|Date: September 24, 2017
|Venue: Staples Center |City: Los Angeles, California
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A video package kicks us off mostly focusing on the matches between John Cena and Roman Reigns, the fatal five way Raw Women’s Championship match and Universal Championship match.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Los Angeles. Such a great theme tune to No Mercy.
The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan – Intercontinental Championship match
Background: Jason Jordan won a six pack challenge against Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy and Elias to win an opportunity against The Miz. After the match The Miz and The Miztourage (Axel and Dallas) attacked Jordan, leaving him laying.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men. It’s actually a first PPV singles match for Jordan.
No Mercy Record: The Miz is 0-1 at No Mercy, Jason Jordan makes his No Mercy debut tonight.
Match: The Miz gets a big reaction whilst Jason Jordan is boo’d. Miz is joined by his Miztourage of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Jordan has the advantage in the early going and hits an impressive suplex for the first near fall of the night. It isn’t long before Axel and Dallas get involved, distracting Jordan and allowing Miz to take the advantage. Miz hits a DDT and gets a big pop from the crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Miz cheered so much. Only Pedro Morales and Don Muraco have held the Intercontinental Championship longer than The Miz. Jordan throws Miz into the barricade to take control. Jordan picks up the pace and he’s pretty smooth in the ring as he throws Miz around. He hits two consecutive northern lights suplex’s which were quite nice. Jordan takes out Dallas and Axel. The challenger then locks on a crossface but Miz gets to the bottom rope. Jordan counters Miz’s trademark clothesline with a belly to belly. Jordan fights off Bo Dallas but then gets hit in the face by Curtis Axel behind the referee’s back! Miz hits skull-crushing finale and it’s all over!
Result: The Miz wins by pinfall.
Review: This match was better than I thought it would be. Jason Jordan is very capable in the ring and I think the crowd being behind Miz added more to the match. Miz wins in heel style and retains the Intercontinental Championship. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see this feud continue.
Renee Young interviews Jason Jordan after the match. Jordan is disappointed but still doesn’t respect The Miz. He wants a rematch. Jason then says that The Miz sucks. The crowd boo him.
There’s a video package next for Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt – man vs. man
Background: Finn Balor defeated Bray Wyatt at Summerslam but the feud is far from over. Bray Wyatt would cost Balor a shot at the Intercontinental Championship and then go on to say that he doesn’t want to fight The Demon again, he wants to fight Finn Balor, man vs man.
Previous PPV matches: These two men have wrestled on PPV once before and Finn Balor won that match, at Summerslam.
No Mercy Record: Bray Wyatt is 1-0 at No Mercy events, Finn Balor makes his debut at the event tonight. Bray Wyatt could be the only person to have won at last years and this years event.
Match: Bray Wyatt attacks Finn Balor as he gets into the ring and then throws him into the barricade before the bell has even rung. Wyatt hits Balor with a urunage on the announce desk and then gets into the ring as referee’s see to Balor. The referee’s walk Balor to the back as Bray Wyatt gets on the mic and belittles Finn, calling him a coward. Balor takes the bait and holding his ribs he gets into the ring! Balor counters Sister Abigail, throws Wyatt out of the ring and hits a baseball slide. Bray takes the advantage as Finn is slow to climb the turnbuckle. Balor fights back at times and picks up the pace but Bray Wyatt dominates for much of the match. Both men get their offence in but Wyatt comes the closest to winning following a urunage and senton. Balor counters Sister Abigail a couple more times and gets a near fall of a stomp. Wyatt just throws Balor around the ring at one point. Finn hits a couple of running dropkicks and then heads to the top and hits the coup de gras for the three!
Result: Finn Balor wins by pinfall.
Review: I’m surprised that Finn Balor won this match considering the attack before the match. I thought they were setting it up for a Wyatt win. It makes Wyatt look pretty weak to be honest. But Balor wins in back to back matches. This was a good match, it had a good pace and I enjoyed it. I’d like to see Finn Balor in the main event picture, a match against Brock Lesnar would be a lot of fun. I’m not sure where this leaves Bray Wyatt but I don’t think there’s any coming back against Finn Balor now.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Sheamus and Cesaro. They’re confident of winning tonight because they are a real team, unlike Rollins and Ambrose.
