September 24, 2017 by coachcarter717
Written by Carter Cotrupi, Adam Burt and Shawn Eaton
We are happy to announce that Shawn Eaton will be joining us (Carter Cotrupi and Adam Burt) as we expand on the volume of WWE content being provided in The Nosebleeds.
In this article, the newly formed stable of writers take on WWE Raw’s No Mercy 2017. Can it stand on its own without Smackdown’s roster, or will it fall victim to a shorter runtime? Let’s dig in!
Overall Show Predictions/Comments
Adam Burt: I feel like the 2017 edition of No Mercy, which is RAW exclusive, will be thrilling and provide that bigger pay per view feel despite being a single brand show. There’s an immense amount of hype about this card that features an extremely exciting Universal Championship match that is said to be a dream match for bragging rights between two top superstars and some great women’s action. No Mercy should be appealing enough to grab the eyes of a die-hard fan and the casual consumers.
Shawn Eaton: No Mercy has been built up very well with multiple big money matches. Roman vs Cena is WrestleMania Main Event worthy and Brock vs Strowman is the biggest match potentially all year. I expect a very solid PPV balanced with good technical matches and high-profile superstars on the card.
Carter Cotrupi: I’ll admit it. I have been very skeptical ever since WWE started adding these brand-exclusive PPV events. Is it to give WWE Network subscribers more of their money’s worth? Possibly. Nevertheless, Raw brand’s No Mercy actually has a good match card for just one roster. The potential for newer superstars to come up into the main event scene is there and this PPV will be the perfect opportunity for guys like Finn Balor and Jason Jordan to move up in the Raw brand.
|Apollo Crews vs. Elias||Pre-Show Match||Elias, C||Elias, C-||Crews because jobber feuds are a thing? C-|
|Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore||Cruiserweight Championship||Neville, C+||Neville, C||Neville, C-|
|Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt||Balor, B-||Wyatt (w/ some shenanigans), B-||Balor, B|
|John Cena vs. Roman Reigns||Reigns, A-||Cena takes the runner-up match of the night, A-||Reigns takes down Cena on his way out like the Dead Man, B+|
|Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro||Raw Tag Team Championships||Seth/Dean, B+||The Bar wins to continue the feud, B+||Rollins/Ambrose to face Broken Hardys later on, B+|
|The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan||Intercontinental Championship||Jason Jordan, B+||Jason Jordan (via ankle lock), C||The Miz, B-|
|Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma||Raw Women’s Championship||Bayley, B||Nia Jax wins in dominant fashion, B||Bliss retains and Asuka makes an appearance on the titan-tron, B|
|Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman||Universal Championship||Braun, A||Strowman wins and Lesnar sells it so he looks unbeatable, A||Lesnar because I said Braun the last time and he lost (Here’s to reverse psychology folks), A|
Adam Burt: Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt. This pains me to say because I love both superstars personally, but this is a match we have already seen. And the bad booking the company has continued with Wyatt has made me lose all interest in the character for the time being. Balor is one of the better talents in the locker room at the moment but this match will be another stale snoozer the people have already seen at the end of the night when it’s all over.
Shawn Eaton: Bathroom break match will be the cruiserweight match. Neville can only carry so much baggage in a match and Enzo will not deliver.
Carter Cotrupi: I’m going to play devil’s advocate on this one and say that The Miz vs. Jason Jordan will not be the feel-good story that fans want to see. Lately, WWE has had a bad habit of debuting new superstars on their brands and relishing off the NXT fanfare only to then store them away with the rest of the under-utilized mid-carders. Everyone thinks that because Jason Jordan lost great matchups against stars like Roman Reigns that now is the time for him to reap the rewards of all that effort. I for one disagree. The Miz is one of, if not the best Intercontinental Champion the WWE has had in the past decade. The feud with Jason Jordan is still too fresh, despite WWE’s efforts to oversaturate their matchups.
Adam Burt: I’m going to go with Jason Jordan vs The Miz for the intercontinental championship. Jason Jordan, who is maybe (but not really) the son of Kurt Angle, is a great talent and incredible inside the squared circle. You take a young talent like Jordan and put him in his first big non-tag team title championship match on a pay per view against a proven veteran (Miz) and it should more than impress. I think regardless who wins you are going to see a classic between these two that not many would have expected.
Shawn Eaton: The Main Event will be fantastic! Strowman winning the title will be huge over Lesnar who has looked amazing since winning vs Goldberg.
Carter Cotrupi: I have a soft spot in my heart for a great matchup between proven tag-teams in the WWE. The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) started out as a dysfunctional duo and rose to become great champions together. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose go together like peanut butter and fluff. All four superstars have the veteran experience to show the audience new spots and highlight familiar sequences that we have come to know and love between them. Strowman vs. Lesnar will be the battle of the titans, but Seth and Dean vs. The Bar will have fans jumping out their seats at least once.