SmackDown Live’s No Mercy is in the history books and it was pretty darn good, wasn’t it? No, it wasn’t phenomenal but two matches on the card were. And yes, one of those matches featured the phenomenal AJ Styles. Every other match? Meh. I could take it or leave it. I still think it was much better than Raw’s Clash of Champions though.
Speaking of Raw, it really is starting to become “Raw Is Jericho” again, isn’t it? Chris Jericho is FUNNY. Does he make MY list? Well, continue on to read our 5 best and 5 worst moments this week in World Wrestling Entertainment.
5. WORST – Jericho Lost Championship Opportunity
No, the main event of Raw between Chris Jericho and Seth Rollins wasn’t the worst. No, the promo and backstage segments with Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon, Jericho and Kevin Owens weren’t the worst either. In fact, they were quite great. It’s just when Steph informed Jericho that he would be added to the Hell In A Cell for the Universal Championship if he could defeat Rollins, I’m left feeling bummed he didn’t actually win. What a tease. Doesn’t a Triple Threat with Jericho sound so much more entertaining than another one-on-one with Owens and Rollins?
5. BEST – Raw Tag Division Picking Up Steam
This week, Cesaro and Sheamus finally clashed with New Day and it appears as if they really do have a chance at dethroning the Champs come Hell In A Cell. That’s if Sheamus and Cesaro can get their s*** together that is. Not only did these two teams clash, Enzo Amore and Big Cass now have beef with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Sin Cara and Lince Dorado (the other masked Cruiserweight) look as if they could become a formidable tag team too.
4. WORST – More and More Jobbers
Mick Foley, don’t you listen? I know you’re hard of hearing and everything (bad joke?), but if you watched Raw last week, Braun Strowman asked you to give him some real competition. So why you still making him wrestle local jobbers? Also, you have Bayley in her hometown and you give her another jobber to wrestle as well? Why? Couldn’t she have just wrestled Dana Brooke? Or Summer Rae? Or Alicia Fox? Or hey, give Nia Jax a real opponent too while you’re at it.
I’m all for a local jobber every once in a while, but every week? Every one of these matches are a little predictable and a little boring. Besides, we’re already aware that Bayley and Braun Strowman can beat people up.
4. BEST – James Ellsworth
The one positive to come from all these local jobbers is James Ellsworth, an awkward scrawny looking wrestler who reappears every now and again to get his butt kicked. First by Braun Strowman, then The Miz, and this week he took on AJ Styles and won! Ha! Yes, Dean Ambrose was the special referee but it was by far the funniest segment of the week.
3. WORST – The Ascension
The Hype Bros were backstage talking about chicks, toys, and tag teams until The Ascension appeared out of nowhere only to stare the Hype Bros up and down before disappearing into the abyss that was probably catering. Kudos to WWE for finally giving The Ascension something to do, but if we’re going to be taking these two seriously like we did in NXT, we need to see them do something a lot more cool than that. In due time, perhaps.
3. BEST – Banks & Charlotte Dropkick Rusev
Women’s Champion Sasha Banks opened up Monday Night Raw to tell Charlotte that she can have her rematch against her as long as it’s in a HELL IN A CELL. Whoa. History is being made here and if any two women are going to pull this barbaric structure off, it’s these two.
Rusev and Lana interrupt, tell them nobody cares about their stupid revolution and that HE is the main event. Not Sasha. Nor Charlotte. So how did the two main eventers respond to the Bulgarian Brute? By dropkicking that sorry son of a b**** right out of the ring. Talk about a Woman’s Revolution. Oh, and Lana was there too.
2. WORST – No Becky Lynch
Last weekend, Becky Lynch legitimately suffered a non-wrestling-related injury and had to back out of her Championship match against challenger Alexa Bliss last minute. I know, I know. S*** happens. The SmackDown Live Women’s Division still suffered on Sunday because of it. In a weird turn of events, Alexa Bliss wrestled Naomi instead and wound up losing the match in five minutes. The match wasn’t very good and we’re confused as to why the number one contender is losing. Weren’t we supposed to start taking Alexa Bliss seriously?
2. BEST – No Mercy’s Grand Opening
The WWE World Championship Triple Threat Match between AJ Styles, John Cena, and Dean Ambrose was the first of two standout matches at No Mercy. AND the first match of the night. Weird, right?
In the end, both Ambrose and Cena locked Styles into submission and Styles had no choice but to tap out. However, since there could be no clear winner since the Champion tapped out to both men’s submissions, the referee demanded the match keep going. That’s when Styles decided to be a d*** and end the match on his terms. By knocking Cena out with a steel chair and pinning him 1, 2, 3. Hey, it’s legal. Triple Threat rules means no disqualification. Touché, AJ. Touché.
1. WORST – Luke Harper? That’s it?
In one of the weirdest booking decisions in the history of professional wrestling, No Mercy saw the WWE World Championship Match open the show in favor of Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt closing the show. Its placement left audiences feeling underwhelmed as the main event paled in comparison to the two standout championship matches earlier in the night. The big “surprise” saved for the show’s final moment was Luke Harper making his return (for what, the ninth time?) to distract Orton just enough for Bray Wyatt to score the sneak attack victory.
1. BEST – Dolph Ziggler Becomes Intercontinental Champion
The feud between Dolph Ziggler and The Miz has got to be the rivalry of the year. For some reason or another, I actually believed Dolph Ziggler was going to lose at No Mercy and retire from professional wrestling. Maybe I read too many dirt sheets that aren’t true. Alas, I believed it which only made the match Ziggler and Miz had that much more exciting. Dolph won by the way, besting Maryse and former Spirit Squad members Kenny and Mikey before nailing Miz with a superkick to score the victory in what was the biggest moment of the week.
Why, oh why was this not the main event of No Mercy even though Miz was on the poster? No idea.
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