WWE Results: Great Balls of Fire 2017
And as promised, that will be the last time I ever write that PPV title. If WWE decides to reuse the title, I'll find a way around it next year. Anyway, there are more important things to talk about; like that Iron Man tag match, the ambulance match, and of course the Universal title match.
But first, a quick reminder of our current standings.
With that out of the way, let's get to the matches.
Neville (c) vs Akira Tozawa (Cruiserweight Championship match)
I'm still disappointed that this match was on the kickoff show, but it was entertaining as expected. I was hoping for a little more out of this one, and would have liked maybe 5 more minutes. I think it would have been cool to have this match extend past the Kickoff show, and actually continue through as the PPV started proper. In any case, Neville picked up the win and continued his reign as the King of the Cruiserweights.
Winner: Neville (all)
Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Has any wrestler looked as worthless in a PPV win? I mean I'm glad Bray won, I'm still a fan of his, and I hope WWE finally figures out what they want to do with him, but until they prove they have a plan for him, I'll never get excited for a win of his. Regardless, the match was good, and serviceable, and it was a decent way to start the PPV, I just wish it felt more important.
Winner: Bray Wyatt (all)
Enzo Amore vs Big Cass
Did anyone expect this to go any other way? Enzo talked, Big Cass won, good night. I'm curious to see what WWE decides to do with the two of them now.
Winner: Big Cass (all)
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs The Hardy Boyz (30 Minute Iron Man Tag Team Championship match)
This match was a great display for all four men involved, and I expected nothing else from the champs. That Brogue Kick to start the match off was brutal, and it just remained shitty for Matt Hardy throughout. He got busted open the hard way, and it was brutal. 99% of the match was great, but the ending felt extremely fucked up. Not exactly sure what happened, but it doesn't take away from the quality of the rest of the match.
Winner: Cesaro & Sheamus (Pink, Rybo Slice, Double A)
Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks (Raw Women's Championship match)
I think there has to be an amendment with our scoring system here. Sasha didn't win the belt, shouldn't that count more than Alexa getting counted? In any case, this was a decent match, but I hated how Alexa pulled out the double jointed trick, and the announcers completely ignored that this isn't the first time she did it. I understand that the first time she did it was when she was on Smackdown, but come on at least act like you watch both shows.
Winner: Sasha Banks (Brundan)
The Miz (c) vs Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship match)
This feud lasted over a year, at least it feels like it did. They've had some really good match, and some really shitty ones. This one falls squarely in the middle. I don't know if the Mizterage and Maryse helped or hurt the match, but it went pretty much as expected.
Winner: The Miz (all)
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman (Ambulance match)
No one cares about the end of the match any more do they? After what Roman did following the match, that's all people will be talking about. Braun won because Roman is an idiot, which we all knew, but I believed that WWE was building Roman for a Summerslam title match, now that seems out of the plans. Roman attacking Braun, and crashing the ambulance is not the action of a face wrestler, could this mean, they are officially turning Roman heel? Probably not, but it'll be interesting to see what they do tonight on Raw with it.
Winner: Braun Strowman (Brundan and Rybo Slice)
Brock Lesnar (c) vs Samoa Joe (Universal Championship match)
Six minutes and thirty seconds. That's how long the title match was. I think the Heath Slater/Curt Hawkins match that was thrown together during the ambulance kerfuffle may have lasted longer. What Joe did before the match actually started was good and made him come off strong no matter what happened after. The fact that he wasn't completely squashed, only helped his stock in my book. Joe hurt Brock, and not everyone can say that. Brock won with some impressive speed that I don't remember seeing since before he left the company initially.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (all)
Despite the PPV name, and the suggestive logo (look it up), and the fact that Roman eliminating himself from the ambulance match cost me the PPV win, I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't the best ever, but I liked it.
Here are your new standings...
Congrats to the winners; Brundan and Rybo Slice