OSR: WWE No Mercy 2002 Review

No Mercy 2002

OSR: WWE No Mercy 2002 Review

In 2002, No Mercy was a staple of the WWE PPV Calendar. But 2002 marked the first time it was held under the Brand Split of that time, but featured talent and matches from both RAW and SmackDown. This event marked a prominent mistake by the WWE at the time, the retirement of the WWE Intercontinental Championship. But it also marked the beginning of the then-WWE Tag Team Championship under the SmackDown umbrella. And years before their epic 2015 confrontation inside Hell in a Cell, 2002 marked the first time The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar clashed inside the structure. Certainly a familiar trip down memory lane here in the OSR with the WWE No Mercy 2002 Review…

The opening shot is The Undertaker and Kane sat in the locker room, before Kane amusingly says “so how was your week”. The opening promo for the show then looks at the RAW championship unification match between Triple H and Kane. But unfortunately the reference to Katie Vick then comes in. It then looks at the SmackDown main event between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, which is narrated by Paul Heyman which adds to its effectiveness. We then go inside the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas for this evenings event with our commentary teams; JR and The King for RAW with Michael Cole and Tazz for SmackDown. We then go to the ring for the first match of the evening…

[RAW] World Tag Team Championship: Chris Jericho and Christian (c) vs. Booker T and Goldust

This was a really good opening match, with great chemistry and charisma from all of the participants. It wasn’t anything special but a very solid match to open the show. The ending by Jericho was likely improvised due to the ring rope breaking, but it worked. 

Winners: Chris Jericho and Christian, to retain the World Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

[SmackDown] Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson

This is very much a nothing match on the card, and easily just pushed in as filler material even with the backstory. For two non-wrestlers, it is okay and acceptable but would not go down as a classic in women’s wrestling. 

Winner: Dawn Marie

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

[RAW] Ric Flair vs. Rob Van Dam

This was a very solid match between both men, with nothing overly special to make the match standout. Whilst it was solid, it was a little bit on the dull side due to the different styles of RVD and Flair with a disappointing and somewhat weak finish.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

[SmackDown] WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Jamie Noble (c) (w/ Nidia) vs. Tajiri

After the previous match, this picks up the pace again nicely. Noble and Tajiri are an interesting combination inside the ring, and work remarkably well with one another. A really easy match to watch, and thoroughly enjoyable. 

Winner: Jamie Noble, to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

[RAW] Unification Match: Triple H (World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Kane (Intercontinental Champion)

A very strongly contested match between both men, which was again very different from the previous match. A good match between the pair, but nothing special or would shout out at you. Triple H is only successful in this match thanks to the screwy assistance from Ric Flair. 

Winner: Triple H, to unify the World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

[SmackDown] WWE Tag Team Championship: Edge and Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit

This was a brilliantly thought out finale in the tournament for the WWE Tag Team Championship. This was an excellently contested match between all of the participants and set the championship off in good contention. One of the best matches of the evening. 

Winner: Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

[RAW] WWE Women’s Championship: Trish Stratus (c) vs. Victoria

This was a passable women’s match between the duo. It was certainly better than the other example shown, but nothing special or would make you want to watch it again. But it does go some way to elevating the character of Victoria, at this time in her infancy within the company. 

Winner: Trish Stratus, to retain the WWE Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

[SmackDown] WWE Championship – Hell in a Cell: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. The Undertaker

This was a completely brutal and barbaric match, which really suited the style and feud of the men at the time. The amount of blood from The Undertaker though was too much to be effective. Sometimes, less is more and this was slightly too much in places.

Winner: Brock Lesnar, to retain the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Quite a few years have passed since this event has being watched back, but carrying out the WWE No Mercy 2002 Review was certainly an enjoyable task. Granted, there were a couple of matches which made you think “WHY” but the majority of the card was of a reasonable standard. The decision to retire the WWE Intercontinental Championship was truly baffling, the championship allows some development and progression in the upper mid-card. It is thankful the championship was reactivated the following year. The main event between Brock and Taker was good, but doesn’t hold a candle to their 2015 encounter. It was a good match, but the sheer amount of blood turned out to be ineffective. 

Overall through, an enjoyable and easy watch event from this time within the WWE. Certainly one that would come with a recommendation to watch, matches 2 and 3 are passable but with the 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network: you can’t really go wrong. 

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