WWE No Mercy 2017 Crash Course

No Mercy 2017 was hyped up as a Wrestlemania caliber Pay-Per-View. Did it live up to the hype? Remember when you were in grade school and you talked about how a story arcs? You start with the Beginning, then the rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion? That is kind of how No Mercy felt, but the climax was a Raw Tag Team Championship Match and the conclusion wasn’t great in the form of Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman. Lets get to it.

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The Miz def. Jason Jordan via pinfall to retain the Intercontinental Championship

This was the first Jason Jordan championship Pay-Per-View match and I have to say he looked good in it. Jordan showed some impressive feats of strength when he tossed The Miztourage all over the ringside area. He also deadlifted Miz into a delayed vertical suplex. However, the numbers game caught up to Jordan and thanks to a distraction by The Miztourage, The Miz was able to hit the Skull Crushing Finale to retain his championship.

 

Finn Balor def. Bray Wyatt via pinfall

As far as I know this is the first ever matches billed as “man to man” and with a disappointing build, I would say, was the least looked forward to match. For what these two had to work with, they did alright for themselves. We all know how much WWE likes 50/50 booking and because of that love, Bray Wyatt looked like the odds on favorite to win after his loss at Summerslam. In a turn of events, Balor won clean with the Coup De Gras.

 

Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro & Sheamus via pinfall to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships

If there is one match you need to watch from this show, this is the one. This match is the climax of the show if you ask me. Early on in the match Dean Ambrose catapults Cesaro into the ring post and Cesaro bangs his mouth off of it. This causes his two front teeth to be severely damaged and, in turn, caused excessive mouth bleeding for a long time. In true Cesaro fashion, he continues the match at full speed. A lot of false finishes here and a spot where Cesaro power bombed Ambrose off the top rope onto Rollins. That is a spot I have never seen before. Thanks to some miscommunication between Sheamus & Cesaro, and a Dirty Deeds, Rollins & Ambrose retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.

Alexa Bliss def. Nia Jax, Emma, Bayley, and Sasha Banks via pinfall to retain her Raw Women’s Championship

Another spectacular match where all the superstars in the ring gave it their all. First, Nia Jax took a lot of great bumps in this match including a power bomb from the apron to the floor. The other four women held it down when it came to the technical wrestling in the ring. The talk going into this match was who was going to take the pinfall, the obvious choice looked like Emma. However, after a vicious DDT by Bliss, Alexa got the pinfall on Bayley to retain her Raw Women’s Championship. Welcome back Bayley.

 

Roman Reigns def. John Cena via pinfall

The controversial match of the night was right here. Was it worth the hype? Was it booked correctly? I believe the answer to the first question is “Yes”, and the answer the the second question is “No”. As far as a technical match with many feats of strength, the match was solid. We saw deadlift after deadlift. That being said, John Cena hit four Attitude Adjustments, including one off the second rope, all of which got him two counts. Roman Reigns hit one spear through an announce table and one in the ring for the pinfall victory. It boils down to, do these equal out? I have to go with “No”.

 

Enzo Amore def. Neville via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

This match was extremely boring and the crowd let them know that. If you have followed Enzo’s character on 205 Live, he basically has to cheat to win. After dragging this match out with boring rest holds, Enzo goes to ringside and gets the Cruiserweight Championship. In Eddie Guerrero like fashion, the ref takes the belt out of his hands and turns his back. Enzo capitalizes on this by hitting Neville with a low blow. After the low blow, he rolls up Neville to become the new WWE Crusierweight Champion.

 

Brock Lesnar def. Braun Strowman via pinfall to retain the Universal Championship

A Beast versus A Monster, a match with a license to print money. Something in this match fell short as it didn’t feel as big as it should have. I think I may know why. Similar to John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, Braun hit his Running Powerslam finisher multiple times. When it came time for Brock to lift the monster on his shoulders and deliver the F5, he did it with ease and he did it once. After this one time, Brock scored the pinfall victory. The show went off the air quickly after with Brock Lesnar holding the championship.