15/04/2024

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Fastlane will make it’s return to WWE’s Premium Live Event calendar for the first time in two years, as John Cena headlines the action in Indianapolis.

The show is scheduled for this Sunday at 11am AEDT on BINGE and only five bouts have been announced as of this writing. The build only came to fruition last week and although the card isn’t match-heavy, this has been a focus for Triple H since taking the creative mantle and the events are still well-produced.

Below is The Inner Sanctum’s preview and predictions for Fastlane.

Biggest certainty: John Cena & LA Knight defeat The Bloodline

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In his first Premium Live Event match since WrestleMania 39, John Cena will team with LA Knight against Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa.

The 16-time world champion has been involved in numerous encounters with The Bloodline since returning to weekly television, as AJ Styles was supposed to tag with him at Fastlane. However, The Phenomenal One was ruled out when he fell victim to a backstage assault from Uso and Sikoa.

The Megastar then came to Cena’s aid on the September 30 edition of Smackdown, after the latter endorsed Knight at Payback for his victory over The Miz.

The team of Cena and Knight should emerge victorious at Fastlane, especially if one of the two are going to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship in the coming weeks.

The Tribal Chief is scheduled to appear on the October 14 edition of Smackdown, rumoured to be defending his title at the next Premium Live Event. If this is the case, it would make sense for him to face either Cena or Knight, who would have just defeated his family and riding momentum coming out of Fastlane.

Surprise prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Seth Rollins

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Shinsuke Nakamura will have another attempt at capturing the World Heavyweight Championship, when he challenges Seth Rollins at Fastlane in a last man standing match.

Despite defeat at Payback, the King of Strong Style has maintained an advantage over the Visionary and stood tall on this week’s episode of Raw. He brutally attacked Rollins and targeted his vulnerable back until he could not meet a 10-count, possibly previewing how this Sunday could unfold.

Nakamura has been undergoing a heel persona that has gained interest from the audience and a second consecutive loss to Rollins will harm his momentum, especially that he chose the stipulation and if he can’t dethrone his opponent who is coming into the match less than 100 per cent.

The King of Strong Style has been on the brink of capturing a world title on the main roster multiple times, especially in 2018 at that year’s WrestleMania and SummerSlam. Now is the best time to crown Nakamura World Heavyweight Champion, which The Inner Sanctum predicts will happen.

Rollins has been serviceable as Raw’s major champion, but a change would be best for the red brand. It would provide a sense of freshness and new competitors to challenge Nakamura, especially Ricochet who has unfinished business with him.

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Match of the night: The Judgment Day vs Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso

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On the final episode of Raw before Fastlane, it was confirmed that Finn Balor and Damian Priest would defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso.

It comes after the American Nightmare and Uso have forged a friendship on the red brand, with the former Bloodline member being drafted away from his chaotic family conditions thanks to Rhodes.

The challengers have been embroiled with The Judgment Day for weeks, as animosity led by Rhea Ripley was seen in the group on the October 3 edition of Raw. However, that was all mended when Dominik Mysterio reclaimed the NXT North American Title on this week’s episode of NXT.

Combining The Judgment Day’s drama with the in-ring capabilities of all four men, this match should steal the show and the result looms as unpredictable. While the preferred option would be to have Balor and Priest retain, Rhodes and Uso can bring friction back within their rivals.

It is a certainty that Ripley, Mysterio and JD McDonagh will interfere in the champions’ favour, as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn could come to neutralise the situation and help push the challengers over the line. However, The Judgment Day have been the MVPs of Raw and don’t deserve to lose the gold they captured only a month ago.

Depending on the finish, it could also set the foundations for a WarGames match at this year’s Survivor Series.

What must happen: IYO SKY retains the Women’s Championship

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Courtesy of Bayley, IYO SKY will defend her Women’s Championship in a triple threat match against Charlotte Flair and Asuka.

The Genius of the Sky successfully retained her title against The Empress of Tomorrow on the September 23 edition of Smackdown, but the leader of Damage CTRL thrust the champion into her Fastlane circumstances one week later.

Asuka can be ruled out as a winner for this match, since she just dropped the title at SummerSlam and doesn’t look like reclaiming it anytime soon. Therefore, it is between SKY and Flair to leave Indianapolis with the gold.

The Queen always looms as a threat to walk out as champion whenever she is in a title match, but SKY has only had two successful retentions so far and should hold her prize for much longer. It also helps her case that she could receive assistance from Bayley and Dakota Kai.

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