Sept. 25 (UPI) — Two main events including Roman Reigns taking on John Cena and Brock Lesnar defending his title against Braun Strowman took place Sunday during WWE’s Raw-exclusive pay-per-view event, No Mercy.
The first main event featured a battle between two of the WWE’s biggest stars, Cena and Reigns as they fought for respect and the right to be the true face of the company.
Despite Reigns starting things off in a dominate fashion, Cena was able to regain his composure and bounce back into the bout that featured the 16-time world champion delivering four Attitude Adjustments to The Big Dog including a one from the top-rope and two AAs delivered in a row.
The onslaught of finishing moves would not keep Reigns down. He wore down Cena after he speared the Total Bellas star through a table and then later in the middle of the ring for a three count after delivering a Superman Punch.
Afterwards, Cena showed respect to Reigns by raising his hand in victory. After Reigns exited, Cena remained in the ring and received a standing ovation from the audience followed by a “Thank you Cena” chant.
The second main event which closed out the night, was a battle of the giants as Lesnar collided with Strowman in an earth-shattering championship match.
Strowman looked impressive in the early going as he dominated Lesnar in a way few other Superstars have. After delivering a Running Powerslam, The Monster Among Men seemed destined to be the one to finally slay The Beast as Lesnar looked stunned by Strowman’s power.
Lesnar turned things around after he nearly broke Strowman’s arm by applying the Kimura Lock for an extended period of time. Now down to one arm, Lesnar was able to take his opponent to Suplex City and withstand more Running Powerslams that seemed to further injure Strowman’s arm.
Lesnar ended the match with F-5 for the three count, continuing his long championship reign.
In the women’s division, against all odds Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss retained her title in a Fatal 5-Way Match that featured Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Emma.
The match, which featured Jax delivering an impressive double Samoan Drop to Bliss and Banks, ended after Bliss was able to side-step a charging Jax and deliver a DDT to Bayley for the victory.
Other moments from No Mercy included Elias defeating Apollo Crews; The Miz retaining his Intercontinental Championship against Jason Jordan; Finn Balor defeating Bray Wyatt; Enzo Amore defeating Neville to become the new Cruiserweight Champion and Raw Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins retaining their titles against Cesaro and Sheamus.