Tonight (July 9) WWE presents the first ever Great Balls of Fire PPV live from the American Airlines Arena In Dallas, Texas. The Kickoff show crew is Renee Young, Peter Rosenberg and David Otunga. Tonights PPV has seven scheduled bouts including the main event of Samoa Joe vs WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
Kickoff Match- WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Neville (C) vs Akira Tozawa
Akira Tozawa landed a few early shots on Neville, but the champion cut the challenger’s momentum off in savage fashion, landing several kicks to the head and tossing his opponent into the barricade. Tozawa then channeled his pain into The Powa of Tozawa, using a series of chops, a side suplex and a pair of suicide headbutts to reduce Neville to a heap. When Neville attempted to rally by hoisting Tozawa on his shoulders, the challenger maneuvered his way into an Octopus to further weaken the champion.
Neville rallied and went big with a second-rope Phoenix Splash, but Tozawa dodged the maneuver and administered his top-rope senton for what seemed like a surefire win — until Neville rolled out of the ring. Tozawa tossed The King of the Cruiserweights back in, and that’s when Neville decided to win by any means necessary.
Neville managed to land Tozawa crotch-first on the ropes, effectively stopping all momentum. The champion then delivered a swinging boot to maximize the impact of the injury, then simply kicked Tozawa in the gut to take the last of the fight out of The Stamina Monster.
Winner via Pinfall: The "King of the Cruiserweights" and still WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Neville
Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Seth Rollins came out on fire as he was on attack from the moment the bell rang. Despite the early offense, Bray Wyatt laughed off The Architect’s early attacks and dangled upside-down off the ring post, stopping Seth cold right as he was about to pounce. The action soon spilled to the outside where the self-proclaimed God laid into Rollins with everything he had and more, including throwing Rollins face-first into the steel steps before suffering a superplex off the top rope and an unorthodox maneuver that spiked him forehead first into the apron.
As the Kingslayer fought back. Rollins was able to dodge a Wyatt senton splash giving him a chance to land a devastating kick to stagger Bray. Wyatt quickly countered, beheading Rollins with a clothesline. Seth, running on empty, pulls a Michinoku Driver out of nowhere for a two count, but the effort drained him. Rollins’ persistence led Wyatt to scream “FIGHT ME!” at the top of his lungs, and The Architect obliged, driving The Eater of Worlds out of the ring with a flurry of fists and kicks.
Alas, boxing with a self-proclaimed “god” turned out to be a bad move for The Man. While the ref attempted to peel Rollins off his foe, Wyatt jabbed The Architect in the eye with his thumb. Quite literally blinded by Wyatt’s power, Rollins was easy pickings for a Sister Abigail that put him down for three.
Winner via Pinfall: The "Eater of Worlds" Bray Wyatt
Enzo Amore vs Bigg Cass
This was a mismatch from the very start. Former best friends did battle as the 7' tall Big Cass looked to shed the dead weight he calls Enzo Amore. The only shots Enzo landed on Cass were of the verbal variety, as he quoted Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" before the start of the match.
Enzo dared Cass to take him out and the big guy obliged as he punished Enzo in a long form, street-style mugging. Amore kept throwing hands until he had no fight left in him as he even managed to haul himself back into the ring at the count of nine after Big Cass gorilla pressed him to the outside. Cass finished Enzo off quickly, blasting him with a big boot and covering him for the win. A barely conscious Enzo had to be helped to his feet by a pair of referees, so he wasn’t able to see Big Cass’ triumphant walk up the ramp.
Winner via Pinfall: Big Cass
Match 3 - 30-Minute WWE Iron Man Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz
The action started fast and furious as Cesaro distracted Matt Hardy to tee him up for a Sheamus’ Brogue Kick just 16 seconds into the match, putting Team Xtreme into an 0-1 hole right out of the gate. Relishing the fact that they had the early lead, the team that sets the bar went to work on Jeff Hardy. They worked over Jeff for a good ten minutes, making sure that he couldn't get to his brother for the tag. After Cesaro knocked Matt off the Apron, he and Sheamus hit a double team White Noise on Jeff to pick up fall number two.
