By Nick The WWE Chick
As a long-time wrestling fan, I embrace both the good and the bad. From WWF to WCW to WWE and even TNA. WWE has put on 4 PPV events this summer so far, but none have raised the bar until “Great Balls of Fire”.
The first match was a great start to the event. We saw the always bizarre Bray Wyatt face Seth Rollins. lt is no secret that Rollins can be a loose cannon and Wyatt is a master of the mind games which makes their feud all the more interesting to watch. Right from the start Wyatt played mind games with Rollins to try to throw him off his game, but Rollins gave Wyatt a run for his money. In the end although a valiant effort, Wyatt was victorious.
Next, we move on to a “what are they thinking moment.” Enzo Amore vs Big Cass. If they are trying to recreate an Andre The Giant —Hulk Hogan feud of the 80’s they have failed. Enzo and Big Cass are better as a team not singles. Enzo put his heart into this match but proved to be easy prey for the seven-footer.
Now we move on to one of the high points of the night. The 30-minute Iron Man Match between The
Hardy’s and Champions Seamus and Cesaro. The rules stated that the team with the most falls wins. The champs gained the first 2 falls with the Hardy’s causing a tie breaker at the last minute of the match which cost them the match.
On to the ladies. WWE has come a long way in the women’s division and this match helps to prove this point. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s title did not disappoint. From the start these two ladies showed their passion and hunger for the sport. The small but mighty “Little Miss Bliss*’ threw everything she had at “The Boss” who came right back and then some. In the end, the champ outsmarted the Boss by getting herself counted out to lose the match but keep her title. Well played champ. Weil played.
My least favorite match is up next, Miz vs Ambrose for the Intercontinental title. Boring short story, Miz and his entourage use trickery to defeat the Lunatic Fringe. NEEXXTT.
Although the main event was supposed to be Samoa Joe vs. “The Beast” Brock Lesnar this next match stole the show by far. The ambulance match between Braum Stowman and Roman Reigns had quite a few what did just see? Moments. Especially the ending.
After losing to Strowman, Reigns in a fit of rage comes out of the ambulance and spears Strowman straight to hell, eventually stuffing Strowman into the ambulance and driving it through a semi in the parking lot. First time I have ever seen the jaws of life used on a wrestling program. Strowman made it out and went looking for Reigns. To be continued.
The match before the main event was meant to be a distraction from the backstage drama. Heath Slater vs. Curt Hawkins. Slater took the win.
Finally, all the hype that lead to the main event Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar. In my opinion, the hype leading up to the match was better than the match itself. Both men fought a hard battle but true to form “The Beast” pulled off the victory.
The next Pay Per View will be Battleground in Philadelphia. This will be Smackdown’s turn to shine. They have some big shoes to fill because Raw just raised the bar for future Pay Per View events.
Well done WWE Raw. Well done.
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