Sunday, October 25, 2009

WWE Bragging Rights 2009 Review

Coming off the worst PPV of the year, Bragging Rights didn't have much to live up to, but I was going into the event with cautious optimism... this was either going to be a great event or somehow even worse than Hell in a Cell. Which was it? Let's find out.

Intercontinental Champion John Morrison vs. United States Champion The Miz is our opening contest (good call there), and I was expecting this one to be the sleeper hit of the night. I'm not sure if the match lived up to my lofty expectations, I was expecting Morrison to get crazy out there, but the match did not disappoint. Solid action and a hot crowd mixed together to make this one a lot of fun and the shocking ending helped as well. That's right kids, in the upset of the year, The Miz defeated his former partner, and not only that, he did it without cheating! The Miz solidifies himself as officially AWESOME and not the "Marty Jannetty" of the Dirt Sheet Duo. Morrison won't be hurt by the loss, but this is huge for Miz, who has needed that one big win ever since he came to Raw and this was it.
Predictions: 1 for 1

Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Melina vs. Beth Phoenix, Natalya & Michelle McCool was probably the best six-Diva tag I've seen in years, and that's saying something considering WWE usually puts one on Raw every other week. The Smackdown Divas were on fire here, hard-hitting, crisp execution, great work all around, they even made McCool look good! And not to take anything away from the Raw Divas either, they were rock solid, but they just didn't really stack up to their opponents here. Had I known the Bragging Rights concept revolved around which show won 2 out of the 3 interbrand matches, I would've went with the SD Divas here, who won this one decisively.
Predictions: 1 for 2

Undertaker vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk in a Fatal Four Way for the World Heavyweight Title up next, and let me just say that I LOVED this match. Four Ways are usually hit or miss with me, and I'm not usually a fan of the one fall to a finish style, I much prefer eliminations, but this match delivered big. We've got four guys, each with four VERY different styles, but somehow it all meshed here and gave us absolute brilliance. Tons of nail-biting near falls, finishers all over the place, some nasty bumps (like Rey being thrown outside the ring onto Punk), and a very vocal crowd that did not want Batista to win this one. They got their wish when The Undertaker nailed Davetista with the Tombstone to retain the World Championship!
Predictions: 2 for 3

The real story came after the match though, Josh Matthews attempted to interview Rey Mysterio, who was trying to help Batista up, but The Animal was not happy with his tag team partner for breaking up his pinfall attempt earlier in the match. "I'm gonna rip your head off" was the spark for one of the most shocking moments of the year -- Batista heel turn! After working the exact same character for almost five years now, Batista finally turns by utterly destroying his "best friend." We haven't had a good out-of-nowhere heel turn in awhile, and for Batista to go bad for the first time since his Evolution days, I think this will be what his character desperately needs to become interesting again. Great stuff.

Match for Bragging Rights up next... you ready? Take a deep breath: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes vs. Chris Jericho, Kane, Matt Hardy, Finlay, R-Truth, Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith was a blast! First off, I gotta say how surprised I was at how much ring time the Hart Dynasty got, I figured they'd be background noise at best, but they got to mix it up with HBK and Triple H, which is pretty huge. I did have to roll my eyes at Jerry Lawler for badmouthing Tyson Kidd like he was out of HBK's league... really Jerry? You're going to complain about Tyson Kidd when Cody Rhodes was a glorified cabana boy when he started feuding with HBK and HHH a few months back? Oh well, Lawler can run his mouth all he wants because TEAM SMACKDOWN WINS! Thanks to the Big Show's "treasonous" ways, Chris Jericho managed to pin Kofi Kingston and bring the Bragging Rights trophy to the Blue Brand... the obviously superior brand! I hope they play this off as Jericho's plan from the beginning, teasing dissension with Show to get Team Raw to take him in, just so he can turn on them when it counts. Jericho is WWE's evil genius and now we know he's not just the best in the world, he's on the best wrestling show in the world!
Predictions: 3 for 4

