WWE has had pay-per-views since WrestleMania I in 1985. Since then, there have been 335 pay-per-views. There have been some very awesome names and some very dumb names. What WWE announced today, may be in the running for one of the dumbest PPV names ever.

For July’s Raw pay-per-view (technically not a pay-per-view anymore), someone in the company actually suggested naming their event “Great Balls of Fire.” And one or more of the McMahon family members for some reason signed off on that idea. The name sounds like a placeholder until someone thought of something better and the logo looks like something that someone spent about 20 seconds on.

Sure, it’s at least more creative than events named after a match like “Fatal 4-Way,” but it’s still incredibly stupid. Not to mention the easy double entendres that will occur particular for the PG era WWE.

In addition, WWE and Vince McMahon has been very cognizant on making sure their events don’t sound old and dated. That’s why WrestleMania is no longer known as the “Grandaddy of Them All” and this year’s event was very rarely mentioned as WrestleMania 33 by WWE. And now WWE has named their latest pay-per-view after a famous Jerry Lee Lewis rockabilly song that was released 60 years ago. I don’t quite get it.

It seemed like the public didn’t get it either and spent little time making fun of the name.

And last, but not least, SmackDown’s Becky Lynch tweeted this:

If you’re a WWE fan, this is one of those times where you just have to throw your hands in the air and go for the ride. Like someone said, Paul Heyman and his legendary promos may be the only one who can save the name “Great Balls of Fire.”

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