October 13, 2009
RAW: Superstars look for Bragging Rights
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
WWE is churning out new Pay-Per-Views at a record pace. The fallout from Hell in the Cell has barely settled, and now the brand new Bragging Rights is right around the corner. Only this time the show will feature RAW versus Smackdown! matches, which I would hope be sponsored by the RAW vs. Smackdown! 2010 video games.
Chris Jericho is back in the interview area to start of the show from Indianapolis, Indiana. He introduces himself and tells us about Bragging Rights. It will feature a seven-on-seven tag team match, with a team from RAW and one from Smackdown! Jericho informs us he will captain the Smackdown! Team. He is then interrupted by this week’s RAW guest host Nancy O’Dell from Access Hollywood. She tells Jericho that he doesn’t start the show, DX does. BREAK IT DOWN!
Only half of DX shows up; Hunter is all alone. He gets some help from one of the stage hands with his entrance. Hunter is upset HBK isn’t at the arena, because Shawn is at home. HHH could set up the RAW team, or he could call his friend at home and pester him. Hunter picks up the phone. Shawn’s voicemail is him singing along to his entrance music, funny stuff. HBK picks up; turns out he is home with his sick daughter. Shawn mentioned he just read her a bedtime story, so Hunter pimps their new book.
Hunter wraps up the conversation, and Jeri-Show hits the ring. Hunter tries to get a plug from the tag champs, but Jericho just tosses the book aside. Jericho pimps how good Smackdown is because he is on it. Hunter sarcastically agrees. I guess we’ll find out at Bragging Rights.
Hunter points out to Show that Jericho seems to be the boss in this relationship. Show says they are equals, even though he sometimes carries the team. Jericho doesn’t like that, and the two start to jaw at each other. Jericho says he has rebuilt Show into a champ, and is no longer known as the guy who was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather. That must have hit pretty close to home, because Show says he wants to be on team RAW. Hunter is ecstatic, but he tells Show there aren’t any more open slots. Show can earn a slot though, by beating Chris Jericho. And that match is now.
Match #1 – Chris Jericho vs. The Big Show
Jericho and Show circle each other before locking up. Jericho is backed into the corner, and musses his hair up. Jericho tries for a takedown to no avail. Show then shrugs off a chop, and then delivers one. Jericho rolls out of the ring in pain. Show brings Jericho in the hard way, and tries to reason with his partner. Jericho keeps shoving Show, until the big man grabs him by the throat and tosses him into the corner. Jericho tries a codebreaker. Show catches him and sets him on the top turnbuckle. Jericho slaps him. Show knocks him to the floor. Jericho looks like he hurt his knee and Show goes out to check on him. Jericho plays possum, trying to sprint back into the ring. Show catches him, and tosses him back to the floor. Show slips in the ring before the ten count, and wins the match. Jericho is counted out.
Winner via countout: The Big Show
Maria Menunous, also from Access Hollywood, is tonight’s special correspondent. She is with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, asking about how they feel after Hell in the Cell. Ted says he wasn’t the one carried off on a stretcher, and Cody says he is okay. Maria says unfortunately they both can’t be on Team RAW because they are in a triple threat match, and only one man can win. And that third opponent is John Cena.
Match #2 – Mickie James vs. Jillian Hall – WWE Divas Championship Match
Mickie takes down Jillian with a Thesz press and then a drop kick. Jillian counters a DDT, but Mickie counters the face buster. Jillian ducks a move in the corner, and slams Mickie to the mat with a powerbomb. Jillian covers and gets the pin with some help from the ropes.
Winner via pinfall: Jillian Hall
Jillian wants to celebrate with a song. Thankfully, Nancy O’Dell cuts her off, and then informs her that she has made a trade. The good news is Jillian is still on RAW, the bad news is she has to defend the title against the newest acquisition, right now.
Match #3 – Melina vs. Jillian Hall – WWE Diva Title match
Melina makes her entrance and gets in the ring. Jillian doesn’t want to give up the belt. Melina and Jillian botch the first move, but Melina connects with the Code Red for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Melina
Nancy O’Dell promotes her charity to fight ALS. And then we find out Snoop Dog will host next week.
HHH is in the back talking to HBK on speakerphone, when Sexy Boy starts to play. Hornswoggle walks in dressed as HBK. Hunter tells Horny this is gimmick infringement, and Shawn starts to freak out over the phone. Horny hits Sweet Shin music on the cardboard cutout of HBK, and then give HHH the crotch chop.
Santino is in the back with the ladies from Access Hollywood, and he wants to audition for the show. Beth Phoenix bursts in to verify the rumor that she was traded. O’Dell confirms it, and Phoenix goes nuts. She threatens O’Dell and slams Maria up against the wall. Santino intervenes and suggests a match. O’Dell isn't so sure, but Santino makes it so.
