No Mercy consisted of a few surprises but the Universal Title match and John Cena vs Roman Reigns probably surprised the most.
Bryan Alvarez analyzed the outcomes of the two biggest matches at No Mercy on Wrestling Observer Live. He also provided a bit of clarity about what fans can expect in the months to come.
“Well he didn’t retire John Cena but they may pretend that he did for a while. John Cena, I guess could be on Raw tonight. He played it up last night like he is done. He is obviously going to be filming Bumblebee the Transformers movie so he’s likely going to be gone until WrestleMania season. Nobody actually knows the exact time he’s going to be back. But Roman Reigns beat him.
“Brock Lesnar won and of course that means that for all of the work they did there with Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins and all the other Brock Lesnar opponents over the last year. At the end of the day, Vince’s plan appears to still be Brock Lesnar/Roman Reigns at WrestleMania and everybody up until that point will be set-up guys for Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.”
Therefore it doesn’t matter if someone finds themselves getting incredibly over like Braun Strowman because, in the end, all signs point to New Orleans and WrestleMania 34. The main event of the night appears to still be the Big Dog vs the Beast Incarnate and everything until then is just going to set up that match.
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