We’re firmly behind the wheel of our Ford Fiesta on the Road to WrestleMania, as Sunday’s Fastlane marked the final pay-per-view event before the Show of Shows. Smackdown Live’s title scene saw a shakeup, as Randall Orton captured his first United States Championship, and Asuka arrived to challenge the Queen, Charlotte Flair. AJ Styles retained, Rusev Day was ruined, and Shane O’Mac’s still a dick, you guys.

Smackdown airs live from Indianapolis tonight – let’s get prepared! As always, I’m Spencer Love, and you’re reading Win Column Sports‘ official Smackdown preview!

Fastlane Recap:

The major story coming out of Sunday’s PPV event is – again – Shane McMahon. During Fastlane’s main event, the commissioner screwed both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn out of winning the WWE Championship. It was the first time McMahon had directly impacted the result of a title match, and the first time in a long time I’ve been interested in this storyline.

However, it’s not all bad – finally, we can confirm it. AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura will face off at WrestleMania. It’s a great time to be a wrestling fan.

More Quick Hits:

  • Charlotte Flair def. Ruby Riott to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
  • The Usos vs. the New Day ends in a DQ after the Bludgeon Brothers interfere in the match
  • Shinsuke Nakamura ruins Rusev Day
  • Randy Orton def. Bobby Roode to become United States Champion
  • Carmella & Natalya def. Becky Lynch & Naomi

State of the Belts:

It’s official – Asuka will challenge Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. It’s the biggest women’s match WWE can give us right now, even above Sasha Banks/Bayley in this writer’s opinion. After appearing to challenge Flair after her match at Fastlane, the Empress of Tomorrow will make her first appearance on the blue brand in her WWE career tonight. What can we expect from the top two females in WWE?

AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in the WWE. What a time to be alive. After the Phenomenal One retained his championship on Sunday, it became official that the two former New Japan superstars would meet for the first time in the WWE. They’ve only met once before, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in an instant classic; one can only imagine what they’ll accomplish on the Grandest Stage of them All. It all starts tonight, with Styles claiming in a post-match interview at Fastlane that he would “kick (Nakamura’s) ass at WrestleMania“. I’m excited.

Was there any doubt that the Usos and the New Day would put on a fantastic match? In less popular news, was there any doubt the Bludgeon Brothers would get involved? Harper and Rowan were ruthless in their assault of the tag-team champs and their challengers, even giving Xavier Woods a thoracic contusions (!!!) during the beat down. It looks as though they’re staking their claim to the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, according to WWE.com’s official preview; what will Rikishi’s sons and the #1 contenders have to say about it?

Randy Orton is the new United States Champion. Jinder Mahal appeared. Not wasting any more time on that one.

Here and There:

After screwing both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn out of the WWE ChampionshipShane McMahon is poised to make a WrestleMania announcement tonight. It’s been long rumoured that the three will be involved in some sort of tag-team match at the Show of Shows; could this be the start of the build to that match?

Speaking of the Columbus Screwjob that occurred at Fastlane, what will Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan have to say? He was absent from the PPV; however, I’m sure he won’t be happy with his boss. The treatment of Owens and Zayn has been a major contention point between the pair, and I’m sure Mr. O’Mac’s actions won’t go unpunished.

After losing out in the main event at Fastlane, what’s next for Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin? It’s looking more and more likely that their place is in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Three Things to Watch For:

  • Speaking of a WrestleMania battle royal, it was announced that a women’s battle royal would take place at the Show of Shows, named after former WWE wrestler and terrible person the Fabulous Moolah. Do we see people declare for this, a la Royal Rumble?
  • Another PPV, another Becky Lynch loss. I understand that her character is meant to be the underdog, but she’s due for a big win. Perhaps she becomes Asuka‘s first challenger after she (inevitably) becomes champion?
  • Tye Dillinger AND Mojo Rawley both appeared on the Fastlane pre-show, with Dillinger scoring the victory over Rob Gronkowski’s Best Friend. Do we finally get to see the Perfect 10 grace our screens a little more? Unfortunately, I don’t think so, but a man can dream.

That’s our show! You watching tonight? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @WCSportsCA or @SpennyLove_WCS, or in the comments section below!

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Spencer Love

Once stood in front of Cedric Alexander in line at a hotel. Slightly big deal.

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