Outside of the big four PPVs, there are very few events that have been as consistent over the years as WWE No Mercy. The event, which is for the first time, a Raw-exclusive pay-per-view has a fine history of excellent matches and this year’s event, especially with its two huge main event matches, looks set to follow in that tradition.
John Cena and Roman Reigns will meet for the first time ever this Sunday, as will Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar as they do battle for the WWE Universal Championship. The two matches have a lot of competition, though, if they wanted to make the list of No Mercy’s greatest match of all time.
Let’s take a look back at some the best encounters to have
Tna Rebrand As Gfw
Many consider the initials ‘Tna’ to be a poison brand, synonymous with 15 years of bad decisions, sliding ratings and Dixie Carter clinging onto Hulk Hogan’s leg. In more colloquial terms, Tna also stands for Tits and Ass. So it’s long overdue that the promotion are changing their name from Tna to Impact Wrestling to Anthem Sports & Entertainment to Jeff Jarrett’s Mega Gold Giveaway to now, finally, Global Force Wrestling.
Just days after Impact Wrestling ‘officially acquired’ Jarrett’s Gfw promotion, Tna will rebrand itself as Global Force Wrestling. Their weekly show will still be called ‘Impact’, just like how WWE’s weekly show is called ‘Raw’. Jarrett spoke to The Tennessean about the name change:
“We’re a global brand. We have partnerships in Mexico, Japan, other places. Collectively coming together,
Roman Reigns Summerslam Announcement
Usually Roman Reigns not appearing on an episode of Monday Night Raw would be seen as a positive for anti-Big Dawg fans. Rather forebodingly for them, however, a promo package ran in his place, advertising his Summerslam announcement for the following week’s show.
The announcement must be pretty substantial, as WWE see fit to reveal it eight weeks before Summerslam’s 20th August date, and three weeks before Raw’s next pay-per-view – which is still called Great Balls of Fire.
Roman doesn’t currently have a storyline feud coming out of Extreme Rules, and this ‘announcement’ could be to set up his next program over the coming months. Whatever the announcement is, Roman is already warning that it’s probably going to annoy us:
Not everyone is going to like what I say,
WWE star Matt Hardy and his wife Reby are parents of two, welcoming son Wolfgang Xander Hardy on Thursday, June 8, at 11:37 p.m., Hardy’s rep confirms to People.
The baby boy, delivered at the couple’s home with the help of professional midwives and doulas, weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz., and measured 21½ inches in length.
“I will always protect you,” the legendary pro wrestler, 42, captioned a black-and-white Sunday Instagram snap of himself holding his new son close.
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While we’re all making fun o f both WWE’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view name and it’s very sexually suggestive logo, it’s easy to forget how non-pg the world of independent wrestling can be. Like current Lucha Underground star Joey Ryan, who’s actually sponsored by YouPorn. Which is apparently an internet website of pornography videos. I didn’t know that, so I had to Google it. For research purposes.
To give something back to the pornography community – because he’s not just a taker – Ryan has starred in a new YouTube video teaching porn stars Rachel Roxxx and Lea Lexis how to wrestle.
Pornography and wrestling crossovers are rather common – with several former female wrestlers starring in blue movies, and Brazzers currently producing their own version of the Montreal Screwjob. Given that scandal’s name,
Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt opened the show with a refreshingly focused promo rather than the usual impressively delivered mumbo jumbo. He embodied the cult leader figure better than he has done in months, promising to slay the Beast once and for all if you – the WWE Universe – believe in him. It’s a shame we’ve been conditioned to expect nothing to come from all Bray Wyatt’s talk.
Property Lawyer Roman Reigns came down to remind The Eater of Worlds, “actually, sorry Bray, this is my yard” so Kurt Angle made a match between the two right now!
Samoa Joe attacked them both about five minutes in. Cue Seth Rollins running down for the save, and – holla holla – we’ve got ourselves a main event tag team match, playas.
Akira Tozawa beat
Kurt Angle Talks Balls
Kurt Angle opened the show revealing Braun Strowman will be out with injury for up to six months. Which, reportedly, appears to be untrue. It’s reportedly damn untrue.
But who’s going to have the balls to face Brock Lesnar in his place? Kurt actually said ‘balls’ here, presumably because Great Balls of Fire is still an actual name for a pay-per-view.
