Goldberg continued his path of dominance since returning to the WWE, as he stunned Kevin Owens in just 22 seconds to win the Universal Championship at a disappointing WWE FastLane.
It is a shame that Kevin Owens, who has carried the Raw brand over six months had to drop the title to a part-timer just before WrestleMania, and what is even more frustrating is that all of his hard work was thrown out the window in 22 seconds.
Goldberg’s entrance lasted over two minutes longer than the match itself, with KO not allowing the match to start straight way by hopping out of the ring before the match could begin, maybe a protest over his unhappiness of having to drop the title to a part-timer.
In just three matches and a little over five minutes of action, Goldberg has won the Universal Championship and will now defend the gold against Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania.
Their showdown at WrestleMania XX was bad and I am not expecting this one to be any better. A No Holds Barred stipulation might help with the fans crapping all over it and surely this time, it will last a bit longer than two minutes.
As a wrestling fan, I don’t want to see a 50-year-old walk back into the company and win the title from a man who worked his ass off all year, but it seems as Vince McMahon is concerned: old school is still cool.
I think it is more of Goldberg’s doing, who probably put a clause in his contract to have one more title run, but I hope his showdown with Lesnar at WrestleMania is more of a fight and not another 90 second squash match.
As for Kevin Owens, the distraction by Chris Jericho will lead to a showdown between the former friends at WrestleMania with Y2J getting his own back on Owens for turning on him during the Festival of Friendship.
Jericho vs Owens at WrestleMania will definitely be the far better wrestling match than Goldberg v Lesnar and I have no doubt that these two men will put on the match of the night to prove that they should have been the main event.
To have your brand’s champion lose the title in 22 seconds after a six-month reign was not the only questionable decision WWE made at FastLane, with Bayley ending Charlotte’s pay-per-view streak to retain the Raw Women’s Championship.
The two women put on a decent match but the decision to have Bayley retain the Raw Women’s title was a strange move in that Charlotte’s streak ending should have been a much bigger deal and on the big stage of WrestleMania.
Bayley once again has Sasha Banks to thank for retaining the title as she alerted the referee when Charlotte was trying to score a leverage roll-up and off the distraction, Bayley hit the Bayley-to-Belly to end Charlotte’s 16-match pay-per-view winning streak in title matches.
The decision to put the title on Bayley three weeks ago on Raw was the wrong move and really should have waited until WrestleMania for the fan favourite to finally have her big moment.
The decision to end Charlotte’s streak on a lacklustre pay-per-view was also an odd decision. However, I can see Stephanie McMahon reversing the decision on Raw to hand Charlotte a DQ win due to Sasha’s interference, therefore keeping the streak still in tact.
Earlier in the night, Sasha Banks ended the dominant run of Nia Jax in a surprise victory for the Boss, which did not help Jax’s cause to gain a championship opportunity at WrestleMania.
Jax dominated most of the match against the Boss, but in the end it all accounted for nothing as Banks scored a roll up for the victory as she put herself into the mix for a shot at Bayley’s title.
It is heavily rumoured that these four women will got at it for the Raw Women’s Championship at Fatal 4 Way but after a clean loss for Jax, she doesn’t really fit into the mix.
Whether they just go with a Triple Threat match or have the Fatal 4 Way, I can see Bayley retaining the title in Orlando, However, a heel turn from Sasha Banks to start a fued from Bayley will erupt soon after.
Roman Reigns picked up a huge victory on the Road to WrestleMania as the Big Dog toppled the dominant Braun Strowman, who suffered his first pinfall loss in singles competition.
It was surprisingly one of the better matches on the card and it included the spot of the night with Strowman powerslamming Reigns through the Spanish announcers desk.
Strowman definitely proved at FastLane that he is one to watch out for in the future, as he dominated the Big Dog for most off the match until a high risk attempt from the ‘Monster Among Men’ proved costly.
After Strowman missed a splash off the top rope, Reigns hit a second spear on Strowman for the big win. It made sense for Reigns to win as he heads into WrestleMania for a showdown with the legendary Undertaker.
An Undertaker appearance at FastLane would have made the show a bit more interesting but there was to be no presence felt by the Deadman, which left fans a little underwhelmed by the match.
While Reigns heads for one of the biggest matches of his career at WrestleMania, what next for Strowman? A loss has definitely hurt his momentum, but a possible win in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at the showcase of immortals could get him back on track.