Yes, WWE’s next PPV is really named after a Jerry Lee Lewis song, and yes, the logo for the event doesn’t even try to be subtle in any way. Regardless, on Sunday, July 9, the Raw brand-exclusive event Great Balls of Fire comes to PPV and the WWE Network and boasts eight matches, which includes five title matches.
Great Balls of Fire starts Sunday at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, with a Kickoff Show beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.
Neville (c) vs. Akira Tozawa (Kickoff Match)
(For the Cruiserweight Championship)
Neville must prove, once again, that he is the king of the cruiserweights when he takes on Akira Tozawa during the Kickoff Show. In the past, the cruiserweight bouts have been the highlight of the PPVs, so we know one thing is for sure: this is going to be great.
We thought Neville was going to drop the title to Austin Aries during that feud, but he didn’t. Neville continues to prove he’s a champ worthy of the title, and because this is the first big match between he and Tozawa, we’re giving the win to Neville.
Our prediction: Neville wins
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass
If you’re not keeping track of what’s happening on Raw, then this matchup is probably pretty confusing to you. Here’s what happened: Enzo was getting attacked backstage, but we found out that the person behind it was actually Big Cass, who had become increasingly annoyed by Enzo’s big mouth. Then, they made up, only to have Big Cass attack Enzo once again. Now, they’re fighting each other in this “David vs. Goliath” battle.
Big Cass is an unteachable seven feet tall, while Enzo Amore is more than a foot shorter. It seems like this will be a cakewalk for Cass, but we’re thinking that Enzo will actually get the win, to help legitimize him as a solo superstar. A win for Cass would just feel like a nail in the coffin in Enzo’s career, so we’re pulling for the Certified G.
Our prediction: Enzo Amore wins
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz (30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match)
(For the Raw Tag Team Championship)
The Hardy Boyz get their rematch at Great Balls of Fire as they take on Cesaro and Sheamus in a 30-minute Iron Man match. They lost the titles at Extreme Rules in a steel cage, which had a pretty bizarre finish, involving Jeff Hardy going back into the cage after leaving. Nevertheless, fans will get to witness an Iron Man match, where the two teams will battle for 30 minutes to see who can get the most pins/submissions within the time limit.
We’re giving the win to Cesaro and Sheamus simply because we hope it breaks Matt and Jeff Hardy. Their “Broken” gimmick was one of the most entertaining storylines in years, and it would be awesome to see it come to the WWE. In addition, Cesaro and Sheamus have been a lot of fun to watch in the ring, and they should have a bit more time with the belts to really establish them as champions.
Our prediction: Cesaro & Sheamus win
The Miz (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
(For the Intercontinental Championship)
We’re not sure what to make of the Miz/Dean Ambrose rivalry. Is Raw trying to present this as a new feud, or are they building off of the storyline that began on Smackdown last year? Regardless, Dean Ambrose wants the IC title back, and the only way to get it is to defeat The Miz.
Without a doubt, this will be a fantastic battle, but for those who watch Smackdown, it’s going to feel like deja vu. There are a few things that are different for the Raw version of this story. Maryse and Miz are on the outs, and Miz has Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas backing him up. More than likely, Miz will end up getting the win thanks to his “Miztourage.” While the matches these two men have had were great, it’s time for both of them to move on to something new, like Miz feuding with Goldust. Let’s make that happen.
Our prediction: The Miz wins
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
Great Balls of Fire will feature the end of the first chapter between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt. This is still a new rivalry so don’t expect this to be the last one between the two.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about this fight. Raw is tossing two of its biggest and underutilized stars in this mash-up match. This one will go to Bray Wyatt, who has been on a losing streak for what feels like forever. In order to solidify this feud, Wyatt has to come out on top.
Our prediction: Bray Wyatt wins
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks
(For the Raw Women’s Championship)
Fans are excited to see Sasha Banks back in the spotlight, after being involved in a bland 205 Live-related story. Once again, she’ll get a chance to win the Raw women’s title by taking on Alexa Bliss, who seems unbeatable right now. This is the only women’s match on the PPV, which is a big disappointment.
This is going to be one fantastic battle because both of these women are at the top of their game. We do not see the title changing hands here, especially with Summerslam right around the corner, where anything can happen. Instead, we expect Alexa Bliss to win, with a rematch coming in August.
Our prediction: Alexa Bliss wins
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (Ambulance Match)
Braun Stowman isn’t done with Roman Reigns yet. These two have had some over-the-top, brutal brawls with each other over the past couple of months, and now, they’ll face each other in an Ambulance Match. The only way to win this no-DQ brawl is to get your opponent inside the back of an ambulance and close the doors.
We won’t be getting a traditional match between Reigns and Strowman. It will be an all-out war. Because of this, it seems like Strowman has the stamina to outlast Reigns. In addition, Strowman has the strength that will deliver the pain that will result in him winning.
Our prediction: Braun Strowman wins
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa Joe
(For the Universal Championship)
If you watch Raw, you’ve probably asked yourself at least once over the past few months, “Who is the Universal Champion?” The current champ, Brock Lesnar, isn’t around all that much, which has left a great deal of airtime for Samoa Joe to fully develop as the #1 contender for the belt.
The buildup to this event has been phenomenal. The push for Samoa Joe is working fantastically, especially with Joe putting both Heyman and Lesnar in the coquina clutch. However, because they’re building up Joe as an unstoppable force, that makes us think Brock will come out on top, but this will be a really close bout. There are also a lot of rumors stating Roman Reigns will win the belt at Summerslam. Personally, I’d rather see a rematch between Joe and Lesnar at the August PPV.
Our prediction: Brock Lesnar wins
Great Balls of Fire starts Sunday at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, with a Kickoff Show beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. Come back to GameSpot during the PPV for live updates of the results.