Raw may feel like the inferior brand these days, but that doesn’t mean fans won’t be excited once a PPV comes around. Sure, the go home show was awful, but the Fastlane card is certainly interesting to say the least.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs Enzo Amore & Big Cass
Gallows & Anderson have finally started to gain some traction in their WWE run, and they need to keep it going. If they were to drop the belts this soon, it wouldn’t help the division as a whole. Also, Enzo & Cass have significantly cooled off within the past few months, so them winning the titles wouldn’t mean a lot.
I predict Gallows & Anderson to retain.
Winner: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Neville vs Jack Gallagher
With the use of 205 Live, these two have quietly put together an intriguing feud. This has been first cruiserweight feud where both competitors are hot acts. By default, it’s certainly been the best thing that’s come from the new division.
While Gallagher is extremely over, it’s not time for Neville to drop the title. He’s finally become a compelling character, and it would be a shame to see his run come to an end so soon. Also, since he’s such a dispicable heel, a loss at Mania would be more meaningful.
Charlotte vs Bayley
The WWE is clearly making Charlotte’s PPV streak something of significance. At this point, it’s become such a big part of her character, and it would be better if it was broken at a major PPV, like Mania.
For Bayley, I suspect this match would be about more than her losing the title. Expect Sasha to tease a run in, but it leads to a heel turn. A moment like that would do a lot in terms of character development for both Sasha and Bayley.
Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn
This match was clearly the backup for Rollins vs Joe, but in the two weeks of build up, it’s been entertaining. There’s a good chance these two will steal the show, and they’ll probably have more time than the other matches.
In terms of the winner, Samoa Joe has to win. It wouldn’t make any sense if he lost. Joe will be a big piece heading into Wrestlemania, and he needs to be booked as a threat. Plus, Zayn is someone that thrives on losses.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
A loss in this match wouldn’t do neither man any favours heading into Mania. If Roman is set to face the Undertaker, he shouldn’t take a loss, and Strowman’s momentum shouldn’t be halted at a B level PPV.
Considering how strong their brawl from Monday was, this match can be successful if that’s replicated. This way neither of them look weak, but the fans will still be satisfied. We should expect the two to be counted out, and continue fighting afterwards. If anything, it’ll be more extravagant than the previous one.
Winner: No contest
Kevin Owens vs Goldberg
Out of everything on the card, this is easily the most interesting match. The outcome seems predictable, but fans are more curious to see how Owens loses the title. Does he meet a similar fate as Lesnar, or will he actually wrestle a 5-10 minute match with Goldberg?
Since Owens is known for being a cowardly heel at times, there’s a good chance he’ll run away from Goldberg for most of the match. That’ll keep the action interesting, and it’ll allow for it to feel less predictable. Also, spots like that will preserve KO’s credibility to an extent (anything is better than being squashed in a minute).
We haven’t seen Y2J since the turn, so there’s a good chance he gets involved at some point. The only confusing part about this is how Jericho possibly costs his former best friend the title. If he does come down, does that mean Goldberg needs help beating Owens? Either, I’m not sure how it’ll unravel, but we should anticipate the title changing hands.
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