On September 24th, RAW will bring No Mercy to Los Angeles' Staples Center. As of now the only match we know will happen is Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
However, there's plenty of rumors swirling around, particularly concerning WWE's direction for Roman Reigns. The Big Dog is currently tied to 3 huge matches for the September pay-per-view.
With No Mercy still a few weeks away, it's unlikely that WWE has made their decision. That said, WWE may be feeling out where to take Reigns tonight on RAW so look for him to be involved with several personalities.
Let's take a deeper look into the 3 possibilities for Roman Reigns at No Mercy:
Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz vs. Roman Reigns
According to a report from WrestleZone, WWE has tentative plans to have Reigns challenge The Miz at No Mercy. A win by Reigns would make him a Grand Slam Champion and he'd join his Shield brother, Dean Ambrose to be the 2nd WWE Superstar to do so in 2017.
A feud with The Miz would enhance anyone's career, as he may be in his sports entertainment prime. WWE looks to be repositioning Reigns as a babyface, so a run against the Miz could help that transition.
This match-up feels fresh and could give Roman Reigns a platform to display improved skills on the microphone. Regardless of who leaves No Mercy as champion, this would be a program that leaves everyone enhanced.
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Roman Reigns and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
A report from the Dirty Sheets says that WWE is "discussing" this tag team match of mythological proportions. Consider this match unlikely, but in the realm of possibility.
In fact, WWE has already planted the seeds for John Cena/Roman Reigns tag team and to imagine them facing off against Ambrose and Rollins could make any wrestling fans squeal with glee.
A mega tag match like would serve as a breeding ground for story as several narratives would be a t play. It could lead to a Dean Ambrose heel turn or the launching point for a Cena/Reigns super fight.
WWE will choose this option if they are looking to bide their time. It keeps 4 of their biggest names from committing to singles feud and allows WWE time and room to get creative.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Forbes broke the news that WWE may be ready to capitalize on Roman Reigns vs. John Cena. Clearly, this is a WrestleMania main event caliber contest that could be coming in an "off" pay-per-view. Even though a meeting in September would feel rushed, we'd still be excited to see it.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer had this to say on the subject:
"When [John Cena booked Roman Reigns as his tag team partner] Roman Reigns gave him this look like you know like he didn’t want to be his partner. But they ended up being partners and not having any big problems except for that one problem right in the end which was the big tease.
So obviously we’re getting Cena and Roman Reigns. I don’t know if it’s gonna be the next pay-per-view but it could be. But we’re certainly getting it though."0comments
Cena vs. Reigns will happen at some point, but No Mercy feels a little premature. This show should be about the rise of Braun Strowman. An ill-timed super fight between WWE hegemons would overshadow Strowman and Lesnar. Let's hope the hold off and save the marquee match for a bigger show.