WWE Fastlane comes to us live at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the WWE Network. The event starts at 6 PM CT with the Kickoff Show, with the main card starting at 7 PM CT.
Fastlane is the final stop before WrestleMania and while some of the matches on the card hold little importance, others will have major ramifications heading into the big show.
The following predictions are how I would book the finishes, which will make the PPV and the product most enjoyable for me going forward.
Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship
I just can’t see Kevin Owens defending the Universal Championship against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. I do see that match taking place, just without the title on the line. As much as I like the idea of Owens retaining, I like the idea of Goldberg going into his match against Brock Lesnar as champion better. While Goldberg vs. Lesnar at WrestleMania doesn’t need the title, the title needs them fighting over it.
I don’t think it’s wise to give Owens more offense against Goldberg than Lesnar. I do expect him to get some offense in, but not much. Any interference in this match would be a big mistake. There are plenty of scenarios I can see that happening lower on the card.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
It would be a big mistake to have Strowman lose here. I think a lot depends on the health of the Undertaker. He didn’t look good the last time we saw him in the ring. If WWE is dead set on Reigns vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania then Reigns has to turn heel. A face Undertaker vs. a face Reigns has absolutely zero juice behind it.
This is a great spot for a double turn. Strowman wins in a wonky way and afterwards Reigns destroys Braun. Undertaker comes out to make the save and Reigns destroys him too giving the Dead Man an out for losing at WrestleMania. Strowman has the potential to be a great baby face, and well we all know what should be done with Roman.
Neville vs. Jack Gallagher for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
This might be the easiest match on the card to book. Heel Neville has been the best part of the Cruiserweight division and there’s no reason to change course here. Neville retains and we get Austin Aries vs. Neville at WrestleMania.
Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair for the WWE Women’s Championship
WWE made a huge mistake by not having Bayley overcome the odds by beating Charlotte at WrestleMania. The company has done the Women’s division no favors with their story telling and booking recently. Nia Jax beats everyone in the division but doesn’t get a title shot. The hot potato passing around of the women’s championship has done serious damage to the belt after Charlotte did such an amazing job of building it up. Worst of all, the Bayley character is so damaged that I fear it’s close to impossible to rebuild her back to the character that was so successful in NXT.
If it’s me, I’m giving Bayley the clean win she so desperately needs over Charlotte. Unfortunately, I can see this being one of the matches that has outside interference.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The handling of the tag team division is as bad, if not worse than the women’s division. The one thing I do like about the division is the team holding the titles. WWE needs to keep the belts on Anderson and Gallows while reestablishing the rest of the division. I won’t hold my breath while waiting for this to happen.
Winner: Gallows & Anderson
Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn
This is the match I’m looking forward to most. These two are very familiar with each other so hopefully they are given time to put on a good show. The addition of Joe to the HHH mix is one of the best things going on RAW and Zayn will make him look like a million bucks in their match together. I’m looking forward to what WWE has planned for Joe leading up to WrestleMania.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
While I’m looking forward to Bank’s eventual heel turn, I hope it happens after WrestleMania. She’ll continue treading water while WWE builds to a Fatal-4-Way at WrestleMania with the focus more on the other women in the match. I like what WWE is doing with Nia and I think they should continue doing it. I understand the need to give Banks a win in order to make it seem like she has a chance at winning at WrestleMania, but I’d like see her get squashed here.
Winner: Nia Jax
Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar
My picks are a bit heel heavy so I’ll go with the team of Swann and Tozawa to get the night started on a positive note.
Winner: Swann & Tozawa
Enjoy the show!
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