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Top 10 Takeaways From WWE Fastlane

WWE Fastlane took place in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday night. It essentially set up everything for WrestleMania and provided all the answers for what the card will be. For the second year in a row, WWE had to cover themselves from tomatoes being thrown at them for their inability to book a quality Royal Rumble. They created a nauseating angle in order to shut up the Daniel Bryan fans and keep their hopes alive that the WWE would actually give him the title reign that he unfortunately never received due to a severe neck injury. Back in the old days, WWE would not have to do this. People believed it was real and whatever happened was taken at face value. However, during the social media age and everybody and their mother aware that wrestling is fiction, the stories WWE has been trying to tell aren’t sitting well with their audience. The utter disconnect that WWE has with their fans has never been so apparent. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to matter in the least.

The results of WWE Fastlane in no way reflected what the majority of the WWE Universe wanted. It left many simply feeling defeated. At the end of the Royal Rumble last month, the audience booed Roman Reigns out of the building. Even having The Rock come out to try to generate some kind of positive reaction for Reigns blew upi n Vince McMahon and WWE’s face. It was so predictable. As soon as Daniel Bryan was eliminated, the audience knew who was going to be the Rumble. The audience knowing who was going to win so early and ultimately rejecting the entire match represents a lack of creativity and the inability to build new stars by the WWE. In the end, WWE gives fans the illusion that their input matters but it really doesn’t. They have a vision for what WrestleMania will be and we all just have to accept it. WWE Fastlane revealed that vision and unfortunately there is nothing fans can do about it.

10 Dolph Ziggler is Stuck

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9 Stardust Isn't Completely Boring

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8 Cesaro and Tyson Kidd Deserve the Titles

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7 Bray Wyatt Will Face The Undertaker at WrestleMania

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6 The Divas Matches Are Still Terrible

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5 Memphis Crowds Can Be Dull

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4 Triple H Has Still Got It

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3 WWE Is Still Protecting John Cena

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2 Roman Reigns Will Face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania

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1 WWE Does Not Believe in Daniel Bryan

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When it comes to being the face of the company and a true main-eventer, it is abundantly clear that McMahon and the higher ups at WWE do not believe in Daniel Bryan. They know he is a gifted wrestler, but unfortunately he does not have the look of a typical WWE Champion. He is small and has a beard, thus the announcers must refer to him as a goat or a farm animal. Daniel Bryan does not cater to the casual audience. If someone is flipping the channels and stumbles upon Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan will not hold their attention. However, if that same person sees Roman Reigns, they may not change the channel. Reigns is more marketable, that is what this comes down to. The people that want Daniel Bryan to headline WrestleMania are the fans that are going to watch no matter what. Thus, the WWE does not have to listen.

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