The final pay-per-view before Wrestlemania has historically been used as the platform to build towards the biggest wrestling event of the year.
This year it should be no different, in actual fact it has the possibility of being one of the most important PPVs in terms of the build towards Wrestlemania in recent years. The penultimate PPV before Mania has had a couple of different incarnations, with it previously being called No Way Out and Elimination Chamber.
No Way Out used to be one of the best PPVs that WWE put on, providing classic WWE championship matches such as Triple H vs Cactus Jack in the infamous ‘title vs career hell in a cell’ match which saw Triple H defeat defeat Cactus forcing him to retire in 2000.
Another classic saw Brock Lesnar and the late, great Eddie Guerrero face off for the WWE championship, followed a couple of years later by Kurt Angle defending his World Heavyweight Championship against The Undertaker.
WWE then replaced No Way Out with a PPV dedicated to the Elimination Chamber. The main event of the PPV would usually take place inside the steel structure. It provided some classic matches for example, Chris Jericho winning the World title from The Undertaker in 2010, but after the event in 2014 WWE felt it was time to change it again.
This Sunday will be the first WWE Fast Lane PPV and it fits in perfectly with the “Road to Wrestlemania”. As with a lot of WWE PPVs these days the WWE Universe has to be used to the fact that the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar won’t be competing.
However, there is enough star-power at this PPV to attract people to it. The main attraction being that which has been built up since last November’s Survivor Series.
Survivor Series saw the first-ever appearance of Sting in WWE when he got involved in the main event and attacked Triple H and placed Dolph Ziggler on top of Seth Rollins giving Team Cena the win over Team Authority, thus removing the Authority from power.
Sting caused Triple H problems again on an edition of Monday Night Raw when he appeared on the stage and provided a distraction allowing John Cena to win a match that ensured Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan got their jobs back.
That was the final straw for the Game and he challenged the Stinger to a “face-off” at Fast Lane. On last weeks edition of Raw, after some theatrical lighting, Sting accepted.
The stage is set for a meeting of two icons at Fastlane, and what is going to happen?
In the two appearances that Sting has made on WWE television he has said anything, but that has often been the case for Sting, he did the same in WCW as he transitioned into his ‘crow’ persona when he didn’t speak on TV for over a year.
There is a strong possibility that he might not say anything at Fastlane, and just let Triple H do the talking, which would create a lot of tension and could lead to some physicality, and after all, that is what the fans want to see.
It is highly likely that WWE are building towards a match between the two legends at Wrestlemania so something more is going to have to happen in order to provoke Triple H into making the match. That is the main reason fans will be tuning into Fastlane.
Reigns or Bryan?
The second reason to watch is the number one contender’s match between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. The winner will face Lesnar on the grandest stage of them all and it is obvious who the fans want to see in that match.
Daniel Bryan, the leader of the “yes movement”, is the fan favourite but Roman Reigns is getting a huge push from the WWE so it would be no shock to see them go against what the fans really want and just put Reigns in the main event at Mania.
‘Mr Money in the Bank’ Seth Rollins isn’t in a match on the PPV but there is no doubt he will want and try to get involved in this match in some form or another considering it is down to Bryan that he is not.
However, there could be a possible triple threat match at Wrestlemania involving Rollins, Lesnar and the winner of Bryan and Reigns; especially after the success of the triple threat at the Royal Rumble. It will be interesting to see how Rollins will feature.
What else is on offer at Fast Lane?
John Cena, still the face of the WWE in many aspects, just not on TV, will be taking on the Rusev for his United States Championship. It is a title that Cena has held before, many years ago, and it seems like he will it again.
Monday nights’s Raw saw Cena beat down Rusev on the stage making a point that the Bulgarian is not as unbeatable as he thinks.
It will make for a good match but realistically the feud shouldn’t go any further than this PPV.
Bad News Barrett will be defending his Intercontinental title against Dean Ambrose and that should be a very physical match between two top performers. If WWE has any sense they will that match go for at least 15 minutes so that they can both show their talent.
Barrett is a good IC champion but Ambrose should win, he needs a role, being a champion should ensure that he doesn’t get lost in the rotation of the top guys that WWE have.
The Tag Team titles are up for grabs too with The Usos defending against Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, who are a strange team that seem to have just been thrown together because creative didn’t know what else to do with them.
The Divas title is also on the line Nikki Bella taking on Paige again, they usually put on good matches and this one should be no different.
The possible return of a legend
Bray Wyatt is not in a much as of yet on the PPV and he is clearly building towards a match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania judging by his cryptic promos on Raw. With just over a month to go until Wrestlemania 31, Sunday’s event wouldn’t be a bad time for the Deadman to return if he is any fit state to do so in order to properly kick off their feud.
Adding a surprise confrontation between Wyatt and The Undertaker to the show would be a great move by WWE and could turn Fast Lane into a really strong PPV heading into Mania and would do their WWE Network numbers the world of good.
It is unlikely though as reports suggest that the veteran Undertaker is not in good shape, but he is going to have make an appearance sooner or later otherwise Wyatt’s promos will be a bit of an anti-climax.
We will just have to tune into Fast Lane on Sunday to see what happens.