The superstars of WWE SmackDown return to pay per view for a gripping night of sports entertainment. The No Mercy name has been revived, coming out of the shadows after almost a decade in the darkness. And this year’s event is sure to stun fans around the globe as John Cena and Dean Ambrose challenge AJ Styles for his WWE World Championship in a highly-anticipated triple threat match. Meanwhile, in the Intercontinental Championship scene, the drama dial has been turned all the way up when Dolph Ziggler puts his career on the line for one more shot against The Miz in a title vs. career match that is sure to go down as a modern-day wrestling classic.
Here’s a full preview of this promising event, with predictions and in-depth analysis for every match.
WWE No Mercy 2016 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 7 P.M. EST/ 4 P.M. PST
TV Channel: WWE Network / Pay-Per-View
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California
Main Event: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship
AJ Styles appears to be on a war path to show every WWE fan and performer that he is the best in the business. He’s defeated John Cena in two consecutive big-time matches, taking up Cena’s former nickname “The Face That Runs The Place.” He also just defeated Dean Ambrose last month for the coveted WWE World Championship.
Ambrose and Cena are currently licking their wounds after their encounters with “The Phenomenal One,” and are looking for some serious retribution. Ambrose wants his title back, while Cena wants to finally defeat Styles and tie “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s record as a 16 time world champion.
But SmackDown needs a dominant champion who is able to catch the viewer’s attention with consistently stellar matches and with charisma that demands respect. AJ Styles is the man WWE needs to carry SmackDown into the foreseeable future and beyond. Meanwhile, the blue brand will benefit from an upper card feud with Ambrose and Cena outside the world title picture. After they lose to Styles, I’m sure the latter two will be at each other’s throats for months to come.
Prediction: AJ Styles retains the WWE World Championship after defeating John Cena and Dean Ambrose
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Miz has been Intercontinental Champion for over 185 days, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler is trying to keep his head above water after devastating defeats, first at the hands of Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam and then by the hands of The Miz and his wife Maryse (who assisted with a can of hair spray) at last month’s Backlash pay per view.
But now, for Dolph Ziggler, the stakes couldn’t be any higher as he puts his career on the line for another shot at The Miz and championship gold. All the while, the confidence for The Miz has been soaring to heights reminiscent to his cocky reign as WWE Champion over five years ago.
Who wins this contest comes down to who needs the victory more. A Ziggler win would put Dolph back into the good graces of WWE superstardom and secure his spot on the roster. Meanwhile, The Miz would not gain much from this victory. The Miz belongs back in the world title picture, and AJ Styles needs a fresh face to feud with.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler defeats The Miz to win the Intercontinental Championship
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Another interesting contest coming up for this big event is Wyatt vs. Orton. Both competitors carry a sadistic mean streak, and they will show each other no mercy in this match. Orton is looking to make up for a decisive loss against Lesnar in August, while Wyatt is looking to once again solidify himself as a credible threat in the main event scene.
Wyatt has been playing mind games with Orton for almost two months, and is finally ready to show “The Viper” what “The Eater of Worlds” is all about. Last month, a concussion-related injury caused Orton to sit out on his scheduled match with Bray, resulting in a forfeit victory for “The New Face of Fear.” However, Orton would re-emerge that night and distract Wyatt, causing him to lose in his impromptu match against “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane.
Now, both manipulative mechanics of the squared circle finally face one another in a contest that is sure to live in the mind’s of wrestling fans for years to come. But who will come out on top? I chose Bray Wyatt, a victory for him will prolong the feud for months to come. Expect another showdown between the two at the up-coming Survivor Series event.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt defeats Randy Orton
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
“The Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch is fresh off the heels of a six-pack challenge victory at last month’s event, which catapulted the orange-haired spitfire to the top of SmackDown’s female division. Meanwhile, newcomer Alexa Bliss is still a relatively fresh face on the main roster, arriving at July’s WWE Draft as a pick from the NXT brand.
Bliss wants to stand out as a force to be reckon with on WWE’s blue brand. On the other side of the coin, Becky doesn’t want to relinquish her championship so soon and so easily; she wants to remain dominant, at the top of her game as SmackDown’s elite female athlete.
