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WWE “Fast Lane” Pay Per View Live Results and Reaction for 2/22/2015 – John Cena vs. Rusev, Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns for the Right to Face Brock Lesnar, Paige vs. Nikki Bella, and More

It’s the last pay per view stop for WWE as we head to Wrestlemania 31 in Santa Clara, CA in late March.  Tonight, live from Memphis, TN it’s the “Fast Lane” pay per view event (also available on WWE Network for…Free if you’re a new subscriber…or $9.99 otherwise).  John Cena will attempt to hang the first loss on the Russian super athlete Rusev and take his US Championship.  Nikki Bella will play mean girl and defend her Divas Championship against Paige.  The main attraction though is to settle the number one contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Daniel Bryan takes on Roman Reigns.  The card is as follows:

  • Goldust vs. Stardust
  • The Usos (w/Naomi, c) vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (w/Natalya); WWE Tag Team Championship
  • Seth Rollins (w/J&J Security), Kane and Big Show vs. Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan
  • Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Dean Ambrose; WWE Intercontinental Championship
  • Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella, c) vs. Paige; WWE Divas Championship
  • Rusev (w/Lana, c) vs. John Cena; WWE United States Championship
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns; Winner earns the right to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
  • In a non-wrestling segment, Triple H will go face to face with Sting regarding his presence in the company


They open by showing fans entering the arena as Renee Young introduces the show.  She is joined by Booker T, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton on the panel.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 2/16/2015 – Go Home Show for Fast Lane, Follow Up on Big Show Knocking out Kane on Smackdown, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns on the Same Page, Dusty Rhodes Addresses His Sons, and More

It’s the go-home show tonight as WWE heads toward the Fast Lane pay per view this coming Sunday.  Is there trouble among the Authority now, as Big Show knocked Kane out on Smackdown this past Thursday?  One has to wonder what Triple H and Stephanie will do about that tonight.  Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns were on the same page Thursday, but they will face off on Sunday for the right to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.  Who will get an advantage – and will Seth Rollins stick his nose in their situation?  Also, Dusty Rhodes plans to make an appearance to address the issues between his sons, Goldust and Stardust.  Will “Dream” be able to get his boys back together?

Show Open, Live from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL

Opening credits roll and we get pyro to open the show.  Cole welcomes us in to a sold out show at the Amway Center.  John Cena’s music hits, and he gets  his standard mixed reaction.  Booker says it’s a great way to kick off the show. Cena charges the ring as Cole hypes up the show, focusing on Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan and their respective matches with Kane and Big Show.  They touch on Cena’s match with Rusev for Fast Lane.

Cena says we’re less than a week from Fast Lane, live on WWE Network.  He says the crowd in Memphis will be rocking, but when he looks around tonight he’s amazed.  He says there are fans as far as the eye can see and one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know Orlando is Raw.  He feeds it to a recap of what happened between him and Rusev last Monday on Raw.  Cole mentions the eye injury to Cena after the assault.

Back live, Cena calls it a familiar sight with Rusev crushing an opponent.  He says it was him this time, but he’s here tonight to say no more.  He says Rusev is a super athlete and undefeated, saying people think he can’t be stopped.  He calls it a load of garbage, introduces himself and he says he will defeat Rusev on Sunday.

He says he’ll save Rusev the strategy and tell him how he will do it.  He says the way to beat Rusev is to take the fight to him and he will do that. He says he’s been running down the ramp for 12 years and he loves it.  He loves when the fans boo (they do) and when they cheer (they do).  He says that Raw is about fun but fun won’t cut it on Sunday.

He talks about how the people ask when he will change. He says he always believed in his heart that he could win his way and with a smile on his face.  He recounts Rusev saying he’s lost a step and isn’t who he used to be.  “You want aggression, you got it, pal.”  He says there will be no smiles or high fives, and he will make history by being the first one to beat Rusev.

He says this Sunday he will fight for respect, but more importantly this Sunday he will fight to win the United States Championship.  Cue the big Russian’s entrance music, along with Lana.  They stop at the stage, and Lana has a mic.  She calls it “typical John Cena” and says he spills the same tired rhetoric.

She says that Cena’s problem isn’t that he’s a stupid American.  She waits for a “USA” chant to stop, then says Cena lives in a delusional world where the cup is always half full.  She puts over Rusev, saying he is the undefeated super athlete and the greatest United States Champion.  She mocks Cena for never giving up, and says that Cena has always come back after a beating, but this time there’s no coming back.

