WWE: Fastlane Predictions

We’ve been through the Royal Rumble, we’ve witnessed the Elimination Chamber, but there’s one last bump in the road before Wrestelmania… Fastlane (Christ the name sucks)


In terms of build and anticipation it’s going to be hard for WWE to come up with a less inspiring PPV throughout 2018. Rather than feeling like a crucial step in the Road to Wrestlemania akin to the portrayal of Elimination Chamber, Fastlane feels more like an inconvenience.

SmackDown has seriously suffered over the last month or two from drab storylines, average to poor action and underwhelming character development. A large part of that is down to Fastlane. We’re now only a few weeks out from Wrestlemania and none of the feuds on SmackDown have been able to kick into anything above 2nd gear, with the same plates seemingly spinning for months now.

Hopefully Fastlane will be the kick-off for a SmackDown resurgence as we fast forward towards Wrestlemania, but only time will tell and I’m not going to start holding my breath any time soon.

Match 1: Tag Team Match
Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella
Why is this match happening? It feels so incredibly forced and thrown together just to fill out a weak card that I find it hard to even muster up a prediction. Throwaway match and I really have no idea which way it will go, so it’s a toss of a coin.
Mitch prediction = Becky and Naomi
Rachel Prediction = Becky and Naomi

Match 2: US Title Match
Bobby Roode (C) vs. Randy Orton
Match number 2 and it’s the second match that I really don’t care about. This feud has done absolutely nothing for me so far, and it will only get worse if Jinder interferes and makes it a triple threat at Wrestlemania. In a best case scenario Bobby Roode cheats to win and turns heel, leading to a rematch at Mania. If Orton cares and Roode turns heel then the two could have a decent feud, but in all likelihood we’re getting a Jinder interference here and the triple threat down the road.
Mitch prediction = Bobby Roode
Rachel prediction = Randy Orton

Match 3: SD Tag Team Title Match
The Usos (C) vs. The New Day
Perhaps the most unpredictable match on the show and the one which is likely to steal the whole damn PPV. I heard discussions about the possibility of us getting The Usos vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers at Mania (Akin to DIY vs. Revival vs. AoP) and I would be all for that. So I’m living on a dream and hoping that the New Day win in order to set up that match.
Mitch prediction = The New Day
Rachel prediction = The Usos

Match 4: Singles Match
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
This should be a good match, but it’s damn predictable. If Rusev wins this match then they either insert him into the WWE title match at Mania, or the SD writing team quit their jobs. No matter who he faces at Mania, Nakamura can’t be losing here.
Mitch prediction = Nakamura
Rachel prediction = Rusev

Match 5: SD Women’s Title Match
Charlotte (C) vs. Ruby Riott
Whilst this might be a pretty predictable match, I think any potential post-match angle could go in a number of ways. I feel pretty strongly that Charlotte vs. Asuka is still the way that WWE want to go, with Nia vs. Bliss going at it for the Raw Women’s title. So expect a solid match followed by someone coming out to challenge Charlotte at Mania. No cash in from Carmella yet.
Mitch prediction = Charlotte
Rachel prediction = Charlotte

Match 6: WWE Title Match – Fatal Six way
AJ Styles (C) vs. John Cena vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
DO.NOT.LET.CENA.WIN. There are only two options to win this match, AJ Styles and John Cena. Either way we get some form of AJ vs. Nakamura match, however I’m really against the idea of throwing Cena into that mix so late into the journey. Cena’s record breaking 17th world title win should not be something that happens like this. As much as I dislike the idea of Cena being on top in 2018, his 17th world title run should be meaningful and lengthy, not a 1 month run that ends at Mania (And without doubt Nakamura or AJ should be walking out of Mania with the title).
Mitch prediction = AJ Styles
Rachel prediction = Kevin Owens (“For shits and giggles”)


WWE: Elimination Chamber Predictions

WWE are travelling down the Road to Wrestlemania and the Raw brand only has one stop left, the Elimination Chamber…

As of the time of writing this there are currently only 5 matches announced for the PPV; the two elimination chamber matches and Nia Jax vs. Asuka. So I’m going to take the liberty of assuming that a Cruiserweight Championship Tournament match and The Club vs. The Revival are added to the pre-show.

So, on with the predictions!


