WWE Fastlane 2018: Preview and Predictions
Smackdowns last PPV before Wrestlemania looks set to decide who will be going into the event as champion as all titles are on the line. Here are my predictions for the event.
Becky Lynch and Naomi vs Carmella and Natalya
A match thrown together at the last minute with no really context behind it, apart from Naomi and Natalya having more friends. The faces will get the win, giving them more momentum going into Wrestlemania as the WWE keep forgetting Carmella is Mrs. Money in the Bank.
Winner: Becky Lynch and Naomi
Shinsuke Nakurmara vs Rusev (with Aiden English)
Another match quickly thrown together. Nakurmara just needed something to do so has been giving a match with Rusev, seemingly over what day it is, Rusev or Nakurmara day. When we all know it is Rusev day. However, Shinsuke will get the win with him likely to be facing AJ Styles at Wrestlemania.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakurmara
Bobby Roode (C) vs Randy Orton – US Championship
What should really be a dream match has not been built well, feuding over Roode having been rated higher than Orton on the Smackdown ratings. I still think the match will be better than expected however, as Roode looks like a future world champion. Having him face Randy Orton on his way. I think Smackdown will follow Raw in having a triple threat match at Wrestlemania for their secondary belt. As Jinder Mahal looks set to get involved in some way.
Winner: Bobby Roode
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (C) vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and/or Xavier Woods) – Tag Team Championships
With these teams incapable of putting on a match, this looks like a match of the night candidate. Their hell in a cell match being a highlight of their rivalry. I think both teams deserve the to head into Wrestlemania as tag team champions so it’s hard to choose a winner. I think the Usos will win though.
Winner: The Usos
Charlotte Flair (C) vs Ruby Riot (with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) – Women’s Championship
If given enough time, I also think this could be a show stealer with Ruby Riot never really being given the chance to show how good a wrestler she is. Flair looks set to come out on top however, heading into Wrestlemania to possibly face Asuka which would be an unreal match.
Winner: Charlotte Flair Retains
AJ Styles (C) vs John Cena vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin – WWE Championship
Having had a preview on Smackdown, this match to be a hectic match with the talent involved. AJ Styles looks set to retain and go on and compete in a dream match with Shinsuke Nakurmara. They will possibly be more conflict between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens which might end in them having a Wrestlemania match, although the card does look already filled. If their is a Andre the Giant battle Royal this year, I see both Dolph and Baron participating in it. Their is rumours of Cena making it a triple threat long side AJ and Nakurmara, and also rumours he will have a match with the Undertaker. I don’t think I like either option particularly that much. A triple threat matxh would be a good match but not as good as a singles match just between Nakurmara and AJ Styles. Although, The Undertaker vs John Cena would be insane, I think The Undertaker doesn’t have to prove anything and his last match with Roman, he looked like his body couldn’t take any more punishment. But I don’t see where Cena would fit on the card if he wasn’t in any of them matches.