Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

AJ Styles keeps dream match intact at WWE Fastlane

AJ Styles keeps dream match intact at WWE Fastlane

Considering "Rusev Day" is one of the most over gimmicks now in WWE, this could be a nice little push for Rusev as a main event talent.

After beating Rusev at WWE Fastlane on Sunday, Shinsuke Nakamura should be among the featured parts of SmackDown programming every week until WrestleMania 34 on April 8. The WWE universe should walk away from this pay-per-view with a lot of anticipation for the blue brand's future heading into WrestleMania 34. I think I was dreading watching this many guys in a match because there weren't any elimination stips.

While it may have only been booked five days before the show, Shinsuke Nakamura vs Rusev was a great way to open the night. It would have been nice to have a bit more build to it, but we're getting the match everyone wanted, so it's really hard to complain. Good stuff to open the show.

Veteran Randy Orton joined an exclusive club of WWE grand slam winners, defeating "The Glorious" Bobby Roode to win the United States Championship for the first time in his 18-year career. But I also wouldn't be surprised if this match ends in a DQ with the Bludgeon Brothers playing a major role.

The best way to do that, rather than have Roode lost and this use his rematch clause, would be to have Jinder Mahal assault, Orton. Changing that this close to WrestleMania 34 would ruin any momentum WWE needs to keep fan interest for the next four weeks. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev is a throwaway match meant to keep the Royal Rumble victor in action, and was only decided up on after a quick two-week build. Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella was only created in this week's episode. Check out all of the remaining matches, results and clips of the show below. I know that everyone is hoping that Rusev would get a chance to get into the United States title picture.

There will obviously be a few more matches added to the card, including the RAW Women's Championship. Ruby Riott was the best Fastlane match so far. As much as I would like to say yes I do actually think we will see Cena win after several false finishes unless The Undertaker shows up. AJ Styles, the current defending champion, will clash against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler and John Cena. It was an overbooked match, but it was still fast and entertaining.

Shane McMahon is sitting at ringside for the match when Kevin Owens accidentally superkicks him.

I thought Shane acted like a heel here because his interference in the match seemed unfair to both Owens and Zayn.

As the bell rang, Cena seemed all fired up, as he hit his finishing move Attitude Adjustment (AA) on Zayn, Owens, Corbin, and then Ziggler.

Cena, who was expected to win the championship and book his berth at WrestleMania 34, was stunned by Styles, who defended his title by securing a win via pinfall over Owens.

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