Stephanie McMahon announced on Monday night raw that there will be a triple threat match to determine the #1 contender WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Fastlane 2016, the winner of the #1 contender's match will go on to face Triple H at Wrestlemania 32.
Stephanie McMahon announced at the end of Monday Night Raw that Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will meet in Cleveland on Feb. 21 to determine who will face Triple H at WrestleMania 32 on April 3 for the World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE tweeted a video of the announcement:
Reigns lost his WWE World heavyweight Championship to Triple H at Royal Rumble 2016 ppv, Triple H who won his 14th world title in his illustrious soon-to-be Hall of Fame career. Triple H eliminated Reigns, which set up a final two between WWE's chief operating officer and the intercontinental champion, Ambrose.It's @TheDeanAmbrose vs. @WWERomanReigns vs...@BrockLesnar at #WWEFastlane with @WrestleMania implications! #RAW https://t.co/F3uH9sciEQ— WWE (@WWE) January 26, 2016
Lesnar was eliminated much earlier in the Rumble match by Bray Wyatt and the other three members of The Wyatt Family, so it's odd to see Lesnar getting a shot at the championship when he wasn't even involved in the final grouping.
The Fastlane event has not been known as a pay-per-view to look forward to. Last year's event was built on Sting's confrontation of Triple H and making their WrestleMania match official. Reigns and Daniel Bryan were the card's main event, with the winner facing Lesnar for the championship in Levi's Stadium. Other than that, there wasn't anything to look forward to.
Putting Lesnar on the card and in the same ring as two of the hottest names in the company in one match is sure to draw huge ratings on WWE Network. B/R's Donald Wood has yet to come to grips with this development:
Early indications are that Reigns will win, which will begin the buildup between him and Triple H for the championship. Lesnar has already faced Triple H at WrestleMania, and while the title being on the line would be intriguing in that rematch, there's too much unfinished business between Wyatt and Lesnar for the tension to simmer down now.
It's going to be a great match, albeit predictable. But the fact of the matter is Lesnar is involved, and adding Reigns and Ambrose in the mix should make this an early candidate for Match of the Year.