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Random Thoughts on WWE No Mercy 2016

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The Smackdown brand hosted No Mercy last night and I’m here to share my random thoughts on this pay per view event. As always, this blog is spoiler heavy, so please look away if you don’t want to know the show’s results.

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WWE World Championship: AJ Styles © def. John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match via pinfall to retain the World Championship

Nikki Bella def. Carmella via pinfall

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships: Heath Slater & Rhyno © def. The Usos via pinfall to remain the Smackdown Tag Team Championship

Baron Corbin def. Jack Swagger via pinfall

WWE Intercontinental Championship – Title vs. Career match: Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

Naomi def. Alexa Bliss via pinfall

Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton via pinfall

 

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

Yes, you did read that correctly. The World title match was on first. It was apparently done to counter-program the US Presidential Debate that started at 9pmET as well as the NFL game that started at 8:30pmET and the MLB playoff game. I’m not a fan of this match going on first. I think WWE should have followed tradition and kept this match as the main event, instead of reacting what else is there. People that like wrestling watched this show live or they can watch it on demand without caring what else was on. I just think it’s a bad idea to do this because then everything else that happens on the card has a tough act to follow.

 

As for the match itself, it was awesome. Loved the finish. Triple threat matches have been contested under no disqualification rules, yet people rarely use chairs or other weapons. Styles used a chair and it made sense as it was the difference maker. Styles is such an incredible performer. He’s currently leading the way as my pick for wrestler of the year. I’m not taking anything away from Cena or Ambrose because they kept up with him. I’m just saying Styles just always finds a way to stand out. In terms of future booking, I reckon it will be Cena v Styles at Survivor Series. They’ll probably do Ambrose vs. Cena on Smackdown to determine the number one contender. This match is well worth a match, just a shame it was the main event like it should have been.

 

Another incredible match was Ziggler v The Miz. There was a lot of drama with several believable near falls for each guy. The Spirit Squad guys showing up was a bit of a surprise, but I guess it’s fine after what happened last week on Smackdown. The one thing I’ll take away from this match/ feud is that they’ve made the Intercontinental title feel important again, and that to me was the key to this whole feud. The Miz isn’t known for having standout matches or anything, but he did an awesome job as champion. He was improved a lot this year. As for Ziggler, I’m interested to see where he goes from here. Perhaps this win could be the rebuilding of his career. Great work by both guys as well as the creative team for making this feud seem important.

 

Both of the women matches were pretty poor. Carmella v Nikki was okay, whiles Alexa Bliss v Naomi was poor. Naomi, who was stepping in place for the injured Becky Lynch, winning was a surprise. The announcers put it over as Bliss not being ready to face Naomi. I’d imagine that Bliss will win the rematch on Smackdown and face Lynch at Survivor Series.

 

Another surprise was Slater & Rhyno successfully defending their titles against The Usos. It was a good match. The heel Usos are really working well together with this new attitude. I can imagine that they’ll win the titles either at a Smackdown taping or the next Smackdown brand pay per view.

 

With the World title match being on first, I though Ziggler/ Miz would be the main event. That wasn’t to be. Instead, that went to Bray Wyatt v Randy Orton for some bizarre reason. It was an average match with a cheap finish thanks to the returning Luke Harper. All in all, it was one of those matches that you’d expect more from but it just never kicked it up a notch. There’s obviously some unfished business here. Let’s hope the rematch delivers.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 6

No Mercy will be forgettable in a matter of days bar the World & Intercontinental title matches. The match order hurt the show. If the WWE Title match or the IC Title match ended the broadcast, then No Mercy would have ended on a high note. Instead, it felt flat with that ending. It may not be a big deal, but it does affect the quality of the match when you end it with an average match considering there were two awesome matches earlier.

 

2016 PPV Rankings so far:

Money in the Bank – 8

Battleground – 8

Royal Rumble – 8

Backlash – 7.5

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 7

Clash of Champions – 7

WrestleMania 32 – 6.5

SummerSlam – 6

No Mercy -6

FastLane – 6

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