WWE Fastlane 2016: Early Predictions for Matches on the Card
With WWE Fastlane now less than two weeks away on February 21, there are still only four matches confirmed on WWE.com for the pay-per-view at the time of writing.
That total includes the big main event between three of the company's top stars (Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns), but little else is going on at the moment.
Expect WWE to add more matches potentially as soon as this week's edition of SmackDown, but for the four matches already booked, what can we expect?
Will there be any upsets on the card, or will the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 32 offer up precious few shocks and surprises?
Let's take a look at some early predictions for the Fastlane card.
Naomi and Tamina vs. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
The big question concerning this match, probably the opening bout of the night, is whether Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch will get through it without one turning on each other.
It looks like Charlotte will defend her Divas Championship against both Banks and Lynch at WrestleMania 32, which likely means this bout has been set up to make the partners look like credible contenders for the title.
So what happens here? Well, there's a serious possibility one of Banks and Lynch will turn.
If WWE is serious in having both of them meet Charlotte at WrestleMania—thereby putting three of the most talented women on the roster in a big match—then the turn may not come until after the match.
Predicted winners: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
Charlotte vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship)
Although WWE has done its best to build Brie Bella up as a credible contender for Charlotte, not even the retirement of Daniel Bryan can pick up enough momentum to help his wife win the Divas Championship at Fastlane.
Why? Well, there's nothing wrong with Brie, but WWE clearly has its eyes on the big match between three NXT graduates at WrestleMania, with Charlotte fighting Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.
So this should be a fairly straightforward win for Charlotte, although WWE may opt for a controversial victory to pile some more heat on her in the process.
Perhaps Ric Flair will get involved once again. But there appears to be major tension brewing between The Nature Boy and his daughter, which could result in a split as WrestleMania approaches.
Predicted winner: Charlotte
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio (United States Championship)
With so many guys in the midcard looking for something fresh to do, the feud between Alberto Del Rio and Kalisto doesn't have much left to give.
They've passed around the United States Championship between each other for a few months now, and it's time for WWE decide how it wants the future of the championship to play out.
Is Del Rio the guy who carries the belt into the next part of the year with Rusev and King Barrett by his side, or does Kalisto get the big push?
The smart choice is Kalisto. Del Rio could survive without the belt and potentially even turn babyface later in the year to set up a rivalry with someone like Rusev as The League of Nations continue to implode.
Although Sin Cara is now back from injury, Kalisto's development as a potential breakout star in WWE must continue at Fastlane. It's time for him to retain and move on from this rivalry.
Predicted winner: Kalisto
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
The main event at Fastlane feels like it could go only one way, and that's with Roman Reigns winning and advancing to WrestleMania to face Triple H.
Does WWE pull a swerve and shock its fans just before WrestleMania season kicks off for real? It's unlikely, although the company has teased both Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose getting the shot at Triple H in recent weeks.
Lesnar and Triple H had a brief confrontation on Raw this past week, and Ambrose still should feel like he has unfinished business with The Game after making the final two of the Royal Rumble match.
But although a swerve is remotely possible, expect WWE to play it safe. Reigns will win, and Lesnar will likely be screwed out of the title shot by Bray Wyatt to set up a feud between those two for WrestleMania.
As for Ambrose? That's the most worrying part of it all. He has a title of his own to defend (the WWE Intercontinental Championship) at WrestleMania, but with him in this match, he could be left way down in the pecking order with no plans if he comes out of this bout with nothing.
Predicted winner: Roman Reigns