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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Nathan and Jon's Fast Lane Predictions

By Nathan (@Headliner5) and Jon (@BigJonDaLegend)

Nathan: It’s time once again for the monthly WWE PPV prediction column with Jon and myself. This time we are covering WWE Fast Lane 2015. We are treading into some uncharted waters because this is a first-time pay-per-view. We have no idea what to expect, we can’t base things off of past years going into this one. So, while it’s an exciting time because we are getting a brand new PPV...it’s also a time to be skeptical as well for the very same reason I gave as to why to be excited. Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that this pay-per-view is free with the free month of the WWE Network. Last time the WWE Network had a free month, they had a really good Survivor Series. This time around, we could get the same with Fast Lane. But, like I said earlier, we truly don’t know. Enough, of my rambling let’s get to running down the crowd what do you say Jon?

Kick Off
Miz TV with Paul Heyman

Nathan: It makes me a bit mad that they wont be having a match on the pre-show. But, this could work. I’m not a fan of The Miz. I know I’m not supposed to because he’s a heel, but what he generates is more X-Pac Go-Away Heat than legitimate heel heat. On the other hand, I’m a huge Paul Heyman fan. So, WWE is doing a great job of making me want to see this thing because of Paul Heyman.

Sting and Triple H Face to Face 

Nathan: This is another thing that’s not really a match. It’s got some intrigue to it though because of the men involved. I’m actually really looking forward to the match between Triple H and Sting at WrestleMania, because it has a chance to be really good. Plus, it’ll be the first time that Sting wrestles inside of a WWE ring so it has some historic value to it.  This will be the second time that Triple H and Sting face off and who knows what will go down but I can’t wait to see how it plays out because it will shape the road to Wrestlemania.

Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett {C}
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Jon: Its refreshing to see some one actively going after the Intercontinental Championship they Dean has. Wade Barrett has all the skills to be a great champion, but he hasn't lived up to his potential as of yet. This match won't be a technical wrestling masterpiece its gonna be a brutal brawl. This is likely to be the only title change of the night, as Dean Ambrose will pull off an upset.

Jon’s Prediction: Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose

Nathan: This match could be very good and I actually don’t mind the way that they built it up on Monday. It wasn’t the best they could have done. But at least they are trying, right? That’s all you can ask for the biggest wrestling company in the world. But, really I’m not sure how I feel about this match to be honest because whoever wins whether it be Dean or Barrett will be lost in the shuffle.

The reason being because the WWE doesn’t value the Intercontinental title the way the used to and it’s almost seen as a curse. I feel like Ambrose could use it as a way to rehabilitate his character because I still can’t take him seriously post-exploding TV. Barrett recently won it and I’m not sure if he should lose it just yet but in a way they put the belt on him and didn’t capitalize on it and while the very same thing could happen with Dean Ambrose (should he win )I have a feeling he will be winning this match.

Nathan’s Prediction: Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose

Cesaro and Tyson Kidd vs. The Usos {C}
WWE Tag Team Championship Match

Jon: Usos win, this rivalry just started and Kidd and Cesaro need a little more time together before they win the title.

Jon’s Prediction: Winners and Still WWE Tag Team Champions The Uso’s

Nathan: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd have gained some momentum and have had some very entertaining matches throughout their run as a tag team.  I didn’t think I would like them as a team but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I do.  Whenever the Uso’s are the tag team champions things can get a bit stale.  It’s not that the Uso’s themselves are stale because that’s not the case it’s the fact that creative doesn’t necessarily know what to do with them.  I actually thought the double date segment between Natalya, Tyson Kidd, Jimmy Uso and Naomi was great and it did a lot to advance the storyline so that’s something. Again I’m glad that they are trying with this one but my hope for this is that we will get new WWE Tag Team Champions in Cesaro and Kidd, which will in turn breathe some new life into the tag division, which has grown relatively stale.

Nathan’s Prediction: Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Tyson Kidd

Paige vs. Nikki Bella {C}
WWE Diva’s Championship Match

Jon: Nikki’s run with the divas title won't come to an end just yet. There isn't anything exciting about this feud besides Paige in a towel this Monday on Raw.

Jon’s Prediction: Winner and STILL WWE Diva’s Champion Nikki Bella

Nathan: Since I’m conditioned not to care about WWE Divas matches, the same thing has happened here. They do a bunch of stuff to build the matches that they think will make me care...when the truth is that it’s the exact opposite. For those of you who missed RAW Monday night Nikki and Brie performed a breaking and entering into Paige’s locker room in order to steal her ring gear prior to her (Paige’s) match. After that, Paige had to track down one of the Rosebuds (Blue Pants in NXT a/k/a Leva Bates) in order to obtain some clothes that she could wear for the match so she didn’t have to wrestle naked.

Also, at one point on commentary during that whole thing, JBL said the word “wrestling” and I’m sure he got an earful from that insane lunatic in the back.  So to wrap things up here The Bella’s went against the entire B A Star campaign because they are bullies and Paige is just Paige and she’s awesome. Although I want Paige to win this match my brain is telling me that it’s not going to happen and that we are going to be stuck with more Bella shenanigans going forward.

