WITH THE GREAT BALLS OF FIRE PAY-PER-VIEW AROUND THE CORNER, HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND PREDICTIONS…
Raw Womens Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks
I genuinely thought Nia Jax was in for a shot at the title after decimating Emma, Bayley, Mickie James and Dana Brooke in the Gauntlet Match on RAW. However, it’s Sasha Banks that is going to square off against Little Miss Bliss at Great Balls of Fire. What can we expect from this?
I really like Sasha, I think she is a great worker and she really excites the crowd. She brings great energy and intensity. She has won “Match of the Year” and also “Woman of the Year” in NXT. Banks was also one of two women to headline a pay-per-view for the first time. Does The Boss have what it takes to become a four-time RAW Women’s champion?
I don’t think so. Alexa Bliss was drafted to RAW in April and took it by storm winning a fatal-four-way to become number one contender and then beating Bayley at Payback to become the RAW Women’s Champion. Bliss is the first woman to have won both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships. I think Alexa Bliss has great potential and is having a good run with the title right now. Sasha will be a formidable opponent and it will surely be a great match but for me,
WWE Cruiserweight Title – Neville (c) vs Akira Tozawa
Turning Neville heel was a brilliant decision. “The Man That Gravity Forgot” just didn’t do it for me. Neville is in a really good place right now as “The King of the Cruiserweights” and has come a long way. He was always naturally gifted in terms of in-ring ability but his promos and image are considerably better. He is a real joy to watch. He’s been dominating the Cruiserweight scene for a long time, having held the title for a record 154 days.
So who is Akira Tozawa and can he dethrone the King of the Cruiserweights?
Akira Tozawa was announced as a participant for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. Tozawa was eliminated from the tournament in the quarterfinals by Gran Metalik. On the September 5, 2016, episode of RAW, Tozawa was announced as part of the upcoming Cruiserweight division. It was only on February, 6th 2017 Tozawa made his debut on RAW defeating Drew Gulak in singles competition. Aligned with Titus O’Neil, a match was confirmed between him and Neville at Great Balls of Fire.
Tozawa has a lot of talent and I think he would be the perfect man to overthrow Neville. Neville has been far too dominant and has always looked at ease in his matches. We haven’t seen a great deal of Tozawa yet and I think he could surprise Neville.
Enzo Amore vs Big Cass
Fans had been wondering for a long time who had been behind the attacks that kept happening backstage on RAW. Cass shocked everyone when he revealed he had been the one attacking Enzo and faked himself being attacked, so Enzo wouldn’t suspect it was him. Cass made his frustrations clear that he thought his partner was holding him back from reaching his full potential and described Amore as “dead weight”. Cass delivered a swift boot to Enzo cementing his heel turn.
The following week on RAW, Enzo called out Cass attempting to bury the hatchet. Cass accepted the apology as the two embraced. They left the ring and as they approached the top of the ramp, Cass attacked Enzo and continued to berate him. Provoked by the crowd, Cass picked up Enzo and threw him down the ramp.
I think this has been an interesting feud but I must say how gutted I am that we never saw Enzo and Cass as the Tag Team champions. They didn’t even get the NXT titles. Admittedly I feel things have gone a bit stale and pitting them against each other is an interesting idea. I think we’ll see a decent match but I expect Cass to win this. I feel they hold Big Cass in high regard. It seemed unusual for him to have been selected in the fatal-four way that was won by Kevin Owens to crown the Universal Champion way back when. Could we potentially see Cass on for a big push? Cass has been mean, he’s been nasty and I expect him to give Enzo a beat down Sunday night.
Big Cass wins.
WWE Intercontinental Title – The Miz (c) vs Dean Ambrose
I wish I could get psyched for this but The Miz simply doesn’t do it for me. It’s crazy to think he is a seven-time Intercontinental champion. Chris Jericho holds the record at 9. The way The Miz is going, I could see him eventually breaking it. Miz does get a lot of heat, he’s a good heel and I’m sure there are some people out there who love him but I just can’t get on with him. The intercontinental title hasn’t been exciting for a long time. I can remember back when John Cena won the United States belt and Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental and I thought they were going to bring some real meaning back to the belts, ultimately it didn’t last.
I’m a fan of Dean Ambrose and I think he’s got a lot of talent. He’s great on the mic and the fans dig him. It feels like we’ve had a lot of back and forth between Dean and The Miz and although some of the segments have been hilarious, I think people are a bit tired of it. I would expect to The Miz to retain. I don’t think it will be clean though. I would expect his new goons in the form of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel will come to his aid.
The Miz retains.
WWE Raw Tag Team Titles, 30 Minute Iron Man Match – Sheamus & Cesaro (c) vs The Hardy Boyz
This will be the final bout between these guys which is going to take place in the form of a 30 minute Iron Man match. Cesaro and Sheamus beat the Hardy boyz in a steel cage match back at Extreme Rules to become the tag team champions. Two weeks they battled it out in a two-out-of-three falls match on RAW which ended in a no contest after the deciding fall ended in a double count out.
Can the Hardys win? Unlikely. I think Cesaro and Sheamus have been on a real roll and are riding the wave of momentum. It’s taken me a long time but I’m actually really enjoying them now. I feel WWE have WONDERFUL plans for Matt Hardy in the near future and Vince is reportedly keen on Jeff having a singles run and facing either Finn Balór or Brock Lesnar. I think this could be the downfall of the Hardyz and potentially a break up.
Whatever happens, this is going to be a great watch!
Sheamus and Cesaro retain.
Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
I’m a big fan of both of these. I still feel as though WWE are a bit confused as to what they want/are hoping to do with Bray Wyatt. I felt they had him in pole position, finally giving him the WWE championship at Elimination Chamber only for him to lose it at Wrestlemania, a Pay-per-view he is still yet to win at. It didn’t make sense to me.
Bray is a great worker and a very unique character. He’s dark and mysterious and can cut some awesome promos. However, I don’t feel they have a plan for him. Seth Rollins is a face right now and is currently promoting the new WWE 2K18 video game. Rollins has been the “star man” in the past and is very marketable and appealing. It will be a decent match but I don’t feel there is a great deal in it and a win for Rollins is likely more important than a win for Bray.
Ambulance Match – Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
The crowd was electric when The Monster among Men returned to RAW and beat the hell out of Roman Reigns and threw him in the back of the ambulance. I really like Strowman and although I think this is going to be a war, Braun won’t come out the victor. Braun Strowman was built to be an absolute giant and he lost all his momentum when Roman Reigns gave him his first ever clean loss.
Reigns needs all the momentum he can get as he made his announcement on RAW recently that he wants a shot at whoever comes out on top in the Universal Championship bout between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe. I cannot see Reigns losing this match knowing he’s going into a title match at his next pay-per-view.
WWE Universal Champion – Brock Lesnar (c) vs Samoa Joe
I feel this is a very obvious one but after the segment with Brock and Joe this past week on RAW. I am very intrigued and so stoked for this match. They played their cards absolutely perfectly having Joe attack Lesnar on RAW and it has billed Joe up to be his equal. Joe is not scared and he’s not going to back down. That was the first time we have ever seen Lesnar up against it and vulnerable.
Can Samoa Joe cage The Beast? For me….no. It’s going to be a fantastic match but I feel Lesnar is just getting started with the title. He’s held the belt for 92 days and this is his first title defence. I don’t think he will lose. However, it’s key they don’t make Samoa Joe look weak.
(from Edd Talks Wrestling)