Triple Z returns to break down WWE's Fastlane, the last event before WrestleMania
The New Day vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev
The New Day are still on the kickoff show! Surprised? This right here shows you how messed up WWE's landscape has become. The New Day were once hailed on the same level as The Rock and Hulk Hogan when they were given the duty to host WrestleMania. Now they are just scrapping it out on the kickoff shows. I see a lot of fans argue about The New Day. They are convinced turning them heel or having Xavier and Big E turn on Kofi would be the answer. The short answer: It won't work. (I'll have a larger article on this at a later date stay tuned).
Rusev to me has always been a mid-carder. It's time to be brutally honest with the current roster. WWE has more talent than ever, and they need to prioritize certain talents unless they want people departing to AEW. Shinsuke Nakamura being lumped with Rusev is a joke. Nakamura should've been sent to RAW if SmackDown was becoming to crowded in the main event scene. The shakeup would've avoided Nakamura's current situation. With all that being said. It's a kickoff match, and these are usually unpredictable.
Winner: The New Day
Rey Mysterio vs Andrade
This is another kickoff match. I do appreciate the SmackDown feel. That's the one down side of the co-branded events is that RAW gets too much booking power despite the brand having way less talent. This is a quality match for the kickoff. Even though it shouldn't be a kickoff. I guess this is the only way. I feel like these two will be involved in a WrestleMania ladder match. For now, I think Andrade will pick up the win.
UPDATE: Match was changed to a Fatal 4 Way. I think Samoa Joe is going to hold onto it.
The Revival vs Ricochet & Aleister Black vs Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
This is a solid match, and it had a decent build. Not a good one but a decent one. The NXT call ups felt very unnecessary but they added a surprised element to WrestleMania season. I'm wondering who will debut the night after WrestleMania. The options are obviously limited. Unfortunately, Ciampa already got injured when debuting on the main roster. Black and Ricochet have fared well on the wild main roster. Gargano is pulling double duty.
This match has all the talent. Consisting six great guys from NXT. The match features two former NXT champions, former NXT tag team champions, and of course a former NXT North American champion. I could see WWE going radical and giving the titles to Black and Ricochet.
Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Asuka vs Mandy Rose
I'd just like to assume that Asuka would retain here. I wouldn't be surprised if they do a multi-women match for the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs Nia Jax & Tamina
Quick pick: Banks and Bayley really can't lose on their first defense right? Right?
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
The Uso's vs Shane McMahon and The Miz
It's obvious The Uso's are going to win this one. Plus this match may kickstart whatever The Miz and Shane McMahon are doing at WrestleMania this year. The Usos's are most likely going to have a battle with The Hardy Boyz at Mania. Which will be incredible if they execute it right.
Winners: The Uso's
The Shield vs Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley
Roman Reigns first match back is with The Shield. The match should be exciting due to Roman being back. It's a shame that they are facing Team Snoozefest. Honestly, The Shield should come out and squash these three guys. Yet, I'm sure this will be a long drawn out match with The Shield coming out on top. Also, maybe we get an appearance by Brock Lesnar so we can get some build for Rollins vs Lesnar. Instead of the same regurgitated Paul Heyman promo. That would be nice. I feel like WWE is forgetting to even promote that match, and that's a shame.
As for Reigns, I'm sure that he will have a small match at WrestleMania 35. Maybe him taking on Baron Corbin. The only other wild scenario I could see is that they do Reigns vs Cena again. A match that essentially doesn't need any build but is proven to have wild crowd engagement.
Winners: The Shield
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch
Shoehorning Charlotte Flair into the Becky/Ronda feud was the worst thing for it. Also, this match just proves the Women's Royal Rumble means nothing. Who cares that Becky won the Rumble if she can't automatically get her title shot. WWE overcomplicated the feud by adding Charlotte in. She could've had an easy rivalry with Asuka over on the SmackDown side.
Not to mention Ronda Rousey turned heel, and by doing so she broke kayfabe. Which is one of the most interesting moves I've seen in recent years. I think it's perfect because Ronda Rousey is working the audience now. She has them hook, line, and sinker. Fans are calling her a coward and just another UFC star. It's the perfect scenario in a feud that is getting way too complicated. With that being said, Becky will probably win. Although, I think they should've raised the stakes of this match. If Charlotte Flair loses she should be out of the match. But that's just me.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Babyface Kevin Owens works. I'm glad he is a babyface even if it is just for a little bit. This match should be epic. I think it is safe to say that Daniel Bryan retains. Maybe, a new member of the eco-cult is revealed? Then that leads to a face-off between Bryan's stable and The New Day. That would be the way to end Fastlane.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
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