WWE Fastlane 2017: Biggest Unanswered Questions Going into Event

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2017

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WWE's final stop on the road to WrestleMania takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Kevin Owens defends the Universal Championship against Goldberg. Raw had its go-home show this past Monday, highlighted by a dramatic and physical contract signing between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. And while just about every storyline has been presented competently, there are still a handful of unanswered questions as WWE Fastlane draws near.  

 

Can Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe Submit a Match of the Year Candidate? 

After WWE established a pattern of Goldberg making quick work of his chief rival Brock Lesnar, there is growing speculation that he will do the same with Owens in the main event of Fastlane. WWE is using WCW's wildly successful more-with-less formula with Goldberg, and it is working out just as well.

There's a good chance Owens and Goldberg will have a brief match, one that results in Goldberg becoming a world champion for the first time in 14 years. If this is the case, Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe are prime candidates to deliver a match that satisfies fans who would otherwise be underwhelmed by a potential squash in the main event. 

Joe and Zayn had an entertaining rivalry in NXT, and there's nothing suggesting that they can't recapture that magic for an all-out spectacle that overcompensates for a main event that could be over in under a minute. 

 

Is It Too Early for Enzo Amore and Big Cass to Finally Win Tag Team Gold?

Championships are among the biggest honors in WWE, but not needing a championship is arguably a more flattering indication of one's skill. WWE Hall of Famer Jake the Snake went his entire legendary career in WWE without winning a single championship because he was able to captivate fans with razor-sharp promos and unmatched in-ring psychology. 

Enzo and Cass are arguably WWE's most entertaining act and do not need championships to elevate their popularity. Still, this is a tandem that never won a tag team title in NXT or WWE, so should that moment happen, it will be a major celebration among Enzo and Cass' growing fanbase. 

The long-awaited coronation of Enzo and Cass is befitting of a WrestleMania moment, especially with Anderson and Gallows—a team that does need the tag team titles to be relevant—still finding their footing on a barren tag team division. 

 

Will WWE Put an End to Charlotte's Streak? 

The Raw Women's Championship has changed hands more times than the Oscar for best picture, and one reason for this is WWE's commitment to Charlotte remaining undefeated in singles matches on pay-per-view. Charlotte once again lost the Raw Women's Championship a record third time on Raw when Bayley defeated her last month. 

But like Groundhog's Day, WWE is setting up a scenario where Charlotte once again regains the title on pay-per-view. Charlotte is currently listed as a -900 favorite on Odds Shark, and there is a good chance she remains undefeated on pay-per-view. Much like Enzo and Cass' tag team draught is primed to end in a big moment at WrestleMania, the same can be said for Charlotte's winning ways on pay-per-view if she defeats Bayley and goes on to defend the Raw Women's Championship in April. 

 

Is Braun Strowman the Real Deal? 

The answer to this question is a resounding "yes," so I guess the more specific question is "Does WWE know that Braun Strowman is the real deal?" 

The man has thrived as a monster, and few WWE Superstars have done a better job of being more convincing in this role in the modern era. Everything he does, from the way he stares down his opponent like they're a midnight snack to the way he slapped that microphone when he thought it was malfunctioning, paints him as an animalistic predator. 

Still, Strowman's booking is reminiscent of super heavyweights of the '80s, like Earthquake and One Man Gang, who would be built into certified killers before running into Hulk Hogan and coming back down to earth. This very well could be the case as Strowman prepares for top babyface Roman Reigns at Fastlane. Strowman has not lost since the brand split, and I don't think his next loss should come until he is ready to drop the Universal Championship that he should already be holding. 

Reigns is arguably WWE's biggest star. But now is too early to book Strowman to lose. 

 

Is Kevin Owens going to Get Squashed? 

Using deductive reasoning, Goldberg squashed Lesnar in less than 90 seconds, and Lesnar is a much bigger star than Kevin Owens, so Goldberg should make even quicker work of Owens. 

WWE has done a good job over the past few weeks retooling Owens, making him less of a comedic heel alongside Chris Jericho and more of a serious, dangerous villain in a suit. But is this being done in the same way a pig is fed before it is slaughtered? 

Owens is a polished veteran who is capable of carrying Goldberg to one of the better matches of his career, but even so, that wouldn't fit the energy of what has been a largely successful comeback tour for the WCW legend. Goldberg is a -800 favorite on Odds Shark. Fans know what they're getting into. Nobody ever paid to see Goldberg fight out of a rest hold for five minutes, and if this is another one-sided squash match from Goldberg, it should come as no surprise. 

 

Alfred Konuwa is a Featured Columnist and on-air host for Bleacher Report and ForbesLike him on Facebook.