Sunday, March 11, 2018

WWE Fastlane Predictions

Talk about a match that doesn't matter. I love Becky and Carmella. If I were booking, that would be the main title program on Smackdown. You've got the best babyface against the best heel. Anyway, I think Carmella and Natalya could use the win much more. But, Carmella has the Money in the Bank briefcase, which basically means she must lose a ton. That'll happen here.

Winners: Becky Lynch and Naomi

RUSEV DAY! Honestly, I wish Rusev won the Royal Rumble and we got Rusev/AJ Styles at WrestleMania. I guarantee the build would've been better. Also, Rusev has been putting in effort over the past year, while Nakamura has mostly slept walked since the Sami Zayn match when he debuted. But yea, we know the outcome. Nakamura wins.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

It was the best tag team rivalry, arguably in history. Since it happened so recently, it'll be kind of odd to watch again. Not that it won't be good, but they're only a few months removed from a violent Hell in a Cell match. Now, we get a regular tag match, so it'll feel strange. Regardless, it should be great and my pick for the match of the night. It's a tough call, since they like to switch titles often. However, I think the Usos should hold the titles going into Mania. So, I'm picking a New Day title switch.

Winners: The New Day

Are you guys ready for a high quality **1/2 match? That's about what I'm expecting here. Randy Orton has been dreadful outside of a handful of matches (thanks AJ and Luke Harper) since 2017. You know a feud is dull when the saving grace of it has been Jinder Mahal. Really think about that. Jinder Mahal. Roode wins and we get some kind of multi-man match at Mania.

Winner: Bobby Roode

I badly want Carmella as Smackdown Women's Champion. However, Ruby Riott is a great alternate. I just need one of them to save me from the dire Smackdown Women's Title picture because Naomi, Natalya, and Charlotte are the most boring trio of champions I can ever recall in a row. Ruby would be a great choice, but there's no way she wins here. With Alexa seemingly set up for something new on Raw, I suspect Charlotte retains and gets challenged by Asuka for Mania. Hopefully, Asuka just runs her over.

Winner: Lady Big Dog

Road Dogg is a terrible booker. That's been the case since the start of 2017 and this is another example. When you can't book a competent story, you just throw a bunch of guys into a clusterfuck. That's what we've got here. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have the most compelling story in this, which I'd like to see either end with a singles match at Mania or a tag against the Usos for the titles. Dolph is a waste of space, while Corbin lost all momentum. Cena's obviously not winning his record 17th at Fastlane. AJ Styles retains and the fans get their AJ/Nakamura matchup at Mania.

Winner: AJ Styles

2018 Prediction Record: 12-4
2017 Prediction Record: 81-37
2016 Prediction Record: 72-41
2015 Prediction Record: 60-35

Fastlane Prediction History: 16-6