In the hopes of distracting the masses from the start of the football season and keep eyes on the product during their traditionally down period, WWE has loaded the card for this Sunday’s No Mercy with some Wrestlemania-quality matchups. And while I can’t guarantee we will see any new champions after Sunday, one thing I can guarantee is that you won’t see any mercy. None! Not even this guy…
In fact, if you see any mercy you are well within your rights to cancel your WWE Network subscription and join me in my class action lawsuit against WWE. So while the Raw PPV is certainly devoid of mercy, it is not bereft (yeah, I said bereft) of some must-see matches.
Brock Lesnar vs. Brawn Strowman (Universal Championship)
Brawn Strowman is the hottest thing going in WWE today, and Sunday he finally gets the opportunity to capitalize on his monster push with a 1-on-1 match with the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. The two proved at Summer Slam that when they get together, fans can’t look away. Hopefully this one lives up to the hype and the match is given time to tell the brutal story they’re capable of. With both men essentially running the same gimmick (huge, indestructible tweener who only cares about carnage), only one can stand tall and claim to be Raw’s Monster/Beast Among Men.
Prediction: While I don’t have full faith in WWE to do the right thing, Strowman winning here makes sense. Cash in while the guy is on top of his game and get the Universal strap back on Raw. I mean WCW was probably not expecting to give Goldberg the title, but the fans told them otherwise. Maybe the ultimate story isn’t Reigns conquering Lesnar, but finally conquering Strowman at Wrestlemania? Besides, Lesnar has plenty of other potential mini feuds that don’t need to involve him holding WWE’s top prize.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
John Cena and Roman Reigns started this feud seemingly out of thin air, with Cena showing up on Raw to call out Reigns for the egregious crime of being…well, Roman Reigns. Since then the two have engaged in some memorable and not so memorable verbal back-and-forths with Cena gaining the upper hand in most of them. The rivalry has served to elevate Cena’s status with the skeptical smark crowd, while highlighting the complaints against Reigns by the same community; essentially that on the mic Reigns can’t hang with the big dogs just yet.
Despite the overdone verbal joust sessions, WWE has done well to basically keep these two separated until their big match this Sunday (which you can’t say about pretty much any other two marquee competitors on the roster).
Prediction: Cena is at the stage of his career where he can take the loss. Reigns needs to look good for what I assume is his eventual ride back to the top of the Universal Title mountain. With Cena leaving again to wage his battle to destroy the evil powers of the Decepticons, what point is there in having him escape with a win? I don’t think WWE creative sees Reigns’ character as nuanced enough to actually learn and self-reflect from a loss like this, so might as well prove to the fans that this truly is “his yard” now.
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