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No Mercy 2008 was a pretty decent show for WWE, it was a pretty good
card for the modern day WWE era that were in now. The main events were
worth their price and the other matches were definitely worth watching
at least once.
Match 1: Matt Hardy defends the ECW Championship against Mark Henry - Mark Henry dominated ECW as their Champion during the entire summer of 2008 and as soon as September rolled around he lost it to Matt Hardy in ECW's Championship Scramble at Unforgiven. This was a little better of a performance than usual from Mark Henry. With Hardy's showman like persona he really carried a decent match out of Henry. In the end Hardy hits the twist of fate to retain his title.
Match 2: Beth Phoenix defends the Women's Championship against Candice Michelle - At this same event in 2007 we saw Beth Phoenix take the gold for the first time against her challenger in this match. Well what can I say about this one. It was a pretty weak match. Beth Phoenix is one of the better women wrestlers in WWE at the moment so she basically dominated and in the end retained her belt.
Match 3: Rey Mysterio vs. Kane - The stipulation stated that if Mysterio lost he had to remove his mask forever. Well we all knew that wasn't going to happen. Anyway this match was actually very decent. Kane hasn't really been getting a lot of pay per view time since being drafted to Raw in the summer. Mysterio and Kane didn't tear down the place, but they kept the match at a steady pace. In the end Mysterio dives outside the ring, but Kane nails him with a steel chair. Mysterio gets the win by disqualification. He doesn't have to remove his mask.
Match 4: Batista vs. JBL - The winner of this match gets a World Heavyweight Championship match against either Jericho or Michaels. Batista basically dominates. This was a very lousy match. They only went for 5 minutes and JBL looked like he didn't even know what to do with this one. Batista throws him around inside and outside of the ring then brings him back in for a Batista bomb to pick up the victory and earn yet another championship opportunity.
Match 5: Big Show vs. Undertaker - Considering that the Undertaker was robbed of the World Championship back in early May he really hasn't gotten a return match at the WWE Championship now that it is on SmackDown. Nevertheless Undertaker has been in sporadic feuds on SmackDown and has had various Pay Per View matches throughout 2008. With the absence of Edge, Vickie Guerrero really needed a handyman to take care of the Undertaker so Big Show attacked him at Unforgiven. Anyway you would think that Undertaker would win this one, but surprisingly the match doesn't even earn a pin or submission finish. Big Show plants a huge right hand into the back of Taker's head for the knockout win. This isn't boxing.
Match 6: Triple H puts the WWE Championship on the line against Jeff Hardy - So Jeff Hardy at the moment is who the fans want to see as WWE Champion on SmackDown. The guy has come so close this year and we all want to see him win the big one. Jeff earned this opportunity by beating The Brian Kendrick, Shelton Benjamin and MVP in a Four Way match on SmackDown. Triple H keeps telling him that he won't grasp the brass ring like he normally does. So Triple H does a good job of defending his title, he covers Jeff's weaknesses and counters his signature moves. On the other hand Jeff does the same he blocks pedigrees and spine busters enabling the game from retaining. In the end Jeff hits a Swanton and when he just has the three count Triple H flips him over for the win. Excellent main event for SmackDown. Triple H is still WWE Champion.
Match 7: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels in a Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship - This Michaels/Jericho rivalry has went on since the mid summer of 2008 and has been one of the hottest feuds on Raw. They took it to the max both at The Great American Bash and Unforgiven this year, so you might think how could they top their selves. Well in this ladder match you see innovative maneuvers from the great Shawn Michaels as if he was just 20 years old again. The match was very dramatic with both in a tug-a-war for the title in the end. Jericho snatches the belt down for the win. 10/10 main event.
No Mercy was a very good Pay Per View. Featuring good performances from
most competitors, a lively atmosphere from the 11,000 people in
attendance and a nice array of moves this has been the most consistent
PPV since Wrestlemania 24.
