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[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Fastlane 2019’ – Becky vs. Charlotte, The Shield Reunite For the Last(?) Time

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Date: March 10, 2019
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
Commentators: Various

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WWE moves into the Fastlane en route to next month’s WrestleMania tonight. It’s looking pretty good on paper, as Becky Lynch faces Charlotte Flair for the right to be in the RAW Women’s Championship match next month, Daniel Bryan defends the WWE Championship against Kevin OwensThe Shield reunites for possibly the final time (for now), and much more. Let’s goooo.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Samoa Joe
  • WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Buddy Murphy
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley & ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks)
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • The Usos [c] vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Asuka [c] vs. Mandy Rose for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. The Bar (NR)
  • TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: The Revival [c] vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • FATAL FOUR WAY: Samoa Joe [c] vs. R-Truth vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection [c] vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (*1/2)
  • The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Bobby Lashley (***3/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live! 3.5.19’ – US Open Challenge, More ‘Fastlane’ Build

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

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It’s more Fastlane build this week as The Miz takes on Jey Uso and…other things related to the PPV happen, I think. Also R-Truth is here for another U.S. Title open challenge so that’ll be fun! Anyway let’s get to it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • The Miz vs. Jey Uso (**)
  • OPEN CHALLENGE: R-Truth [c] vs. Samoa Joe vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. The Bar (**1/2)
  • Naomi vs. Mandy Rose (NR)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Rowan (NR)

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VIDEO: Kofi Out, Owens In at ‘Fastlane’

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WWE Fastlane got a wrench thrown in its plan during the opening of last night’s SmackDown Live. Before the contract could be signed between WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi KingstonMr. McMahon interrupted and replaced Kingston with a ‘more marketable’ superstar: the returning Kevin Owens. Owens signed the contract, taking Kingston’s place at Fastlane, then teamed with Kingston later in the night and got the pin over Bryan in the tag team main event to prove his worthiness. Owens had previously been sending in cell phone promos saying he was a ‘month out’ from returning to the ring, so this was definitely a shock.

I’m interested to see how this story progresses; Owens seemed like a possible WrestleMania contender so does that mean that Kingston is going to actually get the big event nod and take on Bryan at the Grandest Stage of Them All? Or will Kingston end up the third man in the WWE Championship match next weekend at Fastlane. I really really REALLY hope it’s the former. #KofiMania y’all.

[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live!’ 2.19.19 – Bryan’s Fastlane Opponent Revealed, Miz Apologizes(?)

Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

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WWE looks towards Fastlane this week on SmackDown as we find out who will challenge ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan for his eco-friendly WWE Championship at the final stop before WrestleMania (BE KOFI. WHY NOT KOFI?). Also on the show The Miz aims to make a public apology to tag team partner Shane McMahon for costing them the Tag Team Championship, maybe some more NXT involvement, and much more. Follow along live as I recap WWE’s superior brand.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Champion: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • Aleister Black vs. Andrade (**1/2)
  • Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Bar (***1/4)
  • Asuka vs. Mandy Rose (*3/4)
  • Ricochet vs. Eric Young (**)
  • Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, & Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, & Samoa Joe (**3/4)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Extreme Rules 2018’ – Rollins vs. Ziggler, Reigns vs. Lashley, Team Hell No Reunion

Date: July 15, 2018
Venue: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
Commentators: Various

This year’s Extreme Rules features a potential for the biggest RUSEV DAY of all as Rusev challenges AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Also on the show Seth Rollins tries to regain his Intercontinental Championship by taking on Dolph Ziggler in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match, Braun Strowman faces Kevin Owens in a Cage Match, and Team Hell No reunites to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship. All that plus a whole lot more, because this show is probably going 4 hours.

Champions

  • WWE Champion: ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles
  • WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
  • WWE United States Champion: Jeff Hardy
  • RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Carmella
  • RAW Tag Team Champions: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan)

Lineup

  • Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt [c] vs. The B-Team for the RAW Tag Team Championship (**1/2)
  • Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin (**1/4)
  • Ellsworth in a Shark Cage: Carmella [c] vs. Asuka for the SMACKDOWN Women’s Championship (*3/4)
  • Jeff Hardy [c] vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
  • Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (**1/2)
  • The Bludgeon Brothers [c] vs. Team Hell No for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley (***)
  • Extreme Rules: Alexa Bliss [c] vs. Nia Jax for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • AJ Styles [c] vs. Rusev for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • 30 Minute Iron Man Match: Dolph Ziggler [c] vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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[TV Recap] ‘WWE RAW’ 2.11.19 – Wait, There’s a PPV This Weekend?!?

Venue: Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids, MI)
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, & Renee Young

Don’t feel like watching RAW live? Can’t blame you. Come read the recap and follow along that way instead!

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bobby Lashley
  • RAW Women’s Champion: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
  • RAW Tag Team Champions: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable

The Lineup

  • The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection vs. The Riott Squad vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka (*3/4)
  • Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre (*)
  • Kurt Angle, Finn Balor, & Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Bobby Lashley (1/2*)
  • Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riott (*)
  • EC3 vs. Dean Ambrose (*1/4)
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable [c] vs. The Revival for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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