No Mercy is just around the corner, and it comes to us from Sacramento, California. With eight matches officially announced for the whole show (so far), it’s time to predict who walks out of the Golden 1 Center with victories, and who is left defeated.
Pre Show: Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin
This feud began when it was announced that Jack Swagger’s Raw contract coming to an end. He appear on Smackdown the following day to confront Baron Corbin. Both men fought this past week on Smackdown, where Swagger picked up the win is bizarre circumstances. Swagger had Corbin in the Patriot Lock and as Corbin was reaching for the ropes, the referee called for the bell, interpreting Corbin’s reaching as tapping out.
With Corbin losing to Swagger earlier this week, it only seems likely that he should win at No Mercy, since WWE likes to utilize 50/50 booking. However, Smackdown’s midcard is very limited, so Swagger winning makes sense to build up another superstar. In the end though, Smackdown has build Corbin up to be quite dominant, and Swagger doesn’t seem like the guy to beat him.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Curt Hawkins vs. TBD
There’s not a lot to go off of here, other than Curt Hawkins’ vignettes. His new gimmick is similar to “The Most Interesting Man In The World” from the Dos Equis adverts, and Chuck Norris Facts. So far it has received a mixed reaction, some finding it goofy and enjoyable, and others finding it dumb.
Since we don’t know who is opponent is, it’s harder to choose a winner. However, unless it is a surprising return or debut, or someone who WWE want to keep strong (eg. Kane), Hawkins should be picking up the win. He needs to look good for now at least, before he inevitably becomes a glorified jobber.
Winner: Curt Hawkins
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
This all began when Carmella was annoyed that a heel Nikki Bella returned at Summerslam and overshadowed her. The following Tuesday, Carmella attacked Nikki Bella to complete a double turn. Ever since, Carmella has been determined to outshine Nikki Bella at every turn. She has had the advantage over Bella most of the time, even eliminating her from the six-pack Women’s Title match at Backlash. This week on Smackdown, Carmella and Alexa Bliss beat Nikki and Becky Lynch in a tag match, with Nikki chasing Carmella backstage towards the end.
Even though Carmella has looked pretty dominant over Nikki Bella, Nikki is more experienced and a win would be good promotion for her new reality show Total Bellas. A win for Carmella would be good for Carmella’s career however, making her look stronger for beating such a long-serving wrestler. Overall though, Nikki has been built weak since returning, so WWE will likely choose her to go over.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
This one has been strange. So Orton and Wyatt began feuding after Summerslam and were scheduled to face off at Backlash. Wyatt attacked Orton backstage though, so he won by forfeit. He was made to face Kane the same night in a street fight, which involved Randy appearing to RKO Bray and cost him the match. Since then, both have taunted each other numerously. Both wrestlers have looked for each other backstage, including this Tuesday, where Wyatt was searching for Orton before Randy locked him in a room. Bray mysteriously escaped however.
Randy is going to win this one. Wyatt always loses in big matches and rarely comes out of a feud on top. Plus, Orton has recently just lost to Brock Lesnar, so WWE will want to build up Randy after that massive loss. I can’t see Wyatt winning without this feud continuing, and that won’t be happening. Both John Cena and Dean Ambrose look set to be taking breaks from wrestling, and rumour has it that Randy Orton will be next to challenge AJ Styles. It would be strange to have Orton in the title picture after losing to Wyatt. Hopefully Bray has an interesting story to compensate for his loss.
Winner: Randy Orton
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Usos
To win the Tag Team Titles, Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos in the final of a tag team tournament. The Usos had just turned heel, and took out American Alpha to take their place in the semi-finals. They beat Hype Bros to reach the final. Heath Slater had one of the most interesting storylines of the Brand Split. He went undrafted, so appeared on both Raw and Smackdown looking to get a contract. He almost earned a Smackdown contract a few times, before Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon told him he had to find a partner and win the tag team tournament for the championships and a contract. He found Rhyno, and both progressed to ultimately win the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. After their loss in the final, The Usos won a Number One Contenders match versus American Alpha to face “Beauty and the Man Beast” at No Mercy.
