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    WWE have called a new PPV 'Great Balls of Fire' and Lesnar isn't defending the title until July.

    None of this is a joke.

    Combined with a jobber becoming #1 contender and a 50-year-old WCW guy coming back for a video game by squashing WWE's biggest star then winning the title in another squash, never mind all the other weird illogical little things, it's fair to say Vince has gone from senile to needing institutionalising.
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    Payback predictions:

    Enzo and Big Cass def. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
    Sheamus and Cesaro def. The Hardy Boyz, with the former duo turning heel and the latter duo turning into the Broken Hardys.
    Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho for the US Championship.
    Neville def. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
    Bayley def. Alexa Bliss for the WWE RAW Women's Championship.
    Samoa Joe def. Seth Rollins.
    Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns.
    Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton.
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    Haha, that PPV name has to have come from Vince's brain. You can imagine him uttering it with great gusto in the meeting in front of all the other writers etc.. but that means Brock isn't around until July? If that continues till Mania when he's supposed to be facing Reigns then by the time it does happen, the title will be insignificant..
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    Haha, that PPV name has to have come from Vince's brain. You can imagine him uttering it with great gusto in the meeting in front of all the other writers etc.. but that means Brock isn't around until July? If that continues till Mania when he's supposed to be facing Reigns then by the time it does happen, the title will be insignificant..
    A title sort-of-but-not named after the WWE Universe whose inaugural champ vacated in 24 hours, then it was won by a 50-year-old who was just coming back for one real match, won by another part-timer allowed to take all the drugs he wants and not even defended for 3 months on a PPV about balls.

    I'd say it's already meaningless.
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    The Wrestling Observer reported this week that part of the House of Horrors match will be pre-taped and part of it will be live.

    God. It's going to cringey as :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Payback predictions:

    Enzo and Big Cass def. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
    Sheamus and Cesaro def. The Hardy Boyz, with the former duo turning heel and the latter duo turning into the Broken Hardys.
    Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho for the US Championship.
    Neville def. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
    Bayley def. Alexa Bliss for the WWE RAW Women's Championship.
    Samoa Joe def. Seth Rollins.
    Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns.
    Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton.
    Hope Joe goes over, always liked him best as a bit of a monster heel tbh. His "undefeated Samoan submission machine" gimmick in TNA is still my favourite run of his.
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    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Hope Joe goes over, always liked him best as a bit of a monster heel tbh. His "undefeated Samoan submission machine" gimmick in TNA is still my favourite run of his.
    Not sure what a win really does for Rollins. Similar with Orton, especially without the title being defended.
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    "If I don't beat Lesnar for the title... I will set my balls on fireeeeee"

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    Jack Gallagher rumoured to be turning heel tonight, costing Austin Aries his match with Neville. I really, really doubt that'll happen. It makes little sense, and I'm not sure Gallagher would be a good heel. Plus, the cruiserweight division has two stand-out heels now - Neville and TJ Perkins - and a lot of lower-rung heels, too, from Drew Gulak and Tony Nese to Noam Dar. Still, it may give Aries something new to do and Neville clear light to feud with another babyface (I'd love to see Mustafa Ali more).
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    The Wrestling Observer reported this week that part of the House of Horrors match will be pre-taped and part of it will be live.

    God. It's going to cringey as :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:.
    Have you seen the Memes? It looks like it was very cringey

    Okay, Question:
    Who's going to put an end to this Braun Strowman's Monster killing machine, I've seen on twitter, people are suggesting a match with Brock, maybe at Summer Slam, or do you think this feud with Roman will continue? Or will there be a re-uniting of the Shield since they're all on RAW now?
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    That is one of the weirdest PPVs I've ever seen from WWE - and that says something.

    I have no idea why Chris Jericho is winning the US Championship, or what that means for SmackDown going forward. Jericho will now move to SmackDown with the title despite going on tour with Fozzy soon. It makes very little sense for the blue brand, who will now lose the allure of a championship, and it's especially disappointing given Kevin Owens' brilliance with the belt thus far. The Face of America Open Challenge could have possibly been one of the best parts of the SmackDown weekly show. Instead, he's lost ANOTHER strap prematurely. It just reeks of WWE throwing a swerve for no reason, considering we all expected Owens to go over.

    The less said about the House of Horrors match, the better. It was hammy as expected, with cringey moments and it was basically as if WWE had written Final Deletion, but without a sense of humour. Bray Wyatt going over was expected, and welcome, but the emergence of Jinder Mahal - despite hyping the Backlash match - was a mistake. The match seemed overbooked, and while both stars did a good job in making the most of a frustrated set-up (which clearly irked the crowd, considering it was pre-taped and they had forked out good money to see it), it was a cluster:innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent: of a segment and really, really didn't deliver. I don't think Bray deserves requiring so much aid to win, either.