But who will make it out on top? I chose Becky Balboa who will run through her opponent like a furious boxer. But don’t count Bliss out; she is sure to be on the defense and will put up a great fight against the Irish-born champion. However, she is still green behind the ears, and it is still way too early to put the strap on this youthful, blonde-haired performer.
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship by defeating Alexa Bliss
Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Usos for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Rhyno & Slater are a boat load of fun, while The Usos bring the pain every time they step into the ring. Slater & Rhyno are highly-entertaining champions, causing many audience members to both love and laugh at this humorous odd-ball couple. But laughing time is over this Sunday when The Usos look to shut up Beauty and the Man-Beast for good.
The Usos have been on a mean streak ever since they betrayed the ever-popular American Alpha on an episode of SmackDown in early September. Now, they’re gunning for the tag team titles, and Heath & Rhyno don’t want to give up the gold without a fight.
But who will win? Beauty and the Man-Beast only won their championships at last month’s event Backlash, so wouldn’t it be a bit early for them to give up the gold already? My answer is no, this comedic duo have already captured the adulation of the fans and is going nowhere in regards to the SmackDown tag title picture. Yet, the blue brand has more top tag team good guys, and The Usos appear to be the only top tag teaming bad boys on that brand. So, there is more to gain with putting the strap on The Usos because they will have more high profile opponents to contend with. An Usos win will increase the drama as Heath & Rhyno will look to regain their gold, while American Alpha still have a bone to pick with the intense Samoan duo.
Prediction: The Usos win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships by defeating Heath Slater & Rhyno
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Here is another contest featuring the stunning stars of SmackDown’s female division. Nikki Bella is a seasoned veteran within WWE, while Carmella is a new-comer on the main roster, arriving on the scene after being drafted from NXT in July’s WWE Draft.
The feud between these two began on an August 23rd edition of SmackDown, in which Carmella turned heel and attacked the Total Divas star. At Backlash, Carmella would eliminate Nikki in a match to determine the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Championship. Since then, each lady has been in each other’s hair and at each other’s throats.
But who will win? “The Princess of Staten Island” Carmella will need to prove herself against the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history. A loss to Carmella won’t hurt Nikki much. But a victory for Carmella will prove fabulous for the starlet hailing from Staten Island.
Prediction: Carmella defeats Nikki Bella
Curt Hawkins vs. TBD
Curt Hawkins is returning to the ring for the WWE, but for many fans, they will be introduced to “The Prince of Queens” for the first time. After departing the company in 2014 as an enhancement talent, Hawkins is reemerging on WWE television in epic fashion each week in hilarious taped promos.
Previews for Hawkins show that he will arrive with a new gimmick, as he makes ridiculous claims such as being able to win a game of connect four with three moves. Each week in these promos, Hawkins tells the fans to “face the facts.”
But Sunday is fast-approaching, and soon it will be time to see if Hawkins can live up to the hype. His opponent is unannounced, but is most likely going to be an unknown local competitor, who will be quickly and decisively defeated by Curt. Or who knows? Maybe WWE will surprise us with a well-known name as Hawkins opponent. But if you know WWE, he will most likely be going up against a jobber in a one-sided contest. Either way, Hawkins is sure to win in his return match.
Prediction: Curt Hawkins wins
Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin (Kickoff Show)
Expect a highly-physical encounter to begin this night of No Mercy. This match will be a teaser for the show, and will be streamed for free on Youtube. If you want to see all of No Mercy, you will need to subscribe to the WWE Network or check your cable provider to see if they carry this event.
But this match is sure to get the fans excited, as Swagger looks to make his mark on the blue brand after becoming an afterthought on Raw, while Corbin wants to show the world that he is someone to watch and fear in the wrestling ring. This contest will be a hard-hitting brawl, which is likely to spill outside the ring. Expect chaos.
But who will come out as victorious in the pre-show? WWE needs to protect both men, so expect this contest to largely go unresolved. I predict a disqualification win for Swagger, since Corbin has been unhinged as of late, and is likely to use a foreign object to take out the former All-American from Oklahoma.