WWE Bragging Rights Results
Sunday, October 24, 2010
From the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Results by: Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
We open the show with a video package highlighting the ‘battle of the brands’ theme of tonight’s PPV, and the main feuds heading into the event. We also get a very melodramatic description of the buried alive match, along with somber music and lighting, and it’s all interrupted by Vickie Guerrero, who asks the crowd to excuse her. She asks the crowd to welcome the Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler.
WWE Intercontinental Champion vs. WWE United States Champion (Non-Title Match)
– Dolph Ziggler (c) w/Vickie Guerrero vs. Daniel Bryan (c)
Dolph makes his way down to the ring to a pretty apathetic reaction, although I can’t tell if it’s just because the crowd noise is lowered or not. Daniel Bryan is out next to a bit of a pop, but it seems to die off fairly quickly.
The bell rings, and Bryan and Ziggler jockey for position before Ziggler is able to take Bryan down to the mat. Ziggler locks in a side headlock, but Bryan is able to flip it over and catch Ziggler with a leg grapevine. Ziggler fights to the ropes and rolls to the outside.
Back in the ring, Ziggler and Bryan are tentative again before Ziggler sweeps Bryan’s leg and is able to score a near fall. We get some more mat wrestling out of the two, and another submission attempt from Bryan leads to Dolph bailing from the ring again. Bryan follows out this time but Vickie blocks him, so Bryan climbs up to the apron and flies off with a huge knee.
Back in the ring, Bryan scores with a big dropkick, but Ziggler rolls back to the outside, catches Bryan with a cheap shot, and comes back in the ring to take advantage. Ziggler kicks away at Bryan before laying in some punches and choking him against the middle rope. Zigler goes for the pin but he only gets a two count. Ziggler locks in a crazy looking submission hold, but Bryan is able to fight up to his feet, and Ziggler modifies it to a rear chin lock. Ziggler tries to go for a neckbreaker, but Bryan counters into a series of near falls that are good for a couple of two counts. Ziggler catches Bryan unaware with an inverted bodyslam for a two count.
Ziggler locks in a rear chin lock, and grinds his forehead against Bryan’s. Bryan is able to fight to his feet, and starts to fight out of the hold, but Ziggler pulls him back down to the mat by his hair, before hitting a running, flipping neckbreaker that’s good for another near fall. Ziggler pulls Bryan to his feet and taunts him, and Bryan responds with a big right to Ziggler’s side. Ziggler knocks him right back down before hitting a snapmare. Ziggler lays in a huge elbow drop but it’s still not enough for a three count.
Ziggler locks in another submission, with a body scissors, but Bryan still won’t quit. Bryan catches Ziggler with a big boot, but a flying kick attempt in the corner and Bryan eats nothing but turnbuckle, allowing for another near fall for Ziggler. Ziggler kicks at Bryan’s head before picking him up to his feet. Ziggler hits a beautiful fireman’s carry throw, but it’s still not enough to keep Bryan down. Ziggler locks in a body scissors and tries to lock in another submission.
Bryan battles out of it with a big jawbreaker that stuns Ziggler. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner and Bryan comes back with a series of stiff kicks to Ziggler’s chest and leg. He even scores a kick to the face. Bryan avoids Ziggler in the corner with a big backflip before hitting a flying clothesline and a running knee that’s good for a two count. Bryan puts his head down and catches a kick to the chest, but he responds with one of his own that takes Ziggler off his feet. Bryan hits a springboard single leg dropkick but it’s only good for a two count.
Ziggler tries to score a quick roll up but he can’t, so he scores a kick to Bryan’s head, but it’s still not enough. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag, but Bryan holds on to the ropes. Bryan hits a buzzsaw kick to the side of Ziggler’s head, but Ziggler is still able to kick out at two, and this is a darn good match so far.
