REVIEW: WWE ‘Double Feature: NO MERCY 2017 & HELL IN A CELL 2017’ DVD – Best PPV Pack All Year?

November 20, 2017 by Mark Armstrong

WWE Survivor Series 2017 DVD - Cover Artwork, Release Dates

The 31st annual Survivor Series is in the history books as we look ahead to its Home Video offering.

Early word is that Survivor Series 2017 will be housed in a 2-disc DVD set that’s slated to contain the full 3-hour and 47-minute PPV event, plus a series of extras. It will be released to the United States during the holiday season on December 26th; click here to pre-order on Amazon.com.

Canada will get the DVD one week later (this release including an Amazon exclusive that completes the “WWE Official Coin Collection 2017” display case), following to Australia early in the new year on January 10th, then the UK and Europe (with an exclusive Blu-ray edition) on January 22nd.

After overcoming Jinder Mahal in a title bout in Manchester, England, newly-crowned WWE Champion AJ Styles will go head-to-head against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a daunting Champion vs. Champion Match at Survivor Series!

The battle lines have been drawn and the teams finalized in the Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, and the biggest names and most prominent rising stars in sports-entertainment, including Kurt Angle, Triple H, John Cena, Randy Orton, Finn Bálor and more, will join forces in the battle for brand supremacy on the one night a year where RAW and SmackDown LIVE clash in head-to-head competition.

PLUS two of the greatest factions in WWE history will go head-to-head when The Shield battle The New Day in a dream showdown that everybody wanted to see, but never saw coming!


Before then, let’s take a look at the latest WWE PPVs that have just hit stores, in the form of the “Double Feature: No Mercy & Hell in a Cell 2017” DVD twin-pack.

WWE’s autumn season is often uneventful, but steps were taken to ensure that the fall period would offer more value to fans this year. No Mercy offered two matches which could have been huge attractions at WrestleMania (WWE reminded us about this once or twice!), and the hype for Hell in a Cell was based around a major rivalry between Kevin Owens and SmackDown GM, Shane McMahon.

The two cards also promised other potential show-stealing clashes, which in the case of HIAC looked to finally end the streak of sub-standard PPVs for the SmackDown brand.

 

NO MERCY 2017

WWE No Mercy 2017 DVD - Main Menu
WWE No Mercy 2017 DVD - The Miz vs. Jason Jordan

Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (C) vs. Jason Jordan

This is a pretty good opener, and the fans are well into it. Unfortunately for Jason Jordan, the crowd are totally against him winning here, even against the detestable Miz, and his post-match promo makes for painful viewing.

Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt

Bálor (“the man” rather than the Demon) beats Wyatt for the second straight supershow. It’s watchable enough, but Bray’s lack of credibility in big-match situations reduced the drama, since few believed he would beat Finn on this night (which he didn’t, of course).

WWE - Cesaro Knocks His Two Front Teeth Out In A Match!

RAW Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (C) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro

Though this match will always be remembered for Cesaro’s teeth being busted in a gnarly visual, it shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the action here is thoroughly gripping. The best match of the night, this is just as good as their thriller at SummerSlam, if not superior.

RAW Women’s Championship Fatal Five Way Match
Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma

I really enjoyed this match. All five ladies gave it their all here, with Nia Jax looking particularly impressive (why hasn’t she had her PPV one-on-one title shot yet?). Alexa retains the crown here in arguably the best women’s match held on PPV so far this year.

WWE No Mercy 2017 DVD - Women's Championship Fatal 5-Way Match
WWE - John Cena Can't Beat Roman Reigns, Passes The Torch at No Mercy 2017

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

The first meeting between the two most divisive stars in WWE really should have been saved for WrestleMania, regardless of how this enhanced the appeal of No Mercy. It’s a strong effort by both, and considering the animosity Big Match John has received from fans for years, it’s cool to see him get the “Thank you Cena” treatment here.

Cruiserweight Championship Match
Neville (C) vs. Enzo Amore

Enzo Amore toppling Neville in heelish fashion would set up his turn to the dark side, though it didn’t quite result in a full babyface turn for Neville in return. In fact, the King of the Cruiserweights would walk out of WWE just two weeks later, but that;s another story. Match quality is okay, but nothing special.

WWE No Mercy 2017 DVD - Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
WWE - Braun Strowman Running Powerslam to Brock Lesnar!

Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Braun Strowman

Unfortunately, this match was a let-down. Fought at a slower pace and with fewer destructive spots than the Fatal Four Way at SummerSlam, it’s also a bit short and it ends abruptly after one F5. It also feels like the Los Angeles crowd (understandably) considered Cena vs. Reigns to be the true main event over this. It isn’t terrible, but sadly it isn’t memorable either.
 

WWE 'Double Feature: No Mercy & Hell in a Cell 2017' DVD - Contents

 

HELL IN A CELL 2017

WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 DVD - Main Menu
WWE - The Usos Torture Xavier Woods with Kendo Stick Inside Hell in a Cell!

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Hell in a Cell Match
The New Day (C) vs. The Usos

The New Day and The Usos open HIAC in grand fashion with a superb Cell encounter. The first time that a Tag Team Championship match has taken place inside the structure, this is a compelling mix of comedy and violence which the fans are fired up for, and it concludes the best tag team feud of the year.

Randy Orton vs. Rusev

In a rematch from SummerSlam which thankfully lasts longer than ten seconds, Randy Orton and Rusev battle in a decent bout. I thought going in that the Bulgarian Brute would come out on top, but an RKO outta nowhere makes this a disappointing Rusev Day.

