We are now well into the post-draft era of WWE and this weekend marks No Mercy, the second Smackdown Live exclusive PPV of the new era. No Mercy hasn’t been used for a WWE event since 2008, which on that occasion, was headlined by Shawn Michaels challenging World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho in a ladder match, a contest that has since been remembered among the greatest of all time. Eight years later and the landscape has considerably shifted as AJ Styles is the reigning WWE World Champion set to defend in a triple threat against the former champion Dean Ambrose and John Cena, who is closing in Ric Flair’s 16-time record.
Elsewhere on the card, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is set to defend against Dolph Ziggler once again, except this time Ziggler’s career in on the line. Inaugural Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno will make their first ever title defence against the Uso’s. Becky Lynch the Smackdown Women’s Champion (also inaugural) will defend her title against Alexa Bliss.
No Mercy comes to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, a brand new arena that is hosting a WWE event for the first time ever. In order to gain entry to the United States you will need to fill out an ESTA Visa application at least 72 hours before you are due to travel, so remember to apply when making your travel plans.
Golden 1 Center
The new home for the Sacramento Kings NBA team was officially opened on the 30th September and is barely a week old. The Kings will play their first game at their new home on October 10th after moving out of the Sleep Train Center, their previous home since 1988. As well as WWE No Mercy, Golden 1 is set to play host to Paul McCartney, Maroon 5, Twenty One Pilots and Ariana Grande over the coming months.
California State Railroad Museum
Locomotive enthusiasts everywhere will love California State Railroad Museum, the largest in North America, which regularly attracts 500,000 visitors every year. They have a wide variety of exhibitions ranging from transcontinental railroads to modern high speed systems. An introductory film is shown at the top of each hour (so plan your visit accordingly) and then you can enjoy the immaculately restored engines at your own leisure.
American River Bicycle Trail
Explore the road less travelled, without an engine, and get back in touch with nature along the American River Bicycle Trail. A key part of the American Discovery Trail, this bicycle route spans 26 miles and provides plenty of opportunity to stop for photos and the occasional picnic. Along the way you will pass two hydroelectric dams, the state fish hatchery, Folsom prison and Folsom lake. The trail is perfect for a family afternoon adventure where you can enjoy spotting the various wildlife that live there including geese, turkeys, deer and beavers.