WWE held it’s second Smackdown-exclusive PPV since the brand extension today with No Mercy from Sacramento, California. The show had a strange twist in terms of match order, but it was a pretty good show overall.
Let’s get started!
WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Dean Ambrose vs John Cena
The show started with the main event and it was a damn good match between Smackdown’s three biggest stars. Big moves, plenty of time and a hot crowd led to a really strong match. AJ retained after submitting to both men (referee Mike Chioda allowed the match to continue due to no definitive winner) and then belting Cena with a steel chair and pinning him. Grade: A
Nikki Bella vs Carmella
The heated rivalry culminated here in a reasonably good match between the veteran Bella and the young upstart Carmella. The former Diva’s champ looked good here despite a few missed spots, and Carmella showed off some of her potential. Nikki picked up the win with the Rack Attack 2.0 to cap off a decent women’s match. Grade: B
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Heath Slater/Rhyno (c) vs The Uso’s
This match was definitely a good match, but one can’t help but feel like the real story isn’t even between these two teams, but between American Alpha and The Uso’s. Slater was particularly impressive here, and showed a great babyface fire. Rhyno picked up the win for his team with a Gore, but it just felt like it was missing something. Grade: B-
Jack Swagger vs Baron Corbin
This contest was surprisingly really good. Both men put in strong displays, told a good yet simple story and managed to surprise this writer. It was by no means a technical masterpiece, but it perfectly displayed the strengths of both men in a back and forth brawl. Corbin has grown so much since his time in NXT and picked up the expected win here with the End of Days. Grade: B
Intercontinental Title vs Career Match: The Miz (c) vs Dolph Ziggler
What. A. Match. These two have legitimately turned what seemed a tired feud on paper after into a feud of the year contender. This match had everything and the crowd were buying into the action. So much action was packed in yet nothing felt rushed. A fired-up Ziggler is always a treat to watch, and he picked up the win (saving his career in the process) with a superkick. One would have to wonder why this was not the show closing match. Grade: A+
Alexa Bliss vs Naomi
Becky Lynch has a mystery health issue, so instead of the title match, we go a nothing match that has looked to have added Naomi to the title picture for some bizarre reason after she picked up the win with a roll up. Not much to speak about here. Grade: D
Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt
Not the best match by any means. A strange story with a lack of heat led to a match that resembled as much. Both men tried hard but it lacked the energy of some of the nights earlier contests. Luke Harper returned to cost Orton the match. Not the best way to close the show. Grade: C-
That wraps up our recap of No Mercy. It was a good show, but ended on a bit of a low note when it easily could have ended with a feel good moment of Ziggler winning the title and saving his career in what was definitley the match of the night. Smackdown continues to be the A show however post the brand extension.
OVERALL GRADE: B