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Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Eyes On WWE: The 5 Best No Mercy Main Events

By @TrueGodImmortal

With the No Mercy PPV on the way and two huge main events on that night coming, I wanted to continue the vibe by talking some of the best main events in the PPV's history. No Mercy gave us a number of great matches over the years, including in the main event, but which are the cream of the crop? Let's take a look at the best of the best and rank the 5 greatest No Mercy main events.

5. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Kurt Angle vs Rob Van Dam
WWF Championship Match
No Mercy 2001

-More of an underrated gem than true classic, this match was one that really showcased why Austin couldn't be a heel. He was good in his role, but the crowd never wanted to hate him. The crowd wasn't sold on Angle as the ultimate face either, but they loved Rob Van Dam. RVD wasn't ready to be champion, but he showed out and performed well in this match. By the end of the match, RVD had earned the respect of the crowd and the competitors, but it was Austin still with his WWF Title in tact. Overall, the action by all three men made for an exhilarating contest and one of the best No Mercy main events.

4. Kurt Angle vs The Rock
WWF Championship Match
No Mercy 2000

-I was never sold on Angle for the first year of his career. His gimmick was annoying to me, and as a heel, he was doing his job, but I had no idea he was going to win the title. It didn't seem like a win over The Rock was realistic, but sure enough, Angle came in and delivered a near classic with The Great One. The action in this match was crazy from the interferences to the final result, and Angle would use all of this to win the No DQ contest. As the ref counted to three following an Angle Slam, a new star had arrived and his name was Kurt Angle, now the WWF Champion.

3. Randy Orton vs Triple H
Last Man Standing WWE Championship Match
No Mercy 2007

-Far from a match I was really interested in, this contest surprised me. For one, the WWE Title picture was in disarray after Cena was injured and had to vacate it, but we would witness three title matches in one night. The first was between Orton and HHH to determine who would be the new champ. Triple H won the first contest, then defeated Umaga and had to endure a third match on the night. This was the best of them all, as Orton and HHH took each other to the limit in this battle to see who would be the last man standing. That man turned out to be RKO, and the Age of Orton officially began with this match.

2. Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels
World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
No Mercy 2008 

-There was nothing quite like the HBK vs Y2J feud of 2008. It's one of the best feuds of the last 15 years without question, and maybe the best of them all. This match was the end of the road and is honestly the best match between the two besides Wrestlemania 19. Jericho and HBK went at it with the title hanging from up high and they delivered a classic. The only thing that I would have liked to occur was a title change as HBK winning the belt, even for a short reign would have been fun to see again. Still, Jericho ends up winning the match and the feud, retaining his championship in one of the most entertaining ladder matches of the late 2000s.

1. Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
Hell In A Cell WWE Championship Match
No Mercy 2002

-You could flip a coin between the top two choices and you wouldn't pick a wrong answer. However, if I had to make the choice, I'm going with this one every time. This is one of the greatest Hell In A Cell matches ever, and it's the best contest between Brock and Taker, and it's a brutal match. Blood is aplenty, brutality and punishment is all over, and both men give it all they have. Taker had been coasting for the most part, but his feud with Brock brought out the best in him and he gave Brock his best match thus far in the WWE. Of course, Brock win the match, but not without going through the fight of his life. This is a classic and it deserves to be ranked at the top of the No Mercy list.



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