Fastlane 2017 was the third edition of the annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. The event took place on March 5, 2017 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee in Wisconsin.
On January 29, at the Royal Rumble, Braun Stowman intervened in the No Disqualification Match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens for the Universal WWE Championship (Owens), favoring the victory of the sample. In the episode of RAW of 30 January Strowman he faced Kevin Owens for the Universal WWE Championship but won the match by DQ due to the intervention of Reigns against him and without the change of title.
In the episode of RAW of 6 February Strowman easily defeated four local jobber in a 4-on-1 Handicap match and claimed an important match to the General Manager of RAW, Mick Foley, who reported that the Fastlane address Roman Reigns.
In the RAW episode of 6 February Goldberg discontinued segment of United States Champion Chris Jericho and WWE Champion Universal Kevin Owens and announced that Fastlane will face the same Owens for a prize of the Universal WWE Championship, challenge Jericho accepted on behalf Owens.
At the Royal Rumble Neville he defeated Rich Swann, thus winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. In the episode of RAW of 30 January Swann it attacked Neville but, during what, injured his foot. For this reason Austin Aries announced that in the episode of Live 205 of February 7, there will be a Fatal 5-Way Elimination match between Cedric Alexander, Jack Gallagher, Mustafa Ali, Noam Dar and TJ Perkins to decide the No. 1 contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Neville to Fastlane. This meeting was won by Jack Gallagher that, Fastlane, will face Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
On January 29, the kick-off of the Royal Rumble, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows defeated Cesaro and Sheamus winning the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship. In the episode of RAW of February 6, the titrated rematch between the two teams ended with the victory by disqualification Gallows and Anderson due to the interference of Enzo Love and Big Cass. In the episode of RAW of 20 February Enzo Love and Big Cass defeated Cesaro and Sheamus, becoming the No. 1 contenders to the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Anderson and Gallows for Fastlane. A match titrated between the two teams was therefore announced for Fastlane.
In the episode of RAW of 13 February Bayley defeated Charlotte Flair winning the WWE RAW Women's Championship for the first time, with the help of Sasha Banks. In the episode of RAW of February 20 Charlotte has requested and received a rematch for Fastlane titrated against Bayley.
In the episode of RAW of February 13, Samoa Joe attacked Sami Zayn at the end of his match won against Rusev. On the next episode of RAW of February 20 Joe has again attacked Zayn, allowing Kevin Owens to easily defeat him. On February 27, after yet another attack between the two, it was announced a match between Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe for Fastlane.
On January 29, the kick-off of the Royal Rumble, Nia Jax defeated Sasha Banks. The scene was repeated in the next episode of RAW of 30 January. A match between Nia Jax and Sasha Banks has been announced for Fastlane.
On 27 February it was announced a meeting for the Kick-off Fastlane: Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann against The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar.
WWE Inc. formerly known as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd, Titan Sports Inc., World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is an American company of sports entertainment, which is mainly involved in wrestling, as well as films, music and merchandising, listed on the stock exchange in New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WWE.
It is the main federation of wrestling world: the television show of the WWE, among which are RAW and SmackDown, reach 13 million listeners in the United States and are broadcast in 30 languages in over 145 countries. The WWE also gives life in several events in pay-per-view, the most important of which, WrestleMania, held annually in late March; the day before this event takes place the ceremony of the Hall of Fame, during which awards are presented to the greatest legends of the federation.
The chairman of the WWE is Vince McMahon, helped in the management by his wife Linda. They have children Shane and Stephanie, as well as chief operating officer (COO) of the WWE, Triple H. The company's headquarters is in Stamford, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Monaco and Tokyo.
Until 2002 the federation was called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). A dispute with the World Wide Fund for Nature, known by the same acronym, led to a change in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Before that, the name by which the company was commonly identified was the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). In 2011 the federation has further changed its name and became known simply as WWE.
The WWE has a territory of development called NXT. It also had several satellite federations, better known as development areas; among these the most important were the Deep South Wrestling (DSW), the Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). The fifth season of the show, which should have allowed the winner to enter the sixth season, does not see a winner because it becomes a real show. In the episode of 11 April 2012 it is announced the final episode of NXT Redemption and conversion of NXT in a show dedicated to the young people coming from FCW, the only federation of development of the WWE.
On April 25 starts on the official website of WWE WWE NXT with a roster format is by young promises like Bo Dallas, Paige and Bray Wyatt, both wrestlers already present in the main roster as Jinder Mahal, Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis. Also NXT appointed as Commissioner, to direct the show, the Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes. The July 26 Dusty announces the start of the Gold Rush tournament, a tournament eight participants for the award of NXT Championship.
