WWE No Mercy 2007 Review feat. Triple H vs. Randy Orton

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Image Source: WWE
CompanyWWE
EventWWE No Mercy 2007
SeriesNo Mercy
Edition10
FormatPay-Per-View
DateSunday October 7 2007
VenueAllstate Arena
LocationChicago, Illinois, USA
Attendance12,500

WWE No Mercy 2007

WWE No Mercy 2007 could have been a disaster due to its main event requiring a cancellation. But instead WWE was able to turn a negative into a positive, resulting in a memorable night. It also meant that a new record was set for the most WWE Championship changes in a single night.

We were supposed to see the feud-ending Last Man Standing match between WWE Champion John Cena and Randy Orton. But a torn pectoral muscle injury forced Cena’s WWE Title reign to end after more than a year via a vacation. Vince McMahon had promised that history would be made here at No Mercy 2007. And he did so when he, along with Raw General Manager William Regal, presented Orton with his first WWE Title to start this evening.

Fans chanted for Chris Jericho due to the promos hyping his return having already aired, which Vince shouted down in amusing fashion. Though Y2J didn’t interrupt, Triple H did. HHH would suggest a title shot against Orton despite his own scheduled bout with Umaga. Vince would refuse, until HHH insulted him to such a degree (suggesting he had “raisins” rather than “grapefruits”) that Vince succumbed and gave HHH a WWE Title match right here, right now!

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE PREVIOUS TV SHOWS? READ OUR PRE-PPV REVIEWS OF RAW, ECW & SMACKDOWN!

WWE Championship Match

Randy Orton (C) vs. Triple H

It’s strange to say that a WWE Title match would be a warm-up, but you will soon see why. These two would put on an enjoyable clash; the Chicago fans were fully behind HHH, as they suspected that Orton was beatable despite having just clinched the WWE gold. Though Randy had been waiting a long time for this moment, HHH hadn’t held either of WWE’s World Titles since WrestleMania 21, so he was overdue another reign with a major prize. Orton did take control of the match to suggest that HHH’s quest would be in vain.

But in the end, The Game survived The Legend Killer with a roll-up to score the three-count and capture the WWE Championship! Fans reacted with excitement and astonishment, having technically already seen two WWE Title switches. Orton looked dumbfounded, as we wondered what the rest of the night could potentially entail for the new titleholder. We would soon receive our answer, as Vince soon informed HHH that he was still going to face Umaga, only with the WWE gold at stake.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE PREVIOUS EDITION? READ OUR WWE NO MERCY 2006 REVIEW!

Jeff Hardy, Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Mr. Kennedy, Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

After that dramatic start to the night, this six-man filler bout was unlikely to leave as much of a lasting impression. And it didn’t; the action was fine, yet unmemorable. But I find it fascinating to view where all six were at during this period. London and Kendrick would soon be booted from the World Tag Team Title picture, with their team eventually dissolving to little fanfare. Cade and Murdoch were the reigning titleholders, yet they would fade into obscurity once their reign ended in December 2007. Though we didn’t know this back then, Kennedy had passed his WWE peak, with more valleys than peaks ahead of his shock 2009 release.

And then there’s Jeff, the reigning Intercontinental Champion, who would seemingly go no higher based on his past accomplishments. Yet he was actually in the midst of a slow yet very effective push that would eventually see him become a multi-time World Champion and the most organically popular performer in WWE. I enjoy matches like this that bring six guys together who are all on varying career paths. Anyway, Kennedy pinned London to score the win; he may have been on a descent, but at least he triumphed here at No Mercy 2007.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE PREVIOUS PPV? READ OUR WWE UNFORGIVEN 2007 REVIEW!

ECW Championship Match

CM Punk (C) vs. Big Daddy V

CM Punk has wrestled on PPVs in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois on numerous occasions. Some of those were very famous indeed. Others, less so. This was definitely amongst his least memorable. An ECW Title match against the former Viscera went very badly for Punk, even though CM would retain his gold. I did like the Elimination Chase storyline that played out on ECW television to get here, with V being a late entrant that stole Tommy Dreamer’s opportunity.

But the payoff, if one could call it that, was a mere 90-second bout that fans hated. Matt Striker quickly interfered on V’s behalf to cause a DQ, with V destroying Punk afterwards. Sure, Punk retained his belt, but other than him literally losing his prize, it’s hard to envision how this could have gone any worse for Punk in his first official PPV appearance in his home city. Still, it would all work out for him in the end.

Before the next match, Matt Hardy and MVP continued their series of sporting challenges – sort of. Here, we had a pizza-eating contrast, hosted by Tazz, and with Maria and Melina as judges. Why? Don’t ask me. Montel Vontavious Porter decided not to eat any pizza, allowing Matt to eat so many slices that he felt sick. So much so that he threw up on MVP. And that was that.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FIRST EDITION? READ OUR WWF NO MERCY (UK) 1999 REVIEW!

WWE Championship Match

Triple H (C) vs. Umaga

Though we were only four proper matches into the show, this was HHH’s second bout of the night. His feud with Umaga had begun almost by accident, with The Game injuring The Samoan Bulldozer so that he could be written off television due to a suspension (which also had loads of other wrestlers involved, but that’s another story). At this point, Umaga was back, and he wanted some of HHH. But now, of course, the WWE Championship was on the line.

