Taking place this Sunday night (24 September), No Mercy 2017 is WWE's first Raw-branded pay-per-view in over two months.
Headlined by two bouts with genuine WrestleMania main event potential in Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman and John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, the show carries a considerable amount of hype. For the most part, WWE have done a great job in building towards what has traditionally been a B-level PPV, and if it delivers upon its full potential, No Mercy could finish as one of the year's strongest shows.
That's a big 'if', though. Unfortunately, WWE's 2017 has been characterised by PPVs that have promised much, but delivered little. Derailed by a myriad of oddball booking decisions and lacklustre matches, shows like Battleground and SummerSlam ultimately left fans disappointed, and said fans would be wise to temper their expectations accordingly.
WWE's recent form is just one of many reasons to be cautious. No Mercy's card looks strong, but a closer examination reveals a number of potential problems. The show's never going to be perfect, but even a handful of bad decisions would continue the theme of tepid 2017 PPVs, leaving the fanbase disappointed once more.