WWE's booking of this match has been a solid one.
Not only did it serve a goal to put Shinsuke over just before his main event world title match at WrestleMania against AJ Styles, but it also showed just how over Rusev is, with the crowd having duelling Nakamura/Rusev Day chants throughout the entire match. And we preserve our outright dream match between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles. However, Rusev wanted revenge and with room on the Fastlane card, they fight tonight.
Even though he may be guilty of mailing it in from time to time, when he's locked in, few in WWE are better than Shinsuke Nakamura.
Nakamura also built momentum heading into WrestleMania when he pinned Rusev after connecting with a Kinshasa knee strike.
United States Championship: Bobby Roode (c) vs. The ultimate end to all of this would be Shane vs. Daniel Bryan at 'Mania. McMahon overrules Bryan's decisions, so Orton challenges the former NXT Champ.
At the end though, Randy Orton delivered an unbelievable RKO to win the US Title for the very first time in his career. For the first time in his career, Randy Orton is the United States Champion. The heels picked up the win when Carmella hit a superkick on Becky Lynch. Carmella has until June to cash-in her title opportunity.
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The New Day vs. After this, it's being reported that the brand-exclusive PPVs will be retired (once again), leading us back to PPV events featuring both RAW and SmackDown.
While the action intensifies outside the ring, the Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) interfere and lay waste to everybody.
One of the more nasty parts of the beatdown was a powerbomb that Xavier Woods sustained on top of the steel steps. But with an appearance later in the night a la her close shave against Charlotte Flair after the Riot Squad attacked her. A win for Riott here would be the first meaningful thing the trio does since they debuted.
Flair picked up a strong win over Riott in a good match which saw both competitors' back-up groups ejected from ringside. Styles successfully defended the championship against both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a handicap match.
I don't want to entertain the thought of a surprise, because this is one of those scenarios where a surprise victory by John Cena, or really anyone other than A.J. Styles, would be an unwelcome one.
With Sami Zayn winning the match, it will create waves of intrigue to Smackdown that they desperately need.
Styles, who was driven into a table in the initial stages of the match, recovered and went on to win the title with a Phenomenal Forearm on Owens.