About 75 minutes and four matches into WWE’s Mar. 10 pay-per-view (PPV) in Cleveland, we finally had our first match from the red brand. And even then, the team which came into the Triple Threat for the Raw Tag titles with the most momentum also wrestles on NXT and SmackDown.
Aleister Black & Ricochet started out hot, even before Chad Gable & Bobby Roode were their legal opponents.
Both those teams brawled the champs out of the ring before the bell. Ricochet showed off with Gable in the early going, but after Dash Wilder of The Revival tagged himself in, the Top Guys started to show why they’re the ones with the belts. The One And Only played face in peril for much of the first half of the bout, setting things up for his partner to clean house.
Black had Roode set-up for Black Mass, but sent that kick into Wilder. A Spinebuster from the Glorious One set off a thrilling sequence which featured a couple nearfalls, and led to a scary spot where Ric tried to rana Scott Dawson off the top onto a mass of bodies on the floor, and both men hit the apron hard.
Ricochet rebounded from that to fly over the ringpost and take Roode out...
... and his partner may have spent too much time watching that, as Gable fell victim to a Shatter Machine from the champs to end the match.
The Revival keep their titles, but a melee that was started by Roode ended with both Black & Ricochet hitting their signature spots.
It seems pretty clear who we’re supposed to be impressed with, but for fans of tag wrestling, it’s really all three duos.
Maybe we haven’t seen the last of these rivalries...
Get complete Fastlane results and coverage of every match on the card by clicking here.