2018 WWE Fastlane matches, card, rumors, date, location, predictions
Everything you need to know ahead of WWE Fastlane on SmackDown's Road to WrestleMania 34
The Road to WrestleMania 34 is ongoing, and SmackDown Live will get its last opportunity to make some major changes at the Fastlane pay-per-view set for Sunday, March 11 in Columbus, Ohio.
CBS Sports will be covering the big show live, but for now, let's take a look at how WWE next SmackDown PPV is shaping up in terms of matches and rumors. Don't worry, no spoilers here per se, just predictions as to how everything is going to shake out when all is said and done.
WWE Fastlane matches
WWE Championship -- AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler: What was originally booked to be a triple threat match has now become a Fatal 5-Way as Corbin and Ziggler earned their ways into the match with wins over Owens and Zayn, respectively. Booking-wise, this makes very little sense and just continues a rough patch for SmackDown as it limps its way towards WrestleMania 34.
Women's Championship -- Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ruby Riott: Flair has already taken out the other two members of the Riott Squad, setting up this match. Is this all a holdover until Asuka challenges Flair at WrestleMania 34? If not, who exactly is she going to fight at the big show with Ronda Rousey signed to Raw?
United States Championship -- Bobby Roode (c) vs. Randy Orton: This will likely evolve into a triple threat match with Jinder Mahal, though why Mahal would be getting yet another opportunity at this title is mind-boggling.
Tag Team Championship -- The Usos (c) vs. The New Day: In the predictions segment below, I had written that it would be silly to put New Day back against The Usos, but that's exactly what is going to happen at Fastlane months after their epic feud concluded. It seems like WWE is saving the Usos-Bludgeon Brothers feud for WrestleMania. Would not be surprised to see Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin added here.
WWE Fastlane predictions
The following matches are all projections based on current storylines.
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Bludgeon Brothers: Not sure there's anyone else for them to really go against with WWE apparently delaying the Usos-BB feud until WrestleMania. It would be nice for the Bludgeon Brothers to actually fight some real teams before they get a title shot on the biggest show of the year.
Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan: If another match is needed, this could certainly find a spot on the kickoff show.
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