Fastlane's Unexpected Twists: What's Next for WWE?

Wrestling fans navigate through WWE's surprising Fastlane narrative turns.

by Noman Rasool
Fastlane's Unexpected Twists: What's Next for WWE?
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WWE's Fastlane dove headlong into a whirlwind of unexpected twists and startling narratives this past Saturday night, with a constellation of big names, including John Cena and LA Knight, lighting up the event, yet veering it into what could candidly be dubbed a perplexing spectacle.

Fans, hovering between anticipation of high-drama and an offseason ambiance, witnessed the unanticipated as Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso usurped the WWE tag team titles from The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest), injecting a maze of questions into the wrestling discourse given The Usos’ unforeseen split and brand-transitions.

These beloved athletes, Rhodes and Jey, although embraced by legions of fans, have embarked on a precarious storyline, journeying through titles and impending championship losses during what many perceived as a mere filler pay-per-view.

The road ahead appears rife with complexity as WWE navigates keeping this pair in the limelight, especially amidst potential headline challenges and titanic clashes, such as Rhodes possibly confronting Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40.

Despite a few narrative hiccups, the night was not devoid of striking in-ring artistry. A prime example is the main event, where a visibly battered yet undeterred Seth Rollins remarkably retained his heavyweight title against a determined Shinsuke Nakamura.

The palpable physicality and audacity of Rollins brought a nuanced blend of awe and spectacle to the match.

Fastlane's Unanswered Questions

Nonetheless, pivotal moments that could have catapulted the event into a gratifying crescendo, like Damian Priest potentially cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, were glaringly absent.

This, combined with Rollins' substantial beatdown without a cash-in, engenders perplexing storyline complications which WWE will need to adroitly address in forthcoming narratives. As the wrestling globe remains gripped by WWE's typically captivating storylines through 2023, ensuring coherent and captivating narratives will be imperative.

Though not derailed by Fastlane’s eccentricities, forthcoming events and stories will be under the microscope, as the wrestling world, still fervently engaged, anticipates where the enthralling post-Fastlane journey will lead, amid a landscape demanding both narrative consistency and explosive pay-offs.