Is No Mercy going to be Braun Strowman’s coming-out party? World Wrestling Entertainment’s 6-foot-8, 385-pound monster takes on Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship — and given what we’ve seen in recent history, this battle is going to be filled with destruction. Roman Reigns and John Cena are facing off in a grudge and the women’s belt is going to be decided by a fatal five-way.
Is this really a non-Big-4 pay-per-view?
Here’s a look at my predictions for all of Sunday’s matches.
How to watch
TV: WWE Network
Time: 6 p.m. Sunday (Kickoff show starts at 5 p.m.)
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles
Apollo Crews vs. Elias
Who should win: Elias.
Since joining the main roster, Elias Samson has emerged as one of the better bad guys to come up from NXT is some time. Crews, on the other hand, has been stuck in mediocrity. Elias has the momentum and should come up the victor.
Who will win: Elias.
The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Who should win: The Miz.
The Miz is the best intercontinental champion the WWE has had in ages — and he will go down as one of the best to hold the belt. Losing the title now doesn’t feel right. With the championship and his “Miztourage,” there’s an aura about him. Jordan is really talented in the ring, but it doesn’t feel like it’s his time yet. And given how much help Miz has surrounding him at ringside, odds are stacked against Jordan.
Who will win: The Miz.
Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Who should win: Neville.
The self-proclaimed “King of the Cruiserweights” has been dominant in his runs as champion. One of the best in-ring performers in the WWE, he has thrived as the cocky, arrogant title holder. Amore’s been beaten up quite a bit of late — especially recently as Braun Strowman ran roughshod over him on Raw. He’ll put up a nice fight, but Neville should (and will) retain.
Who will win: Neville.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Who should win: Balor.
On paper, this matchup seemed like it should been something much better than what it has been. This rivalry has been lackluster and a win by Balor would give it a much-needed end.
Who will win: Wyatt.
Only because I don’t think their feud is over yet.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma
WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Fatal 5-way match
Who should win: Banks.
Banks is a four-time Raw women’s champion, but her reigns have combined for just 82 days — and zero retentions at PPVs. She deserves a quality run — whether it’s as a hero or a villain — and this is a good start for it.
Who will win: Banks.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Tag team match
Who should win: Ambrose and Rollins.
The Shield brothers have been on fire since reuniting. Having just won it at SummerSlam, I don’t see them dropping it in their rematch with Cesaro and Sheamus.
Who will win: Ambrose and Rollins.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Who should win: Cena.
This matchup is meant for a bigger PPV with a better build-up. I don’t see this being a one-off match. It feels like it’s being built up for a best-of-three. After watching their face-to-face promo battles, Cena came out on top. And he should come out on top in this match — if only to give Reigns an option for a heel turn.
Who will win: Reigns.
Reigns has been pushed for the present. And he clearly looks to be the future. Can’t bet against him here.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
WWE Universal Championship
Who should win: Strowman.
Strowman has been billed as the biggest, baddest monster to come through the WWE since, well, Brock Lesnar. And in their fatal-four-way battle for the title — with Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns — Strowman simply destroyed Lesnar. Strowman should win on Sunday and put the title back in the hands of a full-timer.
Who will win: Strowman.