After every pay-per-view, WWE recalibrates and starts to immediately build to the next event. Following SummerSlam 2017, the next Raw-branded event will be No Mercy 2017 set for September 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Per usual at the end of an event, I like to try to give my extended projections for which matches I think we’ll be getting on the next card, what makes the most sense, what missteps WWE may take and so forth before it’s all been fully fleshed out and announced while also recapping what we do know for sure is being set up.
This also allows everyone else to leave their comments below to sound off on which directions they think WWE will go so we can trace back to this point and say we were right all along, or that we wish they would have done something different, so on and so forth.
So what do I see in my crystal ball for No Mercy 2017?
Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
John Cena vs. Samoa Joe
If Samoa Joe and The Miz hadn’t come out during that promo, then it would have seemed as if John Cena’s opponent for No Mercy would be Roman Reigns. However, that’s not what happened, and Joe went straight for Cena much more than he did with Reigns.
Rumors circulated weeks ago that Cena would go to Raw and start a feud with Joe, so that’s coming to fruition now. This will give them a chance to not only wrestle at No Mercy, but have a rematch at TLC in October as well as possibly a third match at Survivor Series (although at that point, their feud may be finished and the two could find themselves in other programs).
Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Jason Jordan has seemingly been pushed aside as he said he would “get back to The Miz” before moving on to a random match with Finn Balor.
Since The Miz picked a fight with Cena and Reigns, he transitioned himself into feuding with one of those two, and seeing as how Cena and Joe look to be better suited to lock up, that leaves The Miz facing Roman Reigns.
Just as rumors went around of the Cena/Joe feud, several months back, there were talks that Reigns would be the one to dethrone The Miz as part of his storyline with Brock Lesnar. Basically, Reigns would have a run with the Intercontinental Championship—keeping him away from the Universal Championship picture for a few months—before saying that the ugly red belt was the only one he’s yet to hold.
Well, it seems like that’s coming true. Do you think that’s a good enough reason to justify taking the title off The Miz, giving Reigns another belt and having a rematch between Reigns and Lesnar at WrestleMania all under the banner of “please cheer for Reigns to win the only belt he hasn’t won yet”? I know I don’t.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Alexa Bliss and/or Nia Jax
Alexa Bliss is calling for her rematch next week on Raw, which may or may not rule her out for having another match against Sasha Banks at No Mercy.
The possibilities regarding Bliss are that she a) wins the title back and this is Sasha’s rematch, b) fails to recapture the belt but there’s some sort of controversy that results in a rematch happening anyway, c) manages to finagle her way into a triple threat match.
If there is a triple threat, the third woman in the mix is going to be either Nia Jax or Bayley, but I’d assume the latter will still be injured at the time. Jax shouldn’t be overlooked, so there’s also a chance that she gets a solo match against Banks while Bliss is force to take a backseat.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
The match against The Hardy Boyz, in my opinion, was a means to just give Matt and Jeff (and the fans) something better to compensate for their terrible treatment on the pre-show, as well as to eat up a week of time to stretch out the inevitable rematch Cesaro and Sheamus will want to have.
Just like the women’s title situation, there’s a chance this can turn into a triple threat with the challengers getting and losing their rematch, but I feel more confident with the tag titles that it will just be a straight-up copy/paste job with the titles being on the opposite side.
The Hardy Boyz, meanwhile, will either start a new feud with another tag team or they’ll be left off the No Mercy card.
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
Akira Tozawa will have his rematch on 205 Live, wherein I’m expecting him to lose. He and Neville can’t just trade the title back and forth every couple of days and have another match at No Mercy.
Once Tozawa loses, Neville will move on to someone else. He’s already feuded with TJP (who is injured anyway), Jack Gallagher, Rich Swann and to a certain extent, Mustafa Ali, leaving only a few names left in the mix.
Lince Dorado doesn’t seem to be ready to go, so I’d rule him out. Gran Metalik is a possibility, yet he has no heat behind him right now. Cedric Alexander, on the other hand, has been winning quite a bit and is popular enough to be the next in line for a title shot.
Alternatively, we may see someone come up to the main roster from NXT like Aleister Black, who could usurp that spot. I don’t think that will happen, as I believe more that WWE’s plan is to have Alexander get this shot, lose, and Black to be the one to take the title from Neville later on in the year (Survivor Series pre-show maybe?) but we’ll see soon enough.
POTENTIAL OTHER MATCHES
Elias vs. R-Truth
Obviously, these two are feuding, but I can’t imagine it having enough legs to last an entire month and still find itself on the card, even on the pre-show.
It is a feud going on at the moment, though, so it can’t be ignored.
However, if Elias is going to be on the card, I can see him fighting someone else instead who is better suited to be worth watching. Possibly, this could be what Jason Jordan finds himself occupied with.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt