Friday, 20 July, 2018

Fastlane match of the night

Stacy Diaz | 13 March, 2018, 05:32

Until Sunday, only a few blanks in the WrestleMania crossword puzzle had been filled. There was nothing bad to be found in this entire show and many key WrestleMania developments took place. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at this point are dealing with friction in their friendship given what happened on the March 6th edition of Smackdown Live, as Zayn got a pinfall victory over Owens.

Now I already made the match card predictions, and you can find those in a link further down. And we preserve our outright dream match between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles. Despite the loss, Rusev reminded us he certainly has more in the tank and it's just a matter of him transcending a mid-card comedy gimmick.

Videos are a great way to counteract that, and continuing to play them during the build toward WrestleMania would be great for Nakamura. Most likely we'll just get Shane and the other two in - yet - another triple threat.

The "King of Strong Style" had earned the opportunity to face any champion of his right and he chose the WWE championship for a match at WM 34.

Randy Orton joined Chris Jericho as the only WWE Superstars to achieve the WWE Grand Slam Championship with the USA title as the final accomplishment. All eyes were on John Cena if he will be the 17 time WWE Champion or not. As one of the more decorated Superstars in company history, Orton becoming a Grand Slam Champion is a no-brainer. Rare is the world championship that changes hands a month before WrestleMania; the only example that comes to mind, really, is Eddie Guerrero beating Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004, or Goldberg beating Kevin Owens at Fastlane past year. So will AJ Styles retain thus affirming his match with Nakamura at WrestleMania?

AJ Styles is one of the wrestlers starring in the Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship. The heels picked up the win when Carmella hit a superkick on Becky Lynch. The Bludgeon Brothers have been dominating and destroying jobbers for months. The match itself should be pretty damn good, but once again, this was hastily thrown together and has zero impact on the story.

Women from both RAW and Smackdown will compete in this historic over-the-top-rope battle royal.

Flair's match against Ruby Riott was constantly interrupted by Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Lynch, and Naomi. We'll update as matches conclude.

Interestingly, I think Flair retains in order to take on Asuka for the title at WrestleMania. Given her status on RAW, the Columbus crowd was delighted to see her at a SmackDown show. She danced her way to the ring and then pointed to the WrestleMania sign while staring down the champion.

Everyone seems to think that Asuka is going to challenge Alexa Bliss at Wrestlemania, even though she has never officially chosen.