WWE Fastlane 2018: John Cena loses his path to WrestleMania 34

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Most likely we'll just get Shane and the other two in - yet - another triple threat. For the record, Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler have no business in this main event and serve their objective as window dressing, nothing more. I'll save my analysis of that for another column.

At Royal Rumble, AJ had to defend his title in a handicap match and won, despite the ref not realizing that Kevin Owens wasn't the legal man when being pinned.

The story of the night is John Cena being in the multi-man main event match for AJ Styles' WWE Championship (and feeling like a big ol' brat, to be honest).

This may disappoint some, but John Cena's star has nearly completely faded. For the first time in his career, Randy Orton is the United States Champion.

A variety of mini-storylines accessorised the bout, including Kevin Owens superkicking Shane McMahon, and McMahon then ensuring that both Owens and Zayn failed to win the title. Things fired back up after Zayn hit Owens with the Helluva Kick in this week's episode, but I'm not sure how they're going to follow up on it-if they will follow it up at all. That's like nearly half the Smackdown Live! roster.

All that aside, this was a very good match to open the show. The Blue Brand is definitely trailing when it comes to resources to build their show. Now, a win at Fastlane means not only holding the WWE Title but also heading on to the main event of WrestleMania. Nakamura is an all-world star, and while some knock his inability to "connect" to fans, he's an otherworldly in-ring talent who oozes charisma. The reality is that he's one of the champions with the best odds to leave Fastlane with his belt. It's either a Jinder Mahal match, really, or a Bludgeon Brothers match-anything to retain both parties' momentum heading into WrestleMania. Still, there are a lot of talented performers on the show and hopefully we'll have a much clearer vision of the full 'Mania card after all is said and done.

On the latest episode of WWE SmackDown, Becky Lynch defeated the Money in the Bank contract victor Carmella by submission.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled to take place on the 8th of April, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, in what will be AJ Styles' third WrestleMania and Nakamura's first. Roode fends Mahal off with the Glorious DDT, then he hits one to Orton as well. Which titles do you think will change hands?

One day, we hope, these women will get a better stage to showcase themselves, but Fastlane was not it. Or everyone else, really. However, they might just want to do that after the match and target the victor. Can you imagine AJ Styles losing the title right before WrestleMania 34?

But he has to, anyway.

Sami Zayn versus Shinsuke Nakamura is a proven commodity. And we all know that's what's gonna happen. He may even win this time as a big name like him could help HBO's upcoming documentary about Andre The Giant attract as much attention as possible.

If you'd like, you can check out my Fastlane predictions here.