WWE No Mercy: Preview & Predictions
No Mercy is the second PPV that is exclusive to Smackdown Live. The show will take place this Sunday from the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA and features eight matches. Included in those matches are four title defenses and one match with a career on the line.
Match 1: Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger – Singles match
The push of Baron Corbin as a heel on Smackdown Live continues in this matchup with the veteran Swagger. The WWE has placed Corbin in a position to eventually make him a heel contender and this is just another feud to try to make him an even greater bad guy. But the problem is that Swagger has been floating around on the lower card and no one seems to care that much about him. It didn’t help Swagger’s cause when he came out on TV and delivered a dud of a promo. I see Corbin getting the pinball here and moving on to a new challenge soon after. And Swagger will keep wrestling in meaningless spots.
Winner: Baron Corbin
2. Curt Hawkins vs. TBA – Singles match
The debut of Curt Hawkins has been disappointing in my opinion after weeks of terrible video packages. His Chuck Norris-style gimmick is years late and it has not made me excited for his return. Hopefully, his work in the ring is better than what we have seen so far and his return will be worth it. No matter who they throw in the ring with Hawkins, he will get the win as this is just a showcase for the returning Hawkins.
Winner: Curt Hawkins
3. Heath Slater & Rhyno (C) vs. The Usos – Tag Team match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Slater and Rhyno won the the titles at Backlash and that earned Slater a contract. But that story line is over and I am afraid that means the end of their title run as well. The Usos recently turned heel and changed everything about them. I like the change and I think that it will help Jimmy and Jey in the long haul. But I don’t think they need the championships right now. But with an ongoing feud with American Alpha and no direction for Heath Slater and Rhyno, I am sure the titles will switch hands. I just wish the WWE would do the same to The Usos’ cousin over on Raw and make him a bad guy!
Winner: The Usos
4. Nikki Bella vs. Carmella – Singles match
This is the rare feud in the women’s division that doesn’t revolve around the championship. Bella returned in Brooklyn at Summerslam and Carmella took acception to the fact that she returned in her home state. Yeah, so the reasoning is pretty weak but Carmella turned fully heel and has been going after Nikki ever sense. And getting the upper hand all of the time seemingly. But, after all that Carmella has done to Nikki, I look for the last remaining Bella to get the win and some revenge.
Winner: Nikki Bella
5. Becky Lynch (C) vs. Alexa Bliss – Singles match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch became the first-ever Smackdown Women’s Championship at Backlash and is arguably the best woman in the division on Smackdown. But with a thin roster, the biggest question is how long she can hold the title before it becomes stale. Bliss emerged as the number one contender and has looked great in that role. She definitely stepped up her game and deserves her spot on the show. But she is not ready for the title. Not yet at least. The WWE can have her lose here or win by DQ, but come righ back and challenge Lynch again. She has the potential, but Becky is perfect with the title right now.
Winner: Becky Lynch
6. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt – Singles match
This is the perfect example of a rivalry that looks perfect on paper but has been marred by a lackluster build up. Orton and Wyatt were supposed to fight at Backlash, but the match was called off because Orton was still recovering from a concussion. Instead, he interfered in a match between Wyatt and Kane, causing Bray to lose. Then, the rivalry picked back up but has been filled up with plenty backstage segments that just have not interested me. I think Wyatt needs the win, but I doubt that the WWE actually gives him one. They never seem to do the right thing when it comes to Wyatt. But I will still pick him and hope that his career can be revived.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
7. The Miz (w/ Maryse) (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler – Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. If Ziggler loses, his WWE career is over.
While the WWE keeps screwing up th Bray Wyatt character, they did make another Miz-Ziggler match interesting. The two fought at Backlash and Ziggler lost after Maryse sprayed something in his eyes. Then, they fought again on Smackdown and Miz sprayed Ziggler. But Dolph has been doing great work on the microphone and challenged The Miz one last time. But this time, if he doesn’t win, he will walk away for good. Both guys have been doing great on Smackdown and I have honestly been intrigued. Th question here is whether Ziggler is resigning with the WWE or actually ready to move on. I hope that he is coming back so I am picking him to win the match. I have been enjoying his work lately more than I have in the past few years and hope he sticks around a little longer. If he leaves, it will leave a huge whole on the Smackdown roster and the WWE will be out of a great worker. I wouldn’t blame Dolph if he did leave, but I am hoping he wins and stays right where he is. Both The Miz and Dolph have been great lately and I think this has a chance to be one of the best matches of the night.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
8. A. J. Styles (C) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena – Triple Threat match for the WWE World Championship
Styles battled Cena this summer and came out on top. Then he challenged Ambrose for the WWE World Championship and won that. Now, he has both looking for redemption and has to battle them both to keep his title. Ambrose received his one-on-one rematch on Smackdown and lost after Cena interfered when provoked. He is determined to win his title back, but it won’t be easy. Cena is also looking to get revenge against Styles, but is also looking to make history. With one more championship reign, he will tie the record of 16 world title reigns that Ric Flair holds. I am sure that one day he will tie, and probably surpass, Flair’s record. But it won’t be this Sunday. And Ambrose may have another title reign in his future, but not anytime soon. No one needs to beat Styles right now. A. J. has been arguably the best performer in all of the WWE and deserves to be the WWE champion. The WWE is lucky to have Styles right now and probably wish that they would have signed him years ago. But, with the time he has left in the ring, Styles should be a main eventer in the WWE and can easily be the face of their product.
Winner: A. J. Styles
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