Bryan goes up top, but Ziggler is able to stop him. Ziggler tries for a superplex, but Bryan escapes through Ziggler’s leg and crotches him on the top instead. Bryan goes for a super back body suplex, but Ziggler reverses it into a splash and a pin for a two count. Bryan kicks out into a pin and he gets a two count. Ziggler locks in the sleeper but Bryan is right out of it. Both men hit cross body blocks, and both men are down.
Both men get to their knees and fight it out, with Ziggler punching and Bryan hitting a big head butt. Back on their feet, Bryan hits a big kick to Ziggler’s chest, and Ziggler responds with a quick roll up. Both men trade near falls for a bit in an exciting exchange before Ziggler comes up with a rocker dropper out of nowhere. Ziggler goes for the pin but Bryan gets his foot on the ropes.
Ziggler argues with the referee, but the referee won’t relent. Dolph goes for another sleeper, and is eventually able to lock it in, even though Bryan tries to fight it. Ziggler gets him down to the mat, but Bryan is able to make it to the ropes. Ziggler looks to be getting frustrated, and when he picks up Bryan, Bryan takes him right into the LaBell lock. Ziggler taps, and this one is over.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Miz is backstage with Alex Riley, celebrating Bryan’s win and taking credit for his training. Sheamus comes in, laughing, asking who in their right mind would take orders from The Miz? Miz says that he’s the captain, not Sheamus. CM Punk comes in and says that Miz is barely Captain Crunch, and things begin to break down with everyone arguing. Santino comes in and calms everyone down, asking if there are snacks and beverages. Punk says they need to strategize, and he’s spent time on Smackdown recently, and he should be giving orders. Santino orders Sunchips. Sheamus gets in Miz’s face and says if anyone gets in his face, he’ll do something to them. Miz turns to Punk when everyone walks off, and says they need to unite tonight for the sake of Raw. Punk laughs and says only some of us are awesome. Riley complains about the team and says Miz needs to get it together. Miz says the team is exactly where it needs to be because where there’s chaos, there’s opportunity, and they’ll take down Team Smackdown.
Cody Rhodes’ music hits and he makes his way out, followed by his tag team partner, Drew McIntyre. Rhodes and McIntyre both grab mics, and say Bragging Rights is an appropriate name for tonight, because he and McIntyre have so much to brag about. McIntyre says it was over a month ago that they became the tag champs, and they’ve dominated everyone from Raw and Smackdown. He says tonight they’ve got a dilemma because no one wants to face them. Everyone’s scared of them. The GM’s stupid beep goes off.
Cole gets up to read an e-mail from the anonymous GM. He says there is a team on Raw worthy of facing the tag champs. Nexus’ music hits, and Wade Barrett makes his way out with a mic. He says tonight will be the greatest night in the history of the Nexus, because very soon, he’ll be the WWE Champion. He calls out the first member of team Nexus to challenge for the tag titles, David Otunga. Otunga’s tag partner for the night, who’s been ordered to bring the titles home to Nexus tonight, John Cena.
Cena’s music hits and he heads straight to the ring.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
– “Dashing” Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre vs. John Cena & David Otunga
All four men are in the ring, and Otunga tells Cena that he will be starting the match tonight. Cena resists at first, but then agrees to let Otunga kick things off. the bell rings, and Otunga kicks Rhodes in the gut, but he’s quickly taken off his feet and McIntyre tags in, pounding on him in the corner with a series of quick rights. Rhodes tags right back in and continues the beat down with a couple of well placed forearms, and McIntyre is back in, helping his partner slam Otunga back into the corner. McIntyre laces Otunga with a couple of right hands before tagging Rhodes back in for a double team suplex.
Otunga scampers to his corner and tags in Cena, who comes in and back Rhodes right into the corner. Rhodes catches Cena with a big right hand and a big forearm though. Cena is quick to reverse it, sending Rhodes into the corner and hitting a quick suplex. Cena picks Rhodes up for a really nice delayed vertical suplex, holding Rhodes up for about 7 seconds. Cena and Otunga argue because Cena won’t tag out. This allows Rhodes to get the upper hand and tag out to McIntyre, who comes in for a bit before tagging right back out to Rhodes. Rhodes blasts Cena with a big right hand before kicking away at him in the corner, then tagging right back out.
