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Countdown to WWE Bragging Rights
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff





WWE's latest PPV concept is an old fashioned war of the worlds gimmick. In build up Bragging Rights, we've seen a couple formats juggled around, but the current "best of three" series seems to be the best. This way, 11 Superstars and Divas from each show get the payday aside from the most important titles on each brand.

It does, however, point out just how meaningless ECW is in the big picture. No wonder their ratings are so low.

This should be an interesting night to say the least, especially with the formats of the two title matches. Let's take a closer look.


GRUDGE MATCH (14-man tag team)

Team Smackdown vs. Team Raw

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Too many guys for one match. Could they not have saved this for Survivor Series, where it's elimination style? I can't see this coming down to anything but almost all the guys brawling, leaving two behind, and if that's the case it's Jericho and HBK, leading to a Big Show "turn" on Raw, giving Smackdown the duke.

Bob Kapur

Well, after DX verbally buried the first Smackdown team on RAW the other day, it's good thing they switched up the teams. Putting the idea in viewers’ heads that it’s not even worth knowing the names of the company’s up-and-comers hardly makes them want to pay money to see those guys. Really, what purpose did that serve WWE on the larger scale? The only good thing about it is that bringing in the Hart Dynasty makes it better on paper than it was before. Even then, though, the star power of DX makes it seem like a lock that RAW wins.

Andy McNamara

Jericho and Triple H should be the focus and it will come down to the two captains. A lot of bodies to get into this one so it could look sloppy since everyone has to get their couple of minutes. Raw is the flagship show and shall reign supreme over little brother Smackdown.


WORLD TITLE MATCH (Fatal 4-Way)

Batista vs. Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

It's scary how much pain 'Taker is in these days. I'm guessing McMahon gets the screws in here somehow, leading to one of the others taking the belt. The logical move would be for Punk or Batista to take the strap, so I'll go with the big man since he has the new DVD out.

Bob Kapur

While I understand why they would have Taker win back the belt in Hell in the Cell, to me it shouldn’t have happened. Punk was doing great as champion, and there were lots of potential feud possibilities for him. I think the three good guys start brawling amongst themselves, letting Punk back-door his way back to the win.

Andy McNamara

Cross your fingers that Batista is kept on the outside for the most part so that we get to see some solid athletic displays. Taker should retain, but look for this to build to a grand finale rematch between Punk and Undertaker at Survivor Series.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (No Holds Barred Iron Man)

Randy Orton vs. John Cena

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Well, we know that John Cena can go for an hour (as he did with HBK a few years back), but Orton's a bit unproven. This could be the match that makes Randy's career truly legen... wait for it... dary, or exposes him. I'm taking Cena since there's no way he's moving from Raw.

Bob Kapur

If they can change the tag match at the last minute, why not this one? They should swap John Cena for Shawn Michaels, and Randy Orton for Chris Jericho. The no-DQ stipulation suggests that Orton will be relying on Legacy to help him out. Look for DiBiase to refuse to help (building off the great face-turn tease from RAW), and cost Orton a critical win, letting Cena take the match.

Andy McNamara

Orton will have the hour in him, but does Cena have what it take to work an interesting style for 60 minutes? To compensate I'm sure we'll see blood and plunder galore. Each superstar will grab a couple of wins each with Cena hitting an FU in the final seconds to take the win.


  GRUDGE MATCH

John Morrison vs. The Miz
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

This feud has been golden. Morrison and Miz are like Edge and Christian -- good friends, better enemies. If I had the book, I'd take advantage of the time of year and end this with a win by Morrison, then have Mizzy Jannetty come out on Raw tomorrow with the old Rockers music playing. Let that run for a couple weeks, building up to Miz saying he can create better teams than Morrison. The two then form their teams for Survivor Series.

Bob Kapur

Though I like the story behind this one, I'm not sure I’d want to see either champion lose convincingly. So I predict some sort of non-finish – a double DQ or countout. Andy McNamara

A battle of old partners to decide who is the true Marty Janetty of the group! This should be one of the top matches of the evening as both men ooze charisma in different ways. Morrison has main event written all over him for 2010 so look for him to shut The Miz up.


 

GRUDGE MATCH (Six Women Tag Team)

Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Feh. Only thing to look forward to here is Beth Phoenix turning on Michelle McCool.

Andy McNamara

Yawn. A big who cares from me on this one. Flip a coin. I'll take Smackdown.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman