The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 33 is set for Sunday night in Milwaukee with WWE Fastlane 2017. The show will have major implications for WWE’s biggest PPV of the year as multiple titles could change hands.
Kevin Owens has held the WWE Universal Championship for six months, but he’s in danger of losing the belt to Goldberg. Goldberg hasn’t held a title in more than 13 years, but his return to WWE has gone so well that he appears to be headed for another championship run.
While that match could help set up the main event for WrestleMania 33, the WrestleMania 33 Raw Women’s Championship Match at the April 2 PPV could also be established at WWE Fastlane. There are two women’s matches on the card Sunday night, and Charlotte Flair has a good chance to regain her title.
The United States Championship is the only “Monday Night Raw” title that won’t be defended at WWE Fastlane. There are eight matches on the card, including the pre-show.
Goldberg will likely win WWE Universal Championship before WrestleMania 33. Pictured: Goldberg poses with Brett Bodine prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. Photo: Getty Images
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg
There have been rumors for weeks that Goldberg will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33, and that match should become official when the former WCW star takes the belt off Owens. Chris Jericho hasn’t appeared on WWE TV since he was attacked by Owens, so look for him to get involved and cost the current champion the match.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
The most likely outcome might be a count out, considering how both WWE superstars are usually booked. Strowman has never been pinned or submitted in WWE, and Reigns is still treated like the future face of the company. If someone is going to win, it might be Reigns since he’s probably headed towards a WrestleMania 33 match with The Undertaker.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Raw Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
It might seem odd to take the title off Bayley so soon, but Charlotte simply doesn’t lose at PPVs. The “Queen of PPV” is 16-0 on the big stage, and she should find a way to get back the title for a fifth time, likely with some help from Dana Brooke.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair
Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
Joe isn’t going to lose his first PPV match on the main roster, and he’s on his way to being a top heel on “Monday Night Raw.” Zayn should put up a good fight in a match that might steal the show.
Prediction: Samoa Joe
Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
Gallagher is one of the most entertaining WWE superstars in the cruiserweight division, but it’s hard to believe he’ll be the wrestler that takes the belt from Neville. As the biggest heel in the division, Neville could be in for a title reign that lasts well beyond WrestleMania 33.
Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
It doesn’t make sense for Enzo and Cass to win the titles just yet. There have already been three different tag team champions in the last two months, and Gallows & Anderson should walk into WrestleMania 33 with the belts. After Cass defeated Gallows Monday night, the champs will likely get the upper hand Sunday night.
Prediction: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Jax dominated Sasha at the Royal Rumble, and it’s time for the three-time Raw Women’s Champion to get her revenge. A win over Jax, whom Stephanie McMahon called the “most dominant woman in WWE,” could help set up a fatal-4-way for the belt at WrestleMania 33.
Prediction: Sasha Banks
Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar (Kickoff Match)
The babyfaces are usually victorious on the pre-show, and that should be the case here. It’s time for Tozawa to get his revenge on Kendrick, who has attacked him in consecutive weeks.
Prediction: Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa
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