Review of WWE Bragging Rights from October 24, 2010:
United States Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler – A fantastic match! Both men are great mat wrestlers. Daniel Bryan survived the sleeper hold and Ziggler survived having his head kicked in. In the end Ziggler tapped out to the crippler crossface
Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre (WWE Champions) vs. David Otunga & John Cena – No surprise here. Cena did all the work and won the tag titles for the Nexus with the STF on Rhodes. After the match Otunga celebrated a little too much and Cena put the attitude adjustment on him and walked off with both belts.
Goldust (with Aksana) vs.Ted DiBiase (with Maryse) – Goldust was distracted by Aksana as she was hit by Maryse and rolled into the ring allowing DiBiase to score the win. Ted DiBiase has none of the charisma of his Dad and Goldust hasn’t generated any interest in years. A boring match.used to fill time. Who’s next for DiBiase? Roddy Piper?
Self-professed “Co-Divas Champion” Layla vs. Natalya – Layla defeated Natalya with help from Michelle McCool. Another useless and non-exciting match. Whatever happened to great female wrestlers like Trish Stratus and Lita who knew how to get reactions from the crowd? Even Stephanie McMahon could wrestle better than these two.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane vs. The Undertaker (Buried Alive Match) – The Undertaker completely dominated Kane for the first 10 minutes of the match, punishing him inside and outside the ring. Then Kane used a chair to gain the upper hand followed by 2 choke slams. Kane attempted to carry the Undertaker to the grave site but was stopped at the last minute. The two then traded blows on the ramp. Undertaker went for a choke slam near the grave site but Kane threw dirt in his eyes. The Undertaker then applied the “Hell’s Gate” submission hold until Kane was unconscious. The Undertaker threw Kane into the grave and was just about to bury Kane when the Nexus attacked the Undertaker 4 on 1. Kane recovered and the Undertaker was buried alive.
Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown (WWE Bragging Rights Tag Team Elimination Match) – Tyler Rex eliminates Santino rather easily. After a great confrontation between Sheamus and Kofi Kingston, Sheamus pins him with the move formerly known as the Razor’s Edge. John Morrison eliminates Jack Swagger. Sheamus pins Tyler Rex with a kick to the head. The Big Show fights Sheamus out of the ring and they are both counted out. Edge spears R-Truth then Morrison to eliminate them. CM Punk pins Alberta Del Rio with a backslide. It’s Miz/CM Punk/Ezekiel Jackson vs. Edge and Mysterio. Edge is pummeled by Raw. He finally tags in Mysterio. CM Punk and Mysterio go at it and Mysterio connects with the 619 for the pin. It’s Rey vs. Jackson. Rey also pins him with the 619. Now it’s the Miz vs. Mysterio. The Miz goes for the Bone Crushing Finale. Rey gets out of it, tags in Edge who immediately spears the Miz for the pin. Team Smackdown wins.
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett (with John Cena) – The match begins with an announcement from Wade Barrett that if he loses he will fire Cena. The match was somewhat anti-climatic because of the other angle involved with Cena. That was a shame because this would have been a great matchup on it’s own. During the match the referee was knocked out. The Nexus attacked Orton but Cena cleared the ring and explained to Barrett that he would have been DQ’ed had the referee seen this. The match continued. Orton hit the DDT and was setting up for the RKO. Cena came into the ring and put the attitude adjustment on Barrett. This caused the ref to award the match to Barrett due to outside interference on behalf of Orton. So technically Wade Barrett won the match but Orton retained the title. After the match Orton gave both Cena and Barrett an RKO. Clever writing by the WWE staff! Now if we could just get a match involving Wade Barrett without all the other scenarios it would be nice. He is a great a talent and could stand on his own. I will have to admit though that this angle is a nice one for Cena to play out.