WWE Fastlane is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Mar. 21, 2021) from the ThunderDome inside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida at 7:00 pm ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
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WWE FASTLANE QUICK RESULTS
- Roman Reigns def. Daniel Bryan
- Alexa Bliss def. Randy Orton
- Drew McIntyre def. Sheamus
- Seth Rollins def. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Braun Strowman def. Elias
- R-Truth def. Joseph Average
- Joseph Average def. R-Truth
- Big E def. Apollo Crews
- Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler def. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair
- Riddle def. Mustafa Ali
WWE FASTLANE LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
We’re throwing all caution to the wind, it’s better to think about what’s ahead than behind them. Only I have got a better chance at failure, but my mind has a clever way of turning all the worst to right, I’ve found, so I’m just gonna liveblog this here pro wrestling show for y’all, folks.
The pre-show opens with Kayla Braxton welcoming us and introducing her panel, tonight consisting of Booker T, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Peter Rosenberg. As they go through the matches with the usual preview content, we’re informed that Shane McMahon hurt his leg training and is currently being evaluated to see if he can wrestle his match tonight.
Matt Riddle (c) vs. Mustafa Ali (WWE United States Championship)
Ali immediately bails to the floor and takes his time getting back inside, Riddle grabs a cravate but a handful of hair forces him into the corner for the break. Big double leg, knees to the ribs, Karelin lift sets him up for the high jump senton... NOPE! Another senton attempt, Mustafa with the feet up to block! He calls to Retribution at ringside to make sure they’re watching and stalks after Matt.
Putting him into the corner, pulling him to the apron, right hand and he posts his neck before dropkicking him to the floor! Back inside, bodyscissors applied, keeping the pressure on Riddle’s neck and putting him into the turnbuckles chest first, cover for two. Trading chops in the corner, whip reversed, evasion to the apron to dodge the forerarm, rolling thunder lungblower... NOT ENOUGH!
Snapmare gets Mustafa back to the bodyscissors, Riddle escapes, Ali floats over, off the ropes... NECKBREAKER COUNTERED INTO A SLEEPER HOLD! MUSTAFA COUNTERS WITH A PIN! Clobbering blows exchanged, Pele kick connects, corner charging forearms, overhead exploder and into the Penalty Kick! Powerbomb connects, roll through into the knee strike... STILL NO!
Matt goes up top, corkscrew moonsault but Ali gets the knees up! Mustafa up to for the tornado DDT, reversed, fisherman buster reversed but Riddle rolls through and hits it... ALI KICKS OUT AND LOCKS THE KOJI CLUTCH RIGHT ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! MATT DESPERATE, CRAWLING, REACHING FOR THE ROPES, HE POSTS TO HIS FEET FOR A SHORT POWERBOMB TO FORCE THE ESCAPE!
Boot up in the corner, Riddle up top, Ali crotches him! Big right hand dodged, reverse into a hanging sleeper hold, referee Darrick Moore calls the break, Matt drags Mustafa up top...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with an avalanche fall-forward Tombstone Piledriver to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Ali berates Reckoning for being out of line and she walks off. SLAPJACK walks off next and Mustafa berates T-BAR, telling him this is all his fault. Mace has had enough, they goozle him... DOUBLE CHOKESLAM TO ALI!
We get a PSA promoting COVID vaccines next— I got my first shot on Friday, and I hope y’all are getting yours as soon as possible too.
The pre-show carries on doing pre-show business until it’s time for the show proper to begin.
The main show kicks off with a video package setting tonight’s show up, as usual.
Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Baszler and Banks to start, Sasha in with right hands, putting her in the corner, quick tag to Belair. Putting boots to her together, shoulder thrust, more quick tags as they work Shayna over at length. Bianca at one point counters a triangle choke attempt with a badass deadlift but that gives Baszler the opportunity to retain the momentum and go to work on her arm.
But before she can do any real damage, Jax tags in and Belair gets her in the corner and makes the tag. Float over a Samoan drop, tilt-a-whirl armbar attempt, off the ropes, shoulder block for two! Bianca tags back in, basement dropkick for one, whip to the corner, back body drop to the apron, Baszler runs interference and Nia clobbers Belair with a forearm!
Queen of Spades tags in, smashing Bianca’s face into the apron, back inside, grinding her down, Belair fights out with punches but Shayna clobbers her down! Tag to Jax, headbutt to the ribs, choking her in the ropes, off the ropes, elbow drop... NOPE! Quick tags, working Bianca over, she makes some space eventually, up and over puts Nia into the turnbuckles, tags made!
