Fastlane 2017 Match By Match Predictions

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Karl Anderson (C) and Luke Gallows (C) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass – RAW Tag Team Championship

This is an example of having a match just for the sake of having a match.

I honestly believe that this would be better suited as a triple threat title match including Cesaro and Sheamus, but I suppose we have to make do with what we got here. The Club finally broke through the barrier that’s been shielding them since they made their main roster debut last year. However, they finally captured the RAW Tag Team titles. The fact of the matter is that this really isn’t a feud so much as its something to feature a new tag team in the title picture, and that’s not saying much because of the lack of depth in the tag team division. There’s no heat behind this match, there’s no heat or any reason why anyone should care who wins. It’s just a match. Now, at the last two PPV’s that featured the RAW Tag Team Division, the titles have changed hands, but the third time won’t be the charm for Enzo and Cass. I’ve barely noticed that The Club are the champions because of how little time they’ve held the titles. Enzo and Cass really haven’t lit anyone on fire as of yet and there’s no indication that they will be winning this Sunday. So book Gallows and Anderson on this one.

Winner: Gallows and Anderson

 


Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax


I’m not 100 percent sure who wins here, but Sasha Banks’ heel turn should be facilitated here.

This is sort of a tricky one. It’s clear that Sasha’s heel turn is coming, perhaps as soon as this Sunday, and one has to wonder how this match will factor into that impending heel turn. Nia Jax has been booked like a beast and has dominated both Sasha and Bayley. I certainly don’t foresee her losing clean after her performance this past Monday, if she loses at all. Meanwhile, Sasha has been coming out week after week coming out to Bayley’s defense, saying that she deserves it, even helping Charlotte take the title off of Bayley. There’s no secret that this will facilitate her heel turn. But how will the match with Nia factor into it? Well, I think it’s safe to say that this match will take place before Charlotte and Bayley do battle, so does Bayley look on backstage, sees her friend in a bad way against Nia and distracts her to give Sasha the victory over her? Maybe then, Sasha can claim that she doesn’t need her help, stealing her spotlight and screws her later on. Or if Sasha loses, it can be that Bayley distracts Sasha from winning and costs her the match, and gets revenge later on. It’s clear that WWE is building towards a fatal four way between the four women featured on the card, and since the start of the year, Bayley and Sasha has beaten Charlotte and Nia Jax and vice versa. I think Sasha could use the momentum, especially considering Nia beat her at the Rumble and squashed her the next night.

Winner: Sasha Banks

 


Neville (C) vs. Jack Gallagher – WWE Cruiserweight Championship


Nope, couldn’t care less about this match. I tried too, though.

Neville has done a fabulous job as the monster heel of the Cruiserweight division, finally giving the division the much-needed backbone and star power it needed. It appears that WWE just wanted to pick someone new, and Jack has been that man. Jack has flown under the radar for all the negatives of the Cruiserweights with some good performances on 205 Live. He also has a unique character look to him (whether or not that’s good or bad is dependent on you). Neville isn’t losing the title one month after taking it off of Rich Swann and it’s not going to be at the hands of Jack Gallagher. The Cruiserweights have fallen to a level so low where I change the channel out of disgust when they come on because of how cringe-worthy they have been since coming to the main roster. Now if these two could put on a good performance, and I believe they can, it can go a long way, but I’m not holding my breath. The King of the Cruiserweights retains his throne.

Winner: Neville

 

Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe

One man took out Seth Rollins and beat Roman Reigns and Cesaro within a month. The other guy is a taxi driver.

This is probably the easiest match of the night to predict. Again, this was another match that was just slapped on at the last minute. It’s safe to assume that Samoa Joe’s original opponent at Fastlane was supposed to be Seth Rollins, and they had to make do with Sami Zayn. Now, if history has shown us anything between these two, they are capable of putting on a great match. While the winner of this match shouldn’t really be in doubt, I hope that they give us at least a semblance of what the caliber of their matches can become. Samoa Joe’s monster heel run on RAW so far has been a success and he deserves credit for taking advantage of his main roster call-up. As for Sami Zayn, he’s been in flux pretty much for his stint on RAW, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It was rumored that perhaps he could take the United States Championship off of Chris Jericho, but it’s looking more and more likely that will be KO in his position. This is pretty much a snack for Samoa Joe, and he should dispose of Sami Zayn this Sunday, try as hard as he might. It’s not like he has a chance of winning in the context of the feud anyways.


Winner: Samoa Joe

 

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman


However this match goes down, we should get a Deadman cameo.

Braun Strowman’s character development is something that I’ve become very pleased with. He’s every bit of a monster heel. He looks the part with a menacing look, and he’s dominated opponents with ease. He’s also showed massive improvement in the ring with a surprisingly good outing with The Big Show in the main event two weeks ago. What’s also astonishing is how one-sided the dominance has been. Roman Reigns for the majority of this feud has looked helpless against Braun Strowman. Braun has laid out Roman on his back even after he’s had a match. Meanwhile, it takes Roman Reigns strenuous effort to just keep Braun down for an extended period of time. It would be a shame if Braun were to take his first loss this Sunday, and while he’s not going to win forever, there has to be a smart way to go about doing things. If you ask me, the wise thing to do would be to protect Braun at any means, whether it’s victory or defeat. I wouldn’t mind if he were to cheat to beat Roman (Even though he’s shown he doesn’t need underhanded tactics to beat him), but if it’s in defeat, well, there needs to be an external party. That should be in the form of the Undertaker. Maybe Roman is getting ready to lay out Braun with a spear and then the lights go out, or maybe in the process of pinning him. It could be something similar to when he interfered in the match between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar two years ago. Or maybe Undertaker simply just costs Roman the match for obvious reasons and then we get that WrestleMania match. I don’t know where Braun would go afterward, but he shouldn’t fall out of the loop. I’d think that this Sunday Roman wins by DQ, but because I’m counting on an actual finish, I’ll go Braun.

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