3 interesting things about WWE’s Fastlane pay-per-view you probably didn’t know
- WWE Fastlane was established for a very specific purpose
Established in 2015, Fastlane has been one of WWE’s top pay-per-view event due to its strategic placement in the WWE calendar. The event successfully replaced Elimination Chamber in the February slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar in 2015.
While Fastlane continued to be held in February 2016, WWE reinstated the brand split in July 2016, which moved it to March in the successive years.
This also led to the event being a Raw-exclusive pay-per-view and in 2018, it switched to being SmackDown-exclusive. This year around, the event will be a dual-branded event with matches from both Raw and SmackDown taking place at the event.
While Fastlane is one of the newer pay-per-views of WWE, it has seen some interesting storylines and matches in its short history.
Therefore, we have made a list of three interesting things about the event which you probably didn’t know. Take a look below and share your favorite moments from the event in the comments section below!
#3 It was created to pave the road to WrestleMania
Fastlane takes place in the second half of February or the first half of March each year. The reason for that is that the event works as the ticket to WrestleMania.
Since the period between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania is known as the “Road to WrestleMania”, Fastlane has been given the name as a reference to its position on that road.
In the 2015 main event, Roman Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship shot against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.
In the 2016 main event, Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match to become the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to face Triple H at WrestleMania 32.
In the 2017 main event, Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens to win the WWE Universal Championship, thus making his clash with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 one for the Universal Championship.