To test the Raw roster’s testicular fortitude, Angle announced Extreme Rules will have a Fatal Five Way No. 1 contender’s match – with Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor and Roman Reigns.
After the usual copy and paste ‘every one interrupts each other’s promo’ guff, Angle made Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor for later that night.
Jeff Hardy beat Sheamus
With WrestleMania season officially done and dusted, and the rosters having settled down following all the debuts, returns and swaps – WWE fans can now begin to look forward to the company’s summer season. With plenty of new faces on both shows, the WWE should use this opportunity to provide fans with some exciting new feuds leading into SummerSlam and potentially beyond.
SummerSlam, which takes place in August, is often seen as the company’s second biggest show and tends to bring to a conclusion feuds that have been running through the summer months. With that time nearly upon us – here is a look at ten potential feuds we could see this summer.
Jeff Hardy Vs Broken Matt Hardy
The Hardyz’s current gimmick is not long for this world and it is
After Raw broke records this week, setting its lowest non-holiday, non-football season viewership number for 20 years, it was up to Smackdown to get a record of its own. Hopefully the good kind.
Thankfully, the blue brand was up from last week’s lowest rating of 2017 so far, pulling in an extra 50,000 viewers to make it 2.35 million.
Far more important, of course, are your ratings. 62% of you thought it was Smack Bang in the Middle, while 23% thought it slightly better at SmackTastic.
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In a rather obvious announcement, given the four weeks of Dolph Ziggler and Shinsuke Nakamura’s awkward in-ring segments, a match between the two has been confirmed for next Sunday’s Backlash pay-per-view. Ziggler talked about the match to Generic WWE Interviewer No.
What does one do after losing the Universal Championship to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 33? The answer, of course, is obvious: lend your name to a fast-food snack.
The Sugar Factory – which describes itself as “America’s favorite brasserie and candy shop” – has announced Goldberg will be appearing at its Las Vegas branch on the 20th May, where you can get a selfie with the WCW legend, an autographed photo And a taste of the Gold-burger.
No, not a chat up line from the former WWE superstar, but a “limited edition monster Goldburger gold-glazed bun, double angus beef patties, melted white and yellow cheddar, topped with onion rings, served with pickles, lettuce, tomato, Sugar Factory sauce, and hand cut fries”.
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In the red corner, Matt & Jeff Hardy
Dave Bautista is currently promoting the release of his new movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where he plays Drax the Destroyer – a beefed-up, topless, tight jeans-wearing ass kicker. But he’s found time in his busy promotional schedule to talk to Chris Jericho about his former career…as a beefed-up, topless, tight jeans-wearing ass kicker.
Even though he’s a big Hollywood megastar now, Dave told Y2J’s Talk is Jericho podcast that he still misses wrestling:
“Yeah, I miss it a lot. … What I don’t miss is the company, to be honest with you. I don’t miss WWE. I miss wrestling, I just don’t miss dealing with the company and its bulls***. Yeah it’s the bulls*** man, it’s just too much bulls***.”
But even with all that bulls-…
Alexa Bliss’ Coronation
The show opened with Raw’s women’s division standing in a horribly staged formation for Alexa Bliss’ coronation as their new champion. Bliss then embarked on a Miz level promo, seamlessly going through her scripted lines and occasionally improvising to the crowd’s reactions. When the audience chanted for Bayley, she snapped back – “I know her name.”
A scuffle ensued, which turned into all the faces vs all the heels, as these things tend to do.
Bliss is so good, she set up multiple feuds, making you want to see her get beaten up by Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James and even Nia Jax down the line. Bliss won for the heels after raking Bayley in the eyes.
Luke Gallows beat Enzo Amore
I’m so thankful we had the Superstar Shake Up.
Raw’s first PPV after WrestleMania is done and dusted, and what a weird and wonderful bag it was. We saw two title changes, a heel turn and one of the worst matches in recent WWE history. The show, for the most part delivered in the ring, and a lively crowd kept things hot when things got a little stale. While, unfortunately, the show will likely end up being remembered for just one match, there was a lot to like about Payback – here’s my match by match review of the show…
Enzo and Cass Defeated Gallows and Anderson
Watching Enzo and Cass do their usual entrance shtick I couldn’t help but wonder what has gone so wrong for both of these teams. This time last year, the excitement around both teams was at an all time high – Gallows and Anderson as The Club
Tna Impact Wrestling have been taping their TV for May over the last several days, and they’ve seen their fair share of shock returns, debuts and title changes. As these happen in not-yet-aired episodes of Impact Wrestling, skip the next few paragraphs if you don’t want to read them.
