The first ever WWE Fastlane kicks off with 6-Man Tag action as “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would join forces with Erick Rowan and “The Big Guy” Ryback to face The Authority’s designated hitters in “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins, The Authority’s Director of Operations Kane, and “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, with J&J Security in their corner. At the end of a chaotic 6-Man Tag, the referee was pre-occupied with getting Seth Rollins out of the ring and Big Show would take advantage, blasting Dolph Ziggler with the Knockout Punch from outside the ring, allowing Kane to pin Ziggler to pick up the win for The Authority. After the match, Seth Rollins would add insult to injury by drilling Dolph Ziggler with the Curb Stomp. Ryback & Erick Rowan would then enter the ring to try and make a difference, but the two big men did not stand a chance against the five men as Kane plants Ryback with a chokeslam. The Authority then focuses on Erick Rowan, beating Rowan down and holding him in place for a Curb Stomp from Seth Rollins.
Kane and J&J Security then drag Ryback into place for the Curb Stomp, but that is when a certain former World Champion would make his surprise return with a score to settle with The Authority as none other than “The Viper” Randy Orton makes his long awaited return to WWE! Orton would first take down Kane before catching Jamie Noble with the RKO and, when Joey Mercury tries to come off of the top rope onto “The Viper”, Orton would catch Mercury in mid-air with another RKO! Seth Rollins then tries to ambush Orton, but Orton catches “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” before Big Show is able to pull Rollins to safety as Orton plants Kane with an RKO in the ring! “The Apex Predator” then tosses the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase out of the ring as Seth Rollins flees through the crowd, running all the way to the parking lot, presumably to speed out of the arena.
Following a frank discussion with his father, Dusty Rhodes, backstage, Goldust would be looking to bring his brother back from the depths of his new persona as “The Bizarre One” would go one-on-one with Stardust. In the end, it was the veteran Goldust countering Cross Rhodes into a backslide, keeping Stardust’s shoulders down for a three-count to pick up the win. After the match, Goldust would offer his hand to his younger brother, but Stardust would refuse it, storming out of the ring.
Backstage, a discussion between Goldust and Dusty Rhodes is interrupted by Stardust, who attacks his brother right in front of their father, tossing Goldust into an anvil case before pummeling his older brother with right hands. However, when Dusty calls Stardust by his first name, Stardust confronts his father, saying that Dusty is the one who “killed” Cody Rhodes and he is not living in Dusty’s shadow, Dusty is living in his! Stardust then blasts Goldust in the face with a vicious side kick before referees come in to check on Goldust as Dusty Rhodes demands some medical attention for his son.
In the first title match of the night, The Usos, with Naomi in their corner, would defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, with Natalya in their corner. During the match, Jey Uso would dive to the outside, taking out Cesaro and, a few minutes later, Tyson Kidd would try to jump onto Jimmy Uso but Jimmy would catch Tyson, slamming Kidd into the ringside barricade with a Samoan Drop. Back in the ring, Jimmy Uso would go for the Superfly Splash on Tyson Kidd, but Kidd would get his knees up, nearly pinning Jimmy. Kidd would then lock in the Sharpshooter on Jimmy Uso, but Jey Uso would blast Kidd with a super kick before Cesaro comes back into the ring and a brawl would break out between Jey and Cesaro as both men tumble to the outside. Shortly after this, Cesaro would roll Jey Uso into the ring in an attempt to distract the referee, but Cesaro would catch a kick to the face from Jimmy Uso for his troubles. Tyson Kidd would then catch Jimmy with a kick to the mid-section, followed by his fisherman neckbreaker, pinning Jimmy Uso as Cesaro & Tyson Kidd become the new WWE Tag Team Champions!
Then it was time for a historic confrontation between two legendary competitors as WWE COO Triple H would come face-to-face with “The Icon” Sting in the middle of the ring at Fastlane. Giving up his suit for the night in exchange for a leather jacket, blue jeans, and taped-up hands, Triple H would make his way to the ring as “The Game” was ready for a fight. Triple H says that, on RAW, he was confronted by two-time Hall of Famer and longtime friend Ric Flair, apologizing his shoving Ric Flair, but saying that he meant what he said on RAW. Triple H then says that he is the “heartbeat” of WWE and he stands there as “The Game” and “The King of Kings”, telling Sting that he is waiting for him. Triple H would not have to wait long as the stone-faced Sting would waste little time in making his way to the ring, showing no fear as he stands stoically before “The Game”. Triple H says that he knows why Sting is here and he “feels sorry” for Sting, saying that Sting “backed the wrong horse” before saying that Sting was WCW and he admires that Sting “went down with the ship” that was WCW. Triple H continues, saying that it was guys like him that made that ship go down in the first place before saying that his “legacy” is putting Sting’s legacy “out of business”. Triple H then says that Sting is trying to force The Authority out of WWE because Sting knows that, without Triple H & Stephanie McMahon, WWE would cease to exist. Triple H then tells Sting that he “failed” to take The Authority out of WWE, saying that “failing” is what Sting does best.
