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No Mercy 2017: Match Card, Predictions, and Rumors

Well, summer has come and gone. With that, the biggest event of the summer has passed by, too. With SummerSlam in the past, we can now look forward to smaller, slow-build shows up until the Royal Rumble. As the WWE continues to struggle with ratings and ticket sales, expect big moves and matches to begin taking place. That being said, No Mercy is just a mere day a way. Coming from Los Angeles, the kick-off show for the red brand will begin at 7:00 PM ET. This will directly rival the NFL for Sunday Night football.

So, what are the matches looking like? What are some of the predictions out there? Let’s take a look.

Elias vs. Apollo Crews (kick-off)

Okay, first of all, why is this match happening? It was added on Friday without any real rhyme or reason. I think that we’ll see Elias win this one, as for some reason, officials seem to be hot on him. The only hope that Crews has to win is an interference by “Titus Worldwide.” (Um, gimmick infringement, much? Pit Bull, are you seeing this?)

Prediction: Elias

Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore

As much as we love to hate him, I don’t think the WWE would be pushing Enzo to the top of the division so quickly if it wasn’t for his gift of gab. Also, he’s super popular and a great merchandise seller. Enzo has more personality than most the cruiserweight division combined. As much as I enjoyed Neville’s run as champion, I’m ready for Enzo. Bringing some focus to the division is a good thing.

I am curious to see how they are going to work this angle, though. Enzo has managed to cheat his way to the top, which is very heelish. However, fans still love him. Perhaps the writers are going to take a page from the book of “Latino Heat”, making him hilarious and fan-friendly, even when he cheats.

However, I think they are interested in dragging this out a bit longer. Even if Enzo wins, these two will continue to spat for a while yet.

Prediction: Enzo Amore

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

This isn’t over yet? Apparently not. Bray Wyatt decided to join in on a recent Battle Royal, essentially costing Finn the match. Unfortunately, the WWE hasn’t stated that the “Demon King” will be around for No Mercy. That means the chances that Finn Balor emerges victorious are quite small. Here’s hoping this feud is finished after Sunday’s match.

Side note, wouldn’t they make a fantastic tag team?

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan

Alright, so, rumor has it that Jeff Hardy is sidelined with a significant shoulder injury. While he is out for now, Jason Jordan has been granted a match against the champion. This is great for him, especially because it seems to align well with his storyline. With Kurt Angle being his estranged father, Jason Jordan absolutely should be given title shots over others for…well, because. It makes sense! With his kayfabe dad sitting on top of the mountain, the WWE should push Jason simply because of that fact.

Additionally, I expect the WWE to tease some more of a heel turn for JJ. I don’t think they’re willing to make the Miz a babyface anytime soon, though, so I don’t think it will be a complete turn. for Jason Jordan quite yet.

I’d love to see Jason win this one, but he simply can’t hang with the likes of the Miz yet. Hopefully, they continue their feud while Jeff Hardy heals up. Miz has a knack for pulling some great moments out of talent who aren’t quite ready for a belt. Putting these two against each other may be best for Jason Jordan’s singles career.

Prediction: The Miz

Tag-Team Championship: Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro

Sheamus and Cesaro opted to invoke their rematch clause for this pay-per-view. There really isn’t much to go off from here. I think we might see a little heat between Ambrose and Rollins, because eventually Dean will go unhinged. But, I don’t foresee that happening until around Royal Rumble season.

Sheamus and Cesaro will certainly put on a great match with the former Shield members, but I don’t think we’ll see much more between these two teams.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Bayley

Initially, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss were the only two in this match. However, after Nia and Emma beat the latter in a tag-team match, they would be added into the mix. Great! Finally, we have a little variety!

Then, just days before No Mercy, Bayley returned from her injury. She was quickly added to the match. Without any reason, the match turned into a Fatal 5-way.

I expect this match to be a long one with many decent spots. With Bayley struggling to get over with fans in her own hometown, I think the WWE will lay off from her for a while. Perhaps a few character changes for our lovable hugger are on the horizon. Additionally, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss have been playing hot potato for months with the title.

I’d like to see either Nia or Emma take this one. However, Nia is very clumsy in the ring and her character is mediocre. Emma is phenomenal in the ring, but her character makes no sense. I’d truly love to see her re-align with Dana Brooke and continue what they had together in NXT.

Still, I don’t think we’ll get any big surprises here.

Prediction: Alexa Bliss

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

Will Cena pass the torch on to the future of the business? It’s tough to say, especially since the 16-time world champion doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.

Regardless, it should be interesting to see how this one plays out. These two have had some nice promo work between them, and consequently, Reigns has been on point. John Cena is a good worker and very well-versed on the mic, so this has really helped Roman Reigns get some much-needed footing.

The best thing here would be to finally re-unite the Shield. Seth and Dean should help Roman take down John Cena. It might not work to get the Samoan “over” once and for all, but it would be a good start.  Unfortunately, the WWE writers aren’t as creative as I am, so expect a good match here with a lot of near-falls and power moves. Add in some trash talk, and that’s a wrap.

Prediction: John Cena (hopefully via disqualification w/ interference by the Shield)

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman

I don’t know what it is about Braun, but I just don’t like him. He’s just another big dude that is supposed to be unstoppable. Nothing special about that. Sure, he’s over with the crowd now. Still, I think he’s boring and his character is less-than-stellar. In short, I would prefer Brock Lesnar to continue being the champ over the “Monster Among Men.”

That’s why I’m so very hoping that Samoa Joe interferes here, despite his knee injury. Since they haven’t really mentioned Joe’s injury on the show, he might be able to return sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately, if that doesn’t happen, I am certain Braun Strowman will finally take down the Beast Incarnate. Once again, with the show rivaling Sunday Night football, the WWE will be pulling out all the stops in this match to make sure all eyes are on their product. I think that this match is going to be a long one. There will be a ton of competition and a couple broken announce tables.

Prediction: Braun Strowman

So, what are some of your predictions for No Mercy? Will the show be better than expected? Will be have any surprise NXT call-ups? Perhaps some returns? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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