Match 1: Cruiserweight Championship Tournament
Cruiserweight No. 1 vs. Cruiserweight No. 2
Winner = Take your pick

Match 2: Tag Team Match
The Club vs. The Revival
The two teams have been trading wins back and forth since Raw 25, so it only makes sense that they’re relegated to pre-show fodder in order to fill out the card a bit. The two teams are capable of putting on a great match, show expect this to be a pretty solid pre-show match.
Winners= The Revival

Main Card

Match 3: Raw Women’s Championship – Elimination Chamber Match
Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose vs. Mickie James
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Whilst the women’s Royal Rumble match headlined the January PPV, I fully expect the men’s Elimination Chamber match to have the honour this time around. This isn’t to say the women couldn’t do it, because they certainly can at this point, but I think the story and star power in the men’s match is far superior. With pacing in mind it’s therefore probably best for the women to open the show.

I expect a good match. It will be interesting to see how the women make use of the Elimination Chamber that makes their match feel different from the many that have come before it, but there is more than enough talent in there to pull it off.
Order of entry = 1. Sonya Deville 2. Bayley 3. Mickie James 4. Mandy Rose 5. Alexa Bliss 6. Sasha Banks
Order of elimination = 1. Bayley 2.  Mandy Rose 3. Mickie James 4. Sonya Deville 5. Sasha Banks
Winner = Alexa Bliss

Match 4: Singles Match
“Woken” Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
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I want to care about this match, I want to care about Woken Matt Hardy, but I really don’t. This watered down version of what we saw outside of the WWE is a really poor portrayal of what made Broken Matt Hardy different and interesting. Hopefully there is some kind of trickery involved in the ending of this match that sets up a compelling Wrestlemania storyline for Matt… doubt it though.
Winner = “Woken” Matt Hardy

Match 5: Raw Tag Team Championships
The Bar (C) vs. Titus Worldwide
To be quite honest this match might end up on the pre-show instead of The Club vs The Revival. But for now I’m going to roll with the idea that it’s bound for the main card. These two teams have good chemistry together, and it’s hard for The Bar to have a bad match at the minute, so expect a fun outing from the 4 men.
Winners = The Bar

Ronda Rousey Contract Signing
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Probably the most unpredictable part of the night. You can certainly expect Ronda’s Wrestlemania match to be set up here, but who that will be against I really have no idea. There are of course the reports that she will be teaming with a currently mysterious tag partner to take on HHH and Stephanie McMahon, but that just seems like a waste of her drawing power. Then there was the long rumoured match with Charlotte, or even a potential match with Asuka. The bottom line is that I simply can’t predict what will happen during this segment, but it will certainly be one to watch out for.

Match 6: If Nia wins she is added to the Raw Women’s Title match at Wrestlemania
Nia Jax vs. Asuka
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You can’t have Asuka lose here. It would be one of the worst booking decisions that the WWE have ever made if they were to throw away Asuka’s streak the PPV before Wrestlemania. But with that being said they did it with Charlotte’s PPV winning streak, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if Nia does take the win. With all this being said, Nia shouldn’t really be losing either. It’s about time that Nia had a title run, and the obvious match of Alexa vs. Nia Jax at Mania should be where they head towards. So the WWE have really dug themselves into a hole.
Winner = Asuka (With Nia to do something deadly in the coming weeks to earn a match against Alexa at Mania and with Asuka going on to face the SD Women’s Champ)

Main Event: The winner faces Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania – Elimination Chamber Match
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. John Cena vs. Elias vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Braun Strowman
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What a match we could have on our hands here. If we learned anything on this past week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, it’s that these seven men can tell an outstanding story when they are given the capacity to do so. Whilst the result may seem pretty damn predictable, I think Seth Rollins did enough on Raw to warrant placing a seed of doubt in everyone’s minds that he just might be given the victory here. Because let’s face it, the concept of Roman vs Seth vs Brock 2 sounds far more enticing than Roman vs Brock 2.
This isn’t to say I don’t think Roman deserves it. In fact, whilst I may be in the minority, I think that he has performed so well this year that maybe for the first time since joining the main roster, he has actually earned the right to main event Wrestlemania. He’s been that good. But there are 5 other guys in the match, so let’s see where I think they’ll end up.
Order of entry = 1. The Miz 2. Finn Balor 3. Seth Rollins 4. John Cena 5. Roman Reigns 6. Braun Strowman 7. Elias
Order of elimination = 1. The Miz 2. Finn Balor 3. Braun Strowman 4. John Cena 5. Elias 6. Seth Rollins
Winner = Roman Reigns

I think this show could be a sleeper hit. The main event has the potential to be phenomenal, and with the potential breaking news factor of the Ronda Rousey segment as well as the first ever women’s elimination chamber match this could be a show well worth the cost of the WWE network to watch.