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John Cena takes on Roman Reigns in a match that's sure to get the WWE fans booing John Cena takes on Roman Reigns in a match that's sure to get the WWE fans booing
Stacy Diaz | 24 September, 2017, 19:23

No Mercy should be an exciting show to begin the post-SummerSlam set of events. No Mercy 2017 features a few matches that could've been saved for WrestleMania 34, and the betting odds indicate that arguably the biggest match of the year could go either way. Jason Jordan is now slightly favored at -175 to defeat Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Titus O'Neil helped Akira Tozawa capture the Cruiserweight Championship, so this could be the start of Crews finally making up for being called up to the main roster too early. The Demon King is looking to settle some scores with his rival's unwarranted interference that cost him a battle royal win and media outlets believe he will be successful in doing so. After suffering back-to-back WrestleMania losses at 27 and 28, Cena found redemption, beating The Rock for his 14th world title win at WrestleMania 29.

While both of these teams, at least on paper, are supposedly "over", for whatever reason this match doesn't really grab me.

Cena's responded by bringing up Reigns' suspension for failing a drug test previous year and how the fans constantly boo him despite being the recipient of many big pushes from WWE. Cena came to Raw specifically to fight Reigns and the two have been cutting very personal promos on each other in the subsequent weeks. Just nobody had the nuts to bring it out of him, nobody.

John Cena recently returned to WWE Raw as a free agent and had an interesting segment with Roman Reigns.

Digs include Cena insisting his rival is a "corporately created John Cena bootleg" and when Reigns has struggled to keep up with the veteran on the mic, Cena has revelled in belittling his opponent.

At SummerSlam, The Miz didn't defend the Intercontinental Championship and was very vocal about how much he hated that. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle decided to make it up to the Miz by finding him a challenger. This makes a ton of sense, considering that Miz has been insulting Jordan and Angle for weeks beforehand. This will probably be another instance where Jordan has a great showing, but can't get the job done. So now we're stuck in a feud where everyone knows Amore isn't good enough to hang with the rest of the cruiserweight division, and that this match will be nothing but Neville destroying him. If he's going to drop the belt, WWE better make it count. I, frankly, have no idea whether Enzo is capable of rising to the occasion in this one, but if he can, it might be a big step toward people taking him seriously - which, at this point, they don't seem to. No matter how little he wrestles, Lesnar is still the most recognizable name in WWE.

This match is entirely... unappealing. Cesaro and Sheamus asked for their rematch shortly after.

As well as that, we can expect to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defend their newly-won #RAW Tag Team titles against former champs Cesaro & Sheamus, while Alexa Bliss defends her RAW Women's Championship against Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Emma in a historic Fatal 5-Way Match.