- WWE Fastlane will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on March 10th
- It will be WWE’s final stop on the road to WrestleMania 35
- Who will leave with momentum on their side ahead of April’s epic event?
WWE’s bloated pay-per-view schedule will continue with yet another event this Sunday, emanating from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It is expected to feature the final buildup for WrestleMania 35 next month.
Although not many matches have been confirmed for the card as of now, the bouts that have been announced have potential on paper. More matchups (such as a possible Shield reunion or an Intercontinental Championship defense) are bound to be announced this coming week on WWE TV.
With Fastlane fast approaching, let’s look at the odds for who should go over in each outing.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Odds: The Usos vs The Miz & Shane McMahon
|Tag Team||SmackDown Tag Team Championship Odds at 5Dimes|
|Shane McMahon & The Miz||+460|
*All odds taken 03/06/19
The Usos knocked off Shane McMahon and The Miz for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at Elimination Chamber, and now the makeshift duo of McMahon and Miz are aiming to regain the gold at Fastlane.
As has been rumored for months, all signs point to Miz vs Shane at WrestleMania. There is a small chance of them becoming two-time tag team champs at Fastlane, but it’d be more logical for The Usos to defend against the recently-reunited Hardy Boyz instead.
Miz appeared to be apologetic for being the reason why he and Shane lost the titles, so if a singles match is indeed the direction WWE is going in with them, it’ll be interesting to see who will turn on who and go heel. Either way, expect there to be dissension in the ranks when they once again fail to beat The Usos.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Odds: Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection vs. Nia Jax & Tamina
|Tag Team||WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Odds at 5Dimes|
|Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection||-395|
|Nia Jax & Tamina||+275|
Most fans figured Sasha Banks and Bayley would emerge from Elimination Chamber as the new WWE Women’s Tag Team champions, and sure enough, that was exactly what happened. Nia Jax and Tamina stepped up as the first women to challenge them for the twin titles on the next night’s Raw, so their championship clash has since been added to the Fastlane lineup.
Needless to say, there is no value in Jax and Tamina walking into WrestleMania as the reigning champs. On the bright side, it’s a good thing WWE is getting this bout out of the way now instead of holding it at the Show of Shows, where another duo can challenge for the straps instead.
Trish Stratus and Lita, for example, would be worthy contenders to the championship at ‘Mania. The Bella Twins would also make for fine opponents for The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection on the grand stage.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Odds: Asuka vs Mandy Rose
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Despite beating Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble, Asuka’s appearances on SmackDown Live have been few and far between in recent months. In fact, her sole match on the blue brand since January saw her lose to Mandy Rose in (relatively) clean fashion.
The idea of Asuka losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship a year ago would have been incredibly far-fetched.
The idea of Asuka losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship a year ago would have been incredibly far-fetched. To her credit, however, Rose has been made out to look like a legitimate threat to the title lately and does have at least a decent shot of beating her for the belt.
Rose’s progress as a performer can not be denied, but Asuka is the best choice to defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania and should win at Fastlane. While her opponent for the event is not yet known, it’s possible it ends up being someone such as Lacey Evans, who is new on the scene and has been making her presence felt for weeks on Raw and SmackDown.
The Shield vs Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley Odds
|Wrestlers||Odds at 5Dimes|
|Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley||+240|
Despite their differences with each other, The Shield reunited on a whim this week on Raw to take out three common enemies in Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. This came after WWE openly acknowledged that Ambrose is on his way out of the company and implied that this could be The Shield’s last ride as a unit.
Roman Reigns’ return to the ring is a feel-good story and all, but it could very well be spoiled by Ambrose turning on his brethren once again, setting up Reigns vs Ambrose for WrestleMania. That would seem to make the most sense, so although the odds currently have The Shield going over, a victory for the heels isn’t far-fetched, either.
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair Odds
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The WrestleMania match featuring Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair has changed so many times since the Royal Rumble that it’s difficult to keep track of who’s in and who’s out. Per the stipulation, Lynch will be added back into the bout if she can defeat Flair at Fastlane.
There was no reason for Lynch to be removed in the first place, but this should be an entertaining outing nonetheless if their past encounters are anything to go by. The odds indicate Lynch will go over in decisive fashion, and rightfully so, because Flair winning at this point would simply be bad booking.
From there, WWE can finally start building toward the Triple Threat we all expected to transpire from the get-go.
WWE Championship Odds: Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens
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Most of the marquee matches for WrestleMania 35 have been set in stone in recent weeks, but Daniel Bryan’s road to WrestleMania remains in question. He successfully defended his WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber last month, but Kofi Kingston is still in hot pursuit of the prestigious prize.
Kingston and Bryan were originally slated to go one-on-one for the gold at Fastlane until Mr. McMahon made a change to the contest and named Kevin Owens the new number one contender instead. Of course, it infuriated fans, but clearly Kingston is being groomed to challenge for the championship at WrestleMania 35.
In the meantime, Owens is the perfect person to vie for the title at Fastlane. He has been brought back as a babyface and should have terrific chemistry with Bryan, but it would make no sense for him to become champ so close to the Show of Shows.
Owens is the perfect person to vie for the title at Fastlane. He has been brought back as a babyface and should have terrific chemistry with Bryan.
Instead, a returning Sami Zayn should cost Owens the match. Not only do they have unfinished business from last year, a feud between them would give both men something to do heading into WrestleMania and ensure they have a spot on the card.