SmackDown Live’s second exclusive pay-per-view, No Mercy, is set to go down this Sunday, and the blue brand is looking to finally smash its reputation as WWE’s “B” show. The weekly program has done a terrific job of building this weekend’s storylines, and every title is up for grabs, including the most prestigious prize in pro wrestling. For some the stakes are even higher championship gold, but will the matches be able to deliver?
Tune in to find out October 9th at 8PM Eastern on the WWE Network.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
The Story: The brawl between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton has been brewing for months, delayed after a backstage assault by Wyatt left Orton unable to compete against Wyatt at Backlash. The Viper got vengeance, though, delivering an RKO to Wyatt and costing him his match against Kane.
Ever since then, Orton and Wyatt have been engaging in horror movie mind games every week on SmackDown, and it’s tough to say who has the upper hand. Orton has managed to get the upper hand in Wyatt’s territory more than once, and that’s an unusual position for the Eater of Worlds to be in.
The Prediction: Orton is a likely favorite. The real reason he couldn’t compete at Backlash was a concussion he suffered at the hands (or elbows) of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Backstage rumblings suggest that Vince is quite impressed with Orton’s handling of the situation, and wants a major push for the superstar in the near future. A victory tonight would put him in excellent position to feud with the likely winner of No Mercy’s world title match, AJ Styles.
However, Bray Wyatt’s been “almost there” for what seems like years, and depending on how tonight’s match plays out, it might once again put Wyatt in a position of all talk, no teeth. I expect Orton to win, but I hope the finish can make Wyatt look strong in defeat.