On Sunday, October 9, 2016, WWE will present No Mercy, live at 8 p.m./5 p.m. ET/PT at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. For those who are unable to attend it live, it will be available for viewing exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.
However, The Inquisitr understands not everyone in the WWE Universe (or wrestling community in general) will be able to spend up to four hours to watch No Mercy. Therefore, results will be presented live as they become available.
Similar to past WWE pay-per-views, the WWE is providing one courtesy to those who do not have a paid subscription to the WWE Network. One hour before the pay-per-view, No Mercy Kickoff will take place, which will include a panel of WWE personalities and commentators, which will most likely have the panel from Talking Smack discussing the matches at the venue. As a bonus, there will be a singles match too. It will be Jack Swagger versus Baron Corbin.
The No Mercy Kickoff can be viewed not only on the WWE Network, but also on WWE’s official website, WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pheed, and Pinterest one hour before the actual pay-per-view.
No Mercy marks the return of pay-per-views exclusive to SmackDown, a concept last seen right after the Invasion Story when Ric Flair and Vince McMahon were co-owners of WWE. Flair owned Raw while McMahon owned Smackdown. Ergo, they had wrestlers and pay-per-views exclusive to each show. Eventually, that concept faded away when McMahon defeated Flair in a match giving him 100 percent ownership of WWE. Nevertheless, No Mercy will be a test to see if a pay-per-view exclusively featuring wrestlers on the “secondary” show can handle its own. Raw had Clash of Champions and it earned a C+ grade (76 percent) on Rotten Tomatoes so far. We will see if SmackDown‘s No Mercy will do better.
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Nevertheless, the following match card, shown below, is what is provided at this moment, and can change for any reason. The Inquisitr will update this article with the latest results and details as they become available live!
Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger — This is a rematch from the kickstart show in which Jack Swagger’s win was controversial. To make sure there is no issue, they are having a rematch.
RESULT: Baron Corbin wins via pinfall on Jack Swagger after connecting with the End of Days.
SYNOPSIS: Baron Corbin and Jack Swagger are brawlers so this match was a lot slower than the other matches. As a matter of fact, it was probably the worst match of the night. It starts out with both competitors fighting it out in which the end up outside early in the match. Apparently, the flow would be Jack showing perseverance as his hand was smashed between the ring and steps.
After Baron Corbin throws Jack Swagger back into the ring, he slows the match down even more, dissecting Swagger’s hand so he won’t be able to apply the Patriot Lock. The momentum changes when Jack avoids a charging Baron. Using the momentum he is given, he is able to hit the Swagger Bomb followed by the Patriot Lock. Unfortunately, his hand gives out and Baron follows-up with a Deep Six.
Jack Swagger retaliates with a huge clothesline and is able to apply the Patriot Lock. Baron Corbin is able to reach the apron and in the chaos, pokes Jack in the eye which gives him the opportunity to connect with the End of Days, pinning him for the win.
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella — This match-up came into fruition after Carmella attacked Nikki Bella on the August 23 episode of SmackDown followed by another attack on the October 4 episode too. Given that the brand is lacking in women wrestlers who are heels, they had to establish Carmella as such. It is possible WWE wanted to make sure Nikki Bella was the face because she just returned to action and her relationship with John Cena.
RESULT: Nikki Bella wins via pinfall on Carmella after connecting with the Rack Attack 2.0.
SYNOPSIS: The match starts with Nikki Bella chasing Carmella around followed by a slap fest, one that Nikki wins. Nikki follows up with a smashing knee but that is the only offense she made until Carmella retaliated by throwing Nikki into the LED board. Most of the match was in favor of Carmella which includes a ring post back stretch. After some fisticuffs and a bronco buster, Nikki is able to turn the tides for a moment spearing Carmella when she attempts a second bronco buster.