Rusev addresses the “USA” chants, saying he doesn’t need them.  He tells Cena that come Sunday, he will crush Cena and every thing he stands for.  Cena gets serious, telling Rusev he’s never been in a fight before.  He tells Rusev that if he makes one more move, he’ll kick his ass right now.  Lana and Rusev mock his “you can’t see me”  hand wave.

Cena bolts out of the ring, and this brawl is on.  He tackles Rusev on the ramp twice, then hits a big clothesline.  He rams Rusev head first into the LED board, then Cena unloads right hands.  The fans chant along to the count of ten.  “He’s out.” Says Booker T.  Cena yells at Rusev, points at Lana to stand back, and holds up the US title to the fans.

This was a good promo, but it feels like a repeat.  Also, go back to where Cena dismissed the US Championship – how can you take seriously that he’s going to go after the title?  With the beatdown, I can only assume that Rusev somehow retains his belt, with or without a loss.  I guess the real pitch for this match is whether or not Cena will hang the first loss on Rusev.

Back live, the announcers recap Cena beating down Rusev.

They talk about the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live.  They cut backstage to Dean Ambrose, who is at a desk and in a suit.  He does a mock news report, talking about how Barrett has been ducking Ambrose for an Intercontinental Championship match.  He says that he beat former champions and will beat Luke Harper tonight.  He holds up a contract and says he will get Barrett to sign.

Match #1 – Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose:

Harper is waiting in the ring as Dean Ambrose gets his entrance.  He has the contract with him, and leaves it with the announcers as he gets in the ring for the match.  Going into commercial, Harper hits a big boot on Ambrose at ringside.

Back live, Harper is controlling the action.   They show us action that happened through the break via the WWE App.   The announcers debate why Ambrose brought out the contract and JBL says Barrett won’t sign.  Ambrose bites his way out of a headlock, then pulls the rope down so Harper spills to ringside.

Harper gets back in the ring right away and Ambrose hits him with a tornado DDT off the ropes.  Ambrose unloads with strikes, then hits Harper with a running drop kick.  He follows with a top rope elbow on a standing Harper.  Ambrose goes back up and tries a move but Harper ducks.

Harper comes back with a superkick for a good near fall.  Ambrose comes back with strikes but takes a back elbow.  Harper hits his black hole slam for a good near fall.   Harper tries his wind-up clothesline, but Ambrose ducks and rolls Harper up for two.

Ambrose comes back with his clothesline out of the ropes, then hits Dirty Deeds for the victory.  Cole hypes up the contract and says he’d love to see the match.  JBL puts over the match as Ambrose retrieves the contract from ringside.

The skit prior to the match did nothing for me.  The match, though, was very entertaining – especially down the stretch.  The fans bought into the near falls down the stretch and rallied behind Ambrose when things counted.  And I’m hoping that they have something in mind for Luke Harper.  He’s a really effective big man, and could really fit in a role that Kane and Big Show are in right now and not being effective.

The announcers talk about the implosion of Goldust and Stardust.  Cole says that Dusty Rhodes will be present tonight and reads a tweet where Rhodes says that he will settle the issues.  JBL says that Triple H will respond to Sting tonight.  They also hype up the matches featuring Roman Reigns vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show.

These all feel like repeats.  I’m not sure how this will work out.

Backstage, Triple H is talking to Kane.  Big Show enters.  Kane asks why Show is there, and the two start bickering over their various disagreements recently. Hunter interrupts and says this has been going on since Royal Rumble.  They bicker some more.  Hunter tells them to shut up, and says they reflect poorly on the Authority.  Hunter tells them to make things right in their single matches.  He says he wants solutions, not excuses.

Bray Wyatt cut in.  He says what happened “to you” was a tragedy that still stirs a rage that makes him want to do terrible things.  He says now the fear he had has turned into putrid, hateful pity.  “It’s coming.”

In the locker room, Goldust is with Stardust.  He tells him “it’s a place you don’t want to go.”  They pan back to show Dusty in the room with him.  He says that’s why he’s there is to fix what’s broken.  Stardust blows some dust around and Dusty says that’s what he’s talking about.

