Who walked out of Great Balls of Fire with gold in hand?
We got one of the better WWE PPVs of the year in Great Balls of Fire and arguably the best Ambulance Match ever. And are the Hardys ready to become Broken once again?
1) This past Sunday was Monday Night Raw’s Great Balls of Fire Pay Per View. What did you think of the event?
Corey: I have to say that it was a beyond solid event. I was entertained from beginning to end. Kudos to all the participants because it was so good I completely forgot how much I hated the name. Also can we talk about how there was blood in all but two matches?!
Josh: A really well put together PPV from start to finish. The end of the Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns match was really well done. Also, Roman defacto heel? Sending out the impromptu match was a great touch.
2) What were some high points for you?
Corey: I absolutely loved the Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman ambulance match. It was booked perfectly. Both men still came out looking strong even with Braun coming out the winner due to a miscalculation by Reigns, but the moment of the night came from Roman trying to murder Braun in the back of the ambulance yet Braun still being able to bloodily walk away on his own power. I know it’s going to culminate in one of two matches but I’d love to see these men go at it in both a Last Man Standing Match and a Hell in a Cell Match. Also I loved the Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar match. Joe was in control almost the entire match and I really dug how they told the story of Joe just barely being beaten. If they book more people that face Brock with having more offense then it starts to tell the story of the crop of new guys that are coming for Brock’s spot.
Josh: See above, but also the Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar match was a hard hitting 10-minute affair. WWE has really hit a sweet spot with the booking of Lesnar matches. Not too long, tons of high impact stuff. It feels like an MMA match with both competitors seemingly gassed by the time it gets anywhere near 15 minutes. The Sheamus and Cesaro vs Hardys match was also expertly done. Thought they might play shoot for an overtime angle, but I really liked what they did in that 30 minutes.
3) Were there any surprises for you?
Corey: I was surprised at how good Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt was despite the terrible build up.
Josh: I expected slightly more offense out of Enzo Amore for his match with Big Cass. I half expected a squash, but they don’t seem like they’re going to draw out that feud at all. Also the number of times wrestlers and camera angles accidentally spelled out “Eat Balls” was surprising.
4) On Monday Night Raw, following their tag-team Iron Man Match with Sheamus and Cesaro the previous night, we saw the Hardys cut a promo heavily hinting at the Broken gimmick. What are your thoughts?
Corey: After this week’s programming I’m really starting to believe that there isn’t anything the WWE can’t eventually bring to fruition with a little persuasion and I’m really hoping we see it.
Josh: Certainly feels like there is some sort of deal in place for the Hardys to use the gimmick without a lawsuit, that or the WWE lawyers feel very strongly that it doesn’t really matter if Impact/Global Force/TNA has issue with it, they will win anyway. Also WWE must feel this is a guaranteed money draw for them because I don’t think they would forge ahead if they didn’t think it was cost effective.
5) Kurt Angle’s WWE: Homecoming documentary is now available on WWE Network. What are your thoughts on it?
Corey: Well one of the main reasons I mentioned I don’t think there’s anything WWE can’t bring to their programming is that former TNA President Dixie Carter was featured in the documentary which is something I didn’t think would EVER happen. Putting that aside it was amazingly well done and gave a little more insight to a character who introduced himself to the wrestling world during my childhood which also coincided with the Attitude Era. They did a great job with showing who Kurt Angle was as well as addressing his demons that almost cut his career and life short. I’d definitely suggest anyone with time to go check it out.
Josh: It’s a very good watch and really dives into the situation that landed Kurt Angle in TNA. I remember when Angle was released from WWE that it was incredibly shocking and no one could quite get the full story on what had happened. But to hear it officially from Angle and from Vince McMahon it clears up a murky cloud from that time period. It also really does an excellent job of showing the struggles of addiction and how all consuming it can be for a person.
– Tozawa and Neville need to be given about 15-minutes and I would bet money they could steal the show.
– Gail Kim announced that she’s retiring at the end of the year and I can’t help but be a little sad. I LOVED her finisher.
– I’m ready for the Mae Young Classic to hit the WWE Network. First round of tapings happened this past week and I’ve heard good things coming from the event.