By Jesse Larch – Site Editor
WWE has rebooted their No Mercy pay-per-view as a Raw branded event. WWE has loaded up the card to make the return of No Mercy a big night for the company. Without further adieu, here are my predictions for the No Mercy card.
Elias vs Apollo Crews (Kickoff Show)
Elias may be my favorite gimmick. It is supremely simple but will never not draw heat. Add that with the fact that he looks great and is a great athlete and he has a lot of upside. Apollo Crews was one of my favorites on the indys as Uhaa Nation, and WWE seems to really be starting to get behind the Titus Brand, but they have also been protecting Elias at every turn. I would be very surprised if this ends clean, which means the heel will go over.
Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) vs Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore is in an interesting position. He is the only cruiserweight being used on the main roster and the cruiserweight roster, albeit he is being used as a punching bag by the heavyweights. He adds some clout to the cruiserweight division, but he does not deserve to take the strap off of Neville. Neville is the only reason the cruiserweights are still around, and Enzo is not ready for that burden, especially after all the backstage heat he has.
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
Balor is seen as a top guy. He has been protected relentlessly. But Bray Wyatt needs a big win like a fish needs water. Bray has been given the worst booking of anyone in the main event scene, and somehow he still always feels like a threat. It is time Balor looks human, and it is time Bray’s stock goes back on the rise.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs Jason Jordan
The Miz has been the best all-around performer in the company not named AJ Styles or Kevin Owens since the brand split. He is the only man on the roster who makes the Intercontinental Title feel important, yet somehow I feel WWE is more invested in Jason Jordan and the Kurt Angle storyline than rewarding Miz for how great he has been. As Miz does he will not fall down the card at all, but Jordan seems to be in line for the validation.
Tag Team Championship: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs Sheamus and Cesaro
It is way too early in the reign of Ambrose and Rollins for them to drop the belts. Sheamus and Cesaro have gelled extremely well, but I think they lose and then the Authors of Pain make their debut by showing “no mercy” to both teams.
Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax vs Emma vs Bayley
Just from the names involved the expectations should be through the roof for this one. I predict Sasha finally makes her heel turn by turning on Bayley for the win. I am not confident in that though, because Nia and Alexa have both been booked well heading into this match.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
The crowd will be into this one if not just because they want to boo both guys so badly. I think Cena will work as the babyface and Reigns will play more of the heel here. I think Cena is definitely putting Reigns over before he takes time off to film the new Transformers film. I think this will be his last match before he goes into production, and if that is the case Reigns should get the win.
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman
This match is gonna make some money for Vince McMahon. This will have everything we love about Brock and Braun – physicality and violence. Braun has been booked as Brock’s equal – if not his superior – which makes for an interesting story where Brock is not expected to run straight through his opponent. I think Brock is carrying through Wrestlemania, and even if he does not, Braun is still really green to carry the brand. I’ve got Brock.