This pay-per-view is a great example of how a main event can drag down an otherwise pretty good show. There were a few very very good matches, and a few head scratchers. Here is a full review of No Mercy 2017.
The Miz vs Jason Jordan – Intercontinental Championship Match
This was a solid match and a good opening to the show. Jordan is not nearly over enough with the crowd to put the title on him yet. Also, The Miz is great and deserves to hold onto the belt for a long time.
The crowd was super into this. The Miz being a “Hollywood superstar” seemed to resonate with the crowd in Los Angeles. In the end, Curtis Axel hit Jordan when the ref was not looking, and Miz picked up the win.
Rating: 2.75 stars
Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor
These two put on a very fine match, despite the build up being lackluster. Wyatt attacked Balor before the match started, but Balor insisted on not being taken out of it.
This was an atypical babyface-heel match. Often the heel controls the ring for the majority of it, before the face makes their comeback and ultimately wins. Once Balor found his bearings, it was a solid back-and-forth bout before Balor picked up the win.
Both men have very good in-ring chemistry, and it showed here. This is the best match these two have had, and the best match Wyatt has had in a long time.
Rating: 3.25 stars
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs Sheamus & Cesaro – Tag Team Championship
One of the best tag-team matches of the year. Sheamus and Cesaro are such a good tag team, and Rollins and Ambrose are great in general, that this match could not fail.
The storytelling in this match was excellent. Rollins and Ambrose played the role of “resilient babyfaces who never give up” beautifully. No matter what was thrown at them, they did not give up. The spot of the night was when Sheamus hit Ambrose with White Noise, then Cesaro power bombed Rollins from the second rope onto Ambrose. In the end Rollins and Ambrose hit their finishers in quick succession to pick up the win.
Also, Cesaro took a bump on the ring post and knocked out his front teeth, then continued the match like nothing happened. The absolute mad man.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Women’s Championship Fatal Five Way Match
The story of this match is that Nia Jax is capable of murdering everyone in her path, and she did just that. The other four women in this match realized they cannot beat Jax on their own, so they all ganged up on her, even teaming up to power bomb her on to the floor (and she landed right on her head).
For a while the match turned into “someone hits a big move, tries to pin them, it gets broken up.” It was awesome. Eventually, Alexa Bliss hit Bayley with a DDT and pinned her to retain the championship.
On RAW Talk after the show, they teased the possibility of a feud between Bliss and Mickie James.
Rating: 3 stars
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
This was a tale of two matches. To put it in simple terms, the match started off boring, became amazing, and the finish was stupid.
The start of this one was so boring. Reigns beat up Cena for a while, they grappled, the crowd booed and chanted “you both suck,” and nothing of note happened. Any time Cena got any offense in, Reigns would counter and continue the onslaught.
Then, business picked up. It became more back-and-forth, and the crowd got into it. If the venue was bigger, it may have been reminiscent of Hulk Hogan vs The Rock from WrestleMania 18.
Reigns speared Cena through the announce table, which got the crowd as loud as they had been all night.
Then the finish happened. The purpose of exciting, pre-determined simulated fighting is to suspend the audience’s disbelief. Cena hit Reigns with his finisher four (!!!!) times, and Reigns kicked out. One more superman punch and spear from Reigns, and the match was over. Overall, very good match, could have something different to make Reigns look strong.
Rating: 3.75 stars
Neville vs Enzo Amore – Cruiserweight Championship Match
This is where things get stupid.
This match went about 10 minutes. During that time, Amore got almost no offense in. It looked like the story of this match is that Amore is a loser and cannot compete with elite talent like Neville.
Then, when Amore is outside the ring and about to be counted out, he grabs the Cruiserweight title belt. The referee subsequently stops the count for some reason, and Amore gets in the ring. He puts the belt down, the ref hands it over to someone at ringside, he hits Neville with a low blow and pins him to win the title. Absolute garbage.
Rating: 1 star
Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman – Universal Championship Match
Hey look, more garbage. This match had Paul Heyman written all over it. Both guys hit big moves, it is not a very long match, and it ends.
The match starts with Strowman dominating Lesnar. He throws him around the ring, even hitting him with a powerslam and trying to pin him.
Here is a list of every bit of offense Lesnar got in in this eight minute match: A kimura lock, six german suplexes, and one F5. He won the match.
The crowd was dead for this match, and understandably so. The build up included Strowman trying to kill Lesnar at SummerSlam with tables. When these two got in the ring and they did not try to kill each other with weapons and tables and such, it was just not as exciting as people expected.
Strowman was built up for over a year to be a stepping stone for Brock Lesnar as he builds towards WrestleMania against Reigns.
Rating: 1.5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 5/10
This was the worst RAW-exclusive pay-per-view since Fastlane back in March.
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