WWE No Mercy 2017 PPV Predictions (w/some Smackdown Live thoughts)

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Source: WWE.com

This PPV has been built pretty well for the most part.  I mean, they’ve had over a month to do it and we’re getting two heavy, important matches.  Some say they’re Wrestlemania worthy and I agree.

I’m going to run down the card of the PPV first and then give my thoughts on this week’s Smackdown at the end.  I figure I’d skip my Raw and Smackdown Live thoughts this week as the Raw go-home show didn’t really bring anything new to the table for the PPV because everything except the Intercontinental championship match was built as high as they could get.

Like always, if anything changes like matches getting added to the kick off show or if stipulations change, I’ll edit accordingly.

 

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Enzo Amore
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Source: WWE.com

Sorry, but the loud-piece isn’t winning here.  I do find Enzo entertaining here and there and I’m not a “hater,” but WWE really has to cut his promo time in half.  Neville is entertaining on the mic and in the ring.  Besides the small one week blip where he lost the title (a stupid decision I’ve touched upon before), Neville is 205 Live and the division.  There’s no way Neville should lose the title especially with the level of skill he brings.  I bet this gets relegated to the kick off show.

Winner: Neville

 

Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt

 

Alexa Bliss (Champ) vs Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma –
Fatal 5-Way Match for the Raw Women’s Championship
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Source: WWE.com

How many of these multi-women matches do we need to have? Why can’t we, with three hours of Raw, get some compelling story lines between two women on the program.  Not only that but multiple story lines featuring the women? I don’t want any more of this “every woman in one segment” or in one match (like we saw AGAIN on Smackdown this week).

I’ll keep this brief: I still don’t like Nia Jax or her abilities on the mic or in the ring.  There are four other better performers in this match that will team up on her and prevent the win (hopefully).

I don’t know why Bayley got thrown in the match automatically but it is what it is.  I know some are saying that Emma will sneak out a win here but I don’t see that either.  They’re not putting the belt back on Banks because, well, what’s the point?

All the women in this match are going to do one thing – have enough action going for the ten minutes they’ll probably get so Alexa Bliss can steal the win.  With Asuka coming soon, WWE needs a heel with the championship that the crowd wants to see finally beat – and Bliss is that woman.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

 

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
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Source: WWE.com

At first, I had no interest in seeing this match because I don’t care for Reigns and unless Cena is in a program with someone I have interest in, I already know how most Cena matches go.

I don’t hate Reigns like many of the people that absolutely loathe him do, but he doesn’t click with me unless he’s a dick.  The promo Reigns gave on Monday is the character he should be and he should be bad mouthing the haters in the audience like he did Cena. With Cena, I respect what Cena has done and given WWE but as I said, his matches, especially how he comes back from everything to win (and in turn stopped major pushes for others), really irks me.

I want to watch this match now because of the shoot style promos.  Not only that, you have the two guys who, in most of their WWE matches, are beat down by their opponent for the majority of the match, getting hit with everything possible yet they always kick out and then beat their opponent with a few select moves when they shouldn’t even be able to walk.  If these two are always booked that way, what is it going to take for one of these guys to actually stay down besides, like I said jokingly before, getting shot? That’s how ridiculous some of their comebacks have been.

Cena has lost some important matches lately trying to help put over and elevate the newer talent.  If Cena lost clean to Nakamura before leaving Smackdown, there’s no way he’s beating Reigns here.  I’m not sure if WWE is going to try and do a passing of the torch moment here or if they’ll use it to turn one of these guys full heel to compete with Monday Night Football.  The next Raw PPV is the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs PPV in just under a month, so there could be a DQ by having one of them use one of those three objects, leading to a rematch at TLC.  If there’s no DQ, I have to pick McMahon’s pet project that won’t die.

Winner: Roman Reigns

 

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
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Source: WWE.com

This is the match I want to see the most and no, it’s not because I’m a fan of Lesnar’s.  If you’ve read my stuff in the past, you know how I feel.  If you haven’t here are my thoughts on him in a nutshell: he’s overpaid, under-worked, and lazy.  I absolutely loved the beating he took at SummerSlam but shook my head when he got taken out on a stretcher so he could take a breather.  That’s all I saw it as.

I think it’s time for WWE to pull the trigger on taking the belt off their part-timer so we can actually have the championship on the show and defended more often.  Strowman has been built up very well over the past year and it’s time for him to carry the gold.  That way, Lesnar can go home for a couple of months until the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania so he can sleep and Strowman can be put into a program with Samoa Joe when he returns.  That’s TV I want to see!

Quick point to end: Heyman is not turning on Lesnar.  Strowman doesn’t need Heyman.

Winner: Brawn Strowman

Quick Smackdown thoughts:

  • I was expecting more from the Kevin Owens/Vince McMahon segment from last week. The one short promo from Shane was boring and I didn’t like Owen’s segment where he started off apologizing.
  • It was nice to see Charlotte back and you knew she was getting placed into the title picture right away.  Let’s hope we get more than one story line for the women next week.
  • Props to Tye Dillinger keeping himself in the feud with Baron Corbin, who’s trying to stay in the US title picture with AJ Styles.  While the advertised title match didn’t happen, I’m curious to see where this goes next.  Three way dance for the US Championship?
  • It was interesting to see Rusev get a quick win over Orton.  I guess we’ll be seeing these two feud until Hell in a Cell.
  • I am done with the stupid Ziggler crap.  It’s worse than the Fashion Files. I’d rather be watching those and that’s saying something.  It’s painfully obvious now this will all lead to feuding with Bobby Roode.
  • Jinder Mahal’s promo was awful and WWE creative should be beaten for writing that horrible crap. I can’t believe in 2017 WWE let Mahal say that Nakamura “always ‘rooks’ the same.”  How appalling.  I guess WWE is trying to make Mahal look really hypocritical here, but this shit was unacceptable.  I’ve never heard a crowd chant “that’s too far” before.  The audience wasn’t doing it because they’re engaged in the promo, they’re doing it to tell WWE creative they’re a bunch of dinks.  Nakamura’s rebuttal to such awful racism was given absolutely no time.  This is why Smackdown is viewed as inferior right now verses last year – the writing is awful.
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