Welcome to the 2nd Smackdown Live only PPV, which is No Mercy? After the success of their first PPV Backlash, can Smackdown Live repeat the performance of that PPV? The big matches coming into No Mercy has to be the triple threat match and the Ziggler/Miz match. Let’s see how things went with the No Mercy PPV!!
News broke earlier in the day about the main event being the first match. In the opener, A.J. Styles defended his championship against John Cena and Dean Ambrose. For Styles, it’s been about the Face that runs the place. Dean Ambrose is on a quest to regain the title from Styles, who beat him at the Backlash PPV. With John Cena, he’s made it known that the only thing he has left to do is tie Ric Flair for the most titles at 16. As far as the match, for me it was incredible with all three of them working their asses off. All three had moments in the match where it seemed like they would win. Actually Styles tapped when Cena & Ambrose had him in a submission hold, but the match restarted because there wasn’t a clear cut winner. In the end, Styles attacked Cena with a chair to pick up the win. Winner and Still WWE Champ: A.J. Styles
Match Rating: 3.75/5
These two have been feuding ever since Nikki returned from neck surgery. The match basically saw Carmella working on the surgically repaired neck of Nikki. It seemed like Carmella was about to pick up the win, but Bella hit the Rack Attack 2.0 for the victory. Winner: Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 2/5- I’m shaking my head because I figured Carmella would emerge victorious. Maybe this feud continues and Carmella pick up the next one.
This match was for the Smackdown tag team titles with Slater & Rhyno defending against the Usos. I’m a pretty big fan of the team of Slater & Rhyno, with Heath being pretty funny. On the other hand, I’ve said before that I’m digging the new attitude from the Usos. The match had its share of action throughout with both teams almost securing wins. In the end, Rhyno Gores Jimmy on the outside, while Jey takes out the knee of Slater on the inside. Jey applies the Tequila Sunrise in the ring, but Rhyno breaks it up with a clothesline. Eventually, Rhyno Gored Jey to pick up the win. Winners and Still Tag Champs: Heath Slater & Rhyno
Match Rating: 3/5
Jack Swagger just signed to Smackdown Live from Raw and he immediately targeted Baron Corbin. He’s even picked up a win over Corbin and now they’re battling in a PPV match. With Swagger getting a fresh start I was hoping we’d see the old Swagger because he’s really good. This match did nothing for me and Corbin picked up the win with the End of Days after poking Jack in the eye. Winner: Baron Corbin
Match Rating: 2/5- Honestly, I had high hopes for Corbin, but he’s sucked since hitting the main roster. I mean he had a nice little feud with Ziggler, but that’s about it.
This was the match I think everyone was looking forward to and if they were smart, this would’ve been the main event. We had the Miz putting up his championship against the career of Dolph Ziggler. The feud between these two has been all that and then some. In this match, we had nearfalls, great action, awesome storytelling and everything. The Spirit Squad and Maryse got involved trying to help Miz retire Ziggler, but eventually they were booted from ringside after Miz hit his second Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler connected with a super kick to pickup and the victory. Winner and New Intercontinental Champ: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 4/5- Awesome Match!
Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi
With Becky Lynch being pulled from the PPV, Bliss wanted to fight still. After saying no woman is on the level as her and that Becky is being protected, Naomi came out. Naomi picked up the win when she rolled up Bliss after she applied a cross arm breaker on her. Winner: Naomi
Match Rating: 2/5- So the #1 contender lost at the PPV?
The main event of the evening was Randy Orton taking on Bray Wyatt. These two have been for the past month and a half. This match seemed flat to me, but in the end we saw the return of Luke Harper after the lights went out. Bray was able to nail Orton with the Sister Abigail for the victory. Winner: Bray Wyatt
Match Rating: 2.5/5
Overall Rating: 5.5/10- This PPV definitely wasn’t as good as the Backlash PPV. Having the championship match first was different, but I understand with the debate. If it was me, I would’ve put the Intercontinental championship match as the main event. If they would’ve went that route, it shows the importance of the title and show how much they had vested in the Ziggler/Miz feud. Below are the top 3 matches from the PPV.
1) Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
2) A.J. Styles vs. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose
3) Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Usos
What did you think about the PPV? What was your favorite match from No Mercy? What did you think about the triple threat title match? What did you think about the Intercontinental title match? Head to the comments section below and leave some feedback about the No Mercy PPV.