Iron Man Match - John Cena vs. Randy Orton, WWE Title on the line and if John Cena loses, he must leave Raw forever. I was torn on this one because I thought Cena on Smackdown would make for a good change, but at the same time, I never want to root for Randy Orton. The match itself was pretty awesome, well it would've been if it were a 45-minute Iron Man Match, but Orton had to stall for about 25% of the time in this match. It's one thing when your entrance takes half an hour, but that's no excuse to plod through a match too. Way too much Orton just dancing around looking like a doofus, but when the action was on, it was on! Lots of nastiness in this one - Cena's head getting split open (so much for that "no blood" rule), Cena getting tossed through a set piece, Orton getting thrown through the barricade, Orton getting the Attitude Adjustment off the steel stairs through the announce table, etc. There was a lot of good stuff in this one and the one hour went by surprisingly fast, despite Orton's lulls and thanks to the Falls Count Anywhere/Anything Goes stipulations. Thankfully, with just seconds left, Cena locked in the STF and forced Orton to submit, keeping him on Raw and FINALLY ending this feud! The Champ is here... but who's next?
Predictions: 3 for 5

My only gripe with this PPV is Randy Orton putting the breaks on in the middle of the Iron Man Match, other than that, everything else was absolutely fantastic. The right people went over in every match, the matches themselves exceeded expectations and it's officially confirmed that Smackdown is better than Raw. For a show with a goofy name that had its concept changed multiple times and seemed like a glorified Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 commercial, I think Bragging Rights was one of the best PPVs of 2009. Definitely better than Hell in a Cell and certainly worth my $40. If you missed it make sure you check this one out, if you saw it, let me know your thoughts!

10 comments:

  1. it was a good show. I can go back to bed now.

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  2. glad batista finally turned heel, now if only cena would do the same.

    thought the main event was too fragmented with these 30 sec breaks, there was no flow to the match imo.

    other than that everythin else was as expected.

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  3. The Batista Heel turn has been needed for some time now, and Heel Batista/Rey Mysterio is actually sounding like quite an interesting feud. My only problem with it was the crowd didn't really play along, though I too was at home cheering for the heel turn so I can't really blame them >_>

    I loved Punk in the Four Way, sneaking in every few seconds and getting himself a pinfall.

    As for Cena/Orton... Obviously we're still going to get the rematch (hopefully on RAW), but I think now would be as good as time as any to hold another Scramble match. John Cena, MVP, Jack Swagger, Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston! I'd love to see that.

    Something else I'd like to commment on is just how much Todd Grisham of all people showed up Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole. Lawler spent half the matches trying to remember how to speak while Cole continued to confuse his words and wrestlers. Hopefully we see the return of JR at the next SmackDown. ...Or just let Striker and Matthews do commentary for all the shows, as the world needs more Matt Striker!

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  4. While I think that a Scramble match with those participants might be a good idea in principle, I would be concerned as to how it could affect the build-up to the TLC Pay-Per-View after Survivor Series. This point has been touched upon before, but a TLC match would surely be better if it were built around a solid, established feud, and creating a brand new rivalry that was deserving of such a match in the three weeks between the Scramble match and the TLC event would be pushing it a little.

    Anyway, the show was better than I expected and there were no booking decisions that left me shaking my head in disbelief, which is not something I've been able to say often after Pay-Per-Views this year.

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  5. For a PPV that seemed like a glorified advertisement at first, Bragging Rights left me completely satisfied. The opening contest was great, and I was glad to see the Miz get a big win. He needs to lose the mouth guard, though.

    The 6-Diva tag match was one of the best Diva contests I've seen recently. Each Diva went out there and put on an impressive performance. I hope to see more of this type of action in the women's division.

    The Fatal Four-way was a lot of fun as well. Punk's "It's clobberin time!" remark was a great throwback to his ROH days. I enjoy how he plays the role of the 'jerk heel.' He's not an overly serious or vicious heel, he's just a jackass, and he plays the part well. Anyway, Taker looked great in the match, as did Rey. And Batista, well, he was Batista. Around 2007 I lost all interest in the guy. Still, perhaps his heel turn will make him a better character. After all, an interesting character with little wrestling ability is better than a lame character with no ability.

