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: Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions

It’s nearly here! Arguably the most anticipated PPV of WWE’s calendar year, filled with surprises, debuts, returns and drama, the Royal Rumble nearly always delivers in one capacity or another.

Promising to be “more Rumble than ever” this weekend’s PPV has quite the card, from top to bottom there is the potential for this to kick start WWE off in a big way going into 2018, and it’s out job to go through the card to give you our predictions as we head into Rumble weekend.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The USO’s (C) vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
2 Out of 3 Falls

Starting things off we have the SD Tag Team title match. These two teams are extremely talented and if they’re allowed to put the stipulation to work then there’s a good chance that they could have one of the best, if not THE best, match of the night. The arrest of Jey Uso may have made this slightly easier to predict, but as of yet there’s been no visible punishment for the Samoan, so all bets are off when it comes to this match.

Mitch prediction = Gable & Benjamin

Rachel prediction = The Uso’s

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Jason Jordan & Seth Rollins (C) vs. The Bar

A truly unpredictable match with both teams working at the top of their games over the past couple of months. Jordan’s character has been built up perfectly and he finally feels as though he belongs in the ring alongside the likes of Seth, Roman and Sheamus.

The story could go in multiple ways from here on out as WWE gear up for Wrestlemania season, could we see a Jason Jordan vs. Seth Rollins match at Elimination Chamber? Or does the WWE have bigger plans for the team, with or without the championships?

Mitch prediction = Jason Jordan & Seth Rollins

Rachel prediction = The Bar

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Leonard (C) vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman

From the outside looking in this looks like a pretty safe bet for Lesnar to be walking out with the Championship in tact, but with the momentum that is once again behind Braun would the WWE risk having him lose again against the Champ? Even if Kane takes the pinfall there’s no doubt that Braun will be hurt by the result. That is, unless there’s outside interference from a certain COO…

Mitch prediction = Brock Lesnar

Rachel prediction = Braun Strowman

WWE Championship: AJ Styles (C) vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
2 on 1 Handicap match

For me this is the safest bet on the card (Rachel doesn’t agree with me), there’s no chance of Sami and Kevin walking out with the title, especially after Sami scored the pinfall over AJ on Smackdown. This could still be a great match and the story has been relatively well built, so there’s still a lot to look forward to.

Mitch prediction = AJ Styles

Rachel prediction = Sami and Kevin

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Well you can’t say that this isn’t deserved! This will no doubt be one of the highlights of the night and perhaps the WWE’s calendar year. It’s a thoroughly deserved match for the women on the roster and we’re both looking forward to seeing what they can pull out to make it feel as though two royal rumble matches in one night isn’t too much. It’s also noteworthy for how unpredictable this match is, with there being no less than 5 perfectly viable winners and with plenty of room for nostalgia returns, debuts and call ups.

Mitch prediction = Ronda Rousey

Rachel prediction = Nia Jax

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

And finally, what is likely to be the main event of the evening, the men’s royal rumble match. For the first time in a number of years this match is actually wide open for a number of people to win. Anyone from John Cena to Nakamura could walk out as the No. 1 Contender heading into Wrestlemania. But there can only be one, and it’s going to be a tough one to call.

Mitch prediction = Finn Balor

Rachel prediction = Finn Balor

And that’s it! We disagreed on all but one match, so it’s sure to be an interesting watch for us. Be sure to follow @WeAreNiche for our thoughts and review of the show once we’ve watched it on January 29th.