WWE No Mercy will broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.
The event will be exclusive to the RAW and will be headlined The event will be exclusive to the RAW and will be headlined by the first ever singles match between John Cena and Roman Reigns, as well as a Universal Championship between Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman.
Here’s a preview of what to expect at this year’s No Mercy event.
WWE Intercontinental Championship match
The Miz (c) (w/Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas) vs. Jason Jordan
The A-lister vs. Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son. Jordan has been a consistent presence on RAW lately, putting together great matches with Cena and Reigns before earning the No. 1 contendership for the IC title. The Miz just surpassed The Honky Tonk Man this week on the list of all-time reigns by Intercontinental Champions and now ranks third with 464-plus days heading into Sunday’s event.
Winner: Jason Jordan
Really, there’s not much else Miz can do with the title. WWE seems keen on making Jordan a legitimate star and a midcard title reign would help speed things up.
Fatal 5-Way WWE RAW Women’s Championship match
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma
We’ve gone from Sasha Banks getting a rematch for the RAW Women’s Championship to a Fatal 5-way match. Nia Jax and Emma defeated Banks and Alexa Bliss to earn their respective spots in Sunday’s match. Bayley, who has been out for the past month due to a shoulder injury, made her return on Monday and was given contendership she earned prior to SummerSlam.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
I see Bliss’ title reign being extended. Realistically, anyone except Emma seems to have a legitimate chance of winning considering three have already held the title and Jax continues to be booked strong. My guess is Jax does most of the heavy lifting throughout the match and looks like an absolute monster before Bliss weasels her way to a victory in heelish fashion.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship match
Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore has rejuvenated interest in the Cruiserweight division. Despite being booked terribly throughout his main roster run, Amore has suddenly inserted himself in the Cruiserweight Championship picture by picking up victories in all of his matches since making the jump to 205 Live. Neville has been one of WWE’s most dominant champions, aside from dropping the title to Akira Tozawa for five days.
Neville’s reign on top doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. The champ will likely retain despite a strong showing by the Certified G.
Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
Finn Bálor has been feuding with Bray Wyatt for several months. Bálor won their match at SummerSlam, yet the feud is continuing. Something, something demon and cult leader.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Sure, Wyatt has come out on the losing end of the majority of feuds he’s been in during the past two years, but why would WWE prolong this rivalry unless the Eater of Worlds was going to even the score?
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship match
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
THE SHIELD IS BACK! Well, 2/3 of it, at least. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins became RAW tag team champions at SummerSlam by defeating Cesaro and Sheamus. The Euro bros saved their rematch for No Mercy.
Winner: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
The semi-Shield reunion tour extends at least one more month. Could an actual full Shield reunion take place with Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns all holding babyface roles on the same show leading up to Survivor Series? We’ll see.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Speaking of which — Big Match John vs. The Big Dog. Who will reign supreme as WWE’s “top guy” moving into the future? Cena and Reigns have never worked a singles match against each other previously, but have waged verbal warfare in a series of worked-shoot promos over the past month. This one should be good.
Winner: John Cena
I was initially going to pick Roman just because it would make more sense to go with the guy WWE is investing in long-term. But I don’t see this feud ending in a one-off match at No Mercy. To continue, the veteran must win first to solidify that he’s still “the top guy” and make Reigns work twice as hard — as was the case with Cena’s double WrestleMania feud with The Rock.
WWE Universal Championship match
Brock Lesnar (c) (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Braun Strowman
BIG DUDES. Braun Strowman has been WWE’s most dominant monster heel for the better part of the past year and continues to become more popular with the audience with each passing week. At SummerSlam, he had arguably the best showing of any competitor in the Fatal 4-way main event, aside from Lesnar, who retained his title by pinning Roman Reigns.
Strowman is one of the few believable superstars to challenge Lesnar, a legitimate former UFC and NCAA Champion, in the squared circle. However, Lesnar’s legitimate fighting background and freakish size has made him an obvious choice in nearly all of his matches since returning in 2012.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Is WWE ready to go all-in on a Strowman title reign? I say yes. Strowman came out of SummerSlam looking like the star of the fatal-four way match, despite Lesnar retaining. That could have been WWE testing the waters to see how legitimate his popularity was. Strowman has stayed over for the better part of nearly half a year and continues to improve tremendously in the ring. It’s time to solidify him as a bonafide star.