On October 24th 2010, WWE presented Bragging Rights, a PPV centered on a 7 on 7 tag team match between superstars from RAW facing superstars from Smackdown, for brand dominance.
Match 1: Daniel Bryan v. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental v. US Champion)
The match started off with the competitors engaging in some technical grappling. Dolph rolled out of the ring, and Bryan followed. When Vicki got in the way of Bryan, he jumped over her to nail Dolph on the outside. Back in the ring, Bryan hit Dolph with a dropkick into the corner. Dolph quickly escaped to the outside, but Bryan reached to get him, grabbing Dolph by the hair. Dolph took the opportunity to yank on Bryan’s arm through the ropes, hurting Bryan’s shoulder. Back in the ring, Dolph slowed the match down by locking Bryan down with several head and arm bars. Bryan got out of them, but Dolph kept continuing to lock them in again. Bryan continued to fight his way out, as Dolph continued trying to go for pin falls. Dolph remained on the offensive for several minutes hitting Bryan with multiple offensive moves, and going for pin falls, as Bryan continued to resiliently defy the pin. When Dolph went for the Zig Zag finisher, Bryan held on to the ropes, sending Ziggler crashing to the canvas. Bryan finally had a chance to take dominance of the match and headed to the top rope. Dolph quickly dropped himself on the ropes, knocking Bryan down, and went for the supperplex. Bryan was able to slither out and climbed the ropes behind Dolph, supplexing him back from the top rope, though Dolph reversed midair, landing on top of Bryan, but as they landed Bryan flipped over on Dolph and attempted a pin fall. The two continued to battle as Bryan shot Dolph off the ropes and the two rammed into each other with a double body cross, knocking both men down. As they made it up to their feet to beat the ten count from the ref, the two attempted multiple pin falls on one another, with Dolph getting a three count, but Bryan’s foot was on the bottom rope, so the ref waved off the pin. Dolph locked in a sleeper hold as Bryan attempted to counter it by flipping Dolph over, but Dolph hung on. Bryan reached out the ropes, and while at first unsuccessful, was soon able to reach them. Dolph taunted Bryan, but when he reached down to pick him up, Bryan locked a cross face submission on him, causing Dolph to tap out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Match 2: Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre v. David Otunga & John Cena (Tag Team Championships)
The tag team champions came out and claimed that there was no legitimate contender from RAW to face them, when an email from the anonymous RAW General Manager came and it was announced that there is in fact a team to face them. Wade Barrett came out and introduced their challengers as David Otunga and John Cena. Cena ran out right to the ring storming right by the Nexus members. As the match started, Otunga insisted on kicking things off. He then proceeded to be dominated by Rhodes and McIntyre, for a couple of minutes, until he finally made his way to the corner and tagged Cena in. Cena came in reluctantly and took the fight to the tag team champions. Once Cena was well in command, Otunga began demanding that he be tagged in. Cena did not obey, which prompted Otunga to come in the ring. The distraction of his entry, allowed Rhodes to sneak attack Cena and get the upper hand. For several minutes, Rhodes and McIntyre worked Cena over, until he managed to toss McIntyre out of the ring, and when jumped by Rhodes who attempted to hit the Crossroads finisher on him, Cena reversed and locked Rhodes in an STF. After hanging on for only mere seconds, Rhodes tapped out. Otunga demanded that the tag team titles be handed to him, and when they were, he celebrated, eventually handing Cena one of the belts. As Otunga continued to celebrate, Cena blindsided him with an Attitude Adjustments and walked out of the ring carrying both tag team belts.
Winners: John Cena & David Otunga (New Tag Team Champions)
Match 3: Goldust (w/ Oksanna) v. Ted DiBiase (w/ Marysse)
An angry DiBiase was able to sneak around Goldust and attacked him, nailing him with several blows, but Goldust reversed by throwing DiBiase to the outside of the ring. When Goldust threw DiBiase back in the ring and went to the top, DiBiase kicked him in the head knocking him down. DiBiase proceeded to dominate the match for several minutes, grinding Goldust down with head locks, clotheslines, and dropping punches, attempting several unsuccessful near falls. Goldust was able turn the tides, hitting DiBiase with a running bulldog and attempting a pin. When Goldust bounced off the ropes going at DiBiase, DiBiase ducked sending Goldust flying to the outside. Goldust came back in the ring by going to the top rope, but DiBiase hit him with a dropkick. Goldust was able to catch DiBiase with a power slam, but after DiBiase kicked out of a near fall, Goldust got frustrated as the crowd started riling him up. Meanwhile Marysse attacked Oksanna on the outside and threw her into the ring. Goldust was distracted, allowing DiBiase to catch him with a kick and a short DDT, scoring the pin. As Marysse entered the ring to celebrate with the winner, Oksanna jumped her and took away the million dollar belt. When confronted by DiBiase, Oksanna flirted with him until Goldust attacked him from behind, hitting DiBiase with the Curtain Call. Goldust and Oksanna walked out still in possession of the million dollar title.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
Match 4: Natalya v. Layla (Diva’s Championships)
LayCool came out bashing the people of Minnesota The women exchanged some take downs, but Natalya soon began to overpower Layla by hitting her with a standing suplex. As Natalya continued her offense Layla was able to kick her out of the ring, but when Layla went after her Natalya dragged Layla to the outside. As Layla got back in the ring, Michelle attempted to interfere, only to have Natalya run her back first into the barricades. Layla hit Natalya as she was reentering the ring, and took over control of the match. As Layla locked in a submission move, Natalya reversed and powered Layla down with a power slam and a clothesline. Layla came up from nearly being pinned with a spinning kick, but Natalya would not be denied, and continued to fight back. She attempted to lock in the sharpshooter, which Layla escaped and immediately slithered to ringside and grabbed her belt deciding to leave the match. Michelle caught up with her questioning what she was doing. Natalya ran up behind LayCool and threw Michelle down at ringside, and brought Layla back in the ring. When Natalya was got back in the ring, Layla was laying under the ropes, and as Natalya went after her, Michelle kicked her in the head from the outside, allowing Layla to score the pin fall victory.