McIntyre plants Cena with an STO, but it’s only good for two. Another tag and Rhodes comes in with a right hand to the midsection before locking in a modified single arm camel clutch. Otunga paces the apron and yells at Cena. Cena stands up with Rhodes on his back before dropping down on top of Rhodes.
Cena hits a big shoulder block, then another, but a back suplex and Rhodes is able to sneak out of it and tag McIntyre. Cena hits the back suplex on McIntyre instead and follows up with the five knuckle shuffle. Rhodes distracts Cena, and McIntyre almost hits his DDT, Rhodes tries for Cross Rhodes, but he can’t get it. Cena is able to lock in the STF, and Rhodes is forces to tap.
Winners & NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: David Otunga and John Cena
After the match Otunga immediately begins screaming for the titles, and celebrating with his new belt. When he comes down off the ropes though, he walks right into a big AA from Cena. Cena picks up both tag belts, holds them up, and walks to the back with them.
Ted DiBiase is backstage with Maryse, and Josh Mathews asks how he plans to get his Million Dollar Championship back tonight. DiBiase says Goldust doesn’t belong in the same ring as him. He says tonight he’ll be very direct by beating Goldust, getting back his title, and having his fake NXT girlfriend deported.
– Ted DiBiase w/Maryse vs. Goldust w/Aksana
DiBiase is the first man out to the ring, of course accompanied by Maryse, and he gets a bit of a non-reaction from the crowd. Goldust is out next with his NXT protege Aksana.
The bell rings and this one’s ready to start. DiBiase ducks a lock up and begins beating on Goldust in the corner instead. Goldust comes back with a series of slaps to the face, and a butt bump before sending DiBiase through the ropes and to the outside.
Goldust follows to the outside and sends DiBiase hard into the ringside barricade. Back in the ring, Goldust goes to the top rope, but DiBiase catches him with a boot to the side of the head, and Goldust crashes to the mat. DiBiase hits a big back elbow and a dropkick to Goldust that’s good for a two count. DiBiase grinds his forearm into Goldust’s face before locking in a rear chin lock.
DiBiase hits a big first drop and a couple of knee drops, but the crowd is pretty solidly behind Goldust. DiBiase hits an awesome neckbreaker, but it’s not enough for a three count. DiBiase catches Goldust with a big kick to the side of the head, but it’s still only enough for two. DiBiase locks in another rear chin lock.
Goldust is able to fight out of the submission with a back suplex, and both men are down. It takes a while, but both eventually get back to their feet, and Goldust hits DiBiase with a couple of right hands, and a big running clothesline, before hitting an inverted atomic drop, and a running bulldog. Goldust ducks a clothesline but when he goes for a dive, DiBiase moves and Goldust flies through the ropes and crashes on the arena floor. DiBiase goes to follow, but Goldust is back up and slaps DiBiase before hot shotting him across the top rope. Goldust goes to the top rope, but when he jumps off, DiBiase responds with a dropkick.
DiBiase sends Goldust into the corner and Goldust responds with a snap powerslam. DiBiase tries for dream street, but Goldust fights out, only to walk into a spinebuster that’sgood for a two count. DiBiase sends Goldust into the corner, but when he follows, he eats a diving shoulder block. Aksana begins to feel the wrath of Maryse outside before she’s thrown into the ring. Goldust is distracted getting Aksana out of the ring, and DiBiase is able to hit a low DDT. DiBiase pins Goldust, and this one is over.
After the match, Aksana takes Maryse down and steals the title. She begins to seduce Ted, but she stops short of kissing him, allowing Goldust to surprise him with a final cut. Goldust’s music hits, and he and his ‘bride-to-be’ celebrate with the million dollar belt.
