WWE No Mercy 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterSeptember 24, 2017

WWE No Mercy 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    The greatness of WWE No Mercy 2017 came from an unexpected source.

    Much of the hype leading up to Sunday's Raw-brand pay-per-view focused on Brock Lesnar's slugfest with fellow behemoth Braun Strowman and John Cena's potential passing-of-the-torch match against Roman Reigns. Those two bouts, though, didn't deliver as expected. It was the tag team division that was the heart of No Mercy. 

    Cena vs. Reigns never stirred up the emotion it was capable of. Strowman's attempt to snatch the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar wrapped up early, meaning the two monsters wouldn't destroy nearly as much as they could have. 

    Instead, it was Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose's high-octane battle with Cesaro and Sheamus that stole the show.

    The tag team title match thrilled. Alexa Bliss' title defense was strong as well. A number of the undercard bouts had the crowd buzzing.

    And so, strangely enough, a night built around two WrestleMania-worthy matches became more about the event's other contests, about Superstars not standing in the center of the spotlight making sure to be the talk of the PPV.

Apollo Crews vs. Elias (Kickoff)

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    Elias sang to the Staples Center crowd before the match began. He trashed both the city and Apollo Crews in verse.

    Once the bell rang, Crews took the early advantage, outwrestling his foe. Elias swept Crews off the ring apron to gain control.

    During one of Crews' flurries, Elias pounced with a clothesline and Drift Away.

    Elias kicked his opponent after the match. Luckily for Crews, Titus O'Neil chased him away before he could do much damage.

            

    Result

    Elias wins via pinfall.

              

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "City of Angels? Far as I'm concerned, I'm in hell."—Elias.
    • "Every hipster has a script."—Elias.

            

    Grade

    D

           

    Analysis

    The reactions for Elias are getting louder. So something is clearly working with the guitar-toting grappler.

    The bout's action was often bland, though. A slow pace and a ton of headlocks made this an underwhelming effort. Throw in a lack of build, and this was instantly forgettable. 

The Miz vs. Jason Jordan (Intercontinental Championship)

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    Jason Jordan jumped to an early advantage, leaving The Miz reeling. He chased the champion in and out of the ring until The Miztourage distracted him. The champion then went to work punishing his opponent.

    A gutsy Jordan battled back.

    He stayed atop the champ, suplexing him all over the ring. A distraction from Bo Dallas cost Jordan as The Miz landed a cheap shot that gave him the victory.

         

    Result

    The Miz wins via pinfall to retain the Intercontinental Championship.

          

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Jordan delivers a long delayed vertical suplex.
    • The crowd chants "Who's your daddy?"
    • Jordan suplexes Bo Dallas on to The Miz and Curtis Axel outside.

             

    Grade

    B-

           

    Analysis

    A solid performance from Jordan. He showed off good energy and emotion. The crowd pushed back against the babyface at first, but he seemed to have won some of them over in the end.

    Jordan's loss here extended his title chase and allows there to be more anticipation ahead.

    WWE, though, would be smart to turn him heel before long. A frustrated Jordan barking back at an audience who doesn't respect him would be huge for him.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

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    Bray Wyatt ambushed Finn Balor before the bell rang. He slammed the babyface around the ringside area until officials attended to him.

    Wyatt gloated as Balor headed to the locker room. Furious, the Irishman charged back in, battling The Eater of Worlds, even as he favored his ribs. Fighting through the pain, Balor traded control of the match with his foe.

    Eventually, he was able to land the Coup de Grace to put Wyatt away.

             

    Result

    Balor wins via pinfall.

              

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "Look what I just did to your mighty little hero."—Wyatt.
    • Balor dropkicks Wyatt into the security barricade.
    • Balor traps Wyatt in the ring apron and batters him afterward.
    • Balor hits Coup de Grace to the back of Wyatt's head.

             

    Grade

    B+

               

    Analysis

    High-impact action made up for a narrative that never truly resonated. The story of Balor having to fight Wyatt as a mortal rather than as his alter ego, The Demon, felt forced.  

    Still, Balor's demonstration of heart to push through and get the win was engaging. He was his usual athletic, electric self. And there was enough smashmouth offense to round things out.

    It's hard to get excited about him and Wyatt keeping this rivalry going, but they more than did their job here.

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro & Sheamus (Raw Tag Team Championships)

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    Cesaro and Sheamus clobbered Dean Ambrose as the match first unfolded. They took turns wailing on one half of the tag champs, keeping him in their corner as a concerned Rollins watched on.

    The Kingslayer stormed in, but Cesaro and Sheamus managed to slow things down and keep him on the mat.

    Cesaro and Sheamus walloped Ambrose as well. The challengers looked certain of victory until Sheamus accidentally kicked his own partner. The Lunatic Fringe took advantage, landed Dirty Deeds and secured the three-count.

             

    Result

    Ambrose and Rollins win via pinfall to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.

           

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Cesaro swings Ambrose into the ring steps.
    • An Ambrose slingshot leaves Cesaro missing several teeth.
    • Sheamus hurls Rollins into the air, where Cesaro uppercutted him to the canvas.
    • Cesaro powerbombs Rollins on to Ambrose from the top rope.

             

    Grade

    A

             

    Analysis

    Cesaro's toughness is off the charts. He battled through much of this match while bleeding from the mouth and without some of his teeth.

    This was a tremendous, whirlwind title bout. Tag team wrestling has been one of the highlights of Raw of late. Credit Cesaro and Sheamus' smashmouth excellence for a lot of that.

