Our preview of the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view.
Is Great Balls of Fire the worse named PPV in WWE history? It’s close but This Tuesday in Texas and Insurrextion probably still win out. Shame about the name because the card is stacked for the Raw brand. Let’s get to our preview and the rest of the week in WWE.
1) Monday Night Raw’s Greats Balls of Fire pay per view is this Sunday. What matches are you most looking forward to?
Corey: Easily the main event Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar. With the way Joe has been built this could easily be match of the night. Also looking forward to Sheamus and Cesaro vs The Hardys in a 30-min Iron Man Match as well as Roman vs Braun part 3.
Josh: The 30-minute Iron Man match between Sheasaro (Sheamus and Cesaro — look I’m trying something out here) and the Hardys should easily be the highlight of the night. They’re dedicating a large portion of the event to this match so we should expect good things.
2) Do you foresee a title change between Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks?
Corey: Possibly. I’m just not super big on Alex Bliss. I don’t think she’s done anything wrong it’s just when I see her I always think of a lesser Trish Stratus. If the Women’s Championship does change hands I wouldn’t have a single problem with it.
Josh: I do not. It’s too early in this feud and Alexa Bliss is a standout performer in the women’s division. Bliss retains, probably due to shenanigans.
3) Recently Bayley did an interview where she said she was at a weird place in her career and even mentioned playing a heel. What are your thoughts on that?
Corey: I definitely agree that she’s got some changes to make. The small town girl gimmick is only good until you actually become champion. She’s been NXT Women’s Champion and the Raw Women’s Champion. Now that the dreams are accomplished she’s gotta add more to her character.
Josh: She’s definitely in a weird place. The appeal of the Bayley character in NXT was that she was the lovable loser. Always getting close to achieving her goals only to come up painstakingly close. Her winning the title in NXT was a years long program built to an amazing climactic moment. That is decidedly not what happened on the main roster. The Bayley character was closer to Tommy Dreamer in ECW than the fourth horsewoman that she is currently. I’m not sure heel is the answer, but a decided shift in her character is needed to find her footing again.
4) Kevin Owens dropped the United States Championship to AJ Styles during a house show. What do you think of that?
Corey: I loved it! Would I have preferred to see it live? Of course. But since title changes at house shows almost never happen anymore it adds a little extra excitement to their feud.
Josh: Great move especially at Madison Square Garden. I actually would like WWE to do this more on occasion. It really adds a jolt to the house show ticket sales and ignites the local fan bases where they feel they have to go to the show when it’s in town because “anything can happen.”
5) This week on Smackdown we got to see the first ever rap battle between the Usos and New Day. How did you feel about the segment?
Corey: I absolutely loved it. You can tell they had a good bit of creative freedom because it didn’t come off as corny at all and I loved the addition of known wrestling fanatic, Wale, being the judge. Besides I’m always a fan of wrestling incorporating aspects of hip hop in a non corny way. Lookin’ at you 1999 WCW No Limit Soldiers!
Josh: I don’t think it’s much of a statement to say that’s the best rap/hip-hop segment in WWE history. Wale worked that segment like a master and I’d love to see him involved in more WWE segments in the future. Significant step up in celebrity guest appearances from last week.
– Austin Aries getting released saddened me because I really wanted to see what he could do with people like Cedric Alexander, AJ Styles, and Seth Rollins.
– I have no idea what’s going on with American Alpha. I hope they don’t break them up this soon.
– I’m incredibly frustrated that once again the Cruiserweight Championship match is on the pre-show. It’s like WWE is telling us to just not bother paying attention to 205Live. Neville is great, the Akira Tozawa storyline with the Titus Brand is great, and they are stuck in the pre-show.