Sunday, October 25, 2009

WWE Bragging Rights Preview

We're in the middle of WWE's latest stream of PPVs, just three weeks ago a new PPV concept was introduced with Hell in a Cell, and another new PPV will begin in just a few hours, Bragging Rights! The theme for tonight is Smackdown vs. Raw (conveniently timed with the release of the Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 video game), but there are two other huge main events surrounding each brand's top title. Here are Five Things I'm looking for in tonight's PPV:

5. Youth Movement
There are a lot of big names in the Raw vs. Smackdown tag match for Bragging Rights - Chris Jericho, Big Show, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, - and I know they'll bring the goods, but I'm much more interested in the younger Superstars in the match. Guys like Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and yeah, I guess Cody Rhodes too, this is their chance to shine. And while I'm thinking about it, it's unfair to limit this to just the "young" Superstars, what about guys like Matt Hardy, R-Truth and Mark Henry, who have all been in the business for well over a decade, but are just starting to get their shots at bigger things. Are all of these guys future World Champions? Not sure, but I do know getting a shot to work with JeriShow & DX in a PPV main event is good for anyone's career.

4. John Morrison & The Miz become Superstars
Earlier this month, I had this same wish regarding the Dolph Ziggler/John Morrison match at Hell in a Cell. Unfortunately, it didn't happen, I don't know if they had an off-night or the PPV pacing dragged the match down, but they just didn't really live up to my high expectations. But this is a big match for these former partners tonight, perhaps even the biggest PPV match of their respective careers and I think if they're given enough time, their chemistry will produce something really special.

3. Rey Mysterio, World Heavyweight Champion
Oh I'm sure I'm going to raise some eyebrows on this one. From a storyline standpoint, Rey hasn't done much to earn a World Title shot (but neither does Batista half the time), and from a real life standpoint, he's just coming off a suspension, so why reward him with the World Title? Simple answer, Rey Mysterio is 2009's Wrestler of the Year, he's had more memorable matches than anyone else this year. Rey's worked his ass off in recent years, is one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, moves more merchandise than just about anybody, but still isn't taken seriously as a main eventer. Rey deserves another run with the World Title - a real run this time - and I think tonight would be as good a time as any to pull the trigger. I wouldn't be thrilled about bouncing the World Title around AGAIN, but I won't complain as long as anyone except Batista walks out tonight with Big Gold.

2. Cena & Orton tear the house down
This is it, the final match, these two have to bring it here tonight and it's not going to be easy when it's a 60-minute Iron Man Match. After two major injuries, Cena hasn't had a chance to get back to his year 2007 level of awesome big match situations, and Orton is... well he's Orton, who's always been hit or miss inside the ring, but both men are capable of greatness. That greatness needs to be at the forefront tonight because these guys can't afford for their final match to be considered a disappointment. This is WWE's biggest name taking on WWE's biggest heel and if they don't deliver, it's going to be bad news for all parties involved. I always say something along the lines of "bringing the goods," but Cena and Orton need to bring more than that tonight.

1. Smackdown wins the battle, Raw wins the war
So there are three Smackdown vs. Raw matches tonight - the big 14-man tag, the Divas tag and the IC Champ vs. the US Champ - I want to see Raw win the two lesser matches and Smackdown stop them from sweeping the series in the main event. Everyone knows Raw is the show in WWE, despite its quality being laughably bad compared to Smackdown this year, so why not throw the Blue Brand a bone here? Even if it means Big Show turning on Team Raw, a win is a win, let Smackdown take the main event and have the Bragging Rights.

Finally, my quick predictions, with no changes from this week's Kick-Out!! Radio. Winners in bold, and feel free to make your own predictions in the comments.

14-Man Bragging Rights Tag Match
Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown

WWE Championship - Iron Man Match
Randy Orton © vs. John Cena

World Heavyweight Championship - Fatal Four Way
Undertaker © vs. CM Punk vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio

Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion
John Morrison vs. The Miz

Six-Diva Bragging Rights Tag Match
Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Melina vs. Natalya Neidhart, Beth Phoenix & Michelle McCool

Make sure to come back to Kick-Out!! Wrestling shortly after the show for my full thoughts on WWE Bragging Rights!


  1. I think the results of the Orton-Cena match will directly tie into how the 14 man tag match goes.