The Boss in hot with a wicked knee to Baszler, corner knees for both tag champs, springboard caught but she manages to vault over Nia for a tornado DDT on Shayna that sends Jax to the floor and nearly ends it! Tag to Bianca, off the top, 450 splash connects but Reginald runs interference and referee Shaun Bennett doesn’t count the pin! Running Reggie off, Belair gets caught in the Kirifuda Clutch but makes the tag!
Glam Slam Alarm Clock, Bank Statement crossface applied but Nia shoves Bianca into the submission and breaks it up! A furious and confused Banks yells at Belair and piefaces her into the corner! Baszler from behind...
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Baszler on Sasha Banks to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, Belair and Banks bicker more, Sasha slaps her and calls her a rookie and walks out, title held high.
We go backstage where Shane McMahon is hobbling out of a trainer’s room on one crutch and with ice taped to his knee.
He runs into Elias and Jaxson Ryker, and Elias pitches him on performing at WrestleMania and claims it’ll be epic. Shane tells him now isn’t a good time but the Drifter refuses to take the hint. McMahon relents and says he has an idea and we cut away.
Apollo Crews vs. Big E (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Trading punches out the gates, E puts him on the apron... SUICIDE SPEAR SENDS CREWS SPIRALING TO THE MAT! Big puts him up on the apron and jaws at him, stomping and choking him while telling him that he asked for this. Big splash connects, E breaks the count and heads back, hitting a second big splash on the apron! Back inside proper this time, overhead belly-to-belly suplex sends Apollo spiraling!
Another suplex, but Crews is able to hit a basement dropkick to take the champion off his feet! A lariat follows, a German suplex after, holding on and rolling into a second and then a third! Stepping on Big’s neck to choke him, drawing him up, spinning spinebuster connects! Up top, frog splash... NOPE! Waistlock, grinding the life out of E, enzuigiri follows, standing moonsault... E GETS THE KNEES UP!
Counter the Blue Thunder Driver with a snapmare, Big Ending denied, small package. E reverses...
Big E wins by pinfall, reversing a small package into a lateral press to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Post-match, Crews attacks E and lays him out with an Olympic Slam! Another Olympic Slam, he tells Big that it’s not over and draws him back up to slap him in the face and hit a third Olympic Slam!
We get an Old Spice ad where Drew Gulak takes a free sample and Akira Tozawa comes along with the ninja ref in tow looking for R-Truth. Truth tries to give him a sample, he grabs the arm, the Old Spice rep falls on him...
Joseph Average wins the 24/7 Championship by pinfall.
R-Truth wins the 24/7 Championship by pinfall.
Akira tears Average’s shirt open and freaks out about the Night Panther shirt he’s wearing underneath.
We get footage of Shane McMahon’s training injury from earlier.
Shane is in the ring with Elias and Jaxson Ryker as the Drifter is ready to play us a song.
McMahon wants everybody to hear exactly what he can do before WrestleMania, and Elias starts playing a song only for Shane to interrupt and apologize for interrupting to tell him that actually he’s taking his place against Braun Strowman tonight.
Braun Strowman vs. Elias
Elias ducking and dodging, Ryker tries to run interference but Strowman puts the Drifter into the corner and clubs the hell out of him. Big biel, smashing Elias into the post, kicks to the ribs, choking him over the ropes but Jaxson saves his guy! Charging around the floor, clobbering the Drifter, back inside to break the count, Ryker throws Elias back in the ring!
Chop block, DDT, Drifter starting to put a head of steam together, up top, diving elbow drop... NOPE! Braun comes back, big lariat, corner lariat...
Braun Strowman wins by pinfall with the running powerslam.
We get a recap of the preshow match and see Matt Riddle scooting along backstage.
He runs into Shinsuke Nakamura, who congratulates him on retaining his title. Riddle wishes him luck against Seth Rollins and offers him a chance to buy into his business proposition to trick scooters out. Nakamura wanders off during his long rambling story, Matt wanders off, and Shinsuke returns to frame, shadowboxing to prepare for his match.
Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Rollins with a side headlock, wrenching it in, Nakamura fights out, knee drops, Seth bails to the floor. Back inside, kicks keep Rollins off balance, Seth gets him to the floor and dives a knee on him to even the odds! Smashing Shinsuke’s face into the announce desk, back inside with knees to the midsection, fireman’s carry gutbuster... NOPE! Backbreaker follows it up, another nearfall!
Waistlock, trying to grind the King of Strong Style down, my feed goes down for a moment and it comes back up with another nearfall. Rollins walks around, talking how he’s a real tough boy, looking for the Giant Swing but Nakamura reverses into a cross armbar attempt! Falling to the floor, Shinsuke sets him up for a knee lift on the apron, diving knee follows and Seth is on the outs!
