The two main events for No Mercy, which will take place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL are set for 10/7. The first of which we have known about since Sunday night at Unforgiven, as John Cena will defend the WWE Title vs Randy Orton in a “Last Man Standing” match. This has the makings of being the best match of this recent feud, as it can’t possibly be as weak as what we saw at the last weekends PPV. Cena and Orton had a solid match at SummerSlam, and I am already thinkng here we’ll have lots of props and possibly some bloodshed as we start to wrap up this feud.
I stated on the Unforgiven Post Match Show that with John Cena’s Dad involved, you could have a swerve where he turns on his son, or you could have Orton’s Dad – WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton Jr. get involved as well. The door is open for a lot to happen here, but one thing I am still on record as thinking is that Cena is going to keep the strap. As of right now, there is no reason to move it, and I think with the reaction he gets, good and bad, there is a very real chance we may see John Cena keep the belt all the way till WrestleMania 24. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.
As for the SmackDown main event, there were ads stating we’d see Batista defend his new strap with the Undertaker in what would be a WM 23 rematch. That is not going to happen. At least not yet. Instead, we are going to have to sit through a “Punjabi Prision Match” as The Great Khali well is being tapped again as he will go up against Batista. Ugh. This could be ugly, very ugly. They had better pull out all the stops and props on this one, as Khali can’t fight out of a paper bag, much less one-on-one with Batista in a match of this sorts. Put those two together every night from now till that match to have them ready to go for this PPV.