    I was hoping the SmackDown vs Raw match would be the main event, but I do think it was wise not to put two world title matches back to back. I was very surprised to see EVERY Superstar get a good amount of time in the ring. The match itself was awesome, and the finish was great. (You made a dead-on prediction there!) I was very pleased to see SmackDown pick up the win. And while I kind of wanted ECW to start some shenanigans post-match, I'm kind of glad it didn't happen. That would have been way too gimmicky.

    Ironman Matches tend to impress, and Orton vs. Cena was no exception. Great match. I actually enjoyed Orton's method, because it was something very typical of his character. I also enjoy his mannerisms, which sometimes come off as comical. I wanted Orton to win to see Cena go to SmackDown. Well, that and I didn't want to see the title change hands between the two for the 4665996th time.

    Overall, Bragging Rights exceeded my expectations. Every match delivered, and I'm glad my sister decided to buy the PPV. I'd say this is one of the must-watch WWE events of the year.

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  6. I think the 7-on-7 match wasn't the main event because the crowd would've been dead after the Iron Man Match. A match that long is exhausting, it has to end the show.

    I think a Scramble would be fun, but keep Orton and Cena away from each other at all costs. There's no reason for these guys to be in the ring against each other on PPV for at least six months.

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  7. Damn you, John Cena. I was so longing for "ECW'S John Cena".

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  8. Fantastic show. Miz over Morrison was tremendous opener and really set the tone for the night. I absolutely love both of these guys and I hope we get to some more out of them before the year is up.

    The Divas match was very good and enjoyable. Everybody looked awesome out there (including a recently struggling Gail Kim) but RAW's Women's Division is in need of some serious help. Jillian is decent enough heel and all, but something big needs to happen over there.

    I wasn't incredibly impressed by the 4 Way Match itself, but CM Punk was the shining star of that match. Tied for best heel with Jericho. Seriously, this guy has the heel role down to a t. The big thing coming out of this is Batista, who I am finally excited about watching again. The stale Batista is finally going to really live up to "The Animal" moniker.

    The 7 on 7 was what it was. I guessed wrong because I thought this was going to offically start the split between JeriShow, but it turned into a huge solidarity moment between the two. I am looking forward to RAW to see how this is going to work out though. I am sure the two will open the show.

    I think the Iron Man Match may have just defined the new generation of WWE wrestling. Big match feel to it throughout the entire thing, terrific spots, Orton looking to kill Cena. If this feud is ever going to end, somebody is going to need to take a vacation. And my bets are on Orton. But I too question "Who's Next?" They really don't have anybody up enough to step up to Cena so a Scramble match seems very plausible.

    Not going to say PPV of the Year (I'll give it to WM25 because I was actually there) but it was pretty good.

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  9. This is my 4th comment I have previously commented on royal rumble 2009,no way out 2009,and breaking point 2009 under the name unknown or anonymous if you want to see more of my reviews. I was very disappointed with Bragging Rights 2009 because I only liked 2 out of 5 of the matches that aired on this ppv I hated the 1st match because I detest the miz, because he is awful and boring to watch in the ring,I hated the 2nd match because I wanted to see kelly kelly, melina, and gail kim win,I think batista turning on the fans ruined this match, and finally I hated the 7 man tag team match because I wanted to see Raw beat Smackdown and I dislike the team formerly known as Jeri-Show so in conclusion I suggest saving 20 dollars and buying another ppv have a nice day bang! bang! yeah and by the hell in a cell was a great ppv that is worth your money.

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  10. I am officially changing my opinion of bragging rights 2009 ok here we go,the 1st match was good because it showed how the miz has improved in his wrestling skills over the years, the 2nd was not that surprising to me since the smackdown divas won if you compare the raw divas to the smackdown divas on this night, the 3rd match was good because undertaker retained his title, the 4th match was entertaining because smackdown proved that it is just as good as raw, and the ironman match should be a candidate for match of the year because it was a good way to end the cena orton rivalry, so I give this ppv a 5 out of 5 and I believe it is worth your 21 dollars.

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