title.

Grade: A

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Absolute CHAOS has taken over this #UniversalTitle match at #WWEFastlane! @WWERomanReigns @WWEDanielBryan @EdgeRatedR @WWEUsos @HeymanHustle

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Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs.

Daniel Bryan: Bryan was almost playful early on, trying to show Reigns that he couldn’t keep up with the challenger on a hold-for-hold basis.

He proved that point right through the early stages, getting in Reigns’ head with takedowns and holds before throwing jabs to the body and leg kicks while dodging out of the way.

Reigns tried for a headlock takedown but was caught in a submission, finally having to resort to throwing a headbutt to take over on offense.

Reigns’ power was eventually able to allow him to take over the match as Edge paced around ringside.

After taking a prolonged beating, Bryan was finally able to get his offense firing again after a series of kicks, but an attempt at a rana from the top rope was countered into a Boston crab by Reigns.

Bryan was able to fire back yet again, landing some offense outside the ring and then a knee to the arm of Reigns, attempting to soften him up for a Yes Lock.

Reigns lost control and began attacking Bryan in the corner while ignoring the referee, but Bryan continued to fire back, hitting a rana and then a pair of kicks to the head for a near fall.

Bryan then landed a series of stomps to the face before rolling into a Yes Lock and re-securing the hold after Reigns nearly escaped.

Reigns managed to break Bryan’s grip and land a flurry of punches, leading to Bryan inadvertently taking out the referee with a running knee.

Reigns hit a spear and Edge slid into the ring to make the count, but Bryan kicked out at two.

As Reigns argued with Edge and tried to attack Bryan, Bryan locked in a triangle choke before transitioning to a Yes Lock and landing crossface strikes.

Jey Uso ran in and delivered a superkick to Edge and another to Bryan before grabbing a steel chair from ringside, only to be hit with a Bryan running knee.

Bryan went to hit Reigns with the chair but Reigns moved, causing Bryan to hit Edge before being hit with a Superman punch.

Bryan then countered a spear back into the Yes Lock.

Reigns began tapping out, but Edge hit Bryan with a chair, then did the same to Reigns before storming off.

A new referee came to the ring as Reigns crawled to cover Bryan for the victory.

This was outstanding stuff from both men.

Daniel Bryan has a legitimate claim to being the greatest professional wrestler in history exactly because of matches like this — making changes both small and large that completely alter a match while remaining true to his established character.

It seems clear he will be entered into the WrestleMania match with Edge and Reigns, and there’s nothing bad about that at all.

Roman Reigns def.

Daniel Bryan via pinfall to retain the title.

Grade: A

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So smoooooth.

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Don’t think @WWERomanReigns is part of the #YESMovement…#WWEFastlane #UniversalTitle @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/15roNPgqKP

The Rated-R Enforcer.@EdgeRatedR is LIVE at #WWEFastlane!

Stream on @PeacockTV: https://t.co/FfEMpIj6Du pic.twitter.com/QfxWUAyx8b

.@WWEDanielBryan vs.

@WWERomanReigns is a rematch of the first ever main event in #WWEFastlane history.

In 2015, Roman Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan in a #1 Contender Match at the inaugural @WWE Fastlane event.

Women Superstars who have defeated a Male Superstar in a 1-on-1 match at a @WWE PPV:

– @AlexaBliss_WWE, tonight on #WWEFastlane
– Chyna, multiple wins against men in 1999

Additionally, Alicia Fox & Molly Holly pinned men to win the 24/7 and Hardcore Titles (respectively) on PPV

Randy Orton vs.

Alexa Bliss: Before the match, Orton once again vomited the black goo.

Orton tried to attack once the match began but Bliss moved out of the way, sending him crashing shoulder-first into the ring post.

Lights then fell from the rigging, nearly hitting Orton while Bliss laughed.

Bliss taunted Orton to get back in the ring, shooting a fireball at him after he did so.

A burned hand emerged from a hole in the ring, grabbing Orton’s ankle before The Fiend came through the canvas.

Bliss shoved Orton forward into The Fiend, allowing him to hit Sister Abigail for Bliss to cover for the three count.

The match, like the entire Orton vs.

Fiend angle, will largely come down to personal tastes.

But the return of The Fiend was solid enough to overcome a bit of a slog through keeping Bliss and Orton from actually making physical contact and violating WWE’s stance on intergender wrestling. Alexa Bliss def.

Randy Orton via pinfall.

Grade: B

Out of the ashes …

THE FIEND HAS EMERGED?! #WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/eu0jfo031V

Truman Burbank knows the feeling.

(via @WWE) pic.twitter.com/FH1I7XTdkk

UP NEXT: @RandyOrton finally attempts to rid his life of @AlexaBliss_WWE at #WWEFastlane…

This should be interesting.

Stream it live on @PeacockTV 👉 https://t.co/RpgG5WqwzA pic.twitter.com/oH171qayua

Drew McIntyre vs.

Sheamus (No Holds Barred match): It took little time after the brawling started for the action to spill outside the ring and a variety of weapons to come out from under the ring.

A pile of kendo sticks were among the plunder and Sheamus was quick to use them to mark up the front and back of McIntyre’s torso.

McIntyre returned the favor, taking things one step further to the extreme by driving the end of the stick into Sheamus’ eye.

With the brutality continuing, the fight began to move through the ThunderDome, leaving the ringside area and heading into the stands with the LED screens before McIntyre threw Sheamus through a set of the screens.

