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No Mercy Kickoff Recap & Review

October 9, 2016
(aired live)

City: Sacramento, CA
Venue: Golden 1 Center

Kickoff Panel: Renee Young, Lita, Booker T, Jerry Lawler
Social Media Lounge: Tom Phillips
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, JBL, David Otunga
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton


Renee Young introduces the panel, and Tom Phillips announces that The Usos will be in the Social Media Lounge later.

Buildup for the Wyatt/Orton match.

Lita thinks Orton will be on fire tonight. Lawler doesn’t think Orton can be as evil and twisted as Wyatt. Booker thinks Orton won’t be affected by mind games. Booker and Lita pick Orton, Lawler picks Wyatt.

Buildup for Miz/Ziggler.

Booker T thinks Dolph Ziggler’s days of success are over. Lawler thinks Miz is at the top of his career. Lita thinks they’re evenly matches. Lita picks Ziggler, Lawler and Booker pick Miz.

Ring Area
Curt Hawkins makes his way to the ring. He steps foot in the ring, says he did what he said he was going to do, then makes an announcement. This Tuesday he’ll have his first match.

Shane McMahon and Daniel Byran inform Alexa Bliss that Becky Lynch won’t be able to compete tonight. Alexa says she should be champ if Becky can’t compete. Daniel says she’ll still get a title match, but tonight she’ll be facing someone else.

Lawler thinks Alexa should be announced as champ. Lita doesn’t think the title should simply be handed over.

Social Media Lounge
The Usos answer some questions from the WWE Universe.

Booker T likes the attitude of The Usos. Lawler agrees. Lita thinks Slater and Rhyno should be worried. Lawler picks The Usos, Booker and Lita pick Slater and Rhyno.

After watching a replay of the end of the Swagger/Corbin match from SmackDown, Booker T thinks the ref made the wrong call. Lita thinks Swagger took Corbin to the limit. Lawler and Lita pick Swagger, Booker picks Corbin.

Nikki Bella joins the panel. She starts off talking about Total Bellas. She then talks about Carmella, saying that she doesn’t understand that Nikki has come back from her injury even stronger than before. She feels unstoppable. Lita and Lawler pick Nikki, Booker picks Carmella.


Match 1
American Alpha & Hype Bros vs The Vaudevillains & The Ascension
(referee: Ryan Tran)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Jason Jordan pins Aiden English after Grand Amplitude
Time: 8:10 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
This was a fun match. All four teams had their moments, and none of them seemed to outshine the others. It’s not a match that seems like it’s building towards anything, but it was definitely a good warmup for the PPV.


Buildup for the Styles/Cena/Ambrose match.

Lawler picks Cena, Lita picks Ambrose, Booker picks Styles.


Show Impressions
A fine show. I liked the tag match. The Usos stuff, the Nikki interview, and the announcement with Alexa helped build interest for the show. The Curt Hawkins thing was whatever.

Match of the Night
American Alpha & Hype Bros vs The Vaudevillains & The Ascension
Good warmup, good match.



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