The Hardys repaid Cesaro in kind three minutes later, however, as The King of Swing was felled by the trifecta of Poetry in Motion, the Side Effect and a Twist of Fate to cut the titleholder’s lead to 2-1. The champs answered right back, handing the Hardys a count-out fall after Cesaro threw legal man Matt Hardy into the ring post at the end of a brawl on the outside. At Cesaro’s insistence (“All the time in the world!”), they isolated Matt and chewed up as much time as they could, whittling the clock down to around 7:13 before Jeff snuck a tag in on Matt and pinned an unsuspecting Cesaro to cut the champions’ lead to 3-2. After Cesaro narrowly saved Sheamus from a three-count off a moonsault, Matt administered a top-rope Twist of Fate to Sheamus to tie it up at 3-3 with under three minutes to go.
The maneuver left Sheamus out on his feet and Cesaro singlehandedly saved the match. First, he broke up a pinfall after both Hardys splashed Sheamus at once. Then, he blind-tagged his way in and pounced on Jeff for the quick 1-2-3 after The Charismatic Enigma hit the Swanton Bomb on Sheamus, whom he thought was legal. The ensuing pinfall gave the champs a 4-3 edge with 29 seconds left, and The Swiss Cyborg attempted to protect the lead by running laps around the ring while The Charismatic Enigma pursued. Back in the ring, Jeff finally managed to catch Cesaro in a Twist of Fate, but the clock ran out right as he made the cover.
Winners by a 4-3 score: And Still Raw Tag Team Champions - Sheamus and Cesaro
Match 4 - Raw Women’s Championship Match
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Alexa Bliss looked to use every trick in the book to keep her title, and she even invented some herself. Little Miss Bliss use her double-jointed elbow to make it appear as though she’d broken her arm before socking Sasha Banks in the face. When that didn’t work, she tried to take a walk only to sucker Sasha in again. Bliss bounced Banks’ back off the apron and focused the entirety of her offense on the vulnerable area for the rest of the title bout.
The Boss wasn't gonna let a little pain stop her from becoming a 4-time Raw Women's Champion though. Sasha gained an advantage, throwing hands with the champion and countering a Twisted Bliss with knees to the gut before locking in the Bank Statement moments later. Alexa somehow managed to break the hold by crawling her way to the ropes, at which point she decided to hold onto her title by any means necessary. Bliss scurried away from Sasha over and over, finally fending off The Boss with a slap to the face to take what seemed to be an intentional count-out loss to remain champion.
Winner via Countout: Sasha Banks, but still Raw Women's Champion, Alexa Bliss
Sasha Banks was none to pleased with Alexa's cowardly move. Sasha pursued Alexa up the ramp, shoved her into the LED boards and flattened Bliss with leaping double knees off the announce table to the concrete floor.
Match 5 -Intercontinental Championship Match:
The Miz (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose walked into this match knowing he was essentially in a 3-1 handicap match, 4-1 if you count the beautiful and cunning Maryse. The Lunatic Fringe took out the entourage early before going to work on The Miz. Curtis Axel recovered enough to provide just enough of a distraction to give Miz the upper hand. The A-lister took full advantage, busting open Ambrose's lip and weakening his knee in the tree-of-woe.
Ambrose rallied to take out Miz and Miztourage with an elbow drop and land Dirty Deeds, but Maryse placed her husband’s foot on the ropes to break up the pinfall. Ambrose instantly followed up with a suicide dive, and The Miztourage again interjected. Axel climbed onto the apron and was instantly tossed aside by Ambrose. This distracted the ref, however, which allowed Dallas to hammer Dean in the back of the head, staggering The Lunatic Fringe into a match-ending Skull-Crushing Finale.
Winner via Pinfall - And Still WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz
Match 6 - Ambulance Match
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns starts of with an uppercut on Braun Strowman. Strowman tosses Reigns across the ring then runs him over. Reigns finally counters and sends Strowman shoulder first into the post. Reigns tries to retrieve Strowman but Strowman picks up Reigns and drives him back first into the ring post. Strowman whips Reigns into the ring steps. Strowman picks up the ring steps and hits Reigns with them multiple times but misses when he throws it at him. Reigns tries to fire up but Strowman picks him up and hits a reverse chokeslam. Strowman attempts a running power slam but Reigns reverses it. Reigns calls for the Spear but Strowman gets his boot up. Strowman drops Reigns with a power slam. Strowman drags Reigns out of the ring. Strowman puts Reigns on his shoulder and starts to walk to the ambulance.
