We find ourselves six days away from Fastlane, the final pay – per – view before WrestleMania 34. There are a few questions that still need to be answered, but we did find something unique last week. John Cena was added to the WWE Championship match, making it a Six Pack Challenge. What initially was a triple threat match involving Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and AJ Styles spiraled out of control, thanks to the Commissioner of SmackDown Live.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn haven’t forgotten that fact either. Both men believe Shane has a vendetta against them, and Shane hasn’t done anything to alleviate those sentiments. The winner of the match will go on to face Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 34, but Styles will be at a distinct disadvantage, as he doesn’t have to be involved to lose the title.
Charlotte Flair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Ruby Riott at Fastlane. The Riott Squad has made it difficult for Flair, Becky and Naomi to go about their business. The leader of the stable now has the opportunity to pile on more misery, and if Ruby defeats Charlotte, she may very well go into WrestleMania 34 as the champion!
We take a look at the Fastlane card, and give you our predictions.
Fastlane main card:
The Usos versus The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Very few tag teams of this generation have made a case to be considered among the greatest tag teams in WWE history, but The Usos are undeniably making a strong effort. The brothers have been one of the most dominant tag teams in recent memory, and every time they step into the ring, they put on a match of the night.
The rivalry between Usos and The New Day has been going on for way too long, but there aren’t many teams on SmackDown Live which can go toe to toe with The Usos. While The New Day held the tag team titles for well over a year not too long ago, this is The Usos’ time, and we are all living in their penitentiary. The brothers are expected to face The Bludgeon Brothers at WrestleMania, so expect Jimmy and Jey to win at Fastlane.
Winners and still the SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Usos
Charlotte Flair versus Ruby Riott (with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
At one point, WWE were looking to book a Charlotte – Becky Lynch match at WrestleMania, but considering both the women are friends, and have fought side – by – side against The Riott Squad, that match looks rather unlikely at this point.
Charlotte Flair has faced – and defeated the likes of Natalya, and the next challenge in front of her is Ruby Riott. There aren’t many other women on SmackDown Live that can be looked as legitimate contenders, which only leaves Lynch and Naomi as WrestleMania lurks around the corner.
Expect Charlotte to win the bout, and for Becky to throw down the challenge during the weeks leading up to WrestleMania. Ruby is still relatively new, and doesn’t have any momentum going into Fastlane, which would work against her at the PPV.
Winner and still the SmackDown Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair
Bobby Roode versus Randy Orton for the WWE United States Championship
It’s odd to see WWE completely ignoring the fans, and what they want. For a company that always reiterates an open ear policy as far as the WWE fans are concerned, it isn’t the first time they’ve turned a blind eye.
The flavor of the month(s) is Rusev. The Bulgarian Brute is one of the most ‘over’ Superstars in the WWE, but hasn’t been featured on SmackDown Live over the past couple of weeks. Jinder Mahal was then introduced into the feud, and will likely get added to the United States Championship match to make it a triple threat this week on SmackDown Live.
Expect Roode to walk out with the title, and face Rusev at WrestleMania 34 with the United States title hanging in the balance.
Winner and still the WWE United States Champion: Bobby Roode
AJ Styles versus Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn versus John Cena versus Baron Corbin versus Dolph Ziggler in a Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship
In the main event, six Superstars face each other for the WWE Championship. John Cena was added to the mix last week, while Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn would rightly feel disheartened and dejected. What was supposed to be a triple threat match has now turned into a Six Pack challenge, with the winner walking out with the prestigious WWE title.
AJ Styles will have his back against the wall, but the fact that WWE has penciled in the marquee bout between Nakamura and Styles would make him the odds on favorite to walk out with the title. It will be interesting to see if Owens and Zayn would turn on each other, and what other rivalries can come out of the bout, for WrestleMania 34.