Apollo Crews vs. Elias
The good guy usually wins in these pre-show matches in an attempt to get the crowd excited for the show. However, I think WWE is going to continue to push Elias as one of the top heels on the Raw brand, so I’m picking him to get the W.
The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan
Intercontinental Championship Match
If you would have told me ten years ago that The Miz would be one of WWE’s best performers in 2017, I wouldn’t have believed you. On top of his excellent work in the ring, no one in the company can touch him on a microphone right now.
As for Jason Jordan, WWE appears to be all in on the talented star from Chicago, as made evident by the amount of screen time he’s been getting lately.
I’m not sure Jordan is ready for the Intercontinental Championship quite yet, but I don’t think WWE agrees with me.
Winner: Jason Jordan
Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore
Cruiserweight Championship Match
I don’t have a ton of things to say about this matchup. I simply can’t buy into the idea that Enzo Amore, a character who has been booked as a complete fool for his entire career, is a credible threat to Neville, one of the best things going in WWE today.
If Neville doesn’t retain, and in dominating fashion, it’s an absolute travesty.
Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
I’ve seen a ton of complaints about this feud on Twitter, but personally, I’m having a blast watching it unfold.
Bálor picked up the victory at SummerSlam as the demon and the entire build for this match has centered around the idea that Bálor must prove that he can beat Wyatt without it. That’s an awesome and simple story that it is easy to love, especially when it’s being told by two superb performers.
I believe that Bálor is headed toward bigger and better things in the near future, and a win here would put him on the correct path to do so.
Winner: Finn Bálor
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus)
Raw Tag Team Championships Match
Tag team wrestling in WWE is incredible right now. These two teams have great chemistry, so expect to see a fantastic match take place this Sunday.
Ambrose and Rollins just recently captured the Raw Tag Team Championships, and I don’t think they’re going to be losing them anytime soon.
Winner: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Emma vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Raw Women’s Championship Match
This matchup may be the most difficult one to predict. My heart says Alexa Bliss, but my brain says Nia Jax. Any of these five women would make an excellent champion, though.
Winner: Nia Jax
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
There’s a huge part of me that is upset this match isn’t main eventing WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans next year. However, you have to give WWE kudos for producing a stellar No Mercy card and not phoning it in for a less important pay-per-view.
The build for this bout has been fantastic. Both Cena and Reigns have gotten personal with their attacks on the microphone, which has led to a lot of moments like this in my living room.
As for the winner, I think this match is going to lead to a “best of 3” series that ends at the Royal Rumble in January. In order for that to happen (and for Reigns to win the feud), Cena needs to score the first pinfall.
Winner: John Cena
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Universal Championship Match
I’m quite certain that Brock Lesnar is going to leave the Staples Center with the WWE Universal Championship on Sunday night. I’m also quite certain that Strowman is going to utterly wreck Lesnar for the majority of the match, and the prospect of that situation excites me.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
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