On The Same Page
John Cena, predictably, came to Smackdown Live, and cut another promo about how he wanted a match at WrestleMania. And we are not complaining about his predictability here, because as we have said, this storyline is interesting and will make the audience tune in every week. But what was unpredictable was that Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon were on the same page. And boy oh boy did that work out well for us, since the two higher-ups of Smackdown agreed on the main event for the night being John Cena vs AJ Styles! And there were stakes in the match, too – if Cena wins (lol), he gets added to the Fastlane WWE Championship match!
A Cena vs Styles match announcement was exactly what was needed to get everyone pumping. Tonight might be better than we had thought.
A seemingly-mundane match between two of the five competitors (so far) at Fastlane’s main event did not turn out so bland. Baron and Sami were in the later phase of the match when Ziggler superkicked Owens right in the back of the head, giving us watching a concussion. This was logical – Ziggler’s brain-rattler was the payback to what Owens and Zayn did to him last week. Owens being hurt distracted Zayn enough to cost him the match, proving Sami still cared for Kevin despite some cracks in their relationship recently, so that was interesting, too.
After Ruby Riott was announced to be facing Charlotte for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at Fastlane, the former went on to defeat Naomi clean in 1-on-1 action. This was very logical booking from the screenwriter. Defeating a former champion to prove Ruby’s legitimacy for the title – cannot argue with that logic. And it was great to see the remaining 4 women out at ringside to remind everyone of the 6-lady feud, but not interfering in the actual match so that Riott’s ability was properly testified.
A good, strong step towards Fastlane.