For the first time, WWE presents Great Balls of Fire this Sunday from Dallas, Texas. The name of the event drew all kinds of criticism for great reason, but after weeks of build, this is shaping up to be a solid show. If it fails, at least the graphics package is pretty sweet.
Let’s get to the predictions:
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe (L) Universal Championship: This match has the few of a true main event. The Beast and the Destroyer go face to face after weeks of intense exchanges on Monday Night Raw. While Joe has definitely proven he is Universal Championship material, this is not his moment. The past few weeks building this match has been his moment. For the casual wrestling fan, Samoa Joe has arrived and shown why is a true badass. Lesnar needs to make Joe look strong this match, but squeak by with a win. This program has been a success on all levels and WWE did exactly what it needed to do with Joe. Now he can be looked at as a legitimate threat once Roman Reigns claims the title.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (L): This one is tough to call, but at the same time seems obvious. The Big Dog has already claimed he is next in line for a title shot. Therefore, he should win this match to setup his next feud with Brock Lesnar. I don’t think a loss here for Strowman hurts him that much. He is coming off injury and he won’t be pinned in this match. These guys will leave it all out there and that will keep Strowman from losing any momentum.
The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose (L) Intercontinental Championship: For what seems like the 100th match between these two in the past year, it’s time for them to move on from each other. The Miz is a great champion and makes the belt feel important. Plus, he has a new “Miztourage” to help him ringside. Ambrose should lose due to shenanigans and then begin feuding with Bo Dallas, one of the Miztourage members, so Bo can be built up before joining Bray Wyatt.
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks (L) Raw Women’s Championship: It hurts me to admit, but it feels like Alexa Bliss has lost some of that momentum she brought with her to Raw. She was one of the most over superstars when she arrived on the red brand but her feud with Bayley seemed to slow her down, mainly because of the hugger and terrible creative storytelling. I don’t really feel the heat between Bliss and Banks yet. That’s why I think Bliss wins tonight with the help of Nia Jax before losing in a SummerSlam rematch.
Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Team Extreme (L) Raw Tag Team Championship: This could be match of the night. An iron man match between these two should be brutal but I hate seeing a championship hot potato. Cesaro & Sheamus are one of the best teams in the business right now and need to hold that belt to prove it. The Hardy’s do not need the championship to get over. There are also those rumors that a deal with Anthem is close that would allow Matt and Jeff to use their “broken” gimmicks in WWE. That’s when the Hardy’s should get their next big push. But after tonight, how great would a feud between the Hardy’s and The Revival be for SummerSlam?
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt (L): This seems like it’s a match because we have nothing else at the moment for these two. But with Seth on the cover of 2K18, I think he is the next major push this year. WWE does not have many truly over baby faces right now, but Rollins could be that guy. He needs to keep winning and this match is a great starting point to begin building his Wrestlemania resume. I think Bray can afford to lose again because I do see a future where he tags with Bo Dallas in the near future or takes down Miz for the IC title.
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass (L): Enzo gets the win here but only because he is going to get a beating like he’s never experienced. I think Cass beats him to a pulp and is DQ’d or counted out. this feud wraps up at SummerSlam with Cass going over and beginning his run toward the top of the card. Enzo has shown he is one of the best on the mic, and this is a big chance for him to prove he can also be competent as a singles performer in the ring.
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa (L) Cruiserweight Championship: This is the first time since Neville won the purple strap that I could care less. If Aries, one of the few cruiserweights who was actually over with the crowd, could not defeat the king in three attempts, then there is no way Tozawa should be that guy to take down Neville. I like the whole “Titus Brand” thing that he’s got going for him, but Neville is one of the best both in the ring and on the mic right now.