WWE No Mercy 2016, presented by Smackdown Live! is this Sunday. All the belts are on the line and there are some interesting stories developing. Let's dive into some predictions:
TBA is always an interesting choice. It could either be a grand return or a huge let down, when Kane's music hits.
Either way, given Curt Hawkins's build in recent weeks, basically swapping out names in Chuck Norris memes, it would seem that Hawkins is winning this match.
UNLESS the TBA is the return of Luke Harper. In that case, forget everything I said and etch a Harper win in stone, immediately relegating Hawkins to jobber duty.
I don't like this match, at all. There's just nothing here. With the complete lack of charisma, this match is essentially Jack Swagger 2012 vs Jack Swagger 2016.
There is nothing exciting coming out of this match, so let's just let it happen and get past it. In the rock solid guarantee, pick of the night, Baron Corbin gets the win and continues his slow burn.
I'm having a tough time picking a winner here.
There are little hints here and there showing that WWE wants Carmella to be something bigger than she is. The fact that they flip flopped her so quickly after she obviously wasn't getting over as a face, suggests to me that they want her to be in the picture at all times. So maybe she gets the win?
Then again, WWE loves a good comeback story and they love promoting Total Bellas, every chance they get. So, maybe Nikki Bella is in line for the victory.
Adding yet another wrinkle, Eva Marie's suspension is long over and she's still nowhere to be found.
Taking all of this into consideration, I guess my prediction is that there is no winner. There will be a count out or disqualification, as a result of a third person, which will keep this story going on longer. It only seems natural for Eva to make an appearance, so that's what I'll go with.
This is an interesting match because it could go so many different directions. Will there be a debut of an actual Sister Abigail? Will Bray Wyatt's never ending losing streak actually end? Will there be a Wyatt Family reunion? Is Randy Orton even physically capable of participating in a match?
I'd like to think that this match begins the mega-build for Bray Wyatt, post Wyatt Family, but you can't dismiss the idea of a full fledged re-forming of the Wyatt Family, with the return of Luke Harper.
Whether Harper returns and immediately goes against Bray or immediately falls back in line is the real question here. Because, there is an imminent showdown between Wyatt and Harper, that is for certain. Does WWE go with the long build or do they cut to the chase and get right to it? We'll see.
One thing is for certain, though. Randy Orton is the odd man out here. This story isn't about him, it's about Bray. 0% chance that Orton wins.
Eventually, Heath Slater and Rhyno are going to drop the belts, split up and start a feud. That's the S.O.P. for temporary WWE tag teams.
WWE could jump the gun and give The Usos a win, to help get over their new heel personas, or they could ride Slater for another month and squeeze some more merch juice out of him.
My pick is money. Always follow the money. Slater = merch, so expect Slater & Rhyno to retain, but also expect a tease for the cracks to start showing in their relationship.
It's hard to tell which direction a story is going when someone's career gets put on the line. In this case Dolph Ziggler's career is in jeopardy, unless he wins this match.
I could see Dolph winning the title over The Miz and continuing this feud, but there has also been speculation that Dolph is indeed retiring from pro wrestling. If this is true, then who better to receive the heat of retiring Ziggler, than The Miz? It fits his character and it would be an absolute boost to the moon, if it does happen.
With all that in mind, this is a really BIG match. Either Ziggler wins the IC Title or Miz retires Ziggler. I hope there isn't some convoluted ending, rendering the stipulation moot (hey Shane McMahon!). This match deserves a conclusive finish, one way or the other. My pick is Ziggler, but this could go either way.
I'm really expecting this to be a good match.
Alexa Bliss is getting the proper heel build and Becky Lynch is playing the champion baby face perfectly. I can't imagine that this match is a one and done, so I'm not expecting a clean finish. My guess would be a solid 12-15 minute match ending with Bliss being disqualified. Bliss hitting Lynch with the ring bell would add a nice old-school touch and extend this feud for another month. And I'm fine with that. This has all the makings of a good long term feud.
WWE is really playing up the angle of John Cena chasing history, in the build to this PPV. But, I don't think we should pay any attention to that. If Cena makes history, it'll be at Wrestlemania, not No Mercy.
My feeling is that this match is just a plot device to get to a Dean Ambrose / John Cena feud and in the meanwhile, it buys some time for AJ to hold the belt for several PPV's, without really having to defend it.
Though I do feel like this will be an incredible match, the result seems far too predictable. AJ Styles wins, then after the match, Ambrose beats down Cena and goes full heel. That's the direction we've been headed for a couple of months, but it'll be interesting to see how WWE pulls it off.