Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

WWE Fastlane: Styles and Flair successfully defend titles

The superstars of "SmackDown Live" have arrived at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Breeze made a tag to his partner Dillinger.

While it may have only been booked five days before the show, Shinsuke Nakamura vs Rusev was a great way to open the night. Consider it one of the most hyped-up matches in WWE history, and there's already one Hall of Famer who thinks it could be the best match in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rusev tries to his finishing move The Accolade, but Nakamura blocks.

There was one title change at Fastlane as Randy Orton won the US Championship for the first time after pinning Bobby Roode with an RKO. Orton and Roode are both very crisp in-ring workers, and the bout featured some really nice exchanges. 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. This was Carmella's first TV/PPV win since October.

Who will win: Natalya and Carmella. Carmella covered Becky for the win! The two teams have had an engaging rivalry in the past. She doesn't exactly rise to the level of others, but she's still pretty damn good, and she plays her role incredibly well. I'm convinced, however, that the only reason they're doing this is to give New Day the titles back and reopen the division to new credible challengers; namely, the Bludgeon Brothers.

-Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka for the Smackdown Women's Championship.

Flair's match against Ruby Riott was constantly interrupted by Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Lynch, and Naomi. However, the referee had the last laugh as he ejected both the teams from the ringside after repeated distractions caused by them.

Elsewhere amidst SmackDown's ranks, some new challengers for the Tag Titles have been readied, Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair is on the way and John Cena, WWE's poster boy for the past decade plus, may just find himself sitting on the sidelines come WrestleMania 34.

That said, it's a positive predictable, with AJ Styles emerging victorious from the night's best match and retaining the WWE Championship vs. a slew of other superstars.

I also laughed at how many times John Cena did the Attitude Adjustment in this match. Owens and Sami face off now and drew huge crowd applause again. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shane McMahon. If Corbin and/or Ziggler won their matches, they would be added into the title match. Ziggler tried to superkick Cena but he instead hit an AA on Ziggler. But, Owens hit Cena with a pop-up powerbomb and as he turned, Styles then hit the Phenomenal Forearm to retain his title and confirm his WrestleMania spot. Rusev didn't lose much steam in a back-and-forth affair while Nakamura picked up the much-needed PPV victory before his WrestleMania dream match with AJ Styles.

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