WWE FastLane 2016 – Preview and Predictions

It’s the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania! WWE seems to have it all handled with the likes of AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar all in their big matches, but will a certain Samoan’s possible win leave our excitement at this stop before we even get to the “biggest show of them all?” It’s We Write Wrestling’s WWE FastLane 2016 Preview and Predictions!

Promotion: WWE

Event: FastLane

Date: February 21, 2016

Venue: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio

 

Meet The Team

Dylan Osborn: Dylan Osborn is WWW’s resident independent wrestling reviewer for the United Kingdom. His favorite wrestler is Jimmy Havoc. His favorite reader is you.

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Sealia Bloom: Sealia is a co-host on the “Talking Sheet” podcast that doesn’t cover pro wrestling, but covers the coverage of pro wrestling. She is a great friend of We Write Wrestling. She does not like went you call Triple H “Paul,” you call him Hunter.

Tee Link: Tee Link has been on the WWW staff since the earliest of its days. Which, as of this article, is only about 1 month and 20 days. He is We Write Wrestling’s WWE Monday Night Raw and PWG reviewer.

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Trey Lee: Ryan Davis’ first protege. They’ve had some highs. They’ve had some lows. He blocked Ryan on Twitter… twice. Now, he’s 1/2 of the new wrestling podcast “The Worked Wrestling Podcast” with ZBestInTheWorld on Hailmaker.wordpress.com 

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Ryback, Big Show and Kane vs. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman) (with Bray Wyatt)

Dylan Osborn: Well this came out of nowhere… This match could be a great brawl with stiff action. Or it could be a slow, boring and pointless match. I feel the only way this match can serve any purpose, is if the Wyatts just roll through the titans to make them look strong.

Prediction: The Wyatt Family

Sealia Bloom: To me they are super heels. Can’t ever play fair and their storylines are always drawn out forever…plus I feel “meh” about Ryback, Big Show and Kane overall while I have nightmares about the Wyatts and their tee shirts.

Prediction: The Wyatt Family

Tee Link: The Wyatts have been on a tear through the WWE as of late. Although it has been disjointed, I don’t see this team of past conquests giving them much of a challenge. The Wyatt continue their reign of terror until it finally loops back around to Lesnar (or the Undertaker possibly?)

Prediction: The Wyatt Family

Trey Lee: This match was put together at the end of Raw this week. So that shows how much they care about this match. Throwaway match to get these guys on the show. I think Braun and Show will face off, since they have been building it for weeks now. Wyatt’s need a win so they’ll get one here.

Prediction: The Wyatt Family


 

WWE Divas Championship

Charlotte (with Ric Flair) (c) vs. Brie Bella

Dylan Osborn: Another cheap heat storyline involving Charlotte, whilst not as tasteless as Reid Flair, it still hasn’t gotten me hyped for this match. It doesn’t help that I’m one of few who didn’t care for Daniel Bryan’s retirement at all (come at me fanboys) Honestly, Brie shouldn’t win this match, if they’re gonna give her a pity title reign and stop a dream money match at Mania between Sasha and Charlotte, shame on you WWE, and shame on fans for supporting it.

Prediction: Charlotte

Sealia Bloom: Charlotte makes a great heel however she makes a shitty champ. Brie winning would bring the championship back to the Bella’s and feel really great in light of her potential future with WWE or lack there of. And can we please get Rick Flair out of my face …..?

Prediction: Brie Bella

Tee Link: Had Brie Bella not announced her impending retirement this week there might be a sliver of a chance that she could win the Divas’ title. Even without that, with this lengthy championship run Charlotte is primed to defend the belt in a prominent women’s match at Wrestlemania.

Prediction: Charlotte

Trey Lee: This could very well be Brie Bella’s last match. She’ll go out a loser though. Charlotte with usual shenanigans from Ric.

Prediction: Charlotte


 

WWE United States Championship

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto

Two Out of Three Falls

Dylan Osborn: As good as the matches have been between these two, I hope this is their last encounter. It hasn’t gotten to stale territory yet, but it is get a bit old, hopefully Kalisto wins and he can move on to other things in terms of his single run and US title reign.

Prediction: Kalisto

Sealia Bloom: Del Rio and his new weird hair- do will likely win. I’m unsure what Kalistos greater purpose is is in WWE whereas Del Rios place in the LON elevates his position. Personally, I’m not passionate about this match at all…

Prediction: Alberto Del Rio

Tee Link: This one is hard to call. Kalisto is on his second run with the US title and del Rio has been about his only challenger so far. The most logical way to go it seems, would be to finally end the feud here and bring in some new title contenders.