He calls Stardust “Cody” and says that all of the stars and galaxies mean nothing without family.  He appeals to Stardust that they need to get it together.  He tells Stardust he loves them, no matter what.  Goldust offers a handshake, and Stardust takes it.  They hug, and Dusty tells them to “show them what the Rhodes family is about, stand together.”

Dusty has lost a ton of weight.  Looks good.  The softer voice is what that situation needed.

Match #2 – Goldust and Stardust vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, w/Big E)

We didn’t need to suffer through the New Day entrance, as they are in the ring.  Goldust and Stardust make their entrance and they show Dusty watching on a backstage monitor.

Xavier starts with Stardust, and gets shoulder blocked down.  He locks on a hammerlock, but Stardust backs to the corner and gets the tag from Goldust.   The Dust brothers isolate Woods and work him over.

Afterward, Stardust gets in the ring and tends to Goldust.  He helps him up, but Goldust falls back down.  He helps him up again.  They hug, then Goldust goes to walk away.  Stardust hits Cross Rhodes on him and leaves the ring.  “Dammit Cod…Stard….come on,” says Booker.  Stardust backs up the ramp.

Backstage, Byron Saxton interrupts Roman Reigns in the locker room.  He asks what the journey has been like since Royal Rumble.  Reigns says he took on 29 men at the Royal Rumble, and now he has to get through the Yes Movement, then it’s on to face Brock Lesnar.  He says when you’re that busy, you don’t have time to think about the destination.

Reigns insists he wasn’t manipulated, and says that The Authority tried to ride the wave of public opinion to get Seth Rollins into the situation.  Saxton asks about Bryan, saying he rode the same wave of public opinion.  Reigns looks up and says Bryan had an opportunity and took it.  He says he respects Bryan, but if he were in the Royal Rumble and got tossed out he would take it like a man.  He says that he was the man who gave Bryan the opportunity, and he will take it away.

This should have happened when they set this match for Fast Lane.  They’ve made Reigns look like a dope by insinuating he has been manipulated by the Authority into this situation.  His character raised the right ppoint about Bryan, something we’ve talked about.  They waited too long.  Now, will Bryan respond – or be left to twist in the wind.

Cue Daniel Bryan’s music out in the arena.  He comes to the ring, leading “yes” chants and shaking hands with fans.  Cole says that Reigns will face Kane next, and asks why Bryan is out there.  He will be on commentary for the next match.

On the app, we see Stardust confronted by Dusty Rhodes, who calls him Cody.  Stardust takes offense and says that Cody has been doomed to live in the shadow of his polka-dotted father.  He says that space is a balance of forces, and forces causing him to explode.  He says that Cody dances with the stars now.  “Cody Rhodes is dead, and as far as I’m concerned so is my father.”

This was actually pretty strong for Cody’s perspective.  He wasn’t over the top, and hopefully this is something he can dig into.

Back live, we get a recap of the recent tensions between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.  Booker says that the two guys have respect for each other.

Match #3 – Roman Reigns vs. Kane

Bryan addresses Reigns’ backstage comments.  He says that his logic for getting into the main event of Fast Lane is that he never got a chance at the title after his injury.  “I had one less title defense than Brock Lesnar, so they didn’t need to strip it from me.”  ZING!

Reigns sells for Kane, who hits a big boot to a seated Reigns.  At the announce position, they continue to discuss Bryan and Reigns facing off on Sunday.  Kane gets a two count.  Reigns starts a comeback,. hitting a clothesline off the second rope and a running clothesline in the corner.  He hits a Samoan Drop.  Bryan leads a “yes” chant, and says that’s what Reigns will be dealing with on Sunday.

Late, the fight spills outside.  Kane sets up a choke slam onto the announce position, but Reigns escapes.  Reigns sets up and hits a spear, then beats the ten count back into the ring.  Reigns wins by count out.

Afterward, Bryan says there is no way he will get counted out on Sunday.    Bryan gets on the announce position and leads “yes” chants.  Reigns opens the ropes and invites him in, but instead Bryan circles the ring leading “yes” chants.  JBL says that Bryan is getting in Reigns’ head.  Cole hypes up Big Show vs. Bryan for later on.  Reigns smiles and laughs at the ropes.

