Kevin Owens Needs to Win at WWE Fastlane

It’s official, Goldberg will not only be facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 on April 2, but he will also square off with Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship at Fastlane on March 5.

Both matches were made on Raw last night after Goldberg interrupted Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho in the ring. Goldberg accepted Lesnar’s challenge and then challenged Owens, which Chris Jericho accepted on behalf of his “best friend.”

If Goldberg beats Kevin Owens for the title, that means Brock Lesnar was essentially gifted a title match because he had the unprecedented luck in making the right challenge at the right time.

Under normal circumstances, if this was a shoot, Lesnar has no business getting a title shot after losing his last match to Goldberg in under two minutes. WWE creative, however, might ignore this aspect of the story and make it a title match anyways.

To take a page out of UFC’s book, Holly Holm, who lost her last two fights, will headline this Saturday’s UFC 208 card for the inaugural 145lbs title. The company needed a fighter with name value for their first show in Brooklyn and put aside rankings in favor of a box office appeal.

The key to all of this is how Kevin Owens is going to be booked. Conventional wisdom says that Goldberg steamrolls Owens in quick fashion. However, we’ve seen that trick already. We need to see something different despite Goldberg being a very limited performer.

While a once in a lifetime squash match works against a monster like Lesnar, it doesn’t work, however, with a smartass cowardly heel. Quickly dethroning the top heel of WWE’s flagship show in Owens will send a message to the audience that the last six months was just a waste of time.

Some felt the same way about Lesnar’s monstrous push when he lost at Survivor Series. The difference here is Lesnar is a part-time performer so it’s easy to rehab his image by keeping him off of television. Owens is on TV every week so his image would be difficult to rebuild.

The bottom line is that Kevin Owens needs to win at Fastlane. An Owens victory would generate more heat for his match at WrestleMania as well as Goldberg vs. Lesnar, especially if Lesnar happens to cost Goldberg the championship.

One thought on “Kevin Owens Needs to Win at WWE Fastlane

  1. This is a tough. First, I will say that I thought the 2nd Golberg/Lesnar match was perfect. They totally managed to swerve us all. We assumed that Goldberg was signed for a one-shot deal, they promoted it as his One Last Match, just so his son could see him in the ring, blah blah blah. So, of course, that meant that Lesnar would win, to avenge his previous loss. Instead, the truth was that Goldberg was signed for several matches, so they had him not only beat Lesnar, but beat him in classic Goldberg fashion. Epic!

    I admit, I was one of those old Goldberg marks. I got into wrestling back in the late 90’s right around the time he first blew up in WCW, so there was a nostalgia factor to it. I got into an argument with someone on Reddit about it, who claimed that Goldberg’s old matches weren’t “classics,” but I said they didn’t have to be. They were exciting. He was like young Mike Tyson in his prime. No one watched Tyson fights looking for examples of the Sweet Science of Pugilism, you just wanted to see this guy knock mother***ers out, which he usually did in one or two rounds. It was the same with early Goldberg matches, he didn’t need to be skilled ring technician, he just need to spear and jackhammer folks.

    But now that they’ve done that, what next? The thing is, you figure that unless there’s some other twist behind the scenes that we don’t’ know about it, like Lesnar is quitting again and planning to go back to UFC or something, then Lesnar has to finally beat Goldberg, but then you still risk it being predictable. I think your scenario of Lesnar costing Goldberg the match with Owens, leading to their own 3rd match at Wrestlemania, is the logical step…which makes me hope that there is some surprise in mind, although I don’t know what it could be.

    Personally, since Lesnar/Goldberg doesn’t need the belt to be significant, I think what they should have did was schedule their match for Fast Lane and have Owens cost Goldberg the match (so Lesnar gets his win, but Goldberg remains protected). And then have that lead to Goldberg/Owens at Wrestlemania, with Golberg putting over Owens clean in his last ever match. That is what these old part-timers should be used for at this point, trying to give the rub to the current stars.

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