Prediction: Kalisto

Trey Lee: If they had not included the 2-Out of-3 Falls stipulation, there was a good chance that I would not be watching this match. There is absolutely no reason to take the title offof Kalisto. I say that Del Rio wins the first fall, then Kalisto battles back to win the next two in a row.

Prediction: Kalisto


 

WWE Intercontinental Championship

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Dylan Osborn: For some reason Dolph has picked up victories against Owens… not sure why, hopefully not trying to build him towards winning the IC title, that wouldn’t be a smart move. Owens is one of the most over guys on the roster, he needs to beat Ziggler, and quite convincingly, then move onto say… AJ Styles at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Kevin Owens

Sealia Bloom: Kevin Owens …because… Come on folks its “Dolph Ziggler”…I look forward to how Dolph will wear his hair and watch him pine over Nikki Bella on Total Divas ummmm that’s bout it…

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler

Tee Link: The Intercontinental Championship match is another toss up. We could see that same old formula of the champion only wins when the title is on the line, even though Owens just picked up the strap. Something tells me he retains and goes on to defend at Mania against a brand new opponent.

Prediction: Kevin Owens

Trey Lee: This match has become so redundant since Kevin Owens has debuted on the main roster. Easy pick here. Kevin Owens over clean.

Prediction: Kevin Owens


 

Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks vs. Naomi and Tamina

Dylan Osborn: Couldn’t care much for this storyline, with how Sasha let team B.A.D beat down on Becky before entering the ring on RAW, makes me feel this will end in a stupid swerve of team B.A.D reuniting. Hopefully that doesn’t happen and Sasha and Becky win, making them look strong for future Divas title encounters.

Prediction: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks

Sealia Bloom: There is absolutely zero way that my best friend Naomi and Tamina are winning against Becky and Sasha fairly .I’m excited about this match and the outcome either way.Drama fest!!!

Prediction: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks

Tee Link: The remaining members of Team B.A.D. style believe in ♪unity!♪ while Becky and Sasha are unproven as a team. I see B.A.D. going over here for the simple reason that it helps them stay relevant as a dangerous force in the Divas division while their opponents can take this tag team loss and still each stay close to the title picture.

Prediction: Naomi and Tamina

Trey Lee: This match has potential, as does every match that has Sasha and Becky in it. Naomi and Tamina have been getting the upper hand recently, so I say that Becky and Banks will win this one.

Prediction: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks


 

AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho

Dylan Osborn: Not sure how to feel about this feud, it’s not awful, but, it just feels more like fan service than trying to give a narrative. I mean, while AJ is one of the best wrestlers in the world right now, Jericho isn’t the man he use to be, so the matches go from MOTYC, to just good matches. Hopefully something bigger comes of this, if not, I hope Styles beats Jericho, and gets the overall win for their rivalry.

Prediction: AJ Styles

Sealia Bloom: AJ Styles. I can’t stand Jericho …..I don’t know how I feel about AJ but he is already on the Sealia upslope by not having the glowly light jacket .

Prediction: AJ Styles

Tee Link: AJ Styles needs to win here and move on. This may be an unpopular opinion, but this is a worthless feud. It feels like Styles is not yet in the mix of the WWE roster and losing this match would only prolong him settling in.

Prediction: AJ Styles


 

Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)

Triple Threat Match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32

Dylan Osborn: Well, the one person WWE wants you to cheer, is the only person not being cheered in this match. Much like last years Fast Lane, Roman Reigns is put in a main event with the most over people on the f*cking roster. I’m going for a bold prediction, well two, Dean Ambrose will win, pinning Roman Reigns, which will trigger a Reigns heel turn. I feel they couldn’t have taken the IC belt off him for no reason, I think this is the reason. If not then, more of Dean third wheeling for Reigns, unless they decide to turn Dean heel, but that would be stupid.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Sealia Bloom: Who doesn’t want to see Roman Reigns against HHH at WrestleMania ……helllllloooooooooo 😎

Prediction: Roman Reigns

Tee Link: Lots of people are hoping for the big swerve here and so am I. Dean Ambrose has been really hot since the Royal Rumble where he was the last to be eliminated. With that said, the story that’s been told over that last month has been between him and Brock. I see the Lesnar/Ambrose rivalry leaving the door wide open for Reigns to steal the victory.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

Trey Lee: The most unpredictable match WWE has booked since WrestleMania 31 where Brock faced Roman. All three competitors have a legit shot to win. If Brock does not win, he will either catapult into a feud with the Wyatt’s or Dean. If Roman doesn’t win, he could face Owens at Mania. If Dean does not win, he would probably face Brock. Many situations could come out of this. My gut is telling me to go with Roman Reigns, but I’m going with my heart: Dean Ambrose will somehow defy the odds and win this match and face Triple H at WrestleMania 32 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. And you can believe……..that.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose


 

 

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