WWE Fastlane 2019

  • Date: March 10, 2019
  • Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

Highlights

  • The Shield won their last PPV match
  • All Champions retained
  • Becky Lynch earned her spot at Wrestlemania 35 because Ronda Rousey attacked her, resulting in Lynch winning the match via disqualification
  • After Shane McMahon & The Miz lost their match, Shane turned heel by attacking The Miz.

Event Card

TAG TEAM MATCH

The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

The Usos (c) defeated The Miz and Shane McMahon

SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Asuka (c) defeated Mandy Rose

2-on-1 HANDICAP MATCH

The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) defeated Kofi Kingston

RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE THREAT MATCH

The Revival (c) defeated Aleister Black and Ricochet and Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP FATAL 4-WAY MATCH

Samoa Joe (c) defeated Andrade, R-Truth and Rey Mysterio

WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Bayley and Sasha Banks (c) defeated Nia Jax and Tamina

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE THREAT MATCH

Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali

SINGLES MATCH

Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair by disqualification

Stipulation: If Lynch won, she would be added to the Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 35

SIX-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH

The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) defeated Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre


Storylines

At Elimination Chamber, The Usos defeated The Miz and Shane McMahon to win their record fourth SmackDown Tag Team Championship. On the following episode of SmackDown, The Miz, who was pinned, apologized to Shane for costing them the match. He then said that although there were no more automatic rematch clauses, he begged Shane to give them a rematch since Shane had the power to do so. The Usos interrupted and insulted Miz, after which, Shane scheduled a rematch for the titles at Fastlane.

On the February 12 episode of SmackDown, The New Day’s Kofi Kingston was a last minute replacement for an injured Mustafa Ali in the six-man gauntlet match where the winner would be the last entrant in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match at the pay-per-view. Kingston eliminated WWE Champion Daniel Bryan in the first match of the gauntlet match.

At Elimination Chamber, the championship match came down to Bryan and Kingston, where Bryan eliminated Kingston to retain the title. On the following episode of SmackDown, Kingston was granted a WWE Championship match at Fastlane after securing the pinfall victory over Bryan in a six-man tag team match that pitted Kingston, AJ Styles, and Jeff Hardy against Bryan, Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton.

The following week, however, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon interrupted the contract signing between Bryan and Kingston. Mr. McMahon praised Kingston for all of his accomplishments over the past 11 years in the WWE, but stated that the fans deserved the biggest box office match at Fastlane. He then replaced Kingston with a returning Kevin Owens, stating that Owens was more qualified and more deserving of the opportunity.

At Elimination Chamber, The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) defeated Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, The Riott Squad (represented by Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan), The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), Naomi and Carmella, and Nia Jax and Tamina in a tag team Elimination Chamber match to become the inaugural holders of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.

The following night on Raw, The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection’s celebration was interrupted by Jax and Tamina, and Jax taunted Banks about not being able to retain a championship in her title defenses. The following week, The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection were scheduled to defend the championship against Jax and Tamina at Fastlane.

On the February 19 episode of SmackDown, during a backstage segment, SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka was interrupted by Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose. Rose challenged Asuka to a non-title match and defeated her due to a distraction by Lacey Evans. The following week, Rose was granted a championship match against Asuka at Fastlane.

At the Royal Rumble, Becky Lynch was unsuccessful in regaining the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but later entered the women’s Royal Rumble match and won by last eliminating Charlotte Flair, despite injuring her own knee.

The next night on Raw, Lynch confronted Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and chose to face her at WrestleMania 35. Lynch then refused a medical examination on her knee after a brawl with Flair on SmackDown. Stephanie McMahon gave Lynch an ultimatum: have her knee examined or be suspended until she does. Lynch still refused and attacked both Stephanie and Triple H.

The following Raw, it was revealed that Lynch had been medically cleared; after she apologized for the attacks, the suspension was lifted; however, Vince McMahon overruled Triple H and Stephanie by suspending Lynch for 60 days and replaced her with Flair as Rousey’s WrestleMania opponent.

The following week, Lynch was arrested after attacking Rousey on Raw; Rousey demanded that Lynch be reinstated and left the championship in the ring. On the March 4 episode of Raw, Stephanie declared the title vacant, reinstated Lynch, and scheduled a match between her and Flair for the championship at Fastlane.

Later on, however, Rousey protested that she did not vacate the title, prompting Stephanie to hand her back the title and to change the stipulation of the Fastlane match: if Lynch won, she would be added back into the championship match at WrestleMania to make it a triple threat match.

On the October 22, 2018 episode of Raw, Roman Reigns went on hiatus due to a rediagnosis of leukemia and subsequently vacated the Universal Championship. Later that night, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose won the Raw Tag Team Championship, however, immediately after the match, Ambrose turned on Rollins. Rollins and Ambrose then fought over the next couple of months, with their feud culminating at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, where Ambrose defeated Rollins to win the Intercontinental Championship.

On the February 25, 2019 episode of Raw, Reigns returned and announced that his leukemia was in remission and that he could return to action. The following week, Reigns called out Rollins and wanted to reunite The Shield one more time. Rollins reluctantly agreed since it would mean having to team with Ambrose again. As Ambrose then made his entrance, he was attacked by Elias. Later, Elias defeated Ambrose.

After the match, as Reigns and Rollins came out, Ambrose exited through the crowd. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley then came out to attack Reigns and Rollins, after which, Ambrose returned and aided his former Shield brothers. After gaining the upperhand, Ambrose joined Reigns and Rollins for the signature Shield fist bump and a six-man tag team match pitting the reunited Shield against Corbin, McIntyre, and Lashley was scheduled for Fastlane.