As Michael Cole has been screaming through his headseat for the last month or so, we are now officially on the fast lane to WrestleMania! Or, more appropriately for the moment, we have hit the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania before WrestleMania. At least pay-per-view wise at least. We’ve still got 27 days to go before the Show of Shows commences, but as far as pay-per-views are concerned, this was the last stop on the road to WrestleMania. And in that regard, WWE seems to have set the stage and crafted the building blocks for what the Mania card will look like.
Granted, some of the building blocks were so subtle that much of Raw’s side of the card still looks uncertain and, not to mention, a lot of unpredictable stuff can still happen in the next four weeks, but the blocks have been built regardless. In other words, WWE worked their butts off to tease their way into WrestleMania. A good handful of matchups that were teased, alluded to, all but confirmed, and flat out confirmed to take place on the Grandest Stage of Them All. For anyone who might have missed some of those subtle Mania foreshadowing cues, this is the list for you then! Here are 5 big WrestleMania matches that were teased last night at Fastlane, the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania.
5. Gallows & Anderson vs Enzo & Cass vs Cesaro & Sheamus – Raw Tag Team Championship
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson managed to successfully retain their Raw Tag Team Titles against Enzo Amore & Big Cass, but it wasn’t exactly the cleanest of wins given that Enzo’s foot was momentarily on the ropes. These two teams certainly haven’t seen the last of each other for the next coming weeks. At the same time, we can’t forget the presence of Cesaro and Sheamus looming in the background for a few reasons. The first being that since WrestleMania XXVIII, nearly every WrestleMania pre-show has featured a multi-team match of some sort with the tag titles on the line. Also, Cesaro was given a last minute match on the card for a reason and that reason is likely because WWE want his team with Sheamus to feel like a relevant team going into WrestleMania. Plus, for the past few weeks, those two have been having a beef of sorts with Enzo & Cass that never had a chance to simmer down. All things considered, these three teams will probably go toes to toes at the big dance of WrestleMania for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
4. Neville vs Austin Aries – Cruiserweight Championship
After toppling Jack Gallagher in yet another title defense, Neville has managed to make quick work of the Cruiserweight division in just a short amount of time. Whether it be on a pay-per-view, on Raw, or on 205 Live, Neville has beaten every babyface who needs to be beaten in the division. Yes, there are still some which Neville has yet to face off against (i.e. Akira Tozawa), but as far as the top faces of the division (Rich Swann, TJ Perkins, etc), they have all fallen to the King of the Cruiserweights. The biggest name which Neville is yet to face in the division is the man who has yet to debut in the division itself. That would be the self-proclaimed Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, Austin Aries. In previous weeks, an Aries-Neville confrontation has been rumored to take place on the big stage and the two parties have managed to butt heads in the last couple weeks during Aries’ interview segments. If not for a one on one contest, Aries and Neville could be a part of some sort of Cruiserweight Invitational made to get all the Cruiserweights on the show. Either way, we should all expect Aries to be featured.
3. Bayley vs Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax – Raw Women’s Championship
The resident underdog of the Women’s division pulled out and upset victory against Charlotte Flair and in the process, ended The Queen’s undefeated pay-per-view streak. Granted, much like how Bayley won the championship in the first place, Bayley didn’t do so without some assistance from Sasha Banks. This has led many to speculate that Banks may bugger Bayley about a supposedly deserved title match of her own in the coming weeks, given how Banks helped The Hugger in two major title matches. At the same time, Nia Jax pinned said champion in a tag team match on Raw the other night. On top of that, Banks got a sneaky roll-up win over Jax in their match last night after Jax spent the better part of the match dominating Banks, meaning that this Jax-Banks feud is far from over. And let’s not forget about Charlotte, which we can all guarantee that Bayley ending her ppv undefeated streak has only added fuel to their fire. These four women have intertwined themselves into each other’s storylines long enough to suggest that all four will collide at WrestleMania with the grandest prize of their division on the line.
2. Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho
A feud which has been teased for what seems like the better part of a year seems like it will finally culminate in a match and on what better stage than WrestleMania? Just as Kevin Owens attempted to stall his way through his Universal Championship title defense against Goldberg, Chris Jericho’s return and presence at the top of the ramp distracted Owens long enough to allow Goldberg to capitalize for the title win. Just as Jericho used Fastlane to enact his revenge on Owens, Owens will likely try and use WrestleMania as the proving ground of vengeance for these former best friends. More importantly, seeing as Jericho cost Owens his Universal Championship, don’t be surprised if Owens decides to cost Jericho his own title either indirectly or directly. Their match will likely be for Jericho’s United States Championship. Perhaps not if Jericho loses that belt to someone on Raw before WrestleMania, but in any case, Jericho vs Owens is all but confirmed to happen at WrestleMania.
1. Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg – Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg III has been on the WrestleMania card for awhile now, ever since a couple weeks after Royal Rumble, but the added stipulation that has long been speculated can now be confirmed. In about 21 seconds, Goldberg captured the Universal Championship last night and in 28 days, he plans to carry it into WrestleMania against The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. Fans have already been divided as far as whether a part timer (or this feud in general) needs a title or even if Owens should’ve lost it in such quick fashion, but the fact remains that Lesnar vs Goldberg will now be a Universal Championship match. Perhaps it’ll even be the match to close the show if Orton vs Wyatt doesn’t do the trick.
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