Unified WWE Divas Championship Match
– LayCool (c) vs. Natalya
LayCool are the first to make their way out to the ring, of course making fun of their opponent and the people in the crowd, what a surprise. McCool says they’re going to beat Natalya faster than they can delete the texts they’re getting from Bret Farve. Natalya’s music hits, and the crowd cheers, probably just to hear LayCool stop talking.
Layla looks to be the one to take the match tonight. She and Natalya wrestle on the mat for a bit, with Natalya wrestling circles around Layla, before Natalya hits an awesome delayed, pressing suplex. Layla runs and grabs on to the ropes before drop kicking Natalya out of the ring to the floor.
Layla ends up begins dragged out through the ropes and smacks her face on the floor. McCool tries to attack Natalya from behind, but she slam her into the barricade for her troubles. McCool is able to get back by slamming her back first into the floor. Layla takes advantage, sending Natalya back into the ring and hitting a big dropkick before locking in a wierd arm focused submission.
Layla turns it into a body scissors, and the crod begins to chant, although it’s probably not for the right reasons. Natalya is able to fight out of it and put Layla down with a body slam and a big short arm clothesline. Natalya hits Layla with a big clubbing blow to the back, and a due of clotheslines before slapping Layla across the face. Natalya charges to the corner and right into a big boot, but she comes right back with a dropkick that’s good for a two count. Natalya teases the Sharpshooter, but Layla is able to fight out to the ring floor.
Layla grabs her title and starts to walk to the back, but Natalya grabs her by her hair and brings her back to the ring. Natalya goes for Layla, but she sticks her head through the ropes and eats a big running kick from McCool. Layla capitalizes with a pin and gets the three count.
Winner & STILL WWE Unified Diva’s Champion(s): LayCool
Josh Mathews is standing by, in the grave that will be used for the Buried Alive match tonight. He runs down the very simple rules of the match, namely, that they have to be buried alive. Matthews says tonight will be the final chapter in the saga between the Brother’s of Destruction. This leads us directly into a video package about the upcoming match (which is a bit weird in its placement in the middle of the card).
“Buried Alive” match for the World Heavyweight Championship
– Kane (c) w/Paul Bearer vs. The Undertaker
The familiar gong rings, and the fans begin to get excited, as the Undertaker makes his way out to the ring. Kane is out next, with Paul Bearer in tow. Bearer is of course carrying the urn, as usual.
Taker doesn’t waste any time, attacking Kane while he’s on his way down the ramp. Taker lays into Kane with a series of right hands, fighting him to the ring, where he slams his head on the ring steps. Takes whips Kane into the steps shoulder first, before backing him into the barricade and punching away at Kane some more. Taker flips off the top half of the stairs, before slamming Kane down into the bottom half. Taker sends Kane into the ring and hits an immediate splash, and follows it up with a second.
Kane goes to the outside and out into the crowd, and when Taker follows Kane catches him with a couple good shots, but Taker is quick to respond with a couple good shots of his own. Kane is basically running away from Taker, even climbing stairs and beginning to go further up into the crowd, but Taker is able to catch Kane, and grind his foot into Kane’s head. Taker his Kane with a couple head butts before striking with a big knee and right hand, knocking Kane back. Taker and Kane trade more shots, and Kane slams Taker head first into a production table. They continue to fight, and Taker finally sends Kane over the barricade and back into the ringside area. Taker begins tossing chairs into the ring.
Taker sends Kane back into the ring, trapping his neck on the apron. Taker gets up on the apron himself, and drops a big leg over Kane’s throat. Taker dismantles the broadcast table, throwing part of it in the ring. Taker and Kane make their way back into the ring, and Taker teases a chair shot, but Kane bails from the ring. Kane goes back out into the crowd, and Taker is quick to follow yet again, laying in to Kane with punches the whole time. Taker and Kane fight about halfway up one staircase, before turning back around and heading to the ringside area. Taker hits Kane with another right, and they head back into the ring. Kane is able to capitalize on the chairs in the ring, using one to hit Taker in the stomach, before hitting him a couple of times across the back.
