WWE Great Balls of Fire PPV Thoughts and Results
The event on paper looked pretty damn good and I think the event lived up to being a good PPV. Most of the matches lived up to expectations and I felt the event was a good time! Here are the results with my thoughts!
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
The action in this match was good and while I would invest more into this feud, I still have no idea why they are fighting. Even the announcers were talking about Wyatt talking about Seth’s character being “full of blasphemy” and that Rollins doesn’t acknowledge him as “a god.” Geez… Anyway, it looks like this feud is going on for a bit longer as the heel got the win, as expected, because nothing was on the line except some rhetoric.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass
The match was what it was: to get Big Cass over. I hate the new music and I think Big Cass needs a new look to go with this new direction. There’s not much more to say except I think we’ll see these two yapping at each other for a while longer.
Winner: Big Cass
Cesaro & Sheamus (Champs) vs. The Hardy Boyz – 30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match
for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Damn….was I right about how fast Cesaro and Sheamus got their first pin! I wasn’t right, though, about how many falls there would be or how it would be a tie at the end. I was impressed with the pacing of the match and how the final pin attempt by Jeff Hardy fell short to tie everything up. While I want this feud between the two teams to end now, that “just short” pinfall leaves me to believe we may see even more between the two teams. Great match!
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus
Alexa Bliss (Champ) vs. Sasha Banks – Raw Women’s Championship Match
The crowd was actually hot for Bliss and I can’t disagree. She’s one of the best parts of WWE TV right now. It was cringe-worthy to see Bliss do her spot with her arm fucked up but that should have been saved right for the end instead of the count-out. Yeah, I understand it’s a heel tactic to stay out of the ring to retain the championship, but that arm spot was too good to not utilize as a fake-out ending. The frustrated attack at the end on Bliss by Banks wasn’t very “face.” We’ll be seeing more from these two, of course.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
The Miz (Champ) vs. Dean Ambrose – Intercontinental Championship Match
This was probably my least favourite match of the night. The crowd seemed to be in the same boat. This needs to end now. Split these two up. WWE, I’m done. I don’t even want to write about these two. It was a decent match but for the love of god, end this f’n feud.
Winner: The Miz
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman – Ambulance Match
Very. Very. Very. Well done. I loved this match and props to both men. This was the match of the night in my eyes and I simply LOVED WWE trolling people like me who complain all the time about Super Cena/Hulking Up/Reigns Rising and had Braun Strowman do the EXACT SAME THING. I turned to my buddy and said, “they just gave us the finger.”
MY big problem with everything is that if WWE want Reigns to be a “good guy,” what happened after the match wasn’t effective. Attempted murder isn’t a “good guy” tactic and it really blurred the lines of what WWE is try to get across with Reigns. You can’t even have the announcers justify it
Nonetheless, both men had great spots, took incredible beatings (especially through the stage LEDs and the ambulance), and played their parts well. I’m actually pumped for Raw tonight to see where these two go next. Thank you, WWE for even having some blood shown because the intensity of this feud and aftermath needed it. I also need to applaud the unique approach of pretending to have another impromptu match on the card while something is going on in the back instead of just having “dead air.” Heath Slater looking like he didn’t even know why he was going out there and being concerned was the icing on the cake.
Braun Strowman totally looked like a monster walking away from what happened and I KNOW I would have been on the rant side if it was Roman Reigns doing the same thing. Well done showing my hypocrisy, WWE. If they are setting up Strowman vs. Lesnar for Summerslam, you have someone, in my mind, ready to get put over.
One last thing, thank you, Michael Cole, for telling us what the hell the jaws of life is. Kurt Angle also looked like he was Shawn Michaels finding Jesus while they were trying to get the side door open. Did anyone try the other doors first?
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe – Universal Championship Match
My heart almost melted right at the beginning of the match where Joe took it to Lesnar. Well, I suppose I can’t say beginning because the bell didn’t ring. Actually, goosebumps were starting to appear when Samoa Joe was walking to the ring (and when he was looking confident in the ring) and the crowd was chanting, “JOE!”
I thought WWE may take the belt off that lazy SOB, Lesnar and screw his part time championship schedule by putting the belt on a hard worker like Joe. I suppose it doesn’t matter because this match made Joe look amazing (and he was discussed on Talking Raw after the show). That even goes with Samoa Joe toning down the pace of the match he usually works because Lesnar cant’ keep pace. Can you tell I’m done with Lesnar’s lazy assed bullshit?
While I wasn’t a fan of Lesnar pulling the F5 out of nowhere and Joe laying down for it (you could hear the groans from the fans as they knew the lazy ass was gonna get the win), the match went longer than I even anticipated and I enjoyed it for what it was and expecting the overpaid ass to win. I just don’t like WWE’s prerogative of having a main title on a part time, lazy worker like Lesnar.
I would NOT be surprised if we get to see another match between these two considering how strong Joe looked even after losing the match. I wonder if we’ll see a number one contender match between Joe, Reigns, and Strowman in the next week or two after the performances of all men.
Does anyone else feel dehydrated after they watch a match with Brock Lesnar after all his sweating? Just putting it out there.
“Winner:” Brock Lesnar