Thankfully, it’s been a month since the last WWE PPV, since the two-a-month schedule has been a bit too much for most fans. Now that PPV fatigue has worn off, Raw is presenting its brand-exclusive event No Mercy. Coming to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the PPV will start at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on Sunday, September 24 and boasts two big main event matches. The Kickoff show will start one hour prior and will feature an unannounced match. Here’s who is on the card and our predictions for the evening.
The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan
(For the Intercontinental Championship)
After Jason Jordan was revealed to be Kurt Angle’s secret lovechild (ooh la la!), the son of the Raw GM got himself a title run. This led him to a rivalry with current Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his delightful Miztourage.
This is Jordan’s first big push, and while it’s seemingly going well for him, I don’t think he’s going to come out on top here. The rivalry is still new and Miz just got the IC title back, so more than likely, Bo Dallas or Curtis Axel will make sure Miz retains it.
Our prediction: The Miz wins
Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore
(For the Cruiserweight Championship)
Enzo Amore is now on 205 Live, and he has quickly earned himself a chance to win the title. He’ll be taking on the “King of the Cruiserweights,” Neville, who has been extremely dominant this year.
Enzo is great on the mic but doesn’t feel in the same league as everyone else on 205 Live when it comes to in-ring ability. That being said, I cannot see him as champion without a dirty win, and I also don’t see that happening either. I’m giving Neville the win here.
Our prediction: Neville wins
Emma vs. Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
(For the Raw Women’s Championship)
Half of the women on Raw are involved in this five-way match at No Mercy–has anyone seen Mickie James lately? Current champion Alexa Bliss has lost her friendship with Nia Jax, and everyone is gunning after her title. Can the champ retain her title when everyone is looking to hurt her?
Bliss has had a phenomenal run as champion thus far, but looking to the future, she’s going to lose the title at No Mercy to Nia Jax or when Asuka–the wrestler who has a longer winning streak than Goldberg–comes to Raw and takes it from her, by the end of the year. Because of that, I’m giving the win to Jax, just so we can watch her and Asuka reignite their rivalry from NXT.
Our prediction: Nia Jax wins
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Bar
(For the Raw Tag Team Championship)
Raw‘s tag team division has had quite a few shakeups in the past year. The title is getting passed around quite a bit, and now, current champions Ambrose and Rollins are taking on Cesaro and Sheamus–can we all just start calling them “The Bar” now, please?
While that title does keep bouncing around, it seemed much more at home with The Bar. The team seems stronger in every way when it comes to working as a team. It may not be in favor of what most fans want, but I’m giving the win to The Bar, in hopes the rivalry continues.
Our prediction: The Bar wins
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Finn Balor went into demon mode at Summerslam against his opponent Bray Wyatt in a relatively short match, coming in at just over 10 minutes. He got the win, but the tension between the two stars hasn’t let up, and they’ll be facing each other again at No Mercy.
Hopefully, these two get more time in the ring, since Summerslam‘s match had the potential to be amazing if they had more time. We won’t be seeing the demon from Balor this time, but I’m sure this will be the moment he proves himself without the help of his dark side, beating Wyatt.
Our prediction: Finn Balor wins
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
No Mercy features John Cena taking on Roman Reigns, the two of which have had a brutal verbal battle against each other the past month. Reigns calls Cena a part timer and Cena laughs in his opponent’s face. They are two of the biggest stars in the company right now, so this should be a huge fight.
Regardless if you boo Roman Reigns or sing “John Cena sucks” during his entrance–which is a ton of fun–this is going to be an entertaining match. The only problem is figuring out who is going to win. Will Cena pass the torch or bury Reigns? With Cena’s busy schedule, I’m thinking Reigns will take the win–to end the rivalry–and get even cockier on television afterwards.
Our prediction: Roman Reigns wins
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
(For the Universal Championship)
The real main event for No Mercy is the match between Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, and the lead up to it has been nuts. Strowman has been man-handling the champ, which we’ve never seen to this extent. Strowman even took a German suplex and got right back up.
Yes, Goldberg made it seem like he was going to dominate Lesnar, but in the end, Lesnar came out on top, and Samoa Joe also looked like he was going to beat the champ, but the end result was another win for Lesnar. However, this story has truly made me a believer that Strowman will win this match, and for that reason, I’m predicting a new champ.
Our prediction: Braun Strowman wins
from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/wwe-no-mercy-match-card-and-predictions/2900-1475/