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Smackdown’s No Mercy takes place live from Sacramento, California in the brand new Golden 1 Centre. The card looks solid, with both the World and Intercontinental title matches being the two standouts.
As always, this is a predictions blog and here is the league table, so far:
Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin
RIF: Baron Corbin
Joe: Baron Corbin
Michael: Baron Corbin
Dan: Baron Corbin
This is happening because of the “controversial” ending on Smackdown when a referee thought Corbin tapped out to Swagger’s Patriot Lock submission when he was really just crawling to the ropes. What a terrible finish. It’s an easy match to predict because Corbin should get his win back and Swagger is only there to put over the younger guy.
Carmella vs. Nikki Bella
RIF: Nikki Bella
Michael: Nikki Bella
Dan: Nikki Bella
I’d never imagined that Carmella would be as good as she is as a heel. I’m surprised she’s been booked to get the best of Nikki Bella as often as she has in the build up to this match. It’s been truly remarkable, and effective. More than ever, I’m buying stock in Carmella as a character. She’s finally found her way as a heel. She’s a sassy loudmouth who will hit you from behind and brag about it obnoxiously. She’s been a great heel, and Nikki playing off her injury has been a great underdog babyface in peril.
I’m not expecting fireworks in this match. Carmella is limited and Nikki isn’t as good as people make her out to be. I’m not expecting a technical classic from these two, but I do expect Bella to get one up on Carmella.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
RIF: Bray Wyatt
Joe: Randy Orton
Michael: Randy Orton
Dan: Bray Wyatt
The good thing about this match is that unlike some matches on this show it will feel fresh because of the little interaction these guys have had. Unlike some feuds, there were no tag matches or anything else featuring these guys in the same match.
The real problem with this match, though, is that Bray Wyatt has been booked so badly that it’s hard to even imagine him winning anything anymore. He’ll take the loss, deliver solid promos in the dark, and carry his magic lantern to the next town. That’s why I want him to win, come to think of it, both guys need the win here.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Heath Slater & Rhyno © vs. The Usos
RIF: The Usos
Joe: Heath Slater & Rhyno
Michael: Heath Slater & Rhyno
Dan: The Usos
The real story here is The Usos vs. American Alpha and that will be a great feud for the tag belts. The Uso’s heel turn has been a breath of fresh air. Their act was stale, fans stopped caring, and change was needed.
There was a lot of focus on Slater and Rhyno going into Backlash. They won the titles there, Slater “won” a Smackdown contract and then they were hardly shown in the build-up leading to this. That tells me that WWE sees them more of a short term project. It made sense for Slater & Rhyno to win at Backlash. Things have changed now. I think it’s time for The Usos to win so they can lead Smackdown’s tag division until they drop the titles to American Alpha likely at some point in early 2017.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch © vs. Alexa Bliss
RIF: Becky Lynch
Joe: Becky Lynch
Michael: Becky Lynch
Dan: Becky Lynch
Rumour going around that this may be cancelled due to an injury Becky has picked up. While there hasn’t been any sort of confirmation I’m going ahead to predict this anyway.
This is easy to work out because Becky just won the title at Backlash, so why take the title away from her so soon? There isn’t a logical reason to do that. Alexa Bliss is outstanding as the smaller heel with a chip on her shoulder. She always wants to prove that she’s good enough and this is the biggest chance of her career to show what she can do. I initially had my reservations about her role in the company after her call up, thinking that she would end up lost in the shuffle, however, I was proven wrong. She’s already one of the key figures on the Smackdown women’s roster. This match should be a competitive one, with Lynch winning in ten minutes.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Title vs. Career
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz ©
RIF: The Miz
Joe: The Miz
Michael: Dolph Ziggler
Dan: The Miz
I’ve gone back and forth on this one. I’m really up in the air about it. I’ve gone with The Miz, although I’m still on the fence about it. The big rumour is that Ziggler’s contract is expiring. Is it really? Not sure, it could be a red herring for all I know. Miz could win, allowing Dolph to move on with life and Miz becoming an even better heel as he can constantly remind fans that he retired Dolph Ziggler. Then again I can also see Ziggler winning since it makes sense for the story for the face to come up huge when his back is against the wall. He has nothing left to lose, so he’s going to go all guns blazing to try to win a title over a good champion.
I find it interesting that Maryse hasn’t been banned from ringside, and she could definitely be a major factor in how things go down Sunday. Come to think of it, I think she will be a factor in this match’s outcome.
WWE World Championship
John Cena vs. AJ Styles © vs. Dean Ambrose
RIF: AJ Styles
Joe: AJ Styles
Michael: AJ Styles
Dan: AJ Styles
The AJ title reign isn’t going to end this soon, especially with word that both John Cena and Dean Ambrose are going to take some time to work on some projects after this show. Even if they weren’t, there’s no reason to take the strap of Styles yet.
In terms of match quality, this has all the makings to be one of the best triple threat matches we’ve seen in a long time. When you’ve got guys as talented as these it’s easy to get excited about it. They should get 25 + minutes with a lot of believable finishing spots where each guy has a chance to win. Ultimately, I think Styles will pin Ambrose as a way to protect Cena to set up Styles vs. Cena at Survivor Series.
Enjoy No Mercy. Feel free to post your thoughts and predictions in the comment section below and I’ll be back on Monday with my random thoughts on this event.