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) – Raw Tag Team Championship match
Background: At SummerSlam, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins captured the Raw Tag Team Championship from Cesaro and Sheamus. A couple of weeks later, Cesaro defeated Rollins after being distracted by Sheamus, and Ambrose defeated Sheamus after Rollins got involved. Cesaro and Sheamus then invoked their rematch clause for No Mercy. On the September 11 episode, a tag team match pitting Cesaro and Sheamus against Gallows and Anderson never started when both teams got into a brawl with Ambrose and Rollins, who were supposed to provide commentary. In an ensuing eight-man tag team match, Ambrose, Rollins, and The Hardy Boyz defeated Cesaro, Sheamus, Gallows, and Anderson. The following week, Cesaro and Sheamus accused Ambrose and Rollins of using each other, to which both Ambrose and Rollins and then Gallows and Anderson came out. Cesaro and Sheamus won an ensuing triple threat tag team match between the two teams.
Previous PPV matches: This is a rematch from Summerslam where Rollins and Ambrose defeated Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
No Mercy Record: Dean Ambrose is 0-1, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and Cesaro make their No Mercy debut tonight.
Match: Sheamus and Dean Ambrose start off the match and it’s the scrappy brawl that you’s expect. Sheamus and Cesaro have matching gear these days. This match follows the theme of the night in that there has been lots of action outside of the ring. Cesaro swings Ambrose into the ring steps. There’s lot of quick tags and coherent double teaming from Sheamus and Cesaro. Ambrose sells a bad left arm and the referee checks on Dean. Sheamus and Cesaro keep Ambrose in the ring for a long time, making quick tags. Ambrose counters a neutraliser and tags in Seth Rollins. Rollins picks up the pace, taking out both Sheamus and Cesaro. Cesaro is bleeding a lot from the mouth. He lost a couple of teeth from a slingshot into the ringpost. The Bar re-take the advantage and hit a nice double team uppercut for a near fall. Seth Rollins makes the hot tag to Dean Ambrose who picks up the pace with clotheslines against Sheamus. Ambrose still sells his left arm as he suicide dives to the outside.
Ambrose hits his vertical elbow drop on Sheamus but then gets double teamed as Cesaro gets involved. Sheamus hits a brogue kick on Rollins and Cesaro then locks the sharpshooter on Ambrose! Cesaro transitions into a crossface but Ambrose gets to the bottom rope. The Bar hit a double crucifix for a near fall. Sheamus hits white noise on Ambrose and Cesaro then powerbombs Rollins off the middle rope into Ambrose! Cesaro can’t believe that he only gets a near fall. Sheamus looks for a brogue kick but Ambrose drops to the mat. Sheamus looks for the kick again but Ambrose moves and Sheamus hits Cesaro! Rollins hits Sheamus with a knee and Ambrose hits dirty deeds for the victory!
Result: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose win by pinfall.
Review: This was a great match that just kept getting better and better. Four very talented wrestlers who put on a very good match. Ambrose and Rollins win and I look forward to seeing where they take these titles. I’d like to see The Bar really establish themselves as a tag team so I hope they’re not far from the title scene going forward. Great match.
There’s a video package showing what led to the fatal five way match for the Raw Women’s Championship tonight.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax – fatal five way match for the Raw Women’s Championship
Background: Alexa Bliss beat Sasha Banks at Summerslam but was attacked after the match by Nia Jax. A re-match would then be made for No Mercy between Alexa Bliss and Sasha. Emma and Nia Jax had the opportunity to get into the match if they could win a tag team match against Alexa and Banks, which they did. Nia would then beat Alexa in a non-title match which Sasha Banks got involved with. Bayley then returned and along with Sasha and Bayley they beat down Nia. Bayley would then be added to the No Mercy match, making it a fatal five way.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time five way match between these girls.
No Mercy Record: Alexa Bliss is 0-1 at No Mercy, the other four girls make their No Mercy debut tonight.
