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Singles Match

Seth Rollins is on a collision course with Cesaro for WrestleMania 37. That’s great!

He just got back and needs to pick up a win on his way there, though. WWE’s tabbed Shinsuke Nakamura for the job. So what could be an epic showdown between a former IWGP Heavyweight champ & Royal Rumble winner against a WWE Grand Slam champion is... an undercard bout on a show that exists because the company sold their streaming rights.

WWE, everybody!

The Road to Fastlane

The main story is between Rollins and Cesaro. When the SmackDown Savior returned from paternity leave, it appeared the Swiss Superman would be the only one who’d listen to Seth’s sermon. But he was just the last to walk out, and that made Rollins even angrier.

Around a pair of matches with Murphy, who tried but failed to get back into his former mentor’s good graces, Cesaro and Rollins took turns getting the upperhand on one another. After Seth beat down his former tag partner, Nakamura took exception, and gave us this segment on the go home edition of the blue brand:

It’s a very good mic snatch from Shin. And it let Seth flex his new and improved Twitter game, too!

But it’s pretty clear this is a one off.

What’s at stake

When WWE briefly gassed Nakamura up with a strong showing in a Gauntlet match and a win over Jey Uso during the Roman Reigns/Kevin Owens feud back in January, it seemed they might actually be toying with the idea of treating him like a main eventer for the first time since 2018.

Turns out, they were just reminding us how great he is when he’s got something to do so they could use him as a main event gatekeeper in a spot like this.

It’s a bit of a bummer, especially if you let your mind drift to how cool a properly built Seth vs. Shin rivalry might be. But on a pretty sparse card, they should get time to do something good together. Plus, it appears to be in service to Cesaro getting an honest-to-goodness ‘Mania singles feud! And it’s giving us tweets like this from The Drip-master...

Join us tomorrow - when Fastlane streams at 7 p.m. ET on WWE Network and the service’s new home, Peacock - and let’s enjoy it together.


Who will win?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    (51 votes)
  • 80%
    Seth Rollins
    (204 votes)
255 votes total Vote Now

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