Mark’s Fastlane 2016 Predictions

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February 21, 2016 by gorillapressonline

Fast Lane 2016 poster

The final stop on the road to Wrestlemania rolls around this Sunday, with all eyes on the main event triple threat match, which will determine who will face the Game on the grandest stage of them all for the greatest prize in sports entertainment – the WWE Heavyweight title. Let’s take a look at what’s to come:

United States Championship Two-out-of-three Falls Match: Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
The United States championship has had many dips this past year, John Cena brought a bit of acclaim back to the mid card with his excellent US Championship challenge which heralded some attention to the fledgling belt.

Kalisto has come into his own in singles competition despite the chopping and changing of the title between he and his rival Alberto Del Rio.

The two falls stipulation will add a little intrigue to the rather stale prospect of this match – Del Rio has been phoning things in of late and frankly Kalisto deserves better.

Given the time and a decent opposition – I.E Neville, their brief but exciting Smackdown bout shown a glimpse of promise – Kalisto could prop up the mid card and become a star in his own right.

Hopefully Kalisto will topple Del Rio in this encounter and take the win 2-1 retaining the title.

Kalisto to win

Divas Championship Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Brie Bella
If the rumours that this is going to be the final match of the Bella twin then WWE would more than likely send her out on a swansong by stealing then relinquishing the title on RAW, opening the idea of a Divas title tourney at Wrestlemania. That being said, it’s undeniable she has stolen the spotlight in the very sad retirement news of her hubby Daniel Bryan.

Charlotte Flair can pull out all the stops to get a good match out of any situation, but I’m hard pressed to not think of a dozen better matches for her than this one.

Brie Bella to win the Divas Title

6-Man Tag Team Match: Ryback, Big Show and Kane vs. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman)
6 man filler; The Wyatt Family deserve so much more than this. It’s disappointing that Bray Wyatt especially is in this position where he could easily be a top tier addition to the company and he isn’t even involved in this bout?!

This could set up a bout for Wrestlemania and at least give them another pay day but its hard to see past WWE creative booking against Ryback and his team allowing the heel faction a solid win to hopefully build something worth talking about.

The question is where does this 6-man leave all the competitors and why not add the excellent New Day and make this prospect a little bit brighter!?

Ryback, Kane and the Big Show to win

Divas Tag Team Match: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks vs. Naomi and Tamina
This could unravel into chaos, the turbulent team of Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks has to deal with the heel duo of Naomi and Tamina as well as keeping one eye on each other as all signs point towards a volatile outcome of the better of the  two proposed Divas matches on tonight’s card.

Expect Lynch and Banks to get the job done while holding onto the team on a threadbare before all hell breaks loose at the outcome setting up an exciting bout at Wrestlemania for the two talented wrestlers.

Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to win before beating holy hell out of one another

Kevin Owens Dolph Ziggler Fast Lane

AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
After Chris Jericho declined the third match against AJ Styles on Smackdown, Styles had to resort to beating the match out of Y2J and setting up this match for Fastlane.

Styles clicks nicely with Jericho and despite the berating comments from King and Cole week in week out he is good enough to be in the upper echelon and help boost younger talent and used as an enrichment (much like Y2J is).

I see a WWE title run in AJ Styles’ future and this could be a showcase for him to really shine.

AJ Styles to win

Intercontinental Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Kevin Owens
having the IC belt once again is gold and I expect a lengthy reign, winning the title from Dean Ambrose opened so many doors for the Lunatic Fringe in the process and it finally could be his time in the spotlight.

That’s not to say Owens is coasting in this position, he is owning it.

Kevin Owens oozes charisma and once again falls victim to being relegated to this feud with Dolph Ziggler, this is still a Kevin Owens match though, and he sets out to steal the show at every given opportunity so expect a hard hitting and entertaining title defence.

Kevin Owens to defeat Dolph Ziggler and retain the IC title

 Triple threat match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
With everything at stake for all three competitors the outcome of this match will shape not only the Main Event of Wrestlemania but could also offer a number of prospects for matches including a possible rematch from Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.

The build up between Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose has been intense with the Lunatic Fringe eating F5s for dinner and asking for dessert and so much more. The correct outcome would be to let Ambrose face Triple H at Mania but the vanilla option of WWE‘s force-fed Superman Roman Reigns seems the more likely outcome.

If this leaves Brock Lesnar open to face Dean Ambrose in a no DQ or Street Fight at ‘Mania I’d settle but expect some run-ins and returns come the end of this match.

Basically, the journey will be more enticing than the outcome.

Roman Reigns to win

Catch Fastlane on LIVE on the WWE Network, Sunday, 21st February at 8E/5P. Stay tuned to Gorilla Press for our report immediately after the show.

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