WWE Fastlane 2018: Previews and Predictions
WWE Smackdown Live PPV
On March 11, 2018, WWE Smackdown Live presents Fastlane 2018 from Columbus, Ohio.
Fastlane will be the final PPV heading into Wrestlemania, so it’s likely now or never for any title changes heading into Wrestlemania. Fastlane also has the distinction of being the last brand specific PPV for the foreseeable future as all forthcoming PPV’s will be both brands showcased.
WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
The WWE title match started out as a triple threat between Styles, Owens, and Zayn. Then Corbin and Ziggler beat the latter duo in singles matches to earn spots in the bout. Now, with Cena winning beating AJ on Smackdown, we have a fatal six-way for the WWE Championship. This match is set up like an Elimination Chamber match without the chamber. Sadly this is another example of Smackdown writing itself into a corner, and we get a baseless multi-man match.
As far as a winner, WWE knows that Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is a match everyone is excited to see at Wrestlemania 34. Crowds go wild whenever WWE even teases the match between the two happening at Mania. It would seem foolish to put the belt on anyone else heading into Wrestlemania. With Cena rumored to be facing the Undertaker at Mania likely, the next best option to upset Styles would be Ziggler, but I don’t see that happening going into April.
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Ruby Riott
Ruby Riott will be the first of the latest Women’s call-ups from NXT to get a solo match for their respective brand’s Women’s title. With Charlotte already dispatching the other members of the Riott squad, this feels like a reverse boss fight. The feud has fallen flat as it’s been nothing but six-woman tag matches and boring promos. The women of Smackdown deserve better writing than what is given to them by creative.
Charlotte is going to win, sorry Ruby. A great way to spice up this match is to have Asuka come out and challenge Charlotte right after the match is over. If the rumors are true that Asuka is coming to the blue brand for her first Wrestlemania match, you should capitalize on every chance you have for her and Charlotte to fuel the feud.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
After having the feud of the year in 2018, the Usos and New Day look to put on another tag team clinic on Sunday. If you book these two teams in a match, odds are they’re going to deliver a show.
If the Usos drop the belts to The New Day just for Wrestlemania, I’d be shocked. We all know The New Day with or without the straps will be on Wrestlemania in some capacity. However, The Usos have been looked over at Mania before, and it would appear they’re being set up for the Bludgeon Brothers. I see The Usos walking out after a great match with the belts, making them look strong going into Mania.
United States Championship: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Randy Orton
There’s a good chance that by Sunday night this has evolved into a triple threat match featuring Jinder Mahal as well as he’s heavily involved in the storyline. He could also just show up to screw over the loser of the match at Fastlane and set up a Mania match for the Maharaja.
Randy Orton is the United States Championship away from having the WWE Grand Slam. With the United States belt being the secondary title, I could see WWE putting the belt on Randy going into Mania so Roode can win it back at Mania. Also, Randy is set to start taking some time off, so him putting over Roode at mania with a title win would be a good win/win for everyone.
See you this Sunday, peace.