The tournament ends after five weeks with the victory of Seth Rollins on Jinder Mahal and his enthronement in the first NXT Champion of the FCW it is closed and all the wrestlers are moved to the roster of NXT. On early August Shawn Michaels presents NXT Tag Team Championship and announces a tournament to eight pairs to enact the first champion. After four weeks, in the tournament's final, the British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey) defeat the Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) and become the NXT Tag Team Champions.
The first episode aired on June 5 as Stephanie McMahon presented the NXT Women's Championship and announced a tournament to eight participants to assign the cintura.Il tournament ends in the July 24 episode Paige defeats in the finals Emma becoming the first Women's champion of NXT.
WWE Afterburn, WWE Bottom Line, WWE Experience and This Week On WWE have headings that summarize what has happened in a week, WWE 24/7 and WWE Vintage Collection are entries to which they are proposed match passed into history. The events in pay-per-view are Royal Rumble, Fastlane, Wrestlemania, Payback, Extreme Rules, Money in the Bank, Battleground, SummerSlam, Night of Champions, Hell in a Cell, Survivor Series and TLC.
In addition to grant licenses to companies such as Acclaim, 2K and Mattel to produce video games and action figures on the wrestling, the WWE has expanded its area of interest by creating subsidiary companies not strictly related to the world of wrestling.
WWE Films: A subsidiary of WWE created in 2002 to create and develop feature films, previously called WWE Studios.
WWE Niagara Falls: selling retail and entertainment establishment located in Niagara Falls, Ontario and owned by WWE. It closed in 2011.
The World, formerly known as WWF New York: A restaurant, nightclub, and memorabilia shop in New York. It closed in 2004.
WWE Music Group: A subsidiary that specializes in the production of albums with entry songs of WWE wrestlers. The company also produces songs performed by the wrestlers themselves.
WWE Home Video: A subsidiary that specializes in the distribution of copies in VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray discs of events in pay-per-view in WWE, collections of meetings of the wrestlers and biographies of the latter.
WWE Books: A subsidiary tasked to publish autobiographies of WWE personalities, guides on behind the scenes of WWE, illustrated books, calendars, books for young people and others.
WWE Kids: A website and a comic book series aimed at the very young market; comics are produced bi-monthly since April 15, 2008.
The Wellness Program is an anti-doping procedure used by WWE, which is to perform periodic drug tests to monitor their own wrestler and make sure that none of them make use of illicit substances.
The Wellness Program reveals, through the adoption of anti-doping tests surprisingly, the use of drugs or abuse of drugs such as anabolic by WWE athletes. The wrestlers are also subject to continuous cardiovascular checks.
In the event that a wrestler is positive to doping texts it is punished with a suspension, ranging from 30 days to 60 days, or dismissal, depending on the number of violations committed to the Wellness Program from their arrival in the federation.
Following the death of Eddie Guerrero in 2005, the WWE has given life to the Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy (also known as Talent Wellness Program), an anti-doping program designed to continuously monitor the health status of its wrestlers.
The Wellness Program is finished under fierce attack in 2007, following the murder perpetrated by Chris Benoit to harm his wife and son, followed by his suicide. Initially, in fact, he thought that the basis of the gesture of Benoit there was a spasm of anger caused by the use of anabolic substances, some of which are in his house; for this reason the US Congress began an investigation into the abuse of steroids in the world pro-wrestling.
August 30, 2007 the WWE suspended 10 wrestlers suspected of having taken steroids because customers of Signature Pharmacy, a pharmaceutical company in Orlando accused of selling steroids and other drugs without a prescription between 2006 and early 2007. Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Funaki, John Morrison, Mr. Kennedy, Randy Orton, William Regal and Umaga (who died in 2009 due to a heart attack) were suspended for 30 days, while Booker T for 60 days.
For Edge and Gregory Helms, also involved in the affair but at that time injured, was detained for a month salary. The list also included the names of Johnny Stamboli and Sylvain Grenier, at the time no longer under contract with WWE, and especially to Chris Benoit, Crush and Eddie Guerrero, all three died between 2005 and 2007.
One last wrestler in the list, Simon Dean, was fired by the federation on 31 August as positive drug test of the Wellness Program for the third time. Batista and Santino Marella were initially included in the list of clients of Signature Pharmacy, but not tested positive drug test and for that reason were not punished.
