In a stunning turn of events on this past Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown in Sacramento, California, several exciting matches for WWE Fastlane 2023, scheduled for October 7th at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, were announced.
Headlining the event is a high-stakes WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat match, pitting Charlotte Flair and Asuka against reigning champion IYO SKY. The road to this match began when Flair bested Bayley in a fierce singles match. Following her victory, while gloating about challenging Sky for her title, she was confronted by Asuka demanding her rightful title shot. Overseeing all this was Bayley who granted their requests, setting up the epic Triple Threat showdown at Fastlane.
John Cena unveiled a big surprise when he announced his official tag team partner for the forthcoming event. This development came about following Cena’s declaration that he wouldn’t void the match contract despite AJ Styles’ injury, indicating he’d rather take on the Bloodline – Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa – by himself if needed. But as if scripted, his speech was interrupted by Uso and Sikoa, and an impromptu brawl broke out. Amidst the chaos, LA Knight came to Cena’s rescue, and cementing the duo as official tag team partners.
Lastly, hints about a potential Six-Man Tag Team match between LWO (Santos Escobar, Rey Mysterio, and an as-yet-unknown partner) and Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) have started circulating. This rumor started on the back of Bobby Lashley’s frequent interruptions, leading to an assortment of run-ins, attacks, and confrontations. The escalation peaked when Mysterio, following his victory over Escobar, challenged Lashley and the Street Profits to a match at Fastlane.
If the current card is anything to go by, Fastlane 2023 promises to be an eventful evening, to say the least, with other notable matches scheduled including the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Seth Rollins.