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WWE Fastlane 2018: Thoughts and Predictions
March 9, 2018
Coming up on Sunday night from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, it’s WWE Fastlane, the last stop on the “Road To Wrestlemania” for the WWE superstars and if rumors are to be believed, the last single branded pay-per-view event for the forseeable future. It’s a packed show to be sure and unfortunately, it’s pretty much also a throw-away show in that there is nothing here that is “must see” in my opinion. It looks like an episode of Smackdown Live if that show was given three hours to go instead of just two. Let’s look at the announced matches and do some predictions. By the way, as I write this on Friday morning, the match or matches for the “Kickoff Show” haven’t been announced yet. I guess that will come later this afternoon and if so, I’ll do an update with those matches sometime before Sunday. After all, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley and the Fashion Police need something to do, right? And where are Harper and Rowan? Hmmmm…
1. Six-pack Challenge for the WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
I was much more interested in this match before everyone and their mother started getting added to the event. And by the way, where is Jinder in all of this? I know he’s in a program with Randy and Roode, but as the previous WWE Champion before AJ, he much more deserves to be in this mix than Corbin or Dolph or especially Cena. Speaking of Dolph and Corbin, they’re here for filler. They won’t win and no one really gives a damn about either of these guys at the moment anyhow. They brought Cena in to be a “name” and draw some fans as they do this ridiculous story about how Cena is so determined to get to Wrestlemania and this is his last chance. Wrestlemania once had a match between Booker T and Edge fighting over who gets to be in a shampoo commercial, yet they expect us to believe that Cena won’t be on the card if he’s not WWE Champion? Ok then. By the way, at the end of Sunday night, Cena WON’T be WWE Champion. I think we’re working towards a rivalry and feud with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (again) so the legit best friends can have a dream match against each other at the biggest show of the year. So that leaves AJ Styles. AJ wins and retains the title and is going to Wrestlemania as the defending WWE Champion, as he well should.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: AJ Styles
2. United States Championship Match: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Randy Orton
Randy doesn’t need the U.S. title and wasn’t he talking just a few weeks ago about cutting back on his schedule and being more of a part-time player for WWE anyhow? Look for Jinder to get involved in this and a total cluster-f*ck to occur, thus leading to a mutli-man match at Wrestlemania with the United States title up for grabs there. As for Sunday night, Orton gets a “roode awakening” and everything turns out to be “glorious”. Roode wins.
Winner and STILL United States Champion: Bobby Roode
3. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs. New Day
I do not want to see the New Day as the Champs again. Their act is stale and they’ve gone from being entertaining to just being annoying. The Usos are a great team and arguably the best pure tag team in WWE today not named “The Revival”. The Usos should win and keep their belts and move on to the next opponents. That being said, look for the power of Booty to come out on top. I don’t want to see it, but we will get at least one title change at this event and I think that this match will be the one.
Winners and NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The New Day
4. Smackdown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ruby Riott
Charlotte is the Queen and headed towards Wrestlemania. I can’t see Ruby doing more than getting a few shots in and then falling victim to the styling and profiling of the Women’s Champion. Charlotte wins and retains as it should be.
Winner and STILL WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair
5. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
I would love to see Rusev win and have a proper and awesome Rusev day. But this match looks as if it was just thrown together to pander a bit to the ever-growing legions of Rusev fans. Shinsuke is on the way to Wrestlemania to fight for the WWE Championship in the main event. No way he loses here.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura.
6. Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella
Speaking of matches being thrown together, this match was brought together because of a tweet and what? Why is it even happening? I think that the WWE just remembered that Carmella has that Money In The Bank contract and since she hasn’t been on television for a while, throw together a match to remind everyone that she’s around and still viable. And what the hell is up with Natayla turning into a human sized cat? They sure as hell don’t treat this woman right with these lame ass changes to her character. She deserves far better. This match is filler and nothing else. WWE has a tradition of the Money In The Bank folks losing matches right before they cash in their contracts and win the big titles. I’m thinking that is what’s going on here. Look for Carmella to take a fall here and then sometime between now and Wrestlemania, possiby even at the big show, pulling a “Seth Rollins”, she’ll make her move to cash in. I hope that they bring back Ellsworth to be a part of that when it happens. Becky and Naomi win here.
Winners: Naomi and Becky Lynch
And I guess that’s it. As I said earlier, when the match or matches for the Kick-Off show are announced, I’ll update this or else do a new post at the site and on my Facebook page. I have to go get ready for work now so I’m down and gone. Thoughts, comments and your predictions are welcome. Let me know who you think will walk out on top at Fastlane and what will happen in the next few weeks on the Road To Wrestlemania. I really do want to know. For now though, I’m gone. Have a great one and take care.