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Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura steal the show at WWE Fastlane

WWE has done some colossal things over the last year and tonight’s Fastlane wasn’t any different. Saturday’s Fastlane completely destroyed gate records for the state of Indiana, which has been a constant theme for the WWE this year. WWE Fastlane gave the fans an exciting five fight card that included John Cena and LA Knight teaming up. The crowning of new undisputed tag champs and a match of the year candidate between Shinsuke Nakamura and Seth Rollins in a Last Man Standing match.

The night kicked off in exciting fashion where the team of Jey Uso and Cody Rhodes became the new undisputed tag champions knocking off The Judgment Day. The story of the match revolved around the new champs overcoming the heelish tactics of Damien Priest and Finn Balor. The heel duo needed help from Rhea Ripley, Dominque Mysterio and JD McDonagh. However, there were way too many cooks in the kitchen and one mistake cost The Judgment Day dearly. Priest choke slammed Rhodes on the ring apron and set up the commentary desk only for McDonagh to accidentally hit Priest in the knee with the briefcase and allow Rhodes to hit Priest with Cross Rhodes on the desk. Uso and Rhodes hit Balor with a modified 1D that saw Rhodes come off the ropes with a Cody Cutter to score the victory. Giving Rhodes his first major title since he’s been back in the WWE and giving Uso his first tag team title without his brother Jimmy.

The next match gave the fans another great surprise as an old face made his official debut as Carlito appeared to be the LWO’s mystery partner to knock off The Street Profits and Bobby Lashley. The Profits and Lashley dominated the entire match until Carlito came out and saved the day.

Iyo Sky was able to retain her Smackdown Women’s Championship defeating Charlotte Flair and Askua in a triple threat match. Asuka misted Flair in the opening seconds of the match, taking advantage of the no-disqualification rules of a triple threat match. Sky and Asuka then went one-on-one while Flair was attended to by ringside physicians. The narrative of Sky’s character has been Bayley putting her nose in Sky’s business. Before the match Sky told Bayley not to come out to help. Bayley ignored that request and came to ringside anyway. Flair locked Asuka in the Figure-Eight but Bayley distracted the referee as Asuka was tapping out, allowing Sky to hit a moonsault on Flair and score the pin to retain the title.

After a brief intermission with the PLE being in Indianapolis WWE felt it right that Pat McAfee, perhaps Indianapolis favorite son, be the special guest ring announcer for the John Cena, LA Knight vs Bloodline match. A Cena Five-Knuckle Shuffle on Uso was followed up with a BFT from Knight for the pinfall. Cena tried to raise Knight's hand after the match but Knight said no and raised Cena's instead. Knight getting the pin was the right move and with Reigns returning at SmackDown on Friday, The Bloodline will remain in turmoil. It seems like Reigns' next big feud will be with LA Knight or Cena.

The storytelling for each match seemed compelling and kept fans excited but the match that completely stole the show was Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match. Both men fought pillar to post destroying each other. The turning point in the match was when Nakamura backdropped Rollins onto a chair in the ring and drove him through a table in the corner. Rollins was able to slide out of the ring and land on his feet. After more brutality from Rollins, he managed to come back with a Pedigree on a platform outside the ring and a stomp to follow. After Nakamura beat the count, Rollins hit a falcon arrow through tables below the platform and beat the count while Nakamura did not. During the press conference HHH was very complimentary of Nakamura and the job he is currently doing saying this was his favorite version of Nakamura.

WWE's entire roster has been killing it as of late. Its PPV motto has been that of quality over the number of matches on the event. For a PPV that didn’t have a Roman Rheins, Guenther or a Rhea Ripley match the show still did record breaking numbers. Also new WWE signee Jade Cargill made an appearance to tease and excite fans.Cargill should be debuting soon. HHH and Cody Rhodes mentioned in the press conference that this is the best time to be a WWE fan and it’s also the best time to be a part of the company and the way the PPVs have gone this year they are certainly correct.

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