Welcome to WNW’s No Mercy 2016 Predictions! No Mercy will be emanating from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. This time around, we have myself, Zeppelin Mayers, Brendan Wahl, and Big M providing full predicts, while Zack Krasney, Kendra Bunyon, Jesse-Elizabeth Sherwood, and Moose are doing quick picks. Let’s get to it!
Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin
The decision to trade Jack Swagger to SmackDown was an interesting choice. I mean, the guy hasn't done anything relevant in a couple years and has primarily been used as a jobber. That hadn't changed when he was drafted to Raw this summer either. So does the blue brand actually have plans for him? A feud with Baron Corbin is a good idea, I think. The two big men have produced fine matches before, including one on this week's SmackDown. I think we all were surprised by Swagger's screwy win on Tuesday. This most likely means Corbin will get the rebound here. It sucks that Baron has to always be on the kickoff shows, but it's better than nothing, right?
CJ's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Baron needs momentum. Swagger’s career as a top talent is over. Maybe a mid title run, but that is it. Corbin has a chance, and because of that he needs all the legit wins he can get.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
I have no real interest in this feud at all and have no idea why we're suddenly supposed to care about Swagger after he just finished jobbing to Jinder Mahal on RAW less than a month ago. Baron needs the win especially after that stupid “controversial” finish on Smackdown. I'll go with Corbin and it will probably be equally controversial somehow.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
I asked this question on the Smackdown Breakdown, and I am now going to ask it here! Does anyone care about Jack Swagger? I mean why should we care about him after years and years of poorly booked pushes in-between constant Jobbing. The only interest I have in this match in this match is due to Baron Corbin, and he isn’t exactly been tearing it up since he was called up to the main roster. Which is a bloody shame if you think about it. However, with all that being said, the disputed submission victory Swagger scored on Corbin this past week does make me a little bit curious about where they will go with this match.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Zack's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Jack Swagger
Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Moose's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
The double turn that occurred after SummerSlam still surprises me honestly. It's been fun to watch, though, as these girls are vicious when it comes to the brawling and attacking. The way I see it, Carmella has been winning in this feud since the get-go, especially when you look back at her eliminating Nikki from the Six-Pack challenge at Backlash. All it means is that Nikki will pull out the victory here to prove she can keep up with the new talent coming in.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
Hopefully they make this a No Disqualification Match. Bella will get her vengeance, but hopefully Carmella, like Bliss, will look strong in defeat.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
This is one of the better feuds on Smackdown right now. Nikki has constantly been trying to get at Carmella but either gets attacked from behind or Carmella gets a sneaky victory. I think this will finally be the match where Bella gets her revenge.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
People who read my stuff here on WNW will know I am NO Nikki Bella fan. The fact she is heralded every week on WWE TV as the longest reigning Divas Champion makes me gag. Every single bloody time! However, some good does seem to be coming off it. For every time they praise Nikki on TV, only for Carmella to pin her or make her submit, it makes Carmella look like a legitimate threat in the Smackdown Women’s division. If I were booking this match, I would have Carmella win clean, and have position her to win a future number one contender match. However, sadly as Nikki now has her reality show (that makes Keeping up with the Kardashians look like Shindler’s list) I can’t see WWE’s marketing department being too thrilled the idea of Nikki losing this match.
