The first ever edition of WWE Great Balls of Fire kicks off with a battle between two former World Champions as “The Kingslayer” Seth Rollins would go one-on-one with the enigmatic “Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt. At the end of a back-and-forth match, it was Bray Wyatt sneaking in a thumb to the eye of Seth Rollins behind the back of the referee, following it up with Sister Abigail and pinning Rollins to pick up the win.
Two former friends and former tag team partners would go one-on-one at Great Balls of Fire as Enzo Amore would go one-on-one with the man he used to call his “brother”, Big Cass. Enzo Amore would try to take it to the seven-footer early on in the match, but Enzo would not even put a dent in Big Cass as Cass would toss Enzo around the ring before lifting Enzo up over his head and tossing him out of the ring! Enzo would just barely beat the ten-count back into the ring, but Big Cass would level Enzo with a big boot, pinning Enzo to beat his former “brother” in decisive fashion.
Then it was time for the first ever tag team 30-Minute Iron Man Match as the legendary Hardy Boyz would challenge Cesaro & Sheamus for the RAW Tag Team Titles in a match where the team that scores the most falls by either pinfall, submission, disqualification, or count-out in the 30-minute time limit would win the match and leave Dallas as the RAW Tag Team Champions. As soon as the match begins, Cesaro would distract Matt Hardy, allowing Sheamus to catch Matt off-guard with the Brogue Kick as Sheamus pins Matt to score the first fall of the match and take an early 1-0 lead! Cesaro & Sheamus would continue to dominate The Hardy Boyz and, after Cesaro knocks Matt Hardy off of the apron, Cesaro & Sheamus would hit the double team White Noise on Jeff Hardy with Sheamus pinning Jeff to score the second fall for the champions, bringing the score to 2-0.
The Hardy Boyz were then able to rally against the champions as Matt & Jeff would isolate Cesaro before Jeff Hardy connects with the Twist of Fate, pinning Cesaro to score the first fall for The Hardy Boyz, bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of Cesaro & Sheamus. Then, with Sheamus and Matt Hardy as the legal men in the match, Sheamus and Matt Hardy would take the fight to each other on the outside. Matt would try to get back into the ring, but Cesaro would pull Matt back out of the ring and send Matt face-first into the ring post and, with Sheamus getting back into the ring in time, the referee would reach his ten-count as Cesaro & Sheamus bring the score to 3-1 with a fall by count-out. Cesaro & Sheamus would then isolate Matt Hardy for several minutes before Matt is able to tag in his brother and, with Matt holding Cesaro down, Jeff would hit a unique version of his leg drop to the mid-section, pinning Cesaro to bring the score to 3-2. With five minutes and counting left in the 30-Minute Iron Man Match, Matt Hardy would hit a tornado DDT, but Sheamus would kick out. Matt then hits a moonsault on Sheamus, but Cesaro is able to save his tag team partner from being pinned, preserving their 3-2 lead with less than four minutes remaining.
In desperate need of a fall and with time running out, Matt Hardy would take a huge risk, hitting a Twist of Fate off of the top rope to Sheamus, allowing Matt to pin Sheamus to even the score at three falls a piece! Jeff Hardy then goes for the Swanton Bomb but Cesaro would pull Sheamus to the outside and Jeff would dive to the outside to take out both champions. Back in the ring, The Hardy Boyz would hit a double team splash/elbow drop with Jeff going for the pin, but Cesaro would again break up the pinfall!
Cesaro then catches Matt with a European uppercut with Sheamus attempting a roll-up, but Matt kicks out. Matt then tags in Jeff and Jeff hits the Swanton on Sheamus and Jeff would attempt a pinfall on Sheamus, but with Cesaro being the legal man, Cesaro would quickly surprise Jeff by pinning Hardy off of the Swanton to score a fall and bring the score to 4-3 in favor of Cesaro & Sheamus! Knowing that only ten seconds remained, Cesaro would do his best to keep his distance from Jeff Hardy with Jeff managing to catch up to Cesaro. Jeff then hits Cesaro with the Twist of Fate, but Jeff would only get a two-count before the time expires, keeping The Hardy Boyz just one second from tying it up as Cesaro & Sheamus survive the 30-Minute Iron Man Match to successfully retain the RAW Tag Team Titles in a grueling test of endurance.
