WWE Fastlane is in the books, and unless you haven’t been paying attention for roughly the last two years, you would almost certainly not be surprised to learn that Roman Reigns is now the #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and will face Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania. The problem is, the fans aren’t exactly into Reigns, and have been quite vocal about that fact, and that’s an issue. In fact, there were a lot of issues that came up during Fastlane, which have raised a fair number of questions that you would think might have to be addressed, as we barrel down an increasingly bumpy Road to WrestleMania.
10. Mauro Ranallo Is A Really Good Announcer
There was a lot of cautious optimism about WWE’s signing of Mauro Ranallo, even if he was just going to be relegated to Smackdown as part of the shuffling of deck chairs brought about by its move to USA Network. That said, those who actually tuned into the Fastlane kick-off show got an example of why Ranallo should eventually replace Michael Cole as the main play-by-play announcer in WWE. When given the desk for the Kalisto-Del Rio match on the pre-show, Ranallo was everything that Cole just hasn’t managed to be since inheriting his position as “Voice of WWE” from Jim Ross. Ranallo was engaging, informative, entertaining, and educated about the product he was discussing. He managed to call the match (and use actual move names) while still bantering with his color commentators. His announcing voice carries the kind of gravitas that emphasizes big events without having to repeatedly scream catchphrases at viewers, which has become Cole’s trademark whenever something important happens. While Cole resumed his seat for the actual Pay Per View, Ranallo’s performance, and the fact that he was given that shot so early into his WWE tenure, suggest that his talent has not gone unnoticed in WWE. Hopefully, this will lead to an even better position for the former MMA analyst in the future.