Back inside, Good Vibrations, whip across, knee to the gut gets a shockingly deep two! Looking for the inverted exploder, Rollins counters with elbows but runs into a boot out of the corner! Block the kick, he trips Nakamura up so bad that he falls to the floor! Off the ropes, suicide dive connects! Back in, diving knee gets a glancing blow and he follows it up with Sling Blade!
Slow to capitalize, cover gets two, jockeying for position over a suplex attempt, trading forearms when that breaks down. Seth gets an enzuigiri, powerbomb blocked and the 540 roundhouse puts Rollins in the corner! Charging in, boots up, swing him over, sliding German suplex! Back inside, charging in, Seth counters... BUCKLE BOMB! Falcon Arrow follows... STILL NO!
Drawing himself up, waiting, charging in, Nakamura catches him... LANDSLIDE FOR TWO! Dragging him up, inverted exploder connects, kip-up, calling for it, Kinshasa blocked, jockeying for position, Rollins hits a Death Blow ala Chris Hero, off the ropes, Black Magic! Off the ropes...
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout.
We get a vignette hyping up Rhea Ripley’s Raw debut tomorrow night.
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus (No Holds Barred Match)
Hot start, McIntyre with a series of belly-to-belly suplexes and a clothesline to send Sheamus to the floor! Belly-to-belly on the floor, more brawling, the Celtic Warrior puts Drew into the post! McIntyre whips him into the steps and stomps his hand on the steel! Back inside, kendo stick in hand, the brawl continues at length and an evil grin plays across Drew’s face as he begins to whip Sheamus with the stick!
MCINTYRE’S GRINDING THE POINT OF THE KENDO STICK INTO THE CELTIC WARRIOR’S EYE SOCKET! Smacking it across his back, sending Sheamus to the floor, he turns things around and stalks after Drew steps in hand, dorking him across the face with them! Setting him atop the announce table, fireman’s carry, McIntyre out with elbows, underhooks, knees to the jaw, he throws the Celtic Warrior off the table and into the barricade!
Fishhooks tearing at Sheamus’ face, they brawl out into the crowd area and Drew drops him throat-first across a barricade! Big slam on the floor, more brawling, punches after punches, Sheamus hits the Finlay Roll! Dragging McIntyre along, he fights back with punches... HE THROWS SHEAMUS THROUGH SOME OF THE THUNDERDOME LED BOARDS, ELECTRONICS SPARKING AND SMOKING!
Dragging Sheamus back towards ringside, fireman’s carry takes him back to the announce desks but the Celtic Warrior claws at his face and Brogue Kicks him over the barricade! Sheamus draws him up atop the barricade, jawing at him... WHITE NOISE OFF THE BARRICADE AND THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK! Dragging Drew back to the ring, he grabs a side wall of the announce table and slides it in the ring to use as a weapon.
Disdainful punches, McIntyre recovers and throws his own right back... FUTURE SHOCK INTO THE DESK WALL! OFF THE ROPES...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Alexa Bliss vs. Randy Orton
Orton starts puking the black fluid during his entrance while he’s posing in the turnbuckles. He rolls out of the ring and demands a towel to wipe his face as he continues to gag and heave. He demands Bliss stop the games and come to the ring and she obliges, bathing the ring in pink light as she does.
We get a bell, and Alexa starts out with a fireball! Orton backs off, charges in, Bliss sidesteps and he goes hard into the post! To the floor, Alexa skips off and beckons Randy to follow her. They stop and stare and a lighting rig falls right in front of Orton’s feet! Bliss waves it off and giggles and asks Randy to follow her as she goes back in the ring.
He cautiously obliges and she blows a kiss as he enters... AND FOLLOWS IT WITH ANOTHER FIREBALL! She celebrates, commentary suggests Orton blocked it even though that doesn’t exactly read, and he rises back to his full height. A burnt arm reaches out through the mat and grabs his foot! Randy stumbles away and a jet of flame pours out of the ring, giving way to the Fiend!
Burnt and scarred, he steps out of the hole in the mat and squares up with Orton! Bliss with a diving shove, Wyatt hits Sister Abigail...
Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall with a straddle pin.
Commentary hypes up WrestleMania, featuring noted racist Hulk Hogan and pillar of the community Titus O’Neil as hosts.
Edge makes his entrance for the main event first, in his capacity as Special Ringside Enforcer.
Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Universal Championship)
Bryan going for a single leg out the gates but Reigns shrugs him off. Into the corner, breaking at referee Dan Engler’s behest and Dan gets a leg kick in. Collar and elbow, into the corner, this time Roman breaks dirty with a right hand! Bryan goes for the leg again, Reigns goes for the ropes, Dan keeping his distance, shooting in for the leg, back heel trip attempt but Roman falls into the ropes for the break!
