Fastlane 2018 Prediction BY Jacques Beya
It’s been quite the road to WrestleMania but Fastlane 2018 is the only way to describe the intensity and interest with regards to the Smackdown Live brand, the free agent in the name of John Cena will be joining the set this Sunday for a six pack challenge, from what we saw this past Tuesday in the Fatal 5 in the mouth watering clash between Smackdown Live’s Top 5 what can we expect this Sunday with John Cena added? Here’s a run down on the entire card and my prediction for Fastlane.
1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
Critic’s will speak a lot about Rusev’s recent bookings by the WWE management, many say that he is a capable competitor and even at times main event worthy mostly depending on how he is being booked leading to a particular storyline or fued.
I still believe there’s still more Rusev can offer. It’s just a matter of being booked right and that leads me to his opponent Shinsuke Nakamura a man that has been built on the Strong Style persona and respect around the world.
Shinsuke Nakamura recently won the 2018 Royal Rumble eliminating Roman Reigns as the runner up. A match with Rusev builds him up for his up coming fued with whoever wins the 6 Pack Challenge. This match with Rusev does in fact work in his favor because he gets to showcase some of his atrongstyle offences. So Nakamura vs Rusev, who should win?
My Prediction- Shinsuke Nakamura wins.
2. The Usos vs The New Day
This is certainly a match not worth missing out because this is not the first time these to teams tussle. The last time this match happened was at the Hell in a Cell PPV in 2017, I’m still not sure though as to what the WWE is trying to accomplish here, its either the USO or the New Day whichever way it is still good for business.
But am certain that all WWE fans want to see the Usos go at it against the Bludgeon Brothers which could be the match of the year, this match at Fastlane gives me goosebumps because it can go either way I serious think my friend Lyndall had the same difficulties in writing this part of the prediction.
Winner: The New Day
3. Randy Orton vs Bobby Roode
Having followed Bobby Roode’s career in other Wrestling Promotions it is not surprising that he is the United States Champion. I still believe though that Bobby Roode is main event quality yet with the WWE its all about how you being booked and connecting with the fans.
But as of now his holding up the midcard as the united states champ, his opponent on the other hand Randy Orton has a goal of his own, Randy of course did mention that the united states title is the only title his never won, so this on one side is great intensity being added to this dream match of sort both of course are great performers in their own right, Randy Orton would be a good pic for the win.
But I still think him winning the United States title at Wrestlemania would make it that extra special, somehow WWE might want to let Jinder Mahal interfere in the match up perhaps making it a triple threat Match at Wrestlemania.
Winner: Bobby Roode
4. Ruby Riot (w/The Riot squad) vs Charlotte Flair (c)
Most writers would find this match at Fastlane 2018 is easy to predict. The build to this match didn’t bring much interest as per WWE booking as you know. One thing is established here though Ruby Riot recently joined the Smackdown Live brand and already she is contending for the title as supposed to the aforementioned Sonia Deville and Mandy rose of Raw. All to show that there is more competition on Raw in the Women’s Division than Smackdown Live.
Winner: Charlotte flair
5. Becky Lynch and Naomi vs Natalya and Miss MITB Carmella
The WWE booking team should use this match as a way of starting up other feuds like Lynch vs Carmella for Mania and Naomi vs Natalya just to avoid having more then 10 women in one match at Wrestlemania.
Winner: Naomi and Becky Lynch
6. Six Pack Challenge for the WWE title
I actually can’t wait for this match too take place because it has the match of the year feeling. All the men involved in this match are now the very talented and can execute moves pretty well who’s my pick for the win and walk out as the champion at Fastlane?
There is plenty of room available for open chances here many want to see Aj Styles vs Nakamura,
My take is have Sami Zyan win and take on Shinsuke Nakamura for these two are no strangers to each other then have Aj Styles vs Nakamura at Summerslam. It may seem as if am discrediting the others John Cena, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and Aj styles, but to me it seems like the WWE booking team has big plans for John Cena so having Dolph Ziggler taking on AJ styles at mania should be a classic encounter.
Winner: Sami Zyan
That’s it for my prediction for Fastlane 2018, now lets move on for my teammate’s prediction!
Fastlane 2018 Predictions BY Lyndall Edwards
Unlike Beya, I will start things off with the bigger matches predicted first. So, lets begin with my Fastlane 2018 predictions.
1. Six Pack Challenge for the WWE title
Winner and Still WWE Champion : AJ Styles
The reason why I picked AJ Styles to retain at Faslane is because there is no doubt the WWE Universe wants to see the dream match of AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestlemania 34.
