WWE Bragging Rights
WWE Bragging Rights PPV Opener:
The video package airs and WWE Bragging Rights is officially underway. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the show. Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett is previewed. The trophy is shown. Matt Striker checks in on commentary. Undertaker vs. Kane is hyped up as the Buried Alive set is shown.
Vickie Guerrero comes out. Guerrero says Dolph Ziggler could be dating any woman, and he chooses to be with her. With that said, Ziggler makes his way out.
The ring ropes for the PPV tonight are half blue and half red, obviously for the Raw and Smackdown teams/colors. There’s also a red and blue side to each side of the stage. Ziggler-Bryan is now officially in progress. Daniel dominates early but Ziggler exits the ring to recover. Moments later, Ziggler is firmly in control of the match and already attempting nearfalls. Ziggler is slowing things down now, all-the-while remaining in complete control of the action. In a big spot, Bryan tries for a running dropkick on Ziggler in the corner of the ring, but misses and falls hard for his efforts. Ziggler hits a superkick for a nearfall. Bryan tries a back suplex on Ziggler off the top-rope, but while in mid-air, Ziggler reverses into a cross body. That was cool. Pace is picking up in this non-title PPV opening contest. Ziggler pins Bryan but Bryan had his foot on the bottom rope, which the caused the referee to wave off the pinfall. Bryan secures the LeBelle Lock and Ziggler taps. Vickie Guerrero and Ziggler argue with the referee after the match.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Backstage: Team Raw Talks Things Out
Backstage we see Team Raw talking things over for later tonight. Sheamus and C.M. Punk seem none-too-interested in what The Miz has to say. Santino Marella asks repeated questions about snacks. As the team takes off, Alex Riley says Miz needs to get things together. Miz says things are where they should be and chaos created opportunity.
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Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre make their way to the ring. Rhodes and McIntyre brag about how nobody wants to face them. The Raw GM says there is a team ready to face them tonight, which brings out Wade Barrett. Barrett introduces David Otunga and John Cena as their opponents for the match.
WWE Tag-Team Titles:
Otunga is in early, but it isn’t long before he tags Cena in. The theme seemed to be that once Cena was tagged in, he refused to tag out. Otunga was less than thrilled with such a decision. Rhodes and McIntyre double team Cena for quite a while. Cena eventually fights things off and ultimately makes a comeback on both guys on his own and still refused to tag out. Cena throws McIntyre out of the ring, during which, Rhodes made the blind tag. Rhodes takes this opportunity to attempt a Cross Rhodes on Cena, but Cena manages to reverse and apply the STF. Rhodes taps. We have new champions.
Winners and NEW WWE Tag-Team Champions: John Cena & David Otunga
After The Match:
We see Otunga celebrating with both belts, despite Cena doing everything on his own to win them for his team. He eventually gives Cena one of the belts upon completion of his victory actions. Cena simply hits the Attitude Adjustment on Otunga and walks off with both title belts himself.
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Backstage With Ted DiBiase
Backstage we see Ted DiBiase complaining that Goldust stole something that was his family heirloom. He vows to get it back tonight.
Ted DiBiase (w/ Maryse) vs. Goldust (w/ Aksana)
DiBiase is controlling things early. Goldust starts to take over as the match-pace picks up a bit. Goldust hits a bulldog for a nearfall. Goldust climbs to the top and leaps off at DiBiase, but DiBiase catches him coming down with a dropkick. Goldust hits a powerslam for a nearfall. DiBiase with a spinebuster for a nearfall. Meanwhile, outside the ring, Maryse beats up Aksana. Aksana is crying in the ring. Goldust checks on her, which allows DiBiase to score the victory.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
After The Match:
Aksana knocks Maryse down after the match. She grabs the belt. DiBiase approaches her and she seduces him. DiBiase falls for it, allowing Goldust to hit him with the Final Cut.
Michelle McCool and Layla come to the ring. They bad mouth Minnesota. They mock the Brett Farve text-messaging stuff.
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Unified Divas Title:
Layla knocks Natalya to the floor to start things off. Natalya manages to fight off the first Michelle McCool attack on the floor. The second attack, however, she was not as successful. Layla scores a nearfall, but Natalya kicks out. Natalya begins fighting back and hits a double-underhook suplex. She tries getting the crowd behind her, but they go the opposite direction with their reaction. Nice. Layla tries taking a hike but Natalya throws her back in the ring. McCool kicks Natalya in the head without the referee noticing, which sets up the pinfall for Layla.
