As part of the RAW brand, WWE’s Great Balls of Fire made it’s debut in the PPV world. Despite my mixed feelings on the name, the line-up looked strong. There was certainly a lot of potential for new feuds and ongoing storyline’s to really shine. I’ve listed the results and my personal opinions below. As always, drop us a message on Twitter (@HHKMag) with your thoughts!
Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins
I acknowledge it’s been done before, but I was really excited for this one. We have two athletes who I could easily route for. I had my doubts that WWE would once again make Wyatt do the favours on a PPV. His record has been shocking. The match was decent and I was really pleased that Wyatt came out on top. I didn’t call this one, I thought Seth would continue to get his push. It’s tough to see where this will go from here.
Enzo Amore vs Big Cass
This was inevitably going to be a 7 foot tall, Enzo squash. I predict Big Cass is going to get a huge push within the company and Enzo (unfortunately) serves as his first victim. There’s not much of a story from this point in my opinion. I predict Cass will start to mix with top tier Wrestler’s in no time. Enzo will be mid-card, however a match with The Miz for the Intercontinental Title could be very interesting!
Cesaro and Sheamus vs The Hardy Boyz
This was a HUGE surprise to me. I thought we would be looking at a 2-1 / 3-2 victory. The match packed lots of excitement and a couple of excellent spots. The early pinfall from Cesaro and Sheamus was a great start, along with the combination pinfall for The Hardy Boyz at 3-1. I did think The Hardy Boyz would become champions, but I’m happy with the outcome because of the excellent match. The tag-team division is looking a little weak, so I can easily see how The Hardy Boyz will fit into the forthcoming weeks. Great Balls of Fire was also the host to the first ever iron man tag match. Well played!
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks
This was a decent women’s match. Alexa has talent and I’m a big fan of Sasha Banks. I called a Sasha win / Alexa retention outcome. It’s a clever move and Alexa plays a good heel. Sasha is bound to claim the title at Summerslam, unless Nia Jax gets a push. I can’t see any of the other ladies getting a look in at the moment.
The Miz vs Dean Ambrose
I’ve never been a fan of The Miz. Stylistically I don’t like his move set and I feel he’s overated. He did an amazing job at MITB in a heel role and he continues to impress with the Dean Ambrose fued. There was never going to be a clean win for The Miz but it’s too early for him to drop the IC title. Things may change in a few weeks at Summerslam, and Seth Rollins might be re-introduced as a title contender.
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
I’m a big Braun fan and I think he can really keep the marks entertained. The match was OK and it was great to see the aftermath. With the exception of Kurt Angle’s extra facial expressions, it was done brilliantly. Lots of fans will think of the Attitude Era watching the segment. It also leaves the door open for a longer feud, which works as Roman has so much heat at the moment.
Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar
I couldn’t see Samoa Joe winning this, but he certainly held his own. He made Lesnar look less invincible than in previous years, but Lesnar was bound to win after being squashed by Goldberg in the build up to Wrestlemania. There’s potential to stretch this one out until the end of the year. I think we are heading toward a Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar feud toward the end of the year (possibly after Survivor Series). That will probably continue until Wrestlemania next year.
I hope you enjoyed the WWE Great Balls of Fire roundup. Drop a comment below with your thoughts on the card.