WWE No Mercy 2016 Predictions

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This Sunday’s PPV looks pretty good on paper and while the last two Smackdown Live episodes really didn’t really further any of the story lines they set out three weeks ago (besides Swagger/Corbin), I’m still looking forward to the show. Here’s what I think may happen with the matches and I’m listing them in the order I’d present them.

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Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin

While these two haven’t had a huge buildup to this match, they did enough on Smackdown to justify this match (with Corbin not tapping out to a submission, but the ref making the call that he did). This program could really bring more attention to the both of them if a) they wrestle a compelling match, and b) the ending does something to further the program. Although it’s nice to see Swagger back on TV (as I’m a fan), I think the right thing to do to strengthen Corbin’s character is for Corbin to get the win. Swagger is, of course, a past heavyweight champion, so it could do a lot for Corbin’s career. On the other hand, Swagger needs a boost and is a past champ, so he should be able to overcome Corbin. I’m on the fence on this one, but I’ll take a guess. Winner: Baron Corbin

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Nikki Bella vs. Carmella

Carmella has gotten the best of Nikki Bella for over a month now by blindly attacking her or getting pin-falls on her in tag or multi-person matches. Carmella is establishing a name for herself by going after one of the big stars in the women’s division but she needs to prove it in a one on one match. That being said, I think Nikki will put Carmella in her place in the ring, but Carmella has shown that she can fight (dirty  or not) and may be crafty enough to get the upset, as hopefully, that’s what this whole build has been about: getting Carmella over. Winner: Carmella

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Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt

This feud has been horrible. The backstage TV stuff has been painful to watch and I simply don’t care about these two or their feud. Orton is boring and I’m not a big fan of his, especially as a babyface (although he is a great worker in the ring). Wyatt, well, where do you start? Wyatt has been booked so poorly over the last two years that it’s hard to take him seriously or even envisioning that he’ll win a match or feud. Until Wyatt finally turns face down the road and/or actually wins consistently, I see more of a disconnect happening with the audience. Winner: Randy Orton

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Heath Slater and Rhyno (Champs) vs. The Usos – WWE Tag Team Championship Match

I love the new “evil” Usos. Their new selfish and aggressive demeanor fits them well and they are playing the part to a tee. The story of Slater getting a contract and Rhyno finally winning a Tag Team Championship are now all played out. There’s really no place story-wise for them to go. The Usos, on the other hand, have a feud with American Alpha to still play out. UNLESS American Alpha somehow interferes to get revenge on The Usos here, I see a change in title holders. Winners: The Usos

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The Miz (Champ) vs. Dolph Ziggler – Intercontinental Championship vs. Career Match

With Ziggler’s career on the line in this match, it’s now or never. I applaud WWE Creative (yes, I said that) for keeping the feud ongoing and feeling fresh with new rationales for these two to keep having matches and promos in the ring. The Miz has played the part of a perfect antagonist for a long time and I applaud him for it, but unless the rumours of Ziggler perhaps taking a backstage role are true, I see the build for Ziggler to finally get his payback on The Miz coming to fruition on Sunday. I can see The Miz and/or Maryse trying to cheat to win and if successful, Daniel Bryan will finally step in to restart or change a decision. If Ziggler wins, this feud could continue to Survivor Series with one final blow-off (like a ladder or cage match). Winner: Dolph Ziggler

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Becky Lynch (Champ) vs. Alexa Bliss – WWE Women’s Championship Match

WWE has been booking Lynch over the past few months as someone who gets easily distracted by anything outside of the ring and loses matches (except her big one recently for the title). Unless Bliss has someone in her back pocket to help her (like Dana Brooke w/Charlotte on Raw), I don’t see distraction being a factor in this match. Bliss doesn’t have the experience as many of the other women on the roster, so I’m looking forward to see how an intense one on one match will be between these and if Bliss can carry her own. I just don’t see Lynch dropping the title this soon and Bliss being in a championship match elevates her importance in the women’s division enough at this point. Winner: Becky Lynch

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AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena –
Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship

I think the buildup for this match has been done well. The previous match(es), combined with the promos on Talking Smack, has heightened the animosity between all participants and all of them have communicated perfectly to the audience why they want to be (or remain) the champ. I think the main story, though, out of this is the growing anger and tension between Styles and Ambrose. I can see these two continuing their feud after this match and that’s why I think they may seem to focus on each other even more than Styles – allowing Styles to be able to snag the win. It’s not time for the “face that runs the place” to go to second place. Winner: AJ Styles

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