Match 4 – Bray Wyatt def. Dolph Ziggler
Among last week’s revelations was the unexpected realization that Dolph Ziggler and Bray Wyatt make fantastic opponents. So it was practically a matter of destiny that the two would clash in a rematch seven days later on Raw, though a stronger, more calculated game plan wasn’t enough to reverse The Showoff’s fortunes against The Eater of Worlds. Ziggler’s early reliance on his quickness and amateur background briefly left his enemy befuddled and bloodied when a dropkick turned Wyatt’s nose to mush.
Some struggles aside, in fact, victory seemed in hand when Ziggler pounced with a Famouser and, having learned his lesson, followed with a superkick. Wyatt escaped at two, though, and rolled outside the ring for cover. Ziggler’s enthusiasm got the better of him when he gave chase right into a battering ram clothesline. With Ziggler all but unconscious, Wyatt had plenty of time to carry The Showoff back to the ring, spider-walk into position and execute Sister Abigail for the win, though WWE officials mercifully stopped his planned post-match attack. #Smallvictories.
Match 5 – The New Day def. Gold & Stardust
As expected, trouble in the stars has led to a new day. (See what we did there?) The tumult between Gold & Stardust reached new levels of strangeness when Stardust – suffering from a bit of an identity crisis already – left his brother Goldust high and dry right in the middle of a match against The New Day’s Kofi Kingston & Big E. With The Bizarre One stranded, all Big E had to do was tag in and finish him off to end the match, though it looks like this family spat is just beginning.
Triple H entered the arena. He said that for twenty ate, slept and breathed WWE. Others came and gone, he stayed here to make WWE a better place. And it was all taken away because of one man and that man was Sting.
Triple h said that Sting was the face of WCW, the same company he helped to get destroyed. And now fourteen years later Sting gathered up the guts to do something about it. Because for fourteen years, he stayed away, for fourteen years he knew that if he would show up Triple H would expose him. And now after fourteen years at Survivor Series, Sting finally decided to take his shot. And when he took his shot, he did not do it like a man, he attacked like a coward.
Triple H addressed Sting and said that he was a man and he was calling him out at Fast Lane. He would into his eyes and would reveal why Sting had to stay away for fourteen years and if Sting agreed to never show his face in the WWE again, then Triple H would let him leave Fast Lane with his dignity.
Triple H said that he was a patient man, but he called out Sting for two straight weeks with no answer. His patience was now running out. He addressed Sting and said that he wanted an answer and he wanted the answer now.
Sting’s crow sound hit and the fans cheered really loud for him. A creepy video footage was shown on the big screen. As it was over, the fans started chanting ‘We Want Sting.’ Suddenly a man on Triple H’s back appeared in Sting’s attire which really scared Triple H. As he was disappeared, the big screen showed ‘I Accept.’
That’s one way to say “Yes.” Since his humiliation last month at Sting’s hands, Triple H has been calling the WCW veteran out for weeks now for a face-to-face showdown at WWE Fastlane, and the most elusive vigilante this side of Starling City has thus far remained mum on his answer.
Well, The King of Kings’ latest missive prompted a response from the former WCW Champion. In the middle of Triple H’s in-ring address to the vigilante, the lights cut out and several imposters (followers?) of Sting appeared, including one who ambushed The Game in the middle of the ring. By the time the lights returned, an image was displayed across the TitanTron: “Triple H, I accept.” Showtime!
Match 6 – Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos
Looks like the new induction into the WWE Hall of Fame is the one bit of good news The Usos will get today. Following two weeks of pain (and one really bad double-date) at the hands of Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, the brothers suffered a tandem loss to the self-proclaimed “Professionals” on Raw thanks to a well-employed bit of misdirection by The Swiss Superman himself.
With both teams stuck at a dead heat, Cesaro ditched his signature power moves for some traditional chicanery, distracting a turnbuckle-perched Jey Uso by tossing Jimmy into the line of fire. Cesaro then shoved Jey down to the mat to a waiting Kidd, who snagged the win. In other words, Cesaro & Kidd beat the WWE Tag Team Champions. Fact.
Match 7 – Sin Cara def. Damien Mizdow
The rumbles that Damien Mizdow is a better Miz than The Miz got a big boost of credibility on Raw when the former stunt double took Sin Cara to the limit on Raw. Unfortunately for the onetime Mr. Money in the Bank, however, his boss’ micromanagement cost him the bout against The International Sensation, specifically a mid-match water run and Miz’s demands that Mizdow not use his moves.
It was Mizdow’s impending application of the Figure-Four Leglock that truly raised The Awesome One’s ire. Once Mizdow released Sin Cara at Miz’s command, the luchador struck with a roll-up and pinned him, ensuring he enters his NXT Tag Team Title rematch alongside Kalisto with some steam. As for Mizdow? Well, a Hollywood ending that was not.
Match 8 – Dean Ambrose def. Curtis Axel
The #AxelMania movement to reverse the outcome of the Royal Rumble Match and send Curtis Axel to WrestleMania is alive and well. Less so are the former Intercontinental Champion’s ongoing efforts against Dean Ambrose, though it looked like the onetime Paul Heyman disciple would finally get one over on the pesky Lunatic Fringe for a good stretch of their latest contest. Ambrose’s rally to Dirty Deeds and victory shut Axel down, yet that still wasn’t enough to convince Bad News Barrett to emerge from the Bad News Zone – that’s BNZ – and grant Ambrose an Intercontinental Title opportunity.
Main Event – Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show & J&J Security in a 5 on 2 handicap match
Turnabout, as they say, is fair play. And if The Authority can bring in a few friends to even the odds, there’s no reason Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns can’t do the exact same thing. The 5-on-2 Handicap Match between Bryan, Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show & J&J Security didn’t even get off the ground before The Beard and The Big Dog were swarmed by the numbers game and left to the mercy of a rope-a-doping Jamie Noble.
Once Big Show KO’d Roman Reigns, the cavalry quickly arrived to bail Bryan out of the fire in the form of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan, who took out The Authority’s heavy hitters and left J&J alone with The “Yes!” Man. A few kicks later and Mercury was all lined up for the Running Knee ﾅ until Reigns roused himself, tagged in and finished the job with a Spear. Bryan, of course, wasn’t all too pleased about this, and his post-match shove of The Big Dog led to the unthinkable: Reigns bounced off the ropes and Speared The Beard. That face-to-face on SmackDown should be very interesting. Believe that.
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