    That followed an underwhelming pre-show, which saw Enzo and Cass sneak a win over The Club, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Amore scored a roll-up win but it's indicative of how far these two teams have fallen that they're on the pre-show. The result was never really in doubt, given the fact WWE likes babyface teams to go over to foster a good relationship with the audience at the beginning of the show. But the pre-show itself was poor, with an elongated MizTV angle which would have been better served on RAW. Still, I'm a fan of Finn Balor and the Miz, and the duo going toe-to-toe could be a very good, promising feud.

    Elsewhere, we saw the cruiserweights steal the show, as Neville got himself disqualified (the ultimate heel move which we don't see enough, imho) to retain the strap vs Austin Aries. Neville looked like an absolute star, and the best part of the win means we'll now likely get a pay-off match with a stipulation (hopefully a Ladder Match) to seal the feud. I love Neville's title reign, though, and I hope it continues for some time yet. The Hardy Boyz also retained their straps, before Sheamus and Cesaro - as expected - turned heel and attacked the babyface champions, spawning the Broken Hardys that fans have been clamouring for. Full credit to the latter duo, who controlled the bout and definitely elevated a Hardy duo who have both lost a step as a result of frequent high spots, bumps and injuries. These two teams will have some stellar bouts going forward, eventually leading to one of the Hardys turning on the other, and a decent singles feud between the pair. The heel turn should add a whole new dynamic to the tag team division on Raw, and it should help revitalise not only this feud, but also the careers of Cesaro and Sheamus.

    To be honest, my match of the night was Alexa Bliss de-throning Bayley to become the WWE RAW Women's Championship. The former is a great, great competitor - and one who is young, capable of soaking up everything her coaches and trainers are telling her, and learning on the job. She isn't a veteran and she hasn't spent time in the indies, but she's a fantastic heel and she has now made history by becoming the first ever RAW and SmackDown Women's Champion. Going over here was the right call by WWE, because Bliss beating Bayley in her hometown extracts great heat, and Bayley - as any babyface does - looks better while chasing the belt. Sasha Banks vs Bayley is still a money-making feud going forward, but it remains to be seen when that will happen. For now, I'd like to see Bliss go up against Mickie James, leaving Bayely vs Sasha Banks a mouth-watering secondary feud in the women's division.

    WWE is clearly gearing up for Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe to run on and on throughout the summer, but to be honest, the feud is stale and underwhelming at this point. Seeing Rollins go over was odd, given it being Joe's first PPV on the main roster, but if it leads to a couple of sequels which Joe wins, then it makes sense. The bout itself was intense, and a decent match, but Braun Strowman defeating Roman Reigns eclipsed it. It was an absolutely brilliant match, making Strowman look like a star, and we're clearly geared up for an Ambulance Match somewhere down the line. There's big money to be had in Brock Lesnar vs Strowman, and Reigns losing at Payback was undoubtedly the right call. It's great to see WWE giving Strowman the push he deserves, and they are well and truly capitalising on his current surge in popularity.
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    Definitely one of the better filler PPV's that has come out in a long while. Jinder Mahal really didn't need to interfere with Wyatt's match, because it did almost nothing to put Wyatt over, otherwise the match up to that point was fine, even if Orton got up after a :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:ing fridge falling on top of him.

    Seth Rollins vs Joe needs to move on. We get it Seth, you have an injured knee, but they can't keep reusing the same gimmick for months and months because it's already getting a bit old. I get that Rollins is the top star on the show currently, but WWE need to be careful with how they book him.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Definitely one of the better filler PPV's that has come out in a long while. Jinder Mahal really didn't need to interfere with Wyatt's match, because it did almost nothing to put Wyatt over, otherwise the match up to that point was fine, even if Orton got up after a :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:ing fridge falling on top of him.

    Seth Rollins vs Joe needs to move on. We get it Seth, you have an injured knee, but they can't keep reusing the same gimmick for months and months because it's already getting a bit old. I get that Rollins is the top star on the show currently, but WWE need to be careful with how they book him.
    Rollins can't sell. He either needs to learn to sell, or drop the knee shtick. Selling it for a minute, and then his knee being fine for 30 seconds, just isn't feasible. People can criticise Reigns plenty, but he's one of the finest sellers in WWE today imho. Last night, he was stellar.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Rollins can't sell. He either needs to learn to sell, or drop the knee shtick. Selling it for a minute, and then his knee being fine for 30 seconds, just isn't feasible. People can criticise Reigns plenty, but he's one of the finest sellers in WWE today imho. Last night, he was stellar.
    Yeah I'd agree, I actually quite like Reigns and have been very interested in his recent booking. Also real or not, chanting "You deserve it" whilst someone is bleeding through their mouth is just vile.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Yeah I'd agree, I actually quite like Reigns and have been very interested in his recent booking. Also real or not, chanting "You deserve it" whilst someone is bleeding through their mouth is just vile.
    Especially considering he's only just back from compassionate leave following Rosey's death.
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    Had no idea Rosey was his brother but most WWE fans will be oblivious to that. Surprised WWE didn't acknowledge it on air to help it with an angle for Reigns, anything to get more cheers for him but maybe that's me being a tad cynical.

