Prediction score: 5-3
Goodness gracious Great Balls of Fire was the best pay-per-view of 2017. There wasn’t a bad match on the card, and looks to be a good set up on RAW’s end for SummerSlam. I was there live and the hype of being there live made a great pay-per-view fantastic. WWE needs to try to do pay-per-views like this more often, minimal shenanigans and having just a good, solid night of wrestling. Braun Strowman is indestructible and Roman Reigns will face the beast incarnate for the WWE Universal Championship (fingers crossed Roman gets suplexed into pudding). Did you miss out of Great Balls of Fire? Don’t worry because here is my match by match review for WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017.
PRESHOW: Neville def. Akira Tozawa for the Cruiserweight Championship
I wished this match was on the main show but this match was a good way to pump up the crowd for the night. Neville and Tozawa exchanged some stiff shots but we all knew that there was no way Neville was losing this match. But the finish was a kick to the gut? Really? No Red Arrow? Oh well, Neville won and could be holding onto the belt for ages.
Bray Wyatt def. Seth Rollins
This was a great match but nobody knows why they’re fighting. Honestly, these two are genuine main eventers and they were basically put into a feud because the writers had nothing planned for them. I hope that the writers try to make something out of this feud, give them a reason as to why they’re fighting. If we can’t tell why they’re fighting, then we won’t invest into the feud. The match had good action and Bray Wyatt unexpectedly won. Great!
Big Cass def. Enzo Amore
This was a massacre. Enzo came out and cut a very impassioned promo talking about how he won’t go down without a fight and called Cass “SAWFT”. Then out came Cass and he had the worst music ever. I mean nails on a chalkboard sounded better than Cass’s new song. Then Cass proceeded to annihilate poor Enzo Amore. This match’s purpose is to get Cass over as a heel. I hope that Enzo isn’t completely scrapped after this feud. That promo showed that Enzo has potential.
THIRTY MINUTE IRON MAN MATCH FOR THE WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sheamus and Cesaro def. The Hardy Boyz 4-3
This is the match of the night in many people’s eyes, and I could see why. It was pretty cool during their entrance when Sheamus and Cesaro did the fusion from Dragon Ball Z. That means from now on I’ll call them “Sheamaro”. Sheamaro got the first fall twenty seconds in and things got uglier from there. During the match the Hardys hit a double team move on Sheamus and it seemed that the ref counted the three but the fall never counted, causing the crowd to chant “This ref sucks”. The ending was pretty confusing. Jeff Hardy hit a Swanton onto Sheamus, then Cesaro came in and pinned Jeff (apparently Sheamus made a tag but nobody saw it, even the crowd). That was a screwy finish but that doesn’t change the fact that Sheamaro and the Hardys are the best teams on RAW and I can’t wait to see what happens at SummerSlam.
WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss by countout.
While people may be upset by the fact that Sasha didn’t leave Dallas with the belt, this keeps the feud going into SummerSlam, and could possibly include Nia Jax. They could both go to Angle grumbling about a fair match with Alexa. This match showed just how good Alexa is. She may not be a ring general but she is a fantastic actress and has her character nailed down. Her taking the countout loss makes her a better heel. I’m intrigued by her feud with Sasha but I hope she doesn’t just completely ruin Sasha like she ruined Bayley.
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The Miz def. Dean Ambrose
At the start of this match I went to go get merch. We’ve seen this match for about a bajillion times and I already knew how it was going to play out. Dean starts to get the upper hand, shenanigans ensue, skull crushing finale. What the heck was Bo Dallas wearing? He looked like he was trying to dress up like a rock star pirate. Completely ridiculous. The match wasn’t bad it’s just that we need fresh feuds. WWE, please give Miz a new opponent for SummerSlam.
AMBULANCE MATCH: Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns
I loved everything about this match. Hats off to Roman & Braun for putting themselves through hell for our entertainment because honesty that stuff looked like it hurt. Lots of weapon shots and big power moves throughout. Braun was casually no-selling chair shots from Reigns which I thought was pretty funny. When they got to the stage, I was a bit let down that Braun didn’t put Roman through the announce table, but Braun needs to watch out for Booker T’s shoes. They were really nice shoes. Roman put Braun through the screen which I didn’t expect to be so thin. The finish I kind of called in my predictions. Roman would hit a spear through the ambulance, but he missed. It was like Braun threw a bone in the ambulance and since Roman is the big dog, went in to find it then Braun closed the door. After Strowman won, Roman came out and speared Braun because Roman realized there wasn’t a bone in the ambulance. Then Roman drove the ambulance backstage and crashed it into a truck. WWE, are you sure Roman isn’t a heel? He got mad he lost and tried to kill Braun Strowman. Sounds like a heel to me.
Heath Slater def. Curt Hawkins
Nobody cares about this match. The crowd chanted “We want Balor” and those watching on the network didn’t even see the finish of the match. (Heath rolled Hawkins up). The fans instead saw a US Air Force fire department pry the ambulance open then a bloody Braun Strowman came out, refused medical help and walked away on his own power. Braun Strowman is indestructible.
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Brock Lesnar def. Samoa Joe
Holy crap. This match may have been short but it was intense from bell to bell. Brock Lesnar is gigantic in person and I am convinced that if you look up the word “Strong” in the dictionary you see Brock Lesnar hitting a grizzly bear an F5. Joe attacked Lesnar before the bell and right from the get-go was assaulting the beast. Joe put Lesnar through the announce table and then Brock slowly got up and was dominated by Joe. Joe had the coquina clutch locked in and I was convinced that Joe was gonna choke Brock out. I can’t remember the last time I was on the edge of my seat throughout a wrestling match. Brock made a comeback with german suplexes but Joe kept slipping on the clutch. I called the finish of this match in my predictions, Joe had the clutch in then Brock escaped and hit an F5. Brock is still the universal champion and he will be facing Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. If you think Joe is buried, he isn’t. This program with Lesnar if anything established Joe as a main eventer and you can expect a universal title run down the line.
Match of the Night
The match of the night is hard for me to pick because there wasn’t a bad match throughout. My favorite match was Joe-Lesnar, but the best match overall would have to go to the iron man match. There wasn’t a dull moment in the match and the Hardys fought valiantly. Despite the ref shenanigans, this match was fantastic and I can’t wait to see what’s next for these two teams.
This was hands down the best pay-per-view of 2017. WWE kept the shenanigans to a minimum and just had a fantastic night of wrestling. Every match was on fire and helped tell the stories that needed to be told. The fact that I was there live just makes this an even better pay-per-view than it already was. I would rate this pay-per-view a 9/10. This show was amazing from start to finish and the only thing wrong with it was that there was no point in having a throwaway match if the people watching on the network could’ve seen it all. Aside from that, it was a solid night of wrestling, minimum shenanigans and great storytelling. Smackdown has a lot of work to do for Battleground to compete with Great Balls of Fire.