Two Big Matches Added To WWE Fastlane

Notes from Raw within...

The Raw side of WWE Fastlane was looking rather threadbare heading into Monday night's show in Philadelphia. However, by evening's end, two matches were added to Sunday's pay-per-view, one of which will have WrestleMania implications.

One match will see a one-night Shield reunion, as Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose will take on Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin.

The match came about from an angle at the start of the show, as Reigns told Rollins that he wanted to have one final match as a group, citing what he learned about how "life is short." Rollins was reluctant, but eventually understood the magnitude of Reigns' words, and accepted.

Ambrose also expressed reluctance at different times through the night, but ultimately accepted as well, after saving Reigns and Rollins from an attack by McIntyre, Lashley, and Corbin. The three hit the triple-fist pose to signify the reunion.

The other match set for Sunday will see Charlotte take on a reinstated Becky Lynch. Initially, the match was to be for the suddenly-vacant Raw Women's title, though that was taken off the table when Ronda Rousey showed up at the end of the night, and Stephanie McMahon re-awarded her the belt.

With the title returned to Rousey, Lynch has to win Sunday's match with Charlotte in order to regain entry into the title match at WrestleMania, thus making it a triple threat match. If Charlotte wins, she alone faces Rousey on April 7.

Raw went off the air with an extended angle where Rousey angrily berated the fans for turning on her, before mauling Lynch with a series of harsh strikes, and several applications of the armbar.

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