The flurry of suspensions was confirmed by WWE same through an official statement on its website; the federation, as is normal, not made public the names of the wrestlers involved, but they were revealed by the broadcaster ESPN. The lawyer Jerry McDevitt, in an interview with the magazine Sports Illustrated, said that the only action taken would be the removal of the guilty from the shows for a period of time. McDevitt also pointed out that the issue Signature Pharmacy was not limited to the employees of the WWE: among customers of the pharmaceutical company in fact also included police officers, firefighters and professional athletes from other sports, especially of football (many members of the teams of the NFL were disqualified for doping).
All this led to a big change in the rules underlying the Wellness Program, formalized by the Vice President of WWE, Stephanie McMahon, at a meeting held in the headquarters Stanford (Connecticut) on 1 September 2007. The McMahon specified that from now on every wrestler would be subject to doping tests before being put under contract by the federation, and if positive to marijuana would be fined $ 1,000. New substances, such as anti-estrogens, were added to the list of prohibited drugs.
As of November 1st following each violation of the Wellness Program it would be made public. The first two wrestler suspended following the application of the new regulation were David Hart Smith and Chris Masters, the latter to the second violation, and then removed from the show for a period of 60 days.
In June 2009 there was a new wave of suspensions and dismissals for the Wellness Program violations. The wrestler Mr. Kennedy and Umaga, the latter died December 4 of that year due to a heart attack, they were fired for being positive drug test for the second time and then refusing the rehabilitation clinic. On 27 August 2009 the Fed has announced through its official website, he has suspended Rey Mysterio for a period of 30 days. The Mexican fighter has broken the rules of the Wellness Program also in 2012 and was then suspended for 60 days. The only wrestler to have taken performance-enhancing drugs twice in one year was Evan Bourne, suspended for 30 and 60 days.
September 13, 2010 the WWE has added muscle relaxants to the list of banned substances. In the summer of 2012 Randy Orton was punished with 60 days suspension from the shows to be positive for anti-doping tests. February 19, 2013 Jack Swagger was arrested, and later released on bail, as found in possession of marijuana; WWE has punished by $ 1,000 in fines, as provided by the new policy of the Wellness Program. On September 28, 2015 Hornswoggle was suspended for a period of 30 days following his first violation of the Wellness Program.
On 8 January 2014, the WWE announced the WWE Network. The WWE Network is a streaming video service produced by WWE. The launch of the WWE Network took place February 24, 2014 in the United States. The August 16, 2014 Vince McMahon on his public Twitter profile posted photos on launch of the new logo of the WWE, formerly used as the logo of the WWE Network.
In the episode of Raw of November 25, John Cena, the longtime rival of Orton, has suggested that there is only "one" in the WWE Champion, so Triple H said that there would be a unification match at the pay-per-view TLC. At TLC, Cena defeated Orton unifying his WWE Championship with the World Heavyweight Championship from Cena, and was officially recognized as the last World Heavyweight Champion.
From late summer 2011, the COO Triple H has allowed the wrestlers of the federation to fight either side first roster. In the year 2012, precisely for this reason, it has been canceled the classic Draft.
Following the defeat of Team Teddy Long at WrestleMania, John Laurinaitis he became the only general manager in WWE, bringing in wrestlers Federation caliber Brock Lesnar and A-Train (known now with the ring name Tensai). The match between Brock Lesnar and John Cena at Extreme Rules 2012 saw the return of blood, and was regarded by fans as one of the most violent encounters PG era. Dinner undertaken so a real feud with Laurinaitis that ended at No Way Out in a match against Big Show in which, if the giant had lost, the GM ever would be fired but if Cena had lost, he would be fired latter.
At No Way Out, with the help of Brodus Clay, Alex Riley, Santino Marella, Zack Ryder and Kofi Kingston, Cena won the match out of the cage before Big Show. At the end of the match, after "You are fired" by Vince McMahon, Dinner trim an AA Mr. People Power on the Spanish announce table, destroying it. From Wrestlemania on WWE.com are announced in advance dark matches played before each pay per view, visible on the WWE YouTube channel. The first dark match to be watched live on YouTube was to Wrestlemania between The Usos, Primo & Epic and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, won by seconds.
After John Laurinaitis, there have been new general manager for a week. The first was Mick Foley, succeeded by Vickie Guerrero and Teddy Long. Then in an episode RAW there was the anonymous GM (already been there for a whole year) from which it was discovered that it was Hornswoggle and in the same week in SmackDown GM interim was Zack Ryder.