Reigns hits a struggle Samoan drop to Strowman. Strowman runs shoulder-first into the ring post. Reigns drive-bys Strowman’s injured elbow. Reigns grabs a chair and hits Strowman in the elbow with it. Reigns hits Strowman with the chair and Strowman pops up and stares daggers into Reigns. Reigns hits him three more times. Strowman is not phased. Strowman snatches the chair from Reigns and launches Reigns up the ramp. Strowman clears the announce desk and tries to powerbomb Riengs through it. Reigns counters but Strowman sends Reigns off the stage into the side of the ambulance. Strowman opens the back of the ambulance. Strowman retrieves Reigns and drags him over to the back of the ambulance. Reigns slams Strowman head first into the ambulance. Reigns tries to puts Strowman in the ambulance but Strowman picks him up and tries to stuff him in. Reigns hits a Superman punch. Strowman falls into the ambulance. Reigns tries to get Strowman in but Strowman kicks him away. Reigns hits another Superman punch. Strowman grabs a backboard out of the ambulance and hits Reigns with it.
Strowman throws Reigns up the ramp. Strowman tries to power slam Reigns into the LED board. Reigns reverses and sends Strowman straight through the LED board! It’s totally destroyed. Reigns gets up to one knee. Strowman crawls out of the whole in the side of the stage. Reigns looks on in utter disbelief. Reigns locks onto Strowman and starts to drag him towards the ambulance. Strowman pushes Reigns off the stage down to the floor. Reigns hits Strowman in the head with a light. Reigns tries to spear Strowman into the Ambulance. Strowman moves out of the way! Reigns flys right into the back of the ambulance. Strowman closes the doors.
Winner via Ambulance - Braun Strowman
After the match, Reigns burst out of the back of the ambulance and Spears Strowman. Reigns puts Strowman into the back of the ambulance. Reigns gets in and drives away. In the parking, lot Reigns drives the ambulance cab first into a parked semi. Kurt Angle and various officials try to get Strowman out of the back of it to no avail.
Match 7 - Unscheduled Match:
Curt Hawkins vs Heath Slater
Both Slater and Hawkins look confused. Slater is still tapping his wrist on the way to the ring. After a bit of chain wrestling, Slater goes for a leapfrog but Hawkins hangs back. Hawkins elbows Slater in the back of the head. The sirens from the Dallas Fire Department can be heard in the arena as the match continues. As the Fire Department uses the jaws of life to open the ambulance we can hear Slater announced as the winner of the match. Not sure what the point of having the match to fill time if they weren’t actually going to show the match.
Winner- Heath Slater, I think, his music plays but they never showed it.
After Strowman is removed from the ambulance he refuses to get on the stretcher. He can barely stand and he is somewhat bloody but he continues to refuse help. After about seven attempts, he is finally able to stand with the help of a nearby trailer. He yells at everyone to leave him alone and he stumbles off towards the arena exit.
Match 8 - Universal Championship Match:
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa Joe
As Heyman is giving Lesnar a special intro, Joe attacks Lesnar from behind! Joe sends Lesnar out of the ring. Joe slams Lesnar into the barricade. Joe picks up Lesnar and drops him through the announce table with a huge uranage! Lesnar slowly crawls back into the ring. Lesnar smiles and tells the referee to ring the bell. Joe crushes Lesnar in the corner and hits a falling enziguri for an exclamation point! Joe knees Lesnar. Lesnar responds with a few knees of his own. Joe sprawls out of a takedown attempt. Joe forces Lesnar into the corner and lands a few lefts and rights. Lesnar forces Joe into the corner and lands a few shoulder blocks. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch! Lesnar manages to send Joe into the turnbuckle. Lesnar waist locks Joe and lands three consecutive German suplexes.
Lesnar tries another but Joe hooks the top rope. Joe grabs the referee and low blows Lesnar while the referee is distracted. Uranage by Joe! Lesnar kicks out. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch. Lesnar tries to fight out of it to no avail. Lesnar breaks the hold with a sidewalk slam. Lesnar charges in for a shoulder block but Joe moves out of the way. Lesnar is sent shoulder first into the ring post. Joe grabs Lesnar by the waist but Lesnar slips between Joe’s legs and German suplexes him! Lesnar picks up Joe and drops him with three more Germans. Lesnar picks up Joe for the F5 but Joe reverses it into the Coquina Clutch! Lesnar starts to fade. Lesnar stands up with Joe on his back and hits an F5! Lesnar pins Joe.
Winner via Pinfall: And STILL Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar!