WWE presents one of the worst named pay-per-views in the history of the company this Sunday night when Great Balls of Fire takes place from the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas.
When the name was first announced it was met with a lot of criticism from the WWE Universe. But somehow the creative team behind Monday Night Raw have been able to come up with a fantastic card for the first event of its name and the WWE Universe are now considerably hyped about it.
The card is absolutely stacked and boasts a main event that could see Brock Lesnar face his toughest challenge to date as he takes on Samoa Joe. Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman collide in an Ambulance match and a feud that started back at WrestleMania between The Hardy Boyz and Cesaro and Sheamus should surely be coming to an end this weekend in a 30-minute Ironman match for the Tag Team Championship.
The Cruiserweight and Women’s Championships are also on the line as well as bragging rights between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt. While former partners collide as the personal feud between Enzo Amore and Big Cass continues when they face each other for the first time.
Here are 10 of the boldest predictions for the event:
10. Triple H Will Make His Return
Triple H hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since he was defeated at WrestleMania by his former protege Seth Rollins. If rumours are to be believed then Triple H will need to return to WWE sometime in the near future if he has any hopes of building up a potential match with Kurt Angle for SummerSlam in just over a months time.
Even if Triple H doesn’t appear in Texas, there needs to be a continuation of the texting storyline with the Raw General Manager and Corey Graves otherwise the WWE Universe will forget what has already happened. It is currently unknown who is texting these personal things about Kurt to both the GM and Graves, but it is thought that Triple H is behind it and that will be revealed soon.
9. Finn Balor Will Be Involved In The Show
Finn Balor and Elias Samson have a slow-burn feud currently on-going on Monday Night Raw. But WWE has decided not to include a match between the duo on pay-per-view this time around.
The card is stacked, with eight matches already confirmed to be taking place on Sunday night, so it makes sense that one match was always going to be lost in the shuffle. But a backstage interview with Finn that leads to a staredown would be better than completely cutting both men from the show altogether. Hopefully, Finn and Elias are used at Great Balls of Fire in some capacity, it would be a huge loss otherwise.
8. Braun Strowman Will Defeat Roman Reigns In Their Ambulance Match
The rivalry between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns began back in January at the Royal Rumble when Braun cost Roman the chance to win the Universal Championship from Kevin Owens. Since then there have been many brutal encounters between the two heavyweights, with Braun flipping an ambulance and Roman putting Strowman on the shelf for six weeks following an elbow injury.
An Ambulance match could be the perfect ending to a rivalry that has captured the WWE Universe’s imagination. If Roman wins the match then he will go on to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam next month, which makes no sense if WWE want Roman and Brock to fight again at WrestleMania 34. But if Braun wins then he can go on to face Brock at SummerSlam instead, given that he was supposed to face him on Sunday night, but his injury caused WWE to change their plans.
7. Big Cass Will Send A Message To Enzo Amore
Big Cass broke the hearts of the WWE Universe when he revealed that he was the one who was attacking Enzo and then went on to kick Enzo in the face. Cass then managed to throw Enzo the length of the WWE ramp after he faked wanting to be his friend again before shoving the knife in a little deeper with the WWE Universe.
Enzo hardly stands a chance. He was the one with the mic skills on the team, in-ring talent has never been associated with Enzo and it could easily be argued that the best build up here is for Cass to attack Enzo backstage once again to prevent their match from going ahead. It would allow the feud to have a much better build and then take place at SummerSlam instead.
6. Bray Wyatt Will Defeat Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is still riding the hype from his WrestleMania win over Triple H and has recently ben unveiled as the cover star for 2K18. He is in a position of power in the company while Bray Wyatt lost his title at WrestleMania to Randy Orton, was moved over to Raw, and has since seen his feud with Finn Balor scrapped in favor of one with Rollins.
