WWE Fastlane, the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 34, will feature AJ Styles defending the WWE Championship against Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a Fatal-5-Way Match, as per the host arena.
The announcement came from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio which will host Fastlane on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
The following is the press release the Nationwide Arena released regarding the championship match:
WWE FASTLANE comes to Columbus for the FIRST time!
Witness the final WWE Pay per View before WrestleMania 34.
See your favorite WWE Smackdown Superstars in action live including:
WWE CHAMPION - AJ STYLES VS RANDY ORTON VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS KEVIN OWENS VS SAMI ZAYN IN A FATAL FIVE WAY MATCH FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP!
PLUS, CHARLOTTE, BOBBY ROODE, BARON CORBIN, JINDER MAHAL, NEW DAY, THE USOS, DOLPH ZIGGLER PLUS MANY MORE! (Card subject to change)
This match could potentially spoil some of SmackDown’s major storylines and the finish of Styles’ Royal Rumble match which has yet to be announced.
Despite not having an opponent named for the Royal Rumble, Styles being announced for the Fatal-5-Way suggest that he will retain the WWE Championship at the January pay-per-view.
The addition of Zayn and Owens in the match will likely be made by SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan to further the increasing tension between himself and Commissioner Shane McMahon.
The addition of Nakamura to the match could indicate that a WrestleMania match between himself and Styles could be in the works, but that is pure speculation.
Many fans are expecting a SmackDown superstar to win the Royal Rumble and challenge for the title, but the announcement of this match could mean that if a SmackDown superstar is winning the match, it won’t be any of the opponents named.
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