So, Reigns doesn’t pin Kane, but wins.  They protected Kane?  They protected MOTHER FUCKING KANE?!?  Reigns, as the Rumble winner, should have scored a pinfall win here.  The fans didn’t know how to respond to Bryan’s “yes” lap either.  Vince has this really screwed up right now.  Both men are going to come out of this damaged by what I see at the moment.

Also, can we pull back on the “Yes” chants led by Bryan?  He looks like a glorified cheerleader, when he needs to be a determined athlete.

They also hype that Triple H will address Sting accepting his offer to appear at Fast Lane on Sunday.

Backstage,  Renee Young catches up with Daniel Bryan.  She asks him about the chants, and Bryan credits Reigns for being a great athlete.  He says one has to be mentally tough to be a champion.  He says if Reigns had issues with the chants tonight, he will need to get used to them because there will be more at Fast Lane on Sunday.

Another Wyatt cut in.  He holds a hammer, saying “Limbo is no place for a soul like yours.  I’m waiting.”

Looks like he’s still out to address Undertaker?

Byron Saxton looks for an interview with Paige.  The Bella Twins emerge with her ring gear.  Nikki says that she won’t be wrestling tonight, and if she does she will have to do it – naked.  Paige comes out with a towel wrapped around herself, asking where her gear is.  She heads off but meets up with Cameron.  Paige asks to borrow gear, but Cameron tells her “girl bye.”  Ugh.  Paige sees the Rosebuds, and pulls one of them in her locker room.

The marked difference between the NXT women and the WWE Divas is that Divas are presented like school girls with 5th grade problems and pranks, while the NXT women are presented as athletes who work matches.

Match #4 – Paige vs. Summer Rae

Paige comes out with the Rosebud’s fairy outfit on, or whatever it is.  The fans didn’t care, but the announcers made a big deal out of it.  The Bellas watch from a monitor and snicker.  Summer gets in some offense, but Paige locks in the PTO to get a submission win.

Afterward, the Bellas walk out.  Brie has Paige’s leather jacket on.  Nikki starts to talk, but Paige cuts her off.  She says that the difference between her and Nikki is that she doesn’t need an outfit to make her look good.  She says that after Fast Lane, she will be wearing something better – the WWE Divas Championship.

I can’t even muster up any anger.  This is garbage nonsense.

Backstage, Seth Rollins is talking to J&J security.  He’ll be up next.

Seth Rollins gets his entrance.   Before this match he cuts a promo.  He says that today is President’s Day, saying it’s a day to honor men of the past.  He calls it a waste of time when the future is standing before them.  He says that he is the most valuable asset in WWE.

“I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, and no one can stop me,” Rollins says.   He says he can run for president, or take over as the host of the Daily Show for Jon Stewart “and make that thing watchable.”  Rollins says all he wants to do is cash in his MITB briefcase and become the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  He says that instead he has to waste his time with people below him like Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler’s music hits and he gets cheered.  Ziggler comes out and asks Rollins why he’s mad.  He asks if he had a rough Valentine’s Day.  OUCH.  He asks if J&J got him the wrong chocolates or if Stephanie buckled into the car seat too tight, or if Triple H gave him a speech about the birds and bees.

Rollins smirks, then tells Ziggler he’s nothing compared to him.  Ziggler agrees, saying “especially when it comes to being a whiny protected sellout douche.”  Ziggler says that he raises the bar when he’s in the ring, and he got rid of the Authority singlehandedly.  He tells the “trolls” J&J Security to stand back, because he’s about to do what he does best – show off.

Match #5 – Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (w/J&J Security);

Ziggler attacks, clubbing away on Rollins before he can get his shirt off.  Rollins escapes to the outside to regroup as we go to break.  The match hasn’t started yet.

Back live, Rollins is controlling the action.  He got the advantage in the break with the help of his security guys.  Rollins throws Ziggler out, and the security guys run to the ramp side where Ziggler is.  The official catches them, and ejects them.  Rollins throws Ziggler to the barrier then motions to security that he has it.

Back in the ring, Ziggler rolls up Rollins in a small package, but only gets two.  He takes a clothesline from Rollins.  Ziggler mounts a comeback, hitting a corner splash.

Late in the match, Ziggler hits a superkick and the Zig Zag.  He has Rollins pinned, but J&J Security comes back to the ring to throw the match out.  The three gang up on Ziggler but here comes Ryback and Erick Rowan to even the odds.  They rough up Noble, with Ryback hitting a spinebuster on him before he rolls away.  The faces stand tall and celebrate.