Triple H then says that he can give Sting his “legacy” back, suggesting that Sting “walk away” and they do “business” together. Triple H says that he always does what is “best for business” and he can “ensure” that, if Sting walks away, that Sting’s legacy will live on “forever” through the WWE Network, DVD’s, and merchandise. Triple H then says that, in 2015, Sting can be “bigger” than he has ever been before, even offering to put Sting in the WWE Hall of Fame! As Sting continues to silently glare at Triple H, the COO becomes agitated, saying that the other option is for Sting to continue to stand there and “disrespect” him and he can beat what is left of Sting’s legacy out of him right now. Triple H then vows that, after they carry Sting from the ring, he will ensure that Sting will be “erased from history” as he will make it seem like Sting never even existed! Triple H then says that the choice belongs to Sting, but he is not going to wait long before saying that he can tell by looking at Sting that “The Icon” has already made up his mind. Triple H then tries to cheap-shot Sting, but Sting gets a couple of shots in before Triple H uses the microphone as a weapon to knock Sting down before stomping away at Sting, pummeling the legend with right hands, screaming at Sting that he gave Sting a chance.
Triple H then exits the ring, reaching under the ring for his trademark weapon of choice, the sledgehammer. With his mind set on total annihilation, Triple H comes back into the ring with sledgehammer in hand, but when Triple H gets close enough, Sting gets to his feet, immediately putting his trademark baseball bat right under the chin of “The Game”! Stings then forces Triple H back into the corner, making Triple H drop his sledgehammer to the outside of the ring. Sting then takes a step back, removing the bat from underneath Triple H’s chin and using the bat to point at the WrestleMania sign, making a clear challenge to “The Game” for WrestleMania! Triple H then tries to make a move, but Sting puts the bat under Triple H’s chin again before pointing to the WrestleMania sign for a second time. Triple H then trash talks Sting and “The Icon” puts the bat at Triple H’s throat one more time before turning around to exit the ring. Triple H then tries to jump Sting from behind, but Sting was ready as the legend drives his bat into the mid-section of Triple H! Sting then grabs Triple H, dropping “The Game” with the Scorpion Deathdrop before Sting picks his bat back up, pointing at the WrestleMania sign one more time before exiting the ring, leaving not only Triple H laid out in the ring, but an unanswered challenge of epic proportions as well.
After weeks of being bullied by The Bella Twins, Paige would get her shot at the ultimate revenge as Paige would challenge Nikki Bella, with Brie Bella in her corner, for the Divas Championship. In the end, it was Nikki Bella narrowly avoiding getting caught in the PTO, sending Paige face-first into the middle turnbuckle, rolling Paige up and hooking the tights for the illegal advantage, pinning Paige to retain the Divas Title.
Following their unforgettable confrontation earlier in the evening, the huge announcement was made that, in five weeks at WrestleMania, “The Icon” Sting will make his WrestleMania debut when he goes one-on-one with “The Game” Triple H! In a match that no one thought would ever happen, will Sting make his first WrestleMania moment one for the ages with a win over Triple H or will the COO ensure that Sting’s time in WWE is up?
After being forced to sign a contract on RAW to defend the title, Bad News Barrett would defend the Intercontinental Championship against “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose at Fastlane. During the match, Dean Ambrose would narrowly avoid the Bull Hammer Elbow by Bad News Barrett, blasting Barrett with a clothesline, but when Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, Barrett slips out of the ring. Barrett then grabs his title, intent on walking out on the match, but Dean Ambrose would not let that happen as “The Lunatic Fringe” dives out of the ring, taking Barrett out. Ambrose then rolls Barrett back into the ring, but Barrett rolls right back out of the ring on the other side, this time trying to escape through the crowd. However, Ambrose would catch Barrett, dragging Barrett back to the ringside area and rolling Barrett into the ring again. Barrett then quickly crawls to the opposite corner of the ring, latching onto the bottom rope as Ambrose first tries to pull Barrett away from the ropes before stomping away at Barrett. However, “The Lunatic Fringe” would either not hear or not pay attention to the referee’s five-count, resulting in Ambrose getting disqualified. Ambrose then stomps away at Barrett before grabbing the Intercontinental Title belt, taunting Barrett with the belt before planting Barrett with Dirty Deeds in the middle of the ring. Ambrose then grabs the title belt, walking out of the ring and to the back with Barrett’s title!
In an eerily familiar sight, the lights are dimmed to near darkness in the arena as the creepy humming of druids is followed by a group of torch-carrying druids lining the entranceway. The unmistakable gong then sounds in the arena as smoke begins to fill the entranceway before two druids roll a casket out, slowly pushing the casket down to ringside. However, when the druids open the casket, the man inside is not who the world expected it to be, it is Bray Wyatt, who sits up in the casket with a sinister smile on his face. Bray says that there is a “wicked feeling in the air tonight”, asking if they can feel it. Wyatt says that he will never forget the first time he saw him as his presence made him “tremble” and when he looked in his eyes, all he could see was “darkness” and Wyatt “feared” him. Bray continues, saying that he has become just like everyone else, “weak and broken”, saying that he is just a “shell” of what he used to be. Bray then says that “sympathy” has turned him into a “mere mortal” and, now, his “soul is lost”, stuck in limbo between “your world and ours”. Wyatt continues, saying that he thinks that it is time for him to “come home” before saying that his mission is clear and he knows that he is listening. Bray then says that he does not fear him anymore, saying that he is “pain” and he is “suffering”, proclaiming himself as the “new face of fear”. Wyatt then vows that, at WrestleMania, he will “claim the soul” of The Undertaker! Bray then laughs maniacally before laying back as the druids close the casket.