This match is alright; it has less crowd heat than Orton vs. HHH. This was probably because, unlike the opener, Umaga seemed to have little chance of winning the belt. And so it proved, as a Pedigree put Umaga away for the pin. Their feud would continue beyond No Mercy 2007, leading to a Street Fight at Cyber Sunday.

But HHH’s night was not quite over yet. As he again recovered backstage, Vince had a message for him. He would defend his title once more later on, in the originally-planned Last Man Standing match against Orton. Randy was exercising his rematch clause, you see. Damn you, Vince! Seriously, though, the fans popped big-time for this, as this intriguing evening rolled on.

Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay

Next up, we have a forgotten PPV attraction from 2007. These two would meet again under Stretcher rules at Cyber Sunday. Here, though, it was about giving a reason for that rematch to occur (even though they clearly already had an issue, otherwise they would not have been battling here). Anyway, this is a decent effort, but it feels like a SmackDown-level contest. And the finish is pretty strange, Finlay feigned an injury to the extent that the match was stopped. With fans worried that a legitimate problem had occurred, The Fighting Irishman was laid on a stretcher.

Mysterio, the humble babyface, stood up and stared with confusion and concerned. So it made for quite a moment when Finlay rose from the stretcher and attacked Mysterio. Sure, his ruse cost him the match for no good reason, but the crowd pop when Finlay jumped Mysterio was pretty loud. Thankfully, their Stretcher match would be an awesome affair three weeks later, making this angle worthwhile.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST EDITION? READ OUR WWE NO MERCY 2017 REVIEW!

WWE Women’s Championship Match

Candice Michelle (C) vs. Beth Phoenix

Candice had previously pinned Beth at Unforgiven. Due to Phoenix’ superior size and strength, that result had felt like an upset, despite Candice having far more experience on the main roster. Here, though, the Glamazon would exact her revenge. Having been targeting Michelle and her Women’s Title for a good while, this would be the night that Beth achieved her goal.

A Glam Slam would do the trick, and Phoenix would embark on a Women’s Title reign that lasted over six months. It also initiated a career that would culminate with a Hall Of Fame induction in 2017. As for Candice, this would be the beginning of the end for her, and by the summer of 2008, she would more or less become irrelevant prior to her being released in 2009. Which is sad, because as this show proves, Candice was rather popular, and had improved a lot as a wrestler.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FOLLOWING PPV? READ OUR WWE CYBER SUNDAY 2007 REVIEW!

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Punjabi Prison Match

Batista (C) vs. The Great Khali

For what it’s worth, this is the best Punjabi Prison match ever. It’s also the only one which Khali, for whom the stipulation was designed, actually competed in. But could the presence of the Prison make a difference as far as his attempt to dethrone Batista was concerned? Ultimately, no. In hindsight, we should be relieved that the Chicago fans allowed these two to do their thing without ruining it with smarky chants. Oh, wait, I thought this was 2018.

Anyway, this is better than one would expect, and I always liked the finish: with Khali on one wall ready to climb to another one (the Prison had two walls that the victor would have to climb over, which could take some time), Batista leapt from one wall to another in a split-second. It was a cool spot, and a potentially-dangerous jump, because the consequences of a botch would have been awful. Thankfully, Batista pulled it off splendidly, and he escaped the Prison to win. More importantly, his feud with Khali was over! Hurrah!

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FOLLOWING EDITION? READ OUR WWE NO MERCY 2008 REVIEW!

WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match

Triple H (C) vs. Randy Orton

And so we have our last match, as HHH competed for the third and final time. It wasn’t obvious until this point that Trips (and Randy as well, to be fair) had been saving energy for this bout. That’s because the two men went all-out here in what may have been their best ever clash against one another. The Chicago fans were fully invested into the action, which is a stark contrast to their WrestleMania 25 battle 18 months later. It’s amazing how much of a difference that a hot audience can make, and conversely what a difference a cold crowd can make.

There were plenty of big spots here to make the most of the Last Man Standing stipulation. Amongst those were HHH avoiding an RKO by hurling Randy through an announcer’s table, and Orton driving HHH into a steel chair with an RKO, which busted H open (the first juice job on PPV since Backlash, believe it or not). In the end, HHH poised Orton for a Pedigree on another commentary desk, only to taste another RKO. With HHH unable to rise to his feet before the ten-count, Randy was declared the winner, thus reclaiming the WWE Championship he had lost only two hours or so earlier.

For those who say that HHH and Orton never had a great match, they should see this awesome encounter. It also meant this was the only night ever that the WWE Championship officially changed owners on three occasions. Orton’s latest run would last all the way to Backlash 2008, when he would lose the gold to – yes! – Triple H. They would also have further LMS bouts in the future, though this was definitely their best.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FOLLOWING TV SHOWS? READ OUR POST-PPV REVIEWS OF RAW, ECW & SMACKDOWN!

If you were to judge WWE No Mercy 2007 solely on the shenanigans involving the WWE Championship, then this would be considered a superb PPV event. The rest of the card weighs things down on the quality metre quite a bit. But even so, the leading storyline was fun, and the main event was fantastic. Considering the bind that WWE was in from John Cena’s injury, this show was a triumph in the face of adversity.

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