WWE No Mercy is coming to the WWE Network, and PPV this Sunday, October 9th, 2016. The most exciting thing about No Mercy is that every belt will be on the line. We could see several new champions this weekend. Dolph Ziggler will also be putting his career on the line against The Miz as an added bonus. This No Mercy is sure to be one for the record books. Lets take a look at the match card, and make some predictions.
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Match #1. Jack Swagger vs Baron Corbin
General Manager Daniel Bryan took to Twitter to make the hoss fight official.
The announcement comes one day after Swagger and Corbin’s showdown on SmackDown LIVE ended in a controversial submission victory for Swagger. Swagger had Corbin trapped in the Patriot Lock, and as Corbin struggled to reach the ropes and break the hold, the referee called for the bell, believing The Lone Wolf had tapped out.
Which bruiser will come out on top in this donnybrook of a rematch? Will it be a victory for “We the people,” or will The Lone Wolf’s war cry be one of triumph?
Our Prediction: Jack Swagger will take it.
Match #2. Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Carmella craves the spotlight, but the ever-fabulous competitor will find out if she can rise to the occasion when she faces the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history, Nikki Bella, this Sunday at WWE No Mercy.
The Princess of Staten Island has targeted Bella ever since SummerSlam, when Fearless Nikki made a triumphant and unannounced return from a career-threatening neck injury, pinning Carmella to win SmackDown LIVE’s Six-Woman Tag Team Match.
Believing that Nikki’s comeback stole attention away from her WWE pay-per-view debut (in her home state, no less), Carmella revealed a newly vicious demeanor in the weeks that followed. She wasted no opportunity to attack Nikki, going so far as to ambush her on the set of Talking Smack, and Carmella has even pinned her more experienced rival, too, in tag action.
This Sunday, the young lioness looks to achieve the biggest victory of her WWE career at the expense of the most decorated athlete in Team Blue’s Women’s division. Don’t miss this pivotal showdown when SmackDown LIVE’s brand-exclusive No Mercy takes over WWE Network this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.
Our Prediction: Nicci Bella will steal the show.
Match #3. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss
Becky Lynch finally has WWE championship gold in her possession, but she won’t have much time to bask in the glory of her achievement with a diabolical top contender already named.
Alexa Bliss will be the first Superstar to challenge the SmackDown Women’s Champion, in a title clash slated for SmackDown LIVE’s next brand-exclusive pay-per-view, No Mercy, on Sunday, Oct. 9. Alexa moved into contention after defeating Nikki Bella, Natalya, Naomi and Carmella in a Fatal 5-Way on Sept. 13.
A petite punisher with a hair-trigger temper, Alexa claims she embodies everything that The New Era is designed to be. Between her dynamic offense (which is supported by a world-class gymnastics background) and chippy attitude, the villainous Superstar clearly means business, maintaining a steady focus on trying to rule Team Blue’s Women’s division.
As the competitor who currently does rule the division, Becky is living out a dream that has been many years in the making. The Irish Lass Kicker won’t easily let go of the title she worked her entire career to obtain, least of all to the first challenger who comes her way.
Will Becky Lynch’s textbook technique and limb-wrenching ways carry her to victory? Or will the always-irritable Alexa Bliss snap when the stakes are highest, to the detriment of the champion?
Our Prediction: Alexa Bliss will take the belt while looking cute and evil at the same time.
Match #4. Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The Usos
Rhyno & Heath Slater’s path to SmackDown Tag Team Championship glory may be a feel-good story for the ages, but their challengers at No Mercy, Jimmy & Jey Uso, aren’t concerned with fairytale endings. Claiming they were cheated out of the titles once before, The Usos want the championship gold and will stop at nothing to get it.
The twin brothers’ relentless pursuit has already left one Superstar battered. American Alpha’s Chad Gable has twice been injured at the hands of Jimmy & Jey, most recently on the Sept. 20 edition of SmackDown LIVE. In a battle to determine Rhyno & Slater’s next challengers, The Usos savagely targeted Gable’s bad knee en route to winning the match, sparking speculation that not only Gable returned from injury too soon, but also that The Usos will sink to any depth to improve their position in Team Blue’s tag ranks.
The Usos have all but promised more of the same for “Beauty and The Man Beast,” further demonstrating just how callous Jimmy & Jey have grown in recent weeks. Gone are the neon colors, call-and-response ring entrance and fan-friendly smiles, replaced by scowling countenances and a ferocious new attitude.
