WWE No Mercy Kickoff (09.24.17)
LOS ANGELES, CA (Staples Center)
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Booker T
The panel is introduced as Renee Young, Sam Roberts, Jerry "The King" Lawler & David Otunga.
Braun Strowman cuts a pre-recorded promo on his match against Brock Lesnar.
A lengthy video package is shown detailing the history between Roman Reigns and John Cena.
Kurt Angle briefly joins the panel to talk about Reigns/Cena. The Miz interrupted and said that anytime he steps in the ring, it's always a Wrestlemania Moment. Miz again talked about Angle being a bad father and cut a promo on his title defense against Jason Jordan on the PPV.
Renee Young conducted an interview with Finn Balor as he stood by in the backstage area. He said that in tonight's man vs. man match, he doesn't need the Demon to defeat Bray Wyatt.
The panel discussed the RAW Tag Team Title match.
Neville cut a promo on Enzo Amore and their upcoming Cruiserweight Title match. The panel discuss the match afterwards.
Alexa Bliss was in the Social Media Lounge and answered questions about preparing for the match knowing that she doesn't have to get pinned to lose the match, telling a fan that she will not marry him and the threat of Nia Jax being in the match.
The panel make their predictions for the Women's Title match.
1) Apollo Crews vs. Elias
Elias started off quick by taking Crews down twice out of a lockup and then applying a headlock. Crews countered and got a headlock of his own but Elias got out of that as well. Crews settled him down with an armbar and then took Elias down with a dropkick before going to a headlock. Elias fights out of it in the corner and manages to trip Crews when he flies onto the apron thus taking his legs out from under him.
After an ad for the Cena/Reigns match, we went back to the ring where Elias took him down with a hard clothesline to score a near fall. Elias snapped off a side headlock but Crews went to the gut and slugged away to make his comeback. Elias hit a mule kick out of nowhere to grab another near fall and then it was time to stretch out Crews with a camel clutch. Crews fights out and nails his trademark standing moonsault for a two count of his own. He nailed Elias with an enzuiguri to send the Drifter to the outside but when he brings him back in, Elias smacks his head into the buckle and executed the Drift Away for the win.
WINNER: Elias via pinfall (8:36)
A lengthy video package is shown detailing the history between Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman.
Mike Rome interviewed Paul Heyman, who said that Braun is bigger and stronger than Brock and tonight the question is whether or not Brock can be the beast among men.
The panel discuss the Universal Title match.