(I’m so happy! Bragging Rights is being sponsored by the RAW vs. Smackdown video game! Awesome!)
Match #4 – Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena – Bragging Rights Qualifying match
(Why would Cena agree to this match? Doesn’t he have a title match on Bragging rights? And isn’t it an Iron Man match that will last one hour? Logic meet window; out you go!)
Cody hits a drop kick, and Ted stomps away at Cena. The double team continues, but Cena takes both men down with a clothesline. DiBiase is driven to the mat with a sidewalk slam. Cody saves himself by grabbing the top rope as he was thrown over. Cody and Ted team up again, and Cena is on the mat. Cena is hit with a double suplex, and then a bulldog. Cena kicks out of a DiBiase pin, and is then tossed over the ropes as we go to break.
After the break, Cena is still in trouble. He knocks Rhodes out of the ring, but DiBiase drop kicks him in the side of the head. Cena sidesteps a charge from Ted, and he crashes and burns into the ring post. Cody hits a swinging neck breaker, but can’t get the pin. Cena fights back with a fisherman’s suplex, but DiBiase breaks the pin. Cena blocks a double suplex and then reverses it. Cody is knocked out of the ring again, and Cena hits a belly to belly on DiBiase. Cena locks in the STF on Cena. Randy Orton distracts Cena, who breaks the hold. While DiBiase looks on, Rhodes slips into the ring and rolls up Ted for the three count.
Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes
Randy Orton tries to keep Ted and Cody apart, when Nancy O’Dell chimes in. She makes a tag team match for later tonight. Ted and Cody will take on Orton and Cena.
Match #5 – Jack Swagger vs. MVP – Bragging Rights Qualifying match
Swagger pounds away at the arm and shoulder of MVP. Swagger shoots off the ropes, and MVP tosses him across the ring. MVP looks for the Ballin’ Elbow, driving it into the chest. Swagger recovers, slamming MVP’s arm. Swagger hits the gut wrench suplex and covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
Orton breaks up Rhodes and Dibiase. The champ says he won’t tag in, so Legacy can tear him apart. Cody doesn’t acknowledge Orton, and both members of Legacy throw out reason why the other should pin Orton.
Match #6 – Kofi Kingston vs. Evan Bourne – Bragging Rights Qualifying match
We join the match in progress after the commercial. Kofi knocks Bourne to the mat, but get caught with a heel kick coming off the ropes. Bourne locks in a single leg Boston crab. Kofi rolls out, and then catches Bourne with an uppercut. Bourne ducks a Kofi, who get hung up on the top ropes. Kofi recovers to hit the SOS, but Bourne kicks out. Kofi is kicked in the face, but rolls away as Bourne climbs the turnbuckle. Bourne lands on his feet and goes to the top again. Bourne leaps, only to catch Trouble in Paradise in mid-air. Kofi covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Hunter is still on the phone with HBK, when Nancy O’Dell drops in to ask how reading the DX book has gotten Maria ready for her match. Chavo drops in, and wants to know what DX is up to with Hornswoggle. Hunter says he doesn’t like the little guy. Chavo doesn’t believe him, and wants to know why he didn’t get a chance to be on Team RAW. Hunter has Maria kick him, right in the junk.
Match #7 – Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox vs. Maria Menunous, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim
(Three diva matches in one night, really? And this one involves the guest host. What did I do to deserve this?)
Kelly Kelly pins Rosa after a leg drop.
Winner via pinfall: Maria Menunous, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim
The new U.S. champion, The Miz, walks out on stage to run his mouth. Miz says he will be taking on the Intercontinental Title holder from Smackdown! And that man is, Miz’s former partner, John Morrison.
Match #8 – Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena and Randy Orton
Orton stands in the ring with Legacy. The champ says he has called Snoop to tell him that it will be Cena’s last time on RAW. So they have made a match that will be the biggest of his career.
Cena and DiBiase start things off. Cena slams Ted to mat, and slaps on a front face lock. Dibiase gets to his feet, and stomps away at Cena in the corner. DiBiase follows with a drop kick. Rhodes tags in as Orton looks on. Cena tries to get to his feet in a sleeper; he does, and slams Rhodes to the mat. Cena catches Orton napping, and tags him in. Orton gets Cody in a head lock, and Cody counters with a roll up. Orton kicks out. DiBiase tags in, and Orton makes the tag to Cena. The two stare each other down. Cena slams Dibiase to the mat, and hits the five-knuckle shuffle. Orton makes a blind tag, and attacks Cena as he gets Ted up in the Attitude Adjustment. Orton stomps away at Cena in the corner, until DiBiase rolls him up and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
After the bell, Orton is furious, screaming at Legacy as they walk back up the ramp. Cena attacks from behind and hits Orton with the Attitude Adjustment. Michael Cole then announces who Cena will be facing next week -- Triple H.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.