We are getting ready for the second Smackdown Live pay-per-view as they are set to invade Sacramento, California for No Mercy. It should be noted that this is the last Smackdown pay-per-view before both brands join for Survivor Series in November. However, before we get to the final event of the “Big Four” of PPVs, we need to get through No Mercy. No Mercy was a staple event during the Attitude Era and throughout a majority of the years in the Post- Attitude Era.
This will be an interesting pay-per-view as we are expecting to see the return and in-ring debut of Curt Hawkins against an unknown opponent as of this writing. Also, this may be the final time we see Dolph Ziggler in a WWE ring as he put his career on the line to get The Miz to give another title shot. We are also seeing every Smackdown Live title being defended.
Let us look at the matches that are happening at the event:
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Title
UPDATE: It was reported on Saturday night that this match wouldn’t happen as Becky Lynch is dealing with an injury that will keep her out of action for the rest of October. It is unknown what will be put to replace this match**
Becky Lynch won the title at the last Smackdown Live pay-per-view. On the first Smackdown after Backlash, Alexa Bliss ended up winning the #1 contender’s match, and her reward was she would get a title match against Becky Lynch at No Mercy. Then on one of the more recent Smackdown episodes, Alexa Bliss pinned Becky Lynch in a tag team match. I don’t see Becky Lynch losing the belt so quickly because they want to give the belt some credibility. I see this feud going on a bit more, and it will be interesting to see how WWE plays this feud off going further, but right now I see Becky Lynch retaining.
Winner: Becky Lynch retains
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
This feud began the episode of Smackdown after Summerslam and the two were suppose to have a match at Backlash, however a few hours before Backlash aired it was reported that WWE had called their match off due to Randy Orton’s concussion he suffered at Summerslam. I hope Bray Wyatt wins here because he is due a win on a pay-per-view. You could consider the win he got at Backlash over Randy as a win, but Randy forfeited the match. If you look back at Bray Wyatt’s singles run and you will see his last PPV win as a singles wrestler came at TLC in 2014 when he beat Dean Ambrose. It seems to be the case that WWE doesn’t like Wyatt or don’t know what to do with him. Since you have approximately half of your roster on the Smackdown roster you need to start building other talents. Hopefully, WWE will actually get behind Bray Wyatt and give him the deserving push he so desperately needs. However, I don’t think that push begins on Sunday as I see Randy Orton getting the win as WWE has supposedly huge plans for him in 2017.
Winner: Randy Orton
Health Slater and Rhyno vs. The Usos for the WWE Smackdown Tag Titles
This match happened after the Usos defeated American Alphas in a #1 contenders match. It is highly expected that the Usos will take the belts off of Slater and Rhyno as they are seen as more of transitional champions. Personally, I don’t want to see Slater and Rhyno drop the belts so fast because they have done some great work. However, I could see WWE putting the belts on the Usos to give it some credibility and then I can see Jason Jordan and Chad Gable eventually take the titles, but WWE is trying to get them over with the WWE fans beforehand. I could see a potential scenario play out that Rhyno turns on Slater and they enter into a small feud that lasts a few weeks at the most.
Winner: The Usos are your new Tag Champs
Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin
This feud between Jack Swagger and Baron Corbin began when Swagger made his Smackdown debut and interrupted Corbin as he was beating down Apollo Crews. This was one of the last matches added to the card, and I see Corbin going over. Smackdown doesn’t have enough credible heels for the main event scene as it’s pretty much AJ Styles and Bray Wyatt. So it’s very possible that they could groom Corbin to be one of the top Smackdown Live heels.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Carmella vs. Nikki Bella
In the other women’s match, that is on the No Mercy card will see Carmella have a match against Nikki Bella. This feud began after Summerslam and Nikki Bella made her return to WWE programming by joining the Smackdown brand. While Renee Young was interviewing Nikki Bella, Carmella would attack her with no warning. I see Nikki Bella getting the win and somehow WWE using Total Bellas as one of the ways. While it ‘d be good for Carmella to get a win, I don’t think she is at the level yet to be a top level threat in the woman’s division.
Winner: Nikki Bella
The Miz (w/Maryese) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental title
(Title vs. Career match)
*If Dolph Ziggler losses, he will be forced to retire*
This match took on a whole new meaning when Dolph Ziggler put his career on the line if he doesn’t win. I do find it a bit odd though, I am hearing reports that Ziggler is being penciled in to be losing this match and take on a more of a behind the scenes position like being an agent. However, other reports are claiming that WWE will have Ziggler “retire” and go away for a few months. Then sometime in early 2017, he would return with a new gimmick and a new stable. Either way, I am saying that this will be the match of the night as you have two wrestlers who have great in-ring chemistry and there will so much emotion in this match. With all that being said, I see the Miz retaining here. I’ve said this before that I am not the biggest fan of the Miz, but this run with the Intercontinental title has been some of the best work that the Miz has done.
Winner: The Miz
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
This match has several storylines at once. They are that AJ Styles is giving his biggest challenge, John Cena is chasing the immortal #16 to tie Ric Flair, and Dean Ambrose is trying to prove everyone wrong after Austin called him out on Austin’s podcast. I figure AJ Styles gets the win as it is clear that WWE is fully entrenched in the Phenomenal one. I figure John Cena will probably win #16 at one of the bigger pay-per-views like the Rumble or WrestleMania.
Winner: AJ Styles retains
What are your thoughts on these predictions, do you agree with them and if not who would you like to see win at No Mercy this Sunday on the WWE Network. Let us know in the comments below
Here is the information to watch No Mercy on Sunday night.
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm est, the kickoff begins at 7:00 pm est
Streaming information:www.wwe.com is where you will find the PPV.