Bragging Rights
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PromotionWorld Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
DateOctober 25, 2009
CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
VenueMellon Arena
Attendance13,562[1]
Buy rate181,000
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The 2009 Bragging Rights was the inaugural Bragging Rights professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event took place on October 25, 2009, at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bragging Rights replaced WWE's previously annual event, Cyber Sunday. Six matches were featured on the card.

The concept of the show was based around a series of interpromotional matches for "bragging rights" between wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands, with a Bragging Rights Trophy awarded to the brand that won the most matches out of the series—although an ECW Championship match occurred as a dark match prior to the show, the ECW brand was not involved in the brand competition. The matches included Raw's United States Champion The Miz defeating SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion John Morrison, SmackDown's team of Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix, and Natalya defeating Raw's team of Melina, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim, and SmackDown's team of Chris Jericho, Kane, R-Truth, Matt Hardy, Finlay, Tyson Kidd, and David Hart Smith defeating Raw's team of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, and Mark Henry. The SmackDown brand won the Bragging Rights trophy with two wins to Raw's one.

The show also contained two televised world championship matches. In the main event, John Cena defeated Randy Orton in an Anything Goes Iron Man match to win the WWE Championship. In the other world championship match, The Undertaker defeated CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, and Batista in a Fatal Four-Way match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

Production

Background

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) previously held an annual pay-per-view (PPV) titled Cyber Sunday. In 2009, Cyber Sunday was discontinued and replaced by a new PPV titled Bragging Rights. It was scheduled to be held on October 25, 2009, at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The concept of the show was based around a series of interpromotional matches for "bragging rights" between wrestlers of the Raw and SmackDown brands, with a Bragging Rights Trophy awarded to the brand that won the most matches out of the series. Although the ECW brand had a dark match prior to the show, it was not involved in the interbrand competition.[2][3][4][5]

Storylines

Randy Orton lost the WWE Championship to John Cena in a 60-minute Iron Man match.

On the October 12 episode of Raw, it was announced one-half of Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho would act as the co-captain of SmackDown's team with Kane as the other co-captain, and Shawn Michaels and Triple H (collectively known as D-Generation X) would act as the co-captains of Raw's team. Later in the program, the other half of the Tag Team Champions The Big Show would qualify for the latter team by defeating Chris Jericho in a match that would qualify him to be on the team. Continuing the trend of qualifying matches on said episode of Raw, Cody Rhodes defeated Ted DiBiase and John Cena in a Triple Threat match, Jack Swagger defeated Montel Vontavious Porter, and Kofi Kingston defeated Evan Bourne.[6] Mark Henry became the final member of Team Raw by defeating Chris Masters on the October 15 episode of WWE Superstars.[7] The following night on SmackDown, Kane revealed that in fact the SmackDown team would be co-captained both by Jericho and himself. Qualifying matches for the SmackDown team commenced on the same night, with Dolph Ziggler defeating Mike Knox and Finlay in a Triple Threat match, Shad Gaspard and JTG (collectively known as Cryme Tyme) defeating David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd (collectively known as The Hart Dynasty), Eric Escobar defeating Matt Hardy, and Drew McIntyre defeating R-Truth.[8] On the October 23 episode of SmackDown, Jericho and Kane booked a 4-on-5 handicap match pitting Ziggler, JTG, Escobar and McIntyre against Finlay, the Hart Dynasty, Hardy and R-Truth, where the winning team would join the two at Bragging Rights. The latter team won the match, thus replacing the former team, along with Gaspard.[9]

Intercontinental Champion John Morrison of SmackDown lost against United States Champion The Miz of Raw.

