We just witnessed the first ever Great Balls of Fire event, and boy, was it a great one. There was exciting action galore, and despite the silly name, the event was enjoyable. Some of the matches were duds, but otherwise most of the card was impressive.
Bray Wyatt actually won a match by himself. The Miz retained his Intercontinental Championship. Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss, albeit by countout. Neville defeated Titus Worldwide’s newest client, Akira Tozawa. And these were just some of the matches at Great Balls of Fire. Which matches were awesome, and which awesome match was the best? Let us find out.
4. The Hardy Boyz v. Sheamus & Cesaro (30 Minute Iron Man Match)
This was a very fun contest, no doubt about it. There was a lot of exciting action and near falls to keep you on the edge of your seat. Both teams showed excellent chemistry with each other. One of the best spots was a Twist of Fate off the top turnbuckle.
The storytelling in this match was also undeniably superb. With Sheamus & Cesaro picking up one fall in 10 seconds and dominating most of the match, it sold the Hardys as two brothers fighting to stay alive. When they were all tied up, you really wanted to know what was happening next. Cesaro was able to steal a pin after a Swanton bomb, and that sealed the deal.
Both teams looked really good in the match. The Hardys looked resilient and determined, while Sheamus and Cesaro came off as calculated and intelligent. It will be exciting to see who will face the champions next (partly because there are no more contenders for them, but that’s a story for another article).
3. Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar
Despite the loss, this match made Joe look like an absolute monster. He attacked Brock Lesnar and sent him through the announce table. He locked in his Coquina Clutch and nearly made Brock tap out. Samoa Joe stood face to face with Brock Lesnar and did not flinch.
This match was competitive, which was many people were hoping for. It almost looked like Joe was going to win at some points. It was nice to see Brock sell for a bit (mainly because he doesn’t really do that too much anymore). In the end, though, the Beast put down the Destroyer. The match was only 6 minutes, but it was 6 great minutes. It was 6 minutes of pure and unrestrained physicality.
This was Lesnar’s 2nd best match of the year so far (because his only other singles match was against Goldberg). With Lesnar’s next title defense set for Summerslam, whoever is next to face him (probably Reigns) has quite a bar to reach. If all of Lesnar’s title defenses can be this good, then his reign is going to be a memorable one.
2. Braun Strowman v. Roman Reigns
Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns could fight forever and I probably wouldn’t get mad. These two have such great matches against each other. They truly bring out the best in each other, and this match was no exception. For 16 minutes, these two beat the hell out of each other. Reigns targeted Strowman’s elbow, and Strowman just kept destroying Reigns.
The match ended after Strowman dodged a spear and Roman ended up in the ambulance. The best part came after, though. Reigns reemerged from the ambulance and tossed Strowman inside. He then drove the vehicle to the parking lot and crashed it into a truck.
How they managed to do this, I’m not entirely sure. I’ve no clue how Braun got out, or if they just left him in there because he’s more than human and could totally survive in a crashing ambulance. We don’t know yet what’s going to happen to the two of them, but if they had another match I wouldn’t mind at all. Both men looked like monsters in this match.
1. Heath Slater v. Curt Hawkins