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Why Fastlane Was the Making of Roman Reigns

Why Fastlane Was the Making of Roman Reigns

For all the flack that flew the way of WWE for their booking of the Royal Rumble match last month – their recovery strategy for Roman Reigns heading in to Wrestlemania has given him solo legitimacy.

It may have made Reigns look stupid to agree to give up his coveted Mania spot for the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar in the first place.

And, of course, the fact the makeshift booking had to take place instead of building a feud with the Beast wasn’t ideal for the former Shield star but what it has done has made the fans respect him.

By Ross Brady – Lead WWE Writer – @RossBrady29

Last night’s WWE Fastlane was pretty awful – there were a ton of botched finishes and we had a crowd flatter than Nikki Bella’s chest (pre-surgery of course).

But what the event did do was build Reigns as a legitimate contender before next month’s show-piece event.

The match with Daniel Bryan was perfect for Roman and was by far and away, the best singles match of his career to date.

Bryan was his usual brilliant self, but Reigns stepped up and showed his in-ring ability, in particular his ability to sell his opponent’s move-set.

He took a liver kick reasonably early on in the match and continued to let the audience know it was still causing him a problem.

A simple, easy thing to do, but selling is often forgotten by the current WWE roster.

There were some neat close pinfalls and credit to Bryan for putting Reigns over and letting him be the first to kick out of his flying knee finishing move.

Reigns, and the match itself, didn’t get the credit it deserved from the Memphis crowd but I’m sure he won over some fans watching at home.

Also make sure to listen to our podcast which covered WWE Fastlane and Raw this week.

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