On Sunday, the No Mercy PPV name returned to WWE, looking to continue a string of solid shows from the Smackdown brand. Unfortunately, a last-minute injury to Becky Lynch took one of the biggest matches off the card, and facing stiff competition from another Presidential debate, Sunday Night Football, the MLB Playoffs, and HBO’s newest prestige drama Westworld, No Mercy had a lot of obstacles in its way to draw viewers. In addition, because of all the competition, WWE made the unprecedented decision to air the main event first, with the WWE World Title match opening the show! How did that pan out for No Mercy? We’ve got all the results right here!
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True to his word, Curt Hawkins stepped into the ring for the first time…and announced his first match for Tuesday on Smackdown Live.
– American Alpha and The Hype Bros d. The Vaudevillains and The Ascension (Jordan pinned English, Grand Amplitude)
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– AJ Styles d. John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE World Title (Styles pinned Cena, multiple chair shots)
This match was roughly 25 minutes long. At one point, both Cena and Ambrose had Styes in a submission move simultaneously, and Styles tapped out, but the referee ruled that the match must continue because both men couldn’t win on the same submission. Shortly afterwards, Cena hit Ambrose with an Avalance AA, but Styles introduced a chair to get the win, due to the match being No DQ.
– Nikki Bella d. Carmella (pinfall, TKO)
– Rhyno and Heath Slater d. The Usos to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Titles (Rhyno pinned Jey, Gore)
– Baron Corbin d. Jack Swagger (pinfall, End of Days)
– Dolph Ziggler d. The Miz to win the Intercontinental Title (pinfall, Superkick)
Another excellent long match from these two which probably should have been the new main event in lieu of the WWE Title match. Kenny and Mikey attempted to interfere, but they and Maryse were all ejected shortly before the finish.
– Naomi d. Alexa Bliss (pinfall, rollup)
– Bray Wyatt d. Randy Orton (pinfall, Sister Abigail)
Luke Harper appeared in the ring during the match, distracting Orton and allowing Wyatt to get the drop on him.