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Monday, October 3, 2016

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EOTR Rankings: No Mercy PPVs

By @TrueGodImmortal

No Mercy returns after an 8 year absence this Sunday and with the card shaping up to be a good one, we wanted to look back at all of the events and rank them over the history of the event. Let's get into it.

11. No Mercy UK (1999)


-We reviewed this one recently and it is really awful overall I'm essence. The main event is really the only good match and even that is a bit of a clusterfuck. This is the worst of all the events because of the weak card overall and the lack of actual stars, which must have been due to the event being overseas.

10. No Mercy 2005


-This wasn't a great show by any means, and the only significance of this show is that it is the last Eddie Guerrero PPV. He headlined the show with Batista in a title match, but outside of that, this is a very mediocre show. Mr. Kennedy vs Hardcore Holly is decent, and I sort of enjoyed the Taker vs Ortons casket match, but overall this event was nothing special. Eddie did his best in the main event, and it wasn't bad, but it just fell flat and Batista winning wasn't what I felt was the right call.

9. No Mercy 2004


-Smackdown only PPVs were usually terrible on a regular basis. Whoever had the idea to make Eddie Guerrero carry Luther Reigns to a halfway decent match should hate themselves. Eddie barely made the match watchable, but the match was horrible to kick off the show. The energy was ruined from there. I wasn't a big fan of the rest of the matches, not even the main event of JBL vs Undertaker, though I know many enjoyed it. I didn't. I thought the match was okay, but lacked a big fight feel and was slow and boring even In its most hardcore moments aside from the last few minutes. The best match on the night? Billy Kidman vs Paul London. Everything else pales in comparison.

8. No Mercy 2007


-This is literally a one match show. The main event is great, as HHH and Orton went toe to toe for the WWE Championship in a Last Man Standing Match..... after Orton and HHH had a battle earlier in the night and HHH won the vacant title.... then defended it against Umaga. The rest of the card is very take it or leave it, but the main event is worth watching for at least. However avoid the Punjabi Prison match on this card.... better yet avoid any Punjabi Prison match ever in wrestling history. They are horrible.

7. No Mercy 1999


-This was the inaugural PPV in the US and it had some interesting matches and moments. I'd say that the main event of Triple H vs Stone Cold was highly entertaining though it was obvious Austin was limited due to injury, and then there was the epic tag team ladder match between Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian. The rest of the card wasn't that great, but the card flowed pretty well, something that was rare in 1999 for WWF.

6. No Mercy 2000


-A cluttered PPV with a couple of unnecessary matches, but this had some good overall contests on the night. I liked the cage match between Chris Jericho vs X-Pac, Triple H and Benoit had a really solid match, and the main event between Angle and Rock for the title was really entertaining. My only issue was the waste of a segment with Austin vs Rikishi as it only existed to have Austin beat the hell out of Rikishi. Otherwise, this is a pretty decent PPV, more middle of the road than anything, but still some highlights.

5. No Mercy 2003


-This PPV is actually pretty good. I liked a lot of the matches minus two, and while there are no classic matches here, it's a solid card overall. Angle vs Cena was good, Taker vs Lesnar was good yet still disappointing, but my favorite match on the night had to be between Tajiri and Rey Mysterio for the Cruiserweight Title, as it was a great contest to kick off the show. The worst match on the night is the Stephanie vs Sable match, but that's obvious. Otherwise, this is a decent card.

4. No Mercy 2006


-This is actually a slept on PPV. I wasn't the biggest fan of Smackdown during 2006, but this oddly enough was a truly solid card that may not have looked good on paper, but match wise, it's mostly strong. Aside from the match between MVP and an enhancement talent, this was a solid card as Benoit vs Regal was great, the Fatal 4 Way Title Main Event was solid, Mysterio vs Chavo was solid, and the tag team titles match was pretty good also. All in all, this isn't one of the best cards on paper, but as far as wrestling goes? This is certainly a good show in retrospect.

3. No Mercy 2008


-This is a two match show essentially, but I can't say I'm mad at that. Greatness came from the two main events, as the WWE Title was on the line between Jeff Hardy and HHH in a really good contest and the main event was the classic ladder match to end one of the greatest feuds of the 2000s in Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels. Those two matches alone garner a spot on the list this high. The rest of the card was middle of the road, but I thoroughly enjoyed the two main events, which is more than I could say about the rest of these PPVs sadly.

2. No Mercy 2001


-I think this tends to go slept on at times. It was an interesting night, kicking off with a nice tag team match for the WCW Tag Titles. The highlights on the night including a decent Booker T vs Undertaker match, and of course a near classic ladder match with Edge vs Christian, along with a really solid main event between Kurt Angle, Stone Cold and Rob Van Dan for the WWF Title. The best match on the night? The instant classic between Jericho and The Rock for the WCW Title. That match is amazing and easily the biggest highlight of the night.

1. No Mercy 2002


-The greatest. 2002 is the greatest year in wrestling to me, with Summerslam and Survivor Series having classic events, and Vengeance also being great. This was also a pretty damn good PPV, having a fairly entertaining match between HHH and Kane, a solid contest with Flair and RVD, the classic Hell in A Cell match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, and finally the epic tag team match between Rey Mysterio and Edge vs Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle for the Smackdown Tag Team titles. This is the best event in No Mercy history.

Will this Sunday's No Mercy be added to the list? Only time will tell. Who knows. I'm curious to see how it turns out. Regardless, if you disagree with this list, tell us why in the comments as usual.

-True

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