WWE Fastlane
WWE Fastlanelogo.png
WWE Fastlane logo used since 2019
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2017, 2019, 2021)
SmackDown (2018–2019, 2021)
First event2015
Last event2021

WWE Fastlane was a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. It was broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the online streaming services Peacock and the WWE Network. The event was established in 2015 and replaced Elimination Chamber in the February slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar; Elimination Chamber was pushed back to May that year. The name of the event was a reference to its position on the "Road to WrestleMania", being held in the two-month period between the Royal Rumble and WWE's flagship event.

Beginning in 2017, the event moved to March, which made it WWE's first non-WrestleMania PPV to be held in March. With the reintroduction of the brand extension, Fastlane was Raw-exclusive in 2017 and SmackDown-exclusive in 2018 before WWE discontinued brand-exclusive PPVs following WrestleMania 34 that year. The event was produced annually until 2020 when Fastlane was removed from the schedule to allow WWE to hold that year's Super ShowDown PPV; however, Fastlane was reinstated in 2021. This would be the final Fastlane event, as it was again discontinued.

History

WWE first held Fastlane on February 22, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee, and it was broadcast live on pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network. For the 2015 calendar year, it replaced Elimination Chamber, which had been held in February from 2010 to 2014; the 2015 Elimination Chamber was in turn held in May. The name "Fastlane" was chosen as a reference to its position on the "Road to WrestleMania", being held in the two-month period between the Royal Rumble and WWE's flagship event.[1]

The event returned in 2016, also in February, thus establishing Fastlane as an annual PPV for the promotion.[2] In 2017, Fastlane was pushed back to March, with Elimination Chamber returning to its original February slot, which made Fastlane the first non-WrestleMania PPV to be held in March. The 2017 event was also held as a Raw-exclusive show, following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension in mid-2016 where the promotion again split its roster into brands where wrestlers exclusively perform.[3] The 2018 event was then made a SmackDown-exclusive PPV,[4] but this would be the final SmackDown-exclusive PPV, as well as WWE's final brand-exclusive PPV, as following WrestleMania 34 that year, brand-exclusive PPVs were discontinued.[5] In 2020, Fastlane was removed from the schedule to allow WWE to hold that year's Super ShowDown PPV;[6] however, Fastlane was reinstated in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event was held in WWE's bio-secure bubble called the WWE ThunderDome, hosted at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.[7] The 2021 event was the first WWE event to air on Peacock's WWE Network channel in the United States, following the merger of the American WWE Network under Peacock on March 18 that year.[8]

In October 2021, WWE revealed their PPV calendar for 2022, and Fastlane was not included.[9] While there had been a to be announced event for February, on January 17, 2022, this event was revealed as Elimination Chamber.[10] Fastlane was in turn discontinued without a formal announcement.

Events

Raw-branded event SmackDown-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Fastlane (2015) February 22, 2015 Memphis, Tennessee FedExForum Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 31 [1]
2 Fastlane (2016) February 21, 2016 Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns in a triple threat match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 32 [2]
3 Fastlane (2017) March 5, 2017 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship [3]
4 Fastlane (2018) March 11, 2018 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena AJ Styles (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn in a Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship [4]
5 Fastlane (2019) March 10, 2019 Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) vs. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre in a six-man tag team match [11]
6 Fastlane (2021) March 21, 2021 St. Petersburg, Florida WWE ThunderDome at Tropicana Field Roman Reigns (c) vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Championship with Edge as the special guest enforcer [7]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Caldwell, James. "WWE NEWS: February PPV gets a new title (w/Poll)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Paglino, Nick. "WWE Announces Date and Location for 2016 Fastlane PPV". Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Scott. "Get WWE Fastlane 2017 tickets this Friday". WWE. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Chiari, Mike. "WWE 2018 PPV Schedule Released; Money in the Bank Includes Raw and SmackDown". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  5. ^ WWE.com Staff (February 17, 2018). "WWE pay-per-views just got bigger for 2018!". WWE.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Toro, Carlos. "WWE Announces Super ShowDown Pay-Per-View For February 27 In Saudi Arabia". Fightful. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Mike (17 January 2021). "WWE FAST LANE PPV UPDATE". PWInsider. Archived from the original on 17 January 2021. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  8. ^ WWE.com Staff (March 8, 2021). "WWE Network to launch on Peacock March 18". WWE. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  9. ^ WWE.com Staff (October 25, 2021). "WWE unveils 2022 pay-per-view schedule". WWE. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  10. ^ "WWE returns to Jeddah for WWE Elimination Chamber 2022". WWE. January 17, 2022. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  11. ^ "NOVEMBER 26, 2018 OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: SURVIVOR SERIES REVIEW, TONS MORE". F4W Online. Retrieved November 23, 2018.