The main rivalry from the Raw brand heading into Bragging Rights was the continuing conflict between Randy Orton and John Cena over the WWE Championship. The two had faced at the three previous pay-per-view events, with Orton retaining the title at SummerSlam, Cena winning the title at Breaking Point in an "I Quit" match and Orton reclaiming the title at Hell in a Cell in the event's eponymous match.[10][11][12] On the October 5, 2009 edition of Raw, Cena challenged Orton to one last rematch for the title, this time a 60-minute Iron Man match where the competitor with the most decisions at the end of that time would be named the victor. In order to accept the challenge, Orton added two more conditions to the match—if Cena loses, he would leave Raw and that the match would be "anything goes".[13]

The Undertaker returned to WWE at SummerSlam after CM Punk won the World Heavyweight Championship.[14] Punk would then defeat his challenger at Breaking Point under controversial circumstances before losing the title to The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell a month later.[15][16] On the October 9 episode of SmackDown, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced Punk would get his rematch at Bragging Rights, but it would be in a Fatal Four-Way match with Batista and Rey Mysterio.[17][18]

On the October 12 episode of Raw, the reigning WWE United States Champion, The Miz, announced that he would face the WWE Intercontinental Champion John Morrison at Bragging Rights.[6] In 2007, the two formed a tag team and gained success in the tag team division, winning the WWE Tag Team and World Tag Team Championships as well as the 2008 Slammy Award for Tag Team of the Year. In an untelevised match at WrestleMania XXV, the team lost their unification match against The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) that would form the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship.[19] A week later, The Miz found himself drafted to the Raw brand in the 2009 WWE Draft due to botched interference from Morrison. Miz subsequently attacked Morrison after the match, ending the partnership.[20] Morrison was later himself drafted to the SmackDown brand.[21] Both wrestlers found singles success with Morrison winning his third Intercontinental Championship from Rey Mysterio on the September 4 episode of SmackDown, while The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston to become the new United States Champion on the October 5 episode of Raw.[13][22]

Event

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Michael Cole
Jerry Lawler
Todd Grisham
Interviewer Josh Mathews
Ring announcer Tony Chimel
Referees Charles Robinson
John Cone
Mike Chioda
Jack Doan

Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, a dark match took place in which Christian defeated Paul Burchill to retain the ECW Championship.

Preliminary matches

In the first match, SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion John Morrison faced Raw's United States Champion The Miz. During the match, Morrison performed a Flying Chuck on Miz, but Miz placed his foot on the bottom rope to void the pinfall. In the end, Morrison attempted Starship Pain on Miz, but Miz pushed Morrison's legs to counter the move and pinned Morrison to win the match.

Next, SmackDown's Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix and Natalya faced Raw's Melina, Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim in a six-diva interbrand tag team match. Phoenix pinned Melina after a Glam Slam to win the match for her team.

In the third match, The Undertaker defended the World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk, Rey Mysterio and Batista in a fatal four-way match. During the match, Batista performed a spinebuster on Undertaker, but Punk broke up the pinfall. Punk performed a GTS on Mysterio, but Batista broke up the pinfall. Undertaker applied Hell's Gate on Batista, but Punk broke the hold. Undertaker performed a Last Ride on Punk, but Batista broke up the pinfall. Batista performed a Batista Bomb on Undertaker, but Mysterio broke up a pinfall. Undertaker pinned Batista after a Tombstone Piledriver to win the match and retain the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Josh Matthews interviewed Mysterio and Batista. Batista attacked Mysterio, turning heel.

In the fourth match, Team Raw (D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels), Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry) faced Team SmackDown (Chris Jericho, Kane, R-Truth, Matt Hardy, Finlay and The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith)) in an interbrand 14-man tag team match for the Bragging Rights trophy. In the climax, Big Show performed a chokeslam on Kingston, betraying Team Raw. Triple H confronted Big Show, who delivered a knockout punch to Triple H. Jericho pinned Kingston to win the match for Team SmackDown.

