The second SmackDown LIVE exclusive pay-per-view since the WWE Brand Extension would kick off in monumental fashion as WWE No Mercy would open with the Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Championship as AJ Styles would defend WWE’s top prize against fifteen-time former World Champion John Cena and “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose with the first Superstar to score a pinfall or submission walking out as the champion. As expected, the championship match would kick off in chaotic fashion with each Superstar trying to gain the early advantage in the Triple Threat Match. This would lead all three men to the outside as John Cena would slam Dean Ambrose back-first into the ring post before AJ Styles dives to the outside, taking Cena down. Back in the ring, Styles appeared to be in control of the match before Ambrose re-joins the fray and John Cena would show his incredible strength, using his power to suplex both Styles and Ambrose at the same time!
In control of the match for the time being, Cena would look for the Attitude Adjustment, but AJ Styles would land on his feet before catching Cena with the Pele Kick. Ambrose would then attempt a sunset flip with Styles kicking out before catching Cena and Ambrose with a DDT/neckbreaker combination, but the champion is unable to successfully pin either competitor. AJ then sends Ambrose to the outside before turning his focus to Cena with Cena fighting back, nearly putting Styles away. Cena then looks for the Attitude Adjustment off of the second rope, but Styles would counter with a big powerbomb to Cena with Cena managing to kick out. AJ then gets Cena in a sleeper hold, but Cena fights out, locking in a sleeper hold of his own before Ambrose comes back in, locking in a sleeper hold on Cena. Cena breaks the hold before gaining momentum against Ambrose before AJ takes Cena out with a suplex into a double underhook facebuster. Ambrose then hits his own double underhook facebuster on Styles, but the champion kicks out. After Ambrose is sent to the outside, it briefly comes down to Styles and Cena again before Ambrose launches himself off of the top rope, taking Cena down. Styles then sends Cena out of the ring before AJ fights out of Dirty Deeds.
The champion then positions Ambrose on the top rope, hitting the Frankensteiner but Ambrose rolls through, nearly scoring the pinfall before both men take each other out with a clothesline. With both Styles and Ambrose down, Cena re-enters the ring, finding himself as the only one on his feet, hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle on both men before scoring with the Attitude Adjustment to AJ Styles. AJ is quick to roll out of the ring as Cena hits Ambrose with the Attitude Adjustment as well, but “The Lunatic Fringe” kicks out! Cena then locks in the STF on Ambrose before Styles breaks it up and the champion then brings Cena to the ring apron, delivering a sickening suplex to Cena on the apron! The champion then hits a dazzling springboard 450 Splash on Ambrose, but Ambrose kicks out again. Styles then looks for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Ambrose counters, looking for Dirty Deeds. However, AJ would use a rake to the eyes before planting Ambrose with the Styles Clash, but Cena would come in and lock the STF on the champion with Ambrose keeping AJ from tapping out, breaking up the hold.
In a wild series of moves, Cena would use Styles as a weapon to take Ambrose out before Ambrose rebounds with his signature clothesline. Shortly after this, Cena hits a running powerbomb on Ambrose before Styles goes for a high cross body with Cena catching the champion, but AJ counters into the Calf Crusher. Ambrose again breaks it up before locking in AJ’s own Calf Crusher on the champion before Cena joins in and locks in the STF on Styles as well. With both Cena and Ambrose having Styles trapped in a submission hold, the champion would tap out and the bell would ring. However, with no clear winner, the referee waves the decision off, ordering the match to continue.
Ambrose then connects with Dirty Deeds to Cena, but Styles pulls the referee out of the ring at the last second, saving his championship for the time being. Ambrose then tosses Styles over the German announce table before turning his focus back to Cena, but Cena would battle back, hitting the Attitude Adjustment off of the second rope. This is when AJ would come into the ring with a steel chair, taking advantage of the rules of the Triple Threat Match by hitting Cena in the mid-section and the back with the chair with Styles pinning Cena, scoring the three-count to successfully retain the WWE World Championship in a hard-fought Triple Threat Match.
In an intense rivalry going back several weeks, No Mercy would see “Fearless” Nikki Bella square off with “The Princess of Staten Island” Carmella. Unsurprisingly, Carmella would focus on the surgically repaired neck of Nikki Bella throughout the match. Late in the match, Carmella would lock in the Code of Silence on Nikki Bella and Nikki would power out of the submission, but Carmella would lock it in again with Nikki barely able to get to the bottom rope. Nikki then rebounds with the Rack Attack 2.0, pinning Carmella to pick up her first pay-per-view win since her return.
Backstage, Intercontinental Champion The Miz confronts SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, telling the GM that, after he defeats Dolph Ziggler and forces Dolph to retire, then Dolph and Daniel Bryan will have that in common. The Miz then tells Daniel that, after he retains the Intercontinental Title tonight, he wants to renegotiate his contract, saying that they will have some funds freed up after Dolph is gone.
The SmackDown Tag Team Titles would then be on the line at No Mercy as the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Rhyno would put the titles on the line against The Usos. Towards the end of the match, Jey Uso would lock in Tequila Sunrise on Heath Slater, but Rhyno would break it up before getting the tag and blasting Jey with the Gore, pinning Jey for the win as Heath Slater & Rhyno successfully retain the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
After their match on SmackDown LIVE ended with the referee calling for the bell despite Baron Corbin not tapping out to Jack Swagger’s Patriot Lock, the rematch would take place at No Mercy as “The Real American” Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin. During the match, Jack Swagger would lock in the Patriot Lock, but Baron Corbin would get to the ring apron, forcing the break. However, as the referee fixes the ring apron, Corbin catches Swagger with a thumb to the eye, following it up with the End of Days, pinning Swagger to pick up the win.