    It felt like this rivalry was coming to a close, but WWE has added incentive to keep letting these teams collide.

Fatal 5-Way Match for the Raw Women's Championship

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    Alexa Bliss vs. Emma vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax

    The challengers ousted Alexa Bliss from the match to go at each other. Sasha Banks and Bayley worked together to clear the ring before locking up.

    Nia Jax soon went on a rampage, but the other woman ganged up on her.

    A fast-paced match saw all the competitors get within seconds of victory. Bliss survived all the chaos and knocked out Bayley with her signature DDT.

              

    Result

    Bliss wins via pinfall to retain the Raw Women's Championship.

                

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Jax counters a Bliss DDT with pure power and slams her to the mat.
    • "You are nothing without me!"—Bliss.
    • Bliss hits both Banks and Bliss with a Samoan Drop at the same time.
    • Bliss nails Emma with a huge slap.
    • Bayley and Emma powerbomb Jax after Banks and Bliss kick her.

               

    Grade

    B+

             

    Analysis

    In a short amount of time, Bliss and the women chasing her for the title packed an impressive amount of action into the bout.

    Jax thrived as a powerful titan overwhelming the opposition. Creative offense fueled the fight. And there was a steady sense of urgency throughout.

    However, WWE didn't explore Banks and Bayley's alliance nearly enough. And it would have been good to see Emma get more spotlight in her biggest match to date. More ring time would have made it easier to accomplish both of those things.

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

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    Getting pushed around early didn't phase John Cena. Roman Reigns overpowered him; Cena responded by goofing around. 

    The Big Dog methodically went after his foe, tagging Cena with hard strikes and stomps.

    Reigns dominated. He snuffed out Cena's flurries of offense, countered his signature moves and owned him for much of the contest. Even when Cena twice fired off his finisher, Reigns wouldn't stay down.

    The fight moved to the announcers' area, where the rivals left ruin behind them.

    Reigns fended off Cena, hit him with a spear and walked away with the win. Cena raised his foe's arm in victory as a sign of respect.

               

    Result

    Reigns wins via pinfall.

                   

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Fans briefly chant "You both suck!"
    • Cena slings Reigns into the steel steps. Reigns returns the favor moments later.
    • Reigns punches Cena out of the air as he went for a shoulder tackle.
    • "We're not on the mic now. You have to fight."—Reigns.
    • Reigns counters Cena's diving leg drop with a powerbomb.
    • Cena hits an AA off the second rope.
    • Reigns spears Cena through an announce table.
    • Cena bowed before exiting the ring.

           

    Grade

    C+

              

    Analysis

    Cena's early silly antics hurt the big-fight feel. His over-the-top selling didn't help, either.

    The battle was all about high spots, with not enough buildup to each major moment. This was a highlight reel more than an emotionally rich work of theater. 

    And the ending didn't feel nearly climactic enough, with one spear being enough to take down Cena following Reigns' suffering four AAs.

Neville vs. Enzo Amore (Cruiserweight Championship)

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    Enzo Amore talked trash before stepping into the ring, telling Neville he was a hideous man.

    As soon as the bell rang, Neville swallowed up the challenger. He flustered with him his superior mat skills. He toyed with Amore.

    The champ battered the loudmouth in and out of the ring.

    A missed Phoenix Splash allowed Amore to floor The King of the Cruiserweights. Amore brought in the cruisierweight title belt, and as the referee took it back out of the ring, he nailed Neville with a low blow.

    That was enough to get the win.

             

    Result

    Amore wins via pinfall to claim the Cruiserweight Championship.

                 

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Amore dons striped pants reminiscent of Virgil's gear.
    • "You look like Gollum and Frodo had a baby. That's an ugly baby."—Amore.
    • "Too easy!"—Neville says of controlling Amore.
    • Neville throws Amore into the security guardrail. 
    • Fans chant "This is boring!"
    • Amore hits a flying DDT.

          

    Grade

    D-

              

    Analysis

    Get ready for a sharp decline in quality of action at the top of the cruiserweight division.

    Amore did the impossible here—making a Neville match unwatchable. This was boring and lacked spark the whole way through.

    A story of Neville's overconfidence costing him took a wrong turn, as Amore, the babyface in this equation, cheated to win. The ending didn't build on what came before it. The action dragged.

    And it's hard to get pumped about Amore carrying the gold from here on out.

Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)

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    Strowman floored Lesnar to kick things off. He overpowered the champion, going for the running powerslam early.

    The fight moved to the outside, where Strowman continued his assault.

    Lesnar locked in the kimura and slowed the monster down. A series of German suplexes allowed The Beast Incarnate to even things up. Lesnar was able to hoist his massive foe on his shoulder, hit the F-5 and take the match.

                

    Result

    Lesnar wins via pinfall to retain the Universal Championship.

                 

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Heyman snatched the mic from JoJo Offerman and introduced his client.
    • "Chokeslam City, Brock!"—Corey Graves.
    • Lesnar kicks out of an early running powerslam from Strowman.

              

    Grade

    B

                 

    Analysis

    This felt like the first half of a classic match. It began with Strowman devouring Lesnar for all the world to see before The Beast Incarnate began to chip away at him.

    And in what has become a staple for Lesnar recently, the bashing of two bulls ended early. No one is expecting Lesnar to do Iron Man matches every time out, but these short, intense collisions suffer with endings that don't feel like true climaxes.

    This did feature a sampling of each man's destructive power and managed to let Strowman keep his momentum despite the loss. And the shock of the challenger's early dominance entranced.

    But both men have delivered bigger, better and more resounding performances this year alone.