Liam Hoofe predicts the results for this Sunday’s Great Balls of Fire Pay Per View…
While it might have the most ridiculous name in the history of WWE pay per views, Great Balls of Fire’s inaugural event this coming Sunday night is actually looking to be a pretty entertaining show.
Raw, despite having hit a creative stumbling block in the first half of the year, has really found its rhythm over the last month and has put together a card full of matches that actually make sense. Every match on this card has had a solid build and the event will no doubt prosper because of this.
With Summerslam just around the corner, the events of this Sunday’s PPV will dictate a lot of the summer storylines in the WWE, so let’s take a look at each match and predict who is going to walk away the winner.
Enzo Vs Big Cass
I’m still not really sure how I feel about this angle. Enzo and Cass have really struggled for momentum this year, so I guess breaking them up does make sense. However, I can’t help but feel it is too early for them to be going solo. Big Cass definitely has potential but I’m not sure where they can go with him after this feud.
Enzo will need a new partner and fast. He has no future as a singles star and the best bet for him is to get a new big guy as a partner. Alternatively, joining the Titus Brand wouldn’t be the worst thing for him to do right now.
Either way, Cass is walking away the winner in this one. A squash is the best way for them to go. Perhaps even Cass winning by a stoppage.
Prediction: Big Cass squashes poor Enzo
Bray Wyatt Vs Seth Rollins
Who cares, really? Bray Wyatt feuds have become increasingly tiring over the last year or so and this one has just felt flat from the word go.
As with all Wyatt feuds, this one has just consisted of the Eater of Worlds talking some nonsense via a series of silly video packages, while his opponent stands in the ring staring up at him. Great Balls of Fire has, to its credit, put together a pretty solid card, but this is probably the least interesting bout of the night.
I’m giving this one to Rollins, simply because it’s a Wyatt feud, and they only ever tend to end one way.
Prediction: Seth Rollins Wins
Sasha Banks Vs Alexa Bliss
Am I the only one who thinks this should have been saved for Summerslam? Regardless, while the WWE has never shied away from cutting Woman’s title reigns short on Raw, I don’t see Bliss dropping the belt to Sasha this Sunday.
Sasha has had the best of Bliss since becoming the number one contender, which means that she is almost definitely walking away without the belt Sunday night. Nia Jax is still lurking around as well, so don’t be surprised if she doesn’t make her presence felt on Sunday.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss Retains
Cesaro and Sheamus Vs The Hardy Boyz
While there are rumours going around that Sheamus is set to take some time off WWE TV in the near future, I don’t see them dropping their belts this Sunday. Having them pick up the belts only to drop them a little over a month later really doesn’t do either man a favour and a victory over The Hardys on Sunday could also send their opponents spiralling into the Broken storyline which we have all been dying to see since April.
Prediction: Sheamus and Cesaro Retain
Neville Vs Akira Tozawa
Neville is one of, if not the best, heels in the WWE right now and ending his reign one PPV before Summerslam would be a bad move on the WWE’s half. The King of the Cruiserweights seems unstoppable right now, and while some might argue that this makes the rest of the division look weak – quite frankly, I don’t care all that much. He is the only thing keeping it interesting.
Tozawa is one of the strongest talents in that division, though, and these guys could tear the house down on Sunday if given the right amount of time. Expect Titus to play some sort of role in the finish as well, though what that is, is anyone’s guess.
Prediction: Neville Retains
The Miz Vs Dean Ambrose
The Miz and Ambrose are both awesome, the former especially, but this feud needs to come to an end on Sunday night. The two have been feuding for what feels like an eternity right now and because of that, this match-up really doesn’t feel that interesting.
The Miz is great with the belt, while Ambrose’s recent run is best described as ‘meh’. Keeping the belt on The Miz over the summer makes perfect sense to me. Expect Axel and Dallas to be involved with the finish here.
Prediction: The Miz Retains
Roman Reigns Vs Braun Strowman
How great is it to see Braun Strowman back on Raw? The guy is on fire right now and if the WWE doesn’t pull the trigger on him soon then they run the risk of wasting him. I do, however, think that this is not as cut and dried as everyone is anticipating.
Reports online recently suggested that the company is considering giving Reigns the belt at Summerslam due to falling ratings and if this is the case, expect him to walk away from Great Balls of Fire as the #1 contender.
The other issue, for me, is that unless they decide to pull an impromptu Shield reunion over the summer, I really don’t see what Reigns has to get up to at Summerslam. Vince will not want to keep him off the card, so shoving him into the main event would not be a surprise to me.
That being said, logic suggests that Strowman walks away from this for a match with Lesnar at Summerslam. The gimmick also allows the company to keep Reigns from getting pinned on TV and who knows, perhaps someone can interfere and cost him the match, setting him up an angle over the summer.
Prediction: Braun Strowman Wins
Brock Lesnar Vs Samoa Joe
This match has been a dream bout for many wrestling fans for at least a decade, and the build up to it has been one of the best things Raw has done in quite some time. In short – please don’t mess this up on Sunday guys.
These two have the potential to put on a match of the year candidate given time, and by allowing Joe to be competitive, they can do that. Selling the idea that if Joe can get Brock in the clutch, then the champ is done, will make for some great storytelling and allowing them to both go in hammer and tongs will also help things.
Joe has been booked to look like Brock’s equal this past month, and he needs to look like a champion even in defeat this Sunday night. Brock has other things waiting for him, but this is Joe’s time to shine.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar retains after an all out war
Who do you think will win this Sunday night? Let us know in the comments below, and let Liam know on Twitter @liamhoofe