The WWE's most recent pay-per-view (PPV), No Mercy, presented the WWE Universe with two of the biggest matches of the year.
First up was a huge match-up between longtime promotional face John Cena and hopeful next big mega-star Roman Reigns. Cena has been the face of the WWE world for the better part of a decade and has a record-tying 16 World Championships under his belt to legitimize his illustrious career.
In recent years, however, Cena has begun to take a back seat to the main event scene in order to focus more on his acting career and making it in Hollywood - similar to The Rock. In his absence, WWE has been grooming ex-Shield member Roman Reigns to take Cena's spot.
Reigns has gone on to accomplish a ton on his own, winning a WWE World Heavyweight Title and being only one of two men to have defeated The Undertaker in WrestleMania competition (the other being Brock Lesnar).
Cena made his return to RAW earlier this month to confront Reigns and his status as "The Guy" since his departure. After weeks of epic back-and-forth on the microphone on Monday Night RAW to build-up their match, the pair finally squared off at No Mercy. In what was a pretty great match that saw Reigns overcome several Attitude Adjustments, it only took one Spear from Reigns in the end to finish Cena off.
To close out the night was a Universal Title match between champion Brock Lesnar and "The Monster Among Men" Braun Strowman who had been getting the better of "The Beast" during their physical confrontations on RAW for the past few weeks.
While Strowman seemed to "Monster-handle" Lesnar for a portion of the match, Lesnar was able to hit an F5 on Strowman for a three count and successfully retain his title. While fans were extremely invested in the build up to Strowman and Lesnar's match, the overall reaction from fans was a bit of disappointment with how the match played out.
Per a report from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, McMahon was actually happy with what he saw from the two blockbuster matches on Sunday. The whole idea behind the matches was to give fans two WrestleMania-calibre matches that night, and "The Chairman Of The Board" feels they succeeded in that.
McMahon's longterm goal played a factor in how he booked No Mercy, as the plan is to have Roman Reigns take on Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 34 for the Universal Title. He wants to make the two as strong as possible heading into the mega-fight in April.
What are your thoughts on McMahon's reaction to Lesnar vs. Strowman and Reigns vs. Cena? Did either of the matches live up to your own expectations? How could they have been better? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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