Well, that’s a name. The latest PPV for WWE has garnered a great deal of attention due to the ridiculous nature of the name. However, I will be the first to admit that this event might be one of the best of the year outside of the Big 4. Whether it was the additional week of build up or simply better storytelling, the Raw brand has an excellent opportunity to impress the WWE Universe after a less than excellent Extreme Rules. Here are my predictions for Great Balls Of Fire:
(Reminder: Championship predictions are based on who walks out with the belt, as opposed to who technically wins.)
Neville (c) vs. Akira Tozawa
(WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
This should be a much bigger match than it has been made to be. Neville has been arguably the best champion since WrestleMania, providing excellent performance night in and night out, providing the Cruiserweight Division with an anchor to help solidify their legitimacy. Despite this, fans seem to have lost all interest in the Cruiserweights. This is especially sad considering a star with enormous potential is facing off for the title. Akira Tozawa is a fantastic wrestler who has worked hard to get over with the crowd. This deserves more than to be relegated to the Kickoff Show.
If WWE pulled the trigger on this title change, I would support it 100%. However, I also want that change to happen when this match is on the main card. Neville sneaking away with his title one last time thanks in part to a distraction from Titus O’Neal would help create more attention and hopefully build to a better story leading up to SummerSlam.
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
The Kingslayer versus The Eater Of Worlds. The Architect versus The New Face Of Fear. Former S.H.I.E.L.D. member versus former Wyatt Family leader. This has all the makings to be a main event match. Instead, this is strangely a lower card match with little hype. The past few weeks has been a rinse and repeat cycle of Rollins beating a lower card opponent, with an interruption by Wyatt spouting his latest nonsensical sermon. These two could put on an excellent program using the storied history between their factions. Instead, we are left with little more than a hold over match for both men (or at least Rollins) to eventually move on to better things.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
I do not see this rivalry going very far. Rollins was just announced as the cover of WWE 2K18, leading many to believe that he will have some major storylines moving forward. Bray Wyatt has officially lost too often for anyone to take seriously anymore. Even after winning the WWE Championship, he still feels like fodder for babyfaces. Rollins will likely walk away with some much needed momentum and march on to his next feud while Wyatt continues to flounder.