Nathan’s Prediction: Winner and STILL WWE Diva’s Champion Nikki Bella

Goldust vs. Stardust

Jon: The Rhodes brothers have had a good run as a tag team, as well as depleting the amount of tag teams in WWE. This match up has been a long time coming the tension between the two has been building for months. I think Goldust will get the win but this won't be their last fight.

Jon’s Prediction: Goldust

Nathan: This match seems to have been brewing for quite some time with the friction between the Rhodes brothers. It began with some mis-communication between the Brothers Dust and involved Stardust getting mad at Goldust. When Goldust got his brother's attention, by calling him Cody, Stardust replied with “Cody is dead."

Things finally came to a head this past Monday night on RAW when Star and Goldust lost a tag team match to New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods due to more mis-communication. Stardust, post-match, hit his patented Cross Rhodes finishing maneuver on his brother. Now Star and Goldust are set to explode this Sunday night as part of the Fast Lane pay per view. If I had to venture a guess, I would say that Goldust will be the likely winner in this one. This will, in turn, lead to setting up a WrestleMania match that the two brothers have been petitioning WWE to do for quite some time. Plus, we can finally get Cody Rhodes back and Stardust can go away forever.

Nathan’s Prediction: Goldust

John Cena vs. Rusev {C}
WWE United States Championship Match

Jon: Hustle Loyalty and Respect. That's Cena's mantra, always overcoming the obstacles. For a man who never backs down from a fight, he hasn't been winning at the normal Cena rate this year. While Rusev has been on a path of destruction ever since being on the main roster no one goes undefeated in wrestling (Ed. Note: see: "The Streak," Undertaker and Goldberg entries). But, the fact that Rusev hasn't been pinned or tapped out this long is quite impressive. The Russian can prove a lot if he can beat Cena. If he doesn't his career outlook could mirror Kozlov or Lord Tensai. We all remember how Tensai dominated until Cena stopped him in his tracks, transforming the big man from a feared singles competitor into a dancing tag team with Brodus Clay. Rusev, it's your time to prove that you are truly unstoppable.

Jon’s Prediction: Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion Rusev

Nathan: This one is a hard one because it has so many caveats to it. John Cena is the unstoppable force while Rusev is the unstoppable monster. Rusev is undefeated and John Cena, according to the Internet, ruins things. While John Cena doesn’t need the United States Title, he wants to win it because 'Murica. Rusev, on the other hand, wants to Crush Cena and prove that he’s an old man who can’t get it done anymore.  I’m torn on who to predict as the winner of this match. My heart says Rusev. My brain says Cena. So, I’ll go with a completely different route and say we get a Disqualification somehow and that Cena will win when Rusev goes apeshit and the referee has to stop the match because of it most likely Rusev wont break The Accolade and that will force the referee’s hand and the DQ finish.

Nathan’s Prediction: Winner John Cena via Disqualification

Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
#1 Contenders Match where the winner advances to WrestleMania to face off against WWE Champion Brock Lesnar

Jon: This is Reigns’ first chance to Main Event a pay-per-view. After the way the Philly crowd turned on him at Royal Rumble, I hope he shines. Daniel Bryan has always been an underdog with a lot of fight in him so this match up is good test for both men. It's a shame that they are fighting for the chance to get destroyed by the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. Daniel Bryan should win because there is big money in seeing the YES! Movement vs. Brock Lesnar.

Jon’s Prediction: Winner, and #1 Contender to the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan

Nathan: I want to say that this match is also hard to predict but it’s really not if you think about it. Roman Reigns already won the Royal Rumble and has earned a title shot at WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan wants a chance to regain the title that he never lost. So...even if the WWE didn’t want to do anything to build this match, they really didn’t have to. Of course, we got the pull apart brawl at the end of RAW (it was very good if I do say so myself).

But, it doesn’t change the fact that Roman Reigns is going to win this match. I don’t necessarily want him to win but there’s no point in having him lose. The reason being that even if he does lose this match, he will end up getting added back to the match anyway (see 2006 when Orton beat Mysterio at No Way Out to take his title shot. Teddy Long, the GM at the time, added Rey back into the match to make it a triple threat). However even if that were to happen, it won't because WWE will not give us a triple threat world title main event two years in a row.

Nathan’s Prediction: Winner and #1 Contender to the WWE Championship at WrestleMania Roman Reigns

And there you have it Eyes On The Ring readers, you now have the 411 on what Jon and myself think will happen at the inaugural Fast Lane.  Like I said earlier this is a first time event from the WWE so it’s a bit more unpredictable but if you consider or in some cases remember what company it is you are watching then you would quickly realize that it’s not that unpredictable after all.  This is the final stop on the road to Wrestlemania as far as Pay Per View’s are concerned and I hope it’s worth it.  Plus once this event is over we will know a little more about where WWE is headed as far as the Showcase of The Immortals is concerned.

So until Sunday be sure and follow Jon on twitter @BigJonDaLegend and also myself Nathan @Headliner5.  Also be sure to follow Eyes On The Ring on twitter @EyesOnTheRing.  If you have any thoughts after reading this be sure and drop either myself or Jon a message on twitter and let us know what you think.  You can also go to Facebook.com/EyesOnTheRing liking us and letting us know your thoughts if Facebook is more your avenue of communication.

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