WWE Results: No Mercy
This PPV had a lot of potential going into with the two marquee matches, but when WWE has potential they often squander it. Last night was the PPV No Mercy, but should they have shown some mercy this time?
Here we go
Apollo Crews vs Elias
Both of these young superstars have a ton of upside going for them, but WWE has seemingly given up on Apollo, and so the writing was on the wall with this one. There's a reason all of us voted one way, and were all correct. Elias won, but the real story here, is that it was a very good match. I would love for this trend to continue where the Kickoff has a solid match, almost forcing people to watch it, much like the tag title match at the Summerslam kickoff show. Let's see what they do with the next kickoff, and I guess what they do with Elias.
Winner: Elias (all of us)
The Miz (c) vs Jason Jordan (Intercontinental Championship match)
I know there wasn't much hype for this match, but it had potential. This may not have been any barn burner that stole the show, however it was a decent match, that played out as predictably as possible. I believe Jason Jordan is bound to win the IC belt, but last night wasn't his time. With a timely interference from the Miztourage, The Miz wins, The Miz retained., sorry Brundan.
Winner: The Miz (Pink, Rybo Slice, Double A)
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
In the history of all of wrestling has a wrestler ever won after blindsiding his opponent before the match starts? Especially if they get on the mic to trash talk as the the beat up guy as he's carried away? I mean seriously, why do this? Thankfully this was a back and forth, where both competitors had their chance to shine. Possibly my favorite part of the match was when Bray was sitting on the mat, leaning against the ropes laughing to himself with blood in his mouth. I'm an unabashed fan of Wyatt, despite being booked horrible since going solo. I was impressed he kicked out of the coup de grace to the back of the head. It was a decent match, but i have no idea what the WWE wants from Bray Wyatt. But good for Finn, I guess. I'm not even that upset that I didn't get the win, but that Bray didn't. I hope they do something with Finn, and have this win elevate him. We now have to wait to see who Bray loses to next.
Winner: Finn Balor (Pink, Brundan)
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs The Bar (Raw Tag Team Championship match)
Going into this match I had a clear path in my head with what they should have done, and I watched wondering if they would do it or not. Cesaro is one of my favorites in the WWE today, and I wish he'd be in his rightful spot of the upper card. That combined with Dean's need to turn heel, I feel there's an obvious narrative to be told. Cesaro doing the swing on Ambrose into the steel steps was brutal but I don't know why they did the spot of the ref stopping the match to check on his shoulder so early when the focus for much of the match was on it after the stoppage. Then Cesaro loses two teeth in the mouth and was a beautiful bloody mess. In what should have been the end of the match, Cesaro delivered a top rope powerbomb on Seth on top of Dean, and Ambrose was able to kick out. They were dominated for much of the match, but in a quick turn around, Cesaro and Sheamus lost. Bullshit, I say.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (Brundan, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax vs Emma vs Bayley (Fatal 5-Way Raw Women's Championship match)
I was very surprised how much the fans got behind Nia Jax, and I began to wonder if they were finally going to give her the belt, but when the four other women double power bombed her to the outside, I was sure she would be out for the rest of the match. She showed back up for a little, but in reality that was the end of her involvement. But Bliss took the win from Bayley, and it was a good match all around but it felt like the entire thing was built around Bliss and Jax.
Winner: Alexa Bliss ( Double A, Pink, Rybo Slice)
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
I said in my prediction that WWE painted themselves into a corner by having these two face each other, and I think this could have been avoided by having the feud be over a belt. Instead it was to be the 'big dog' of the WWE, meaning Roman Reigns had to win from the moment it was announced. Both of these guys have had amazing matches, but those were usually carried by the other competitor, so it was interesting to see how they would do when they couldn't rely on the other man in the match. The fight itself started very slowly with a lot of crowd pandering. and never really hit the high strides some of Cena's best matches had. For the match to make sense, Cena would have to hit his biggest moves, and make Reigns look strong, which is exactly what happened. It gets talked about a lot, but one thing that would save roman Reigns' character would be a heel turn, and this could have been the night for it, but alas, we all get a point at least. But also, what the hell was the point of Cena hanging back in the ring. Are we supposed to believe he's retiring now?
Winner: Roman Reigns (Brundan, Double A, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Neville (c) vs Enzo Amore (Cruiserweight Championship match)
Enzo has one appealing thing about him, and that's his charisma. Some of his promos have been great, but others, not so much. This promo to start it off was decent, but the history books show that the one that gets on the mic is usually the one that loses. (see Bray Wyatt earlier in the night). As far as the actual match is concerned, I have to wonder what the point of bringing Enzo to the cruiserweight division, and then skyrocket him to the #1 contendership if all they were going to do with him was a glorified squash match. Enzo had 2 offensive moves. The DDG, which Neville kicked out of, and then a low-blow which he actually won off of. Seriously? I don't understand the WWE's thinking.
Winner: Enzo Amore (Pink)
Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman (Universal Championship match)
Unlike the Cena/Reigns match, there was a feasible possibility of either of these men winning. The question going into this fight was whether or not the WWE were ready to trust in giving the belt to Braun. The match started off like every other encounter between these two, Strowman dominated. Braun ate a suplex and shoved it off like two weeks ago. It wasn't until Brock got the kimura lock on Braun that things started to look even. From there, Brock tried taking the monster among men to Suplex City. From there Braun was able to turn it around and take the champ to Powerslam City (doesn't sound as good). But somehow, after eating two powerslams, Brock surprised Braun with an F5 and retained the belt. Even though I voted for Brock, I'm disappointed how the match turned out, and would have liked to see Braun win the belt last night. I'm curious to see how things shape up tonight on Raw, and hope Roman reigns isn't automatically inserted into the title picture.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (Double A)
Holy shit, do you know what this means!? The pink-one won! Pink is finally on the board with a victor. He is our current champ. Congrats to the new top dog in our stable, but don't expect it to last, I'm taking my title back at Hell in a Cell bitch.