WWE: Fastlane - Predictions
Can Double A tie up with Pink or will Pink further his lead?
Welcome to WWE Fastlane, the final PPV stop on the road to Wrestlemania. This show has big implications for the showcase of the immortals, so each match is important, making every vote that much more crucial.
Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax
This match has been brewing for a few months or so, but there hasn't been much story to it. The females would wrestle here or there, and the matches are mediocre at best. Presumably this is going to be the blow off match of the feud, but I foresee them meeting again in the coming weeks. Pink and I both agree it may be too soon for Nia to lose, which is why he's going with her for the win, but I see Sasha coming out on top of this one. I've been wrong before, but I still believe that WWE will want the faces winning to start the PPV with a hot crowd.
Pink - Nia Jax
Double A - Sasha Banks
Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa vs The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar
The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa have been having an interesting story that is somewhat mimicking Kendrick's story with TJ Perkins with the whole mentor/student thing, but with an interesting twist of Tozawa not having any interest in Kendrick. What Noam Dar and Rich Swann have anything to do with this match I have no idea. Pink is going with Swann and Tozawa because he sees no reason to swing his vote otherwise. I also believe Swann and Tozawa will win, but I at least have a reason. This is Tozawa's first WWE PPV, he's got to win, right?
Pink - Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa
Double A - Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa
Main PPV Card
Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe
The Destroyer is here and he has his eyes set on the Ultimate Underdog. Is there any scenario where Zayn defeats Joe in this match? Pink and I both have a hard time seeing that happen. Our votes are with Samoa Joe, he needs to win in strong fashion, and I mean NEEDS to win.
Pink - Samoa Joe
Double A - Samoa Joe
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows (c) vs Enzo & Big Cass (Raw Tag Team Championship match)
It took longer than most people expected for the Good Brothers to reach the top of the division. Now with New Day relegated to hosting duties at Mania, and Cesaro & Sheamus seemingly taking a break on the tagging. So now WWE has elevated Enzo and Cass to feud with Gallows and Anderson. It's no secret that WWE is high up on Big Cass, and Enzo is in a good position as his partner and mouth piece, but I don't see this translating into gold just yet. The Good Brothers have dominated around the world, but since winning the belts here in the WWE they've been far from impressive, I expect them to make an example of east coast duo. Hopefully, and I know this is a long shot, but a lose here may be the beginning of an Enzo and Cass breakup that would free up Cass for a singles run, and Enzo (who was once entertaining on the mic) can annoy the cruiser weights. Pink more or less agrees that Gallows and Anderson need to retain, and continue their reign, hopefully in dominating fashion.
Pink - Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Double A - Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Neville (c) vs Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Championship match)
Jack Gallagher has taken what could have been, and in all right should have been, a comedy gimmick and turned it into one of the few highlights of the Cruiserweight division. The happy-go-luck Neville turned heel after returning from injury and instantly made himself more relevant than he had ever been since his callup from NXT. Pink and I both see this match going either way, and mostly only voted differently because too many of our picks are similar for this PPV.
Pink - Jack Gallagher
Double A - Neville
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
Still in the spotlight long after many fans have soured on him, Roman Reigns is going up against one of the most impressive young talents the WWE has on the roster, and an absolute beast at that. I make no secrets about my feelings for either men. I think Braun can have a long celebrated career as long as he's treated right. Reigns isn't as bad in the ring as many make him out to be, but he's not as great as Vince seems to think, and he's no good on the mic at all. With similar feelings, Pink thinks Braun is going to win this one, he hopes to finally stop the Roman push. In my own little bit of fantasy booking, I think the match will end in a no contest, or possibly with a Braun Strowman dq when The Undertaker appears and interferes in the match. He's seeking revenge on his Rumble elimination, and this will build to his match against Reigns at Mania that seems WWE is building towards.
Pink - Braun Strowman
Double A - No Contest/Braun DQ
Bayley (c) vs Charlotte Flair (Raw Women's Championship match)
This feud has been building nicely and predictably, although I would have rather WWE waited to give the belt to Bayley in a more meaningful match. In any case, the matches haven't been as good as we expected from the Raw Women's Championship matches, but we both think Charlotte will continue her PPV winning streak, and inch ever closer to her father's championship record.
Pink - Charlotte Flair
Double A - Charlotte Flair
Kevin Owens (C) vs Goldberg (WWE Universal Championship match)
I understand the idea of Goldberg being a draw and making the company money, but does anyone, including his fans, really want to see him winning the belt at this point in his career? The build to this fight has been less than lackluster, since the men have rarely been in the ring at the same time. Kevin Owens hasn't been protected recently in a way that would build any confidence that he could pose a threat to Goldberg, let alone actually beat him. Pink believes that Goldberg will win the belt to defend and lose it to Brock Lesnar at Mania, in a way to balance the scales of their win/lose record. In the end, Lesnar may have won less matches, but since that win was for the belt, they end off even. Being the irrational person that I am, I know he's probably right, but refuse to vote for Goldberg winning the belt. However, what I think should happen (although most likely won't) is that the match ends in a DQ where Goldberg wins, but Kevin retains. I know that this is two matches with DQ endings, but WWE has done this before, and it's their fault for this backwards booking of matches at Wrestlemania then trying to fill the gaps in. I expect Chris Jericho, Samoa Joe, and probably even Triple H to all interfere in this match in one way or another. I know Goldberg will most likely get the belt, but since I don't want it to happen, I won't cast a vote for it.
Pink - Goldberg (and he wins the belt)
Double A - Goldberg (via DQ)
Unfortunately, I will once again not be able to watch the PPV live, however as soon as I am able, I will post the results and see who comes out on top. Can I tie up the score? Will Pink go back to a 2 point lead? We shall see
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