WWE No Mercy will broadcast from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles California, and it’s shaping up to be a massive show. Fans can get in on the action with a pre-show that starts at 7 p.m. EST, with the main card actually starting at 8 p.m. on the WWE Network.
This show will be huge, and here is everything you need to know.
Neville vs Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship
Enzo Amore has made a pretty big splash since inserting himself into WWE’s cruiserweight division. Smacktalker Skywalker has been racking up victories over his fellow 205 Live competitors and a win in a Fatal 5-Way elimination match is what earned him a title shot at No Mercy. Amore continues to say, he’s working smarter rather than working harder, and that means he’s getting his opponents to disqualify themselves and relying on the hard work of others got him to this point, but as Neville pointed out, that won’t help him come Sunday. Amore will be all by himself against the Cruiserweight Champion, and his tactics may not work. Plus, if he bothers Neville enough that the King gets himself disqualified, the belt will remain with the Brit.
Fatal 5 Way for the Raw Women’s Championship
WWE continues to do an awful lot to further its women’s division. However, with this match, it feels like they have taken a step back. For a while there, we were getting two serious female feuds at a time on each show. Now, the company regressed back to a time where they just lump all the women together in one match at pay-per-views without giving the bout any real meaning. Five women will be fighting for the title, and that’s about it. There are a diverse and talented bunch of ladies involved, so the match may be entertaining. Still, WWE needs to take a step back and start again with the booking of the ladies on Raw.
The Miz vs Jason Jordan for the Intercontinental Championship
It’s safe to say the Jason Jordan illegitimate son angle hasn’t exactly blown up over the last few months. Even the announcement itself was met with a collective “so what?” from the WWE Universe. Well, the impending arrival of a little baby Miz may very well be just what the Jordan angle needed. Now that The Miz and Maryse have a baby on the way, it has given the A-Lister the perfect reason to take shots at the Raw GM and his No Mercy opponent, citing Kurt Angle as being a terrible father. Even with that added twist, this match still isn’t exactly highly anticipated. If there’s a kickoff show this Sunday, which there very likely will be, expect this match to be on it.
Ambrose and Rollins vs Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championships
The tag team scene on Raw has become a little like the women’s situation with various pairings battling each other for no real rhyme or reason. Again, the only incentive is the chance to win the Tag Team Championships. Thanks to that, the reforming of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins has become a little stale. Once we get past No Mercy, however, that should hopefully not be the case. Sheamus and Cesaro were always owed a rematch after losing the titles to The Lunatic and The Architect at SummerSlam, and here it is. There are plenty of teams on Raw for the champions to begin a new feud with, provided they retain the titles past Sunday, and it’ll be interesting to see who exactly WWE selects for that role.
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
It feels like a lifetime ago now that Bray Wyatt downed tools in his pursuit of Seth Rollins, and instead decided to focus his attention on Finn Balor. These two met at SummerSlam, of course, when the Irishman donned his demon paint for the first time in 12 months. Balor emerged victorious on that night, but now Wyatt wants to know how formidable Finn the man is, not Finn the demon. The Eater of Worlds has already beaten Balor without his signature paint once, the night he followed up his win by dumping red paint over the first ever Universal Champion. With that in mind, the history books don’t read well for a non-demon Finn Balor heading into No Mercy.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
Some of the matches on the card lack thought and inspiration, like the women’s title and Tag Team Championship matches. That’s probably because most of the work for No Mercy has gone into the evening’s two main event matches. For the first time ever on Sunday, John Cena and Roman Reigns will go one on one. We always imagined that when this match went down, it would be a passing of the torch deal, but it has been far from it. Week after week, Cena has pushed boundaries in his and Roman’s promo battles, shining a spotlight on why exactly the Reigns experiment hasn’t worked for WWE. Like Roman continues to say though, he may not be the greatest talker, but he can go in the ring and we’ll see evidence of that for sure at No Mercy.
Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship
This match was exciting when first announced, but now it feels like the majority of the WWE Universe simply can’t wait to see these two clash. Between SummerSlam and now, Braun Strowman has had the number of Brock Lesnar. He sent him out of the arena on a stretcher during Brock’s last match and left The Beast laying again 24 hours later. A month ago, everyone was sure Lesnar would be keeping that Universal Championship all the way up until WrestleMania 34. Now, nobody is so sure. The Monster Among Men is the most legitimate threat to Lesnar’s title since he won it from Goldberg almost six months ago, and we may very well see it change hands at No Mercy.
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