The 2017 No Mercy pay-per-view is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday night and it appears as though the card has been finalized outside of any last-minute additions, which means it’s time for another look at the superstars on the Raw roster who have been skipped over.
For whatever reason, these men and women from the red brand weren’t deemed important enough to find a spot for at the event—at least as far as it’s currently being advertised. Some of those omissions might be justified, while others below are a bit more questionable. Let’s take a look at who will be sitting this show out.
The Singles Injuries
We might as well lump a few people together here in one category, as it’s kind of an epidemic on the Raw roster.
Many people are injured, and some are in the tag team or women’s division, but there are several singles competitors who are also guarantees to not be making appearances on the No Mercy card due to injuries preventing them from being able to do so.
Big Cass is gone for a long, long time. We won’t be seeing him until probably post-WrestleMania at the earliest.
The jury is out on Big Show, but he was written off television with his cage match against Braun Strowman as a means to open him up for a hip surgery. While he might be back by the end of the year, it’s a definite he won’t be wrestling at No Mercy or even interfering in Strowman’s match.
Samoa Joe is unfortunately also still suffering from his knee injury, which should keep him out of the ring for several more weeks. I would assume he could be back by TLC or at least Survivor Series, but to rush him for No Mercy would be unreasonable and unsafe even though it’s always good to see Joe on a card.
While he came up short in the Six Pack Challenge to earn a title shot against The Miz, Elias still could find himself on the card rather easily. Since nothing was announced for the pre-show, he is a definite option for someone that WWE can put out there to sing a song and then wrestle a quick match, which wouldn’t take up too much time and would still feature him.
From the Women’s Division
For well over a year, Summer Rae and Paige have been consistently missing, so there aren’t any surprises there.
Other women on the backburner are Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke and Mickie James, who for some reason can’t seem to get anything to do unless they’re working house shows. It’s strange how little some of them are used, particularly when it comes to Mickie James, who was brought over during the Superstar Shake-Up and has only made a limited amount of appearances in those months.
From the Tag Team Division
Titus Worldwide has no representation here with Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil not even involved in a storyline at the moment. The same goes for Heath Slater and Rhyno, who are the lowest on the totem pole in the tag team division, it seems.
The Revival are still out of the mix with Scott Dawson’s injury, which will be the case for several more months, likely. Dash Wilder has been wrestling singles matches on Main Event just to utilize him while he’s here, but for certain, nothing is going to come out of that.
The Miztourage will be ringside for The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship match, but won’t be participating in any kind of official capacity in the ring.
The Good Brothers (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) have been busying themselves bouncing around between different feuds, but never really settling on any. This is supremely detrimental to their chances of finding themselves on the card, but it’s still a possibility since no kickoff match has been announced. They could very easily be tossed into a match with The Hardy Boyz just for the hell of it, who are also M.I.A. right now after losing the No. 1 contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship.
From the Cruiserweight Division
As it’s standard operating procedure to have no more than the title match on any given Raw pay-per-view, generally speaking, everybody else is left out of the running, including: Akira Tozawa, Ariya Daivari, Brian Kendrick, Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, Gran Metalik, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Lince Dorado, Mustafa Ali, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, TJP and Tony Nese.
Just as you can always bet the top dogs like Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns will be on an event, you can do the reverse for people like Curt Hawkins and R-Truth, who are the bottom of the barrel on the roster and never prioritized.
Kalisto has fallen down the hierarchy to the point where he’s in this category, too, and he might be wishing he could make the jump over to 205 Live just to get something thrown his way.
Darren Young has still not returned from his injury either because there’s nothing for him to do or WWE is purposely waiting for a particular time to bring him back which hasn’t come yet, but since it hasn’t happened, he’s still Mr. Most Days Off.
And then there’s Goldust. He had something that was supposed to happen at SummerSlam, but nothing came about from it in any capacity. Now, he’s back to Dustin Rhodes—kind of—and a stepping stone on Bray Wyatt’s path to Finn Balor. That’s better than nothing, but as far as No Mercy goes, he’ll be lucky to get a pre-show vignette.
Do you think these men and women or any others not on this list should have been booked on the card in some fashion? How would you have utilized them if given the opportunity? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!