WWE Fastlane 2023 Preview


WWE is set to hold their annual Fastlane PLE tonight from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The card has five matches, including a team up between John Cena and LA Knight.

John Cena and LA Knight vs. The Bloodline (Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa)

Since Cena’s return to SmackDown tensions have risen between the former 13 time world champion and The Bloodline. Originally set to team with AJ Styles, Styles was taken out of the match in a backstage assault and it appeared that Cena would have to fight in a two on one handicap situation which happened on SmackDown a few weeks ago. Knight came to the aid of Cena and officially declared the tag team match for Fastlane. On the go home show last night, Knight and Cena were surrounded by the Judgement Day and the Bloodline, sorely outnumbered. That is until Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso came to their aid ready for a fight. Uso and Rhodes of course are feuding with the Bloodline right now and will also appear on Fastlane.

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Iyo Sky (c) vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair

The sole women’s match will see two decorated former women’s champions against Iyo Sky who aims to prove herself by retaining her title against two of the most dominant women in WWE. Flair is a six-time RAW Women’s Champion (now the WWE Women’s Championship) while Asuka is a former three-time WWE Women’s Champion, most recently losing the title to Bianca Belair at SummerSlam. Sky has already successfully defended her title against Asuka, on the September 22 episode of Friday Night SmackDown but the two have a history that dates all the way back to their time working together in Japan as the Triple Tails.

World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Man Standing match)

Shinsuke Nakamura has an aura about him that hasn’t been seen in WWE since his time in NXT. The King of Strong Style had a competitive match against Rollins for the title at WWE Payback just last month but with Nakamura tapping into this darker, cocky persona again — will Nakamura finally put the naysayers to rest and sit atop the throne once again? It’s hard to say but with the mind games Rollins has been enduring there’s only one way out of this match and it’s to get your opponent down to the mat for a count of 10.

Undisputed Tag Team Championships: Judgement Day (Damian Priest & Finn Balor) (c) vs. Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso

It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of this year Cody Rhodes was in a hot feud with The Bloodline — more specifically Roman Reigns — that Jey Uso was also part of. Now the two are teaming up for the first time ever for a common cause: to unseat the Judgement Day as tag team champions. For weeks now Priest and Balor have been unsuccessful in their attempt at courting Uso into the faction and it’s all going to come to a head tonight. Will Rhodes finally hold championship gold in WWE again? Albeit, not the title he’s after but a start nonetheless.

LWO (Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar and TBD) vs. Bobby Lashley and Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)

Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits have been on an absolute tear trying to prove their dominance as a faction in WWE. The LWO hasn’t taken too kindly to it and a six man match was set for WWE Fastlane. On the most recent episode of SmackDown, Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro were attacked backstage and Mysterio informed Zelina Vega and Santos Escobar that they won’t be cleared to compete at Fastlane. He lets them know he has to “make a call” — could that call be the reintroduction of Carlito? Carlito previously appeared at WWE Backlash in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he helped Bad Bunny against the Judgment Day.

WWE Fastlane airs at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.

Haley joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2019 as a Writer and Editor. Her main fandoms include Criminal Minds, Wrestling, and The Walking Dead. You can find her on Twitter @haleyanne_.

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