WWE FastLane 2018 Preview | Bonehead Picks

WWE FastLane 2018 Preview

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Here we have the final PPV stop on the Road to WrestleMania for the Smackdown brand.

It could also be the final single branded PPV for WWE because of rumors that starting with Backlash (the PPV after WrestleMania), shows will feature the best of both brands AND be four hours long.

FastLane will help clear up the WrestleMania picture a lot with a few big marquee matches on the card, including the six-pack challenge for AJ Styles’ WWE title.

As of Saturday evening, six matches are on tap for the show, with four of the six being championship bouts.

We’re less than a month away from the showcase of the immortals and there is still a lot that needs to be settled as we head down that fast lane to WrestleMania.

Here’s your preview for this year’s FastLane event:


Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev – 

With Nakamura guaranteed a WWE title match at the Royal Rumble, his road to WrestleMania is pretty much set. That means a little warm-up match going into the biggest event of the year is only fair for the Japanese sensation.

His opponent?

The most over talent on the Smackdown Live roster in Rusev.

A win for Rusev here would be HUGE on Rusev Day, giving him ammunition to stake claim for a WWE title match down the line.

In reality, Nakamura losing is near impossible here for the mere fact this match is booked to build Nakamura more and more heading into WrestleMania.

Here’s to hoping Rusev puts on a good match and to hoping we get another Grammy type performance out of Aiden English.


Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya & Carmella – 

It’s a real shame, but at this point, we can consider this match filler material for the card.

We have here four VERY talented women’s wrestlers that are feuding, but there is just no real reason to get invested in this.

As far as who will win, Lynch and Naomi are the odds on favorites and could possibly be thrown into a match with Charlotte at WrestleMania for the Smackdown Women’s title.

Then, we just wait in the wings for Carmella to cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase.


SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day – 

The latest chapter in one of the greatest tag team rivalries of the past decade, The Usos and The New Day will once again clash for the Smackdown Tag Team belts.

Expectations are extremely high here and there’s almost no way these fantastic teams will let us down.

Both teams are at the top of their game and the winner should be featured on the WrestleMania main card with a match against The Bludgeon Brothers.

That team should be The Usos, who undoubtedly deserve to have their first big WrestleMania match after all of these years. A team that has reinvented themselves and are the best team in professional wrestling today. Usos pick up the win here.


SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott – 

The odds of Charlotte Flair losing her title to Ruby Riott are the equivalent of Donald Trump saying something nice about Hillary Clinton.

So, let us all just be happy if we get a well wrestled match with minimal interference from the Riott Squad.

Charlotte will be the champion going into WrestleMania, it’s just figuring out who her opponent will be.


United States Champion Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton – 

The Glorious one vs. The Apex Predator.

A match that many have been clamoring to see for a long time.

Orton has never won a United States Championship before, so this could be a big opportunity to crown him with his first U.S. title.

This could end up being a wild card as match of the night depending on how the booking goes.

Does Jinder Mahal get involved in any way?

Is there a pin fall or submission, or do we end the match via count out / disqualification?

The U.S. title picture is very blurry going into WrestleMania, so there is plenty of room to work with in regards to the title.

Does Orton get a rematch? Does Mahal get inserted in?

Regardless, Roode will retain his belt.


WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler (Six-Pack Challenge Match) – 

The champ that runs the camp faces his biggest test since winning the WWE title back in November as he faces FIVE opponents in a six-pack challenge match.

Styles is the favorite to retain his belt even with the insurmountable odds against him.

The more intriguing factor here does not surround AJ Styles, it’s more about who else is in the match.

What road will Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin take to WrestleMania?

All seem destined to fade to the background with no clear matches in sight, especially since it is highly unlikely any will dethrone Styles of his WWE title.

Will Owens and Zayn turn on one another?

A lot of questions that need answers.


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