The WWE returned to pay per view with Sunday’s Great Balls Of Fire, where no titles changed hands and 9 matches were shoved down our throats. Overall, the three plus hours moved along but the show felt bland at times. Somewhere in that mix of ordinary, five wrestlers left Great Balls Of Fire as real losers.
If you missed Great Balls of Fire, check our play by play. Talk about throwing a match together last second. As WWE worked on the aftermath of Roman Reigns crashing the ambulance with Braun Strowman in it, fans got Heath Slater vs. Curt Hawkins. The two were still putting their ring attire on as firefighters arrived. People were focused on the big screen and Slater won without the ending even airing on any TV screen. It felt pointless for either to get warmed up for a match that was given no attention by announcers or fans. Samoa Joe has been taking out top superstars ever since Extreme Rules. Despite jumping Brock Lesnar before the bell and sending him through a table, the challenger couldn’t get the win. Joe might have gained some offense, but Lesnar kept the Universal Championship after a single F5. I wished Lesnar hit the finisher twice in a row or at least had trouble landing his finisher. After such build, Joe’s time to shine ended too soon. The Miz did leave the pay per view with his title, but he has to thank everyone at ringside. Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas and Maryse ensured that the IC Championship remained with the Hollywood star. We’ve seen The Miz win matches on his own and to require so much assistance to defeat Dean Ambrose, it made the champion look weak. I’m glad the belt stayed put, but it seemed like there was more focus on the action outside the ring rather than inside. Roman Reigns walked into Great Balls of Fire with the idea that he was getting a Universal Championship shot at SummerSlam. Reigns hit Braun Strowman with everything, yet the monster mostly no sold the offense. Then, Reigns’ own momentum got the best of him and he lost. The post-match attack is not what the top face of the WWE should be doing. We know it’s scripted, but blatantly crashing an ambulance to damn near kill someone is beyond PG or the act of a face for the children. The Hardy Boyz are WWE’s top team when looking at the best duo on either brand. They’ve done everything and met some of the best teams around the world. Sheamus & Cesaro basically outsmarted the brothers. By gaining the first pin within seconds and then going up 2-0, Sheamus & Cesaro showed they had a game plan and properly executed it. The veterans were outclassed by two men who weren’t even a tag team 12 months ago.