The women of RAW would then compete for championship glory at Great Balls of Fire as the self-proclaimed “Goddess of WWE” Alexa Bliss would defend the RAW Women’s Championship against “The Boss” Sasha Banks. During the match, Alexa Bliss would use her double-jointed arm to sucker Sasha Banks in for a hard forearm but Sasha would battle back, nearly locking in the Bank Statement with Alexa managing to escape the ring. The champion then tries to walk out on the match, but “The Boss” would stop Alexa but once Sasha gets on the ring apron, Alexa knocks Sasha’s legs out from under her, resulting in “The Boss” landing hard on the ring apron! Later on in the match, Alexa would go for Twisted Bliss, but Sasha would get her knees up before locking in the Bank Statement with the champion managing to get to the ropes to break the hold. Bliss then retreats to the outside, delivering a hard slap to “The Boss” before sitting on the outside as the referee makes his ten-count as Alexa Bliss takes an intentional count-out loss in order to retain the RAW Women’s Title.
After the match, Alexa Bliss would gloat about escaping with the title and an enraged Sasha Banks would quickly leave the ring and make a beeline for the champion, getting her hands on Alexa and sending Bliss into the LED screens on the stage. Bliss then battles back and the fight spills over the RAW announce position with Alexa trying to DDT “The Boss” on the table, but Sasha would toss the champion off the announce table before diving off of the table with the double knees to Alexa Bliss on the concrete floor! Sasha then stands tall on top of the announce table as Alexa is left lying on the concrete floor as “The Boss” lets Alexa know that their issues are far from over.
After using questionable tactics to win the Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules, the rematch would take place at Great Balls of Fire as The Miz, with Maryse and his Miztourage of Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel in his corner, would defend the Intercontinental Championship against “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose. Realizing that the odds are against him, Dean Ambrose would try to take out the Miztourage early on before turning his attention back to The Miz. Later on in the match, Maryse would distract the referee, which would allow Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel to pull Dean Ambrose out of the ring. However, Ambrose would fight back against The Miz and the Miztourage on the outside before diving off of the top rope to take out the three men.
Back in the ring, Dean Ambrose would spike The Miz with Dirty Deeds but Maryse puts her husband’s foot on the bottom rope to save the title for The Miz. Curtis Axel then gets on the ring apron and Dean brings Axel into the ring, taking Axel down but, as the referee is pre-occupied with getting Curtis Axel out of the ring, Bo Dallas catches Ambrose with a right hand. This would allow The Miz to take advantage as the champion hits the Skull Crushing Finale, pinning Ambrose to successfully retain the Intercontinental Title.
In the culmination of a months-long war between the two bitter rivals, Great Balls of Fire would see “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns collide with “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman in an Ambulance Match where the only way to win is by putting your opponent in an ambulance, which is parked by the stage, and shutting both doors with no pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications, and no count-outs. It would not take long for the battle to spill to the outside as Roman Reigns sends Braun Strowman into the ring post before Braun tosses Reigns into the post.
After sending Reigns into the steel steps, Strowman would pick up the steel steps, drilling Reigns twice with the steel steps. Back in the ring, Roman would try to mount a comeback but Strowman responds with a big slam to Reigns. “The Monster Among Men” then drags Reigns to the ring apron before picking Roman up with the intent of carrying “The Big Dog” to the ambulance but Roman gets free before getting back into the ring. After sending Braun into the ring post, Roman would expose the surgically repaired elbow of Braun Strowman, repeatedly slamming the elbow into the post before grabbing a steel chair. Reigns then uses the chair to try and weaken “The Monster Among Men” but the chair shots would have no effect on Strowman!
The fight then makes its way up to the stage where Braun sends Roman into the LED screens before Strowman exposes the RAW announce table. Braun then looks to powerbomb Roman through the announce table, but Reigns battles back before Strowman hurls Roman off of the stage into the side of the ambulance! Braun then tries to force Reigns into the back of the ambulance but “The Big Dog” would hold on before connecting with the Superman Punch to Strowman. Roman then delivers a second Superman Punch to Braun with Braun using the ambulance to stay on his feet. Roman then tries to hoist Braun into the ambulance, but Strowman grabs the backboard from inside the ambulance and uses it as a weapon against Reigns. “The Monster Among Men” then pulls the stretcher out of the ambulance before tossing Roman back onto the stage. Braun would then try to send Reigns into the LED screens but Roman would fight out of it before Roman shoves “The Monster Among Men” through the LED wall on the stage, leaving a massive hole in the wall!
