WWE Raw vs. SmackDown: No Mercy 2017 PPV is Red

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has a rapid acceleration of the pay-per-view (PPV) calendar. Every month the WWE universe comes to know of a new PPV and May is no exception. We now know the Monday Night RAW show for September as another PPV flips to the other side.

No Mercy 2017 PPV will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show was revived last year as a SmackDown Live event. However, the PPV will return for the Monday Night RAW brand this year, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.

RAW will host No Mercy first time in 9 years

This is the first time in 9 years that the RAW superstars will be wrestling at No Mercy. The WWE did away with the PPV name from 2009 to 2015.  It came back last year for WWE’s blue brand and featured a triple threat match for the WWE championship between AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, and John Cena.

No Mercy’s announcement now confirms the PPV schedule into the fall of this year. In a little over a week, Backlash will be the next WWE PPV followed by Extreme Rules, Money In The Bank, Great Balls Of Fire, and SummerSlam.

After SummerSlam, another big four PPV is the only one confirmed in 2017. Survivor Series will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on November 19th.

The upcoming WWE PPV is for the SmackDown Live brand. A large focus of the event will be placed on the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal. The show will also headline the United States Championship match between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles.

No Mercy brand shift implications

No Mercy is one of those really basic PPV names that could really have any kind of matches on the card. It doesn’t resonate with names like Backlash or Payback.

However, it is the product the WWE presents us that trumps whatever the name of the pay per view is. Hence, one will expect the 2017 edition of Now Mercy to produce a show like SmackDown did last year.

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