In his first title defense since winning the WWE Universal championship at WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar beat Samoa Joe in the main event at Great Balls of Fire on Sunday night in Dallas.
Samoa Joe jumped Lesnar before the bell rang and threw him through the announcer’s table and was able to get Lesnar in the cochina clutch several times. Lesnar hit two sets of three German suplexes.
Late in the match, Lesnar’s face turned colors and he appeared to almost be out, but Lesnar turned the tables and hit the F5 for the victory.
In his first title match on the WWE main roster, Joe looked strong and showed that he deserved main event status. He also might deserve a rematch against Lesnar.
Roman Reigns had declared that he would be the No. 1 contender for Summer Slam next month against the winner of the Universal title bout. But Reigns and Braun Strowman are not done with their rivalry after delivering the defining moments of Sunday’s show in the aftermath of the ambulance match between them.
There are a lot of ways for WWE to get to Summer Slam, the company’s second-biggest show of the year.
Ambulance match, Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns. Strowman won what was only the fifth ambulance match in WWE history, but the story will be the aftermath.
The two men beat each other for the early part of the match before they moved toward the ambulance. With both men on the stage, Reigns threw Strowman through the video wall, with an entire segment collapsing. Strowman eventually stirred with Reigns looking skyward, wondering what he had to do. Strowman then shot Reigns off the stage, narrowly missing the ambulance door. Reigns then bounced a light off Strowman. Reigns attempted to spear Strowman into the ambulance, but Strowman sidestepped and Reigns dove into the ambulance to lose the match.
Moments later, Reigns dove from the back and speared Strowman. He eventually got Strowman into the back of the ambulance and sped into the back of the arena. Reigns then backed the ambulance at a high speed into the back of a semi. Reigns limped off as officials attempted to extricate Strowman from the ambulance.
While WWE sent Curt Hawkins and Heath Slater to the ring, the fire department arrived and used the jaws of life to open the side door of the ambulance to the crowd’s stunned silence. Paramedics tried to remove a bloodied Strowman from the ambulance, but he pushed them away. He got to his feet and then walked off.
The announcers focused on what drove Reigns to the point that he would do such a thing and what repercussions he might face from RAW general manager Kurt Angle. Figure that to be a central theme of RAW on Monday night.
Intercontinental Championship, The Miz def. Dean Ambrose. The numbers game again saved The Miz, who got help from wife Maryse and the Miztourage of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. But the match served to show that the heel champion is willing to do whatever it takes to keep that belt. Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds, but Maryse put The Miz’s foot on the rope to break up the count. Dean then hit The Mix outside the ring and then threw him back in. Axel and Dallas interfered, The Miz ht the skull crushing finale for the victory. It is time for both these men to move on to new opponents after carrying this feud over from SmackDown Live months ago.
RAW Women’s Championship, Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss by countout. Bliss, the women’s champion, retained her title when she remained outside the ring. The result angered Banks, who ran after Bliss up the ramp and tossed her into the video wall. Bliss responded by ramming Banks into the announcer’s table and aiming for a suplex. Banks reversed and then dove 10 feet down with a double knee to Bliss’ chest. The match told a great story and featured a series of excellent moves with two competitors of similar size. There is no doubt these two will meet again, presumably at Summer Slam.
RAW Tag Team Championship, Cesaro and Sheamus def. The Hardy Boyz in an excellent 30-minute ironman match. The champions retained the titles with a 4-3 victory as the teams posted seven falls in the time limit. The decisive fall came with 30 seconds remaining when Jeff Hardy hit the swanton from the top turnbuckle on Sheamus, but Cesaro was the legal man and rolled in for the pin. After chasing Cesaro around the outside of the ring, Jeff hit the twist of fate on Cesaro, but the buzzer sounded.
The match got off to a hot start as Sheamus hit the brogue kick on Matt Hardy for a pin within 30 seconds. The champions took a 3-1 lead, but the Hardys crawled back into the match, equaling the score at 3-3 as Matt hit a twist of fate off the top rope on Sheamus with less than three minutes remaining.
Beating the legendary Harydy Boyz will further solidify the champions amid a RAW tag team division that is lacking challengers following the departure of The New Day to SmackDown Live and the breakup of Enzo and Cass.
Big Cass def. Enzo Amore. Cass physically dominated his former partner, as expected. That included pressing Amore over his head and throwing him to the floor. Amore delivered a heartfelt promo before the match, referencing “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra. Amore has a number of tattoos of Sinatra, including the famed mugshot, and using the song to help tell his story deepened his relationship with the WWE audience. Clearly, Cass is headed for big things as a physical heel. Could a matchup with The Big Show be coming? And what happens to Enzo is the question? Could his personality and popularity be used to help 205 Live if he moved to the cruiserweight division?
Bray Wyatt def. Seth Rollins. In the opener to the main show, Wyatt got the win after poking Rollins in the eye and then hitting Sister Abigail. Rollins came out strong throughout but the story is that he was unable to control his rage. Figure this one will continue to Summer Slam.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Neville def. Akira Tozawa. In a great start to the evening, the two men had a back-and-forth match with Neville winning under dubious circumstances. He crotched Tozawa on the top rope and then kicked the rope, leading Tozawa to fall to the mat. Later during the main show, Tozawa asked his representative Titus O’Neal to get him a rematch. Expect that to happen at Summer Slam.
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