After weeks of buildup, we finally got the much-talked about No Mercy PPV from Los Angeles. Monday Night Raw based this PPV off the double main event they have been building up for quite some time. Brock Lesnar defended his Universal title against Braun Strowman. In a WrestleMania worthy match, Roman Reigns took on the 16-time world champ, John Cena. Cesaro & Sheamus tried to recapture their tag titles as they battled Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins. After weeks of complaining to Kurt Angle about his disrespect for the IC title, Miz defended against Jason Jordan. Enzo battled Neville for the cruiserweight championship as he tried to win his first title in the WWE. Alexa Bliss defended her Women’s title against Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Bayley & Emma. We learned that Asuka will finally make her main roster debut at the next PPV, TLC on October 22nd.
We opened the PPV with Jason Jordan trying to take the Intercontinental title from Miz. Jason Jordan has been impressive over the last few weeks by taking John Cena & Roman Reigns to the limits in consecutive weeks. The match was really exciting with the crowd going crazy and getting behind Miz. Jordan got close on a few occasions and hit several overheard suplexes on the champion. Miz had help in the match as his Miz-tourage distracted Jordan allowing the Miz to take advantage. In the end, Jordan was distracted once again by the Miz-tourage and it allowed Miz to hit the Skull Crushing Finale to pick up the win. Winner and Still Intercontinental Champ: Miz
Match Rating: 3.75/5- This was a really good opener as the crowd was hot and it showcased how bright the future of Jordan is.
We had Bray Wyatt in a rematch against Finn Balor, but this time Balor wouldn’t come as his Demon character. Bray Wyatt attacked Balor before the match began and he went on the offensive right away. Wyatt hit some nice suplexes in the match as he continued the attack on Balor. Bray continued the assault on Balor, but he began to fight back with some kicks and dropkicks. After about 12 minutes of battling, Balor hit the Coup De Grace to pick up the win. Winner: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 3.25/5
These two teams have been battling for a while now as Rollins & Ambrose defended their title against Cesaro & Sheamus. This feud has brought physicality on both sides and this match was no different. Cesaro lost his front teeth and had blood spewing from his match, which added to the match. There were so many crazy spots in this match, but when Sheamus hit White Noise and Cesaro power bombing Rollins on Ambrose. So many nearfalls in this match, but the champs retained their titles after Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Cesaro and they hit their finishers. Winners and Still Tag Champs: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 4.5/5- This was a great match!
Alexa Bliss defended her title in a 5-way match against Sasha Banks, Emma, Nia Jax & the returning Bayley. Let’s say that this match was all about Nia Jax and her dominance throughout this contest. She hit all the other ladies with leg drops, Samoan Drops and clotheslines. One point in the match, she hit the Samoan Drop on two ladies at the same time. During the match, the other 4 women teamed up and took out Nia Jax by power bombing her off the apron. Nia eventually made her way back to the ring and continued her assault on everyone. In the end, Bliss hit her patented DDT on Bayley to escape with the win. Winner and Still Women’s Champ: Alexa Bliss
Match Rating: 3.25/5
This was probably the most-anticipated match of the night as John Cena battled Roman Reigns. These two have been at each other’s throats cutting scathing promos on each other. This is a battle between the top guy of the WWE now and the future face of the WWE. The match lived up to expectations as the crowd was really into the match. During the match, Cena hit multiple AAs to Reigns and even hitting two in a row for a nearfall. In the end, Roman Reigns hit a Superman Punch out of nowhere and hit the spear on Cena to pick up the win. Winner: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: 4/5
I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of Enzo so I’m not going to make this long. Enzo hit a low blow on Neville while the referee had his back turned and pinned him to become the new champ. Winner and New Cruiserweight Champ: Enzo
Match Rating: 2/5- Neville deserves better and trust me, I know they’re hoping Enzo brings an audience to the 205 Live and cruiserweights.
We finally got the chance to see Brock Lesnar defend his title against Braun Strowman. This match was all about the power of Strowman and the punishment Lesnar inflicted on him. Lesnar took Strowman to Suplex City many times throughout the game. Lesnar also weakened the big man with the Kamora Lock on the arm on Strowman. Strowman retaliated by using his power, plus hit a few running power slams on Lesnar. In the end, Lesnar hit the F5 to beat the big man. Winner and Still Universal Champ: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 7.5/10- This was a really nice PPV as all the matches were good with the exception of the Enzo/Neville match. Below are the top 3 matches of the night.
- Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose© vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
- Roman Reigns vs. John Cena
- Miz© vs. Jason Jordan
What did you think about the PPV? What was your favorite match of the night? Leave a comment below.