WWE Predictions: Fastlane and Beyond!!!!!
We're talking wrestling again! It's been a while since I've posted anything wrestling related, but I've got some ideas brewing about what WWE could and SHOULD do.
This Sunday is the Fastlane PPV and there are a few marquee matches scheduled. Being that this is the final PPV before Wrestlemania, there are some major implications for the “Grand daddy of them all”, and this is how I think the next few weeks and months should play out.
Lets take a look at the scheduled card this Sunday, and my immediate predictions, then I'll get into my bigger ideas for down the line.
Rey Mysterio vs Andrade (no longer Cien Almas)
It's a shame this is being wasted on the Kickoff, but this gives me hope that whoever wins, or however the match ends, they will continue to feud until Wrestlemania for a blow off match. If I wanted to over book this match I'd have R-Truth come out to get back his US Championship, not realizing Samoa Joe isn't in the match. Having caused the distraction, Zelina Vega interferes causing the match for Mysterio and giving Andrade the win. The screwy finish would let the feud continue longer, but being that this is the Kickoff match, it's unlikely they'll put this much effort into the storytelling.
Revival (c) vs Chad Gables and Bobby Roode vs Ricochet and Aleister Black (Triple Threat match for the Raw Tag Team Championships)
This match bothers me on multiple levels. Firstly, the NXT guys are not a tag team, they don't deserve to be fighting for the belts, and I feel like Ricochet had more to do in NXT before getting called up. Revival should have received the belts long ago, not now because they're looking to leave. Roode and Gable are only in the match to eat the eventual pin. Revival should retain, but not until after the NXT guys get all of their big moves in.
Asuka (c) vs Mandy Rose (Smackdown Women's Championship match)
I feel terrible for both of these women, as their story is clearly an after thought. As such, I hope and expect Asuka retains. It could be an interesting match with her having to fight off Sonya Deville during the match, but I don't expect much out of this one.
Usos (c) vs Shane McMahon and The Miz (Smackdown Tag Team Championship match)
Please, can we get rid of Shane already? Usos win, move on to a real feud.
The Boss n Hug Connection (c) vs The Samoan Slaughterhouse (Women's Tag Team Championship match)
I don't really remember seeing Bayley and Sasha this week, but I know they appeared on NXT. I'd probably be more interested in this match if the champs weren't fighting Tamina and Nia Jax, who suck the energy out of any match they're in. With that said, I could see this one surprise me with two Davids taking on two Goliaths. The storytelling needs to be tight, otherwise this will just be another Nia train wreck.
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch
Right now, the Mania match for the Raw Women's title is Rhonda defending against Charlotte. However, if Becky wins this match she gets put into the title fight, although she's the Royal Rumble winner, and should be in the match regardless. With that said, no matter what else happens during this fight, Becky has to win and re-earn her spot at Mania.
The Shield vs Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin, and Drew McIntyre
Not really sure why this match is even happening, seeing as how the heels have no story going for them, no real motives other than being heels. However, with that said, there are some big things that can come from it. The match should be fairly long with the heels getting the upper hand throughout most of it. Dean Ambrose should take the brunt of the beating, allowing both Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to get the “hot tags” about midway through the fight. Towards the end, the heels should get the momentum over Reigns and Rollins, finally allowing Dean to save the day. Swerve! Instead he turns heel, or more accurately, reveal he was always heel and help Lashley, Corbin, and McIntyre take out Seth and Roman. Now, come Mania we already know Seth is fighting Brock Lesnar for the Universal title, so he's out of the equation, but Dean is also currently said to be leaving WWE in the near future. At Wrestlemania, Roman and Dean should have a one-on-one loser leaves WWE match. The outcome sounds predetermined what with Dean leaving, but I really think this is all a work, and he'll be sticking around. Conversely, I'm not completely sure that Roman is fully cleared to return, and a loss here would give him the time he needs to fully recover. While McIntyre needs to be on his own to reach his full potential, a win here would position Dean as the top heel with Corbin and Lashley as his heavies. Later in the night, Seth will dedicate his title match against Brock to Roman, winning the big red belt, and reigniting his feud with Dean.
Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kevin Owens (WWE Championship match)
With the odd events leading to Kevin Owens being selected as the number 1 contender, ousting Kofi Kingston from the spot he earned (and the WWE universe clearly wants), a lot of people are clamoring for Kofi to get inserted in the title picture for Mania. Initially, I was on the same page thinking that Kevin Owens should win this Sunday, bring back the animal belt, and Kofi could win it at the big show. Instead, I think Kofi could be further elevated before finally winning the big title. At Fastlane, The New Day should interfere in the match, getting it thrown out. From there, one of the McMahons would make a triple threat for Mania. Here everyone is expecting Kofi to win the big one, but I think with Becky and Seth both winning their respective matches at the event, we can have one disappointment. Kofi loses, and it seems like WWE moves on from him, maybe even going back to highlighting Mustafa Ali as the flavor of the week. New Day goes back to their typical shenanigans, up until the build for the Money in the Bank PPV in May. During this, different superstars start qualifying for the ladder match. Kofi loses his chance, but Xavier qualifies. There should be no animosity on Kofi's part, as Xavier has always supported him. Unfortunately, Xavier gets jumped from behind before he makes it tot he match, and gives Kofi his blessing to take his spot. During the Money in the Bank match, with Big E's help Kofi wins the briefcase. Months pass, and Kofi still has the briefcase, he even decorates it to match the New Day look, essentially making it another accessory like Francesca and the pancakes. We even forget about Xavier getting attacked, and they should fight for the tag belts. This should lead up to SummerSlam, and Kofi should end the show cashing in the briefcase and becoming the new WWE Champ. In time, someone starts coming out saying that they know who attacked Xavier. Of course, speculation starts that the attacker was Kofi. Eventually, it's revealed that the attacker was actually Big E, and the two turn heel. This leads to the dissolution of New Day, and a quick program between the two.
There you have it, how I would book each match of the Fastlane card, and continue each relevant storyline into the future.