The year’s second pay-per-view featuring only wrestlers from “SmackDown” is scheduled for Sunday night in Sacramento. WWE No Mercy 2016 will include four championship matches, and a few belts seem likely to change hands.
AJ Styles will defend the show’s top title on a PPV for the first time. He’ll face John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match. Styles won the championship from Ambrose with a low blow at WWE BackLash in September, and Cena has not held the belt since he lost it to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2014.
The Miz is the longest-reigning singles champion in WWE, but he might not have the belt for much longer. Becky Lynch is the only person to ever hold the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and she’ll be in action, as well.
Baron Corbin, Jack Swagger and Apollo Crews are among the notable “SmackDown” wrestlers that aren’t on the card, though they could be added before the PPV starts. Six matches are on the card following Tuesday’s edition of “SmackDown.”
WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
Cena isn’t going to tie Ric Flair’s record of 16 world titles just yet, and he could soon be taking another break from wrestling. Ambrose just lost the belt after a 3-month title run, and his time as the top champion on “SmackDown” is over for the moment. Styles is going to win, and the only question is regarding who gets pinned or taps out.
Prediction: AJ Styles
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt continues to lose big PPV matches, and Sunday should be more of the same. WWE likely wants to give Orton a big win after he was beaten by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in August, and he should end the match with an RKO.
Prediction: Randy Orton
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
The stipulation that Ziggler must retire if he doesn’t beat The Miz almost ensures that he’s going to win on Sunday. Perhaps Ziggler has asked to be released from his contract, but he’s likely to win at No Mercy and remain one of the top babyfaces on “SmackDown.”
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The Usos
WWE is pushing The Usos as the top heel tag team on “SmackDown,” and they could make sure that the title reign for Slater and Rhyno is a short one. Look for The Usos to win and for Slater and Rhyno to split up in the near future.
Prediction: The Usos
SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss
Becky was the first woman selected by “SmackDown” in July’s WWE Draft, and she won’t lose the title in her first defense. Alexa pinned Becky on Tuesday to give fans the idea that she could possibly win, but the belt won’t be changing hands just yet.
Prediction: Becky Lynch
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
It would make sense for WWE to give the up-and-comer Carmella the win over the veteran Nikki. Nikki, however, has been pinned by Carmella multiple times in the last few weeks, and she could be getting some revenge on Sunday.
Prediction: Nikki Bella