Sunday's WWE Fastlane pay-per-view determined the main event for WrestleMania 32 in April. It also set the wheels in motion for the company's direction for the remainder of the road to WrestleMania.
Here's everything that happened when the dust settled and what it all means as we hurtle toward the biggest WrestleMania in history.
United States Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Kickoff Match: Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Before the PPV proper began, Kalisto once again defended his U.S. title against his title against Alberto Del Rio. Kalisto took the first fall by disqualification when Del Rio plastered him with a chair. Del Rio took the second fall with a modified corner double stomp. Del Rio gave Kalisto another brutal double stomp on the outside, but Kalisto survived and managed to roll Del Rio up for the final three-count to retain.
What we learned: Del Rio's shoulder may have been up before the final three-count, which the announcers addressed immediately following the match. So unfortunately, this feud may continue. (I say unfortunately only because it's been run into the ground over the past two months, not because the matches have been bad. Far from it.)
Kalisto may very well continue to hold the United States Championship heading into WrestleMania, but I wouldn't count out him dropping the title before April rolls around.
Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch def. Naomi & Tamina
In the first of two women's matches on the PPV, all four competitors here brought their A game and had a fantastic tag team match. Becky and Sasha were able to work together and Sasha eventually forced Tamina to tap out to the Banks Statement.
What we learned: As Banks told Becky at SmackDown, "We're not friends, but I hate losing." True to their word, they picked up a huge victory here. Now Sasha and Becky have equal claim to Charlotte's Divas Championship. Prepare for a Triple Threat Match for the title at WrestleMania, which will absolutely rule.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) def. Dolph Ziggler
Although these two have faced off pretty much every week since the Royal Rumble, they had their best match yet. The finish came when Ziggler went for a superkick, but held up when the referee was in the way. Owens took advantage and hit a short-arm variation of his pop-up powerbomb for the pin.
What we learned: This feud also MAY continue, but it seems fairly definitive at this point. Earlier on Sunday, Owens tweeted that we were actually on the road to "KOmania" and the announcers made sure everyone knew about it.
The referee involvement may stretch things out for one more title match between Owens and Ziggler, but it seems more likely that several people will start gunning for the Intercontinental Championship, setting up a multi-person match at WrestleMania.
Big Show, Kane & Ryback def. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman)
In perhaps the biggest upset of the evening, Team BEEFMEAT (not their actual team name) defeated the Wyatts thanks to Ryback pinning Luke Harper following Shell Shocked.
What we learned: I ... honestly have no idea. The Wyatt Family has lost their momentum so many times that it might be the biggest running joke in all of pro wrestling fandom. It's completely unclear right now where a Wyatt loss or a BEEFMEAT victory could possibly lead.
Harper was also clutching his shoulder during the surprising pinfall, so hopefully he didn't get injured during the match. Given the glut of WWE injuries in the past year, that's just what the company doesn't need.
Divas Championship Match: Charlotte (c) def. Brie Bella
In a great touch, Brie came out to the match wearing the same style furry boots as her husband Daniel Bryan wore at WrestleMania XXX. She also paid tribute to her injured sister by using Nikki's Bellahammer forearm. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to overcome the machinations of Charlotte and Ric Flair. Charlotte eventually locked in the Figure Eight for the tapout victory.
What we learned: Charlotte is still the Divas Champion (almost certainly until WrestleMania rolls around) and Brie came up short in her best shot at the title. Brie will be retiring soon and this might have been her last big singles match.
AJ Styles def. Chris Jericho
AJ Styles emerged victorious in his first WWE PPV singles match. Each man had defeated the other on television in previous weeks, so this was the rubber match. Jericho got to be the first WWE wrestler to kick out of the Styles Clash, but tapped immediately thereafter to the Calf Crusher.
After the match, Jericho got in the ring and looked like he was going to pick another fight, but instead gave Styles a Respect Handshake.
What we learned: Styles defeated a legitimate WWE icon in a one-on-one match. WWE clearly views him as a big deal and a major player and will likely build him up to a big WrestleMania match over the next month. Kevin Owens tossed out some unprovoked Twitter smack talk on Sunday night, so maybe we'll see AJ vs. Owens at the big sow.
Jericho also will need something to do at Mania, so the two men tagging up to take on a pair of opponents isn't out of the question, either.
The New Day appeared on Edge & Christian's "Cutting Edge Peep Show"
Edge and Christian hosted a segment that included shameless self-promotion for their new WWE Network show. Their guests were the current WWE Tag Team Champions the New Day. The confrontation between the five men proved as entertaining as anticipated.
The main point of the segment, however, appeared to be to introduce the WWE Universe to their latest challengers, the League of Nations. They came out to challenge the New Day, who then bailed. The League of Nations turned their attention to Edge and Christian. The end of the segment featured Edge and Christian joining the New Day to taunt the League of Nations.
What we learned: The face turn for the New Day has officially begun. Fans all over the world were hoping and praying that the rumors would be true and that NXT favorites Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady would debut here, but that ended up not being the case.
The New Day appear set to be good guys heading into WrestleMania, where they'll face the League of Nations, to the delight of unicorn fans everywhere.
Curtis Axel def. R-Truth
Unexpectedly, the Social Outcasts appeared after the Cutting Edge Peep Show segment. In an unadvertised match that hadn't been built up beforehand, Axel grabbed a quick win over R-Truth. Goldust appeared at ringside to try and help him even the odds, but inadvertently cost R-Truth the match.
What we learned: Goldust still wants R-Truth to be his partner and is still working hard to convince him. Truth is still far from convinced, however. Meanwhile, the Social Outcasts continue to pick up unexpected wins (although a Curtis Axel win over R-Truth can't really be considered an "upset").
Triple Threat Match to determine No. 1 Contender at WrestleMania: Roman Reigns def. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose
The main event was everything fans wanted it to be and more ... except, perhaps, for the ending. At the end of a spectacular match, Dean Ambrose dispatched Brock Lesnar with a steel chair, but was hit with a spear from Roman Reigns, who pinned his best friend to win a spot in the main event of WrestleMania.
What we learned: As expected, Reigns is heading to the main event of WrestleMania to face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose will need something else to do.
It is possible that the main event of WrestleMania may not be a simple one-on-one match, however. Plans have certainly changed before and there is over a month to find a way to turn the match into a Triple Threat or something else entirely.
That said, it's equally possible that Ambrose and Lesnar will simply face each other at WrestleMania. The initial plan of having Lesnar face Bray Wyatt seems near impossible given what happened to the Wyatt Family on Sunday.
We'll have to tune into RAW on Monday to find out where exactly things are headed, but it certainly looks like we have a pretty good idea with the biggest show of the year just over 40 days away.
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