And I’m sure Vince will probably agree.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
Zack's Predicted Winner: Carmella
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Carmella (dirty)
Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
Moose's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
SmackDown Women's Championship Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
I was rather pleased that WWE decided to push Alexa Bliss in the title picture. It's fresh and exciting! The problem I have with it, though, is that I would like to see Bliss be the one that ends up taking the title from Becky. It's too soon to do that now as Lynch is just kicking off her reign. Hopefully we get a decent match here and a future encounter where Alexa rises to the top because I can't see Becky losing already.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch needs to retain. Bliss needs to look strong. Bliss needs to utilize her intelligence so that she remains strong in defeat. All in all, should be a good match.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
I won't get into this much because it appears that it's been cancelled due to Becky's injury but my guess would have been Becky going over. Hopefully she doesn't have to vacate the belt if it's only a minor injury and just shelves her for a few weeks.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Oh man, I love both these Women so much that it’s impossible to pick who I want to win. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…Becky Lynch is the best all round worker in both Women’s divisions. Her in-ring skill, the pure talent on the microphone and her unique look make her my favorite Women’s Wrestler today. But on the other hand, Alexa Bliss has proven herself the last few weeks as so much more than Blake and Murphy’s valet! And as a comic book fan, her Harley Quinn inspired look is one of the coolest things on TV. I’m going to go with Becky on this one because I don’t want Becky to have such a short reign.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Zack's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Moose's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Usos
It's very obvious the company is planning on strapping The Usos soon so they can begin their full-fledged feud with American Alpha. It sucks that Rhyno and Slater probably won't have much more time to be the champions and have an actual reign, but the tandem has been fun to watch. Something in my gut is actually telling me Slater and Rhyno will retain here, although I also feel I'm going to be wrong.
CJ's Predicted Winners: Slater & Rhyno
I love lengthy title reigns, but in this case I think it is best to give the belts to The Usos. They are red hot right now, and a feud with American Alpha is more exciting than what Slater & Rhyno can do as champions. I think the beauty and the man beast should stick together, and do more comedy. A second title run would be cool, but right now Usos need to solidify their dominance.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winners: The Usos
I think the Usos are going to dominate and get the belts so that they can use them to feud with American Alpha throughout the rest of the year. Slater & Rhyno are fun though and I don't want to see it end but this is the logical decision.
Brendan's Predicted Winners: The Usos
If anyone thinks people like Roman Reigns or John Cena shouldn’t play heel should watch how truly awesome the Usos have been the last month. I can’t remember the last time a heel turn went so smoothly in WWE. And it is a true testament to the talents of Jimmy and Jey. But on the other hand; who would have ever thought that Heath Slater would be one of the most talked about workers in 2016! His storyline has been one of the funniest, and most original in WWE in quite some time. And the payoff with him and a returning Rhyno winning the Smackdown Tag Team Title tournament still makes me smile whenever I think about it. BUT, Heath and Rhyno don’t need the Titles to be over as they are simply a very entertaining pairing. Meanwhile, as successful as their heel turn has been so far, The Usos do need to win this match to solidify their heel turn.
Big M's Predicted Winners: The Usos
Zack's Predicted Winners: Slater & Rhyno
Kendra's Predicted Winners: Slater & Rhyno (but growing issues)
Elizabeth's Predicted Winners: The Usos
Moose's Predicted Winners: Slater & Rhyno
Intercontinental Title vs. Career Match
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
How long has it been since the Intercontinental Championship felt so important? The Miz and Ziggler have done a fantastic job on the mic and in the ring together to make this a must-see feud. When the Career vs. Title stipulation was announced, I immediately assumed Ziggler was going to take the title because why would his entire career be over? That was until some rumors started that Dolph may indeed be done and transitioning his career backstage or simply out of the company. Regardless of the outcome, we are in for a treat. This is the match I'm most excited for, and I'm anticipating Miz to continue his dominant reign.
CJ's Predicted Winner: The Miz
I love The Miz, even before he became everyone’s favorite. With everything going on, I honestly have no clue, but I am going with a shocker and Miz wins retiring Ziggler. Hopefully he can take some time off heal, and in a year or so he can finish off his career strong with a solid world title run.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: The Miz
With all the rumors surrounding Dolph leaving and working behind the scenes, I can see Miz winning and retiring Ziggler. What better way to go out than on your back and putting over one of your best friends in the business?
Brendan's Predicted Winner: The Miz
I hate to be the resident “negative nancy” here on predictions, But this is honestly another match that just makes me sad. Dolph Ziggler’s Career is a textbook case of the damage stop/start booking can do. Simply put, after so many years of little pushes in-between a lot of Jobbing, I and many other fans simply can’t get invested in Ziggy ever again. I honestly hope the rumors of him actually leaving WWE after No Mercy are true. Because I don’t think WWE will ever truly commit to pushing Dolph as a legitimate main event superstar. Even though he has proven that he is better than most if not all flavor of the months he has been booked to put over. I don’t know who will win this match, And I honestly don’t care!