Spoilers coming in 3…2…
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner showed up at the final night of Impact Wrestling’s TV tapings on Sunday 23rd April. Steiner has been a main eventer in WCW, WWE and Tna throughout his career, but has been locked in a legal battle with the latter since he was released in 2012, claiming he was owed royalties from the promotion, and that he was injured because Tna officials allowed Jeff Hardy to wrestle him while Hardy was intoxicated.
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With Aj Styles on Smackdown and Finn Balor seemingly set for a lengthy babyface run, the Superstar Shake-Up failed to reunite either with their Bullet Club brethren Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. So if WWE aren’t going to do it, then The Demon King will have to take matters into his own hands. With toys.
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After Sportskeeda’s Dirty Sheets podcast revealed Jinder Mahal would become the WWE Championship’s No. 1 contender on Smackdown, they have seemingly broken another story, albeit quite an obvious one.
Shinsuke Nakamura made his main roster debut on the post-Wrestlemania episode of Smackdown interrupting a Miz and Maryse segment. The week after, he squared up to Dolph Ziggler. On the most recent episode, Nakamura only appeared in a promo package.
Despite his team losing to Jeremy Borash’s last week, Josh Mathews is still commentating for Impact Wrestling, coming out to announce on last night’s Bobby Lashley vs James Storm main event.
Just when I thought I was out…
I won’t go too much into spoilers, as Tna, Impact Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Bonanza – whatever you want to call it – returns to UK television tonight. After finishing up with Challenge late last year, Impact will now be airing on Spike UK every Friday at 9pm.
To make the time continuities even more confusing, though, the latest batch of Tna tapings started last night, and will run nightly until Sunday for their TV in May. And it was during those tapings where two big Tna returns happened. The next part contains spoilers for
Now that he’s the biggest babyface in the company – after beating up an ambulance, a wrestling ring and, most importantly, Roman Reigns – it’s about time WWE made Braun Strowman some official merchandise. His first t-shirt is now on WWE Shop, with a simple black and white ‘Monster Among Us’ slogan on the front and Braun on the back.
Which is so cool, I might actually buy a new wrestling t-shirt. But I would have much preferred ‘I’M Not Finished With You’ on the front, and ‘Your Tears Hydrate Me’ on the back.
WWE’s handling of Strowman has arguably been the company’s most effective piece of character building in years. He’s somehow both Raw’s top heel and face. Now Smackdown is trying to create a new top star in response: No Carbs Jinder Mahal.
The Hardy Boyz might be taking on Sheamus and Cesaro at Payback, but first, Matt must defeat Karl Ander Son – that is to say, the son of Karl Anderson – for the tag team titles, as the Good Brother tweeted:
My 5 year old trying to steal the tag title back from @Matthardybrand ..
"I'll get it Daddy since you couldn't reach it on the ladder" pic.twitter.com/kSBHmERT6Z
— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) April 17, 2017
But the tag team title belt isn’t the only thing being pulled in two different directions.
Matt and Jeff Hardy’s WWE return, while super nostalgic, has been slightly awkward. After completely reinventing his career in Tna with the wildly successful Broken gimmick, Matt hasn’t been able to continue his Brilliance in WWE because of a legal dispute over who actually owns
Following his brutal backstage beatdown of Roman Reigns last week, WWE’s biggest babyface Braun Strowman gloated that this was his yard now. Strong babyface pop. And that The Big Dawg won’t be here tonight. Even bigger babyface pop.
Kurt Angle told Strowman he’ll face Reigns at Payback in just two weeks’ time, and then suspended The Monster Among Men – presumably for being too awesome. A suspension that resulted in Braun having the night’s main event match.
Samoa Joe beat Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho put over Samoa Joe strong by tapping to the Coquina Clutch clean – reminding us all Y2J is off to tour with his band Fozzy soon, and probably spoiling the result of his Us title match at Payback against Kevin Owens. Joe and Seth Rollins cut promos on each other afterwards, where The
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