With three weeks until Raw's Great Balls of Fire, only one match has been announced for the card. While it seems a bit strange for them to slow play their newest pay per view, WWE is banking on the main event selling the entire show.
The marquee match will feature Brock Lesnar defending his Universal Championship for the first time against number one contender, Samoa Joe. The two had an bruising altercation on Monday's Raw that was a simple and effective way to hype the crowd for their upcoming match.
Samoa Joe won a Fatal Five Way to become the number one contender for Lesnar's Championship at Extreme Rules. In many ways Joe was the last person anyone expected to be in a position to face Lesnar, but his attack on Heyman and this week's brawl has certainly gone a long way to changing everyone's minds.
Anytime Lesnar steps in the ring it has a big fight feel, but with the brutal Samoan as his opponent, this feels more like a UFC main event than WWE.
As for the rest of the card, WWE has plans in place for a mid-summer blockbuster. SportsKeeda has released the entire rumored card (as of right now) for Great Balls of Fire and it is straight fire (sorry, Becky Lynch).
Scroll down to see all the matches as well as which big names are currently being left out.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships Match
The Bar (C) vs The Hardy Boyz
The Hardys got their highly anticipated rematch last night on Raw, and the two out of three falls match ended in a countout. The seemingly frustrating ending to the match actually kind of refreshing in today's age of 50/50 booking.
Two things could happen at Great Balls when these teams face off for the third pay per view in a row. 1. The Hardys regain their Raw Championships and move on to another top contender. 2. WWE pulls the trigger on breaking up the nostalgia act and The Hardys either get 'Broken' or start working towards going their separate ways into singles action.prevnext
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (C) vs Dean Ambrose
Look, I can't believe this is still happening either. Ambrose defeated The Miz for the IC title back in January, when both were members of the SmackDown Live roster. The feud picked back up when both came to Raw in the 2017 Superstar Shake-Up after WrestleMania and here we are. It's still happening 7 months later.
Both men are entertaining as hell, but the only thing that can spruce up this feud is The Miz's tease of putting together an entourage stable or Elias Samson entering the match and making it a triple threat.prevnext
WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match
Alexa Bliss (C) vs Nia Jax
It makes sense for Nia to be the next woman up, but as we saw last night on Raw, all of the women's roster could be getting involved in the mix. Nia and Alexa have such great chemistry in real life as BFFs I almost hate to see them face off in the ring.
The biggest mystery here is what will become of Bayley. It feels like WWE is taking her down one of these long, strange character development journeys where she slowly loses her hugging nature and getting a new edge.
Either way, seems hard to not see her being a part of the title picture heading into Great Balls.prevnext
Goldust vs R-Truth
This feud was really exciting three weeks ago. Every promo Goldust has brought to the table since turning heel has been full of character development and theatrics. However, nothing new has come from the story other than Goldust's promises and R-Truth rebutting with 90s movie quotes.
Truth be told, I don't care what happens with R-Truth in this feud. His character will stay exactly the same. Goldust, on the other hand, could try to capture some of that Attitude Era magic in a bottle once he moves on from Truth.prevnext
Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Here we have two guys feuding over the fact that Seth called Bray names. I think. Look, neither of these guys have anything to do right now, so we're putting them in a feud. Can either afford a loss at this stage of the game? Will either have anything to gain by winning?
I really don't know. But on the bright side, Bray and Seth have never had a one on one feud so it's at least something new. Maybe not exciting, but new. For Great Balls, we'll take it.prevnext
Who's left out?
Two very big names currently have no plans for the upcoming pay per view. Roman Reigns defeated Bray Wyatt last week on Raw and only appeared via video package this week. The former WWE Champ is basically in a holding pattern until his rumored WrestleMania 34 showdown with Brock Lesnar.0comments
Finn Balor has been on a hot streak since his return, yet WWE left him off Raw the past two weeks because they don't have any current plans for him. How that's possible, I really don't know.
Roman will be making his plans for SummerSlam known next week on Raw. Could we see The Big Dog and The Demon King face off again at the Great Balls pay per view? We don't imagine WWE will leave them off the card, but unless they work them into some type of tag team match, this could be the only solution.prev