Due to John Cena's legit. injury, he had to vacate the WWE Championship. He was scheduled to face Randy Orton for the title at No Mercy in a Last Man Standing match. Vince McMahon solved the problem by awarding the championship to Orton at the start of the show. Triple H came out demanding a title shot and so began the matches. Well, since we don't have John Cena, it means that this crap show has to be centered around Triple H.
1.The first match was Triple H vs. Randy Orton for Orton's newly won WWE Championship. It was a particularly bad match. It only lasted about 11 minutes and Triple H won with a roll-up to win his 6th WWE Championship. Orton has the 3rd shortest title reign ever, lasting about 25 minutes. They would have a better match later in the show, so that made up for this match. 4/10.
2.Next up was a bonus 6-man tag match between the team of Mr. Kennedy, Lance Cade, and Trevor Murdoch, and Jeff Hardy, Paul London, and Brian Kendrick. Kennedy's team won after he hit London with a Green Bay Plunge. If Mr. Kennedy had more high flying style partners like London and Kendrick they could have made this match better, as everyone already knows Hardy and Kennedy are talented. Instead it was pretty boring. 3/10.
3.Next up was CM Punk defending the ECW Championship against the 500 pound Big Daddy V. The match lasted a minute and a half before Matt Striker interfered and attacked Punk, giving him the win via DQ. Pointless. 0/10.
4.Triple H was originally scheduled to face Umaga at the event, and the match still occurred even after Triple H had been in a WWE Championship match earlier in the night. In fact, his championship was put on the line. The match was very short but had some brutal spots, and Triple H won after a Pedigree to retain the title. The two would later battle in a much more exciting Street Fight at Cyber Sunday. Okay but ridiculously short. 5/10.
5.Finlay took on Rey Mysterio next. It was a decent match but not that great. Yet another match that warranted a superior stipulation match at Cyber Sunday. It went to a no-contest after Finlay faked unconsciousness, then got up and attacked Mysterio. Nothing special and the ending made no sense at all, it was so stupud. 4/10.
6.Next was a Women's Championship match between Beth Phoenix and Candice Michelle. Short and sweet like any Divas match. Phoenix wins the title after a Fisherman's suplex. Both competitors performed well, though. 5/10.
7.The next match was the Punjabi prison Match between Batista and The Great Khali for the World Heavyweight Championship. The first Punjabi prison match happened in Summer 2006 and was between The Big Show and The Undertaker. It was way better than this contest at No Mercy. They hardly used the structure at all, unlike the Show/Taker match where the pair battled between the two cages for a good period of time. This match was very slow and boring, Khali was typically awful. He had no idea what the hell he was doing and made the ending look stupid. He appears to be 100% then takes his own sweet time slowly climbing in and out of the two cage structure. He doesn't pick up the pace or anything once he sees Batista make a comeback and jump across the structures. There was no point in making this a Punjabi prison Match because they didn't use the structure at all really. Standard 13 minute wrestling match, then at the end they decided to climb out of the cages. God this PPV is awful. 3/10.
8.The fans were promised a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship at No Mercy back in mid-September, so they got one after all. Randy Orton enacted his rematch clause and elected to face Triple H in a Last Man Standing match for the title in the main event, also Orton's second match of the night, and Triple H's third. It was a brutal contest and best of the night. Triple H was amazingly resilient despite his excessive competing in tonight's show. But Orton was clearly the healthier man, given more rest time in between his matches. He even showed Triple H's tiring by busting him open in this match. But the two of them both battled back and forth through much of the match. In the end, an exhausted Triple H rolled Orton onto the announcers table, stood up on it, and attempted to pull up Orton's arms for a Pedigree. But just as he attempted to lift the second arm, Orton suddenly sprang to life and delivered a thunderous RKO on the announcers table. As the ref's count was at about 8, Triple H began to move. He crawled to the edge of the announcers table at the count of 9. He pulled himself to the edge and leaped for the ring apron. Unfortunately, Triple H's arms weren't as long as he wanted them to be, and he missed to apron and collapsed to the floor as the ref counted 10. Orton wins the match and the WWE Championship. Triple H ends up with the fourth shortest title reign ever, lasting about 2 and a half hours. Intense main event and No Mercy's saving grace. 9/10.
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