Baron Corbin said that he isn’t finished with John Cena which suggests that they could be at each other’s throats for most of the match. Meanwhile the relationship between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens is just getting more confusing and intense. After Sami Zayn won the non-title fatal 5 way Kevin Owens was left Speechless backstage.
So this suggests Sami Zyan could not be a man of his word and lie down for Kevin. No doubt that Sami Zyan and Kevin Owens could watch each others backs but I doubt that Zayn would lie down for Owens if he really put thought into what’s on the line.
Dolph Ziggler could also be put up a good fight but not a big threat to the reign of AJ Styles. If John Cena doesn’t win then his road to Wrestlemaina would have some serious roadblocks because he had already failed for the Universal title and he could fail for the WWE title. He is a free agent so he appears on both RAW and Smackdown so if he screws up this chance he can gun for the Intercontinental or The United States Champion.
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2. Randy Orton vs Bobby Roode (c) for the United States Champion
Winner and New United States Champion : Randy Orton
No doubt is that I’m disappointed that Jinder Mahal wasn’t added to this match. But this is an awesome chance for Randy Orton to win the only title he has never won in his career. Some people would argue a face vs face match would not be great but this one is.
Bobby Roode costed Randy Orton a win this past Tuesday when he got involved in his match with Jinder Mahal. So Randy will be looking for revenge and he could top it off with a good title win. Bobby could bring a good fight but I dont think it will be enough to keep down the 13 time WWE Champion. We could see An outside interference from Jinder Mahal and that could cost Bobby or Randy. But we would like to see a clean match between these two.
3. New Day vs The Usos (c) for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Winners and still Smackdown Tag team champions : The Usos
There is simply no good words left to describe this awesome renewed rivalry. The Usos ended this rivalry back in October with a very good win inside the Hell in a Cell. Previously
The New Day had been going through a short rivalry with Gable and Benjamin. They had earned their opportunity by beating them. We could see an outside interference from the Bludgeon Brothers but it would be a great match. The Usos said they just used to be like the New day.
Not being serious and dancing around but then they got serious. Both Teams will bring a good fight. But i think the Samoan brothers will retain and after the match will be brutally attacked by The Bludgeon brothers who will demand to be finally in the title picture ( in which they fully deserve to be ). Harper and Rowan haven’t exactly gotten a good challenge ; they have only faced jobbers and young talent. I think its about their time they get a real challenge
4. Ruby Riott (w/The Riott Sqaud) vs Charlotte Flair (c) for the Smackdown Women’s championship
Winner and still Smackdown Womens champion : Charlotte Flair
This rivalry began the night after The Royal Rumble when Charlotte gave a speech to the WWE Universe and Ruby came out saying that Charlotte has a big ego. Charlotte Flair beat Morgan and Logan in the following weeks Saying 2 down 1 to go. The following week the Riott Squad faced off against Charlotte Becky and Naomi. Ruby Riott Pinned Becky. So now it was her turn to get a laugh.
The next week she defeated Naomi and it was her chance to say “2 Down, 1 to go”. The Riott Squad will play a huge Factor as Charlotte has no one in her corner. But Experience could come into play. So I still think Charlotte will pick up the win at Fastlane 2018 and after the match receive a vicious beat-down from Riott Squad at the same night at Fastlane.
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5. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Rusev (w/ Aiden English)
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
This is a good match for Shinsuke Nakamura at Fastlane 2018 as just a few weeks before his big match at Wrestlemania. Rusev will be looking to get vengeance for Aiden who’s Vocal Cords were damaged by Shinsuke in a match with him last week. I would prefer the more serious Rusev to be in this match.
The Rusev we last saw July 2017. But It could also be a great match to start off the final PPV before The Grandest stage of the WWE which is Wrestlemania.
6. Becky Lynch and Naomi vs Natalya and Miss MITB Carmella
Winners : Natalya and Miss MITB Carmella
This is another mid card match which can be suitable for a PPV like Fastlane. Its great to see the women in a tag team match at a PPV.
Becky defeated Carmella this past Smackdown Live and Natalya and Naomi had a conversation backstage. Naomi challenged Natalya who didnt give an answer backstage. But the match was made official after the show. We would also like to see the heels getting a victory and here is a good chance.
Therefore guys that’s it for our prediction. We have predicted the matches at Fastlane together although we have some shuttle changes. Let us know in the comment’s section that who do you think will win the Six Pack Challenge at Fastlane. That’s it for this article, will catch you back in another one.
Lyndall Edwards & Jacques Beya