Yes, the Pay Per View train keeps rolling following the WWE brand split, as it’s time for another Smackdown-branded show, only two weeks after Raw had their turn with Clash of Champions. The good news is, on paper, No Mercy looks like it could be a pretty good show. But as many an athlete has said, they don’t play the game on paper, so let’s look a little deeper into Smackdown’s sophomore attempt at a brand-exclusive PPV, and try and figure out what the show might mean for the future of the brand as a whole.
10. Can History Repeat Itself?
Despite heading into their first brand-exclusive PPV with only six matches booked, none of which looked to be particularly fantastic show-stealing affairs, plus a last-second reveal that Randy Orton wasn’t going to be able to compete in one of the most heavily-promoted matches on the card, Smackdown managed to acquit themselves well, as Backlash ended up as a pretty good show (albeit one with just a touch too much stretching to fill time at points) with solid wrestling, mostly smart booking, and even a big feel-good moment for fan favorite Heath Slater. This continued their streak from television, where the blue brand has maintained a steady pace of quality shows, while Raw has yo-yo’d up and down in terms of consistency. Now the question is, for the second Smackdown PPV, can they continue the trend? It’s certainly not impossible, and headed into No Mercy, there’s definitely more optimism about this show than the one which exceeded expectations a month ago.