A few minor complaints - firstly the match between Beth Phoenix and Candice Michelle was rubbish as would one would expect from a match featuring Michelle. The women has no wrestling skills, crap mike skills and doesn't interact with the audience. 'The Glamazon' on the other hand needs the right opponent (Melina, Mickie James etc) so she can have a decent enough match.
The Rey Mysterio vs Kane match was good but the finish was abysmal and failed to make any sense. Why would a man who wants to see his opponent unmask is he loses smash him senseless with a chair and in the process get himself disqualified? I expect this kind of finish in TNA.
And the Batista vs JBL match was just passable but thank the lord the WWE scriptwriters kept it short at 5:18.
And now for the good - Matt Hardy managed to carry his opponent Mark Henry to a decent enough match but being lumbered with fat slob Henry kind of give me the impression that WWE doesn't give a toss about Hardy's career, Hardy deserves better.
As soon as I heard that the Undertaker was going to enter a feud with the Big Show I had a panic attack because I suffered flashbacks to their mediocre feuds in 2003. Happily though Show entered a fine performance against' The Deadman' and WWE booked the right finish in where Show scored the win with knockout punches.
And now for the damn right marvellous - Jeff Hardy and Triple H had a cracking match, featuring world class performances from both man, they put on a superb show, Triple H won of course.
And finally Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho put on a great display in a dramatic and worthy Ladder Match. I have to say this whole Shawn vs Jericho feud has been the best for some time.
Results from the show, which was held in Portland, Oregon on October 5th: Matt Hardy downed Mark Henry in a decent opener.... Beth Pheonix defeated Candice Michelle.... Rey Mysterio defeated Kane via DQ in a good match.... Batista pinned John Bradshaw Layfield in a passable match to become to no 1 contender for the World title.... The Big Show defeated The Undertaker with knockout punches.... Triple H pinned Jeff Hardy in an excellent match.... Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Michaels in an exciting Ladder Match.
Overall Grade - A-
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This No mercy was one of the best ones I have seen and the reasons are
the matches are really good and they were flawless and they were very
enjoyable to watch and you would want to watch them over and over
again. The only match that was not that good was the divas match but
the divas in the match are hot so that is good. The best matches were
the undertaker vs. Big Show and Y2J vs. Shawn Michaels Ladder match and
the Jeff hardy vs. HHH match. So make sure that you see WWE no mercy
because it is awesome.
(ECW Championship) Matt Hardy vs. Mark Henry ****1/2 out of *****
(Womens Title) Beth Phoenix vs. Candice Michelle ** out of *****
Kane vs. Mysterio ****1/2 out of *****
Batista vs. JBL ***1/2 out of *****
The Undertaker vs. The Big Show ***** out of *****
(WWE Championship) HHH vs. Jeff Hardy ***** out of *****
(World HeavyWeight Title) Y2J vs. Shawn Michaels ***** out of *****
Matt Hardy Defeated Mark Henry (ECW Championship)
Beth Phoenix Defeated Candice Michello (Womens Title)
Rey Mysterio Defeated Kane
Batista Defeated JBL
The Big Show Defeated The Undertaker
HHH Defeated Jeff Hardy (WWE Championship)
(Ladder Match) Y2J Defeated Shawn Michaels (World HeavyWeight Title)
Overall Score: ********** out of **********
***** out of *****
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
No Mercy 2008 was a pretty good effort from the WWE. Not much to
complain about here, and there is a lot to like about the double
1.ECW Championship: Matt Hardy(c) vs. Mark Henry This ECW title match between the two rivals was alright. It wasn't as great as their post-Summerslam match on ECW a couple months ago but it wasn't as awful as you thought it would be. Henry did a good job of selling a knee injury while Hardy carried the match. Hardy won after reversing a World's Strongest Slam attempt into a Twist of Fate. Decent opener. 5/10.
2.Women's Championship: Beth Phoenix(c) vs. Candice Michelle I was somewhat excited to see this rematch between these two who had a little rivalry going late last year. Unfortunately, Candice still isn't that good of a wrestler. The match was pretty bad despite Beth's efforts to make Candice look somewhat good. I thought we might see a title switch because Santino has been messing up potential wins for the Glamazon of late, but Beth hit the Glam Slam to retain the belt. Poor divas match. 3/10.
