It feels like it has been an awfully long time since the last WWE pay-per-view, probably because we haven't been bombarded with one every two weeks as is the case a lot of the time these days. This Sunday signals the next one though as Raw gets set to host No Mercy, a card featuring two WrestleMania worthy matches. Despite this week's Raw being the go home for that show, WWE took a little wind out of their own sails by showing their hand and revealing that John Cena would not be on the show. Nevertheless, it was still a go home show with final words to be said and more matches to be made heading into No Mercy.
Last week on Raw, Bray Wyatt continued his war against wrestlers who use face paint by defeating Goldust and wiping off his colors after the match. Well, this week Goldust wanted revenge, or rather Dustin Rhodes wanted it. The man beneath the paint asked Kurt Angle for a rematch and he was granted it, but he wrestled as Dustin rather than Goldust. For a short while, it looked as if Rhodes might get the better of Bray, but then in the blink of an eye Wyatt turned the tables and picked up the win. The Eater of Worlds' No Mercy opponent. Finn Balor had a message for Bray though. On Sunday, Wyatt will take on Finn the man, not The Demon, and Balor raised the question as to which of those is really the more dangerous.
For the last few weeks, Roman Reigns has been verbally assaulted by his No Mercy opponent, John Cena. Well, this week, The Big Dog had the luxury of Big Match John not being on Raw, and boy did he take advantage of it. No one to cut down his responses, nobody to mock him for stuttering, the perfect environment for Reigns. The former WWE Champion took the time to point out what has been on everyone's minds, John Cena's hypocrisy. Reigns even had a video cued up of a promo Cena cut on The Rock prior to their match at WrestleMania XXVIII. It was a promo where The Face That Runs The Place dug into Rocky for abandoning WWE in favor of the bright lights of Hollywood. Does that sound familiar? It took Cena being absent for Reigns to defeat him in a promo battle, but we think The Guy will take it.
Alexa Bliss is going to have a long week. Said week began with her battling Nia Jax on Raw and it will end with her defending the Raw Women's Championship in a Fatal Five Way match. Raw's resident Goddess will be hoping the latter of those two matches goes better than the former. After things weren't going her way against Nia, the champ tried to escape, only to be chased back to the ring by Sasha Banks. It didn't take long for Jax to finish off Bliss from there on in, hitting a Samoan Drop and picking up the win. The onlooking Banks then thought she saw a chance to take out Jax herself only to be foiled and need the help of a returning Bayley. The two of them plus Bliss proved formidable enough as a unit to take down the night's victor before The Boss and Bayley turned their attention to the Women's Champion and sent her packing too.
Raw opened and closed with the same thread, the one revolving around the Intercontinental Title scene. The Miz complained that for the second event in a row, his championship was not being spotlighted, so Kurt Angle went about rectifying that. The Raw GM made a six pack challenge for the night's main event with the winner earning a shot at the Intercontinental Title. The bout featured both Hardy Boys, Jason Jordan, Elias Samson, and The Miztourage. As the match began to reach its climax, it looked as if Jeff Hardy was going to earn another shot at Miz's crown. Clearly, the A-Lister didn't want that and intervened to stop it from happening. As Hardy dealt with Miz though, Jordan saw his opportunity, delivering a neck-breaker to Curtis Axel and picking up the win. The Miz and his Miztourage delivered a beat down to Jordan after the match, along with some stark predictions for this Sunday and beyond.
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No Brock Lesnar wasn't on Raw this week, at least not in the ring, so no risk of any power slams or trips to Suplex City. Instead, he sat down with Braun Strowman, in separate locations, of course, while Michael Cole delivered questions to the pair of them. Strowman seems more than quietly confident heading into his first ever one-on-one match for the Universal Championship, and who can blame him? Eventually, the attention turned to Lesnar's corner as Paul Heyman became frustrated with most of Cole's questions being directed towards the challenger. It was Lesnar who put a stop to his advocate's rant, however, and leaned in close to the camera to deliver his own personal message to the Monster Among Men. Lesnar thanked Strowman for challenging him like he has because that's when he's at his best, and signed off with a simple 'Suplex City, b*tch'.
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