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WWE: Fastlane 2018

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WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler (Six-Pack Challenge Match)

At WWE Fastlane, WWE Champion AJ Styles was already set to put his title on the line against the The "Yep!" Movement, a rabid Lone Wolf and a Showoff who always has something to prove. But as of the Feb. 27 edition of SmackDown LIVE, you can add The Leader of The Cenation to that list, as John Cena has earned the right to be among those challenging The Phenomenal One on SmackDown LIVE's final pay-per-view before WrestleMania.

After Styles scored a controversial victory over Owens & Zayn to deny them the chance to become co-WWE Champions in a Handicap Match at Royal Rumble, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan placed the best friends in a match against each other to determine who would be next to challenge for the title. That match was gate-crashed by Styles himself, setting the stage for Bryan to schedule what was originally a WWE Championship Triple Threat Match for WWE Fastlane.

With friction still mounting between Bryan and Shane McMahon, however, the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner followed up by announcing that the winner of the following week's showdown between Ziggler and Corbin would be added to the WWE Title Match.

After Owens and Zayn assaulted both competitors to prevent that match from getting started, McMahon established two singles matches to deal with the problem, pitting Corbin against Owens and Ziggler against Zayn. If either The Lone Wolf or The Showoff overcame their attackers, they would be added to the WWE Title Match at the March 11 pay-per-view. Corbin and Ziggler each emerged victorious, setting the stage for all-out anarchy.

And just when it seemed the match was set in stone, Cena used his free-agent status to cross over from Raw to SmackDown LIVE and ask for an opportunity to find his own personal Road to WrestleMania. That resulted in a main event showdown against AJ Styles, and the 16-World Champion triumphed and earned his chance to challenge for the WWE Title, potentially also paving a path to WrestleMania.






SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day

Who's ready for another instant classic?

The Usos and The New Day will reignite their rivalry at WWE Fastlane when Jimmy & Jey defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against the record-setting titleholders, who earned the honor after defeating perennial contenders Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin.

This isn't just the latest in a series of challenges to The Usos' dominance; it's a chance for ya boys to get back on the championship track. Kofi, Big E & Woods haven't tasted tag team title glory since last fall, when they lost the SmackDown Tag Team Titles to The Usos inside Hell in a Cell. They've subsided on a healthy diet of pancakes and positivity since then, but a championship victory would truly be the heartiest meal of all.

The Usos and The New Day brought out the best of each other in 2017, and while only one will leave WWE Fastlane as champions, this latest rematch is truly a scenario where everybody wins —the WWE Universe in particular.






SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott

Charlotte Flair's pursuit for payback on The Riott Squad will culminate in a bitter showdown against Ruby Riott with the SmackDown Women's Title on the line at WWE Fastlane.

The latest chapter in the heated rivalry between The Queen and her rebel challenger occurred on the Jan. 30 episode of SmackDown LIVE when the trio of Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan viciously attacked the champion in a 3-on-1 assault. The brutal beating left Flair laid out in the middle of the ring and nearly cost her the title when Carmella came within seconds of cashing in her Money in the Bank Contract.

Since then, Charlotte has been on a mission, determined to gain retribution against Riott and her squad of scoundrels. The SmackDown Women's Champion has defeated Morgan and Logan in singles matches but remains resolute in her quest to get her hands on The Riott Squad's leader.

Flair is so focused on getting payback that she agreed to put her SmackDown Women's Title on the line against Riott at WWE Fastlane. Will the titleholder regret agreeing to her rival's demands? And what role, if any, will the rest of The Riott Squad and Flair's allies, Becky Lynch and Naomi, play in this SmackDown Women's Title showdown? One thing's for sure: The Riott Squad have an opportunity to alter the Road to WrestleMania 34 for Flair and the rest of the SmackDown LIVE women.






United States Champion Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton

Randy Orton is poised to unleash a serpentine takeover when he attempts to dethrone United States Champion Bobby Roode at WWE Fastlane.

The tension began to rise on the Feb. 6 edition of SmackDown LIVE when Orton hit the Glorious titleholder with an RKO out of nowhere, just moments after Roode defeated Rusev to retain the championship. Though Orton's motives were unknown at the time, it soon became clear that he was after the United States Championship. 

Still furious over being struck with an RKO seven days prior, Roode made it clear that he wanted The Viper to answer his United States Championship Open Challenge the following week. The Viper did just that, but an interruption from Jinder Mahal prevented the title bout from getting started, and the former WWE Champion used SmackDown LIVE's Top 10 List to stir the pot. After a fight broke out between all three, the opportunistic Modern Day Maharaja dropped both competitors with the ring-shaking Khallas.

Though Mahal would again work his way into the mix the following week, SmackDown LIVE Commission Shane McMahon overruled General Manager Daniel Bryan, who wanted to give Mahal an opportunity to challenge for the star-spangled championship. Instead, Shane made a one-on-one title bout between Roode and WWE's Apex Predator for WWE Fastlane.

Will The Viper sink his fangs into the U.S. Title at WWE Fastlane? 






Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev

The Bulgarian Brute will look to wipe the canvas with The Artist, as Rusev battles Shinsuke Nakamura at WWE Fastlane.

The fuse to this explosive matchup was lit during a SmackDown LIVE clash between Nakamura and Aiden English when The King of Strong Style kneed the singing Superstar's throat and apparently left him unable to perform his famous rendition of "Rusev Day!"

Though it is unclear whether his strike will leave English with permanent damage, The Bulgarian Brute is out for retribution, and he plans to use his WWE Fastlane showdown to derail the Royal Rumble Winner's Road to WrestleMania, which is slated to lead to a WWE Championship Match on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Will he succeed? Or will The Artist be celebrating Nakamura Day at the end of the knockdown, drag-out fight?






Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya & Carmella

As The Road to WrestleMania kicks into overdrive, former SmackDown Women's Champions Becky Lynch and Naomi will join forces against another former SmackDown Women's Champion, Natalya, & the first-ever Ms. Money in the Bank winner, Carmella, in a tag team match at WWE Fastlane.

With SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair poised to go to war this Sunday in a title defense against Ruby Riott on the final pay-per-view before The Showcase of The Immortals, it's anyone's guess who will be defending and challenging for the title at WrestleMania.

WWE Fastlane is one of the last chances to stake your claim to a title bout at The Showcase of the Immortals, so it's hardly surprising that Becky's victory over The Princess of Staten Island on this week's edition of SmackDown LIVE quickly escalated into a tag team showdown of massive proportions.
Who will walk out of Sunday's pay-per-view surging toward WrestleMania?

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler (Six-Pack Challenge Match)

SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day

SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott

United States Champion Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev

Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya & Carmella

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