Money in the Bank is a Pay-Per-View name that makes sense. You’ve got a contract that’s worth “money” locked away inside a briefcase, suspended over the top of a wrestling ring. You climb a ladder, retrieve the briefcase and “bank” that contract for a future title shot until you “cash in.” Even in the reality of a fake sport, everything about that name implies wealth, power and success. I ask you this — what does Great Balls of Fire imply? Well, if you’re Jerry Lee Lewis, it implies an attractive woman who took your will (and oh what a thrill), but to anybody else it’s meaningless gibberish. Nobody at WWE’s PPV event on July 9th is having their balls (or anything else) lit on fire. Nevertheless here we are.
As always, I would like to remind readers that the betting odds for a WWE PPV are not based on the physical acumen of the performers in question. WWE odds reflect the creative decisions of Vince McMahon and his writing team. A strong favorite means they’ve picked a winner for the story they are telling, and they’re not likely to change their minds. A strong underdog is somebody unlikely to win due to their current role in the story. A close line means there’s a chance the script gets thrown out before the show starts. Sometimes though, a line gets so long that Vince thinks it has “become predictable” and makes an unexpected change — anything can happen.
The main match everyone is looking forward to Sunday night is Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar. Despite the silly PPV name and everything else, it has the “real fight” feeling because of Lesnar’s collegiate wrestling and mixed martial arts background, and how he has been largely dominant in his latest WWE run save for a brief feud with Bill Goldberg. Joe has been an underground wrestling favorite for years long before his WWE arrival, a man known for a physical in ring presence and demeanor, and someone who has made MMA style submissions key to winning matches even in scripted pro wrestling. Despite this Lesnar is a HEAVY -2000 favorite (bet $2,000 to win $100) with Joe a +1000 dog (bet $100 to win $1,000). Check the betting odds again before the show begins because this may change.
Also of interest on Sunday is an “ambulance match” where the loser must be beaten up to the point he can be carried to a waiting ambulance, thrown inside, and the ambulance drives away before he can recover. Right now, Braun Strowman is the -1350 favorite and Roman Reigns the +650 underdog, but this has changed several times, as speculators run wild on the rumors that Reigns is going on to face Lesnar at SummerSlam, when previously that match was not expected until WrestleMania next year.
Other matches of interest include Alexa Bliss (-1050) vs. Sasha Banks (+550), Seth Rollins (-1350) vs. Bray Wyatt (+650) and Big Cass (-1580) vs. Enzo Amore (+750). Please remember that these previews are for entertainment purposes, and if you do wager to only spend what you can afford. Goodness gracious, enjoy Great Balls of Fire!