FastLane 2016 Predictions.
This Sunday, WWE's February Pay Per View, FastLane takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. As it is every year, the event is the last pit stop on the "Road to WrestleMania", and several questions remained to be answered.
Titles and contenders can change, feuds can begin and end, and there may even be a debut or two in the works.
The Usos vs. The Dudleyz
This feud hasn't been confirmed yet, but with a relatively light card, it wouldn't be surprising. Rumor has it the WWE threw up their hands and abandoned the feud between the Usos and the New Day, and that's why they turned the ECW originals heel. These two teams should a fairly entertaining, spot-friendly match, likely ending with an Uso win.
Kalisto (C) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship
These two have been playing hot potato with the U.S. Title for a month or so now, and this match will likely be the final payoff. Del Rio, along with his stablemates in the "League of Nations" have become a bit of a joke. Del Rio, Sheamus, and Rusev can't seem to get a win anywhere, and King Barrett hasn't wrestled in weeks. It just makes too much sense that Kalisto retain heading into WrestleMania.
Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch vs. Team B.A.D.
When Sasha Banks attacked Charlotte following her successful title defense against Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble, she gave the WWE Universe notice that The Boss had arrived. Whether it's a triple threat or a one on one match, Sasha Banks is headed for a Diva's Championship match with Charlotte. Before she does that, she needs to follow Charlotte and Becky Lynch by leaving the faction she debuted with. With this win at FastLane, Lynch and Banks begin their roads to WrestleMania.
The Wyatt Family vs. Kane, Big Show, and Ryback
This feud was based purely on building the Wyatts up for Brock Lesnar. They’re set to meet the beast at Mania, and they’ve gotta prove they can knock around big guys.
Obviously, the Wyatts win.
Charlotte (C) vs. Brie Bella for the Diva's Championship Match
Even riding the momentum of her husband's retirement, nobody is on the Brie Bella bandwagon. While her twin, Nikki, had the longest Diva's Title reign at 301 days, Brie hasn't been anything more than a sidekick. She wasn't even one of the more serious competitors before the "Diva's Revolution". Now with Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks at the top of the card, with great workers like Naomi, Paige, and Natalya hanging around, Brie is far from a believable threat to Charlotte's title reign.
The Cutting Edge Peep Show w/ The New Day
It's very strange for a "talk show" segment to be on a pay per view. Usually, shows like Miz TV, The Highlight Reel, or the legendary Piper's Pit are reserved for Monday Night Raw or Fri-Thursday Night SmackDown. Usually, pay per views are almost exclusively matches. In fact, Raw and SmackDown exist solely to try and sell those matches.
Rumors have been running rampant that NXT's 2015 Tag Team of the Year, Enzo and Colin Cassady would be making their main roster debut soon.
The New Day have been Tag Team Champions since SummerSlam, and they've beaten everyone. They've feuded with the Dudleyz, the Usos, PrimeTime Players, and everyone else worth feuding with on the main roster.
It's unclear if Enzo and Cas debuting would lead into a match immediately or at Wrestlemania for the titles, but it's clear that their incredibly entertaining title reign will come to an end soon.
Kevin Owens (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship
Owens and Ziggler have feuded for weeks now, and finally, things have gotten interesting as Kevin Owens won Dean Ambrose's Intercontinental Championship. Immediately after, Ziggler challenged Owens for a match at FastLane, and the champ accepted. Since "The Showoff" had won the previous two matches, and Owens just won the title off of Ambrose, the title probably won't change hands just yet. Especially not if the rumors about a potential triple threat between Owens, Ambrose, and AJ Styles for the title at WrestleMania are true.
Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
For internet wrestling fans, this is a bit of a fantasy match. With Styles spending most of his career in TNA, as well as indy promotions like ROH and New Japan, and Jericho wrestling exclusively in the WWE since 1999, these two have never had a chance to lock horns. Now, they’ve wrestled against each other twice already since Styles debuted at the Royal Rumble, but they split the series. At FastLane, they have the rubber match. Styles has only successfully hit his finisher, the “Styles Clash”, once in the WWE, and that was on SmackDown against Curtis Axel. Styles will likely use the clash to defeat Jericho, and move onto a new feud heading into WrestleMania season.
Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar for right to face Triple H at WrestleMania
The biggest problem with this match is that the fans all pretty sure they know who is going to win. The main event of WrestleMania was supposed to be Roman Reigns' coronation as he became the first man to defeat Brock Lesnar in almost two years. The fans rejected him and his push, and Seth Rollins cashed in instead. The WWE have been patiently trying to rebuild Reigns and his image over the last year, and now they feel like he's finally ready to take that step and begin a serious title reign. And that's fine. Vince McMahon makes the rules, and at the end of the day, millions will tune in regardless. Dean Ambrose dropping the title to Kevin Owens the week before FastLane is very interesting, but ultimately, the WWE have too much invested in Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to have either of them lose this close to WrestleMania.