Kane hits Taker with another chair shot, much to the delight of Paul Bearer. Kane goes for, and connects with a choke slam. Kane teases another chokeslam, connecting a second time. Kane drags Taker out of the ring, and he hits him with a right hand before shouldering Taker and walking him up the entranceway. Taker fights out of it and begins trading right hands with Kane in the middle of the entranceway, with accompanying yays and boos respectively. Taker gets the upper hand with a right hand that finally puts Kane on his back.
Taker punches on Kane a bit more and takes him toward the gravesite, which Kane actually crawls toward. Taker slashes his thumb across his throat and tries for a chokeslam, but Kane fights it off and it able to knock Taker down on his back. Kane grabs Taker’s legs and drags them toward the grave, but Taker sits right up and locks in the Hell’s gate.
Bearer begins making his way up toward the brother’s, and he’s close when Kane begins tapping. Kane starts fading pretty quickly, and eventually falls over onto his side. Taker is able to roll Kane, on his side, into the grave, and Bearer looks almost like he’s trying to hide behind the headstone. Taker catches sight of him however.
Taker rubs some dirt in Bearer’s face, and he grabs him around the throat, teasing a chokeslam, but Nexus run in to interfere. Taker is able to fight them all off, and I’d like to note that Barrett is out there, but Cena isn’t. Nexus are eventually able to overcome Taker, and Kane is able to get to his feet and crawl out of the grave. Nexus bring Taker to his feet and hold him, and Kane blasts Taker with the urn, which sends Taker falling into the grave. Members of Nexus grab the shovels and begin burying the Undertaker, and the urn. Kane pushes the members away, telling them to go. Kane looks up, and there’s a big backhoe scoop filled with dirt. Kane calls for it, and his pyro hits while the dirt falls into the grave, ending this match.
Winner & STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Kane
After Kane makes his way to the back, the gong hits, and ‘lightning’ strikes the grave, causing a spotlight of Taker’s logo to come up and be superimposed on the grave. The camera cuts to the announce team who look super shocked.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Randy Orton. He talks about the attack he suffered at the hands of Nexus, and asks if he’s worried about John Cena being involved. Orton says if Cena interferes in his match, Orton will drop him, right in the middle of the ring. Orton then walks off.
Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Elimination Tag Team Match
– The Miz (captain), R-Truth, John Morrison, Santino Marella, Sheamus, CM Punk & Ezekiel Jackson vs. Big Show (captain), Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, Edge, Tyler Reks & Kofi Kingston w/Hornswoggle as the mascot
The Miz, the captain of Team Raw, makes his way out to the ring, with Alex Riley in tow. Miz gets a big of heat, but not much. CM Punk is out next, to much the same reaction, although he gets a bit more love from the crowd. John Morrison is out next, and he gets a lot of pops from the ladies in the crowd. Ezekiel Jackson is the next man out to the ring, to a pretty apathetic reaction. Santino Marella is the next man out for Team Raw, and he skips to the ring, much to the dismay of his team. R-Truth makes his way out, to his new song, but thankfully with no mic in his hand. And finally, Sheamus, the last member of the team, makes his way out.
As always please bear with me, as these huge multi-man matches are always a bit difficult to cover. Captain for Team Smackdown, the Big Show, is the first man out to the ring for his team, with his mascot Hornswoggle in tow. Rey Mysterio is out to the ring next to a lot of love from the crowd, in a pretty stark white getup. Jack Swagger is out third for his team, and he gets a bit of love from the crowd. Tyler Reks is out next, and he gets absolutely no reaction from the crowd. Kofi Kingston comes out fifth to a really nice reception from the arena. Alberto Del Rio is sixth for his team, and of course he’s announced by his personal ring announcer. The final man out for Smackdown is Edge, who gets a huge pop from this crowd.
