by BROCK KOLLER
Tonight’s Fastlane pay-per-view should not only bring us quality matches – Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe, Bayley vs. Charlotte, Neville vs. Jack Gallagher, to name a few – but it should, hopefully, bring us some clarity as to what WrestleMania will look like.
It’s not uncommon for wrestling fans to still have some questions at this point on the Road to WrestleMania, but, this year, it’s a tad different. The pieces are there. There are just a few more pieces it seems than places to put them and some pieces you thought went in one spot are being placed in another.
Puzzle analogy at its finest.
For instance, many, including myself, believed John Cena would FINALLY face the Undertaker at WrestleMania. That is not going to happen, as the seeds have been planted for a mix-tag match between Cena and Nikki Bella versus The Miz and Maryse.
Where does that leave The Undertaker?
At the Royal Rumble in January, Taker was eliminated by Roman Reigns, which could be a teaser of things to come.
Tonight, Reigns battles Braun Strowman. It’s anyone’s guess how that match will end as both are strong competitors who need to be just that going into Mania. So does the winner of this match face The Undertaker at Mania? Does the loser? Do both?
Or do Reigns and Strowman continue their beef into Mania – leaving Taker to find a different opponent?
It’s looking like Samoa Joe will demolish Sami Zayn – will it be Joe vs. Taker? Or is a returning Finn Balor in Samoa Joe’s future?
But what if – despite his claims – Seth Rollins is not cleared to wrestle in time for Mania – where does that leave the Triple H – Rollins match? I’m on the side that WWE could easily turn Samoa Joe against Triple H and slip him into the Rollins’ spot.
The one thing we do know for sure is Brock Lesnar will fight Goldberg at WrestleMania. But don’t worry – there are still questions?
Tonight, Goldberg battles Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship. Will Goldberg win the championship and take it to WrestleMania? Will Chris Jericho interfere somehow? And if he does interfere, will it cost Owens the title or Goldberg the match? Will the all-but-signed Jericho-Owens Mania match be for the Universal Championship or the United States Championship?
Former Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte is undefeated at pay-per-view events. Will she continue that streak tonight and regain her championship? If she does win – who will she battle at WrestleMania? Or if Bayley retains and end’s Charlotte’s undefeated PPV record, where does that leave Charlotte? And who would Bayley defend against at WrestleMania – Nai Jax? Or will Charlotte win and end up losing her first PPV at WrestleMania? Does the outcome of the Nai Jax – Sasha Banks affect the outcome of the Bayley-Charlotte match? Or will we see all four of these Superstars in the title match at Mania?
There are even more questions – who will be Raw Tag Team Champion? Cruiserweight Champion? - and that does not even include is AJ Styles’ best available WrestleMania opponent Shane McMahon?
AJ, I hear the Undertaker is still available.
Or how about Shinsuke Nakamura?
Do I even need to ask?
Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg: Goldberg. New Champ. New headlines.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman: Braun. And I’ll say outside interference from Undertaker.
Raw Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair: Charlotte. Back and forth titles continue, but the PPV streak can be alive going into WrestleMania.
Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe: Samoa Joe. If there is a ladder match at Mania, Zayn should win that or the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Jack Gallagher: Neville. But Gallagher will look strong and win next month.
Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass: Gallows & Anderson. Too early for heel turn from Cass. If not, he’s my new pick to win the Andre Battle Royal.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax: Nia Jax. But Sasha won’t be left out of title picture.
Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar (Kickoff Match): Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar.