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This PPV on Sunday, No Mercy is a SmackDown Brand & starts at 8pm on the WWE Network & hour Pre-Match show. Lwts take a look below.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
Setup to No Mercy: At SummerSlam, AJ Styles defeated John Cena. Styles went on to win the WWE World Championship at Backlash, when he defeated Dean Ambrose after a low blow and a Styles Clash. Two days later on SmackDown, Cena demanded a rematch against Styles in an attempt to become a 16-time world champion, equalizing the record set by Ric Flair, while Ambrose invoked his rematch clause against Styles. SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon scheduled a triple threat match between Styles, Cena and Ambrose for the title at No Mercy. Later that night, Ambrose and Cena defeated Styles and Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Afterwards, Ambrose attacked Cena with Dirty Deeds. The following week, Ambrose defeated Cena with a roll-up. After the match, Styles attacked Cena and Ambrose, which prompted SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan to schedule Styles to defend his world title against Ambrose the following week on SmackDown, after which Ambrose attacked Styles with Dirty Deeds. On the September 27 episode of SmackDown, after a distraction from Cena, Styles retained the title against Ambrose. After the match, Cena attacked Ambrose and Styles with Attitude Adjustments
Prediction– By far the best WWE Title build in a long time, the way this setup has good. This 3-way has elements of Kayfabe & real life. I don’t see Styles losing the title & Ambrose as a tweener is better for him. Styles retains with a pin on Cena.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Setup to No Mercy: At Backlash, Bray Wyatt attacked Randy Orton backstage, leaving him unable to compete and winning their match by forfeit. In the following weeks, the two continued to taunt each other, including segments in which either wrestler went looking for the other backstage. On September 28, a match between the two was scheduled for No Mercy
Prediction– Very funky storyline with Wyatt & Orton. Both guys need the win bad, but I see Styles vs. Orton down the road so I see Orton winning.
WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Setup to No Mercy: At Backlash, Becky Lynch defeated Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge to become the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion. On the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Bliss won a fatal-five-way match by defeating Carmella, Nikki Bella, Natalya and Naomi to receive a title opportunity against Lynch at No Mercy. The following week, Alexa attacked Becky during their contract signing
Prediction– This match might not take place as Lynch has a undisclosed injury that has been reported outside of WWE. If the match happens I like Lynch to retain.
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Rhyno & Heath Slater (c) vs. The Usos
Setup to No Mercy: At Backlash, Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos in a tag team tournament final to become the inauguralSmackDown Tag Team Champions, (Kayfabe) earning Slater a SmackDown contract in the process. On the September 20 episode of SmackDown, The Usos defeated American Alpha to earn a rematch against Slater and Rhyno for the titles at No Mercy.
Prediction– I like the heel Usos as they needed this change badly. I like the Usos to beat Slater & Rhyno, also to return to their program with American Alpha.
CAREER VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Setup to No Mercy: At Backlash, The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship when Maryse sprayed pepper spray in Ziggler’s face. Two weeks later, Miz again defeated Ziggler in a title match after himself using the spray on Ziggler. The following week, Ziggler put his career on the line if Miz gave him one more title shot; The Miz accepted the challenge. On the October 4 episode of SmackDown, Miz showed a video package highlighting Ziggler’s most embarrassing moments in his career, including his days as a member of the The Spirit Squad. Miz then introduced fellow Spirit Squad members Mikey and Kenny, who first cheered and mocked Dolph and then attacked him; Ziggler fought off both Mikey, Kenny and Miz.
Prediction– When you see 2 guys wrestle each other so many times in recent years, something has got to give. The Miz is doing some of his best work in his career while Ziggler has shown more emotion in his promos. I like Ziggler to win the IC & keep his career while the Miz should rise to fight for the WWE Title soon I would say.
Carmella vs. Nikki Bella
Setup to No Mercy: On the August 23 episode of SmackDown, Carmella attacked Nikki Bella before their scheduled match, again on Talking Smack and during a match on the October 4 episode of SmackDown. Subsequently, a match between the two was scheduled for No Mercy.
Prediction– Enough with the sneak attack, I do love Carmella heel turn, Nikki Bella has to win on Sunday
Curt Hawkins appears
Setup to No Mercy: On August 16, it was announced that Curt Hawkins would return to WWE on the SmackDown brand. He appeared in a series of promos similar to Chuck Norris Facts, during which he revealed that he would make his in-ring return at No Mercy.
Prediction– Hopefully Hawkins wrestling be better than this fact promos?
Pre-Show Match: Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger
Setup to No Mercy: On the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Jack Swagger appeared on SmackDown and confronted Baron Corbin. On the October 4 episode, Swagger defeated Corbin in controversial fashion. The referee called for the bell, believing Corbin had indicated submission when he was in fact reaching for the rope. The following day, a match between the two was scheduled for the No Mercy pre-show.
Prediction– Good to see Jack Swagger on SmackDown & with a fued with Corbin which needed something to do. I Corbin to get his win back.