Main event

In the main event, Randy Orton defended the WWE Championship against John Cena in a 60-minute Anything Goes Iron Man match, in which the stipulation stated that if Cena lost, he would have to leave the Raw brand. Cena quickly forced Orton to submit the STF, making the score 1–0. Orton pinned Cena after an RKO, making the score 1–1. Cena attempted to perform an Attitude Adjustment on Orton while Orton countered the move into an RKO, resulting in a double pinfall, making the score 2–2. Cena pinned Orton after an Attitude Adjustment off the top rope, making the score 3–2. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase then interfered, with DiBiase performing a Dream Street on Cena. Rhodes and DiBiase placed Orton on top of Cena for a pin, making the score 3–3. Kofi Kingston then emerged with a steel chair, forcing Rhodes and DiBiase to retreat. Orton pinned Cena after throwing Cena through the electronic wall, making the score 4–3. Cena pinned Orton with a small package, making the score 4–4. Orton pinned Cena after an elevated DDT onto the arena floor, making the score 5–4. Cena pinned Orton after an Attitude Adjustment through the announce table, making the score 5–5. Orton performed an RKO on Cena for a near-fall. Orton attempted to perform a punt kick on Cena, but Cena countered the move into the STF and forced Orton to submit, making the score 6–5 to Cena, who won his fifth WWE Championship as well as ending the two year long feud with Orton.[23][24]

Reception

The event was generally well received by critics, with positive comments on the opening bout between Morrison and The Miz and mostly on the Iron Man match main event. The pay-per-view drew 181,000 buys, and is up from the 153,000 buys Cyber Sunday 2008 got.[25] Bleacher Report gave the entire event a ratings of 8.5 out of 10 and gave the Iron man match a ratings of 4.5 out of 5, the highest rated match of the event.[26]

Aftermath

The 2009 Bragging Rights would be the only Bragging Rights to feature ECW in any capacity, as the brand was disbanded in February 2010. Bragging Rights itself would be a short-lived PPV, as the 2010 event was the only other Bragging Rights PPV produced as it was replaced by the returning Vengeance in 2011.[27] In 2016 after the second brand extension was introduced, a similar brand competition theme was used for that year's Survivor Series, and the annual Survivor Series now revolves around competition for brand supremacy.[28]

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[29]
1D Christian (c) defeated Paul Burchill[30] Singles match for the ECW Championship[31] 07:33
2 The Miz (Raw) defeated John Morrison (SmackDown)[32] Interpromotional singles match 10:54
3 Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool and Natalya (SmackDown) defeated Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly and Melina (Raw)[33] Six-Diva interbrand tag team match 06:54
4 The Undertaker (c) defeated Batista, CM Punk and Rey Mysterio[34] Fatal 4-Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship 09:55
5 Team SmackDown (Chris Jericho, David Hart Smith, Finlay, Kane, Matt Hardy, R-Truth and Tyson Kidd) defeated Team Raw (Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Shawn Michaels and Triple H)[35] Fourteen-man tag team match for the Bragging Rights Trophy 15:34
6 John Cena defeated Randy Orton (c) 6–5[36] 60-minute Iron man match for the WWE Championship
Had Cena lost, he would have been forced to leave the Raw brand
1:00:00
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Iron Man match

Score Point Winner Decision Notes Times
1–0 John Cena Submission Submitted to the STF 3:55
1–1 Randy Orton Pinfall Pinfall after a RKO 9:00
2–2 John Cena and Randy Orton Pinfall Double Pinfall 17:00
3–2 John Cena Pinfall Pinfall after an Attitude Adjustment from the top rope 19:40
3–3 Randy Orton Pinfall Pinfall after a Dream Street from Ted DiBiase 20:55
3–4 Randy Orton Pinfall Pinfall after throwing Cena through the lighting grid 25:35
4–4 John Cena Pinfall Pinfall with a small package 33:00
4–5 Randy Orton Pinfall Pinfall after an Elevated DDT from the ring apron to the floor 35:20
5–5 John Cena Pinfall Pinfall after an Attitude Adjustment through the announce table 51:00
6–5 John Cena Submission Submitted to the STF 59:54

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