WWE Fastlane notes: Reigns retains Universal Title, Ali kicked out of RETRIBUTION

WWE's Fastlane event saw Edge and Jey Uso get involved in the Universal Title match. Earlier in the show, RETRIBUTION had enough of Ali.

Closing out WWE’s Fastlane pay-per-view was Daniel Bryan challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. In the end, it was Reigns pinning Bryan to retain the title but as the match was ongoing, Bryan accidentally hit his Running Knee on the official which led to Edge, who was the special enforcer for the match, making his way into the ring to officiate.

Jey Uso came down to the ring and tried to help Reigns get the advantage. After Edge and Jey Uso were taken out, Bryan was able to lock in The LeBell Lock on Reigns and Reigns tapped out but there was no official to call it. When Edge came to, he hit both Reigns and Bryan over the back with a chair. Reigns was able to recover quicker to pin Bryan and retain the Universal Title.

On the Kickoff show, Mustafa Ali unsuccessfully challenged Riddle for the U.S. Title. Following the match, Ali blamed RETRIBUTION for his loss although they did not get involved. RECKONING and Slapjack left the ring while Ali criticized the group but MACE and T-Bar ended up delivering a chokeslam to Ali.

Shane McMahon versus Braun Strowman did not take place as scheduled. Shane suffered an “injury” while preparing for the match and filling in for him was Elias. Strowman went on to defeat Elias.

NXT talent Rik Bugez played the role of “Joseph Average” in a Old Spice advertisement during Fastlane. He won the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth and Truth immediately won the title back.

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