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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    Had no idea Rosey was his brother but most WWE fans will be oblivious to that. Surprised WWE didn't acknowledge it on air to help it with an angle for Reigns, anything to get more cheers for him but maybe that's me being a tad cynical.

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    They did acknowledge it on air that Reigns would be taking time off because of the event, but the crowd still boo'd.
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    A decent episode of RAW, which did well to further some midcard storylines.

    The highlight of the night for me was Seth Rollins' promo, which drew a huge huge pop which we have seen only too rarely recently. Rollins' work as a babyface leaves a lot to be desired, and his Samoa Joe feud is underwhelming, but his address of the WWE Universe and his targeting of Brock Lesnar was brilliant. Having Finn Balor also insert himself into that picture was smart, but it was disappointing to see WWE treat Dean Ambrose and his Intercontinental Championship as second-rate. Kurt Angle basically told Balor and Rollins, while they couldn't face Lesnar, they could face Ambrose. In the main event, the Triple Threat - between Rollins and Balor and the Miz - saw the latter win, courtesy of a Bray Wyatt interference, following Samoa Joe taking Rollins out. That strengthens three midcard feuds heading forward into Extreme Rules, and is clever storytelling.

    Unfortunately, Wyatt looks a toothless monster as a result of continuously disastrous booking. His clash with Angle earlier in the night was great, and he'll likely pick up one win over Balor before The Demon wins the following two PPV match-ups, but he never wins a feud and it's getting old now. Another negative, for me at least, is the staleness of Ambrose vs Miz. I thought the Superstar Shake-Up was going to freshen things up, but instead, the pair are feuding for exactly the same title in exactly the same spot just on a different brand, which is disappointing. I wouldn't have minded seeing Balor vs Miz, or Ambrose vs a heel Apollo Crews, aligned with Titus O'Neil.

    Elsewhere, it's amazing how far Enzo and Cass have fallen since debuting. Their shtick got annoying and old real quick, with the latter just listing things these days and the former an annoying caricature who can't wrestle. Enzo gave Luke Gallows trouble in a one-on-one match-up last night, which is farcical booking, and Karl Anderson had to interfere to afford the heel a win. This feud is doing nothing for either team. Much better is the Sheamus and Cesaro vs The Hardy Boyz feud, and WWE is wise to delay the emergence of Broken Matt and Jeff. Last night, we saw the freshly-turned heels explain their decision in a promo.

    There was cruiserweight action to be had, too, with Austin Aries beating TJ Perkins, who cemented his heel turn and furthered his character by beating AA viciously afterwards. He left to a chorus of boos and his heel turn may very well be the best thing that could have happened to him. That followed a cruiserweight six-man tag team match, which saw Jack Gallagher score a pin over The Brian Kendick as Gallagher, Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann beat Noam Dar, Tony Nese and Kendrick. We also saw Apollo Crews defeat Heath Slater in a battle of poorly booked superstars.

    Once again, the highlight of the night - for me at least - was the women's division. Alexa Bliss opened proceedings with a fantastic heel promo, discussing how nobody in the division holds a candle to her. Her needling of Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks was exceptional, as was her fear of Nia Jax. After that stellar mic work, Bliss cemented the crowd's hatred for her by scoring a win and pinning Bayley AGAIN as Bliss, Nia Jax, Emma and Alicia Fox beat Bayley, Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Dana Brooke.
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    How many people are actually targetting Brock Lesnar now, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman?
    If next year is Lesnar's last WM, Strowman needs to be the guy to take him out, not Reigns. Lesnar can easily go out as a face vs Strowman and he should.

    Had a feeling Bray would attack Balor, and that we'll see demon Balor return at some point.

    Alexa Bliss is the best heel on the mic because I'm pretty sure she brings her own personality into her style, she doesn't just use the slow and patronizing style that Charlotte does.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    How many people are actually targetting Brock Lesnar now, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman?
    If next year is Lesnar's last WM, Strowman needs to be the guy to take him out, not Reigns. Lesnar can easily go out as a face vs Strowman and he should.

    Had a feeling Bray would attack Balor, and that we'll see demon Balor return at some point.

    Alexa Bliss is the best heel on the mic because I'm pretty sure she brings her own personality into her style, she doesn't just use the slow and patronizing style that Charlotte does.
    Braun has been built as the next Lesnar from the start, since way back just after Lesnar had Vince by the balls during contract negotiations. Maybe they're actually going through with something to the very end for once?!

    Bray kinda made it obvious he would attack Finn, basically warned him weeks ago. If only wrestlers were smart.

    Funnily enough, Alexa uses other people as inspiration for her heel work. Regal's advice is to watch people where they're at their angriest and nastiest - airports. So what you see is an amalgamation of all the expressions and anger of people forgetting their passport or missing their flight.
 
 
 
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