4. RETRIBUTION Turn On Their Leader
One of the biggest Takeaways shockingly happened before the show even began.
Riddle defended his United States Championship against Ali in a rematch from the prior episode of Raw. This actually got the time and energy it deserved and saw Riddle retain via a Broderick from the top rope.
After the match, RETRIBUTION turned on Ali, with Mace and T-Bar hitting a double chokeslam and leaving his laying.
Even if RETRIBUTION isn’t gone per se, Ali is out of the group now and there is only a matter of time until the rest follow. Despite this, I do think Mace (Dio Maddin) and T-Bar (Dominick Dijakovic) will remain a tag team; which is great as WWE really do need some new formidable ones.
3. Drew McIntyre Picks Up Win Over Sheamus
Ultimately, McIntyre vs. Sheamus in a No Holds Barred was definitely the most predictable match on the show. There was no chance McIntyre was losing three weeks out from his WWE Championship match against Bobby Lashley.
Regardless, this was the turning point of Fastlane. This was electrifying, literally and figuratively.
Firstly, McIntyre came out in his traditional kilt wear but this time bearing Scottish facepaint. Like William Wallace, he may let Sheamus take his life but he will never take his freedom. Hopefully, he upgrades to a live pipe band, bagpipes and all for his ‘Mania entrance.
They took each other to war! McIntyre threw the Celtic Warrior through a panel of the Thunderdome screens. I wonder if the fans on those screens got kicked out of the stream during that epic spot?
Then Sheamus slammed McIntyre into the announcer table and decided to take a piece of the war-damaged table into the ring. Was this memorabilia? Nope, it was an extra layer of damage for McIntyre hitting the future shock then the claymore for the win.
Such a fun match which proved once again that McIntyre deserves to remain at the top of the Raw card.