Sunday, October 9, 2016

Starting with the main event

By Kevin Hunsperger
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Just a few minutes ago WWE tweeted that No Mercy is starting with the Triple Threat match between WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, John Cena and Dean Ambrose. My first thought was what else could possibly be the main event now with the biggest match of the night happening first (after the kickoff show of course).

Here are my theories as to why this is happening.

1) The second Presidential debate is happening tonight. In the wake of the recordings of Donald Trump released earlier this week, there is no doubt people will be tuning in to see Hillary Clinton and Trump go head to head. When the two debated a couple weeks ago on a Monday night Raw felt the impact. The show had a significant drop compared to the week before and after. WWE could be putting the money match first to keep interest in the show and prevent people from missing it when they switch to the debate. 

2) WWE could be planning to end Dolph Ziggler's career tonight and providing him with a big send off. What better way to do that then main event the show and say goodbye without having to rush into the rest of the event. The Intercontinental Title has been defended in the main event before. It's rare, but it has happened (Bulldog vs. Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1992 instantly comes to mind). 

3) The never going to happen scenario. Cena wins. Ric Flair comes out and says he wants one shot at the belt. Cena says let's do it tonight. Flair and Cena main event, Flair wins and carries the belt into WrestleMania where he gets a final swan song (again) in Orlando. 

Unlike Raw, fans can watch No Mercy on a mobile device, turn down the sound and watch the debate too. But I still think the primary reason for the change is because of the debate. 

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