Nikki Bella controls the match for a moment which includes a springboard kick and Bella Buster, but Carmella is able to stop the momentum locking in the Code of Silence on Nikki’s neck. Nikki powers out the first time but needs the rope to break it the second time. Carmella shows her frustration which gives Nikki the opportunity to connect with the Rack Attack 2.0 for the win.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt — This is the continuation of a rivalry Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt had since Backlash. During that pay-per-view, Wyatt attacked Orton backstage leaving him unable to compete in their match that night. Since then, the two of them have taunted each other in segments until a match was set for them at No Mercy.
RESULT: Bray Wyatt wins via pinfall on Randy Orton after connecting with Sister Abigail.
SYNOPSIS: The first part of the match was a showcase of personalities in which Randy Orton shoves Bray Wyatt into a corner. After breaking up, Bray does his creepy back bend move before going at it again. Almost gets hit with an RKO out of nowhere and rolls out of the ring. Eventually, Bray takes control of the match with strikes and even attempts to connect with Sister Abigail which Randy counters by throwing him out of the ring.
Upon climbing back into the ring, Randy Orton tries to spike Bray Wyatt with a rope-hung DDT but gets his neck snapped on the top rope. Once again, Randy tries to hit and RKO but Bray counters.
Nevertheless, the match continues to go back-and-forth with some moves fans can see would obviously be avoided such as Bray Wyatt’s senton off the second rope. Ending sequence starts when Randy hits a couple of signatures but is stopped when Bray connects with the Write-Off (full body block), a move adopted from his father Irwin R. Schyster (IRS).
Unfortunately, Bray Wyatt screws up his momentum when he tries to do a running senton but falls on steel steps when Randy Orton moves out of the way. Randy than builds a lot of momentum and finally connects with a rope-hung DDT. He sets up for an RKO but the lights go out. Once back on, Luke Harper stands in the middle of the ring. It is enough of a distraction for Bray to connect with Sister Abigail, pinning Randy for the win.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Intercontinental Championship Title vs. Career Match) — This match will have Dolph Ziggler fans on the edge of their seat because for months rumors have circulated that he would be leaving WWE soon. This match will determine if the rumors are true or not. Nevertheless, this is a continuation of a rivalry from Backlash when The Miz defeated Ziggler to retain the championship. However, Maryse pepper sprayed Ziggler’s face giving Miz the advantage. Ziggler would eventually put his career on the line for the title. Leading up to the pay-per-view, Miz would mock Ziggler which included a highlight reel of Ziggler’s most embarrassing moments in WWE such as his time in the Spirit Squad.
RESULT: Dolph Ziggler wins via pinfall on The Miz after connecting with a Super Kick to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
SYNOPSIS: Dolph Ziggler always gives his best in a match and he did not disappoint again. The only way it could be better for Dolph is if he wins the title for the fifth time. By his lucky stars, Dolph does win and also keeps his job in the process.
The match starts out fast and hard for Dolph Ziggler as he really lays it into The Miz, shooting for the leg and connecting with dropkicks. The fight spills outside of the ring in which The Miz is able to retaliate after locking Dolph into a double underhook submission followed by getting a clothesline. At this time, The Miz has control mocking Daniel Bryan by using the GM’s moves on Dolph which includes a surfboard and corner dropkicks.
After some back-and-forth wrestling in which high impact moves and signature and special moves utilized as counters, The Miz pulls out his “cheat to win” tactic when Maryse distracts the referee given The Miz the chance to pull off the top turnbuckle cushion. Even though he was able to use it on Dolph Ziggler for a slingshot powerbomb, Dolph still kicks out. Cheating continues in which Maryse uses pepper spray on Dolph which The Miz utilizes with the Skullcrushing Finale. Once again, Dolph kicks out. Now the cheating gets out of hand as former Spirit Squad members Kenny and Mikey distract the referee to help The Miz cheat. Ultimately, all the cheating does not work and Dolph nails The Miz with a Superkick, pins him for the win.
Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Usos (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship) — This will be Heath Slater and Rhyno’s first defense of the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships and a continuation of their rivalry with The Usos when they beat them to win said championship back at Backlash. The Usos earned their title shot after defeating American Alpha on the September 20 episode of SmackDown. Since then, it has been established that the Usos are the heels going into the pay-per-view..
RESULT: Health Slater and Rhyno win via pinfall after Rhyno connects with The Gore on Jimmy Uso.
SYNOPSIS: The match starts in favor for Heath Slater and Rhyno when Rhyno controls the match for a mere moment before tagging in Heath. That seems to be a mistake as the Usos take control which lasts a majority of the match through quick tag-ins and tag-outs to wear down their opponents.
Despite some upstarts by Heath Slater and Rhyno, the Usos continue to control the majority of the match which includes a hip rush to the corner to Heath and trying to take out the leg of both of them during different times. While Heath is locked into the Tequila Sunrise, Rhyno takes out Jey on the outside of the ring and breaks up the submission Jimmy has locked into Heath. Heath tags in Rhyno, Rhyno Gores Jimmy and covers him for the win.
Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss — Due to Becky Lynch suffering an injury or condition which takes her out of the match, Naomi replaces her. There is not much story with this match and was most-likely made to fill in the gap. However, it is expected this match will somehow be added into the story of Alexa Bliss pursuing Becky Lynch for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
RESULT: Naomi win via pinfall after countering Alexa Bliss’ cross armbreaker into a pinning situation.
SYNOPSIS: In terms of execution, this is the worst match of the night because it was made on-the-fly and to replace the previous match between Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss for the championship. However, it should not be considered the worst match because there was one other match that was planned and practiced and it was still boring (Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger).
The first part of the match was Alexa in control. It was heavily slowed down with superiority/taunting moves such as Alexa standing on top of Naomi. Momentum changed when Naomi connected with some running kicks followed by a split-legged moonsault.
Sadly, the match went too slow for the crowd in which they started chanting “We want Becky,” one that Alexa answered back by screaming “No you don’t!” Naomi did connect with a facebuster to recover but Alexa gets on top with a botched takedown which transitions into a cross armbar. Naomi was able to stack up Alexa while still in the armbar for a pinning situation victory. Needless to say, the crowd was not into this match.
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match) — Looks like AJ Styles is really going to be tested in his first championship defense ever since winning it back at Backlash against Dean Ambrose after a low blow and Styles Clash. Two days later, John Cena demanded a rematch in an attempt to become a 16-time world champion, equalizing a record set by Ric Flair while Dean invoked his rematch clause. As a result, Shane McMahon scheduled a triple threat match for the championship at No Mercy.
RESULT: AJ Styles wins the Triple Threat Match via pinfall on John Cena after assaulting him with a steel chair to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
SYNOPSIS: It was a surprise that No Mercy started out with the Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. So far, this is the longest match in which all participants are given equal show time in the ring. Some of the highlights that stood out were John Cena hitting a snap sunset flip on AJ Styles, AJ countering John’s Attitude Adjustment (AA) into a spinning powerbomb, and each wrestler locking in a sleeper each.
Near the end of the match all the big moves were pulled off. AJ Styles connected with a suplex on John Cena on the ring apron followed by a top-rope 450 splash on Dean Ambrose. John connects with a Ten-Knuckle Shuffle hitting both AJ and Dean. Dean even pulls out some wrestling moves despite being a brawler.
Probably one of the coolest segments was when John Cena locks in the STF on AJ Styles. AJ is about to tap out but Dean Ambrose holds AJ’s hand preventing him to tap out. AJ would not be so lucky later on when he was locked in with the Calf Crusher by Dean and the John locked in the STF. Though he tapped out, the referee restarts the match because there can only be one winner.
After Dean Ambrose disposes of AJ Styles, he goes back in to the ring to take out John Cena. John catches him on the top rope and delivers and Avalanche AA to take out Dean. John is about to cover Dean but is assaulted by a chair which takes him out long enough for AJ to win the match.
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