Good while it lasted.  I am just thrilled that they announced the DQ finish.  They never do that.

Backstage, Triple H is watching it on a monitor.  He will be addressing the Sting situation, next.

We get an ad for the Fast Lane pre-show, which will happen on Sunday at 7 EST.

In-Ring Segment:

The familiar “King of Kings” hits and here comes Triple H.  As he comes to the ring, we get a recap of what went down last Monday involving Sting and Hunter.

“We Want Sting” chants welcome us back live.  Hunter smirks, then says “let me get this straight – word on the street is that I’m afraid of Sting?  I find that laughable.”  He says it takes more than a couple parlor tricks to get under his skin.  He says WCW will stand in the ring with WWE at Fast Lane. “Sting, the Icon, the Franchise, will stand in this ring and do the unthinkable, stand face to face, toe to toe, with The Game.  Not the COO…”

“WOOOOOOOO!”  Ric Flair’s music interrupts, and here comes Naitch to the ring.  The two hug and Flair goes for a mic.  “Before you start cussing me out…”  He says he came out because he respects and loves Triple H.  He says Hunter can’t get mad because they’re in Orlando and that’s where Hunter inducted Flair to the Hall of Fame.  He says he has nothing else to say but that he loves and respects Hunter.

Hunter says “why you’re here, and why I assume you’re here, is to sing the praises of Sting.”  Hunter says he knows how good he is.  Flair tells Hunter to not take Sting lightly, and to not put himself in a position to fail.  Hunter says he doesn’t need a history lesson on who Sting is.  He says he knows how good Sting is.

He says he watched a bleach blonde kid take Flair 60 minutes at Clash of Champions, then become the franchise and icon of WCW.  “Sting was, and is, WCW.”  When WCW’s final bell rang, Sting was standing tall in the ring while all the other rats jumped ship.  Sting stayed and Hunter respects that, but then Sting did the smart thing and disappeared.  “If Sting would have come to WWE, I would have run him out.  Sting’s legacy was built on Ric Flair’s reputation, and that always pissed me off.”

Flair tells him he’s not acting like the Cerebral Assassin.  Hunter asks to finish.  He says that after all these years Sting wants to make it personal and take what he has.  “Sting is, and Was, WCW, and mark my words, I am WWE.”

Flair says that Sting is already getting to him.  He says he’s asked in airports who the best is, and he says “Triple H, when he’s wrestling.”  He says he was asked in New Orleans about Triple H beating Daniel Bryan – and Flair answered that Hunter would beat Bryan in five minutes.  “Thirty minutes later, guess what happened.”  He tells Hunter that he’s not a full-time wrestler anymore, and the worst thing for a wrestler is time off.

Hunter tells Flair that Flair is no Triple H when it comes to kicking Sting’s ass.  Flair asks Hunter to do him the favor and not let him see Hunter sitting on his ass like he was last Monday.  Hunter shoves Flair down.   He gets in Flair’s face and says that nothing outside of his wife and kids is more important to him than WWE.  He says he doesn’t care who stands between him and the WWE, he will kick their ass.

Hunter says that whether he goes on his own, or he has to beat it out of him, “Sting will never show his face here again.”  Hunter storms off, then Flair’s music hits and he leaves the ring.

The announcers talk quietly.  JBL says that this is WWE.  Booker says that Triple H just lost his cool in front of 15,000 people.  They swing into promoting John Cena appearing on “Parks and Recreation,” then recap the opening segment when John Cena beat down Rusev.  They hype up John Cena vs. Rusev for the pay per view on Sunday.

They just couldn’t run to commercial there.  They needed to let that breathe, but instead ran off to a Cena appearance.  It’s a big deal, but the placement was all wrong.  This exchange was really good and showed great intensity.  This was the best hype of anything on Fast Lane, and gives some spice to what may be a blah moment at the pay per view.

Match #6 – Darren Young and a local talent vs. The Ascension

Darren Young gets an intro, but his partner doesn’t.  The Ascension interrupts the intros and hits the ring aggressively, attacking both men.  Out of nowhere, Titus O’Neil runs out to help Darren Young, helping clear the Ascension from the ring.  He and Young pose after the match.

