Samoa Joe is big betting favorite to win Fatal Five-Way

- Kickoff Match: Kalisto defeated Apollo Crews. It didn't set the world on fire but it was a fine use of both men.

The victor is expected to face Lesnar at the Great Balls of Fire PPV on July 9.

The wheels on the purple bus go round and round. Austin Aries goes into this match with a huge amount of potential. Nothing has been advanced; the feud is exactly where it was in the run-up to WrestleMania.

Further, this will also begin a feud between Finn Balor and Triple H. For a long time now a match between these two are being nurtured.

Cruiserweight Championship (Submission) - Neville (c) def. Austin Aries via pinfall to retain the title: The King of the Cruiserweights continues his reigns. And that's not going to change until there are fundamental changes to the way all of Raw is booked (not just the tiny purple-rope people), especially with respect to the care put into the "storylines" (which barely deserve to be called that).

Well, James Machinia of Smithfield emailed me Monday with an update. Yes, he's back from filming the instant classic movie. They will want him to feud with someone else for the time being. She is WWE's first female referee since the mid-1980s. Poor Bayley, however, has yet to find her footing on the main roster, and after nearly a year, it's looking grim. Sasha Banks had some unbelievable matches pre-Mania and it would be interesting to see if she can keep that up. The creative department might have been setting fans up for a heroic comeback for Bayley.


Elsewhere, there was confirmation that Jinder Mahal's win was good for Indian-centric business, that Alexa Bliss is in for an extended period as the top female star and that Rusev probably won't be pushed with Mahal already taking up the foreign heel space on the roster. There's no reason to rock the boat by putting the belt on Bayley right now; giving her a title is putting a band-aid on a severed leg.

It's smart of the WWE to look to "cash-in" on the wrestling ability of Samoa Joe, an under-rated cast-away who even though he's been the champion in other places, has never gotten a title shot in the WWE. Through various singles and tag matches, the five men have been mixing it up and muddying the waters between would-be allies.

I'm going to go with the Hardy Boyz here because with heel turn still fresh and with the steel cage match being one of the Hardy's favourite stipulations, it all points to them. So, we can rule out those two and that leaves us with Balor and Wyatt. But if you actually expect Vince to sit back and not micro-manage and short-attention span that thing to death, well...you clearly haven't been reading this column.

Tag Team Championship (Steel Cage) - Sheamu & Cesaro def. I have been wrong before (the shark cage match was awesome) but I really don't think this will work. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt will also be forced to sit back and watch as it is Joe getting the opoprtunity against Lesnar in five weeks.

Worst of all, it runs the risk of turning the audience completely against her in the same manner they did for John Cena and Roman Reigns. It doesn't matter, we'll all be chanting Braun Strowman's name whenever it happens.

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