The Rope Break #17: WWE No Mercy 2017 Predictions

By Curtis Suthard – 9/22/2017

 

The Rope Break #17:

WWE No Mercy 2017 Predictions

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Finally, after about one full month and one Hurricane later, your friendly neighborhood Nerd Nation Radio wrestling fan is back to take a quick look at the upcoming WWE No Mercy PPV. I swear I will do my best to keep this one nice and short. So, let’s take a look at a card that, at least on paper, is sort of “so-so” to me and drop a few predictions along the way for the winners of said matches. I’ve been on a roll lately when it comes to getting nearly everything wrong. So, maybe I can turn things around. Let’s go!

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Enzo Amore VS. Neville (Cruiserweight Championship): Hopefully this match doesn’t get bumped to the pre-show and we get a decent showing from Enzo. I’m not a fan of Enzo, but I do feel that he has done a decent job making the move over to 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division following the abrupt end to his feud with former partner Big Cass, due to Cass getting injured. Enzo is far from being on the same level as an in-ring performer as Neville, but he does have a penchant for mic work as well as being able to hype things up. I’m fairly confident that this thing won’t end with Enzo winning the Cruiserweight title off of Neville. The best thing that we can probably hope for is some compelling storytelling throughout the match itself. Maybe Enzo will come within an inch of pulling off the upset after Neville gets a tad bit too cocky? Whatever…as long as it doesn’t end with Amore winning that title.

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My Pick: Neville

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Bray Wyatt VS. Finn Balor: Ah, yes, this feud. I was really looking forward to this storyline between Wyatt and Balor. And, boy oh boy, has it sort of stunk! Their match at Summerslam was alright, as was the lead up to it. But, everything following Summerslam has just been sort of boring. Now, with this match, Wyatt doesn’t want Balor losing control and cutting loose. Suddenly, the “Eater of Worlds” wants to keep everything on an even playing field as the minor stipulation (if you can even really call it that) is that Balor cannot show up in his “Demon” persona and the match must be kept as a “Man-to-Man” competition. Great or whatever. Let’s just hope that this is really the end to this feud, as all of the hype seems to claim that it will be, and both guys can move on to bigger, better and more interesting or engaging stuff in the future.

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My Pick: Finn Balor

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Jason Jordan VS. The Miz (WWE Intercontinental Championship): Going from one of the worst feuds to one of the slightly better ones. Everything that The Miz has been doing over the last 2 years or so has been golden. The guy is great! And, finally, he’s working with some of the younger talent in an effort to attempt to push some guys to the top. Something that I have been calling for most of this year. Jason Jordan, on the other hand, has been putting out a solid effort, ever since the beginning of the whole “Son of Angle”-storyline and his move over to RAW. Each match he’s had has been slightly better than the last and this match could be a solid step up the ladder for the guy. Though, in the end, I just don’t think that Jordan is quite ready to carry the Intercontinental title. Hopefully this match will set everything up for a good feud and a possibly special, well-deserved title win later on down the line.

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My Pick: The Miz

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Sheamus & Cesaro VS. Ambrose & Rollins (RAW Tag Team Championships): Ambrose and Rollins will inevitably fall apart. We all know that it’s going to happen. It just won’t be happening anytime soon it seems. The RAW Tag Division is pretty solid, if you ask me, and as much as I love both Sheamus and Cesaro, it might just be time to split those guys up, or at least make room for some other top heel team to take over their spot. *cough* The Club *cough* Anyway, I don’t have a whole lot to really say about this one. It will be a solid match. I have no doubts about that. But, I don’t see Rollins and Ambrose turning right back around and dropping the titles this soon. So, for all intents and purposes this match feels like a bit of filler to just pad out the show.

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My Pick: Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

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Emma VS. Sasha Banks VS. Bayley VS. Nia Jax VS. Alexa Bliss (Fatal 5-Way for the RAW Women’s Championship): I was honestly surprised to see both Emma and Bayley get included in this one. Emma because of the way she has been booked lately and Bayley due to both the fan reaction and the weak storyline that she was in prior to getting injured. I’m not disappointed to see either woman included in this match, though. Just a little surprised. Emma is, in my opinion, a really solid worker in the ring. Bayley, also a solid performer, could be one of the greats, if she just enters into a really interesting and compelling storyline that could propel her to the top. Sasha Banks, on the other hand, is…well….Sasha Freakin’ Banks! Though that doesn’t really seem to matter too much to the “Powers That Be” in WWE Creative anymore. Nia has been improving and working her way up the ladder, as well, lately. But, can any of them topple the Champ, Alexa Bliss, who seems to be on fire? I don’t really think so. Bliss has been killing it as Champion, not to mention, the top heel in the RAW Women’s Division. I can easily see Alexa Bliss retaining, thanks to the chaos that inevitably comes with a Fatal 5-Way match. Fortunately, I don’t listen to my common sense all that much. Which is why…

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My Pick: Nia Jax

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John Cena VS. Roman Reigns: Immediately following Summerslam, a month ago, it became apparent that this match was in the works and I was fully prepared to stifle one of the biggest yawns that I may have ever had. That was of course right up to moment that these two guys stood in the center of the ring and verbally took shots at each other in one of the best segments on RAW this year. Granted, I’m giving a bit too much credit to Roman who took more of a shellacking from Cena’s verbal jabs than he was able to dish out. But, Reigns has since recovered a bit and has cut a decent promo on Cena once or twice since. Now, will the match itself live up to all of the groundwork that has been laid out during the set up? Maybe. I am not a big fan of either guy, personally. But, I do think that both men are very capable of having great matches and I do have high hopes that this will be a good one and pay off nicely. Reigns needs to win this one, quite frankly. Roman needs to cement himself as the new top dog in the company and a clean win over Cena will help out somewhat. Will a Roman Reigns win over John Cena help Roman’s relationship with a lot of the fans? Probably not, but hopefully it helps to put him on a path that will see something good come from this.

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My Pick: Roman Reigns

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Braun Strowman VS. Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship): Strowman has been soooooo damn good this year. The guy has had some really good matches with the likes of Roman Reigns and, even, The Big Show. He has easily earned this shot at a One-on-One match for the Universal Championship. And, even though every bone in my body is screaming at me to go with Brock Lesnar, I just can’t do it. Samoa Joe proved himself to be a competent and credible threat to Lesnar a few months back. So, why shouldn’t Strowman be seen as an even more credible threat? Strowman could easily win the title and fully take on the same persona Brock Lesnar has been convincingly portraying for the last year or two of an unstoppable monster Champion. At least with Strowman as Universal Champ, we’ll have the Champion be on RAW every week, not to mention possibly defending the title at EVERY PPV. Neither one of those scenarios, to me, are a bad thing. I have no doubts that this one will be a hard-hitting affair, I just hope that this one has some legs on it and doesn’t end within the span of your average bathroom break.

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My Pick: Braun Strowman

 

There we go! I promised to keep this one short and sweet and I’d just like to take this moment to pat myself on the back a bit for a job well done. Check back here the day after No Mercy for my review and take on the outcomes of each and every one of these matches. Until, then feel free to check us out on our Facebook page and throw us a Like. You can also click on Curt’s Corner and check out all of my other Rope Breaks or even my Rope Break: RETROs, where I review older PPV’s from not just WWE, but also WCW and, soon, ECW and maybe even some TNA or GFW or Impact or whatever.

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