Instead of building its WWE WrestleMania card, SmackDown is building toward the filler Fastlane event, and it shows. The blue brand currently feels very much like an afterthought, and its top stars feel like lesser versions of themselves at precisely the wrong time.
Let's just hope that things heat up quickly after Fastlane.
Losers: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Things started off so well for them. It looked like their issues were patched up at the start of the show as they attacked Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler. Then they would go on to lose to both men later that night, setting up a fatal 5 way for Fastlane.
The problem is that it's obvious Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler are in that match just to be there and that neither of them have anything going for WrestleMania. Both men have little credibility and this damaged Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, who are supposed to be SmackDown's top heels. It would be analogous to someone like Samoa Joe losing to Apollo Crews on Raw.
The result is that the filler at Fastlane got even more filler.