Bray needs credibility right now. Rollins is The Kingslayer because he slayed The King at WrestleMania, but what makes Bray think he’s a God? He’s held one WWE singles championship, was defeated by The Undertaker at WrestleMania when he desperately needed that win, and has been buried by WWE at every turn. Bray needs this. He could take come credibility off a win over an inform Rollins who defeated Curt Hawkins in a number of seconds on Raw, Rollins can bounce back from a loss.
5. The Miz Will Retain His Intercontinental Championship
Dean Ambrose couldn’t be in hotter water with WWE at the moment. He was dropped to the kickoff show at WrestleMania after he showed up to the Hall of Fame ceremony drunk. Then he was removed from Total Divas and lost his Intercontinental Championship to The Miz in the strangest of circumstances.
Ambrose made comments about the name of the show when he was on commentary on Monday night that would have definitely led to him being talked to backstage. As far as his match with The Miz goes, The A-Lister has all the momentum. As long as he wears his actual attire for this match then he should walk out with his title. He has Maryse, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel in his corner, Ambrose has nothing to reply to that.
4. Akira Tozawa Will Defeat Neville For The Cruiserweight Championship
Neville has had some great feuds over the Cruiserweight Championship in recent months including ones against TJ Perkins and a lengthy rivalry with Austin Aries. But it has reached the point now where he is facing Akira Tozawa and Titus O’Neil’s “brand” really needs a title to ensure that it looks credible.
Neville has been a fantastic champion for a number of months now but maybe it’s time for him to chase the title for a while rather than being the one holding it. WWE needs to be careful not to ruin the hard work they have put into Neville over the past year by making his reign become boring. Akira could be the man to defeat him and make the Titus Brand credible after both Apollo Crews and Titus were victims of Braun Strowman on Raw.
3. Sheamus And Cesaro Will Retain Their Tag Team Championships
Sheamus and Cesaro began their feud with The Hardy Boyz following WrestleMania and it it could finally be set to come to an end this weekend in a 30-minute Ironman Tag Team match.
Sheamus and Cesaro have been incredible to watch over the past few weeks and it seems likely that they will be the ones to retain their titles so that Matt and Jeff Hardy can go on to do other things. The Hardyz are wasted on the Tag Team scene and with rumors suggesting that Matt’s Broken gimmick could finally be on its way to WWE, it could finally be time for The Hardys to go their separate ways once again. Cesaro and Sheamus could then step into a feud with either The Revival or The Club who have recently turned face.
2. Sasha Banks Will Become A Four-Time Women’s Champion
Sasha Banks has been in and around the Women’s Championship picture the entire time she has been on the Raw roster. Somehow she has come up from 205 Live to become the new #1 Contender to the Women’s Championship in a matter of weeks. Even though the WWE Universe wanted Nia Jax to face Alexa instead.
Sasha and Bayley currently have problems with Nia and Alexa. This leads to the assumption that if Sasha wins the Women’s Championship then Alexa and Nia will be on the same page and can go against Bayley and Sasha. As great as Alexa’s reign has been, Sasha will always be seen as the top female on Raw. And if this leads to Alexa vs. Nia in the future then it could be worth it.
1. Brock Lesnar Will Defeat Samoa Joe
Brock Lesnar faces his biggest challenge to date when he steps in the ring with former TNA and NXT star Samoa Joe. Over the past few weeks, Joe has made both Paul Heyman and Lesnar pass out to the Coquina Clutch and has even kicked Brock in the face. All of the momentum is in Joe’s favor and that is the worst possible thing for Joe heading into a showdown with The Beast.
Brock has seen what Joe has to work with now and with Joe, as wound up as he is about this match, it could be easy for Brock to use it against him. Brock is a machine and the fact that Joe has already made him mad means that he is about to be brutalized. Lesnar lost to Goldberg last year and then showed him at WrestleMania that he should have stayed retired. Brock has been in this position before and WWE wouldn’t have given him the title to see him fall at the first hurdle.
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