WWE’s Great Balls Of Fire Pay-Per-View For Raw Brand Gets Viciously Mocked By Social Media
By Shawn Rice
WWE is going in a different direction with its July pay-per-view for the Raw brand. The show will be called Great Balls of Fire and will be especially noteworthy. It will be Universal champ Brock Lesnar’s first defense of the title more than three months after he won it at WrestleMania 33 against Bill Goldberg.
Wrestling has had plenty of clumsy and silly names over the years, from December to Dismember to Insurrextion to Taboo Tuesday to In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies. But this one is so bad it is good or maybe just so bad.
One must believe that “Great Balls of Fire,” an homage to the Jerry Lee Lewis song of the same name, will feature that song in some way. WWE did something similar when it nicknamed SummerSlam in 1998 “Highway of Hell” in reference to the AC/DC song. Still, this is a very odd choice and social media took notice.
Big E from The New Day would take to Twitter to take a jab at the name with the following tweet:
Clearly, the most disappointing aspect of no longer being on Raw is knowing I won’t be a part of the 1st annual Great Balls of Fire.
— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) April 28, 2017
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) moved over to Smackdown Live in the Superstar Shake-up. They have not made their Smackdown Live debut yet as the WWE is waiting for Kofi to heal from his ankle injury.
Here are some reactions on social media to the tile of the July Raw pay-per-view. What do you think of the name? Are you looking forward to Lesnar’s title defense? Let us know in the comments section.
— Still Real To Us (@stillreal2us) April 28, 2017
Imagine one of the wrestlers trying to cut a serious angry promo and having to mentions great balls of fire. I’m gonna be crying.
— alyssa (@litacanranas) April 28, 2017
WWE Great Balls Of Fire is dedicated to the legacy of Marc Mero pic.twitter.com/A2RfcoxyQw
— UnderhookDDT (@UnderhookDDT) April 28, 2017
Vince has finally gone mad, Great Balls of Fire!! Really?! I’m done, done with wrestling completely. I’m glad I was alive during the 90s
— Ryan Noon (@ryannoondesign) April 28, 2017
The fact we now have to listen to Michael Cole excitedly talk about a PPV called “Great Balls of Fire” HAS to be a rib on the announcers
— Jason Solomon (@solomonster) April 28, 2017
It’s hard enough to explain liking wrestling to other adults and then WWE names a PPV ‘Great Balls of Fire’ FFS.
— iwc.txt (@iwctxt) April 28, 2017
If nobody cracks up laughing when they do a promo saying “Great Balls of Fire”, then Im very dissapointed.
— Linda (@_SkyHighRollins) April 28, 2017
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