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From the WWE Rumor Mill: No Mercy will be a Raw branded pay per view

No Mercy for the red!

News 12 May 2017, 03:30 IST
No Mercy returned as a pay per view in 2016 for the Smackdown Live brand...

What’s the story?

Mike Johnson from PWInsider has confirmed that No Mercy will return as a pay per view in 2017 for the Monday Night Raw brand. The event will take place on September 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

It will be the first time in 9 years that the RAW superstars will be wrestling at the aforementioned PPV. 

In case you didn't know...

The WWE did away with the No Mercy name for a WWE pay per view from 2009 to 2015.  It was revived last year as a Smackdown Live pay per view that featured a triple threat match for the WWE championship between AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, and John Cena.

The heart of the matter

No Mercy’s announcement now confirms the pay per view schedule into the fall of this year. In a little over a week, Backlash will be the next WWE pay per view followed by Extreme Rules, Money In The Bank, Great Balls Of Fire, and SummerSlam.

After SummerSlam, another “big four” pay per view is the only one confirmed in 2017. Survivor Series will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on November 19th.

What’s next?

Next for the Smackdown Live brand is the go-home show before Backlash takes place on May 21st. Expect a large focus on the WWE (Randy Orton v. Jinder Mahal) and the United States Championship (Kevin Owens v. AJ Styles) feuds on the show.

Author’s Take

Oddly enough, No Mercy isn’t a pay per view name that has ever interested me. Though it did become the title of an iconic video game on the Nintendo 64 in 2000, it just doesn’t resonate with me like Backlash or Payback.

In the end, it is the product the WWE presents us that trumps whatever the name of the pay per view is (i.e. Great Balls Of Fire). Let’s hope the Raw brand puts on a solid show for No Mercy just like the Smackdown Brand did last year.

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