Fastlane kicks off with a one-on-one match between two world-renowned Superstars as “The Underdog from the Underground” Sami Zayn would go one-on-one with “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe. During a hard-hitting match, Sami Zayn would fail to put Samoa Joe away with the Blue Thunder Bomb and would nearly surprise Joe with a roll-up, but Joe would continue to kick out. Samoa Joe then dodges the Helluva Kick before slamming Sami Zayn down and locking in the Coquina Clutch on Sami, choking Sami out as Samoa Joe wins his main roster pay-per-view debut with a submission victory.
The RAW Tag Team Titles would then be defended at Fastlane as Gallows & Anderson would defend the gold against Enzo & Big Cass. During the match, Big Cass would score with a big boot to Karl Anderson, following it up with the Bada Boom Shakalaka, but Luke Gallows would pull Enzo Amore out of the ring. After Enzo takes out Gallows on the outside, Enzo would re-enter the ring and Karl Anderson was quick to score with a running knee to the head of Enzo. Anderson then pins Enzo with Enzo getting his foot on the bottom rope, but Gallows would push Enzo’s foot off of the bottom rope before the referee sees it and Gallows & Anderson successfully retain the RAW Tag Team Titles.
Backstage, RAW General Manager Mick Foley is on speakerphone with RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon as Stephanie reveals that she’s not going to be able to be at Fastlane. Stephanie then says that she’s going to be on the phone with Mick the entire night to make sure things run smoothly. The GM would then take Stephanie off of speakerphone before appearing to ‘accidentally’ disconnect the phone call.
In a rivalry that started with Nia Jax trying to end the career of Sasha Banks, Fastlane would see “The Boss” Sasha Banks go one-on-one with the powerhouse Nia Jax. Throughout the match, Nia Jax would ragdoll Sasha Banks around the ring and would even break free of the Bank Statement. Nia then looked like she was close to a victory after scoring with a big leg drop to the back of “The Boss” but when Nia goes for the Samoan Drop, Sasha counters into a roll-up, surprising Nia Jax with the three-count to pick up the win!
After confronting RAW General Manager Mick Foley backstage earlier in the day, former tag team partners Rusev and Jinder Mahal wanted a chance to prove which one of them was superior and the GM would give them that opportunity in singles competition. Rusev and Jinder Mahal would make their way to the ring for their respective one-on-one matches, but the former allies would brawl with each other before order is restored.
In an attempt to prove that he is better than former partner Rusev, Fastlane would see Jinder Mahal go one-on-one with “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro. During the match, Jinder Mahal would take the time to stare down Rusev, who had made his way back to his feet, and this would cost Jinder as Cesaro delivers the pop-up European uppercut, pinning Jinder for the win. After the match, it was supposed to be time for Rusev’s one-on-one match, but “The Bulgarian Brute” wanted a piece of his former tag team partner, beating Jinder down before taking Mahal down with the Machka Kick.
After Jinder Mahal failed to beat his opponent, Rusev would attempt to prove to Jinder that he is the better of the two, but “The Bulgarian Brute” would have the unenviable task of going one-on-one with “The Giant” Big Show. During the match, Rusev would deliver three back-to-back Machka Kicks, but Big Show would still kick out. Big Show would then avoid the Accolade before planting Rusev with the chokeslam only to pick “The Bulgarian Brute” up for a second chokeslam. Big Show then picks Rusev up again, planting Rusev with a third chokeslam, but Big Show would still not go for the pin. Big Show proceeds to drag to Rusev into the corner, sitting Rusev up to deliver the Knockout Punch before finally pinning Rusev for the win.
The Cruiserweight Championship was on the line at Fastlane as the self-proclaimed “King of the Cruiserweights” Neville would defend the Cruiserweight Title against the unorthodox “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher. During the match, Jack Gallagher would use his unusual offense to keep Neville at bay, but the tide of the match would change once Neville snaps off a German suplex to Gallagher. The champion then follows this up with the Phoenix Splash from the second rope, but the challenger just manages to kick out before the three-count. Gallagher is then able to fire back with two vicious headbutts to the champion, but Neville kicks out. The challenger then goes for his signature dropkick in the corner, but Neville dodges the move before sending Gallagher to the apron with a boot. Gallagher then positions Neville on the top rope before hitting another headbutt to the champion. Gallagher then goes for a superplex, but Neville counters, throwing Gallagher to the mat before scoring with the Red Arrow, pinning Gallagher to successfully retain the Cruiserweight Title in a hellacious match.
