Asuka (C) vs. Mandy Rose – SmackDown LIVE Women’s Championship
Matches that have the challenger beating the champion up until the PPV are probably the easiest matches to predict for obvious reasons. There really is not much of a story behind this match other than the fact that Mandy Rose got a fluke win, and that’s really it. In lieu of Kofi Kingston’s Cinderella story, the women’s tag titles and other overarching storylines, Asuka, the brand’s women’s champion, is rarely featured these days. There really won’t be anything interesting surrounding Asuka until WrestleMania season comes along and it looks like Fastlane is just a formality at this point.
Sasha Banks (C) and Bayley (C) vs. Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka – Women’s Tag Team Titles
Sasha and Bayley just won the tag titles, and now is not really the time to take it off of them. Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka look like a formidable tag team, but Sasha Banks and Bayley have been riding this train for a while now, and there is no way that WWE takes the titles off of them heading into WrestleMania. In fact, I am boldly predicting that after Sasha Banks and Bayley retain, Lita and Trish Stratus return to make a WrestleMania challenge.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
The Usos (C) vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz – SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Titles
Shane McMahon and The Miz was never meant to be taken seriously as a tag team, and their brief reign was just for the sake of putting the titles on them and nothing more. The Usos find themselves in the same exact position as last year, and I think it is reasonable to suggest that they will once again represent the SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania. This will also probably set the stage for a The Miz or Shane McMahon heel turn. Probably The Miz.
Winners: The Usos
The Revival (C) vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet – Raw Tag Team Titles
The Revival winning the tag titles seem to be when they reached their peak, considering the only match they have won since winning was last night when former champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable attacked them in a match they would have certainly lost if there was no interference. I’m not hopeful that WWE will do something productive with The Revival since the booking with them has been consistent through and through. But I am predicting they will retain here. Surely, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable will not retain the titles after losing it not too long ago, and Aleister Black/Ricochet have already defeated the champs. Surely they can’t have The Revival lose here. Right? RIGHT?!
Winners: The Revival
The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin
If you have been reading the rumor mill lately, Dean Ambrose’s post-WrestleMania status is not clear to anyone. Some say that he’s not actually leaving and just taking some time off, while others say that he is still leaving. Whatever the case, this is probably a one-time only thing for the moment. Seth Rollins is going to go back to his Brock Lesnar feud, Roman Reigns will probably find something else to do, and knowing Dean Ambrose, he’s probably going to be embroiled in a meaningless feud with Otis Dozovic. I’m always game for The Shield, but the excitement for this match is lost on me not only because of how frequently The Shield have reunited since their first split, but because we know this isn’t going to be something that lasts any more than a few weeks. The Shield will take the win here.
Winner: The Shield
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch – If Becky Lynch Wins, She’s Added to Raw Women’s Championship Match
So, if Becky Lynch wins, she’s added to the triple threat. I guess there’s an easy winner right there. In lieu of Ronda Rousey’s heel turn Monday night, I think there’s a good chance Ronda Rousey interferes in this match. I don’t know how I would feel about Becky Lynch selling a leg that she can barely put weight on defeating Charlotte Flair straight up. The Royal Rumble match at the very least incorporated other competitors and wasn’t an extended one on one bout.
If Becky Lynch wasn’t selling an injury, I’d have her winning. But with Charlotte Flair added to the match by Vince McMahon, I think a loss would hurt her, especially if it’s one on one. I don’t necessarily have her winning, but she will still get in the match somehow. I think Ronda Rousey comes down towards the finish, attacks both women again. It’s going to be the whole, “attack your potential contenders so that you have no opponents but end up facing both of them” trope WWE likes to do to build up triple threat matches.
Winner: No Contest or Becky by DQ
Daniel Bryan (C) vs. Kevin Owens – WWE Championship
Much like the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Championship match, this match is built off of the challenger already defeating the champion, which means the champion is probably retaining. The bottom line is that this match is going to have a lot of “Kofi” chants in the background, but I do have high expectations for this match. When Daniel Bryan first retired, I was saddened that he may never be able to face Kevin Owens. I also never expected that it would be a heel Daniel Bryan against a face (?) Kevin Owens.
I am expecting great things out of this match, but equally, as so, I expect Daniel Bryan to retain and continue his crusade to make us all care for the environment and drink vegan detox shakes. This will all set up, hopefully, Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston for the title at WrestleMania. Kevin Owens is just someone thrown in there to make Kofi Kingston’s opportunity at WrestleMania feel more special instead of wasting it at Fastlane.
Winner: Daniel Bryan