We’re two days away from the final pay – per – view before WrestleMania 34, WWE Fastlane. The main event, contested for the WWE Championship will see six Superstars vying for the chance to headline WrestleMania. John Cena was added to the match last week, when he defeated AJ Styles on SmackDown Live.
It has been an interesting week for the WWE Universe. Multiple WrestleMania matches have been announced, and Ronda Rousey had the chance to name her opponent this week on RAW. A lot has transpired this past week, and we dive right in to look at the major talking points coming out of the week.
Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
This past week on RAW, WWE finally booked the match we saw coming at least a month ago. Ronda Rousey announced that she wanted to face Stephanie McMahon, and while Stephanie argued that she was a part of the management team, Kurt made it official. However, when Triple H tried to get involved, Kurt made it a mixed tag team match between himself and Ronda against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
WWE reportedly wanted The Rock to partner with Rousey, but given Rock’s movie commitments, he wasn’t available to appear at the Showcase of the Immortals this year. This forced WWE’s hand, and the officials decided to go with Angle instead. Kurt competed in a six – man tag team match with Rollins and Ambrose last year, which marked his first WWE match in over a decade.
The Miz’s major push will see him defend the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania
The WWE Intercontinental Champion has been on a tear lately, and is one of the most consistent performers in the promotion. Reports emerged a month ago that WWE had major plans for the A – Lister heading into WrestleMania, and WWE announced Miz’s opponents for the big event this week on RAW.
Miz will defend the Intercontinental title against Finn Balor and Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat match. The former WWE Champion is expected to be inserted into the main event scene post WrestleMania 34, with Roman Reigns penciled in to win the Universal Championship in his match against Brock Lesnar.
It remains to be seen if Miz drops the IC title to either Balor or Rollins, which would all but confirm his main event push post – event.
Braun Strowman reportedly not competing at WrestleMania 34
WWE has booked Strowman as an unstoppable force over the past year, with Strowman being involved in feuds with the likes of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Going into WrestleMania, Braun is currently in a program with Elias, and his role at WrestleMania hasn’t been made clear by the WWE management.
Reports are now making rounds that there is a good possibility of Braun not competing at WrestleMania, but could be involved in an angle instead. WWE is also reportedly keeping Strowman as a back – up plan, in case something happens with Roman Reigns, rendering him unavailable for the main event of WrestleMania 34.
Rich Swann announces retirement from professional wrestling
After all the bookings ive taken im so scared to step in the ring but i cant wait lol. But after there done i will be retiring. Thank you for taking the chance on my name
— Richard Swann (@GottaGetSwann) March 8, 2018
The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion was released from the promotion last month, after he was suspended by the company for the domestic dispute he was involved in last year. Swann got into trouble when he reportedly physically assaulted his wife, but the charges were later dropped. However, WWE and Swann mutually agreed to part ways in February, and he has started accepted independent bookings.
Swann announced on Twitter yesterday that he would be retiring from professional wrestling after fulfilling his commitments. Rich Swann also lamented his release from WWE, and said that he was looking forward to getting back in the ring.