When Kevin Owens lost the Universal Championship at WWE Fastlane 2017 on Sunday night, the results had major implications for the WrestleMania 33 main event featuring Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. Now that Goldberg defeated Owens at Fastlane to become the new Universal Champion, he'll move on to defend the title against Brock Lesnar in Orlando on April 2. And with all signs pointing towards Roman Reigns facing the Undertaker at WrestleMania, the WWE Universe was disappointed that The Undertaker didn't make an appearance at Fastlane, leaving Reigns free to get the clean victory over Braun Strowman.
NOTE: For members of the WWE Universe that were unable to watch the event live on the WWE Network on March 5, the results of the event were posted on this Inquisitr page in real-time with available video highlights and commentary.
WWE Fastlane 2017 PreviewThe final WWE PPV before WrestleMania 33 is the Raw-exclusive Fastlane, which airs live from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the WWE Network. The WWE Fastlane 2017 Kickoff begins at 7/6c, while the Fastlane PPV begins at 8/7c.
Akira Tozawa & Rich Swann vs. The Brian Kendrick & Noam DarFour competitors from the 205 Live crew will compete in a tag team match on the Fastlane Kickoff, as two of the feuds from the Cruiserweight Division merge for the first in-ring action on Sunday night. The Brian Kendrick was offended when Akira Tozawa bluntly said that he didn't like him, while Noam Dar looks for a little bit of revenge against Rich Swann after the former Cruiserweight Champion had some choice words for Dar and his girlfriend, Alicia Fox, on Valentine's Day.Results: Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann defeated The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar. Prior to the match, Austin Aries announced that he will be returning to in-ring action soon as a competitor in WWE's Cruiserweight Division. He would make the announcement a second time prior to the Cruiserweight Championship Match.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia JaxWith Bayley and Charlotte busy fighting over the Raw Women's Championship, Sasha Banks finds herself in another match against Nia Jax. Literally the biggest threat from the red brand's female division, Jax defeated Banks at the Royal Rumble and then 24 hours later on Monday Night Raw. With Sasha "distracted" by Bayley's first major title defense, Nia looks to improve her record to 3-0 against The Boss.Results: While Nia Jax dominated much of the match, Sasha Banks got the win.
Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal / The Big Show vs. RusevJinder Mahal and Rusev discussed with General Manager Mick Foley the fact that they both wanted to compete in singles matches instead of teaming together. They both made their way to the ring before either of their opponents had been announced. Things got physical between the two of them, and it set them both up for losses.Results: Cesaro defeated Jinder Mahal and The Big Show defeated Rusev.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass -- Raw Tag Team Championship MatchWhile it may be Enzo and Big Cass challenging Gallows and Anderson for the Raw Tag Team Championship, the WWE Universe shouldn't forget about Cesaro and Sheamus, the former champions that had the titles taken from them by the current champs. Amore and Cassady also had a run-in with the former champs, having to get a victory over them to earn this title shot at Fastlane. Although they aren't officially involved in this match, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Swiss Superman and his partner show up on Sunday.Results: Gallows and Anderson defeated Enzo and Big Cass, but not without some controversy. As Anderson rolled Amore up for a pin, Enzo got one foot on the rope. From outside the ring, Gallows knocked his foot off the ropes before the referee could see.
Neville vs. Jack Gallagher -- WWE Cruiserweight Championship MatchJack Gallagher's unique in-ring style -- and his equally unique emphasis on being a gentleman -- has resulted in his popularity among the WWE Universe growing very quickly. However, at Sunday's PPV, he challenges current WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, who has been virtually unstoppable since turning heel and plowing through the competitors on 205 Live. Will Gallagher and William the Third be able to pull off the upset on Sunday, or will Neville walk into WrestleMania 33 with the Cruiserweight Championship still around his waist?Results: After a valiant effort, Jack Gallagher fell victim to the Red Arrow, as Neville retained the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Samoa Joe vs. Sami ZaynAfter dropping the NXT Championship to Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe was brought up to the Monday Night Raw roster to work a program with Seth Rollins, The Architect's last stop before getting his hands on Triple H at WrestleMania 33. When Rollins was injured during Joe's WWE Raw debut, Sami Zayn was brought into the mix. The two have exchanged a few promos and sneak attacks, with the short program likely coming to an end at Fastlane.Results: While Sami Zayn put up a good fight, Samoa Joe came away with the clean victory.
Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair -- Raw Women's Championship MatchCharlotte Flair has an untouchable PPV win-loss record, still undefeated in singles action on Sunday nights. Being a four-time former champion means that she's lost the belt on four separate occasions, each of those occurring on a Monday night. Bayley, who unexpectedly won the title under questionable circumstances, will be facing odds unlike she's faced since she started competing in WWE. Regardless of who wins this match, it looks like WWE is setting up a Fatal 4-Way Match at WrestleMania 33.Results: While Dana Brooke remained backstage during this match, Sasha Banks made her way to the ring and had an influence on the outcome, both distracting Charlotte Flair and preventing her from pinning Bayley with a handful of tights. Bayley retains the Raw Women's Championship, but not without controversy.
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Roman Reigns vs. Braun StrowmanThe Undertaker may very well show up at WWE Fastlane, setting up the match he's expected to have against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. If Taker is in Roman's future, regardless of what happens at Fastlane, then it's possible that Braun Strowman will get the victory over Reigns on Sunday, continuing his build as a monster heel. Then again, if Strowman does get a victory over Reigns, who does he move on to face at WrestleMania 33?Results: Members of the WWE Universe anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Undertaker at WWE Fastlane were ultimately disappointed at the end of this match. Roman Reigns got a clean, hard-fought victory over Braun Strowman. But if Reigns is facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33, the Dead Man didn't show up at Fastlane to get things going. During Roman's interview with Renee Young and Jerry Lawler on Raw Talk, Roman claimed that the WWE is now his "yard" and that being in WWE day-in and day-out makes it his yard.
Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg -- Universal Championship MatchAs much as the Undertaker could have a huge impact in the Roman Reigns/Braun Strowman match, both Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar could potentially get involved in the main event, as Kevin Owens defends the Universal Championship against Goldberg. Brock Lesnar, who faces Goldberg at WrestleMania, could decide to cost Goldberg the match, adding even more heat to their feud. At the same time, he may be more interested in Goldberg taking the strap from Owens, so that Lesnar can take it from Bill at Mania. Of course, Y2J could also get involved as revenge on Owens after his recent betrayal.Results: Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. After KO tried to play mind games with Goldberg as the match started, Y2J showed up unannounced, causing a distraction that led to a Spear, a Jackhammer and a pinfall victory for Goldberg.
Where To Watch WWE Fastlane 2017WWE Fastlane will air Sunday, March 5, on the WWE Network. The program will begin at 8/7c. The Fastlane 2017 Kickoff will air at 7/6c. For viewers who can't watch the show live, it will be available to stream on-demand immediately.
The fallout from WWE Fastlane will begin less than 24 hours later. WWE Monday Night Raw airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c. Replays of WWE Raw aren't made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night Raw is available to stream on-demand the following day on Hulu.
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