We’re days away from Fastlane, the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania. Storylines have been clicking, returns and call ups have been happening at an increased rate and pieces have been fit together to get us to the biggest weekend of the wrestling calendar.
There’s a certain sense something is missing on the card. Maybe it’s lacking in drama since we generally know the texture of the WrestleMania card. Or maybe it’s that we know we’re getting the “other” matches this month before we get the big ones in April.
But I keep looking over the card and realizing WWE has actually figured out stories they could tell over a few months. And that’s not always felt like the case, especially over the last 12-18 months.
Kevin Owens vs. Daniel Bryan is part of the larger stories of Owens, Bryan and Kofi Kingston that will continue to play out over the next month rather than a stopgap title challenge.
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair is getting us to Lynch vs. Flair vs. Ronda Rousey.
Miz and Shane McMahon seem destined for a singles match at Mania and this showdown with The Usos should serve as the final push to get to a turn.
The Shield reuniting for the last(?) time almost certainly dictates where Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose go over the course of the next several weeks.
There are reasons to be frustrated, of course. Finn Balor won the Intercontinental Championship and faded out of the PPV picture, Asuka is tied up with a half-baked feud with Mandy Rose, the Raw tag division feels like recent weeks have been written by a program randomly generating matches and results.
Still, there’s always reason to get a little excited about WWE putting a bit more care into things around WrestleMania. Even if it leaves you wondering why things can’t be so tight the rest of the year.