We're just four weeks away from the biggest WWE show of the year, and Goldberg will head to WrestleMania 33 as the Universal Champion after defeating Kevin Owens Sunday night at Fastlane.
There's still only one match officially set on the WrestleMania 33 card, but Sunday's results gave us some clear indications of what is to come for some of Raw's biggest stars. Here are five things we learned from Fastlane.
Samoa Joe is a monster
In his pay-per-view debut on the main roster, Samoa Joe dismantled Sami Zayn, taking Zayn's best shots and retailiating with a few vicious moves (the spike in the corner after countering the Helluva Kick looked devastating). Zayn tapped out just a few seconds after Joe locked in his Coquina Clutch submission.
With Triple H in his corner, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Joe rise up the ranks on the Raw roster very quickly. Joe doesn't have a WrestleMania opponent in line, and it's a shame he isn't on the brand with the Intercontinental Championship, which he seems like a perfect contender for. A spot in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal is always a possibility, or he could be tied to whatever comes of Seth Rollins' promise to return and face Triple H.
The Raw Women’s Championship situation is anyone’s guess
By far the biggest surprise from Fastlane wasn't that Goldberg won the Universal Championship in less than a minute, but that Bayley snapped Charlotte's pay-per-view winning streak just a month before WrestleMania.
It wouldn't be a stretch for Charlotte to try and have the result stricken from the record given Sasha Banks' interference, but the mystique of being the "queen of pay-per-view" is now gone. Just as it was suprising to see Bayley win the Raw Women's Championship so quickly, it was completely unexpected that a two-year streak was made to feel like it wasn't a big deal in the first place.
Earlier in the night, Nia Jax dominated Sasha Banks for the bulk of their match only to lose via a roll-up. The four biggest stars on Raw are likely headed toward a collision at WrestleMania, but if the past few months have taught us anything, it's that the Raw women's division is entirely unpredicatable for better or worse. Nia Jax leaving Orlando with the title is not out of the question.
The Big Show-Shaq match falling apart is probably for the best
Both The Big Show and Shaq have publicly stated that their giant matchup at WrestleMania 33 likely isn't going to happen anymore, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Big Show is in incredible shape, and he proved in a main event on Raw against Braun Strowman and again last night against Rusev that he can still deliver entertaining matches when called upon.
Instead of a celebrity gimmick match, The Big Show should be rewarded for all the work he's put in to reinvent himself and face a real opponent in a legitimate match on the biggest stage of the year.
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho at WrestleMania is happening
This is the WrestleMania headliner everyone saw coming, but Jericho's timely appearance just as the referee was about to ring the bell in Kevin Owens' title match against Goldberg was the confirmation that the war between former best friends is heading to Orlando.
Brock Lesnar is probably about to have another title reign
That is, unless you actually expect a 50-year-old Goldberg to stick around past WrestleMania. Given that Goldberg's only been in the ring for minutes at a time since his return, that doesn't seem likely.
Many WWE fans aren't going to like the fact that, regardless of the result, the Universal Championship is going to be held by a part-timer, but at this point we should simply be hoping Lesnar-Goldberg III goes longer than 100 seconds. The Fastlane main event felt like a bait and switch, and the audience deserves something that at least resembles a wrestling match at WrestleMania.
One (not so wild) prediction: Roman Reigns just handed Braun Strowman his first singles loss at Fastlane, and has much more of a legitimate claim to be the No. 1 contender than Brock Lesnar does. Reigns is also without an obvious WrestleMania opponent. Adding him into the mix and making it a triple threat match would make the bout far more unpredictable and easier to get excited for, even if you're one of the many who loathe Reigns. [Update: This isn't happening, Reigns vs. Undertaker is on the way]