With No Mercy only a few days away and the card as highly anticipated for a Raw pay-per-view as there has been in some time, it’s time to take a look at each matchup and attempt to determine a winner.
The two main events have people talking. Will Braun Strowman defeat the Universal Champion, The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar? It doesn’t appear so if you’ve been watching on Monday nights. What about Roman Reigns vs. John Cena? In a battle of words, the edge has been going to Cena. On Sunday, they’ll be no words, only fists. Who ends up the victor when it comes time to actually having their fight?
Can The Miz maintain his pace for Intercontinental Championship supremacy? Will we have new Tag Team champs? What about Enzo Amore? Can he finally put his money where his mouth is?
Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (Champion) vs. Enzo Amore
The WWE can’t really be considering putting the Cruiserweight Title around the waist of Enzo Amore could they? The way this story is arcing, it almost appears that way.
It shouldn’t be a reality that the “Certified G” is getting this kind of consideration because Enzo is losing support by the boatload, and Neville is truly the best thing going in the Cruiserweight Division. In fact, Neville is perhaps one of the better heels in the WWE right now. It would a smack in the face to everyone in the WWE if Amore walked away the champion, and it would prove that the WWE cares more about the ability to market oneself than they do about the in-ring performance, ability to get along as part of a team and respect for the industry.
Stranger things have happened.
Winner: Enzo Amore (regretfully)
Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (Champion) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax
In a last-minute move, the WWE brought back Bayley and immediately inserted her into the Women’s Title match at No Mercy. It won’t change the fact that the champion will stay the champion, and Alexa Bliss will underhandedly sneak away with a victory.
Expect Nia Jax to dominate the match until teamed up on by almost every competitor. She’s been the most dominant and perhaps the most interesting female competitor as of late, and her time will come. But the action will get out of control with too many competitors to keep track of, and Bliss will come away with the win and place additional cracks in the foundation of the Jax and Bliss relationship.
None of this may matter as the WWE set to introduce Asuka to the Raw roster.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Tag Team Championship: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (Champions) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
Eventually, the partnership of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will come to a screeching halt. Is it at No Mercy? Probably not.
It has been fun to watch these two men wrestle over their broken friendship, and now that they’ve made amends and reformed as a team, it should continue to roll for a while. That is until a new formidable team comes calling. Because Sheamus and Cesaro have already held the titles, it’s hard to picture The Bar getting another run right now. The pair of Cesaro and Sheamus will likely move on to a new set of foes and the champs will stay the champs, trying to defend against a new set of challenges.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
This is a feud that has gone back and forth with The Demon having already appeared and wiped the floor with Bray Wyatt. That makes these two even at one win apiece. Now, Balor is going to take on Wyatt again with no face paint, and we’ll see if he can’t fare better than the first time he tried.
Because this feud will probably lead to a push for Balor in the main event scene and Wyatt is ultimately the WWE’s most famous enhancement talent, expect Balor to get the win and this feud comes to an end.
Winners: Finn Balor
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (Champion) vs Jason Jordan
It is unlikely that Jason Jordan walks away with a victory here. A contender at the last minute thanks to winning a Six-Pack Challenge on Raw, Jordan has been losing in high-profile matches for about a month and The Miz is on his way to setting some “Awesome” records when it comes to the Intercontinental Championship.
The Miztourage will be too much for Jordan to handle as will the increasing pressure of being Kurt Angle‘s son and that will get The Miz the edge he needs to put Jordan away. The Miz will likely be on the losing end of the match for some time, but he’ll find a way to get the win and the Skull Crushing Finale.
Winner: The Miz
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
The build-up to this match has been incredible. It’s been like something out of the Attitude Era with promos that are edgy and based on real life and so far, Cena has the advantage. But, in the end, this match isn’t about who says what the best. This match will come down to who is the future of the WWE, and that is Reigns.
All of the abuse Reigns has taken in these promos leads us to believe that he’ll be the one going over at No Mercy and that Cena will be passing the torch before he moves on to either face the champ on SmackDown Live or takes a break from the WWE for a while to film his Transformers movie.
Reigns has proven one thing over the past month. While Cena is man when it comes to trash-talking an opponent, Reigns stood in there like a champ and held his own. He’s ready to lead the WWE. That is, until Strowman gets a hold of him.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman is a Vince McMahon dream. He’s big, he’s fast, he can talk, he’s skilled, and he’s an eventual champion that will be almost impossible to beat. He’s not going to take the title yet though.
To date, Strowman has been monster-handling the champion, and Lesnar has never faced an opponent so dominant. This feud is only just beginning, and to give the win to Strowman now might be premature. It makes the most sense for Lesnar to deliver 40 german suplexes and still struggle to beat the “Monster Among Men.” When Lesnar does win, it will be because he barely escaped, and it will fuel the fire of Strowman even further leading to a rematch at WrestleMania or the Royal Rumble.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (barely)
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