No Mercy (2006)
|No Mercy (2006)|
|"No Mercy" by Jim Johnston|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||October 8, 2006|
|City||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|No Mercy chronology|
No Mercy (2006) was the ninth annual No Mercy professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on October 8, 2006, from the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina and was a SmackDown! brand-exclusive event.
The main event was a fatal four-way match for the World Heavyweight Championship between defending champion King Booker, Bobby Lashley, Batista, and Finlay, which Booker won after pinning Finlay. One of the predominant matches on the card was Mr. Kennedy versus The Undertaker, which Kennedy won after Undertaker was disqualified. Another primary match on the undercard was Rey Mysterio versus Chavo Guerrero in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Mysterio won the match by pinning Guerrero after a crossbody off a rail.
The main feud heading into No Mercy was between King Booker, Bobby Lashley, Batista, and Finlay with the four battling over the World Heavyweight Championship. At SummerSlam, the pay-per-view two months before No Mercy, Batista defeated King Booker by disqualification after Queen Sharmell interfered, resulting in Booker retaining the World Heavyweight Championship. The next week on SmackDown!, Batista along with Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker's Court (Booker, Finlay, and William Regal) in a three-on-two handicap match. Booker's Court controlled most of the match, isolating Batista and Lashley from each other. Towards the end of the match, Lashley tagged in Batista, who ended up pinning Booker for the win after a Spinebuster. Two weeks later on the September 8 edition of SmackDown!, Batista faced Booker for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Booker won after Finlay interfered and hit Batista with a shillelagh. After the match, Finlay continued to attack Batista with the shillelagh and a steel chair. The next week on SmackDown!, Finlay began degrading Batista, saying he is probably hiding in a hole licking his wounds. As Finlay was about to continue, Lashley came out and said that only someone like him would jump Batista from behind. SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long then announced that, Finlay would face off against Lashley later that night to determine the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship at No Mercy. Lashley defeated Finlay and became number one contender after Finlay was disqualified for hitting him with a shillelagh. On the September 22 episode of SmackDown!, Lashley teamed up with Batista to take on Finlay and Regal. Midway through the match, Batista and Finlay brawled outside the ring and into the crowd, leaving Regal on his own against Lashley. Lashley gained the pinfall after hitting Regal with a Spear. Later that night it was announced that Batista would face off against Finlay at No Mercy. Two weeks later on the October 6 episode of SmackDown!, Booker faced off against Finlay and Batista faced off against Lashley, with both matches ending in a no-contest. This lead Theodore Long to make the one-on-one World title match at No Mercy, a Fatal Four-Way match.
The other main match on the card was Mr. Kennedy versus The Undertaker. On the September 8 episode of SmackDown!, Kennedy called out General Manager Theodore Long, and informed him that if John Cena comes to SmackDown!, he wants a spot on Raw; as Kennedy proclaimed that SmackDown! didn't interest him anymore because he had already defeated every top performer on the roster. This led to Long booking a match between an opponent Kennedy had never faced, that opponent turned out to be The Undertaker. The match was scheduled to take place at No Mercy. On the September 29 edition of SmackDown!, Kennedy presented a tribute to the Undertaker and tried to get out of the match. However, the Undertaker made his presence known to Kennedy, as he informed him, "I show no mercy, and you will rest in peace". Kennedy attempted to strike the Undertaker with his microphone, but the microphone suddenly blew up in Kennedy's hand.
The most personal feud was between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero. This feud started when Guerrero cost Mysterio the World championship at The Great American Bash, claiming that he was "a leech living off the blood of the Guerrero name." Guerrero and Mysterio feuded for weeks, including a match at SummerSlam, where Vickie Guerrero accidentally cost Mysterio the match by knocking him off the top rope. The next week on SmackDown!, Vickie turned on Mysterio and sided with Guerrero, becoming his new "business manager".
Before the event went live on pay-per-view, Jimmy Wang Yang defeated Sylvan in a dark match. The first match that aired was the non-title match between the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms and Matt Hardy. After a back and forth match, Helms took control until Hardy was able to counter a Shining wizard with a Twist of Fate. This allowed him to pin Helms for the win.
Next was the WWE Tag Team Championship match between the champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick, with Ashley, and K.C. James and Idol Stevens, with Michelle McCool. London was pushed off the second turnbuckle to the outside early on, leading to the chllengers dominating, before London tagged in Kendrick. Kendrick pinned James after a shooting star press to win the match for his team. The next match was Montel Vontavious Porter's (MVP) official debut. He wrestled Marty Garner in a squash match, and won by pinning him after a playmaker.
