In the history of the WWE pay per views, the February show is always been a hard sell. After the spectacle of the Rumble fades away and Wrestlemania is just weeks away many find the show before the Show of Shows a little anticlimactic. For years, WWE had the buffer of the Elimination Chamber to create interest but in the modern era the logistics were too much for that structure. So now WWE has Fast Lane. But truthfully instead of getting you excited for the next six weeks more often than not it feels like the carpool lane. And the 2016 edition is no exception. It’s kind of ironic that the show happens on the same day as the Daytona 500 because it seems like they’re driving around in circles.

Don’t get me wrong, the performers all worked hard to make the show mean something but it really felt like everything was on hold until tomorrow’s Raw. It felt like a comma instead of a period at the end of the sentence. There were no states. Take for example, the Kickoff Match a Two Out Of Three Falls match that ends in a little under 15 minutes. It was a fight with a lot of stuff brought in. But it felt rushed. Mauro Ranallo’s commentary with the prestige of the match but The US title is definitely a lower rung since John Cena lost the title. I called it the 2016 Cruiserweight Title and as much as I find that insulting to say it’s true. This match really does nothing for Champion and Challenger. so I don’t know what to say. What’s the future of Kalisto and Alberto del Rio. I think it’s time for a new feud for everyone involved. These two do not have the chemistry that anyone hopes. I don’t know who you have next challenger for the Stars & Stripes may be AJ Styles but it’s time for change. The only thing good note was the announcing was done by tomorrow for now

The same thing can be said for the Divas Tag Match all the women worked hard to prove that they deserve a better spot but there were really no stakes. Everything felt like a placeholder for Becky and Sasha until Charlotte was done with Brie Bella. Team bad particularly Naomi look the best she’s looked in quite some time.

Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler worked hard to make really something out of nothing. And they did a good job but Kevin Owens Dolph feud is not going to set the world on fire as I said on Monday. And much like the US title time for the Intercontinental title to find some new blood for the division. Owens is only as great as the person he plays off. How about you do something a little bizarre. Maybe a Battle Royal to determine a new number one contender and give It Neville.

The trend continued with The Six Man Tag with The Wyatt Family versus Ryback, Kane and Big Show. The Big Guy gets the win with the Shell Shock makes me wonder why do this match if you’re going to have the Wyatts lose again? Did Big Show Kane and Ryback need a win? What you do with the Wyatt family after this since their attempt to get rid of the “Gods of WWE”? How credible are they as bad asses? Why even bother?

Charlotte defeated Brie Bella in a solid match that saw Mrs. Bryan Danielson really take yourself to a new level. However as I said earlier this week I question using her husband’s Goodwill to get yourself over. I mean I understand the philosophy behind it but I think it’s that is a detriment to her skill in the ring. Her countering submissions were excellent. And I think overall, there was a lot good but there was nothing to really feel compelled by. Like I said before, it seemed like a holding pattern until Sasha and Becky were free. Why do all that with Brie if that’s how it’s going to end?

AJ Styles and Chris Jericho was the best of the night. That being said that he did not have any consequences or circumstances to make you feel like it was important. Don’t get me wrong great but it felt like a cruiserweight match on WCW television in the 90s. It has no bearing on the future. I feel like a broken record but I hope AJ can now move on to something else a with a little more substance.

Then we received the gift that totally wreaked of booty, the segment with Edge, Christian, The New Day and the League of Nations. While I found the segment comical for the most part it definitely felt like filler. I know you have to promote the new WWE Network show but where were the Dudleys and the Usos? Why bill that feud up on television without some reference on the pay-per-view? Instead we get a two-minute match with the Social Outcasts and R Truth and Goldust. Again I ask why? What does this do for anyone. I’m happy Curtis Axel got a victory but did this really need to be on the pay-per-view?

The main event was good as Brock Lesnar matches tend to be. Cleveland definitely became Suplex City, it was hard-hitting and actually gave some payoff to what was building on television between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. As I said in a previous article I would’ve gone with Dean Ambrose but WWE wasn’t going to change their minds about Roman Reigns. And I think that might be a mistake. This may be one of the most tumultuous main events in Wrestlemania history. AT&T Stadium may be halfway empty when the main event bell rings on April 3. We will see how things shake out as we get closer but Fast Lane definitely felt like a pothole on the road to the Granddaddy of Them All. A few years ago they had the Yes Revolution, last year they had Seth Rollins cash in. How would WWE change public opinion in the face of something clearly a vocal minority do not like? Will Vince be that stubborn? Do they have an ace up their sleeve? Yeah 42 days and counting to Wrestlemania are you ready?

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