WWE No Mercy 2016 Date, Start Time, Matches, Live Stream, PPV Info
Superstars will be on the hunt at WWE No Mercy 2016 for championship gold, history or survival.
Randy Orton refuses to be Bray Wyatt’s prey, chasing down the monster rather than waiting for him to arrive. Alexa Bliss is after her first championship. John Cena is one win away from matching a monumental record.
And Dolph Ziggler must win against The Miz to avoid ending his WWE career early.
It all begins Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, will host the SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view.
Announcer Mauro Ranallo is excited to head to the new home of the Sacramento Kings:
Backlash reset the SmackDown landscape, introducing new titles and crowning new champions. No Mercy will look to build on that, continuing narratives that are rich with bad blood.
The lineup is a good one. Even the pre-show bout—a boxer vs. wrestler, hoss vs. hoss meeting—looks intriguing.
Live Stream, PPV Info
To get everyone ready and hyped for No Mercy, Renee Young will lead a panel on the PPV’s pre-show. Beginning at 7 p.m ET, fans will take in interviews, promo videos and predictions from Young and crew.
Baron Corbin and Jack Swagger will provide the in-ring action for the pre-show. The two collided on the go-home edition of SmackDown, but the bout ended in controversy.
As Corbin attempted to reach the ring ropes to escape from an ankle lock, his hand hit the mat several times. The referee believed him to be tapping out and awarded Swagger the victory. The rivals will get to reach a more decisive finish in the rematch.
Daniel Bryan announced on Twitter that Corbin vs. Swagger would join No Mercy’s card:
That contest and all the pre-PPV coverage will stream live on the WWE Network, as well as WWE.com, the WWE App, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+.
Once No Mercy begins in earnest, the PPV will stream live on the WWE Network. Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV are among the platforms that carry the network. Visit WWE.com’s help section for a full list of compatible devices.
Traditional PPVs remain an option for those without access to high-speed internet. Check your local cable company for availability, as some have chosen not to carry WWE PPVs any longer.
Curt Hawkins vs. TBA
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship, Ziggler is career on the line)
Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Usos (Tag Team Championship)
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (Women’s Championship)
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena (WWE World Championship)
Back with a Chuck Norris-inspired gimmick, Hawkins returns to WWE after a two-year absence.
He has been firing off “facts” about himself in a series of vignettes for weeks. It’s time now to finally step between the ropes.
WWE has yet to announce his opponent. That likely spells an easy win for Hawkins, as the bout promises to be a showcase for him.
Battle To Be the Apex Princess
Carmella has hunted down Nikki Bella since shortly after the brand split. The former Divas champ has dismissed Carmella as a cheap copycat, but the newcomer from NXT is looking to replace Bella.
Each time they have crossed paths, chaos has erupted. If that trend continues, this should be more brawl than wrestling match.
Carmella will have a chance to show WWE and the audience that she deserves a prominent spot on SmackDown moving forward. She came to the main roster as an unproven talent, but The Princess of Staten Island can show off her progress under the bright lights.
Predator vs. Predator
Orton does not fear Wyatt, and that bothers The Eater of Worlds. Wyatt has tried to play his usual mind games with his foe, inviting him to his lair and delivering his usual eerie speeches.
The Viper, though, has looked right at home in Wyatt’s strange world.
WWE has pushed the creative envelope in this feud, opting for weird over routine. A dream-like atmosphere hangs over the story. Will that continue with the actual in-ring part of the tale?
Wyatt needs a win, as he has fallen to the likes of Cena, Roman Reigns and Undertaker in his biggest feuds to date. A signature victory could be on the way here, unless WWE hampers its promising monster once more.
Last Dance for Ziggler?
The Showoff may be headed out the door.
In order to convince The Miz to accept his challenge for the intercontinental title, Ziggler put his career on the line. In his mind, if he can’t beat the champ, then maybe it’s time for him to quit.
Those high stakes and a strong buildup will make this one of the most intriguing matches of the show.
Ziggler has been pouring his heart out onto the canvas recently. The Miz has put together the best in-ring stretch of his career. That hints at a quality contest, whether it ends up being a night of celebration for Ziggler or a send-off.
Backlash Tag Team Rematch
The vicious Usos want the titles they failed to win at Backlash.
Slater and Rhyno’s underdog story culminated at that PPV, as the duo beat The Usos in the tournament finals to become the first SmackDown tag champs. Will that narrative now end in heartbreak?
The Usos have been on a roll, being invigorated by a heel turn and seemingly having a blast as they have tortured the competition.
If Jimmy and Jey take home the gold, they will have no shortage of heated rivals chasing them down. There’s no word on whether Slater will have to sell the above-ground pool after becoming champion if he and The Man Beast fall on Sunday.
Can Bliss Pull Off the Upset?
Bliss earned her spot as No. 1 contender by winning a five-way match after Backlash. The NXT transplant has been a scavenger in the ring, looking to take advantage of enemies after they’re down.
She won’t have that option against Lynch.
This will be the biggest match of Bliss’ career. Pushing the heel to this spot so soon is a sign of confidence in her. She will soon make WWE look smart for thinking so highly of her, and she will get to do so against a top-flight performer.
The Irish Lass Kicker has been one of WWE’s best babyfaces. That skill will be key to leading the way against the less experienced Bliss.
If Cena triumphs Sunday, he will begin his 16th reign as world champ. Only the Hall of Famer Ric Flair can claim that feat.
Cena will have to beat the man who bested him at both Money in the Bank and SummerSlam to do it—Styles. He will also have an angry, hungry and desperate Ambrose looking to reclaim the belt Styles took from him at Backlash.
Animosity has bubbled over between these three men in the past few weeks.
They are now poised to deliver an explosive, stellar match. Cena has long been one of the best big-match performers in WWE. Ambrose looks recharged now that he is in title-hunting mode again. And Styles has been the WWE MVP in 2016 so far, delivering masterpiece after masterpiece on the mat.
Whether Cena joins The Nature Boy in the exclusive 16-times-a-world-champion club or not, SmackDown should have a classic on its hands.
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