WWE Fastlane was Monday Night RAW’s final pay-per-view (or pit stop) on the road to WrestleMania, and now both brands have a clear path to Camping World Stadium in Orlando on April 2. WWE Fastlane is used to wrap-up any intermediary feuds while continuing the build to the more significant matches for the WWE’s biggest show of the year. This year’s version will most likely be remembered for Goldberg becoming a champion in WWE again for the first time in more than 12 years.
The show has largely been met with criticism in the 12 hours (and counting) since WWE Fastlane went off the air. The three matches and/or outcomes of those matches scrutinized the most were the Roman Reigns-Braun Strowman bout, the RAW Women’s Championship match between Bayley and Charlotte, and, of course, the WWE Universal Championship main event that featured Goldberg and Kevin Owens.
Chris Jericho’s distraction was celebrated, but the squash match that ensued had a good portion of the WWE Universe up in arms. Fans felt Owens was mistreated by a part-time superstar who hasn’t wrestled a match longer than two minutes since his triumphant return. Charlotte had her undefeated streak on pay-per-views snapped, seemingly inexplicably. And Reigns, of course, went over Strowman clean without any sign of the Undertaker appearing.