Match: Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax both get good reactions in the ring announcements, Sasha’s is very mixed. The bell rings and the five girls go at it, Nia Jax quickly squashes Alexa in the corner. Sasha and Bayley then double team Emma until it’s just those two girls left in the ring. Nia Jax soon dominates both girls, as well as Emma and then Bliss. Nia is dominate for a while and hits a double Samoan drop on Alexa and Sasha. Emma gets her time to shine and all four girls then take Nia Jax out of the match temporarily. Banks locks the Banks Statement on Alexa but Bayley breaks it up. Bayley then hits Bayley to Belly on Bliss but Sasha breaks it up. Nia gets back into the match and hits a legdrop on Sasha for a near fall. Alexa shoves Bayley into Emma and hits Bayley with a DDT for the three!
Result: Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a gun match from these five girls. Alexa Bliss wins and continues her Raw Women’s Championship reign. I was surprised to see Bayley take the fall as I’d have thought she would be in the title picture. Maybe Emma taking the fall was too predictable. Nia Jax looked impressive and she won’t be far from the title picture going forward.
Renee interviews Alexa Bliss after the match who says that she is the one true Goddess in WWE.
There’s a video package next for John Cena and Roman Reigns.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Background: John Cena has targeted Roman Reigns, wanting a match with the man supposed to be taking the torch from him. Since then it has been a personal war of words between the two, with John Cena claiming that Roman Reigns isn’t good enough for John Cena to not be around. Reigns says that Cena us a part timer and has become everything he used to say about The Rock.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first ever singles match between these two men on PPV.
No Mercy Record: John Cena is 1-2 at No Mercy, Roman Reigns wrestles at this event for the first ever time.
Match: Michael Cole claims that if john Cena wins this match then he will go joint with Undertaker for most PPV wins, with both having won 94. I make it 93-90 to The Undertaker currently. Lots of “you both suck” chants in the early going which causes John Cena to head to the back but Roman Reigns goes after him and takes him back to the ring with a few right hands. The fight soon goes to the outside with Reigns throwing Cena into the ring steps. Reigns dominates for much of the beginning of this match. Cena does fire back with his trademark offence of shoulder charges and a side slam but Reigns pops up and hits a Samoan drop. Cena then hits a five knuckle shuffle but Reigns counters the first attitude adjustment attempt of the match. Cena locks on the STF but Reigns gets out of it with a sit-out powerbomb. Cena hits an attitude adjustment for a near fall. Cena looks for his top rope fame-asser but Reigns counters with a powerbomb.
Roman Reigns hits a Superman punch for a near fall. Cena then hits an attitude adjustment off the top rope but Roman kicks out of the pinfall. Cena then takes apart the announce desk but Reigns spears him right through it! Cena counters a spear with another attitude adjustment and then rolls through and hits another one for a near fall. Reigns hits a Superman punch and then a spear and gets the three! After the match Cena raises the hand of Roman Reigns. Reigns then leaves and Cena just sits in the ring before getting to his feet and receiving the ovation he was looking for and taking a bow.
Result: Roman Reigns wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match. It felt like a main event and had loads of false finishes. Reigns kicked out of everything. It felt like a passing of the torch. It was definitely a Wrestlemania calibre match even if the crowd weren’t into it at times. A big win for Roman Reigns over a part time John Cena.
Kurt Angle is backstage on the phone but is interrupted by The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. The Miz wants to do a special edition of Miz TV on Raw with Roman Reigns as his guest.
Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore – WWE Cruiserweight Championship match
Background: Enzo won number one contendership to the Cruiserweight Championship when he won a fatal five way match against Gran Metallic, Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese. Since then Neville has attacked Enzo on multiple occasions and feels generally disrespected that Enzo wants to be in the same ring as him.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
No Mercy Record: Both men make their No Mercy debut tonight.
