Jay's Ways - WWE Fastlane 2018 Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 03/10/2018 at 09:27 PM
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WWE Fastlane 2018 Preview
Natalya & Carmella vs. Naomi & Becky Lynch
Does it matter? I say that with all due respect. All four are talented and will surely find their way on the WrestleMania 34 card. Somewhere. Sadly though, this is just a tag team bout to throw on the card and waste 15 minutes. Yeah, fifteen. This show will need a couple of lengthy matches on the under card. The only reason I am picking the heels is due to the Money in the Bank winner Carmella still holding the briefcase. Usually that would entail a loss so close to a cash in but not here. Personally, I'd have them lose, but this is a predictions column, and I need some heels to be victorious on Sunday...
WINNER: Natalya & Carmella
Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
No explanation needed.
WINNER: Shinsuke Nakamura
Smackdown Tag Team Title Match: Champions the Usos vs. The New Day
If The Usos are finally going to get on the main card for Mania, they better hope their opponents are NOT The Bludgeon Brothers. That reeks of the Kickoff Show from a mile away. Other than that, the only other option is more stuff with The New Day. No thanks. The trio already hosted the event last year and held the tag belts on RAW for 194,395 straight days without defending the titles and/or losing on pay-per-view multiple times. Honky Tonked' their way to a record. Long story short, I would almost just go back to Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable as challengers. heck, throw them all in a huge ladder match. I assume the stipulation will be added to WM somewhere. Either here or for the IC Championship picture. Rambling over: The Usos retain and hopefully get their deserved spot come WM34.
WINNER: The Usos
US Title Match: Champion Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton
Maybe it is just me but shouldn't this feel like a much bigger match? Bobby Roode is one guy who I have been begging to come to WWE for years and actually predicted his impending NXT arrival just four months before it happened. Now he is on Smackdown LIVE carrying the United States Title as The Glorious One. Then there is legacy star, Mr. RKO. He can be put anywhere on the card and be relevant, trustworthy, and deliver a solid/great performance. Hair or no hair, the dude is still in amazing shape and can wrestle at a high level without blinking. That is why I am a little stunned to NOT be more pumped for this showdown. A dream match for some. Weird. With Mania just four weeks away, it will be very intriguing to learn where both Roode and Orton land. A rematch? Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal? A multi-man cluster? Something else that nobody else is thinking of? I will go with Roode to retain but not with a ton of confidence. Both feel like potential RAW Superstars come April, truth be told.
WINNER: Bobby Roode
Smackdown Women’s Title Match: Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott
Two nights ago in Milwaukee during the Raw taping, I told my buddy that the women's division was about to become VERY interesting in the next eight days and that a shakeup was on the horizon. He tends to avoid spoilers and such, so he was curious...but I bit my tongue. I don't know if he is reading this or not, hopefully not. Charlotte will keep their title belt over Ruby Riott. That is for certain. What happens afterwards or on Tuesday night is another story. We'll see. Woo!
WINNER: Charlotte Flair
WWE Title Match: Champion AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Like most multi-man matches, it is easiest to use a process of elimination when deciding a winner. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are wrapped up in their drama. No win for them. Dolph Ziggler is still crying and moaning about his career without accepting any blame. No win for him. Baron Corbin would make a nice ideal opponent for Roode in the U.S. Title picture at Mania. Zero chance he suddenly becomes a main event player weeks before the biggest event of the year. No win for him. John Cena has the story going for getting his 17th WWE/World Title to make history. However, that has been teased a bunch with no payoff. Besides, I think he will be doing something else at WM34 with no belt involved. No win for him. That leaves AJ Styles. Considering I listed him vs. Shinsuke Nakamura as the Smackdown LIVE main event last April...yeah, WWE will deliver. Nakamura got the Royal Rumble victory. AJ Styles got the WWE Championship. It was a very bumpy ride to get there for the blue brand, but the payoff is always what matters most. If 2017's lull was a means to an end to get us to Styles/Nakamura for the top prize in the industry at WM34 in New Orleans with 70,000 fans in attendance, it was all worth it.