We're truly in the Fastlane on the Road to WrestleMania. Yes, that was terrible, but we can't control WWE's PPV names and the terrible jokes they force upon us. While many are likely not overly excited about this stopgap between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, and you can read about the struggling ticket sales here, there is plenty to get excited about when looking at this card. We get AJ Styles first singles match at a WWE PPV and you just know that he and Chris Jericho are going to tear the house down. We get another edition of Ziggler vs. Owens. We have TWO Divas matches, though we'd prefer a singles match between Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks than a match involving Tamina, but that would be nit-picking at this point. We also get to see Brock Lesnar in a match with Dean Ambrose....and his brother, but again, let's not nit-pick. This event has the potential to be terrific and let's have a quick look at the card (in no particular order)!
- Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship - 2 out of 3 falls match (Pre-Show)
- Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks vs. Naomi & Tamina
- Ryback, Big Show & Kane vs. The Wyatt Family
- New Day/Christian and Edge segment
- AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
- Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship
- Charlotte (c) vs. Brie Bella for the Divas Championship
- Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth
- Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose for the right to face Triple H for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 32.
Without further adieu, let's break down the action!
WARNING! Spoilers Ahead!
Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship
Look, before we get started, this match should've been on the main card and they should've pushed that bland Wyatt/Boring big guys match to the pre-show. But we digress... At least we got to see Mauro Ranallo call a solid match.
On top of the terrific commentary, these two put on a solid match that genuinely had us interested in the pre-show (that might be the first time we've ever said that). The match started off with some great heel work from Del Rio, as he ripped off a portion of Kalisto's mask to show his intentions. Then, Del Rio used a chair on Kalisto to lose the first fall of the match by DQ, in a terrific heel move, before manhandling Kalisto outside of the ring to easily win the second fall. In third fall, both wrestler displayed dynamic and varied offense to make this a memorable pre-show match that Kalisto won by a quick roll-up after del Rio jammed his leg.
Match Rating: 8/10
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