5 talking points from WWE Fastlane 2018
Sunday, March 11th has come and gone, and the dust has settled upon a number of different fronts. Who is the WWE champion, the United States Champion, and the Smackdown Live Women's and tag team champions going into Wrestlemania has been determined? However, where do we go from here, and what took place in these matches that made them so memorable? Some fans were of the feeling that Fastlane was a very lacklustre event, and the result of the booking was that not all that much changed moving into Wrestlemania.
Did Bobby Roode assert himself as the United States Champion or did Randy Orton capture the one championship that has eluded him in his career? Did AJ Styles overcome the odds and defeat the other six challengers, and were there more questions left after the match? With Wrestlemania only a few short weeks away, the murky waters are have become much clearer. What happened? Who was affected and where do we go from here? Here are five talking points about WWE's Fastlane 2018.
#5 Nakamura Day!
Nakamura put in a convincing effort against Rusev.
A last-minute matchup, the Shinsuke Nakamura, and Rusev match started slowly but ended tremendously well. Fans were divided in cheering for either 'Nakamura' or 'Rusev Day'. It was great to see that the audience was an active part of this match from beginning to end. What was surprising to see was that Rusev was unable to secure the Accolade on Nakamura on multiple occasions.
We did see some incredible bumps taken by Nakamura, especially after one machka kick where the king of strong style appeared to do a 180 in mid-air before landing on his face. The near twenty minutes that these two put in featured a number of near falls throughout the contest. As time passed, fans became more and more invested in the emotion and effort given in the contest. Rusev deserves complete credit, after receiving a Kinshasa to the back of the head followed by a more standard one that took him out completely. It appears Nakamura is primed to face the WWE champion at Wrestlemania.