With Fastlane 2019 coming up this Sunday night, the go-home shows of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live have given us an indication of what talent is booked for the pay-per-view and who is not currently scheduled. Of course, the card is always subject to change and WWE may end up making alterations to this lineup, but at the moment, the men and women in this breakdown are not currently advertised as being part of this event.
In some cases, this may be justified, or even a purposeful plan to set up a surprise. In other cases, it may be ridiculous. That is up to you to decide as we take a look at which superstars aren’t being promoted for this show.
Non-Branded NXT Call-Ups
— EC3: Boy has this guy had bad luck with his call-up. WWE pushed him aside more than everyone else, finally got him to do something with Dean Ambrose, promptly switched everything 180 degrees and has now figured he’s best used losing to Apollo Crews on Main Event. Yeesh…
— Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight): While Heavy Machinery ran through most of the Raw tag team division this week, it still hasn’t earned them a title shot or anything of the sort.
— Johnny Gargano / Tommaso Ciampa: Supposedly, Ciampa is dealing with an injury of sorts that has prevented him from being in the mix these past two weeks and could jeopardize his spot for TakeOver: New York. If that’s the case, WWE would be foolish to try to book him in a meaningless match at Fastlane. As part of that DIY duo, Gargano has to take a backseat, too.
— Lacey Evans: I would be floored if Evans doesn’t show up to do the stupid walk down the ramp thing that they’ve been having her do. Imagine, they’ve been paying for her travel arrangements for weeks to do just that. Insane.
— Lars Sullivan: Sullivan has still yet to show up on Raw or SmackDown since he started to be promoted back in what, November?
— Nikki Cross: Nobody lets Nikki play.
From the Raw Men’s Singles Division
— Apollo Crews: As a midcarder on Raw who is lower on the totem pole than some of the other people on this list, Crews wasn’t anywhere near in the running to be booked for this card, it seemed.
— Braun Strowman / Elias / Finn Balor: Curiously, these three guys have been involved in this whole feud between The Shield and their opponents, yet they haven’t been factored into the plans. Strowman was firmly targeted just the same, as was Balor. They have an equal footing with this storyline, outside of the name value of The Shield being together. Elias has also been very much tied to Dean Ambrose. It’s just curious why Elias isn’t in the six-man tag and why Lashley isn’t fighting Balor for the Intercontinental Championship or something along those lines.
— Bray Wyatt: The Eater of Worlds continues to say he’s on his way back and yet, he’s still M.I.A. for nearly a year now.
— Brock Lesnar: I feel so bad for anybody who is foolish enough to think Brock Lesnar woudl be scheduled to compete here. At most, he’ll do a run-in to attack Seth Rollins, but even that isn’t likely to happen.
— Dolph Ziggler: Dolph did his whole “I’m leaving and not popping up at Royal Rumble, gotcha! Okay, now I’m going to leave again” thing that he does. We’ll see him in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal maybe.
— Goldust: Injury (knees). There is no set timetable for his return.
— Jason Jordan: Injury (neck). There is no set timetable for his return, if it ever happens.
— Mojo Rawley: This whole gimmick of staring at himself in the mirror and saying he’s going to turn things around doesn’t seem to have worked for Mojo Rawley, as he’s still yet to do anything. Maybe he’s looking in the wrong mirror.
— No Way Jose: General rule of thumb: is Jose going to have a match at a pay-per-view? No way! That’s just what happens when WWE considers you to be on the job squad.
— Sami Zayn: Injury (two torn rotator cuffs). He is expected back possibly sometime around WrestleMania season.
— Titus O’Neil: Over the past year, it’s definitely seemed that Titus O’Neil is more of an ambassador than a regularly active competitor. He’s still listed as being a normal part of the roster, but he never really shows up all that much.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— Alexa Bliss / Mickie James: These two have been put on the backburner and aren’t in contention for the women’s tag team titles. Bliss isn’t going to have another edition of A Moment of Bliss on this, either. There just wasn’t anything going on for them.
— Alicia Fox: If the reports are true, Fox should be in rehab right now, rather than doing anything related to the Fastlane event.
— Dana Brooke / Natalya: Weren’t these two supposed to be feuding? You could have fooled me. They dropped that storyline before it even really began, for the most part.
— Ember Moon: Ember suffered an injury in the Royal Rumble that has her sitting out until she’s cleared to compete, which may not be until after WrestleMania.
— Ronda Rousey: You can bet your ass Ronda Rousey is going to make an appearance here in the Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch match. It’s pretty much a certainty. Whether she shows up after a winner has been declared or she ruins it to make it a no-contest, she’s definitely doing something.
— The Riott Squad: The Riott Squad had their time at the beginning of this year with Ruby Riott getting some attention against Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan having their spot in the Elimination Chamber. That’s good. Fastlane is meant to push the people who have bigger things going on, though, and that’s not the case for this trio.
From the Raw Tag Team Division
— The Ascension: Konnor and Viktor are jobbers. They don’t get on pay-per-views. It’s as simple as that.
— The Authors of Pain: Akam’s injury has put Rezar in a spot where he only performs on house shows and Main Event to fill in a spot here and there.
— The B-Team: Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas follow the same jobber rule as everyone else. Their highlight of winning the tag titles and being a priority for booking was last year.
— Breezango: Fandango remains out due to a shoulder injury; Tyler Breeze is stuck in jobber limbo.