Then it was time for what could be the end of an eleven year journey as Dolph Ziggler would put his WWE career on the line for one more opportunity as “The Show Off” would challenge The Miz, with Maryse in his corner, for the Intercontinental Championship in a Title vs. Career match where, if Dolph loses, he will retire from WWE. During the match, The Miz would take Dolph Ziggler down with a big boot before putting his feet on the ropes to try and gain the illegal advantage, but the referee would spot the attempt and would call off the pinfall. The champion then starts to work over the left leg of the challenger, trying to weaken Dolph for the Figure-Four Leg Lock. The Miz would then climb to the top rope, but Dolph would catch The Miz on the top rope, looking for a superplex to the champion. However, The Miz would battle back, trying to a sunset flip before attempting a slingshot powerbomb, but Dolph would continue to counter before The Miz is able to lock in the Figure-Four Leg Lock. With his career on the line, Dolph desperately claws for the bottom rope, eventually able to grab the rope as The Miz is forced to break the hold.
Maryse then gets involved, getting on the ring apron to distract the referee, allowing The Miz to remove the protective turnbuckle pad behind the referee’s back. Dolph then hits the Rough Ryder on the champion, but The Miz kicks out. The Miz then sends Dolph into the exposed steel turnbuckle before scoring with the slingshot powerbomb, but Ziggler kicks out again. Mocking Daniel Bryan, The Miz would score with a series of kicks to Dolph Ziggler before “The Show Off” fights back with the Zig Zag to the champion with The Miz barely able to kick out. Dolph then counters the Skull Crushing Finale into a roll-up and, when The Miz kicks out, Dolph quickly locks in the sleeper hold, but The Miz is able to pull himself to the bottom rope, forcing the break.
As the referee checks on The Miz, Maryse would again grab a bottle of perfume, spraying it in the eyes of Dolph Ziggler. The champion then takes advantage with the Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler is barely able to get his foot on the bottom rope, saving his career for the time being. The Miz then attacks the leg of Dolph, only relenting when The Miz pulls Dolph’s boot off! Ziggler then scores with a super kick to the champion, but as Dolph goes for the cover, Maryse would signal to the back and this would bring out the remnants of the Spirit Squad as Kenny & Mikey rush down to the ring, getting on the ring apron to distract the referee.
Dolph then drops Mikey with a super kick before The Miz capitalizes with another Skull Crushing Finale to “The Show Off”, but Dolph kicks out again! Kenny then gets on the ring apron to distract the referee again and this is when the referee had enough, ejecting Kenny, Mikey, & Maryse from ringside! Meanwhile, in the ring, Dolph catches The Miz with a super kick, finally securing the three-count to, against all odds, become the brand new Intercontinental Champion for the fifth time in his career and, more importantly, Dolph Ziggler saves his own career, remaining a part of WWE after the match of his life! With his career intact as the new Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler would celebrate the huge victory with the fans as “The Show Off” leaves No Mercy with his career and the Intercontinental Title as The Miz looks on the verge of tears in the ring.
With SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch unable to compete in the scheduled SmackDown Women’s Title match due to an out-of-competition injury, the #1 Contender for the SmackDown Women’s Title, Alexa Bliss, would be in action at No Mercy as Alexa would go one-on-one with Naomi. During the match, Alexa Bliss locks in a cross armbreaker on Naomi, but Naomi counters into a pinning predicament, pinning the #1 Contender to pick up the win! Naomi then walks out victorious as Alexa Bliss throws a tantrum in the ring.
Then it was time for the main event as, after weeks of mind games between the two demented Superstars, it come to a head at No Mercy as “The Viper” Randy Orton would go one-on-one with “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt. In the early going of the match, Randy Orton would look for the RKO but Bray Wyatt was quick to slip out of the ring, taking a breather before coming back into the ring to combat “The Viper”. The match would then spill to the outside where Orton would again try for the RKO, but Bray would counter, sending Orton over the announce table. Wyatt then sets the bottom half of the steel steps in front of the announce tables before Orton fires back against “The Eater of Worlds”, sending Bray back into the ring. Wyatt then knocks “The Viper” off of the ring apron and into the barricade before Bray mocks Orton in the ring as Bray waits for a count-out victory, but Orton is able to make it back into the ring in time.
Now in control of the match, Bray Wyatt would methodically begin to wear Randy Orton down, hitting a big splash in the corner. Orton would repeatedly try to fight back, but Bray would maintain control before both competitors find themselves on the ring apron with Bray planting “The Viper” with a DDT on the ring apron. Shortly after this, Bray would climb to the second rope, looking for a senton from the elevated height, but Orton would move out of the way. Both Superstars then get back to their feet, trading shots before Orton begins to gain momentum with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. Bray then throws himself into Orton before both men go counter-for-counter with Bray ultimately hitting his signature uranage, but failing to put “The Viper” away. On the outside, Bray would position Orton on the steel steps, looking for a senton, but Orton moves out of the way as “The Eater of Worlds” collides with the steel! “The Viper” then drops Wyatt back-first on the barricade before the fight returns to the ring as Orton scores with his suspended DDT.
Orton then sizes Wyatt up for the RKO, but that is when the lights would go out in the arena and, when the spotlight shines in the ring, none other than Bray Wyatt’s longtime follower Luke Harper appears in the ring, face-to-face with Randy Orton! Bray would then take advantage of the surprise re-emergence of Luke Harper as Wyatt hits Sister Abigail on “The Viper”, pinning Orton for the win. After the match, Luke Harper helps Bray Wyatt to his feet, embracing his leader as The Wyatt Family reunites at No Mercy before the demonic pairing exits the ring.
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