The superstars of WWE Monday Night Raw will show no mercy in the Staples Center this Sunday. In the main event, “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar defends his WWE Universal Championship against “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman. Plus, the face of ruthless aggression will take on the poster boy of WWE’s New Era, when 16-time world champion John Cena squares off against “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns in his yard.
Seven top quality matches will be featured on the WWE No Mercy card. “The Demon King” Finn Balor is set to fight “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt once more. Plus, The Shield will defend their tag team titles against “The Bar” known as Sheamus & Cesaro.
Bayley was added to WWE Raw Women’s Championship match, making the contest a Fatal 5-Way match, pitting champion Alexa Bliss against Nia Jax, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, “Evil” Emma , and the very huggable Bayley. Can Alexa overcome the odds when the deck is completely stacked against her?
There are so many great matches to look forward to at WWE No Mercy. Want to know who will win and who will lose? Look into my pro wrestling crystal ball, and you may just see into the future…
WWE No Mercy 2017 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time (kick-off show): 7:00 P.M. EST
Time (main show): 8:00 P.M. EST
TV Channel: WWE Network / Pay-Per-View
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan
Jason Jordan may seem a bit green behind the ears, but his reaction on last Monday’s episode of Raw was definitely star-caliber. Though I fear that giving Jordan the IC title too soon can cause a Rocky Maivia or Roman Reigns-effect and people will get too sick of his good-guy, cookie-cutter persona. One big upside to Jordan is that he’s a beast between those ropes. He can easily take The Miz and his Miztourage to Suplex City.
But The Miz is a savvy veteran. He not only deserves his spot, but a promotion, dammit! However, I feel as if No Mercy is more of a moment to build up on the Jason Jordan character. Being Kurt Angle’s son isn’t just going to cut it in the eyes of the fans. Jordan needs to show the fans that he’s a star on the rise, and giving him the Intercontinental Championship can do just that.
Jordan’s athletic ability really translate well with the audience. He was an absolute beast on last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw. It’s time to strike while the iron is hot!
Jason Jordan defeats The Miz to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion
Future Predictions: To assure that the crowd doesn’t turn on a green Jason Jordan, take the title off of him in short order because of outside interference. Have The Miz win it back with help from his Miztourage, and then have a slow build towards Jason Jordan reclaiming his rightful title as champion.
Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
Both men can really use the victory. But Bray Wyatt might just need it more. He’s routinely been shut done in almost every major feud, whether it’s with Roman Reigns, John Cena, or most recently Randy Orton cutting short his first and only world title reign at this year’s WrestleMania. Wyatt needs to remind the audience exactly why he’s the phenom of the New Era. Darkness must prevail at No Mercy.
But Finn Balor is a legend in the making. He’s the Demon King, a phenom in his own right, who won’t lie down to any challenge. And this Sunday, he’s going to fight to the bitter end against “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt. Balor has beaten Bray before. He may just beat him again.
But who will win at No Mercy this Sunday?
Bray Wyatt defeats Finn Balor
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore
Enzo will come in this match swinging like a chimp on vine. But he’ll need to slow his role and focus on his opponent, or else he will certainly fall at the foot of “The King of the Cruiserweights” Neville. Enzo is very popular and may very well pull off the upset of the night.
However, how can the King of the Cruiserweights lose to a court jester? I don’t think ‘Zo is ready to lead that division yet. WWE writers need to create a slow build for Enzo’s rise in the division akin to Daniel Bryan. If they have The King lose to a walking punchline without any proper build then it will be like a spit in the face of the entire Cruiserweight division. The crowd would get behind a struggling Enzo Amore on his way to the ultimate prize, and when he wins that title, it’d make the moment and the entire division all the more special, which is why…
Neville defeats Enzo Amore to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Fatal 5-Way for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Emma vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax
Here is a match, which is making my WWE crystal ball spin out of control. I’ve narrowed down two likely favorites to walk away tonight with the gold. A championship reign for Emma, although potentially popular, seems ill-placed and ill-timed. Nia Jax still has unfinished business with Alexa Bliss, but still doesn’t have any business holding Raw‘s top title…not yet at least.
Asuka is emerging from the shadows next month. She’ll be looking to make Monday Night Raw her new home, and, of course, she’s going to want feud with the winner of this match. Alexa vs. Asuka would be bad-ass. But Bayley vs. Asuka would have an build, dating back to their match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Therefore, my money is on…
Bayley defeats Alexa Bliss, Emma, and Nia Jax to become the new WWE Raw Women’s Champion
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: The Shield (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
Sheamus & Cesaro can really kick some serious arse. They’re a make-shift tag team that has really clicked. They’ll be putting up one hell of a fight tonight against The Shield. A championship turn around wouldn’t be all that surprising.
However, I don’t see the reunion tour of The Shield losing steam that early. So, sorry, fellas…
The Shield retains the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns claims to be the top dog of WWE, but John Cena sees things much differently. Cena’s disappointed with the development of Reigns into a cocky punk who thinks he runs the place. Meanwhile, Reigns is looking to shut up the supposed Doctor of Thuganomics for good and send him back to Hollywood.
But really, who has more to gain/loss from this match? Cena can eat a loss to the big dog and it wouldn’t hurt him one bit. Meanwhile, losing to a 16-time world champion wouldn’t really affect the credibility of Reigns that much. But it would definitely set him back, which is something WWE definitely doesn’t want to do…
Roman Reigns defeats John Cena
WWE Universal Championship match: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
“The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar is that box-office appeal the WWE and their fans need. When Lesnar wrestles, it brings a similar appeal to something along the lines of a Conor McGregor–Floyd Mayweather fight. Lesnar is an unstoppable beast who is beating the immovable monster that is Braun Strowman.
Monday Night Raw needs a world champion to represent the brand. And Lesnar is usually nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Strowman’s stock has been rising more and more each week. WWE needs to strike the iron while it is hot with Strowman.
Braun Strowman defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Universal Champion
Future Predictions: Strowman and Lesnar feud into Survivor Series. Strowman overcomes the beast and then moves onto “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns. Reigns eventually defeats Strowman. Lesnar wins the 2018 Royal Rumble, and then goes on to face Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 34.
Pre-show match: Apollo Crews vs. Elias
Elias vs. Apollo Crews was just recently added to No Mercy’s card, as a kickoff match. Apollo Crews defeating Elias would be huge news, since “The Drifter” is a rising star, while Crews has been a total dud on the main roster. Crews would use the victory more, but Elias is on such a roll, he’ll most likely walk away the winner on the pre-show.