No Mercy featured a big first tonight, as the main event opened the show for the first time in WWE pay-per-view history. It’s likely a tactic to counter the presidential debates for viewership, but in any case, it meant the show started with a showstopper.
AJ Styles, John Cena, and Dean Ambrose clashed over the WWE World Championship, and it was a battle befitting the stature of all three competitors and the historic title itself.
Ultimately, champion AJ Styles was victorious, despite tapping out to a double submission hold to his opponents. Without a clear victor, the match was resumed, and AJ retained his championship after blasting Cena with a chair attack.
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Smackdown World Title: Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena vs. AJ Styles
AJ is defending and the fans do not like Cena in northern California. For a change of pace, we get a long recap video after all three guys have their entrances. Short version: AJ has beaten them both and they’re both going after the title at the same time. It’s a big jawing session to start before all three fail at their finishers in the first minute. Ambrose takes over with some of his brawling and takes AJ outside for a few rams into the announcers’ table.
Cena follows them out but walks into a slingshot Phenomenal Forearm. Back in and Cena German suplexes both of them at the same time (Mauro: “MAMA MIA!”) but AJ flips out of the AA and Pele’s Cena down. AJ moonsaults into the reverse DDT on Ambrose and grabs a regular version on Cena for a bonus. Ambrose is tossed outside and hits the steps, leaving Cena to grab a Code Red for two on the champ.
In something you don’t often see in a triple threat, AJ and Cena trade sleepers but Ambrose comes in and grabs one of his own. That goes nowhere so Cena initiates his finishing sequence on Ambrose until Styles makes the save with another German suplex. The finishers don’t work again so Ambrose and Styles suplex each other, leaving Cena to come in and pick up the pieces.
A Ten Knuckle Shuffle doesn’t appear to do much damage because it’s just a fist drop so Cena goes with an AA and STF on Ambrose. Styles makes the save and gets two on Ambrose with the springboard 450. The Styles Clash takes Ambrose out but Cena grabs the STF on the champ. Ambrose saves that so Cena picks them both up for the AA at the same time.
Neither guy gets flipped though as AJ escapes and Dean clotheslines Cena down. The Calf Crusher has Cena in trouble but Ambrose makes the save. Dean puts AJ in the Calf Crusher while Cena gets an STF, making AJ tap at 19:27. That doesn’t count though because it’s a double submission so the match continues. Dean gets two off Dirty Deeds with AJ pulling the referee out. Cena comes right back with the super AA but Styles blasts Cena with a chair to retain at 21:39.
Result: AJ Styles b. Dean Ambrose and John Cena – Chair to Cena (21:39)