The fourth match was The Undertaker against the United States Champion Mr. Kennedy in a non-title match. Kennedy took control by hitting the Undertaker into an exposed turnbuckle and scoring a piledriver, but was unable to pin the Undertaker. Kennedy then brought the US title belt into the ring, but the Undertaker got hold of the belt and hit Kennedy with it, resulting in his disqualification. The Undertaker then Tombstoned both Kennedy and the referee, Charles Robinson.
The fifth match was the Falls Count Anywhere match between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero with Vickie Guerrero. Mysterio and Guerrero soon started fighting on the outside of the ring and through the crowd, before Mysterio managed to pin Guerrero after a 619 and Crossbody off a guardrail. The sixth match was the encounter between Regal and his opponent, who was revealed to be Chris Benoit. Benoit, who was returning after a five-month sabbatical, cut Regal open halfway through the match after a headbutt. Benoit won by submission when Regal tapped out to the Crippler Crossface.
The main event was the fatal four-way match between the World Heavyweight Champion King Booker, and his three challengers Batista, Finlay and Bobby Lashley. An early team up saw Booker and Finlay take control early on, until Finlay attacked Booker and gained the advantage. The Little Bastard also interfered on Finlay's behalf. Lashley then dominated, before Booker took him out. At the end of the match, Batista took control, hitting a spinebuster on every competitor and a Batista Bomb on Finlay. Lashley then speared Batista before he could capitalize. As everyone was down, Booker then crawled over on top of Finlay and pinned Finlay to retain the title.
During the event, William Regal was involved in a series of backstage skits that involved Vito, and Regal's disgust in Vito wearing a dress. (At the time, Vito had a dress-wearing gimmick.) After getting out of the shower and having another argument with Vito, Regal ran off with his towel falling off, causing him to have a scripted wardrobe malfunction in which he exposed his buttocks and, for a brief second, his penis. Although his buttocks being exposed was worked, his penis was completely accidental. WWE.com issued an apology for the incident the next day, mentioning that it doesn't tolerate nudity of any kind, although this contradicts past instances of intentional nudity from The Attitude Era (particularly from the Divas, Billy Gunn during his "Mr. Ass" gimmick, and Rikishi wearing a sumo thong as part of his ring attire) as well as the then-current ECW segment Extreme Exposé. (The pay-per-view itself actually featured a brief segment of The Miz receiving a lap dance in the ring by Layla El and later Big Dick Johnson, with Miz being blindfolded in the latter instance.) Because No Mercy was on pay-per-view, the WWE didn't receive any repercussions by the FCC or cable television providers, and along with The Kat exposing her breasts at WWF Armageddon in 1999 marked the only instances in WWE history where frontal nudity was shown on television.
At Cyber Sunday, King Booker successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship in the "Champion Of Champions" match, where he defeated both the ECW Champion, The Big Show and the WWE Champion, John Cena. Booker kept the title until Survivor Series, where he dropped it to Batista.
Mr. Kennedy and The Undertaker continued to feud, including a First Blood match at Survivor Series, which Kennedy won after MVP hit the Undertaker with a steel chair, and a Last Ride match at Armageddon, which the Undertaker won. Kennedy also lost his United States Championship to Chris Benoit. MVP began a feud with the Undertaker's on-screen half-brother Kane.
Chavo Guerrero challenged Rey Mysterio to an "I Quit" match, which he won, after assaulting Mysterio's knee, kayfabe injuring it. Mysterio took time off from wrestling, and Guerrero began feuding with Benoit after Benoit confronted him over his treatment of Mysterio. Benoit retained his United States Championship against Guerrero at Survivor Series.
Matt Hardy reformed the Hardys tag team with his brother Jeff, and began a feud with MNM, (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury), which included a ladder match at Armageddon, in which Paul London and Brian Kendrick were also involved. London and Kendrick had been feuding with Dave Taylor and William Regal up to Armageddon. Gregory Helms, meanwhile, feuded with Jimmy Wang Yang over his Cruiserweight title.
|1D||Jimmy Wang Yang defeated Sylvan||Singles match||N/A|
|2||Matt Hardy defeated Gregory Helms||Singles match||13:07|
|3||Paul London and Brian Kendrick (c) (with Ashley Massaro) defeated K.C. James and Idol Stevens (with Michelle McCool)||Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||9:35|
|4||Montel Vontavious Porter defeated Marty Garner||Singles match||2:28|
|5||Mr. Kennedy defeated The Undertaker by disqualification||Singles match||20:34|
|6||Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero (with Vickie Guerrero)||Falls Count Anywhere match||12:10|
|7||Chris Benoit defeated William Regal||Singles match||11:16|
|8||King Booker (c) (with Queen Sharmell) defeated Bobby Lashley, Batista and Finlay||Fatal four-way match for the World Heavyweight Championship||16:52|
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