WWE Fastlane 2023 Results: Winners, Live Grades
While many of the headlines entering Saturday's WWE Fastlane event in Indianapolis were focused on John Cena teaming with LA Knight to take on The Bloodline, the lasting memory from the show will be the brutal main event between Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura. Rollins managed to successfully retain his world heavyweight championship by beating Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match. Nakamura gave Rollins all he could handle, constantly focusing his attack on the champion's injured back. Rollins was able to take everything Nakamura could dish out, however, and managed to put Nakamura down for the count with a falcon arrow through two tables to retain his title in a nearly 30-minute match. Rollins was also able to leave Gainbridge Fieldhouse with his championship thanks to Rhea Ripley convincing Judgment Day teammate Damien Priest to not cash in his Money in the Bank contract before the main event even began. CBS Sports was with you the whole way through the event, providing updates and highlights as the action goes down in the live blog below.
WWE Fastlane 2023 Results | October 7
* Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso def. The Judgment Day | WWE Undisputed Tag Titles
* LWO and Carlito def. Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits
* Iyo Sky def. Asuka and Charlotte Flair | WWE Women’s Title
* John Cena and LA Knight def. The Bloodline
* Seth Rollins def. Shinsuke Nakamura | Last Man Standing Match for WWE World Championship
WWE Fastlane 2023 Ticket Sales
* WWE Fastlane 2023 Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
* WWE Fastlane 2023 Tickets Distributed: 12,928
* WWE Fastlane 2023 Tickets Available: 30
WWE Fastlane 2023 Winners And Grades
Jey Uso And Cody Rhodes Def. The Judgment DayJey Uso came out with new gear, in the form of blue tights, and I was surprised Cody Rhodes didn’t really match him.
Michael Cole actually brought up the history of both Cody Rhodes and Finn Balor being former leaders of the Bullet Club and about 13 subredditors blushed.
Jey Uso hit a spear and Micael Cole went out of his way to say how big of a deal it was because of Roman Reigns’ pending return.
Damian Priest sold his leg throughout the match, which played into whether or not he’d cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase later.
Jey kicked out of everything, even a briefcase shot from Rhea Ripley. Ultimately, Jey Uso and Cody Rhodes hit a modified 1D (with a Cody Cutter) for the win.
Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn is going to be a great feud until Cody Rhodes is ready to finish his story at WrestleMania.
LWO And Carlito Def. Lashley And Street ProfitsThe Street Profits continue to come out to their babyface theme, but there were not red cups. I won’t believe they’ve developed a killer instinct until they switch to trap music.
The majority of this match was two-on-three, much like the famous Bash at the Beach match between NWO and WCW.
The third man was revealed to be Carlito, who came out to different theme music but the same massive pop he received in Puerto Rico.
Iyo Sky Def. Charlotte Flair And AsukaThere was product placement all over this show, from Pizza Hut to Slim Jim. In addition to the commercials on WWE Fastlane, even some of these segments felt like in-show commercials.
Fans were not into Charlotte and instead backed Iyo Sky, much like WWE Backlash.
Bayley ran down, and it seemed certain Bayley was going to cost Iyo the match. Instead, Bayley helped Iyo Sky retain. Iyo, who told Bayley to stay in the back, was overjoyed with Bayley’s involvement. All is well within Damage CTRL for now Women’s Triple Threat Grade: B+
John Cena And LA Knight Def. The BloodlinePat McAfee made a surprise appearance, and Michael Cole was (once again) legitimately surprised. McAfee called Cole the greatest of all time and took a shot at “hatin’ ass” Corey Graves. Then McAfee teased a WrestleMania in Indianapolis and headed to the commentary desk.
For those wondering, yes, LA Knight’s pop was even bigger than John Cena.
Jey Uso’s singles street gear is so much better than Jimmy’s who is essentially wearing street clothes.
The Bloodline spent an eternity getting heat on John Cena, but when he finally made the tag it led to an explosive pop and hot tag from LA Knight.
By the end of LA Knight’s comeback, all four stars were on the ground, leading to a Pavlovian “this is awesome” chant.
After the match, LA Knight declined John Cena raising his hand, and instead raised Cena’s hand.
Seth Rollins Def. Shinsuke NakamuraIn a backstage segment, a banged up Damian Priest agreed not to cash in the Money in the Bank contract , even handing off the purple briefcase to Mami like he was her son. It was a very necessary segment if Priest wasn’t going to cash in so fans wouldn’t wonder why he didn’t take advantage of such a golden opportunity.
The main event entrances started at around 7:15 p.m. local time, so these two were going to get a lot of time.
Both Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura wore elaborate robes to the ring.
Last Man Standing Matches always take a while for fans to really get into it. They’re typically long and have a lot of counting. But fans got more into this match the more weapons were introduced.
Shinsuke Nakamura brought out nunchucks, and he was so good with them it made me want to see him as world champion.
Michael Cole was the MVP of this match as he begged and pleaded with Seth Rollins not to risk a career-ending back injury by continuing the match. At one point, as Rollins was climbing the ladder, Cole told Graves “you’ve known this man for 10 years, talk some damn sense into him!”
Shinsuke blew red mist in Seth Rollins’ face atop a ladder, causing Rollins to fall through a table. The rest of this match looked like a bloody war. I wonder if WWE uses black and white when showing the replay.
Rollins retained with a Falcon Arrow through a table while in the crowd. It was a very good main event.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins Grade: A
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