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No Mercy 2002 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that took place on October 20, 2002, at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It was the fifth annual WWE No Mercy event and featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown! brand.

The event featured two main events. The main event from the SmackDown! brand featured WWE Champion Brock Lesnar defeat The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match to retain the title. The main event from the Raw brand was a title unification match, where World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion Kane to unify both titles.

The undercard featured Trish Stratus versus Victoria for the WWE Women's Championship, Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit versus Edge and Rey Mysterio for the new WWE Tag Team Championship, Jamie Noble versus Tajiri for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Rob Van Dam versus Ric Flair, Torrie Wilson versus Dawn Marie and Chris Jericho and Christian versus Booker T and Goldust for the World Tag Team Championship.

Background

The event featured nine professional wrestling matches with outcomes predetermined by WWE script writers. The matches featured wrestlers portraying their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during and after the event. All wrestlers were from either one of the WWE's brands - SmackDown or Raw - the two storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees.

The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand was between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker over the WWE Championship. At Unforgiven, Lesnar defended the title against Undertaker in a standard wrestling match. The match resulted in a no contest after the referee was attacked by brawling Lesnar and Undertaker. On September 25 edition of SmackDown, Undertaker defeated Matt Hardy, who interfered in Lesnar and Undertaker's match at Unforgiven. After the match, Lesnar attacked Undertaker with the WWE title belt. On October 3 edition of SmackDown, Lesnar was informed by his manager Paul Heyman that the SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon had ordered Lesnar to defend the title against Undertaker in a rematch. Later that night, Stephanie announced that Lesnar would defend the title against Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy.

The main rivalry from the Raw brand was between the World Heavyweight Champion Triple H and the WWE Intercontinental Champion Kane. At Unforgiven, Triple H defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the World title. On October 30 edition of Raw, the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff announced that the World Heavyweight Champion Triple H would wrestle the Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho in a Title unification match at No Mercy and the two would defend their titles later that night. Triple H advanced to No Mercy by retaining the World Championship against Bubba Ray Dudley. However, Kane defeated Jericho to win the Intercontinental Championship and advance to the title unification match against Triple H at No Mercy.

Another predominant rivalry from the Raw brand was between Rob Van Dam and Ric Flair. At Unforgiven, Flair interfered in RVD's World Heavyweight Championship title shot against Triple H. During the match, Triple H tried to attack RVD with a sledgehammer but Flair interfered in the match and snatched it from Triple H. Flair turned on RVD by hitting him with the sledgehammer and allowed Triple H to win the match. As a result of the betrayal, Flair became a villain. On September 23 edition of Raw, Triple H and Flair defeated RVD and Bubba Ray Dudley in a tag team match. After the match, RVD attacked Triple H and performed a Diving Legdrop on Triple H through the announce table. On October 14 edition of Raw, Eric Bischoff announced that RVD would wrestle Flair in a match at No Mercy.

The secondary rivalry from the SmackDown brand heading into No Mercy was between the team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit and the team of Edge and Rey Mysterio to crown the first WWE Tag Team Champions. SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon announced that a tag team tournament would take place to determine the new Tag Team Champions for the brand. The tournament started on October 3 edition of SmackDown, with the quarterfinals. Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo) defeated Mark Henry and Rikishi in the first match and Reverend D-Von and Ron Simmons defeated Billy and Chuck in the second match. The other two matches of the quarterfinal round took place on October 10 edition of SmackDown, as Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated John Cena and Billy Kidman, and Edge and Rey Mysterio defeated Brock Lesnar and Tajiri. On October 17 edition of SmackDown, the semifinal round took place, where Angle and Benoit defeated Los Guerreros, and Edge and Mysterio defeated D-Von and Simmons. This set up the final round match pitting Angle and Benoit against Edge and Mysterio to crown the new champions at No Mercy.

The third rivalry from the Raw brand heading into the event was between the team of Chris Jericho and Christian and the team of Booker T and Goldust over the World Tag Team Championship. On September 23 edition of Raw, Jericho defeated Goldust to retain the Intercontinental Championship in a match ordered by the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff. On October 7 edition of Raw, Booker defeated Big Show in a Steel Cage match. After the match, Jericho attacked Booker. On October 14 edition of Raw, Booker retaliated by attacking Jericho before Jericho and Christian's World Tag Team Championship match against Kane and The Hurricane. However, Jericho and Christian managed to win the championships. After the match, Bischoff announced that Jericho and Christian would defend the titles against Booker and Goldust at No Mercy.

The third rivalry from the SmackDown brand heading into the event was between Jamie Noble and Tajiri over the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

Results

WWE Tag Team Champions tournament

The tournament was held between October 3 and October 20, 2002. The tournament brackets were:

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
   Los Guerreros Sub  
 Mark Henry and Rikishi  
     Los Guerreros  
     Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle Pin  
 Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle Sub
   Billy Kidman and John Cena  
       Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle Sub
     Edge and Rey Mysterio
   Reverend D-Von and Ron Simmons Pin  
 Billy and Chuck  
     Reverend D-Von and Ron Simmons
     Edge and Rey Mysterio Pin  
 Edge and Rey Mysterio Pin
   Brock Lesnar and Tajiri  

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See also

DVD release

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