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Posted by Justin Watry on 03/05/2017 at 02:48 AM

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The wait is over. I'm heading to Milwaukee for WWE Fastlane and am beyond pumped. So excited. Months...no, years in the making! Great floor seats and just a month away from Mania. Honestly, I don't like being on my cell phone during events that much. However, I will try and take some pictures/videos and share the experience with everybody on Twitter. Follow @JustinWatry for my posts about being live in person at WWE Fastlane. Until then, here are my predictions...

EDIT: For what it is worth, I made these picks earlier in the week. Now that we are 12 hours away from the opening bell, I think Charlotte (unfortunately) wins and so does Braun Strowman. The Undertaker can distract Roman Reigns with just his music. Doesn't even have to appear.

Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. Noam Dar & Brian Kendrick: This is the match I will be racing to my seat to see. After getting a few drinks and filling my belly, it will be a long wait in line to enter the building. Hopefully, the Kickoff Show waits for me to get settled in. I have yet to see the cruiserweight division live in person. Maybe there is more to it than we see on television? Who knows? My guess is the faces win because neither heel is doing much of note. Always good to see Alicia Foooooooooooooooooooooooox though.

WINNER: Rich & Akira

Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks: My original thought was Sasha Banks will win to even the score and get back to her BOSS ways. Then I thought about how the rest of the evening may go. If rumors are to be trusted (and what I've been writing about since last year), it seems Sasha Banks is finally going to turn heel on her best friend Bayley. Thus, would it make more sense for her to win here...or lose? I don't know. Maybe another loss would send her to such frustration that she takes it out on the Womens Champion? Perhaps costing her the title? Total coin flip. Gut instinct is Sasha wins. Going with Nia however to keep her strong during the Road to WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.


Neville vs. Jack Gallagher for the Cruiserweight Title: Jack Gallagher just kinda has that feeling like he doesn't really NEED a championship. Some guys have that distinction about them. He is one of them. While most fans will be clamoring for him to defeat Neville, I say he loses. His personality is more than enough to make up for any lack of titles. Maybe down the road. Then again, isn't Austin Aries almost cleared to come back?

WINNER: Neville

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Big Cass and Enzo for the RAW Tag Team Titles: Like the crusierweights, I want to see the Enzo and Big Cass live in person. There has to be that extra spark for the live crowd. Has to be. Similarly to how Bayley's championship moment should have been saved for Mania in NXT Country, the same applies for these two. Cass and Enzo being on a tag team title chase for the majority of early 2017 was such an easy story. Instead, it was thrown together and crammed onto the Fastlane card. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson should survive here but lose in Orlando. Maybe not even to Cass and Enzo. Keep in mind I was one of the few who repeatedly said they should not have won the gold in NXT and always picked them to lose (correct call by the way). We'll see if WWE gives them the title belts. Fits with The Revival call up...

WINNER: Luke and Karl

Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn: Easy prediction here. Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn will deliver a very entertaining 20 minute bout, but the outcome is as clear as they come. Joe wins in dominating fashion, while Zayn looks great in defeat. My only question is where this all leads. Joe has to be doing SOMETHING at Mania, right? Could just be backup for Triple H in his fight/match with Seth Rollins. That might work, but HHH is not exactly the kind of guy who would want to share the spotlight (unless you are a DX buddy). The Game vs. The Architect sells itself. Then there is Zayn. Another ladder match cluster for him? Another shot at Braun Strowman maybe? Time will tell.


Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman: This is my non-finish of the event. I could make a case for either outcome, so I am pulling a cop out and picking nobody. In a way, it is a "Winner faces The Undertaker" scenario. Whether Braun is the man or Roman, each man must be protected here. I wrote more about this earlier in the week (if the column is up yet), so I don't want to repeat myself too much. Let's just wish for a fun brawl and a worth while ending that does not damage anybody too much. It can be done...if creative is up for it.

WINNER: No finish

Bayley vs. Charlotte for the RAW Womens Title: Ugh. We're really doing this AGAIN? Really WWE? I was fine with the Charlotte/Sasha Banks back and forth because it was a part of the story and how evenly matched they were. I was cool with it. Doing it AGAIN, this close to WM, and right after Bayley's moment on Raw? I can't defend it. I can't. Even if it is due to Sasha Banks turning on her, it isn't worth it. All negativity aside, I will praise WWE for making Charlotte's pay-per-view record important. We all whine and complain about stuff being meaningless, but here is something with some actual hype behind it. Kudos to the company and Charlotte for getting behind an idea and building it up. No complaints there. That is something with equity and has to be paid off at WM...you know what though? Screw it. I'm picking Bayley even if we all know this ends. I'll be there live and will cheer on the champion, even in defeat.

WINNER: Bayley

Kevin Owens vs. Bill Goldberg for the Universal Title: No explanation needed.


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