Here are my predictions for the 2017 WWE Fastlane PPV. Check back for Fastlane 2017 results and review coverage here.
|Raw WWE Fastlane 2017 Spoilers|
WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg
Goldberg is winning the championship, and I'm not a fan of it. I don't understand why WWE feels the need to put the title on the line with Goldberg/Lesnar as that means our Universal Championship will be tied up with one of those two and not defended on a regular basis. It also means Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho get screwed out of their rightful world title match and downgraded to the United States Championship level. This is exactly the type of booking that annoys people that follow the product all year long. It all goes to waste come February. I'm holding out hope that instead of Jericho costing Owens the match, Lesnar shows up and interferes, screwing Goldberg out of the title so he can't win the championship.
PREDICTION: Goldberg will squash Owens.
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Damn it, Roman is going to win here so he can look strong heading into his match against The Undertaker, isn't he? It's completely unnecessary, as this is Roman Reigns we're talking about, and he's a multi-time world champion who has been booked strong for a long while. All this will do is hurt Strowman.
PREDICTION: Roman Reigns is victorious.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville (c) vs. Jack Gallagher
I'm pretty surprised they went with Jack Gallagher here instead of a generic rematch with Rich Swann, as that's the direction they seemed to be heading—not that I'm complaining, that is, as I prefer Gallagher to Swann. It's too early for Neville to drop the title right now, so I'll have to assume he's going to retain here and at the very earliest would lose at WrestleMania, but I don't think that's going to happen, either. Gallagher could very well be the next champion, although my gut reaction is saying Cedric Alexander will win it beforehand somewhere around May or June.
PREDICTION: Neville wins.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows (c) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
I assume it's too early to take the titles away from Anderson and Gallows, so I expect to see the champs retain by hook or by crook. Perhaps Sheamus and Cesaro get in the way?
PREDICTION: I don't think WWE even knows for sure what they're going to do with these belts for WrestleMania, but I do think they will still be on Anderson and Gallows no matter how they get to that conclusion.
WWE Raw Women's Championship Match: Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
PLEASE don't book Charlotte to win the title back. That story doesn't need to be done four times in a row. If you're so concerned with having her retain her pay-per-view record (which you really shouldn't be) then have her win by disqualification or count out, not by pinfall or submission. I'll be so pissed if Charlotte becomes champion again, but at this point, I can definitely see WWE doing that.
PREDICTION: I'd be foolish not to think Charlotte doesn't just win the belt back, right? *eye roll*
Pre-Show Kickoff Match: Akira Tozawa & Rich Swann vs. Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar
Neat. I like all four guys, so while this doesn't matter in the slightest, it should still be a fun match to eat up some time on the pre-show. Either side could win and I'd be okay with it.
PREDICTION: Tozawa and Swann are victorious.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Didn't care before, don't care now, and I hope it doesn't go on too long. I'd really like to see Sasha Banks somehow win it by cheating so she can open herself up to playing more of a tweener side in the potential upcoming Fatal 4-Way match at WrestleMania (if WWE goes that route) but I wouldn't be surprised at all if that's just a pipe dream.
PREDICTION: Either Sasha wins by some kind of count out or whatever to keep Jax looking strong, or Jax simply wipes the floor with her.
Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
No surprises here. This match was a guarantee once they switched things from Seth Rollins to Sami Zayn. I fully expect Joe to come out of this the winner as he is the newer guy to the brand and the bigger man of the two. As far as the quality of the match goes, this could be the best fight of the entire event.
PREDICTION: Joe definitely beats Zayn.
TELL US YOUR IDEAS IN THE COMMENTS!