Following this week's SmackDown Live, the WWE Championship match at Fastlane has gone from being a triple threat to a fatal five-way.
Last week on SmackDown Live, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens battled it out in the main event for the chance to take on AJ Styles for the WWE Title at Fastlane. Thanks to the Canadians antagonizing the champ who was sitting at ringside, the match ended in a draw and Daniel Bryan declared that the champ will have to defend his title against both men in a triple threat match at Fastlane.
As has been the recurring theme on Tuesday nights, Shane McMahon was not happy with his General Manager's decision. That's why the following day he booked a match for this past Tuesday's SmackDown Live to decide a fourth competitor for the Fastlane main event. Either Dolph Ziggler or Baron Corbin would become that fourth.
Owens and Zayn naturally didn't like the sound of that idea, and before the match could begin they attacked The Lone Wolf. They then doubled down and took out Ziggler too. They didn't know it at the time, but the Montreal pair were shooting themselves in the foot by doing that. After the attacks, Shane-O 'Mac declared that later in the evening Owens would take on Corbin and Ziggler would go one on one with Zayn. If the victims from earlier in the night won their matches they would be added to the WWE Title match on March 11, 2018.
Corbin and KO were up first and despite still being hurt from the attack earlier in the evening The Lone Wolf managed to pick up a win and make the incoming championship match a Fatal 4-Way. Ziggler then managed to defeat Sami Zayn in Tuesday night's main event meaning that at Fastlane it will indeed be a Fatal 5-Way for the WWE Championship.
One thing that seems extremely unfair in all of this is the treatment of AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One wasn't even on SmackDown Live this week and now has to defend his WWE Championship against four people instead of just two. The champ that runs the camp won't complain of course and will willingly take on all comers. Plus, even with the odds stacked against him that WrestleMania match versus Shinsuke Nakamura still seems extremely likely.