Jay's Ways - WWE No Mercy 2017 Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 09/22/2017 at 06:10 PM
"I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and nodq.com for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too. But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.
"I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and nodq.com for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too.8 But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.
That said, your article about your friend Megan and trip to Wrestlemnaia was the greatest thing you have ever wrote. Forget about the predictions you brag about getting right. This is your crowning piece. Maybe it is because I can relate as going to Wrestlemania is my ultimate dream and it will be happening next year. But I genuinely loved your article.
Thank you for the great stuff."
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My new 411mania.com column was posted on Tuesday. It covers the fact that Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens are nearly identical. Yes, you read that right. From their debuts to being 'protected' behind the scenes by those in power, they are one in the same. Head on over to 411mania.com for the full column.
WWE No Mercy 2017 Preview
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
No explanation needed? Seriously, let's just move on from this. Finn Balor wins and finds himself back in the main event mix. If not Roman Reigns come WrestleMania season, why not have Brock Lesnar defend his Universal Title against The Demon? Makes sense on multiple levels if you ask me.
WINNER: Finn Balor
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Enzo Amore vs. Neville
Well, I said the Akira Tozawa Cruiserweight Title win would just last six days, and it did! I said Enzo Amore would do nothing of note on his own and move to 205 Live, and he did! Two for two in the ever thriving cruiserweight division. Outside of Neville, there is next to no buzz for these guys. It is a shame too. I know it is tiresome to look back at last summer...but wow, the Cruiserweight Classic was so awesome. I just went back and re-watched some of those bouts on the WWE Network. So great. It was never going to be able to match that atmosphere in large arena on a weekly basis - still, what a contrast from 2016 to 2017. Ouch. Neville retains.
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
The only reason I give Cesaro and Sheamus much of a chance is because Roman Reigns will surely join up with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at some point. The trio has their first match as The Shield at TLC five years ago. Maybe they all reunite there? Heck, Survivor Series featured a tease of them last year. Why not do it again in 2017? Reigns did this 'filler' feud with Braun Strowman (a very good feud mind you) to keep him away from Brock Lesnar. Now he needs to stall another few months before WM34 build begins. That means doing something with The Shield. I am picking Ambrose and Rollins but am not THAT confident.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
RAW Women’s Championship Fatal 5 Way Match: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Alexa Bliss
When dealing with multi-person matches, I always use a process of elimination. Make it easy. Sasha Banks? No thanks. Been there, done that. Clearly, WWE does not see her as being a long-term RAW Womens Champion at this stage of the game. Also, why hasn't she turned heel yet? Come on already. Not like her face run is doing much. Bayley just returned, so it is not her match to win. Make the lovable underdgo work her way up again. Nia Jax? I don't know. I have probably been a bit harsh on her in-ring/promo skills since being called up to the main roster. She has improved but like Sasha, it seems the company is hesitant on making her a long-term champ. Had many chances to crown her and have not done so. Give it time. Jax will get there. That leaves Emma and Alexa Bliss. Honestly, I am leaning towards Emma. A lot of folks suspect she is just in there to take the pinfall. Considering Roman Reigns was in the fatal four way Summerslam main event and shockingly took the loss, never say never folks! There is more to Emma being involved than just to lose. In the end, it is tough to predict Bliss loses her title AGAIN in such short order (no laughing please). If only we could get that No Mercy cheer going...
WINNER: Alexa Bliss
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Jason Jordan vs. The Miz
Hey, Jason Jordan went from losing on the Summerslam Kickoff Show to earning an IC Title shot. Not a bad addition to the already stacked No Mercy card. I am fine with it. Jordan has proven to be extremely talented in the squared circle. Not only with his American Alpha pairing but also as a single's act on Raw. The match with John Cena was very good, as was his clash with Roman Reigns a week later. The dude can GO in the ring. The problem is and continues to be his dull personality. Connecting him with Kurt Angle was a smart move to give him a boost, but now it needs to be capitalized on. Whether it is a heel turn or showing a mean streak, we can always get there in due time. I think The Miz keeps the IC Championship. However, would anybody really be shocked if the opposite result occurred on Sunday? Perhaps Charlie Haas can help him win.
WINNER: The Miz
Roman Reigns vs. John Cena
If you want to know why this dream match is happening at No Mercy, just read my past few columns. Here and elsewhere (on another website), I explain the situation in full detail. The promos and hype have been stellar and will no doubt give this show the attention it deserves. Had this not been on the card, it would have been a throwaway September event without any drama. With this (and the main event), it becomes MUST SEE! I love that. We'll all be glued to our television screens once the bell rings. Quality of said bout is to be determined. As for an outcome, you have to go with Roman Reigns. Clean and fair or via The DeadMan, John Cena is still technically part-time and won't be around for much of the rest of 2017. Roman Reigns is not going anywhere and should finally get a win on a live WWE Network special. It has been over five months ladies and gentlemen! He should win the physical clash on Sunday and then get the final word on Monday to close their verbal clash. Believe that!
WINNER: Roman Reigns
WWE Universal Championship Match: Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar
Admittedly, Roman Reigns/John Cena is MY main event of the evening. However, that does not take away from the epic confrontation we are going to see between Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. This Universal Championship bout was the big 'night after WM tease' back in April. We are finally getting that payoff. While there are arguments to be had for Strowman winning the title and being a made man for defeating The Beast...I am going with Brock Lesnar. Hard to bet against him. Ever. It may suck to go the rest of the year without the top champ on RAW, but we don't know what his upcoming schedule is beyond the usual rumors saying he will be off TV for awhile. All it takes is a phone call (and a nice check) to change that. Brock Lesnar somehow, someway gets past No Mercy with the belt. How does he beat The Monster Among Men? The heck if I know...
WINNER: Brock Lesnar
The return of NRW is officially over 1,500 views online. Months ago, when this all began, my target was hitting one thousand. After barely a week, we have already crossed that mark. Pleased with the result obviously but mildly disappointed because many did say they would post/share it and haven't. Those with a much larger reach did not hold up their end of the bargain unfortunately. Kinda sucks they backed out but still, positive thoughts baby! I hit the 1,000 view target I set out for myself, and that is what is most important. The match is posted below. Well worth the 15 minutes!
I went to Orlando, Florida for my first ever WrestleMania earlier in the year. I participated in the return of NRW a few weeks ago. Next up for my epic 2017: