In the era of the WWE brand split or extension or whatever they’re calling it these days, we’re blessed with what seems like a PPV event every other week. This Sunday, we’ll be presented the 2016 edition of No Mercy, a SmackDown Live exclusive event that will be taking place in Sacramento, California.
Today’s edition of “Wrestle Me This!” will take a look at the card so far along with giving my thoughts on what each match should and could present. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Let’s take a look at what’s going to be happening in Sacramento on Sunday…
Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena vs. AJ Styles (C): Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Championship
The marquee match at No Mercy this Sunday will, no doubt, be the triple threat match for AJ Styles’ WWE World Championship. Styles is being joined by the previous champion, Dean Ambrose, along with John Cena.
The build for this match has been pretty entertaining, and that’s a testament to the talents of the three men involved in the program. As a result, there’s no reason to believe this match shouldn’t be highly entertaining and highly spectacular on Sunday.
I can’t see Styles losing the championship on this show, especially with the much bigger “Survivor Series” on the horizon. I know WWE finishes can come, seemingly, out of thin air, but I’m going to say Styles takes the win and Ambrose takes the loss. I’m also expecting the finish to set up a final one on one match with Styles and Cena at Survivor Series.
Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch (C): Singles Match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
I think the build and establishment of this match has surprised some people, but, based on the two talents involved, I don’t understand why. Becky Lynch’s talent is undeniable, and Alexa Bliss has always been on the cusp of being really good, especially as a heel, but she often found herself in the shadow of Lynch, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Bayley when they all were in NXT.
This is the main roster now, though, and Bliss has made the most of her call-up from NXT. I don’t expect her to beat Becky, but I do expect a very entertaining match between the both of them. I also kind of hope this program continues, but I’d wager a guess and say Lynch moves on to something else after this one.
The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno (C): Tag team Match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Talk about a match featuring talents that benefited from a change of scenery. The Usos have been fantastic since their heel turn as they are much more suited for their current gimmick instead of the happy go lucky type gimmick they had earlier. The same could be said for their cousin, Roman Reigns, but that’s a different story for a different time.
On the other side of the ring, Heath Slater and Rhyno have been an inspired pairing. Slater did wonders with his “Mr. Irrelevant” character after the draft, and he parlayed that into a character that got legit sympathy from the audience. His comedic timing and skills with the whole “Heath’s kids” angle has definitely helped in that regard. Rhyno has also done a great job in his role as Heath’s silent but kind of weird partner. I lose it every time he busts out the cheese and crackers.
I don’t know where they go with this match as I can see either team winning and it making sense. If I had to guess, though, I say The Usos do win this one, gain further legitimacy as heels, and continue to build their ongoing program with American Alpha. I just hope this doesn’t hurt Slater and Rhyno in the long run.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz (C): Singles Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship or Dolph Ziggler’s Career
I know I’ve praised the previous three matches, but their builds really do not hold a candle to what has been done in the build for Dolph Ziggler and The Miz. The two have gone back and forth numerous times, but the feud has worked for a variety of reasons.
One of those reasons it’s worked so well is that The Miz is probably doing some of the best heel work in the business right now. From his INCREDIBLE take down of Daniel Bryan on SmackDown Live! to the way he’s been working in the ring, The Miz has been on fire recently. He’s elevated the Intercontinental Championship a great deal in the process.
Another reason it’s worked so well is that they’ve done a fine job of building up Dolph Ziggler as someone who has failed to live up to expectations. I know this could be an indictment of the WWE’s handling of Dolph, which is a very valid criticism, but it’s added a fine layer of personal turmoil to the program.
With Dolph’s career on the line, the smart money would be to say he finally gets the win in this match. Again, this is the WWE so they could always go with a ridiculous finish, but I’ll play it safe. Dolph gets the win, but that also means the program with The Miz would theoretically continue for at least a little while after No Mercy.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
That’s how I feel about this match. I like Wyatt a lot, but he’s an example of someone that has really been squandered and is only used to prop up other people instead of letting him be a top level monster.
As for Orton, well, I really don’t care for Orton. I find him incredibly boring, and this feud has done nothing to change my mind about that.
If I had to guess, I’ll go with Orton because it’s Orton, but I’d be pleasantly surprised and happy if Wyatt somehow gets the win.
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Like Orton in the previous match, I don’t really care for Nikki Bella. That being said, though, I can appreciate the fact she’s gotten a lot better to watch. She’s taking on Carmella at “No Mercy” and, while I don’t expect this to be a 5 star classic, I do expect it to be halfway entertaining.
Carmella has been great since her heel turn, especially since her character translates so well into being disliked. She’s gotten the majority of the heat in the build up so, well, I expect Nikki to easily get the revenge and win in this one. As long as Carmella gets a little chance to shine, I’ll be fine with this one.
That’s it for the fully announced No Mercy card. I do know Curt Hawkins will make his debut on the show, but many are expecting it to be a scenario where someone like Kane comes out and kills him right out the gate. I sincerely hope that’s not the case. Still, I’ll refrain from making a pick on that one or any of the other theorized pre-show matches, such as a probable Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin match.
So, as we close out, here’s a rundown of my picks for No Mercy on Sunday:
Let me know what you think!