Fastlane would then see “The Big Dog” collide with “The Monster Among Men” as Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with the unstoppable juggernaut Braun Strowman. Early on in the match, Roman Reigns would struggle to take Braun Strowman off of his feet before sending Braun shoulder-first into the steel steps on the outside. Despite this, Strowman would not slow down as Braun would hit a spinebuster on Reigns in the ring, re-asserting his dominance in the match. The fight then again heads to the outside as Braun Strowman exposes the Spanish announce table before trying to powerslam Roman Reigns through the table, but Roman would counter, sending Braun into the ring post. Back in the ring, Braun would charge at Reigns, but Roman moves out of the way as Strowman runs shoulder-first into the ring post.
After sending Braun to the outside and seemingly hurting the knee of Strowman, Roman would size Strowman up for the Spear, but Braun would grab Reigns, driving Roman through the Spanish announce table with the running powerslam! Strowman then rolls Roman back into the ring and the knee injury would keep Braun from capitalizing immediately and Reigns would take advantage, blasting Strowman with the Spear, but Braun kicks out! Roman then dodges a charging Strowman as Braun lands on the ring post face-first before Roman catches Braun with back-to-back Superman Punches. Braun then knocks Reigns down before “The Monster Among Men” actually climbs to the top rope before going for a huge headbutt to Roman, but Reigns moves out of the way before blasting Strowman with the Spear, pinning Braun to pick up a very hard-fought victory.
Backstage, RAW General Manager Mick Foley lays down the law to Samoa Joe, saying that he doesn’t want to see Samoa Joe getting involved in the WWE Universal Title match. The GM then tells Joe that he doesn’t want to see Samoa Joe’s face again tonight or there will be “hell to pay”.
After an assist from Sasha Banks allowed her to win the RAW Women’s Title a few weeks ago on RAW, the new champion would put the gold on the line at Fastlane as Bayley would defend the RAW Women’s Championship against former champion Charlotte Flair, who would be without Dana Brooke in her corner as Charlotte orders Dana to go to the back before the match begins. During the match, Charlotte Flair would slam Bayley on the floor before going for the moonsault, but Charlotte would spot Sasha Banks heading for the ring and would cut “The Boss” off before she got to the ring. Charlotte then chases Sasha in and out of the ring before Bayley capitalizes with the Bayley-to-Belly on the floor.
Back in the ring, Charlotte would try and surprise Bayley with a small package and even hooked the tights but Sasha would again get involved, pointing out to the referee that Charlotte was trying to cheat. Charlotte then briefly turns her attention to Sasha and this would end up costing the challenger as Bayley hits the Bayley-to-Belly, pinning Charlotte to successfully retain the RAW Women’s Title and end the undefeated pay-per-view streak of Charlotte Flair!
Then it was time for the main event of Fastlane as, in his first title match in nearly fourteen years, the most dominant competitor in WCW history Goldberg would challenge Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. With the title match set to begin, Kevin Owens would decide to make Goldberg wait as the champion exits the ring, leisurely walking around ringside before teasing getting in the ring, only to get back on the floor. Owens then finally gets in the ring and in the face of Goldberg, demanding that the bell be rung as Owens appears ready to fight.
However, as soon as the bell rings, Kevin Owens is caught off-guard by the emergence of the man he assaulted during the Festival of Friendship a few weeks ago, Chris Jericho! The presence of his former best friend would distract Kevin Owens long enough for Goldberg to take advantage as Goldberg hits Owens with the Spear and follows it up with the Jackhammer, giving Kevin Owens the same treatment he gave Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, pinning Kevin Owens one-two-three in the middle of the ring to become the brand new Universal Champion! Goldberg then celebrates his first World Title win in almost fourteen years as Chris Jericho simply looks at Kevin Owens and smirks, having gotten the ultimate payback for his former best friend’s assault by costing Kevin Owens what means the most to Owens, the Universal Championship.
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