It's the big PPV that nobody has been excited about! Poor No Mercy. It used to be a sweet PPV, and now it's just Smackdown's bitch. Then again, there were definite prospects hidden below the surface for a good card. Guess it's time to see if any of them bloom. Let's get to it.
WWE No Mercy '05 |
Posted by the Accelerator, October 9th, 2005
Match #1 - Christy Hemme & the Legion of Doom '05 (Heidenreich & Road Warrior Animal) vs. M-N-M (Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, & Melina):
Hemme actually wrestled ok in this match, showing that her training as a wrestler is starting to bear fruit. That being said, she missed a few spots, taking away from the fight. Still, it's good to see she's working to be the next Lita/Trish instead of the next Candice Michelle. In the end, Christy got the Doomsday Device clothesline on Melina for the victory, sending M-N-M down jobber boulevard yet again.
- In the back, Eddie Guerrero and Batista wish each other good luck. Yeah, like they really mean that. "Good luck; hope I don't kill you for that belt."
Match #2 - Simon Dean vs. Bobby Lashley:
Before the match, Dean said that he would eat twenty hamburgers if he lost. It was a ruse, of sorts, as Dean used the hamburger plate as a weapon on the big Lashley. Too bad it didn't work, as Lashley shrugged it off and squashed him, beating Dean with the Dominator. Lashley then force-fed Dean a burger, the start of many. All of the sudden, I'm hungry for a hamburger. That didn't last.
- John Bradshaw Layfield & Jillian Hall confronted Rey Mysterio in the back. In case you don't know, I'm heavily pulling for Rey.
Match #3 - Chris Benoit(c) vs. Booker T vs. Christian vs. Orlando Jordan, WWE United States Heavyweight Title Fatal Fourway Match:
Semi-entertaining bout, but I think it could have been more, considering the combatants. In the end, Benoit made Christian tap out to the Sharpshooter, which really was shocking to me. I really can't believe that OJ wasn't the one pinned/submitting. It doesn't help him any to be on the outside, and it continues to hurt Christian. Who did Christian tick off, anyway? Sigh. Anyhow, after the match, Sharmell was complaining to Booker T about how he let his friend Benoit screw him out of the title, continuing to sew the seeds of a heel turn. I'm just not sure if Booker T's turning, or just his wife.
- In the back, Lashley continued to force-feed Dean hamburgers. Well, I WAS hungry for Burger King, but now, eh, maybe I'll just go for a salad.
Match #4 - Hardcore Holly vs. Mr. Ken Kennedy:
This was a good match for Kennedy to show his potential, and I think he did pretty well, beating Holly cleanly with the Kenton Bomb (I love that maneuver, by the way). Afterwards, Sylvan Grenier came out and added more punishment to Holly, beating him down and continuing the feud that apparently didn't deserve a PPV match. Actually, I'm forced to agree on that point.
- Booker T & Sharmell are still arguing in the back, as Mr. Kennedy appears and gloats. Can a Booker/Kennedy alligance be in the future? Or just a feud? Hmmmm, the possibilities...
Match #5 - John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Rey Mysterio:
After another competitive match, JBL dodged the 619 at the end and got the Clothesline From Hell to get the big victory, once again sending Mysterio back down to the mid-cards for a while. Damn. I really thought that Mysterio was primed for a main-event run, but I guess I was mistaken, as he's out of the running. Meanwhile, JBL will feud with... probably the Raw stars, since the main event slot is full right now. I wouldn't mind seeing JBL vs. Angle again.
Match #6 - Cowboy Bob Orton & Randy Orton vs. the Undertaker, Handicap Casket Match:
I have trouble remembering the last time that the Undertaker won his specialty match. Of course, he probably has a better record regarding caskets than he does in Buried Alive bouts. So what did we learn from this match? Ironically, although the Undertaker is "The Dead Man", he is vulnerable to the cold of a fire extinguisher! Whodathunkit? At the end, Randy escaped the casket and clocked the Undertaker with a chair to keep him in it. Afterwards, Randy & Bob decimated the casket, setting it on fire. Welcome back to the late '90s!
Match #7 - Nunzio(c) vs. Juventud Guerrera, WWE World Cruiserweight Title Match:
Unfortunately, this was the quietest match of the night, as the fans didn't get too excited, even after Guerrera got the Juvi Driver to win the Cruiserweight Championship. To Vince, this will, of course, prove his point that no one wants to see Cruiserweights. He won't even consider the fact that it came after a 'main event' match, and that only people who watch Velocity on the web actually knew about this one. Nope. It must be the cruiserweights. Still, here's hope that Juvy can get some blood pumping in the division.
- Simon Dean throws up in the back. Need I say more?
Match #8 - Batista(c) vs. Eddie Guerrero, WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Title Match:
This one was pretty exciting, as nobody really knew what Guerrero would do. Would he resort to his lying & cheating ways, or would he stick to the friendship with Batista that seemed to have developed? We would soon see, as, during the match, Eddie went for a chair, but then had second thoughts, getting rid of it (and leaving himself open for a spear). Batista then finished his challenger with a Spinebuster, retaining the title. The finish leads more 'credence' to Eddie actually turning over a new leaf. I personally think that we'll see Eddie nail Batista from behind on the next Smackdown, but that's me. Batista and Guerrero shook hands after the bout. Very nice match to close out the card.
Not much to say here, other than the PPV was about what everyone expected. Many of the matches were 'gimmes', as no one expected Dean, Holly, or Nunzio to come out victorious. As for the rest of the matches, well, a lot of my 'hopefuls' took the plunge, so I'm a little biased. I was really thinking that M-N-M needed a win, and that Mysterio couldn't afford a clean loss, but you don't always get what you ask for. At the very least, Randy Orton FINALLY got a decision over the Undertaker after months of trying.
So now the speculation begins. Will Orton challenge for Batista's World Title? Or will Eddie turn on Batista to keep the feud going? What about Benoit? Will he be challenged for the US belt by Booker T or Kennedy? Where do guys like JBL, Mysterio, Christian, and others go from here? You've gotta love the possibilities, even if you have no idea what those scary WWE writers are going to do next.