Big M's Predicted Winner: I don't care!
Zack's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Kendra's Predicted Winner: The Miz (bye, bye Ziggy)
Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Moose's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler by DQ, Miz retains
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
After Orton wasn't able to compete at Backlash and Wyatt went on to lose to Kane, I really wasn't thrilled to see this rivalry continue. However, the creative team has done a great job at building this feud back up using mind games outside of the ring. Now I can say I'm pretty pumped to see what these two can do together in the squared circle. Like Backlash, I'm left questioning who should go over. Something tells me there's a good chance this could be extended to Survivor Series, so I imagine Wyatt will steal the win here. After the feud is over, I bet one of these guys will begin chasing the WWE World Championship.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
I wish I was more excited for this match, but with Wyatt’s terrible booking, everything they do either isn’t as cool as it should be or is just boring. I want Bray Wyatt to win. I think this could be really good for him if WWE intends to revamp his character. I am going out on a limb and say Wyatt wins but I don’t expect it to happen.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
I'm gonna be an optimist and say that Bray gets his revenge here otherwise this has been one of the more one-sided feuds in quite some time. It won't be clean but I say Wyatt wins somehow.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
This match makes me sad! Not because it won’t be good, For I know it will be. It’s because I already know who the winner will be! Bray Wyatt has been named the world's first “Superstar Jobber” by the IWC, And sadly it is an accurate description of what the most unique character on WWE TV has become. Look, We all know Orton is next in line for a World Title program. And after having to put Lesnar over in ridicules fashion at SummerSlam, he needed a strong win against a solid opponent before he could be booked into that spot. But why does Bray always have to be that guy in every single one of his programs?
Big M's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
Zack's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
Moose's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton by DQ
Triple Threat WWE World Championship Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
Following Backlash, I never guessed we would be seeing this particular three-way come to fruition. It's certainly been fun to watch Styles, Ambrose, and Cena give it their all to prove who should be the top dog. There's no doubt in my mind that Styles will retain. Cena's big 16th title win will happen in due time, but I just can't see it happening in 2016. The action is sure to be all over place, resulting in Styles pinning Ambrose in the finish.
CJ's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
I am super excited for this match. Three huge stars for the company going at it over the biggest prize. Granted this is a match I would have expected at Survivor Series, but I am glad they are doing it now. As for the winner, I don’t see Cena winning the title. He will tie Flair’s record, but not on this day. Ambrose just lost it so winning it back won’t do any good. That means Styles will retain, not a shocking choice, but I think in the process we could see a heel turn from Ambrose. Not a full turn, but the real beginning turning of Ambrose. Styles retains, and will more likely have a title match with Cena at Survivor Series.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
I've been loving this feud. I can see Styles retaining here by pinning Ambrose and then I would like to see this match branch off so we can get a Cena/Dean feud instead of the predictable Cena/AJ thing. Let Cena win that feud with Dean and then finally get his 16th title by beating Styles at Mania. That would be a fitting end to this story.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
Make no mistake about it; Smackdown has the best Main Event this month on the WWE Network. This match should be an absolute bloody corker. The mic work by all three of these men has been incredible. And the finish of this week's Smackdown in which all three men looked like a million bucks is exactly how you should sell a main event. I honestly can’t wait to witness the pure Awesomeness that this triple threat match will give us. But the name of this game is to predict a winner. And as such I’m going to go with AJ as both Ambrose and Cena are scheduled to be away for a month filming other projects.
Big M's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
Zack's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
Kendra's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
Moose's Predicted Winner: AJ Styles
Thanks everyone for reading our predictions this round! Feel free to post yours in the comments below, and don’t forget to join us tonight at 7 PM EST for our live coverage and Open Thread Party for No Mercy!