Winner and STILL Unified Divas Champion: Layla
Undertaker meets Kane on the ramp and begins his assault. Both guys are brawling all over the place, in and out of the ring. Kane is mostly on the defensive so far. He hits Taker with a chair in the ring and now is taking the upper hand in the match. Kane hits a chokeslam. Kane hits a second chokeslam. Kane drags Taker to the dirt and grave location. Taker wiggles his way out and the two exchange punches. Kane tries crawling away as they fight near the open grave. Taker secures the Hell’s Gate. Kane is tapping out, which means nothing of course. Taker lets go after keeping it on for a while and rolls Kane into the grave. Paul Bearer is involved now and almost takes a chokeslam for his trouble. The Nexus make their way to the sight and begin pounding away at Taker. Kane climbs out of the grave. The Nexus hold onto Taker for Kane, allowing him to hit Taker with the urn. Taker falls into the grave. Barrett gives Slater the shovel and he begins covering Taker with dirt inside the grave. Kane tells them to leave. A bulldozer of dirt is dumped onto Taker and Kane gets the win, retaining his title.
Winner and STILL World Champion: Kane
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After The Match:
After the bout, Undertaker’s music hits. The Taker symbol is shown on the gravestone. Things were left like that.
Backstage With Randy Orton
Backstage Randy Orton is interviewed. Orton says if John Cena interferes in his match, he’ll make the decision easy for him and just kick him in the head in the middle of the ring.
Bragging Rights Elimination Match:
John Morrison and Tyler Reks begin the match. All guys came out individually and all guys are wearing Raw or Smackdown brand shirts on each side. Santino tags in and tries hitting the Cobra but Reks hits the Torture Rack Driver and pins Santino. Santino Marella is eliminated. SD! is up, 7-6. Big Show and Ezekiel Jackson are in the ring at the moment. Big Show is dominating the action. Mysterio tags in Kofi Kingston, but Big Zeke manhandles both guys. Kofi remains in the ring and is working over Sheamus. Sheamus eventually hits the High Cross for the pin. Kofi Kingston is eliminated. The match is even now, 6-6. C.M. Punk and Mysterio are in now for their respective teams. Punk nearly gets Mysterio out of there, but no dice. He tags in Sheamus. Del Rio and Mysterio have some issues. Alberto throws Mysterio into the ringside barricade. Mysterio is taken to the back. Mysterio has not been eliminated yet, at least officially he hasn’t. Swagger and Morrison are lighting things up in the ring at the moment. Things wind up with Morrison hitting Swagger with the Starship Pain, setting up the pinfall. Jack Swagger is eliminated. 6-5 Raw. Sheamus and Reks are going back and forth. Sheamus hits the Borough Kick and pins him. Tyler Reks is eliminated. 6-4 for Raw now. Show and Sheamus are fighting on the floor. Both guys eventually get counted out. Big Show is eliminated. Sheamus is eliminated. 5-3, Raw. Edge hits R-Truth with a spear for a pin. R-Truth is eliminated. 4-3, Raw. Edge takes out Morrison next with the spear and a pinfall. John Morrison is eliminated. 3-3. CM Punk eliminated Alberto Del Rio. 3-2, Raw. Mysterio is finally making his way back to the match, attacking Del Rio during his exit. The Miz enters for the first time and stops Edge from tagging Rey. Edge could not get to Rey as Big Zeke, Punk and Miz continue to cut him off and beat on him. Eventually he does make the tag and Rey immediately goes to work. Rey is working over Punk now and ultimately hits the 6-1-9 and his slingshot splash for the pinfall. C.M. Punk is eliminated. 2-2. Mysterio hits another 6-1-9 on Big Zeke. He tries for the springboard follow-up but trips on the top rope. He still lands on top of Zeke and pins him. Ezekiel Jackson is eliminated. 2-1 Smackdown. The Miz comes in and nearly pins Mysterio after Riley took a 6-1-9 from him. Mysterio, however, manages to counter Miz’s Skull Crushing Finale and make the tag to Edge. Edge immediately spears Miz for the pinfall. The Miz is eliminated. Team Smackdown wins.
Winners: Team Smackdown
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Winner by Disqualification: Wade Barrett
After The Match:
Orton and Cena go face-to-face. Orton hits Cena with the RKO. Barrett seemed to enjoy that, but his enjoyment was cut short as Orton saw it and hit him with an RKO too. The announcers point out that Barrett did win but Orton is still champ. The show closes with a close-up of Orton’s typical facial expression crapola. Not the most exciting show I’ve ever sat through, I mean, paid to watch because it’s something I absolutely must watch.
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