Are we getting a reunion of the Prime Time Players?  Can’t say I’m overjoyed to see it, but the tag team division could use it.

Backstage, The Miz talks to Bad News Barrett.  Miz asks him to knock Mizdow down a peg or two, and he will help Barrett in keeping Ambrose at bay for signing the contract.  Barrett tells him to “have your people call my people.”

They run an ad for the preview of the “Destruction of the Shield” DVD on the Network after Raw.  Cole says that Paul Heyman will appear on Miz TV on the Fast Lane pre-show.

Match #7 – Bad News Barrett vs. Damien Mizdow (w/The Miz)

Barrett gets in some early offense.  Mizdow starts a run, but Miz rings a bell and yells “the bell means stop.”  He asks Mizdow to come buff his shoe.  That lets Barrett get back in control.  Mizdow starts another flurry.  He kips up and sets up for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Miz rings the bell again.  He complains about a spot on his glasses he wants cleaned.  Mizdow gets by the ropes and Miz says “never mind.”  Mizdow turns around into the Bull Hammer and Barrett wins.

After the match, Dean Ambrose charges the ring.  He attacks Barrett from behind, then runs him into the ring post.  Ambrose ties him up with ties and shows the clipboard with the contract.  He goes over to the announcers and gets a pen while Barrett yells for a knife.  Ambrose forces his signature, then smiles and holds it up, pointing to both signatures.  Cole hypes that the match will happen at Fast Lane for the Intercontinental Championship.

I think that was a bit of an awkward way to get to the title match for Barrett and Ambrose.  Not a big fan of it.  Both guys deserve better than that.

Bray Wyatt cut in again.  He is pounding on something with a hammer.  He says it’s time for the angel with the burnt wings comes, and dares the person to find him. “Or I’ll find you.”

We get a vignette for Sheamus’ return, coming soon.

Match #8 – Jimmy Uso and Naomi (w/Jey Uso) vs. Tyson Kidd and Natalya (w/Cesaro)

We get a video recap of the double date that caused these issues as the Usos come to the ring.  Cole tells us that The Usos will defend the tag titles at Fast Lane against Kidd and Cesaro.  Kidd and Natalya, along with Cesaro, come out, and Cole reads tweets from both women involved in the match.

Men start it off, but Kidd quickly tags out so Naomi has to tag in as well.  Natalya uses a leg scissor to control Naomi momentarily, then Naomi returns the favor.  Stand-off as Kidd leads a chant for his wife.  Naomi tags out, so that means Kidd has to tag in.  Kidd lands a kick and a slap to the face then tags out.

Natalya and Naomi back in.  After working some offense and hitting mirroring drop kicks, Natalya asks Kidd if he wants the tag.  He refuses, saying she has it.  Natty steps through for the Sharpshooter, but Naomi counters.  The two women work roll-up exchanges, and Naomi comes out on top of it.  The Usos and Naomi escape, and Kidd derides his wife for losing the match.

At least the women weren’t treated like 4th graders?  The tag match at the pay per view should be good though.

The announcers give us some hype for WWE Network and Fast Lane coming up on Sunday.  Cole sends it into a recap of the Roman Reigns/Kane match and Daniel Bryan’s involvement.

They show Bryan walking toward the ring, and he’s up next against Big Show.  Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he heads to the ring through the crowd.  He’ll be on commentary for our main event.

Back live, Dolph Ziggler will get Seth Rollins again on Smackdown.  J&J Security is barred from ringside for that one though.

Match #9 – Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show

JBL says that “this little puke” will get what he has coming and it won’t be a match at Wrestlemania.  Booker reminds us that Bryan has pinned Show before.

Bryan avoids Show early, then unloads some kicks.  Show palms him down.  Show catches Bryan and tries to club him in the corner, but Bryan avoids and lands some more kicks.  Show slaps him on the back and takes control momentarily.  Bryan comes back with some kicks, targeting the leg.  Show’s size takes over.  Orlando is quiet as Show hits a slam.  Reigns watches on, shaking his head.

Bryan unloads some shots on Show in the corner.  Show reverses it, slapping Bryan across the chest and taking control again, setting up a press slam. Bryan counters to a sleeper.  Reigns starts signing autographs and taking selfies for fans and that catches Bryan’s attention.  Show has faded to his knees with the sleeper.