Match 5: Undertaker v. Kane (Buried Alive match for the World Championship)
Undertaker met Kane in the isle as the champion was headed to the ring and the fight began. Undertaker went on the offensive, throwing Kane into the ring steps and then proceeding to assault him in the ring. When he threw Kane to the outside, Kane headed to the crowd, but when Undertaker followed, Kane managed to land some blows. Undertaker fought back following Kane into the crowd. Undertaker beat on Kane in the crowd and brought him back in the ring, along with a pair of steel chairs as well as the top cover of the announce table. When Undertaker came into the ring to actually use these weapons, Kane slipped out of the ring and back into the crowd, as Undertaker followed. After assaulting Kane some more in the crowd, Undertaker brought Kane back to ringside. When Kane got back in the ring, he managed to grab a chair, and buy himself some time to recover after hitting Undertaker with several chair shots. After Kane finally gave up the chair, he hit Undertaker with two choke slams and dragged his brother to the outside of the ring where he mounted him on his shoulders and carried him to the grave site near the entrance way. Undertaker slipped off his shoulders and the two exchanged big punches in the center of the isle, as they inched closer and closer to the grave site Undertaker finally won the battle of punches by knocking Kane down. He continued to dominate Kane near the entrance way. Kane attempted to retreat by running toward the mound of dirt of the grave site Undertaker chased him and set up for a choke slam, but Kane threw dirt in Undertaker’s face and nailed him with a big boot to the face. Kane attempted to drag Undertaker to the grave, but Undertaker surprised him by locking in the Hell’s Gate submission. Slowly Kane faded out, and Undertaker let go, and rolled Kane into the open grave. Before Undertaker could start shoveling, he noticed Paul Bearer cowering behind the grave’s headstone. He confronted Paul Bearer and looked like he was about to throw him into the grave, as the members of Nexus came out of nowhere to attack the Undertaker. As they beat on him, Kane climbed out of the grave, and as Nexus held undertaker in place, Kane hit Undertaker with the urn. Nexus members grabbed shovels and began shoveling dirt onto the Undertaker. However, Kane chased them away and signaled for a large scoop of a bulldozer to drop a massive amount of dirt into the grave, thereby winning the Buried Alive match. Suddenly, the Undertaker’s music played and his symbol appeared on the headstone.
