Luke Harper put on Smackdown as Erick Rowan's replacement

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Sunday's No Mercy PPV threw up a fair few surprises for the WWE Universe, but the final one could also have been the most interesting.

The interesting decision to have the main event of AJ Styles vs John Cena vs Dean Ambrose open the show rather than close it was then followed up by the strange choice not to have the career vs title match between the Miz and Dolph Ziggler also not close the show.

A new main event

The highly anticipated match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton would prove to be the true main event as that was the match chosen to close out the show.


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The match itself was enjoyable and was quite typical of what you would have expected the two unique superstars to have created.

The ending to the match was the real highlight though as the return of Luke Harper stole the headlines as he helped Wyatt to victory.

Harper didn't technically interfere in the match as all he did was provide the distraction for Wyatt to capitalise on, but fans were left surprised by his re-emergence and subsequent signing with Smackdown Live.

Harper had appeared at a RAW live event the night prior to No Mercy so his swap to Smackdown caused a lot of intrigue.

It has now been reported that his change of brand is for him to act as Erick Rowan's replacement - who is now out injured.

Rowan has been Wyatt's accomplice in recent weeks and now it looks like Harper's solo push could have been put on the back burner.

Far from a solo feud with Orton, it now looks like Harper will be teaming with Wyatt to face the Viper and a potential unnamed partner.

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