March 21, 2018

WrestleMania Announcement To Be Made On WWE SmackDown Live

13 March 2018, 05:32 | Israel Caldwell

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The SmackDown Live Women's Champion successfully retained her gold against Riott Squad leader Ruby Riott. Tonight is the very last pay-per-view on the road to WrestleMania 34. They stole the show on the SummerSlam Kickoff Show and many other cards. I'll save my analysis of that for another column.

Commissioner Shane McMahon would announce on Twitter that the victor of the Dolph Ziggler/Baron Corbin match on the following week's Smackdown Live would be added to the match, making it a Fatal 4-Way.

Dave Meltzer noted in the Daily Update on that McMahon will be working some sort of match with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 34.

John Cena has found his opponent for WrestleMania.

It's a clear band-aid boost to revive falling numbers, but the SmackDown creative team only has themselves to blame for it. This is one match that I can not wait to see! That's like nearly half the Smackdown Live! roster.

Elsewhere at Fastlane, Natalya and Carmella defeated Naomi and Becky Lynch, The Bludgeon Brothers laid out The Usos and The New Day, and Charlotte Flair pinned Ruby Riott.

Asuka vs Charlotte Flair is one of the marquee matches in today's women's wrestling and overall in the entire WWE as well. At first he said he'd be attending as a fan (and hopped into the crowd to drink from a dude's beer), but then he "went rogue" and issued the challenge that had been rumored for months: He wants The Undertaker at WrestleMania 34 next month in New Orleans.

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SmackDown's Wrestlemania main event is now confirmed however, with Styles set to defend against former rival Shinsuke Nakamura.

Hah, I guess I called this one too.

I'm just predicting a preshow match here, because there's gotta be one.

Bobby Roode (c) vs.

The best way to do that, rather than have Roode lost and this use his rematch clause, would be to have Jinder Mahal assault, Orton. Though, I do think that Carmella is going to remind us that she is Ms. Money in the Bank. With Rusev dazed in the center of the ring, Nakamura hits him with the running Kinshasa knee strike to pick up the win and to build momentum towards his WrestleMania debut. The victor of the match will face Shinsuke Nakamura at the Wrestlemania. I knew I was most likely wrong since Orton usually needs some sort of marquee match at 'Mania (not exactly sure why).

Just as Charlotte began her victory lap, Asuka's music crashed the party.

Flair picked up a strong win over Riott in a good match which saw both competitors' back-up groups ejected from ringside.

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