Match 6: The Miz, John Morrison, Ezekiel Jackson, Santino Marella, R-Truth, CM Punk & Shemus v. Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Edge, Tyler Reks & Kofi Kingston (Bragging Rights: Team RAW v. Team Smackdown)
The action moved quickly as Morrison and Reks started the match exchanging rapid moves. Morrison tagged in Santino who attempted to hit Reks with the Cobra only to be taken down with a shot to the face. Reks quickly dropped Santino with a shoulder drop, and eliminated him. Ezekiel Jackson entered next, overpowering Reks who quickly tagged the Big Show. Show beat on Jackson, and tagged in Mysterio who came in going for the pin. Mysterio tagged Kofi into the match, and as the two attempted a double team, Jackson fought them off and tagged Shemus who went after Kofi. Shemus isolated Kofi in the RAW corner, but after whipping Kofi into the ropes, Kofi was able to reverse and hit Shemus with a cross body and almost eliminated Shemus by hitting him with one of Kofi’s finishers, but Shemus grabbed the ropes and was able to catch Kofi with the High Cross, and eliminated him. Mysterio came into the ring to battle Shemus next. Shemus tagged in Punk who attempted a pin on Mysterio, but Rey kicked out. Punk and Shemus exchanged quick multiple tags until Rey bounced off the ropes where Alberto Del Rio smacked him to get the tag. Punk shoved Del Rio into Mysterio knocking Rey off the apron to the floor. Del Rio then threw Punk out of the ring and once he went after him, he threw Punk into the ring, and stopped to throw Rey into the guard barrier. Rey was helped from ringside by trainers to the back as Del Rio continued battling Punk. Del Rio tagged Swagger. After Punk fought him off, Punk made the tag to Morrison who came in going after Swagger. After several back and forth momentum shifts, Morrison hit the Star Champagne to eliminate Swagger. Tyler Reks came in and attacked Morrison Morrison however was able to tag Shemus, but Reks beat on him too, until Shemus caught him with a jumping kick to the face, and eliminated Reks. Big Show came in and went after Shemus, and the two went to the outside of the ring. As they fought up the isle, Show realized the ref was well into his count, and ran to the ring, but was too late as both he and Shemus were counted out. R-Truth came in for RAW and Edge for Smackdown. Edge quickly hit R-Truth with the spear to eliminate him, and it wasn’t long before he did the same thing to Morrison who entered the match next. He attempted the spear on Punk too, but Punk hopped over him landing Edge in his own corner, where Del Rio tagged himself in, only to be rolled up by Punk and eliminated, leaving Edge alone on the Smackdown side. However as Del Rio was leaving, Rey Mysterio, who was never eliminated, attacked Del Rio and came back to the ring reaching out to tag Edge. Punk tagged the Miz who stopped the tag from happening. The Miz dominated Edge, eventually tagging in Jackson who continued the offensive for team RAW. When Miz was turned back in he attempted to take Edge out with a couple of neck breakers, but Edge kicked out of the pin fall. Punk was tagged in and continued the attack. Edge was able to capitalize on Punk’s mistake, and was able to tag Rey in. Rey and Punk exchanged multiple near falls, with Rey being able to hit the 619 and a body splash, to eliminate Punk from the match. Jackson came in, using his overwhelming size advantage to dominate Rey. Even when Rey tried to turn the tides, Jackson tackled him with a huge shoulder block and a big punch to the head when Rey was attempting the 619. On his second attempt however, Rey caught Jackson with the 619 and eliminated him from the match. The Miz stormed into the ring attacking both Rey and knocked Edge, who just got back on the apron, off of it. Rey reversed The Miz’s offensive and knocked him into the ropes getting ready to hit the 619, but Alex Riley who was on the outside for the duration of the match, got in the way, taking the brunt of the 619. Rey was still able to body splash the Miz, but the Miz lifted his knees, avoiding a possible elimination. The Miz attempted the Skull Crushing Finale, but Rey rolled forward to escape and was able to make the tag to Edge, who came in with a spear on the Miz to make the final pin fall of the match, leaving Rey and Edge as the winning Smackdown members.
Winners: Team Smackdown
Match 7: Randy Orton v. Wade Barrett (WWE Championship)
Before the match started, Barrett informed Cena, who joined him at ringside, that if Barrett did not win the match tonight, he would fire Cena. As the match started the two athletes tested each other out. When Orton ended up on the outside he faced off with Cena, who did not move, so Orton got back in the ring. Barrett slid out and gave Cena a hard time for not doing anything to Orton. Back in the ring, Barrett went after Orton, but Orton exploded out of a corner which with a clothesline, dropped two big knees on Barrett and went for a pin. Barrett soon turned the momentum of the match, but got distracted to go yell at Cena about not interfering on his behalf. This gave Orton the advantage as he was able to blindside Barrett on the outside and throw him into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Barrett tried to fight off Orton who reversed Barrett’s attempts. Back on the outside of the ring Barrett was able to reverse Orton’s whip into the ring steps, by slamming Orton into them. He brought Orton into the ring and attempted several near falls in between various offensive assaults. Barrett dominated for several minutes, but after several attempts to do so, Orton was able to gain the advantage by slipping out of a power slam attempt and knocking Barrett to the apron. When the ref got knocked out accidentally, Barrett ordered Cena to get in the ring, but as Cena was on the apron, Orton shoved Barrett into him. Suddenly Nexus members hit the ring assaulting Orton. Cena charged into the ring and took out all Nexus members, until he was stopped by Barrett, and told Barrett that if he didn’t get the Nexus members out of the ring, the ref, who was regaining his wits, would disqualify Barrett. Cena exited the ring as Orton went after Barrett, and several moments later got set to hit the wary Barrett with the RKO after escaping Barrett’s attempt at hitting the Wasteland finisher. Just then, with the referee in full capacity Cena snuck in the ring, and hit Barrett with the Attitude Adjustment, right in front of the ref. Of course this caused the match end, giving Barrett the victory, and allowing Orton to keep the title. Cena took Orton’s title and went to give it to him, when Orton hit Cena with the RKO. As Orton celebrated, Barrett walked up behind him, but Orton noticed and hit him with the RKO as well.
Winner: Randy Orton