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    2017 WWE Great Balls of Fire results, recap, grades Lesnar retains, Reigns turns heel?

    Goodness, gracious. WWE Great Balls of Fire may have sounded like a joke when it was first announced, but it wound up being an incredible first edition of the new Raw-brand pay-per-view card. The lead up to Sunday's PPV featured two of the best rivalry builds in all of 2017. As it turned out, the two matches were just as good.

    Though no titles changed hands during the show, the double main event stole the show in Dallas as Brock Lesnar defended his universal championship in a brief slugfest against Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns took his ultra-physical feud with Braun Strowman to an entirely new level of violence (not to mention attempted murder). The undercard beneath it was largely average, save for an electric Raw tag team championship match as Cesaro and Sheamus held off a late rally in the final seconds from The Hardy Boyz to win a red-hot 30-minute iron man match.
    Be sure to check out the results and grades below, then subscribe to my podcast In This Corner with Brian Campbell where we will break down the entire pay-per-view Monday morning.


    WWE Great Balls of Fire results, grades


    Cruiserweight Championship -- Neville (c) def. Akira Tozawa via pinfall to retain the title: Relegated to kickoff show status, this one came to a somewhat abrupt halt just as it was heating up. One thing the match accomplished in putting over was Neville's willingness as a heel to do anything it takes to win -- a trait fans saw more and more of in his feud with Austin Aries. Tozawa appeared on the verge of victory late after Neville missed on a Red Arrow. Tozawa landed a hurricanrana and Shining Wizard to set up his senton finisher from the top rope, but Neville smartly rolled out of the ring to avoid being pinned. After being thrown back in, Neville crotched Tozawa on the ropes before kicking the ropes to add insult to injury. Neville then kicked Tozawa in the stomach to set up the pin. Grade: C+

    Bray Wyatt def. Seth Rollins via pinfall: If perception is reality, it has felt like Wyatt hasn't been booked to win a pay-per-view match in years. That streak is over. Wyatt was victorious in the opening chapter of this feud, which included strong booking for his heel character. Wyatt used a thumb to the eye while the referee was distracted to injure Rollins, leaving him exposed for the Sister Abigail finisher and the subsequent 1-2-3. The match was a physical one throughout .Wyatt dominated early, including a superplex that shook the ring and a spiked DDT on the ring apron. A stiff clothesline from Wyatt stuffed a Rollins rally and sent him head over heels. Wyatt set up the finishing sequence by screaming in Rollins' face: "This is what a God looks like."

    WWE's New Day: No Way In Hell We'd Fight In UFC ... We're Too Pretty!

    Brock Lesnar's done it. CM Punk's done it ... but the guys from The New Day say there's NO DAMN WAY they'd ever considering moving from the WWE to the UFC. 

    The tag team superstars -- who were just tapped to host WrestleMania 33 -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) ... and told us their feet are FIRMLY planted in the WWE.

    So, why not give the UFC a shot? Big E put it best ...

    "I gyrate for a living! I shake my hips for a living, that's what I do! You want to get punched in the face by Derrick Lewis?? NO THANK YOU!"

    The guys also tell us how the other WWE superstars REALLY feel about Conor McGregor -- who's taken some major shots at pro wrestlers in the past.

    WWE Wrestlemania 28 Live Discussion & Results Thread

    Bobby Lashley. Ken Shamrock. Tito Ortiz. Dan Severn. Josh Barnett. Tim Sylvia. Those are just a few of the mixed martial artists that have dabbled in pro wrestling over the years, not to mention some of the Japanese talent that has flowed between both.

    Arguably the biggest name of them all -- Brock Lesnar -- is reportedly set to make his return to the wrestling ring after a five-year sojourn to MMA that included a run as the UFC Heavyweight Champion and the biggest pay-per-view draw in the business.

    According to Wrestling Observer founder Dave Meltzer, he has heard stories of Lesnar signing a one-year deal with limited dates and that he's in Miami for Sunday's Wrestlemania 28. Could the former champ make his presence made tonight? Talk about it here with our live discussion and results thread.

    The event kicks off at 7 PM EST on pay-per-view with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson vs. John Cena headlining. MMA aficionado The Undertaker vs. HHH, Chael Sonnen BFF CM Punk vs. occasional MMA pundit Chris Jericho and Extreme Couture trainee Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus round out the big matches.

    Join in the live discussion below and get the results after the jump!

    Tonight's the night.

    World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is all set to pull the trigger on its WrestleMania 28 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza tonight (Sun., April 1, 2012) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.

    I know what you're thinking: "What is this doing on an MMA site, then?" Well, as it turns out, not only is there a gigantic crossover appeal (like it or not), but the one and only Brock Lesnar could very well show up to crash the party.

    The same Brock Lesnar, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion, who just recently retired from mixed martial arts (MMA).

    Tonight's event features a main event match more than one year in the making, as "The Rock" returns to the WrestleMania ring for the first time in seven long years to take on the biggest star in the business today, John Cena.

    Complete WrestleMania 28 results and live blog coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET after the jump:

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    WWE WRESTLEMANIA 28 QUICK RESULTS:

    The Rock vs. John Cena
    Undertaker def. Triple H
    CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
    Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan to win world heavyweight title
    Big Show def. Cody Rhodes to win intercontinental title
    Kane def. Randy Orton
    Team Johnny def. Team Teddy
    Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly def. Eve and Beth Phoenix

    WWE WRESTLEMANIA 28 LIVE BLOG:

    King Combo here.

    Broadcast is live.

    First match of the night: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan-

    Bryan gets a good luck kiss from AJ, only to turn around into a vicious Brogue Kick from Sheamus.

    New World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.

    In the back now, Team Johnny getting psyched up for their match. The Miz couldn't get anything other than a few bad looks, and Mr. Laurinaitis, in a brilliant suit, does a much better job. Team Johnny, let's roll out.

    Next up: Kane vs. Randy Orton-

    Solid punches from Orton to start us off. Kane reverses and takes control. Off the ropes and Orton has to fight out of a chokeslam. Working over Kane's leg now, trying to wear the beast down. Draping DDT attempt but the Big Red Machine breaks out to power Orton to the mat. Near fall gets 2.

    Kane has Orton in a sleeper hold. Orton, with some help from the crowd, works his way up and starts trading shots with Kane. Kane gets the better of it and goes for another pin. 2 count. Kane with more of his way, gets a side slam and another near pin fall. Working on Orton's neck again, really trying to wear down the Viper.

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