3.Kane vs. Rey Mysterio In this match, if Rey Mysterio lost, he would have to take off his mask. Even though the storyline behind their rivalry is pretty dumb, these two had a good little match here. Rey hit many high-flying moves including a dropkick and a head-scissors over the top rope, while Kane showcased his power by hitting a Big Boot and throwing Mysterio out of the ring. The finish came when Rey leaped off the top turnbuckle towards Kane outside the ring but was met with a chair shot for a DQ win. The finish made no sense; if Kane wants to unmask Mysterio so badly, why get himself DQ'd? 6/10.
-In-ring segment- MVP came out to the ring to talk about how he has repeatedly been left off PPV cards, leading to Randy Orton coming out. MVP calls Vickie Guerrero incompetent, and Orton disses MVP. The Rhodes, DiBiase, and Manu trio came out to confront Orton. MVP then left but was met at the entrance ramp by CM Punk and Kofi Kingston. They convinced MVP to help them attack the multi-generational stable. They charged the ring but Punk and Kofi stopped, leaving MVP to be attacked by the trio. Punk and Kofi then entered the ring to battle with Rhodes and DiBiase while MVP fought Manu on the outside.
4.Batista vs. JBL I know, I know. You all cringe at the idea of this match, as do I. This was a match to determine the #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. It was a squash with Batista hitting a Batista Bomb and winning in about 5 minutes. Thank god it was short. Afterwards JBL went on a boring spiel about the stock market/economy. 4/10.
5.Undertaker vs. Big Show This match surprised me very much. I was expecting a very slow, brawling match but Big Show worked way better than I thought he would. A nice spot was when Undertaker countered a chokeslam attempt from Big Show into a DDT. In the end, Big Show slammed Undertaker's head into an exposed turnbuckle, then punched him in the head twice leading to a victory via KO. I didn't like the ending but it sets up an obvious rematch at Cyber Sunday. Nice match though. 6/10.
6.WWE Championship: Triple H(c) vs. Jeff Hardy Wow. This match really blew me out of the water. I was expecting a good match but this was incredible. If anyone was still doubting that Jeff could main event, well those doubts ought to be gone by now. He really worked his ass off here. I also will say Triple H did a great job as well. I applaud him for making Hardy look good like he did not do to MVP and Shelton Benjamin in previous matches. Hardy hit many moves such as flipping over the top rope onto Triple H and hitting a Whisper in the Wind. Late in the match, Triple H went for a Pedigree, only to be countered with a Twist of Fate. Jeff hits a Swanton and goes for the pin when Triple H suddenly rolls up Hardy to retain. I hated the ending because Jeff didn't even get a 2 count after hitting the Twist of Fate and Swanton, making his finisher seem ineffective. But still, at least he didn't eat the Pedigree. Great match. 8/10.
7.Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho(c) vs. Shawn Michaels Their unsanctioned match at Unforgiven was a match of the year candidate, so they followed that up with another MOTY candidate at No Mercy. This match was completely awesome and had many dangerous spots in it. At one point Jericho was about to grab the title when HBK pushed the ladder over, sending Jericho falling all the way from the top of the ladder to the floor. Think what happened to Undertaker at One Night Stand minus the tables. At another point, Jericho and Michaels battle d on top of a ladder outside the ring when Jericho grabbed Michaels and jumped off, sending both crashing through an announcer's table. Jericho's face was bloodied during the match and he lost half a tooth. Michaels almost won late in the match but Lance Cade interfered. Cade was met with Sweet Chin Music and Michaels went back on top of the ladder to brawl with Jericho. After a tug of war atop the ladder over the belt, Jericho head butted Michaels, causing him to fall off the ladder. Jericho grabbed the belt to retain. Excellent ladder match, best match of the night. 9/10.
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