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Random Thoughts on WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017

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The PPV with the dumb name is in the bag, and I’m here to share my random thoughts on the show. Please look away now if you haven’t seen the show and want to avoid spoilers.

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Bray Wyatt def. Seth Rollins via pinfall

Big Cass def. Enzo Amore via pinfall

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship – 30 minute Iron Man match: Cesaro & Sheamus © def. The Hardy Boyz  4-3 to retail the Raw Tag Team Championships

Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss © via count out. Alexa remains the Raw Women’s Champion

WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz© def. Dean Ambrose via pinfall

Ambulance match: Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns

Heath Slater def. Curt Hawkins

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar © def. Samoa Joe via pinfall

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

Short, fast main event which only lasted for six minutes. Whiles I would normally moan about that, I have to say they really did a lot within that time frame. Lesnar was all about the suplexes as usual while Joe kept going for the Coquina Clutch. It was a simple story between two great grapplers trying to hit their signature spots. I would have liked a few more minutes because it would have been cool to see Lesnar selling a bit more and telling more of a story, but they kept it more simple than that. If you include the pre-match attack it went over ten minutes. I was hoping for a 15-minute match that could have been a classic championship fight. What we got is still good. I just wanted to see more. I thought Joe would kick out of that F5 and that Lesnar would have to hit him with another one. One F5 winning the match puts it over as a huge move, so it’s a way to protect it. Having Joe kick out would hurt the move. I didn’t think Joe was going to win at any point, but you could tell some fans wanted that to happen. Lesnar retaining in his first title defence is the right choice. I still reckon they’ll be a rematch somewhere down the line between these two.

 

Did you see the amount of sweat dripping off Lesnar? Bloody hell, he only wrestled for six minutes. Christ alive.

 

I enjoyed the Ambulance match, it was a solid outing by both Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. The stipulation makes it hard to have a really great match because without the drama of near falls it can be tough. The finish came off like a bit of a fluke win by Strowman where he just moved out of the way to win. It also protects Reigns because he didn’t get pinned. Reigns also didn’t get beaten up that badly either. He got up right away. I picked Strowman to win because I think he’s next for Lesnar. I’m not sure if that’s the plan, but that’s what I would do.

 

I don’t know what it is but Seth Rollins just seems to have been lost in the shuffle since beating Triple H at WrestleMania. He should be presented in a bigger way than he is and it feels like creative has nothing for him. His match with Wyatt was good but below average for what you’d expect from a Rollins PPV match. It wasn’t that exciting in terms of near falls that people bought as a finish because there was a lack of those. Cheap finish with Wyatt hitting the thumb to the eye followed by his finish. I like it because Wyatt obviously needs wins since they don’t happen often enough.

 

The tag match was awesome. These guys are all great performers that know how to build to an exciting conclusion and that’s what they did. There was so much to digest in there. It’s hard to pinpoint everything that they did correctly, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Every fall made a lot of sense and was set up well. When you do a match like that you want to have the heels go up and the faces come back. That’s why they went 3-1 for Sheamus/Cesaro and then the Hardys came back on fire with the crowd rallying behind them. Excellent bout.

 

Average match by Ambrose & Miz.  They’ve wrestled each other too often to the point where I wasn’t surprised by anything that happened. I thought that Miz would win thanks to his wife and the Miztourage guys. It was a very predictable match. I think it’s telling that the crowd was dead for almost the entire the match except when Miz stole moves from Daniel Bryan. Ambrose’s comeback was good and the crowd bought into it a bit, but not that much. That should be the last Miz vs. Ambrose match for a long time. It’s time to move on.

 

Man, it felt weird watching Big Cass & Enzo fight each other. I expected it to be a squash victory for Big Cass and that’s exactly what we got. I didn’t think Enzo would get no offense, but that’s what happened. I have no problem with it because Cass has a bright future as a singles guy and I think it’s going to be tough for Enzo as a singles wrestler. Sure he’s a solid promo guy (his pre-match promo was excellent) but he needs to work as an in-ring performer. No idea where he goes from here.

 

The women’s match was hampered by a crappy finish. They did the count out finish during a Smackdown PPV a few months ago and I didn’t like it then either. It’s what WWE does when they don’t want to book a loser, but they want to keep the feud going. Fans never like it. Other than that they did some cool moves that were hard-hitting and looked believable. It was probably the best singles match Bliss has had at this point in her career.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 8

For a show that had such a silly name, it turned out to be a great show. Best Raw PPV of the year, no doubt about it. It was a predictable show and that’s okay because it was well booked while every wrestler busted their ass to put on a good performance.

My favourite moments were the Tag Team Title match, Strowman walking away from the wreckage like a badass that makes me want to cheer him and Lesnar/Joe was excellent although I wish they got more time.

 

PPV Rankings

Royal Rumble – 8.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

Great Balls of Fire – 8

WrestleMania 33 – 7

Backlash – 6.5

Money in the Bank – 6

Extreme Rules – 6

Payback – 6

Fastlane – 4.5

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