WWE No Mercy 2016 Predictions
Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin
This should be the match during the No Mercy pre-show. I can see this match going either way but due to how their match on Smackdown ended, I expect Swagger to win again. This is, in my mind, a positive result because an angry Corbin is much more interesting than an apathetic one.
Jack Swagger wins.
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
This match should be good. Both of these women are talented in the ring and the storyline between these two has been building for quite awhile now. I’m not exactly sure where the story with these two goes from here. Nikki Bella could win to continue the feud, Carmella could win to end the feud, with Carmella moving on to someone else. My gut tells me that Nikki Bella wins and the feud between these two escalates.
Nikki Bella wins.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is in another feud, with another longtime WWE big name Superstar, and Bray Wyatt will lose, again. I really do feel bad for the guy. His talent is obvious yet he still is the subject of questionable to terrible booking. One thing I’m absolutely certain of: this match will be better than Orton vs. Lesnar.
Randy Orton wins.
Tag Team Championship
The Usos vs. Beauty and The Man Beast (Slater and Rhyno)
I absolutely love The Usos heel turn, it has been a breath of fresh air for them. I enjoyed them before but there was always this air of gimmicky un-authenticity I felt. Now when I see them I feel like they are real people, not characters, which is the best you can hope for as a Pro Wrestler. They look comfortable and I enjoy watching them grow into this new role.
That being said, WWE has something unexpectedly great in Heath Slater and Rhyno. Slater’s storyline since the draft has been incredibly entertaining and I can’t see WWE pulling the belts from them so quickly. It would be a shame. Especially considering the ongoing feud between American Alpha and The Usos, which continues to be entertaining.
Eventually I expect The Usos and American Alpha to fight over the Tag Team Championship but I don’t expect that to happen as a result of this match.
Slater and Rhyno win.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Stipulation: If Ziggler loses he will retire
This match…oh boy. I’ve only been back into WWE for about one year, so I’ve missed all of Ziggler’s career, which means I may be one of the few people who hasn’t become sick of this character but even I want him to turn heel. I’m not ready for him to be done because, regardless of how you feel about his character, Ziggler is a great performer…though his legs always seem to stop working at key points in Tag Team or Ladder matches. Curious, that.
I tell you this because I want you to know how conflicted I am about this match. I’ve heard a lot of talk about a dirty ending to the match giving Dolph a way out of actually retiring but wouldn’t that just perpetuate the blah nature of his character?? It would be like he isn’t even capable of putting himself out of his own misery. Frankly, an ending like that would be disappointing to me.
I’d rather see him lose clean, giving The Miz some serious fuel to keep the World Tour going, or to win by any means necessary, cementing the heel turn for Ziggler. I feel like WWE has been teasing us with this ever since the draft but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. The trouble is, I don’t think they will because The Miz has been on FIRE lately as the best heel on Smackdown. Could they really put a heel against a heel going forward? It might work. Maybe. I’d at least like to see them try because Ziggler is too good of a performer to let fade into memory at this point in his career.
Smackdown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss
I’m really excited for this match. I’ll be honest, I love Becky Lynch. I think she’s the best.
Alexa Bliss on the other hand…my feelings are mixed. I think as a performer she is very, very good. I was surprised that she got drafted but after watching her on Smackdown I see why; it seems she was never given the full ability to shine in NXT. My issue with her is her character. I don’t buy it. I get the feeling that she’s trying hard to be a heel. Not nearly as bad as Carmella, who’s accent keeps getting more ridiculous (she might be Batman soon), or Natalya, but still I’m not convinced that she’s bad. Maybe it’s me that’s the problem, I don’t know. I digress.
I expect this match to be great. These women will not leave us disappointed.
I want Becky to win. I do, but looking at the Smackdown Women’s division, I don’t see anyone else for her to feud with. Nikki is currently tied up with Carmella. Naomi won’t get the push to the title, even though she is more than capable of performing at that level. I don’t know what they are doing with Natalya. Eva Marie is filming a movie.
Which leaves us with these 2 ladies vying for the Championship at No Mercy and for the foreseeable future.
Again, I’m conflicted here. I want Becky to win but I feel like an Alexa win here pushes the rivalry further.
Alexa Bliss wins.
Triple Threat for WWE World Championship
John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles
To be honest, I don’t care a lick about this match. AJ Styles will win.
The only way I wind up caring about his match is if Cena FINALLY turns heel. Other than that, I don’t care. Not great for the main event of a PPV.
AJ Styles wins.