Show breaks the sleeper, but Bryan unloads kicks on Show.  He’s still sort of distracted by Reigns and the selfies.  Show palms down Bryan as we go to break.

Wow.  The best they have is the selfie game?  Really?  This is so uninspired and sloppy.

Show is in control as we come back live.  They talk about Reigns taking pictures and signing autographs before the break.  Show slaps Bryan at the apron as JBL says that he doesn’t think anyone can beat Brock Lesnar.  Show gets booed as he continues to move along with plodding offense.

A “You sold out” chant gets Show’s attention for a moment.   Bryan starts to fire up with some kicks, but Show catches him in a bear hug.    Bryan sets up a counter, trying to flip Show from the ring.  Roman Reigns is tossing out t-shirts to the fans, which gets Bryan’s attention.

Bryan tries a suicide dive but Show catches him.  He tries to set something up, but Bryan runs him into the post.  Show runs Bryan into Reigns, and they have words.  Show hits Reigns with a spear, then turns his attention to Bryan again.

Bryan manages to take Show down, and he starts a run.  He hits two running drop kicks, but Show counters and goozles him.  Bryan slips out and locks on the Yes Lock, but Show strains to the ropes and gets there.  Bryan unloads more kicks on a kneeling Show, hitting the big wind-up for a two count.

Bryan goes up top, but Roman Reigns hits the ring to drop Show with a Superman Punch.  That ends the match, and Lilian actually calls it.  Bryan is still on the ropes and he’s pissed.  He hits Reigns with a missile drop kick and sends him out of the ring.  Bryan and Reigns jaw at each other, then Reigns hits the ring.  The brawl is on, and Reigns tosses Bryan to ringside.

Reigns walks around the ring as Bryan gets to his feet.  The brawl starts again, with Reigns getting the better of it as it spills outside the ring.   Officials spill out to break things up, but not before Reigns tosses Bryan into the barrier.  The fans chant “let them fight”  but Booker tells the two to “be smart, Fast Lane, Wrestlemania.” The two shake hands.

That doesn’t last long.  Bryan attacks Reigns, sending him over the top rope and following with a suicide dive.  The brawl continues out through the fans, with officials trying to break things up.  They move to the timekeeper area, where Bryan roughs him up with a chair.

Reigns gets in a big shot, and throws Bryan over the announce position.  Referees catch up to them and separate the two men again.  JBL says it comes down to these two and we’ll find out who goes to Wrestlemania to face Brock Lesnar on Sunday.  That’s how it ends.

The brawl started off awkwardly, like a cat fight.  But once they got beyond that, it wasn’t bad.  The problem is, it feels like too little, too late.  The rest of the build has been pretty bad for this, as has been a lot of the pay per view.  This gives me hope though that something will be meaningful when it comes time for the match on Sunday.

This was a marathon, yet again.  Nothing really got me all that hyped up for Fast Lane at all.  Even the closing brawl didn’t undo all the issues that the build to Bryan vs. Reigns has.  I guess it’s a matter of your perspective as to what it did for you – but for me, this didn’t get me excited about the pay per view on Sunday.

Drew and I will talk all things Fast Lane and Raw, along with our predictions, on tomorrow’s Ring Rap Audio.  It’s a big day for us, as it’s Episode 150!  We’d love to have your questions and comments as a part of this show, so hit us up on Twitter @RingRap or drop a comment on our Facebook page.  And don’t forget to vote in our Reader Poll too.  Thanks for reading along tonight.


WWE Raw Afterthoughts for 02/10/15

In their build towards Wrestlemania, one would think WWE would have no shortage of stories, angles, and matches.  Yet, last night, they struggled to find a way to keep the three hour time slow full and entertaining.  By recycling the opening match as the main event (with a handful of additions), they’ve played their cards and have shown they have no idea where they’re going until Fast Lane, and are in a holding pattern until then.

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Ring Rap Audio: 02/10/15 – NXT Takeover: Rival Preview, Diamond Dallas Page, Rikishi to the WWE Hall of Fame, Raw, and more!

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The word of the day is “half-pro.”

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Triple H States Desire to Make NXT a “Touring Brand”

As is customary prior to NXT Specials, Triple H hosts a conference call with wrestling media the day before the show.  With “Takeover: Rivals” happening tomorrow night, the call happened today at 12PM EST.