Test of strength, Bryan crumbles and Reigns scrapes his knee across his face. Flying armbar attempt breaks it but Roman gets the ropes right away! Leg kicks, Reigns with a side headlock takeover, the American Dragon slips out, knees to the spine, Ode to Jim Breaks applied! Stepping on the bicep, pushing him into a pin and Reigns breaks away! Headbutts, stomps, punching away at Dan to push him into the corner while Edge and Paul Heyman look on.
Shoulder thrusts in the corner, ramming Roman into the turnbuckles on the opposite side of the ring, off the ropes, Bryan cuts him off with a dropkick! Wristlock, shoulder armbreakers, Reigns claws at his eyes and backs him into the corner to force the break! Corner lariats as Engler counts, Bryan turns him around with chest kicks and punches!
To the corner, backflip up and over, Roman catches him with a tilt-a-whirl slam! My feed goes down briefly and when it comes back up, Reigns is dragging Bryan back up for a straight suplex! Striking away, he knocks Dan to the floor with an uppercut and follows after, putting him into the barricade. Bryan recovers, kicks on the floor but Roman passes him into the post and takes him back inside for the cover... NOPE!
Another suplex, corner lariat freight trains Dan, he drop toeholds a second attempt and gets some breathing room! Running corner dropkicks, looking for the avalanche Frankensteiner... REIGNS REVERSES INTO A BOSTON CRAB! Bryan struggling, reverse to a victory roll pin, off the ropes... AXE BOMBER! Both men down and out, slowly rising, American Dragon laying strikes in and the Big Dog fires a knee in return!
Whip across, front kick scouts the back body drop, low bridge sends Reigns to the floor! Plancha... ROMAN CATCHES HIM AND COUNTERS WITH A POWERSLAM! Scooping Bryan up, he slips out and puts Roman into the post and then dives on him with a knee to the face! Dragging Reigns up, putting him back inside, headed up top, another diving knee inside the ring!
Up top once more, missile dropkick connects, slow to cover, only two! A smile plays across Dan’s face, clearly seeing his path to victory, chest kicks ensue, Roman catches the buzzsaw finale and rams him into the corner! Big slicing right as referee Dan Engler warns him off, chainsaw forearms and cravate knees! Engler continuing to warn Reigns about castigo de excesivo, Bryan goes for a double leg but Reigns blocks!
Hoisting him up, Dan reverses to a Frankensteiner and hits the roundhouse kick! Another buzzsaw, cover... STILL NO! He tells Roman he’s about to get broken, wristlocks applied... YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR [REDACTED] HEAD KICKED IN! HE ROLLS IT INTO THE LEBELL LOCK! Rolling Roman around, back into the hold in the middle of the ring, wrenching back while Reigns claws at his grip to try and break it... AND PRIES BRYAN’S HANDS APART!
He rolls Dan over to rain forearms down from mount, hits a Tenryu Powerbomb... NO GOOD! Charging in, chest kick blocks, Roman ducks... THE BUSAIKU KNEE TAKES REFEREE DAN ENGLER OUT! ROMAN HITS THE SPEAR, EDGE SLIDES IN TO COUNT THE COVER... NOT ENOUGH! Edge and Roman jaw at each other over the count, Reigns back to raining forearms down on Bryan’s face but he reverses into a triangle choke!
Roman posts up on his feet, deadlifts him but Dan punches his head and slides down, picking the leg and shifting into the LeBell Lock! Nowhere to go, wrenching back, crossface strikes when Reigns tries to pry his grip apart again and the American Dragon locks the hold back on! JEY USO FROM OUT OF NOWHERE WITH SUPERKICKS FOR EDGE AND BRYAN! He checks on the Big Dog and goes outside, grabbing a steel chair!
Back inside, he puts Edge into the ringpost shoulder first! Bryan ducks a chairshot and hits the Busaiku Knee on Uso! Dan grabs the steel chair and rises to his feet, walloping Jey across the back with it! Looking around for a referee, Bryan takes his chance but Roman ducks and he hits Edge with the chair instead! Superman Punch connects, Reigns lying in wait... HE COUNTERS THE SPEAR INTO THE LEBELL LOCK!
Roman with nowhere to go and nobody left to help, his eyes glassing over, fading... AND HE TAPS! HE TAPS BUT THERE’S NO REFEREE TO BE SEEN! EDGE HAS THE CHAIR AND HITS BRYAN WITH IT! HE HITS THE BIG DOG WITH IT AS WELL AND SCREAMS ABOUT HOW THIS IS HIS! EDGE STORMS OFF! Referee Danilo Anfibio slides in the ring, Roman slides over...
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with a loose lateral press to retain the WWE Universal Championship.
Roman holds the title high.
That’s the show, folks.