WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER 3/6: Final Fastlane hype, Styles vs. Ziggler, Charlotte and Riott come face to face, Orton vs. Mahal, Becky vs. Carmella

By Joey Galizia, PWTorch Specialist

Dolph Ziggler (Art credit Grant Gould © PWTorch)

MARCH 6, 2018


  • A.J. Styles squares off with Dolph Ziggler ahead of the six-pack challenge at Fastlane.
  • Charlotte Flair and Ruby Riott come face to face before their title match Sunday.
  • Randy Orton renews his old rivalry against Jinder Mahal in singles action.
  • Becky Lynch and Carmella’s Twitter beef lead them to a matchup against one another this evening.


John Cena may have helped increase SD ratings a week ago, but he certainly didn’t do the show any favors in terms of story progression. The blue brand has certainly felt like the B show during this build to Fastlane, and unfortunately they don’t even have the Doctor of Thuganomics scheduled for tonight to make all the kiddies happy. They will have the WWE Champion and the true face that runs the place A.J. Styles clashing with Dolph Ziggler in singles action. Don’t be surprised if the YEP movement’s Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin run interference to keep you “guessing” for Sunday’s main event. Either way, I think we are all in agreement when I say that this PPV needs to end so we can begin a proper build to Mania.


Another reason Fastlane doesn’t seem to be peaking anyone’s interest is the lack of any matches with suspense. SD Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair will be defending her title against Ruby Riott. No offense to the Riott squad leader, but with Flair already making the rounds talking about her WrestleMania defense against Asuka, it doesn’t seem like the Milwaukee upstart stands a chance against the Nature Girl. No matter what, WWE preview has Riott and Flair meeting face to face ahead of their bout on Sunday. Elsewhere in the division Becky Lynch and Ms. Money in the Bank Carmella have instigated a feud via social media, and those two will be clashing this evening.


-One exciting thing that the blue brand will bring us this weekend lies in the tag division as champions Jimmy & Jey Uso will reignite their rivalry with The New Day. Watching these two teams battle it out was one of 2017’s greatest joys both in the ring and on the microphone and it will certainly be one of the biggest highlights for this writer come Sunday. However, what does the rest of the tag division feel about this? The brothers Bludgeon still haven’t been given a proper opportunity at the tag belts, and lord knows they could go on a massive violent streak if they continue to be sidelined.

-As of right now the United States Champion Bobby Roode only has ‘The Viper” Randy Orton slated as his Fastlane opponent, but with the Apex Predator battling former world champion Jinder Mahal in singles action I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned that bout into a triple-threat. This also means we get to relive the insane “chemistry” between Orton and Mahal.

-Rusev remains the most popular man on the roster but still barely gets T.V. time. He showed up last week, could we go for two in a row?

-Speaking of T.V. time, Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura was noticeably absent for weeks until last Tuesday’s victory of Aiden English. As of now the artist has no opponent lined up for Sunday and is looking ahead to the show of shows. Does he get a challenger?

-Mixed match challenge continues after SD with the team of Braun and Alexa battling the power couple of Jimmy Uso and Naomi.

-205 Live will continue with their cruiserweight tournament to determine a new champion for the purple brand. Can Musatafa Ali vanquish Buddy Murphy?

All that and more. SD Live’s go home show for Fastlane. It couldn’t have come soon enough.

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