Smackdown Live’s second brand exclusive PPV, No Mercy, was a success. While the show had its moments, it still left a lot to be desired.
WWE announced before the start of the show that the triple threat match involving John Cena, Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be the curtain-jerker to the No Mercy PPV.
This was most definitely an automatic response to the Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants NFL game and especially due to the enormous viewership that the second Presidential debate between US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was anticipated to garner.
This naturally left the fans wondering which bout will ultimately close out the show. The front-runner to close out the show was the Career vs Title match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship.
A match with involving such high stakes would be an ideal one to headline a show especially when you consider the World title clash had already opened the show. Seems like an easy choice, right? Well, WWE thought otherwise.
Ringsidenews.com and NODQ.com reported that the reason why The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler didn’t main event the show was two-fold. The company felt that had they placed the bout at end of the card then the ‘feel good moment’ of Ziggler winning the title would have been spoiled.
Second reason the source noted is that the WWE feels Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt are higher up on the totem pole and are much bigger superstars than Miz and Ziggler and hence they rightly main evented the show.
As it has been mentioned countless times before, The Miz has been doing some of his best work ever since he captured the Intercontinental Championship on RAW after Wrestlemania 32 defeating Zack Ryder with the help of his returning real-life wife Maryse.
His feud with The Showoff involved two underhanded victories. However, this feud went into high gear and an elevated level of anticipation and intrigue when a desperate Dolph Ziggler decided to raise the stakes of the match to the highest of levels by putting his career on the line to get one last shot to dethrone Miz as the Intercontinental Champion and end his six-month long title reign.
This match did not disappoint and was arguably the match of the night. The crowd was on its feet and jumping at every false finish. In contrast to this, the actual main event was an incredibly underwhelming affair.
The crowd was apathetic and indifferent and the only time they bothered to give a reaction was when the long lost Wyatt Family member Luke Harper made his return. This decision to main event the show with a match that had the least intrigue from the big matches surely left every single WWE fan scratching their heads.
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