WWE FastLane (LiveBlog)

The Road to WrestleMania is on the fast lane as the RAW Superstars are in Phoenix, Arizona, for WWE FastLane. With just 28 more days until WrestleMania 33 in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, every superstar is on edge wanting to make a name for themselves so they can be on the card at the Show of Shows.

The Kickoff Show is at 7PM Eastern, with the main show at 8PM, and many of the matches has WrestleMania implications. The following are the matches with my own prediction:

  • WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens defends against Goldberg (This is a highly intriguing match, especially considering as how Goldberg has Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. The only question is whether or not Goldberg will enter WrestleMania with the title around his waist. I say it will be a tough match, but Goldberg hits one spear, one jackhammer, and then three seconds later holds the title above his head)
  • WWE RAW Women’s Championship:  Bayley defends against Charlotte Flair. (Bayley won the RAW Women’s title on RAW in Las Vegas. Now the intriguing part is that Charlotte has not lost a Pay Per View at all in her time on the WWE Main Roster, going 16-0. We know Dana might be in Charlotte’s corner, but will Sasha Banks be able to be? More on Sasha a little later. I say Charlotte wins by Disqualification somehow, but Bayley holds on to the title going into WrestleMania)
  • WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows defend against Enzo Amore and Big Cass (Last time Enzo and Cass were close to tag team gold was at Payback, when they were in the Finals of the Tag Team tournament to see who would be the #1 contenders to the then-WWE Tag Team Champions New Day. Enzo suffered a concussion which caused the match to end in a no contest. He then was  able to recover and they were slotted to be in a Fatal-four way tag team match with Gallows and Anderson and the Vaudevillains to battle New Day at Money in the Bank in which New Day retained. I think this is Enzo and Cass’ best chance to win the titles, and they will)
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship: The self-professed “King of the Cruiserweights” Neville defends against “The Extraordinary Gentleman” Jack Gallagher (Ever since Neville returned from injury, he had mostly been targeting the Cruiserweights to the point that he claims the Cruiserweight show “205 Live” would be nothing if it were not for him. Gallagher disagrees, and even proved it to Neville on “205 Live” this past Tuesday where he gave Neville a couple of headbutts to the chest and even a running dropkick sending him over the barricade into the WWE Universe. This should be a good back and forth action, and I feel that Gallagher will win, but it will be by disqualification as Neville will just get too frustrated with Gallagher’s antics. However, seeing as how the title can only change hands via pinfall or submission, that disqualification will ensure that Neville will (unfortunately) keep the title)
  • “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns vs. “The Monster among Men” Braun Strowman. (Ever since Strowman was drafted to RAW last year, he had been yearning for good competition, and might finally get it in Reigns. The first time they met in the ring was during a promo before the Royal Rumble, where Reigns and Goldberg gave Strowman a double spear. Strowman had not forgotten about that, and vowed to get revenge on Reigns. for the past month on RAW Strowman had always gotten the better of Reigns, laying him out with a running powerslam. He also did so this past Monday on RAW during their contract signing, but not before Reigns delivered two superman punches and a spear right through the barricade at ringside. The final scene people had seen was Reigns smiling and signing the contract while on the mat, and Strowman grinning back evilly on the ramp before walking backstage. Might have the makings of an instant classic, and I think Reigns might find some way to keep the Monster among Men down for the three count)
  • “The Underdog from the Underground” Sami Zayn vs. “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe (The first time we saw Samoa Joe on the main roster he injured Seth Rollins at Triple H’s behest, leaving Rollins with a torn MCL on the same knee that he tore his ACL. Zayn has always been known to punch above his level, as it were, going up against Braun Strowman on many occasions. Joe came out as Zayn was walking to face Kevin Owens on RAW a couple of weeks ago and laid him out, leaving Owens to pick up the pieces. Then this past Monday on RAW Zayn got some measure of revenge in a pull-part brawl after Joe beat Cesaro. As much as I like Zayn, I do not think he will win at this time, tapping out to the Coquina Clutch)
  • “The Boss” Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (This feud came about when Jax came out and confronted Banks after she lost to Charlotte at RoadBlock, injuring Banks’ knee even more than it already was. When Banks tried to run the ropes before RAW in early January to show the trainers she is indeed ready to compete, Jax came out and attacked once more. Then Banks distracted Jax during her match with Bayley to determine who would battle Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship. So Jax and Banks have some history there. This past Monday on RAW after Bayley and Sasha lost to Jax and Charlotte in a tag match where Jax pinned Bayley, Sasha promised Bayley that she will be in her corner for her match against Charlotte. RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon said that Banks has a match with Jax, so before she watches Bayley’s back, she best watch her own. I think Sasha Banks will find some way to defeat Nia, then be healthy enough to be in Bayley’s corner later in the night.
  • Pre-show match: Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa vs. THE Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar (Alicia Fox will be in the corner of Dar and Kendrick, who have had troubles with Swann and Tozawa. Kendrick had lost the Cruiserweight title to Swann, and Dar is enamored with Foxy. At the same time, Kendrick had offered to be a mentor to Tozawa, who made his first appearance in the Cruiserweight Classic last summer and had just debuted on “205 Live” and RAW within the past month. Tozawa turned Kendrick down, and the past few weeks Kendrick had blindsided Tozawa on a few occasions, more recently after Tozawa defeated Dar on RAW. this match should be good with all the aerial movements the cruiserweights do, most notably Tozawa with his head first suicide dive – or tope suicida as “205 Live” and Smackdown Live announcer Mauro Ranallo calls it – between the top and middle ropes. I look for Fox to be the wildcard in the match and cause Kendrick and Dar to be disqualified.

I will be providing commentary, observations, updates, and a little bit of snark in the liveblog below.

Author: Rick Bulow

Rick Bulow is an Andrew Breitbart Conservative from North Fort Myers, Florida. He created Rick Bulow, New Media as a tribute to what Breitbart had done in promoting new media and citizen journalism.

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