For over a year, Rusev has dominated WWE, powering his way through countless Superstars, but Fastlane would be Rusev’s biggest test to date as the undefeated Rusev, with Lana in his corner, would defend the United States Championship against the fifteen-time former World Champion John Cena. Throughout the match, Rusev would dominate John Cena, repeatedly thwarting Cena’s attempts at a comeback. After Cena locks in the STF and Rusev is able to get to the bottom rope, Cena would catch Rusev with the Attitude Adjustment, but Rusev would kick out! Cena would then look for his leg drop off of the top rope, but Rusev would catch Cena in mid-air, dropping Cena with a huge powerbomb. Rusev then locks in the Accolade on Cena and Cena would repeatedly try to power out of the move, finally succeeding, but as Cena stands up with Rusev on his back, a desperate Lana would enter the ring with the United States Title belt. This would distract the referee long enough for Rusev to deliver a low blow to John Cena, following it up with a straight kick to the face of Cena before Rusev locks on the Accolade for a second time. Then, with Cena unresponsive, the referee has no choice but to call for the bell as Rusev wins the match by submission, notching the biggest victory in his young career by hook or crook. Still the United States Champion, Rusev would stand over the unconscious John Cena as Rusev & Lana celebrate a successful title defense. Rusev & Lana then exit the ring while the referee and a ringside doctor tend to John Cena in the ring. Cena eventually regains consciousness, walking to the back on his own, visibly disappointed by the loss.
Then it was time for the main event as the winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble Match, Roman Reigns, would put his main event match at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Brock Lesnar on the line against the resilient underdog, Daniel Bryan. During the match, Roman Reigns would go for the Superman Punch on Daniel Bryan, but Bryan would catch Roman with a kick to the mid-section, raising concern about Roman’s health after Roman’s hernia surgery just a few months ago. With Reigns in a weakened state, Daniel Bryan would not let up, repeatedly scoring with kicks in the corner, but with both men on the top rope, Reigns would catch Bryan with a big powerbomb off of the top rope with Bryan barely able to kick out. After a back suplex off of the top rope failed to beat Reigns, Daniel Bryan would lock in the Yes Lock, but Roman is able to get to the bottom rope, forcing the break. Roman Reigns would then roll to the outside, trying to get himself back into the match, but Bryan would show no mercy, twice diving out of the ring onto Roman Reigns. However, when Bryan goes for a third dive, Roman catches Bryan, delivering a big belly-to-belly suplex on the arena floor! Reigns would then size Bryan up for the Spear, but when Roman charges at Bryan, Bryan moves out of the way and Reigns collides full-force with the steel steps, leaving both men out of it on the arena floor. With the referee nearing his count of ten, Daniel Bryan would get back into the ring at the count of eight while Roman would dive into the ring just as the referee was putting his hands up for the ten-count, narrowly avoiding a count-out loss.
With both men struggling to stay in the match, Daniel Bryan was the first to his feet, slowly climbing to the top rope, but when Bryan dives off of the top rope, he is caught in mid-air with the Superman Punch from Roman Reigns! Roman then sets up for the Spear, rushing at Bryan, but Bryan hooks Reigns in a roll-up, nearly scoring the three-count before catching Roman with a kick to the face. Bryan then backs up, charging at Reigns and delivering his signature running knee to the face of Roman, but Reigns kicks out! Turning his shock into aggression, Daniel Bryan would wear Roman down with several kicks before Roman catches the leg of Bryan, standing up with Bryan’s leg still in hand. Bryan would then repeatedly slap Roman across the face, angering Reigns and allowing Bryan to trap Roman in the Yes Lock, but Reigns is somehow able to break out of the submission move! Roman then drills Bryan with several stiff forearms before Bryan grabs the arm of Reigns, trapping the head and arm of Roman into an attempted submission, but Roman would stand up, dropping Bryan with a powerbomb to force Bryan to break the hold.
With both men nearly motionless, the referee would start his ten-count, but as soon as both men are able, they start trading shots with Bryan getting the better of the exchange. Bryan then gets to his feet, delivering a kick to the head of Reigns before sizing Roman up for another running knee. However, when Bryan charges at Reigns this time, Roman catches Bryan with the Spear, keeping Bryan down for the three-count, winning the match and keeping his spot in the main event of WrestleMania! After a hard-fought match, Daniel Bryan would get in Roman Reigns’ face, telling Roman to “kick his ass” at WrestleMania, referring to Brock Lesnar. Bryan then extends his hand and Roman accepts it as the two men show a great deal of respect for each other. Bryan then exits the ring as Roman Reigns celebrates another career-making victory, keeping the dream alive as Roman Reigns will challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in thirty-five nights at WrestleMania.
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