After the acquisition of WCW by the WWF in 2001, Vince McMahon brought in the members of his federation nWo, or Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall, to pay-per-view No Way Out on February 17, 2002. In the storyline created for the occasion, the nWo was to be the McMahon tool to bring down the WWF, in order to avoid the shame of Vince dividing the decision-making power with the new co-owner of WWF Ric Flair. After the defeat at WrestleMania X8 against the Rock, Hulk Hogan was attacked by Hall and Nash, and so left the band. Hall and Nash then recruited two new members for the nWo: X-Pac (March 21, 2002 in SmackDown registered in Ottawa) and Big Show (April 22, 2002).
The return of the New World Order in the WWF did not last long. Hall was fired in May for personal reasons, probably related to the abuse of drugs or alcohol. Flair later became a semi-member of the nWo after the turnaround in Stone Cold Steve Austin. As owner of RAW, Flair signed a Lumberjack Match May 13 between Austin and the last new member of the nWo, which turned out to be Booker T. Nash introduced Shawn Michaels in the nWo on June 3, 2002. Michaels drove Booker out of the new World Order just one week later. On 15 July 2002 Mr McMahon, after having regained full control over WWE, disbanded the group.
April 29, 1999, the WWF made its return to a terrestrial television by launching a special show called SmackDown! on the television network UPN. The show gained a weekly basis from Thursday, 26 August 1999. He was one of the most successful programs that UPN has ever had. Meanwhile, the ratings of RAW continued to rise; Segment This Is Your Life between The Rock and Mick Foley of 27 September 1999 reached 8.4 rating, which is mid 2011 the peak audience reached by a weekly show of wrestling.
On 19 October 1999 the company has control of the WWF, which is the Titan Sports later renamed World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. began to be traded and were offered 10 million shares priced at $ 17 each. The WWF then began to diversify its activities as it opened a club in Times Square on the World, produced films and music albums, besides taking care of the book publications.
Despite the abandonment of Austin due to a neck injury, and the injury to a breastplate of The Undertaker, the WWF went on to dominate the ratings with wrestlers like The Rock and Triple H. The WWF held high the audience due to product renewal due to the change of leadership in the creative team, with Chris Kreski who replaced Vince Russo, WCW in the past because of the increased amount of work after the introduction of SmackDown.
Kreski has designed many of the major stories of the day, as the feud for the WWF Title from Triple H and Cactus Jack, the triangle Triple H/Kurt Angle/Stephanie McMahon and the rivalry between the Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz fought in new TLC match. Also the arrival of former ECW and WCW wrestler like Big Show, Chris Jericho, The Dudley Boyz, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero and the launch of fighters Made in WWF as Kurt Angle, The Hardy Boyz, Rikishi and Edge and Christian. He strengthened the wrestlers of the WWF park, at the same time removing any possibility of returning to WCW to be a serious threat to the Stamford federation.
On 25 September 2000, RAW moved from USA Network to TNN. This coincided with the return of Steve Austin, after being inactive for almost a year because of his injury. Despite returned one of his biggest stars (and the same year also came the Undertaker) listens WWF began to fall slowly. Chris Kreski left the company, replaced in his role by Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince.
Despite this, the WWF introduced what is considered their biggest event of all time, WrestleMania X-Seven, with a meeting for the WWF Title from The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the main event. At the end of the show Vince McMahon helped Steve Austin to win, unleashing his sensational and unexpected passage between.
"Bad" Austin formed an alliance with Triple H called Two-Man Power Trip, On which is the storyline of the WWF in the spring. But as she began a new phase of the WWF, he lost two of its biggest stars, Triple H and Chris Benoit, coming both from the scene for a year. It was during this period that the audience began to drop significantly, mainly due to the death of WCW and ECW, the heel turn of Steve Austin and the absence of some big names.
Meanwhile in 2001 the WWF, in collaboration with television network NBC, inaugurated the first season of X Football League, a new professional league of American football. The league had surprisingly high viewing figures for the first few weeks, only to be canceled by the schedules of NBC for the collapse of the viewing figures.
On 16 August 2010, the WWE Tag Team Championship and the World Tag Team Championship were replaced by a single title, which would keep the name and the roll of honor of the WWE Tag Team Titles. The new title was presented that day to the then champions David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd of Hart Dynasty, to which two new belts were delivered with a new design. The samples, as it already happened to WrestleMania XXV, could defend the belts in both rosters.
A Night of Champions 2010 the WWE Women's Championship and the WWE Divas Championship were unified; the title would have remained substantially the same name, design and roll of honor of the second belt and could be defended on both rosters. In the early days it was also called WWE Divas Championship.