Yet, Rhyno & Slater’s success isn’t just improbable — it has been well-earned, too. The One Man Band and his Gore-minded partner defeated The Usos once before, in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament Final at WWE Backlash (albeit on a night that The Usos had already competed before). And Slater’s guaranteed SmackDown LIVE contract may afford him luxuries like an above-ground pool and a new double-wide, but it doesn’t mean he and Rhyno are planning to relinquish the titles any time soon.
Will the Anoa’i family tree add yet another pair of tag team titles to its incredible legacy? Or will Rhyno & Slater hold strong in the face of The Usos’ vicious threat?
Our Prediction: Oso’s all day!!!
Match #5. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Frustrated by coming up short in one big-match scenario after another, Dolph Ziggler has agreed to risk it all and put his career on the line against Intercontinental Champion The Miz at WWE No Mercy.
If The Showoff wins, the monkey is off his back and the prestigious Intercontinental Title is around his waist. However, if Ziggler loses, he must hang up his boots.
The A-Lister goaded Ziggler into accepting the perilous stipulation on the Sept. 27 edition of SmackDown LIVE in Cleveland, with both Superstars’ parents in attendance. Though The Showoff was initially reluctant, he soon declared that if he couldn’t defeat The Miz once and for all, then he didn’t deserve to have a career.
Ziggler has earned plenty of hardware during his time in WWE, winning the World Heavyweight Championship twice and the Intercontinental Title four times. Yet, the records books of late reflect a different story. He failed to dethrone The Miz in back-to-back weeks, albeit due to the underhanded tactics of The A-Lister and his wife, Maryse. (The Miz and Maryse illegally sprayed a substance in Ziggler’s eyes, behind the referee’s back, in both matches.)
At WWE No Mercy, The Showoff will have one more chance to win when it matters most. With his career in jeopardy, will Ziggler prove to be a clutch performer? Or will The Miz and Maryse find another way to stop The Showoff and, in the process, end Ziggler’s career on a sour note, cementing a legacy of “what if’s”?
Our Prediction: Dolph will win the belt, and stick around a while.
Match #6. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
The time for games, mind or otherwise, is over: Randy Orton will battle Bray Wyatt at WWE No Mercy Sunday, Oct. 9, in an inevitable collision that has been building and building for the better part of two months and was finally confirmed on WWE’s official Twitter account.
Originally scheduled to battle at WWE Backlash, the bout never materialized thanks to a backstage assault on The Viper by Wyatt, but The Apex Predator and New Face of Fear continued to circle each other for weeks on end. Orton, for his part, has been angling for a score-settling match between the two ever since, but The Eater of Worlds opted instead to unman The Viper mentally, taunting him with eerie messages from afar and, occasionally, sending his disciple Erick Rowan out to do his dirty work.
No stranger to psychological warfare, Orton later turned the tables on Wyatt, transforming the hunter into the hunted and causing The Eater of Worlds to fall into a trap on the Oct. 5 edition of SmackDown LIVE.
It would appear, however, that the game has reached its final turn. Wyatt likes to dare his opponents to “find him.” At No Mercy, he will finally get his wish. Whether Orton is prepared to do what must be done, however, is another story.
Our Prediction: Randy Orton will steal the show.
Match #7. AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
On his first SmackDown LIVE after low-blowing Dean Ambrose out of the WWE World Title, The Phenomenal One proclaimed that, since he’d made good on his promise to become champion, his word was now infallible and that everything he says from here on out should be taken as fact. So, for instance, if he was to claim that he could beat The Lunatic Fringe and John Cena, whom he knocked off at SummerSlam, in the same match, the WWE Universe would just have to take his word for it.
Luckily, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon was happy to arrange just such a test for Styles, putting Ambrose’s guaranteed one-on-one rematch on the shelf (he’ll get it at a later date, according to Shane) in favor of a Triple Threat Match between Styles, a frothing Ambrose and Cena, who returned for the first time since his defeat at SummerSlam to make a play for a potentially record-tying 16th World Championship.
Can AJ Styles cement his status as the new “Face That Runs the Place”? Or is his time up before it even began?
Our Prediction: Dean Ambrose will become the new World Champion.
As you can see from the lineup, this should be one for the record books. The WWE knows how to build suspense. If you don’t agree with our predictions, please leave yours in the comment section.