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Three title matches set up for WWE Fastlane


Three title matches for Fastlane were set up on tonight's edition of SmackDown.

Shane McMahon announced that Bobby Roode will defend the United States Championship against Randy Orton. The two were involved in a confrontation earlier in the show, with Roode initially being the last man standing. Jinder Mahal, however, laid out Roode with the Khallas from behind.

Daniel Bryan wanted to make the match Roode vs. Mahal, but Shane overrode him and went with Orton. We'll see if Mahal gets added between now and Fastlane.

The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was decided as The New Day defeated Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable to become the new number one contenders. Benjamin & Gable appeared to have the match won at one point, but the referee was distracted by Kofi Kingston.

The Bludgeon Brothers came out soon after The New Day won, and the two teams had a staredown before Harper & Rowan went on to destroy a pair of enhancement wrestlers.

It was also determined tonight that SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair will defend her title against Ruby Riott at the pay-per-view. Riott and the rest of The Riott Squad have been feuding with Charlotte for the last few weeks, with Riott picking up a win over Becky Lynch in a six-woman tag team match on tonight's show that also featured Charlotte. Later, Charlotte and Riott went back and forth in video promos and Charlotte accepted Riott's challenge.

Fastlane, the final SmackDown-only PPV, will take place on March 11th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.