We are a mere 34 days away from Wrestlemania 31, which will go down at Levi's Stadium on March 29. The main event will feature Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, and there is so much more for the show. A lot of things were solidified or set in motion last night at WWE's Fastlane PPV.
If you are not a wrestling fan, feel free to move on to one of our many football articles. But for the wrestling fans among us, I thought I'd provide a little bit of an update. We won't have a ton of wrestling content here, but I like the idea of keeping track of things heading into Levi's Stadium Wrestlemania. WWE Network is free in the month of February, so I signed up and watched the Fastlane PPV.
The main event for Wrestlemania is scheduled to pit world champion Brock Lesnar against the challenger, Roman Reigns. Although Reigns had the main event spot locked up when he won the January Royal Rumble, shenanigans with "The Authority" resulted in him having to face Daniel Bryan at Fastlane, with the winner headed to Wrestlemania. Reigns won an incredibly physical matchup with Bryan. It was rather slow starting, but they ended up effectively kicking the crap out of each other for 30 minutes. Reigns had a sports hernia issue late last year, and he sold that injury throughout before building up for the win. He kicked out of Bryan's running knee, and event countered a second attempt with his own spear for the win. It was a fun matchup. Reigns will face Lesnar. There had been talk that it might turn into a triple threat match with Daniel Bryan, but a clean finish likely means it will be Reigns vs. Lesnar straight up.
HHH called out Sting early in the show, and Sting arrived. HHH offered him easy money if he just stepped aside, but obviously Sting would have none of that. He and HHH went back and forth, before HHH gained the advantage. He went for his sledgehammer (I am always entertained by how it is always ready and waiting!), but Sting had his bat. Eventually they set up a match for Wrestlemania. HHH came after Sting after that, but Sting got a few shots in with his baseball bat. That was enjoyable!
Rusev defeated John Cena when the latter passed out during the former's camel clutch finisher. They had a great match leading up to it, with Rusev kicking out of the Attitude Adjustment. Rusev's manager, Lana, distracted the ref late, which resulted in Rusev kicking Cena in the junk and that getting his kick to the head. He got Cena into the camel clutch and Cena was unresponsive. This likely sets up a second match at Wrestlemania. Rusev is undefeated and I have a hunch Cena will snap the streak at Wrestlemania.
One of the non-match highlights saw what appeared to be the Undertaker's entrance. Bray Wyatt has been calling him out in recent weeks, albeit not directly by name. A coffin came out with the druids and the Undertaker's music, only Wyatt was the one inside the coffin. He cut his promo directly calling out the Undertaker. Odds seem pretty good that Undertaker will accept and they will square off at Wrestlemania.
The other notable news saw the return of Randy Orton. Seth Rollins, Kane and Big Show defeated Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback. Rollins and company started beating up on the faces after the win, and that led to Orton coming out. It was an expected return, as he had taken a few months off to shoot a movie. They set up his departure with Rollins injuring Orton. This seemingly will get us set up for an Orton-Rollins match at Wrestlemania.
The other results included Goldust defeating Stardust, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeating the Usos to win the tag team titles, Nikki Bella defeating Paige to retain the women's title, and Bad News Barrett defeating Dean Ambrose via disqualification to retain the Intercontinental Championship.