Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya & Carmella
Lincoln: I cannot wait for the dual brand PPVs so matches like this won’t happen. These women deserve better storylines, not just a throwaway match on a PPV. Enough criticism, I’m picking Becky Lynch & Naomi.
Rob: Ah, yes. The classic “this match is happening because… Twitter? I guess?” match. This will be perfectly fine because Becky and Naomi are good, Carmella is getting better, and Natalya isn’t always outwardly terrible in the ring. As far as picking a winner? I guess I’ll go with the faces. Sure.
Prediction: Becky Lynch/Naomi
Chris: SDL’s women’s division has been pretty dead in the water in the past few months. This tag team match is a decent way of getting them time, but it feels very thrown together after the last week or so. I’m not really sure who’s going to win this one because of that. So, I’ll play it safe and just say the faces win. Becky Lynch & Naomi will defeat Natalya & Carmella.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
Lincoln: While I wish this match would happen in different circumstances, I think we all know who’s going to win. Nakamura needs a match on Fastlane to increase his momentum since he’s part of the WWE championship match at Wrestlemania 34. Nakamura wins
Rob: I can’t wait for this match. These two have all the skills to put on a great showing, plus Rusev has become the most entertaining person on all of Smackdown (thanks to Aiden English!). Shinsuke will (should, at least) win, but it’s a good win for him to get as a tune-up for his Wrestlemania match.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
Chris: I’m looking forward to this match as it’s probably going to be pretty good. Rusev and Nakamura are both extremely over with the crowd (although people thinking Nak is going to be booed in this match are hilarious). This is an easy call, as Shinsuke Nakamura will win to gain momentum towards WrestleMania. But I suspect Rusev will look good in doing so.
Charlotte vs. Ruby Riott, SDL Women’s Championship
Lincoln: Happy for Ruby Riot as she got promoted to the main roster and already has a singles match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Even with all that praise, Charlotte will retain and I feel that there will be a money in the bank fake cash-in after the match.
Rob: For as bad as the SDL women’s division is, they’ve done a fairly good job with this, having Charlotte beat Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan and having Ruby beat Becky Lynch and Naomi. I think Charlotte has to retain here, though.
Chris: It’s pretty crazy that Ruby Riott is getting a Women’s Championship match on a PPV. It’s also pretty awesome. People may not realize how good she is yet, but if they give these two enough time to showcase their talents and keep all the frills and BS out of it, this will be an EXCELLENT match. SDL desperately needs a really, REALLY women’s match because… well… the well is really dry in that department. Especially compared to RAW. Charlotte will retain here, and I am honestly clueless as to what they do at Mania. Which is both good and bad.
The Usos vs. The New Day, SDL Tag Team Championships
Lincoln: We are getting another New Day / Usos feud but there is an interesting element in play, The Bludgeon Brothers. I have a feeling that this will be a DQwith The Bludgeon Brothers attacking both sides and this will set up a triple threat at Wrestlemania.
Rob: One of the best tag-team feuds of all-time gets another match added to its history. I’m here for it. These two teams work so well together that it’s almost certainly going to be the match of the night, and the mic work will also be fantastic. I’m going to take the New Day with a rematch coming at Wrestlemania.
Prediction: New Day
Chris: Normally, reigniting a rivalry only four months after this whole thing came to an end would draw heat. But The Usos and The New Day are SO GOOD that it’s easy to look past that. Maybe that’s hypocritical, maybe not. Anyways, this is going to be an absolute hoot. These two teams have never not created magic, and I doubt that stops anytime soon. I’m undecided on this… but if they want to keep things interesting… I’m going to predict that The New Day get the win. The Bludgeon Brothers are looming ahead, but I’m predicting we get one title change here.
Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton, United States Championship
Lincoln: I tried to care about this feud, but it’s not moving me at all. Bobby retains with some unwarranted help from Jinder Mahal, setting up a triple threat at Wrestlemania.
Rob: Oh, man. This match is gonna be… not for me. Both guys are fine, but their slow deliberate styles lead to matches that take forever to get going and I really can’t handle it. If you like it, good for you! But it’s not for me. I guess I’ll pick Roode to retain.
Prediction: BOB ROODE
Chris: I’m tentatively excited about this match. I say tentatively because it could also be slow and plodding like… well, most Randy Orton matches and most Bobby Roode matches, as well. They usually get an uptick late, so that’s why I still have my reservations about it. I don’t think this ends cleanly at ALL. Especially with Jinder Mahal calling himself the uncrowned United States Champ on Twitter and Insta. I think Mahal interferes and causes a no contest, setting up a Triple Threat at Mania.
WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge
Lincoln: AJ Styles retains, WWE have done dumb things in the past but I have faith that they will keep the dream match alive for WM34.
Rob: Well, this is a mess. At least they went away from yet another match of just Styles/Owens/Zayn? That’s good, that’s been overdone. But the solution was… this. Which, there’s a lot going on. My biggest problem with PPVs between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania is it’s hard to predict anything big happening, because it would mess with the Wrestlemania card.
Prediction: AJ Styles
Chris: Okay, I don’t need to do too much here. AJ Styles will retain the title. I think he pins John Cena. I don’t think Dolph Ziggler or Baron Corbin will factor too much into this, although Corbin is excellent in multi-man matches. And Sami Zayn will continue to bleed towards turning his back on Kevin Owens.