There will be a Triple Threat No. 1 contender's match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Fastlane, and it'll be a big one.
Stephanie McMahon announced at the end of Monday Night Raw that Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will meet in Cleveland on Feb. 21 to determine who will face Triple H at WrestleMania 32 on April 3 for the World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE tweeted a video of the announcement:
It's @TheDeanAmbrose vs. @WWERomanReigns vs...@BrockLesnar at #WWEFastlane with @WrestleMania implications! #RAW https://t.co/F3uH9sciEQ1/26/2016, 4:11:02 AM
Reigns lost the championship this past Sunday in the Royal Rumble to the Cerebral Assassin, who won his 14th world title in his illustrious soon-to-be Hall of Fame career. Triple H eliminated Reigns, which set up a final two between WWE's chief operating officer and the intercontinental champion, Ambrose.
Lesnar was eliminated much earlier in the Rumble match by Bray Wyatt and the other three members of The Wyatt Family, so it's odd to see Lesnar getting a shot at the championship when he wasn't even involved in the final grouping.
Nevertheless, it's Lesnar, and he's the biggest box-office attraction in WWE right now. Any match Lesnar is in is guaranteed to be a classic, and Bleacher Report's Mike Chiari sees that happening in just under a month:
Mike Chiari @MikeChiari
Reigns vs Ambrose vs Lesnar? YES PLZ! That's going to be fantastic. Clearly Reigns is going to win, but I give it 5 stars already #WWE #Raw1/26/2016, 4:11:52 AM
The Fastlane event has not been known as a pay-per-view to look forward to. Last year's event was built on Sting's confrontation of Triple H and making their WrestleMania match official. Reigns and Daniel Bryan were the card's main event, with the winner facing Lesnar for the championship in Levi's Stadium. Other than that, there wasn't anything to look forward to.
Putting Lesnar on the card and in the same ring as two of the hottest names in the company in one match is sure to draw huge ratings on WWE Network. B/R's Donald Wood has yet to come to grips with this development:
Donald Wood @Donald_Wood
Did #WWE just build intrigue for #WWE #Fastlane main event? This is a weird feeling I'm not accustomed to. #WWE #Raw1/26/2016, 4:16:17 AM
Early indications are that Reigns will win, which will begin the buildup between him and Triple H for the championship. Lesnar has already faced Triple H at WrestleMania, and while the title being on the line would be intriguing in that rematch, there's too much unfinished business between Wyatt and Lesnar for the tension to simmer down now.
Ambrose in the match is good for excitement value, and he'll have plenty of options to put on a five-star match at WrestleMania for his championship. There were moments in the Royal Rumble match between him and Chris Jericho that could mean a buildup could be coming there.
It's going to be a great match, albeit predictable. But the fact of the matter is Lesnar is involved, and adding Reigns and Ambrose in the mix should make this an early candidate for Match of the Year.