Honestly, this is the hardest one to predict. Either outcome makes sense. Rhyno is likely scheduled to take a break for his political campaign, but it is not known when. The Usos have gathered some decent heat from their long awaited heel run however, so putting the titles on them long term makes sense. For now, I say The Usos, since their heel turn has been pretty good so far and this would top it off.
Winner and New Tag Team Champions: The Usos
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs Alexa Bliss
Becky Lynch became the first Smackdown Women’s Champion when she won a six-pack elimination match at Backlash. The next Smackdown episode, Alexa Bliss won a fatal-five-way match to become the number one contender to Lynch’s title. Since then, Bliss has attacked Becky during a contract signing, and during her entrance to a match. This past week, Alexa Bliss pinned Lynch to win a tag match that also involved Carmella and Nikki Bella.
While Alexa has looked stronger during the build-up to the match, her pinning Becky on Tuesday suggests that she’s losing on Sunday. It just seems too unlikely that WWE are going to have the title change hands so soon after it was unveiled. While the tag titles are also very new, they are held by a comedic duo, so it needs a serious team to hold it sooner rather than later. The Women’s title is held by a serious wrestler, so losing it to such a new competitor like Bliss makes Becky look weak. Becky is definitely taking this one.
Winner and Still Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
Career vs Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Ziggler has already faced The Miz twice for the Intercontinental Championship. In two very good matches, Miz has come out on top by blinding Ziggler with an unknown spray. Throughout this whole feud, both have cut amazing promos, with Miz’s Talking Smack promo being a highlight. Since Daniel Bryan called Miz a weak Intercontinental champion, he has been determined to prove how prestigious the belt is when it’s around his waist. With Ziggler trying to prove otherwise, and prove that he can still win big matches, he challenged The Miz to one more match. The stipulation being that if Ziggler loses, he has to leave WWE. Miz gladly accepted. This week, Dolph was a guest on MizTV, where Miz showed Dolph a documentary highlighting his failures and low points in WWE. He then brought out members of The Spirit Squad (a faction Ziggler was a part of) who proceeded to attack Dolph, but he fought them off and vowed to take Miz’s title.
Again another hard one to predict. There have been many rumours that Dolph is actually planning on leaving WWE, or that he is heading into a backstage role. However, many have stated that Ziggler has another year left of his contract. The Miz’s run as champion has been extremely entertaining, and seeing end now would be a shame. But Ziggler winning the belt would be a good end to such a fun feud. A tough one, but since I don’t think Dolph is leaving Smackdown, I think he wins.
Winner and New Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
WWE World Championship Triple Threat Match: AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose
AJ Styles has been amazing since being drafted to Smackdown. He beat John Cena clean at Summerslam, then beat Dean Ambrose at Backlash to become WWE World Champion. He’s been a great heel and that work has continued since Backlash. The Tuesday after Backlash, he dubbed himself “The Champ that runs the camp”, before John Cena and Dean Ambrose came out to claim the championship was theirs. A couple of weeks after this, Dean Ambrose got his one-on-one rematch for the WWE World Championship vs Styles on Smackdown, with Cena on commentary. Styles punched Cena during the match, so Cena tried to respond, which distracted the referee and ultimately cost Ambrose the title. Cena then hit both men with an AA. On the go-home Smackdown before No Mercy, all three men confronted each other in the ring. After Styles and Ambrose ran down Cena, he attacked both men and his Ambrose with an AA. Styles then hit a Phenomenal Forearm on Cena, before Ambrose hit Styles with a Dirty Deeds to stand tall.
This one is probably the easiest to predict. WWE are apparently very high on Styles and he’s set for a long run. Plus, Cena and Ambrose are expected to take breaks from wrestling for a while, so giving either of them the title would be ridiculous. Storyline-wise, Styles hasn’t stood tall to end a Smackdown throughout this whole three-way feud, so this dictates that he retains.
Winner and Still WWE World Champion: AJ Styles
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