Much to the disbelief of Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman would crawl out of the LED rubble before shoving Roman off of the stage. Reigns then grabs a nearby light and uses it as a weapon against Strowman before charging at Braun with the intent of delivering a Spear but “The Monster Among Men” would show his intelligence by moving out of the way as Roman flies into the back of the ambulance before Braun slams both doors shut to win the Ambulance Match! However, “The Big Dog” was not through with Strowman as, despite the match being over, Reigns would emerge from the ambulance, catching an unsuspecting Braun Strowman with the Spear! Roman would then repeatedly slam the ambulance door on the shoulder of Strowman before putting “The Monster Among Men” inside the ambulance and shutting both doors.
Reigns then pulls the ambulance driver out of the vehicle before commandeering the ambulance, driving to the parking lot of the arena with Braun trapped in the back of the ambulance. Roman then takes a look in the mirror of the ambulance before throwing the ambulance into reverse and driving the ambulance full-force into a parked production trailer, smashing in the rear of the ambulance where Braun Strowman was at! With the ambulance in a twisted state, Roman Reigns drags himself out of the ambulance as some on-lookers arrive on the scene in disbelief. Roman is then confronted by RAW General Manager Kurt Angle, who, much like everyone else, was in complete shock at the actions of “The Big Dog”. Reigns then just walks away from the scene as the GM shouts for someone to call 911 with one of the agents trying his best to open the side door of the ambulance, even using a crowbar, but the door doesn’t budge.
With WWE personnel still trying to get Braun Strowman out of the wrecked ambulance, Curt Hawkins and Heath Slater would be hastily sent out to the ring to have an impromptu match. With the match still in progress, the crash rescue division of the Dallas Fire Department arrived with an ambulance right behind. Heath Slater would win the match in the ring, but the bigger story was out in the parking lot as, with Kurt Angle and other personnel looking on with concern, the firefighters use the jaws of life to finally get the ambulance side door open.
Firefighters and EMT’s then work to try and get Braun Strowman out of the ambulance and onto a stretcher but, despite the life-threatening crash, “The Monster Among Men” would refuse medical attention as Braun tries to get out of the ambulance on his own. Covered in blood, Braun Strowman would be unable to stand on his own, repeatedly trying and failing to stand up while pushing EMT’s away. Using a nearby bus to stand up, Strowman would stumble away from the scene, shouting at the firefighters and EMT’s to leave him alone as Braun retreats to the depths of the arena.
Then it was time for the main event as, in what could be akin to the ambulance crash that just took place, “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe would go one-on-one with “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, with advocate Paul Heyman in his corner, with the Universal Championship on the line in what many would consider a dream match between two animalistic Superstars. However, before Paul Heyman can even finish the patented introduction of his client, Samoa Joe would attack Brock Lesnar from behind, bringing “The Beast” to the outside where Joe picks up the Universal Champion and slams Brock through the Spanish announce table! Samoa Joe then gets back into the ring, patiently waiting for Brock Lesnar to pull himself back into the ring. Lesnar then tells the referee that he’s ready for the match to start so the referee rings the bell and the Universal Title match officially gets underway.
Samoa Joe would look to quickly capitalize on his handiwork before the match began, but Brock Lesnar would show his resiliency by fighting back against the challenger. Joe then corners the champion, delivering calculated shots to “The Beast” before Brock turns the tides. “The Destroyer” then locks on the Coquina Clutch but Lesnar is able to send the challenger into the top turnbuckle to force Joe to break the hold. Despite struggling to maintain a vertical base, Brock Lesnar would deliver three back-to-back suplexes to Joe before going for a fourth, but Joe would grab the ropes and, with the referee getting in between the two Superstars to try and break it up, Samoa Joe would cheap-shot “The Beast” with a low blow that went unseen by the referee! Joe then grabs Brock and slams the champion down with the uranage but Lesnar kicks out.
The challenger then tries to lock in the Coquina Clutch again and, despite the struggles of the champion, Joe would lock in the submission before “The Beast” is able to power out of the move, slamming the challenger. Joe is then able to dodge an oncoming Lesnar, who connects with the ring post before sliding behind Joe, delivering more suplexes to the challenger. Brock then goes for the F-5 but Joe counters, again locking in the Coquina Clutch. Lesnar then backs Joe into the corner to try and break the hold, but it fails and, just when it looks like “The Beast” is about to lose consciousness, the inhuman champion is able to break free of the Coquina Clutch and use his remaining strength to deliver the F-5 to Samoa Joe, pinning “The Destroyer” to win the match and successfully retain the Universal Title in one of the most hard-fought title defenses in recent memory.
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