The Smackdown PPV No Mercy will air this Sunday from East Rutherford, New Jersey. The card has a total of seven matches currently scheduled and here they are with my predictions.
Last Ride Match for the WWE Championship
JBL vs. Undertaker
This is the second PPV match that these two are going to have. Last time was at SummerSlam and that wasn’t good at all. It doesn’t look good this time around either. The only difference is that the “Last Ride” gimmick is referring to a hearse. The only way to win is to get your opponent into the hearse and shut the door. The WWE calls this the “first ever” of this type of match. I don’t feel like that’s the case seeing that Kane beat Shane McMahon at last year’s Survivor Series in an Ambulance Match, which has the same rules. The difference was the type of vehicle that is being used.
This Undertaker/JBL feud has been total crap from the start. The only thing that excited me was the return of Gangrel and Viscera. Okay, actually only Gangrel. So, with that said, a new and better feud needs to start and on Sunday it will happen with a title change.
My Choice: Undertaker; your NEW WWE Champion
Best of 5 Series for the U.S. Championship; Match 5
Booker T vs. John Cena
Here’s another little something that started back in August. Booker T won the vacant United States Championship in an 8-Man Elimination match. The previous champion, John Cena, was stripped of the title by then-GM Kurt Angle. Ever since then Cena has been chasing Booker T for the chance to once again hold that title. The current GM, Teddy Long, started a best of 5 series back at SummerSlam and now it’s tied at two wins apiece. No Mercy will have the final match of this series to see if Booker T can retain or if Cena can become a 2-time U.S. Champion.
I never got into this series, mainly because the title is already on one of the participants. This series is likely a take from the Chris Benoit vs. Booker T best of 7 series from WCW back in 1998. It was much better in the ring and the winner faced the then-TV Champion Fit Finlay.
My Choice: John Cena; your NEW United States Champion
Kurt Angle vs. Big Show
The story here goes back to late-Spring/early-Summer when Kurt Angle was the GM of Smackdown. After a little chase of Torrie Wilson by Big Show, Kurt Angle tried to calm him down to no avail. Big Show tossed Angle off of a high platform to the concrete below. Soon after Angle showed up on TV in a wheelchair. About three months later he was fired as GM by Vince McMahon. Then, recently Big Show returned to action and got a one-on-one match with Kurt Angle to take place at No Mercy.
While this match won’t be great, at least it will be good thanks to the greatness that is Kurt Angle. Angle has already expressed publicly his wish to face Undertaker at WrestleMania 21. If that’s the case then expect ‘Taker to win the WWE title from JBL and Angle to defeat Big Show this Sunday.
My Choice: Kurt Angle
Eddie Guerrero vs. Luther Reigns
From WWE Champion down to fighting Luther Reigns. That’s where Eddie Guerrero stands in recent storylines. Speaking of storylines, where exactly is the story for this match. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of one.
Since this one is short on back story and because the team of Angle and Reigns don’t need two wins in one night, I’ll give the win to Latino Heat.
My Choice: Eddie Guerrero
WWE Tag Team Championship
Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree vs. Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio
Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree are the WWE Tag Team Champions for one reason only. They won the titles because of the problems that Kidman and London were starting to have at the time. There’s little to get excited about here and little story to go with that which seemed to start only a week ago on Smackdown. However, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio have been partners in the past where as Suzuki and Dupree haven’t had as much time together.
I’m going use the same reasoning for this match that I used for the World Tag Team title match from Unforgiven. The champions will remain with the titles since there is little reason to have RVD and Mysterio take them here.
My Choice: Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree; STILL your WWE Tag Team Champions
Paul London vs. Billy Kidman
These two won the WWE Tag Team Championship out of nowhere from the Dudley Boyz back in July. After winning a match several weeks ago to retain the titles, Billy Kidman hit his Shooting Star Press for the win. However, he injured Chavo Guerrero in the process. The WWE writers took this legit injury and turned it into a storyline. Kidman started showing concern for his opponent’s health by not performing his finisher. This behavior lead to he and Paul London to lose the tag team titles to Suzuki and Dupree. This severely upset London who had asked for this match at No Mercy.
I enjoyed this team, but I’m not happy with the team breakup already. They were together for all of two months and that’s not long enough for fans to care. I know the match will be one of the best of the night in the ring, but when it comes to storyline, it just won’t come off as well. On top of all of these problems, it’s also confusing on who”s supposed to be the face and who the heel is. Most people are as confounded as I am. My pick for this match is going to be a blind one.
My Choice: Billy Kidman
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Nunzio vs. Spike Dudley
The only setup for this match was a win by Nunzio over the current champ, Spike Dudley, in a non-title match on the last Smackdown before the pay-per-view. Therefore, because of this I can’t really explain a reason for who I pick.
My Choice: Spike Dudley; STILL your Cruiserweight Champion