Match: Vic Joseph has joined Corey Graves on commentary for this match. Neville is all over Enzo in the early going. Neville has really become the Cruiserweight division and nobody else has really come close to him. Enzo manages to drop Neville on the top rope but Neville doesn’t let Amore get any offence in. Neville throws Enzo into the barricade, a spot that has been used in every single match tonight. Eno beats the count but Neville through him back over the top, Enzo skins the cat and Neville hits him with a superkick for a near fall. Neville has dominated for the entire match. He goes up top for the red arrow but instead changes his mind and attempts a phoenix splash but Amore gets out of the way! Enzo then hits a “DDG” (DDT) off the top rope for a near fall. Enzo looks for a suicide dive but Nevill kicks him in the face and then throws him into the timekeepers area. Enzo picks up the Cruiserweight Championship and raises it up which causes Neville to go mad and the referee ends the count to see to Neville. Enzo gets in the ring with the belt before handing it over to the referee. The referee takes it out of the ring and Enzo hits Neville with a low blow! He then rolls Neville up and gets the 3!
Result: Enzo wins the Cruiserweight Championship by pinfall.
Review: This match was ok. Enzo winning the Cruiserweight Championship doesn’t surprise me too much but I don’t know how happy I am with it. Neville is just so good. I doubt this feud is over. The way Enzo won it makes sense and doesn’t make Neville look too weak.
There’s a video package next for Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman – WWE Universal Championship match
Background: At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe in a fatal four-way match to retain the Universal Championship. Lesnar’s victory celebration with his advocate Paul Heyman was interrupted by Strowman, who attacked Lesnar with a Chokeslam and two Running Powerslams. Later in the show, a Universal Championship title match between the two was scheduled for No Mercy. The following week, Lesnar and Heyman issued a warning to Strowman. On the September 4 episode, after Strowman defeated Big Show in a steel cage match, he also warned Lesnar before throwing Big Show through the cage. In a confrontation the following week, Lesnar attacked Strowman with a German Suplex but Strowman quickly performed a Chokeslam and Running Powerslam on Lesnar, raising the title over Lesnar. In a split-screen interview on the final Raw before No Mercy, Lesnar thanked Strowman for being a “great challenge”, stating that is when he is at his best
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV singles match between these two men.
No Mercy Record: Brock Lesnar is 2-0 at No Mercy events having beaten Undertaker in 2002 and 2003. Braun Strowman makes his No Mercy debut tonight.
Match: Paul Heyman looks really tanned tonight. He does the introduction for Brock Lesnar. This is a true heavyweight clash. Strowman out-powers Lesnar in the early going but Brock is un-phased. Lesnar hits a first German suplex of the match but Strowman pops right back up and hits a chokeslam and powerslam for a two count. Braun counters an F5 attempts and sends Lesnar out of the ring. Strowman targets the back as he rams Brock into the ringpost. Lesnar locks on the kimura but Braun gets to the bottom rope to force the break. Brock hits five German suplexes and attempts an F5 but Braun counters and hits a running powerslam. Braun hits another running powerslam but is slow to make the cover and gets a near fall. Brock hits an F5 out of nowhere and that’s enough for the three.
Result: Brock Lesnar wins by pinfall.
Review: This was ok. It felt like a heavyweight clash and Lesnar sold well. The psychology was good, Braun inflicted more damage to Brock Lesnar than most do but Brock wore him down and got the F5 for the win. Brock will probably hold the title until Wrestlemania. Braun gets a good rub.
And that was No Mercy 2017. You know what, for the most part it felt like a good show. The last couple of matches were pretty average but everything else was above average. The Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt match was good although I think the result was strange. Injuring Balor before the match would have made sense if Wyatt was going to win but instead the Balor win made Bray look weak. Rollins and Ambrose against The Bar was the match of the night and not for the first time have The Bar put on the match of the night. As a tag team they are constantly putting on great matches, they’re a very entertaining team. John Cena and Roman Reigns didn’t disappoint either. This felt like a Wrestlemania match and it was quite surprising to see it at No Mercy. Enzo Amore winning the Cruiserweight Championship was a little surprising whilst Brock Lesnar retaining the Universal Championship was not.
Overall Rating: 64.64/100 (ranked joint 72nd out of 350)
Match Of The Night: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. The Bar
Worst Match Of The Night: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
Surprise Of The Night: Finn Balor beats Bray Wyatt despite being attacked pre-match
Worst Booking Of The Night: Bray Wyatt losing clean to an injured Finn Balor
Superstar Of The Night: Brock Lesnar
No Mercy 2017 Will Be Remembered For: The dream match between John Cena and Roman Reigns