WWE Fastlane 2018: Recap, match grades, what worked, what didn't, what's next

The last big show before the WWE's annual wrestling extravaganza is the Fastlane pay-per-view, which seems to be coming off more like an afterthought this year rather than an important pit stop.

WWE Fastlane 2018 marked the last PPV event before WrestleMania 34.

For the Women's Championship, Ruby Riott has challenged Charlotte, and I think we all know how that will go down.

Following Charlotte Flair's successful SmackDown Women's Title defense against Ruby Riott at Fastlane, "The Queen" was interrupted in her victory celebrations by non-other than "The Empress of Tomorrow" Asuka, who challenged Flair to a one-on-one match for the SD Live Women's Title at 'Mania 34, next month in New Orleans. The team of Natalya and Carmella beat Becky Lynch and Naomi in an average effort. DON DAVIES: AJ Styles will retain his championship so that his match with Shinsuke Nakmura will remain intact. Rusev appeared to have the match won late after Nakamura walked into a Machka Kick for two.

Just as it looked like we were settling in for another New Day/Usos classic, the Bludgeon Brothers interrupted with oversize mallets and an ax to grind. After the match, Jinder Mahal came in and attacked. But before Owens could go for the cover, Styles hit his finisher for the win, ensuring Shinsuke Nakamura vs Styles at Wrestlemania.

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When Daniel Bryan gave Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn the opportunity to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match, Shane McMahon made a decision to do the same with Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler. The Women's Champion forced Riott to tap via her "Figure Eight" submission move to retain the title.

Ideally, what we want to see is what already seems to be in the works: Styles vs. Nakamura for the WWE Heavyweight Championship, and Undertaker vs. Cena. After all, the victor of the Royal Rumble in January gets a title shot at WrestleMania and there are only 30 people in that match. This is one match that I can not wait to see!

Cena set the tone for this match from the opening bell, where he hit AAs on four of his opponents and left only himself and AJ standing in the ring.

SmackDown women's champion Charlotte Flair also has her Wrestlemania match confirmed, after Raw star and women's Royal Rumble victor Asuka announced that she would be challenging Charlotte next month.

The defending champion pinned Owens with his Phenomenal Forearm finisher to conclude an excellent bout. Thankfully, WrestleMania 34 is not about Cena. And, of course, the saga of Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Shane McMahon continued. He's going to have to go through Styles, Ziggler, Owens, Zayn, and Corbin in a (assumedly No DQ) Six-Pack Challenge.

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