On the final Raw before the Fastlane Pay Per View, WWE found itself in a bit of an odd situation. Their main event looked like a foregone conclusion while fans flocked to get behind the two Superstars who aren’t supposed to win, everyone else is hurt, the tag team division is in a shambles, and oh yeah, one of their biggest fan favorites had to retire last week and plunged wrestling fans into a deep depression. So, convincing people that Fastlane is going to be worth watching would seem like a monumental task with only one week to go. WWE did their best, but a lot of what happened on Raw seemed to reek of some sort of quiet desperation to prove that Fastlane could be just as important as WrestleMania. And while they may have succeeded in some places, in others, things went terribly, terrible wrong.
10. Kevin Owens Wins Back What He Never Should Have Lost
WWE probably shouldn’t have taken the Intercontinental title off of Kevin Owens, or at least not put it on Dean Ambrose, because they ended up in this situation where they had to get the title off of Ambrose before Fastlane in order to make people believe that he might actually become #1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight title rather than telegraph Ambrose losing because he already has a title he can fall back on afterwards. At least by putting the title back on Kevin Owens they add value to the Owens-Ziggler feud (good matches are good matches, but at least now there’s a point), keep Owens in the spotlight that he deserves, and reignite the hope that we might see Owens-Zayn at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental title after all. Okay, that last one probably won’t happen, because it looks like Zayn might have his hands full at NXT TakeOver: Dallas that same weekend (we won’t spoil Sami’s not-yet-announced match here, but it makes us so happy), but at least good things are happening to Kevin Owens, who by all rights shouldn’t even have to defend his title at Fastlane. He clearly said “Nah” when Ziggler asked for a match, this whole thing is a gross miscarriage of justice!