No Mercy (2017)

Last updated on 22 September 2017

No Mercy (2017) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for the Raw brand. It will take place on September 24, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[3] It will be the thirteenth event under the No Mercy chronology.

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Background

The card will comprise matches resulting from scripted storylines and have results predetermined by WWE on the Raw brand.[4][5] Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows Monday Night Raw and 205 Live, the latter of which is cruiserweight-exclusive.[6]

At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe in a fatal four-way match to retain the Universal Championship.[7] Lesnar's victory celebration was interrupted by Strowman, who attacked Lesnar and left him lying in the ring. Later in the show, a Universal Championship title match between the two was scheduled for No Mercy.[8] The following week, Lesnar and Heyman issued a warning to Strowman.[9] On the September 4 episode, after Strowman defeated Big Show in a steel cage match, he also warned Lesnar before throwing Big Show through the cage.[10] In a confrontation the following week, Lesnar delivered a German suplex on Strowman, who quickly responded with a chokeslam and a powerslam and held Lesnar's title belt over his downed opponent.[11] In a split-screen interview on the final Raw before No Mercy, Lesnar thanked Strowman for being a "great challenge", stating that is when he is at his best.[12]

On the August 21 episode of Raw, John Cena appeared on Raw as a free agent and addressed Roman Reigns, who then came to the ring. They were interrupted by The Miz and Samoa Joe, resulting in a tag team match, in which Cena and Reigns defeated Miz and Joe.[8] A match between the two was scheduled for No Mercy. The following week, the contract signing saw Cena immediately signing, while Reigns was more reluctant. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson then interrupted Cena and Reigns but lost an impromptu tag team match against them.[9] The following week, Reigns confronted Cena, who had just defeated Jason Jordan, and wondered why a rookie gave the sixteen-time world champion a hard time. Reigns tried to involve Cena in a fight but Cena refused and Reigns left, claiming that Cena did not back up his own words.[10] The following week, Reigns defeated Jordan. Cena confronted Reigns, stating that Reigns also had a hard time defeating Jordan.[11] On the final Raw before No Mercy, Reigns lambasted Cena for being absent and compared him to The Rock, whom Cena had criticized for leaving WWE for Hollywood several years ago.[12]

At SummerSlam, Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss to win the Raw Women's Championship for the fourth time.[7] The following night on Raw, Alexa interrupted Sasha's victory celebration to demand a rematch for the following week and teased Sasha by pointing out that Sasha had lost all her previous three championships in her first title defense.[8] In the rematch, Alexa recaptured the championship. After the match, Nia Jax congratulated Alexa, but then attacked her, indicating her desire for a title match.[9] The following week, Sasha, who invoked her rematch clause, as well as Nia and Emma demanded to challenge Alexa at No Mercy. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle scheduled Alexa to defend against Sasha but Nia and Emma were added to the title match after defeating Sasha and Alexa in a tag team, making the title match a fatal four-way match.[10] The following week, Sasha defeated Emma with Alexa and Nia on commentary.[11] On the final Raw before No Mercy, Nia faced Alexa in a non-title match. Alexa tried to leave the ring, but was stopped by Sasha and Nia defeated Alexa. After the match, Sasha, Alexa, and the returning Bayley attacked Nia. Later that night, Bayley was added to the championship match, making it a fatal five-way match at No Mercy.[12]

At SummerSlam, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins captured the Raw Tag Team Championship from Cesaro and Sheamus.[7] The following night on Raw, The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt Hardy) congratulated Ambrose and Rollins and challenged them to a non-title match that Ambrose and Rollins won[8] The following week, Cesaro defeated Rollins after being distracted by Sheamus, and Ambrose defeated Sheamus after Rollins got involved.[9] Cesaro and Sheamus then invoked their rematch clause for No Mercy.[10] On the September 11 episode, a tag team match pitting Ceasaro and Sheamus against Gallows and Anderson never started when both teams got into a brawl with Ambrose and Rollins, who were supposed to provide commentary. In an ensuing eight-man tag team match, Ambrose, Rollins, and The Hardy Boyz defeated Cesaro, Sheamus, Gallows, and Anderson.[11] The following week, Cesaro and Sheamus accused Ambrose and Rollins of using each other, to which both Ambrose and Rollins and then Gallows and Anderson came out. Cesaro and Sheamus won an ensuing triple threat tag team match between the two teams.[12]

At SummerSlam, Finn Bálor, wrestling in his "Demon King" persona, defeated Bray Wyatt.[7] A couple of weeks later on Raw, Wyatt, who was not involved in the match, caused Bálor's elimination from a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship.[9] The following week, Bálor addressed Wyatt's interference before he was confronted by Wyatt, who said that it was not Bálor, but the Demon King who defeated him at SummerSlam, and challenged "the real Finn Bálor" to a match at No Mercy, which Bálor accepted.[10] On the September 11 episode, after Wyatt defeated Goldust, he attempted to wipe off Goldust's face paint, but Bálor came to the rescue and Wyatt retreated.[11] The following week, Goldust, as Dustin Rhodes, was granted a rematch with Wyatt, but was unsuccessful. Afterwards, Bálor appeared on the TitanTron. He said that man had created demons, and asked Wyatt which one was more dangerous, and said Wyatt would find out at No Mercy.[12]

On the SummerSlam pre-show, Neville defeated Akira Tozawa to recapture the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[13] On the following episode of 205 Live, Tozawa was unsuccessful in a championship rematch. After the match, Enzo Amore, who was moved to the cruiserweight division, debuted on 205 Live and confronted Neville.[14] After Amore, Cedric Alexander, and Gran Metalik won a six-man tag team match against Noam Dar, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese, Neville informed the winners that they had qualified for a fatal five-way elimination match, which also included Nese and The Brian Kendrick, the following night on 205 Live.[10] Amore won the match after last eliminating Alexander, and earned a title opportunity at No Mercy.[15] The following week on Raw, after Braun Strowman laid out Amore, Neville came out and delivered the Red Arrow to Amore.[12] The following night on 205 Live, a confrontation between Amore and Neville ended with Amore giving a low blow to Neville.[16]

On the September 18 episode of Raw, Intercontinental Champion The Miz interrupted General Manager Kurt Angle, who was advertising No Mercy's two headlining matches. Miz complained that he was without a title defense for the second straight pay-per-view. Angle then scheduled a fatal four-way match involving Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Elias Samson, and Angle's (storyline) son Jason Jordan to determine Miz's challenger No Mercy. Miz criticized Jordan's entry into the match, calling Angle a poor father and demanded for the Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) to be added as well. After Jordan also insisted on this, Angle agreed, making it a six-pack challenge that Jordan ultimately won. After the match, The Miztourage and Miz attacked Jordan.[12]

Matches

No. Matches Stipulations
1P Apollo Crews vs. Elias Singles match[17]
2 Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Braun Strowman Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship[18]
3 John Cena vs. Roman Reigns Singles match[19]
4 Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship[20]
5 Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt Singles match[21]
6 Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[22]
7 Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma Fatal 5-Way match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[23]
8 The Miz (c) (with Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas) vs. Jason Jordan Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[24]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match will take place on the pre-show

See also

References

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