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When World Wrestling Entertainment revealed that the new name for their February pay-per-view would be Fastlane in 2015, a fair few fans were left scratching their heads. Gone was the lengthy association between that month and the Elimination Chamber bouts, and No Way Out was an even more distant memory. Instead, WWE focused on the literal, citing Fastlane as part of the ‘Road To WrestleMania’.
This year, the main event saw a Triple Threat encounter which promised to solidify who would face Triple H at the promotion’s biggest annual showcase. Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were the combatants, and it would end up being the latter who scored the match-winning pinfall. Before the event, many people could see this coming, as much as some hated to admit it.
Massive table bumps, a first one-on-one WWE pay-per-view match for a relative newcomer, and even references to former Ecw, »
- Jamie Kennedy
In a few short weeks time WWE will present Fastlane, their February pay-per-view and the next really big stop on the road to WrestleMania. Fastlane is a new addition to the PPV/Network special calendar – before it was Elimination Chamber, a show that the WWE Universe very much looked forward to.
Before even Elimination Chamber was No Way Out, which ran between 1998 – 2009 (minus a year’s absence in 1999) before being brought back for a one-off in 2012. The event spanned the Attitude Era, the Ruthless Aggression era and the PG era, something few PPV concepts can boast.
Looking back at No Way Out cards past, if I had to sum them up it would be – so-so undercard, great main event(s). That was generally the case with the show, especially when it briefly became a single-branded affair in the mid-2000s. Many classic matches have gone on last at Nwo, »
- Lewis Howse
If there’s one reason this episode of Raw will be burned into the memory of any old-school WWF fan, it’s the iconic dumpster ride segment, one of the more controversial and effective moments in the early days of Dx’s dominance.
It’s always fun to pore over these classic episodes for some very un-pc signs, hilarious indicators of the time, and of course, the insane, envelope-pushing storytelling that can only be the result of one man: Vince freaking Russo.
In addition, the build continues for the WWF’s inaugural No Way Out pay-per-view two weeks later (or as it was known then, No Way Out of Texas), and there’s further teasing for the Hbk/Stone Cold match at WrestleMania, a whole two months away from the date of this show.
Here are 26 Wtf moments from the February 2nd, 1998 episode of Raw…
26. Dx’s “Enormous Genitalia” WWE. »
- Jack Pooley
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