On October 24th, World Wrestling Entertainment presents the WWE Bragging Rights Pay-Per-View. This will be the second annual “Bragging Rights” event, dating back to 2009, the year they replaced the Cyber Sunday PPV. The concept of this PPV will be a series of matches based on interpromotional matches between the Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown brands to see who has the “bragging rights” in the WWE and a Bragging Rights trophy is awarded to the brand that won the most matches. Currently, there has only been one match announced for the card, WWE Champion Randy Orton versus Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship. These are my predictions on what other matches will be on the Bragging Rights card and who will come out victorious.
Raw Divas (Melina, Natalya, Eve) vs. SmackDown Divas (Michelle McCool, Layla, Kelly Kelly): What is a wrestling pay-per-view without the WWE divas? There is a very good possibility that there will be a Raw vs. SmackDown women’s match, similar to the one they had last year at the same PPV. The three best divas on the Raw brand are Melina, Eve, and Natalya, two of which have been women’s champions in the past, and one who is the current number one contender to the title right now. The three best divas on the SmackDown brand are the Unified Divas Champion Michelle McCool, her best friend Layla, and Kelly Kelly. Prediction: Natalya makes Layla tap out to the sharpshooter and the Raw divas get the victory.
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (c): Like last year at Bragging Rights, there will likely be a match between the mid-card champions on each brand. Currently, Daniel Bryan holds the United States Championship, a title he won from The Miz at Night of Champions, and defended it successfully at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Dolph Ziggler has held the Intercontinental Championship for the last two months, where he won it from Kofi Kingston on an episode of Friday Night SmackDown. Bryan and Ziggler both have unique styles, with their respective submissions (sleeper hold and LeBell Lock), and have high-flying offense. Vickie Guerrero, Ziggler’s manager, might play a key figure in this contest. Prediction: Ziggler picks up the win with the ZigZag.
Team Raw (The Miz (w/ Alex Riley), Evan Bourne, Mark Henry, Ted Dibiase, Sheamus, John Morrison, R-Truth) vs. Team SmackDown (Edge, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, Big Show, Jack Swagger): If last year is any indication of what will happen this year, Bragging Rights will have another 7-on-7 tag team match to see which brand is superior. The Miz announced on Monday Night Raw that he will lead his team to victory, like he has in the past, and bring the trophy back to where it belongs. On that same episode of Monday Night Raw, the anonymous general manager traded Edge to SmackDown. Edge has the leader mentality and it is likely that he will be named the leader of Friday Night SmackDown, and try to get revenge on the Miz for giving him the Skull Crushing Finale. Prediction: The Miz gets the three count on Edge, leading his team to victory.
Bragging Rights Trophy Prediction: MONDAY NIGHT RAW wins back the Bragging Rights Trophy.
Casket Match – Kane (c) vs. The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship: This feud between the two brothers of destruction has been ignited again since Paul Bearer made his shocking return on SmackDown, helping the Undertaker get back his true powers, with the urn. But at the Hell in a Cell PPV, Bearer turned on Taker, getting in the ring and blinding him with the light inside the urn, helping Kane to regain the World Heavyweight Championship. There will probably be a stipulation added to this contest, since a one-on-one regular singles match is out of the question. My guess is that this will be either a casket match or a buried alive match, two match types that both Kane and the Undertaker have history in. Prediction: Kane retains the world title for the third straight PPV, putting Taker in the casket, and lighting it on fire, similar to what he did at Royal Rumble 1998.
Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett (w/ John Cena) for the WWE Championship: This match is currently the only official match for the Bragging Rights PPV. On Monday Night Raw, Barrett won a 20-man over the top rope battle royal, thanks to Nexus’ newest member, John Cena, who protected Barrett the whole match, and eliminated himself last to let Barrett get the title opportunity. Had Cena not complied with Barrett’s demands, he would of been fired. Barrett, the winner of NXT season one, becomes the number one contender for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship. Barrett will have a huge advantage going into this match, having John Cena in his corner helping him. Prediction: Wade Barrett wins his first world championship with help from John Cena.