McIntyre tried to return Sheamus to the ring where he could score the pin, but Sheamus knocked him over the ringside barricade with a Brogue Kick and hit White Noise through the announce table.

McIntyre was able to come back with a Future Shock DDT and a Claymore to score the win.

This was the first truly good match of the main show.

McIntyre and Sheamus have a trust in each other to put on brutal matches that never feel truly dangerous beyond the story they’re telling, and it has made everything they’ve done in recent months truly click.

Drew McIntyre def.

Sheamus via pinfall.

Grade: A-

WE’VE GOT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 in the #WWEThunderDome!#WWEFastlane #NoHoldsBarred @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/OJXX5JvkhR

ON THE EXPOSED FLOOR.#WWEFastlane #NoHoldsBarred @WWESheamus @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/cbrKL6BizB

Not just yet, @DMcIntyreWWE.#WWEFastlane #NoHoldsBarred @WWESheamus pic.twitter.com/x2M7utbdNg

This is the first 1-on-1 PPV match between these two former @WWE Champions – @WWESheamus and @DMcIntyreWWE.

Their only other PPV meetings were in Royal Rumble, Battle Royal, and Elimination Chamber Matches.#WWEFastlane #NoHoldsBarred

It’s @DMcIntyreWWE vs.

@WWESheamus.

It’s #NoHoldsBarred.

It’s NEXT at #WWEFastlane, streaming LIVE on @PeacockTV: https://t.co/RpgG5WqwzA pic.twitter.com/DaYIkgn2aK

Seth Rollins vs.

Shinsuke Nakamura: Rollins was all over Nakamura from the jump, taking the fight to him both inside and outside the ring.

Rollins began taunting Nakamura and turning his focus to the 22 times Cesaro swung him on SmackDown weeks ago.

Rollins tried for a swing of his own but Nakamura countered to an armbar.

That moment got Nakamura back in the match, and he and Rollins began trading offensive flurries.

Nakamura seemed ready to end things with a Kinshasa but Rollins countered with an elbow to the back of the neck, followed by a kick to the same spot.

This left Nakamura prone, and he ate the stomp for the finish.

This match wasn’t as good as it could have been, but was perfectly fine, especially given the weak string of matches that came before. Seth Rollins def.

Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall.

Grade: B-

While trying to send a message to @WWECesaro, @WWERollins inadvertently opens the door for @ShinsukeN to battle back at #WWEFastlane! pic.twitter.com/3esaXjWJSx

Embrace the knees, @WWERollins.#WWEFastlane @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/HP8UNLdNpZ

Right on target.

(via @WWEUniverse) pic.twitter.com/xAsEUGMeMb

EMBRACE.

THE.

VISION.@WWERollins is set to go one-on-one with @ShinsukeN at #WWEFastlane!

Stream live on @PeacockTV 👉 https://t.co/FfEMpIj6Du pic.twitter.com/CW37EvqKdG

Braun Strowman vs.

Elias: This was supposed to be Strowman vs.

Shane McMahon, but McMahon “injured his knee” training before the show, leading to Elias as replacement.

Strowman was able to repeatedly fend off the involvement of Jaxson Ryker outside the ring.

Finally, Ryker was able to provide enough distraction to allow Elias to hit a chop block and an elbow drop off the top rope.

Strowman was able to kick out and hit the running powerslam for the win moments later.

This was a throwaway match that only served to drag out the issues between Strowman and McMahon, and there’s nothing good about that.

Braun Strowman def.

Elias via pinfall.

Grade: C-

Picture perfect.

@IAmEliasWWE

(via @WWEUniverse) pic.twitter.com/vJg7U8hZV4

“You’re taking my place, tonight.”

OH, so that was @shanemcmahon’s idea…@IAmEliasWWE is set for action against @BraunStrowman RIGHT NOW at #WWEFastlane! pic.twitter.com/qIGOvGXWi7

There’s no stopping the #StrowmanExpress tonight, @JaxsonRykerWWE…#WWEFastlane @BraunStrowman pic.twitter.com/ynre8uynZF

STATEMENT.

MADE.#WWEFastlane @WWEApollo pic.twitter.com/VGynJ8mbLg

Intercontinental Championship — Big E (c) vs.

Apollo Crews: The match started with an immediate brawl before Big E hit his spear through the ropes to the floor.

E continued to dominate Crews, hitting several splashes on the ring apron before throwing the challenger around the ring with suplexes until Crews finally went low with a dropkick to the knee of the champion.

E’s aggression led to more openings for Crews before a confusing ending with some pinfall reversals before E had Crews’ shoulders down to score the pin and retain the title.

Crews snapped after the match, beating down Big E with several deliveries of his variation of the Olympic Slam before standing over the champion.

This match needed more time and a better finish — or at least a better camera angle — to live up to its potential.

Big E def.

Apollo Crews via pinfall to retain the title.

Grade: C

A quick victory for @WWEBigE means @WWEApollo is NOT pleased.

#WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/JcQStTOnqS

At #WWEFastlane, @WWEApollo looks to become the 20th Superstar to hold both the @WWE Intercontinental Title as well as the WWE/WCW/NWA United States Title in his career.

Superstars who have recently joined the list include @AJStylesOrg, @ShinsukeN, @reymysterio and @fightbobby.

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– March 22, 2021
WWE Fastlane 2021 2021 . Results. full recap and match ratings

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