United States Championship Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles (C) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger

Tye Dillinger was a late addition to this match on the Kickoff Show, and the fans approve of the change. But it’s Baron Corbin who triumphs in the end, and it represents a career revival of sorts after his failed cash-in of the Money in the Bank briefcase back in August.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 DVD - AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger, Triple Threat Match
WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 DVD - Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Natalya (C) vs. Charlotte Flair

Not for the first time on PPV, a match between Natalya and Charlotte is plagued by a lame finish, with Natalya using a chair to retain via a disqualification loss. Their feud is ongoing at time of writing, so I’m expecting these two to battle once more at Clash of Champions.

WWE Championship Match
Jinder Mahal (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Not much to say here: it’s a bit better than their previous encounter at SummerSlam, but it’s still not a great match by World Title standards, and Jinder pinning Nakamura again to continue his WWE Title reign pleased few fans.

Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler

Bobby Roode’s WWE PPV debut against Dolph Ziggler is a bit disappointing (not unlike Shinsuke Nakamura’s PPV bow against Ziggler). It doesn’t stand out from any other match on the card, and the finish (Bobby using the tights to pin Dolph) does little to benefit Roode.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 DVD - Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE - Shane McMahon On Top of Hell in a Cell, Ready to Jump Off onto Kevin Owens!

Hell in a Cell Match
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens

This is a pretty fun match. It’s rather long, but the final high-spot more than makes up for it, with Shane surprisingly reprising his huge elbow drop from the top of the Cell. But more shocking is Sami Zayn pulling KO out of harm’s way, giving Owens the win and turning heel in the process to end HIAC with a bang!

 

The Extras

No Mercy Kickoff Show
Elias vs. Apollo Crews

Presumably due to Hell in a Cell running long, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros from the HIAC Kickoff Show is omitted. We do get the No Mercy pre-show bout though, a fair effort between Elias (one of my favorite characters in WWE right now) and Apollo Crews.

WWE No Mercy 2017 DVD - Special Feature, Kickoff Show Match

 

The Verdict

This is the strongest “Double Feature” DVD that WWE has put out so far this year.

With two major matches headlining No Mercy and a memorable Cell match between Shane O’Mac and KO closing out HIAC, and with several great matches on both cards, there’s something for everyone across the set, even if the major championship matches are underwhelming. Neither show could be described as being a classic, but this 2-disc collection is still well worth checking out.

What do you think? Do these 2 WWE PPVs make a “Double Feature” worth adding to your collection? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

WWE - Sami Zayn Turns Heel, Helps Kevin Owens Beat Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell!

 
Get your copy of WWE’s new NO MERCY & HELL IN A CELL 2017 DVD…

 
USA: NOW! Grab the next “WWE Double Feature” DVD right now here on Amazon.com.

UK/Europe: Next Monday! Get the next “WWE Double Feature” DVD here on Amazon.co.uk.

Australia: December 13th. Grab the next “WWE Double Feature” DVD at Madman.com.au.
 

WWE 'Double Feature: No Mercy & Hell in a Cell 2017 DVD - Get Your Copy Now!

 




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9 Comments on "REVIEW: WWE ‘Double Feature: NO MERCY 2017 & HELL IN A CELL 2017’ DVD – Best PPV Pack All Year?"

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Decky
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Decky

What a great pair of ppv. One of my biggest complaint about modern era ppv is each ppv is visually too similar but I loved the look of No Mercy.

Robert emons
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Robert emons

So we will get the cover to survivor series soon?

Brandon vendetta
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Brandon vendetta

Don’t think either event was good enough for me to go buy this. Yeah a few good matches between them both but still not worth a purchase sorry

Nick
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Nick

FYI, one edit that was made from the original broadcast of HIAC… the part where Kevin Owens yells out “this is my Goddamn show” is removed on the DVD

Tadge Wesolowski
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Tadge Wesolowski

If i’m honest,i dont like the Double Feature DVD’s,what happens if you like one of them but not the other,i dont want a DVD that i’m not going to bother with,saying that,i think No Mercy slightly betters HIAC.
I hope in 2018 WWE drop the Double Feature,this way if i want to buy a DVD,i can do so,and not miss out because i only like one from two.

Mark Markson
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Mark Markson

Then just don’t watch the show you don’t like. I like the double packs. In Europe, the double packs cost £14,99, and a PPV like TLC 2017 cost £12,99. So for £2 you get an extra show. The double packs are a good deal in my opinion.

Jeff Copeland
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Jeff Copeland
Honestly i i like the double pack sets. i mean you get 2 ppvs for 15 bucks that saving then just getting the single ones for 10 bucks. I do agree that most of the times, when you get a double pack you get 1 ppv you really like and other ppv is meh or just crap at times but its a deal. i say out of packs that came out this year my favs were from fastlane & Elmination Chamber my fav was Elmination Chamber for Backlash and payback i liked both but give slight edge to payback for… Read more »
SRB
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SRB

I have to also agree that the double packs are great. It saves on space and money. I can see liking one event, but not the other. However, I’ve hardly seen an event that has zero watchable matches. If I had my way, WWE would release box sets at the new year, which had all events from the previous year.

Richard W
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Richard W

Totally agree with you guys on the double features as this way, we can be assured they’re (RAW & SL PPVS) actually going to get released and if you don’t like one of the events on there, then don’t bother watching it is all but the value is good as well price-wise.

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