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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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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.

[PPV Recap] ‘WWF In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage’ – Bret vs. Diesel, HBK vs. Owen

Date: February 18, 1996
Venue: Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon & Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler

The 6th installment of In Your House features the baby blue cage of doom as Bret Hart defends the WWF Championship against the man he defeated for it back at Survivor Series, and soon to be WCW-bound, Diesel. Also on the show Shawn Michaels puts his WrestleMania XII title shot on the line against Owen Hart,the feud between former best friends Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid ends with a friggin’ Crybaby Match, and Yokozuna…speaks?!?

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Goldust
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: VACANT

The (Televised) Lineup

  • Crybaby Match: Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (**1/2)
  • Duke Droese vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (**)
  • Yokozuna vs. Davey Boy Smith (1/4*)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (***3/4)
  • Steel Cage Match: Bret Hart [c] vs. Diesel for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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Charlotte Flair Replaces Becky Lynch in ‘WrestleMania’ Main Event For Now

Last night’s episode of RAW ended in controversy when Mr. McMahon came out and announced that not only was Becky Lynch suspended for the next 60 days, but she was being replaced in the WrestleMania main event by longtime rival Charlotte Flair.

Earlier in the show Becky had been given an ultimatum: apologize to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for her actions the week prior or forfeit her match against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania she earned by winning the Royal Rumble. After THREE HOURS of deliberation, in which everyone from mentor Finn Balor to sh*t-stirrer Alexa Bliss weighed on what she should do, Becky decided to quickly apologize, getting her suspension lifted and making her WrestleMania main event a go…until the head of the McMahon family, the true Authority in WWE, decided otherwise.

A lot of people clowned on WWE for this but I dig the story they’re telling; it gives Charlotte a ton of heat and also plays into the fans’ very justified fear they’re going to make Ronda/Becky into a triple threat match. I’m pretty sure WWE knows better and will keep it Becky/Ronda, with Becky fighting her way back into the spot closer to WrestleMania, but I don’t blame people for thinking otherwise. Either way this good fodder for a Charlotte promo tonight on SmackDown and I hope we get it.

[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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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF SummerSlam 1990’ – Warrior vs. Rude, Hogan vs. Earthquake

Date: August 27, 1990
Venue: The Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA)
Commentators: Vince McMahon & Roddy Piper

WWF returns to one of its most hallowed grounds, the Spectrum in Philly, to present its third annual SummerSlam event, which features the returning Hulk Hogan taking on the man who put him out of action Earthquake as well as The Ultimate Warrior‘s first PPV defense of the WWF Championship, taking on longtime rival Rick Rude in a steel cage.

Champion Roll Call

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax, Smash, & Crush)

The Lineup

  • The Rockers vs. Power & Glory (**1/2)
  • Mr. Perfect [c] vs. Kerry Von Erich for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Sapphire vs. Queen Sherri (NR)
  • Tito Santana vs. The Warlord (*3/4)
  • 2 out of 3 Falls: Demolition [c] vs. The Hart Foundation for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Jake Roberts vs. Bad News Brown [w/ Big Boss Man as the Special Guest Referee] (1/2*)
  • Jim Duggan & Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Orient Express (*3/4)
  • Dusty Rhodes vs. Randy Savage (1/4*)
  • Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake (**3/4)
  • Steel Cage Match: The Ultimate Warrior [c] vs. Rick Rude for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania III’ – The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object

Date: March 29, 1987
Venue: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage
  • WWF Women’s Champion: The Fabulous Moolah
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart)

The Lineup

  • The Can-Am Connection vs. ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco & Bob Orton Jr. (**1/2)
  • Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules (***)
  • Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, & The Haiti Kid vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo, & Lord Littlebrook (3/4*)
  • Loser Must Bow: The Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race (*1/2)
  • The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Dream Team (*3/4)
  • Hair vs. Hair: Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis (**3/4)
  • Tito Santana & The British Bulldogs vs. Danny Davis & The Hart Foundation (**1/2)
  • Koko B. Ware vs. Butch Reed (*1/2)
  • Randy Savage [c] vs. Ricky Steamboat for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****3/4)
  • Jake Roberts vs. The Honky Tonk Man (*3/4)
  • The Killer Bees vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff (*1/2)
  • Hulk Hogan [c] vs. Andre The Giant for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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