We’ve gone over this again and again, but Roman Reigns is the best heel in pro wrestling.
Last night, Reigns delivered a go-home promo for his intriguing match with John Cena at No Mercy this Sunday on WWE Network. Reigns was left to work alone, with Cena overseas working WWE’s events in China over the weekend.
Reigns took the opportunity. His delivery cocky and heelish — of course! — Reigns gave pompous smirks as he called out Cena for many of the same transgressions he has in the past, including “holding people down.”
Reigns mocked Cena for missing the show, without mentioning he was working a WWE show in China this weekend. That’s what heels do! They criticize even if it wasn’t warranted. It wasn’t in this case.
It will be interesting to see if Cena does get one last response before the special on Sunday night. He’s a free agent, so does he show up on SmackDown? Does he have a video aired on WWE.com? Does he publish something on his own on Twitter?
If there’s no Cena response, I’d lean heavily towards Cena winning the match. I just cant see Cena not getting the last word, and not getting the pin. That would be too much, especially considering that WWE is trying to prove something to the “smart” fans with this
Nia Jax beat Alexa Bliss in a non-title match
Bayley returned during this match, which was an unexpected and nice surprise. I’m not a huge fan of her character, and I think the fans were mostly into her for the return rather than suddenly being into how she has been presented as a character on the main roster. The comeback coming in her hometown, essentially, didn’t hurt either.
However, I’m never a fan of the champion losing for the sake of losing. If you weren’t willing to put your champion over, don’t put her in the match. That’s how I generally feel.
Sheamus & Cesaro beat Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Again, why are champions in matches if they insist on the champions losing? You wonder why the championships don’t mean anything, right?
Regardless of that shoddy booking, the match was good and ate up a lot of TV time, which was probably the ultimate goal for a triple threat match on Raw.
Apollo Crews beat Curt Hawkins
It’s hard to say that WWE is worried about Monday Night Football when this match is on the show.
Kidding aside, Hawkins’ losing streak is becoming a guilty pleasure gimmick for me. His promos before the matches are really entertaining and I’m just glad they’re doing something with him, because he deserves it. I hope it eventually leads to him getting a big win at some point.
Bray Wyatt beat Dustin Rhodes
Rhodes came out to Goldust music, in Goldust ring gear, but his face wasn’t painted so I guess he was just Dustin Rhodes, as he was introduced by JoJo.
Neville beat Gran Metalik
Hey! Here we go! A champion actually wins a non-title match! Whoo hoo!
The Cruiserweight division is such an afterthought right now, it’s hard to invest in anything they’re doing. I don’t care about Neville as champion, which is sad because I did a few months ago, and I certainly don’t care about Enzo, which I did a year ago.
Jason Jordan beat Elias, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in a Six-Pack Challenge match to earn an Intercontinental Title match at No Mercy
It felt like strange booking to have this main-event the go-home show to a network special, but at the same time, maybe WWE is seeing the numbers and realizing the 10 p.m. hour is actually the most important top of the hour, because the show is losing viewers in the third hour nearly every week.
Jordan showed good emotion and fire earlier in the show, which has not been his forte since coming over to Raw in the early parts of the summer. The match itself was an entertaining main event, and the title shot being at stake did give it a feeling of more importance.
We’ll see what happens on Sunday, but Jordan doesn’t feel like he’s at a point where he should even be the Intercontinental Champion just yet. Miz should retain on Sunday, but for the first time on this show, I feel like Jordan is beginning to figure things out.