A note of interest coming out of the call is that Hunter announced his goal to make the NXT brand a separate touring brand later this year or early in 2016.  He noted that he would like to see the brand running live events every weekend.  Right now, the NXT brand runs live events around Florida, and has two events booked in March in Ohio.

The goal of these shows would be to run weekend tours at small venues.  Hunter went on to add that some of these events would be  sold shows, meaning that WWE would get a flat rate from a promoter to run the venue.

There is a place for NXT to be a touring brand, and I can’t help but think this will help gain exposure for the product.  Drew and I will touch on this during Ring Rap Audio this afternoon.





WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 2/9/2015 – The Authority Influence on Reigns vs. Bryan, Bad News for the Lunatic Fringe, a Supernova in Store for the Dust Brothers, Paige and the Bellas, and More

The road to Fast Lane rolls on, and in turn so does the Road to Wrestlemania.  Tonight, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns continue to build toward their match at Fast Lane to decide who is going to Wrestlemania to face Brock Lesnar.  Will the Authority have a say in it?  They beat Bryan down and left him laying at the end of Smackdown.  Also, Bad News Barrett doesn’t want to face Dean Ambrose, but he continues to press the issue.   Will Barrett give Ambrose his match?  The Dust Brothers feel like they’re on a path to explode as tensions rise between them, and Paige looks to get revenge on the Bella Twins for being mean girls last Monday.

Show Open, Live from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH

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Bill Wentz from Ring Rap Audio Appears on Choked Out Radio – 2/4/2015

This evening, Bill Wentz from our “Ring Rap Audio” show had the opportunity to appear on Choked Out Radio with Jairo Borja.  The pair covered a wide range of topics, including current WWE booking heading into the Fast Lane pay per view, the Triple H interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and a few TNA-related topics as well.

The show was live from 9PM EST to 10PM EST, but if you missed the live airing, you can catch the recorded on-demand version at BlogTalk Radio.  Also, be sure to stop by and check out Choked Out Radio’s blog site and catch up with his latest thoughts on pro wrestling and MMA.

Site News and Updates 02/04/15

300x300_logoHello everyone!

Just a few quick hits to talk about today.

  • Senior Columnist Bill Wentz will be making a guest appearance on Choked Out Radio this evening at 9pm Eastern.  Tune in to Blog Talk Radio to listen to the show live.  More details at Choked Out Radio.
  • Speaking of podcasts, be sure to download the latest episode of Ring Rap Audio.  Episode #148 covers Mickie James and Drew Galloway, plus WWE Raw, Fast Lane, and the Triple H appearance on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast.
  • WWE NXT airs on the WWE Network tonight.  We will have extremely delayed coverage of the show, which should be posted some time in the very early morning.
  • In case you missed it, please take a moment to check out Bill’s WWE Raw coverage and my WWE Raw Afterthoughts for the episode airing 02/02/15.
  • Finally, if you are attending any upcoming events, be it indy, WWE, ROH, or anything else, we want to hear from you!  Hit us up at or

Thanks for reading!

– Drew Koscelek, Editor in Chief


Ring Rap Audio: 02/03/15 – Mickie James and Drew Galloway to TNA, WWE Raw, Fast Lane, Triple H on The Steve Austin Show , and more!

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Mother Nature has snowed in Bill and Drew once again this week, but they’ve got two words for her!

Stop Please.


Lots of moves and shakes going on in the world of TNA right now, and two notable stars have made their presence known in the most recent tapings overseas.  Mickie James has returned to the company, and Drew Galloway has made his debut.  Is this a good move for both?  How will this help TNA?

Also, WWE Raw felt like a crowd control episode after last week’s snowstorm and Royal Rumble.  Drew and Bill break it down, and look at the big picture, and how this rolls into Fast Lane, the upcoming pay-per view.

Plus, Triple H sat down with Stone Cold Steve Austin for a live podcast on the WWE Network.  How did this compare to Vince McMahon?  What did Triple H say and do?  Is the future of WWE in good hands?

All this plus more!

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Live Coverage of the “Stone Cold Podcast” Featuring Steve Austin with Triple H – 2/2/2015

The following is a live report of the WWE Network broadcast of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Steve Austin Podcast.  Tonight, Austin’s guest is WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque.  The interview with Vince McMahon late in 2014 was newsworthy, so one has to think that this one will be as well.

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