The 2019 WWE Fastlane pay-per-view took place in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, March 10. No titles changed hands on a night where multiple WrestleMania 35 storylines were set up, while Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair via disqualification to book her ticket to the main event of this year’s “Show of Shows”. Let’s take a look at five crazy decisions that were made on the PPV…
#5 The manner of Mandy Rose’s defeat
Mandy Rose took part in the biggest match of her career at Fastlane. Competing against the mighty Asuka, nobody gave the former Absolution member much of a chance of winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and many fans called for the predictable match to take place on the event’s kickoff show.
In the end, the outcome of the match was indeed predictable — Asuka retained — but the manner of the finish is what has gotten people talking, as Sonya Deville inadvertently cost her best friend and tag partner from getting the win. How, exactly? Well, she pulled out a kendo stick and left part of the ring skirt underneath the bottom rope. Rose then slipped on the ring skirt and Asuka hit her with a kick to the face to pick up the victory.
On paper, this might not sound too bad. In execution, Asuka’s kick to Rose’s face was fantastic but the shenanigans came across so badly, not too dissimilar to James Ellsworth’s interference at Extreme Rules 2018. Rose refused to acknowledge Deville as they walked up the ramp, so it looks like the duo are set to split up.