With just a few hours left to WWE Fastlane, here are my final picks:
Stardust vs. Goldust
This is one of the most exciting feuds on the card, although it practically hadn’t developed until the week of the PPV. The Rhodes Brothers’ showdown’s been in the making for a year now. What makes it so attention-grabbing is both men’s devotion to their characters. Everything they say feels true as the border between real and keyfabe is being thinned down. This promo was gold:
I think it’s only natural for Stardust to win. He’s a young character and he’ll take over Goldust’s place. It will be an emotional goodbye. I’d like it very much if the rivalry gets a place on the WM31 card but the rumors are saying that FastLane may be Goldust’s last PPV.
Seth Rollins, Kane and Big Show vs. Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback
Most people believe that Randy Orton will come back at Fastlane and will screw Seth Rollins over. Although this is a very plausible outcome, it will be better for the product if Rollins’ team comes on top. Rollins has been lost in shuffle in a way. Although he’s important enough to stay relevant even without a feud, a dominant win at Fastlane would be a nice reminder of Seth’s standing in the WWE.
As for Orton, if he does show up, it will at least keep Rollins engaged with something until WM31. But if an outside interference is about to happen, it could easily be Sting, as well. However, that’s been done before and wouldn’t be my top choice.
Sting comes face to face with Triple H
Talking about Sting, his first personal interaction with Triple H is possibly one of the most anticipated segments on the PPV. Sting has been silent for too long and Fastlane is the stage,on which he’s supposed to finally unveil the reasons behind his vendetta against the Authority. Then again, I’m sceptical. I don’t think much will happen. There will be some impressive entrances and a large doze of special effects but in terms of fighting, the most we’ll get is a few punches and a finisher. I think the WWE will be saving as much as possible of their precious Sting vs.Triple H showdown for WM31.
John Cena vs. Rusev
This is a peculiar situation. Either Rusev will get a win over the unbeatable Cena or the eternal WWE champ – Cena, will become a US Champion. The first seems more plausible than the second. I can’t picture John Cena with a midcard title around his waste. Also, ending Rusev’s streak AND taking his title in their first encounter will be too much of a burial. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before (e.g. one-armed Cena def. Damien Sandow) but it’s just not worth it. Cena has nothing to win and Rusev has everything to lose. Imagine the status Rusev would gain if he got a shocking clean victory over Cena! Not many believe that the Bulgarian Brute can pull it off. This is why I want to see it happen. It would be exciting.
Of course, there always is the possibility of Cena winning by DQ or count out but that would be just be boring.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett
Dean Ambrose must win, plain and simple. He’s had only losses since the Shield disbanded. Rollins came on top in his feud against Dean. Wyatt took the Lunatic Fringe out after that. Ambrose needs a big come-back and becoming the IC Champion will give him exactly that.
As much as I like BNB, Ambrose is a much better overall character. The Lunatic Fringe will make the IC Championship relevant again, while getting himself back in the public eye. It’s a win-win situation for Ambrose.
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd vs. The Usos
The Tag Team division needs a change. The Usos are great but they’ve held the titles for most of 2014 and started off 2015 in the same position. It can’t be denied that Jimmy and Jey deserved all the success they had. However, crowning new champions will open up possibilities for new feuds and if the WWE Creative put their mind to it, the tag team division could get a surge of fresh energy.
Also, let’s not forget that Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are two of the most talented superstars on the roster. They will create masterpieces in the ring, especially when the gold depends on it. I’m actually hyped for this match, it could very well open the show but it will be a heart-stopper, I’m sure of it.
Paige vs. Nikki Bella
It will be a bad choice to have Nikki retain. It’s a fact that the Bellas are one of the top merchandise sellers amongst the divas. However, Paige as an anti-diva is a goldmine. The crowd loves her. A loss would undermine her standing in the Diva’s Division and will be detrimental to her gimmick.
Nikki will get her rematch at WM31 and this is good enough for her. The plot, revolving around the Diva’s title doesn’t seem to be given much thought but putting Paige over seems to be the logical choice. It will solidify her and she needs it.
Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns
This is an interesting one. A lot of things could go wrong during this match, making the main event at WM31 a triple threat. Rollins, Lesnar and the Authority could all try to interfere, causing an inconclusive outcome and making Lesnar vs. Bryan vs. Reigns happen at Mania.
Although a clean finish is very unlikely, I think Reigns needs to win decisively. He can’t hide behind dubious booking if he’s to ever be taken seriously. Reigns needs to prove himself. Inserting Bryan in his match against Lesnar would only mean that the WWE doesn’t trust Lesnar or Reigns, so they want Bryan to save the match, much like Rollins did at the Royal Rumble.
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