For the first time in six years, the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will not take place between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. Instead, WWE Fast Lane is set for Sunday night in Memphis, as the card for the biggest PPV of 2015 continues to shape up.
Not since 2010 has the main event of WrestleMania been impacted by the results of the year’s second PPV, but that could change at Fast Lane. The challenger in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 31 will be decided by the results of Sunday’s event, and other top matches will all be determined at Fast Lane.
Even though he won the 2015 Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns must beat Daniel Bryan to keep his spot in the main event of WrestleMania 31. Sting and Triple H will meet at Fast Lane, almost certainly setting up a match at WrestleMania 31. The Undertaker isn’t likely to appear, but Bray Wyatt has seemingly been calling him out in his recent promos, and progress could be made in their potential WrestleMania 31 match.
After the Feb. 16 edition of “Monday Night Raw,” five matches were on the card, including four that will have a title on the line. Below are predictions for Fast Lane 2015.
Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan (No.1 Contender’s Match)
It’s hard to imagine either wrestler losing this match. Reigns isn’t likely to lose his spot in the main event of WrestleMania 31 because it could devalue winning the Royal Rumble. The live crowd will be irate if Bryan loses, and WWE might be forced to turn Reigns heel at the PPV in that scenario. Recent rumors suggest that the two men will both meet Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 31, meaning there won’t be a decisive winner at Fast Lane.
Prediction: Double Count-Out
Rusev vs. John Cena (United States Championship Match)
Cena might be the man that ends up pinning Rusev, but it probably won’t be at Fast Lane. That would be saved for WrestleMania 31, where the two will meet again. It’s possible that the match could end in a disqualification, but Rusev could get a clean victory, making him look even stronger, heading into the year’s biggest PPV.
Nikki Bella vs. Paige (Divas Championship Match)
Nikki has held the title since Survivor Series, and there’s a good chance she’ll keep it until WrestleMania 31. Paige might be able to steal the win, but Brie Bella will likely interfere, helping Nikki retain the belt.
Prediction: Nikki Bella
Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship Match)
The Intercontinental Championship has seen eight title changes in the last year, so it might be time that someone holds onto the belt for more than just a few weeks. Ambrose beat Barrett in their last match, and he got the upper hand on Monday night, so he’ll likely leave Fast Lane empty-handed.
Prediction: Bad News Barrett
The Usos vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (Tag Team Championship Match)
Cesaro and Kidd have been two of the most underutilized superstars in WWE, and they’ve gained some traction as a tag team. Even though they are heels, the new team could get a big pop if they win the match. Conventional wisdom says The Usos will hold onto the titles, which they’ve done for most of the last year, but Cesaro and Kidd could surprise and help shake up the tag team division.
Prediction: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd