WWE No Mercy
October 9, 2016
Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, California

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Meet our reviewer: 

Kelly Harrass: When given the choice between watching the presidential debate and watching No Mercy, Kelly chose to review his fourth consecutive WWE pay-per-view. You may know him as the guy that reviews cartoons for this website. Find Kelly on Twitter @comicgeekelly

WWE World Championship
AJ Styles © def. Dean Ambrose and John Cena

Unless I’m forgetting something major, I feel like it’s fair to say that this is the best opening match in WWE pay-per-view history. As far as triple threat matches go, this was about as good as you could possibly hope for. Things flowed extremely well with no points in the match where one of the combatants was out of things for what felt like hours. The pace, for the most part, was frantic as all three men did everything they could to incapacitate their opponents. No single man stood out as the best wrestler in the match as all three put in an incredible performance. The false finish even came off well when Styles tapped out to submissions from both men at the same time, giving Ambrose and Cena both legitimate claims to a rematch. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, it goes along with the story of Styles wanting to win no matter how many rules he has to bend. This was one of my favorite WWE matches this year and is going on my MOTY re-watch list for sure.  ****1/2

 

Nikki Bella def. Carmella

I enjoyed this match a fair bit more than I expected to. While Carmella isn’t a top level performer by any means, she’s coming along rather well. Carmella and Nikki have pretty good chemistry together. Now that I’ve been nice, I need to say this; Carmella’s ring gear is terrible. Her gold pants would have worked better as gear for Stardust. Eyesores aside, this was an enjoyable match, but nothing memorable.  **¼

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Heath Slater & Rhyno © def. The Usos

The trailer park rejoices as Slater and Rhyno’s Cinderella story gets another hour. I have a soft spot in my head for this team so I was happy with the result, but I have to admit that the Usos were the true stars of this match. They’ve gotten so good with this heel turn. I was never a fan of their work when they were a face team. They felt like a bargain bin version of the Young Bucks to me. With their turn they actually feel like they have a purpose as characters. Their work has slowed down and it’s done wonders for them. The Usos probably should have won here and the match even played out that way with Beauty and the Man-Beast barely pulling out the win. Just as with the previous match, this was an enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable match. **¾

Baron Corbin def. Jack Swagger

This is what happen when a shrug becomes sentient. I know pay-per-view reviews are supposed to be full of hot takes, but I don’t see how anyone could have one about this match. It was such a nothing match that I’m tired now. I can’t call it bad because it was worked fine, but I can’t call it good by any means. Sorry boys, but this was as entertaining as watching a gif of paint drying. *1/2

Title vs. Career – WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz (c)

Unless Wyatt and Orton can deliver in a way that I honestly don’t think that they can, WWE screwed up by not having this as the main event. Miz and Ziggler put in one of the best performances of both of their careers. Miz is having one of the best runs of his career and this story got the crowd invested in Ziggler again. I was very worried about how the story of Ziggler’s failure would play out, but it was handled perfectly on Smackdown. I didn’t think that Miz would retire Ziggler, but there was a quite a few times when his career felt in doubt. Miz has come quite a ways from being the guy that used the Figure Four as an impact finisher. He was vicious in his attacks on Ziggler’s legs and made that hold seem like it could have ended the match. The drama was high in this one as Ziggler had to dig deep into his soul to kick out of everything that the Miz, aided by his wife and the Spirit Squad, had to offer. The crowd went absolutely nuts when Ziggler won and I was right along with them. You want to lose yourself in the story of a match and that’s what this one did for me. This was just shy of match of the night quality for me in terms of in-ring, but the storytelling was incredible.  ****1/4

Naomi def. Alexa Bliss

Kelly Harrass: With Becky Lynch out with a neck injury, Naomi stepped in as her replacement. I don’t exactly know what happened, but this match fell apart in the final moments. The first three quarters of the match were inoffensive enough, but by the end it seemed like they forgot how to wrestle. Alexa stayed in character, upset with her defeat, but the frustration with how things went was clear on Naomi’s face. These women can do better and she knew it. I can’t call this anything other than a disappointment.  *

Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton

Kelly Harrass: My favorite part of this match was when Wyatt had Orton in a chinlock and his beard was resting on Orton’s head like it was a poofy wig. My second favorite part was when Luke Harper made his comeback. The rest of the match I could have done without. I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t get into this one. Orton is hit or miss for me and I haven’t been into Wyatt for quite a while. Have you noticed lately that Wyatt looks like the lead singer of Korn gained weight? It’s all I can see. This match ranks right around the same level of quality as the WrestleMania main event. This would have been fine as a house show main event, but following the opening triple threat and the IC Title match, this was very unsatisfying. The Wyatt/Orton story of a man with voices in his head vs. a bayou wizard fell really flat for me and the No Mercy main event put a dull period at the end of a very boring sentence.  **