All fourteen men are in the ring, and everyone stares down everyone else. One side of the ring is red and the other side is solidly blue. Morrison and Reks look to start things out for their respective teams. They lock up and Reks is quick to back Morrison up into the corer where he hits a back elbow and kicks Morrison in the knee. Reks charges Morrison in the corner, but Morrison avoids it and comes back with a series of rights and lets. Morrison catches Reks with a kick to the knee of his own, but he walks right into a big shoulder blows. Reks drops the elbow on Morrison before trying for a shoulderbreaker. Morrison fights out and dropkicks Reks in the stomach, sending him into the corner. Morrison comes back with a big back heel kick and tags in Santino.
Santino immediately teases the cobra, but Reks hits Santino with a running forearm to prevent it. Reks hits a crazy reverse AA, or that’s what it looks like, and Santino is pinned for the three count.
Santino is eliminated
Jackson makes his way into the ring, and physically dominates Reks for a bit, before Reks backs of and tags in Big Show. Show comes in and takes Jackson down with a huge clubbing blow, and a kick to the ribs, along with a huge chop to the chest.
Show dominates Jackson for a bit more before tagging in Mysterio, who comes in with a bit of explosiveness before tagging right out to Kingston. Kingston and Mysterio try to double team Jackson, but they’re double shoulder blocked for their trouble before Jackson drags Kingston to his corner and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus goes to work on Kingston’s shoulder and neck with a submission attempt. Kingston fights up to his feet and out of it, hitting Sheamus with a big kick and a top rope cross body that’s good for a two count.
Kofi hits a big leaping lariat and follows it up with a boom drop. Kofi ducks a clothesline and connects with the SOS on Sheamus that’s good for a two count. Kingston mounts Sheamus in the corner and wails away with a series of punches, but Sheamus fights out of it and hits the high cross, pinning Kingston for three.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated
Mysterio comes in and tries to work fast,but Sheamus plows over him and tags in Punk. Punk comes in with a couple of quick right hands, but Mysterio reverses a back suplex and kicks at the back of Punk’s leg. Punk hits a snap powerslam and tags right back out to Sheamus.
Sheamus comes in and takes Mysterio right down. As Mysterio tries to fight back, Del Rio tags in. Punk shoves Del Rio into Mysterio. Mysterio falls to the outside. Del Rio sends Punk to the outside, then sends him right back in, but before he goes back in, he throws Mysterio into the ringside barricade. Show yells at Del Rio and Mysterio looks to be heading to the back. Mysterio hits a beautiful German suplex that’s good for a two count on Punk. Del Rio tags out to Swagger who comes in with a big suplex on Punk.
Swagger plants Punk with another clothesline, before working over Punk’s shoulder’s and arms. Punk fights up to his feet and out of the hold with a kick to the side of the head, and he’s able to tag out to Morrison. Morrison comes in and begins beating down Swagger in the corner with rapid fire right hands. Morrison avoids a splash and comes right back with an enzugiri. Morrison misses a kick and almost falls victim to a near fall. Swagger goes for a suplex and almost has the same happen to him. Swagger is able to catch Morrison on his shoulder and slam him down to the mat.
Swagger tries for the ankle lock, but Morrison fights it off, and is able to hit starship pain. Morrison goes for the pin and gets three.
Swagger is eliminated
Reks is right in and he takes it to Morrison with a series of strikes, before locking in a modified rear choke. Reks switches it up to focus on Morrison’s arms, but Morrison fights it off and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus comes in and eats a big boot and clothesline from Reks. Sheamus is able to come right back with a big bicycle kick. Another pin, another elimination
Tyler Reks is eliminated
Big Show is right in and he sends Sheamus to the outside. Sheamus attacks Hornswoggle. Big Show fights with Sheamus on the outside, and they’re eventually counted out.
Big Show and Sheamus are eliminated
Edge comes in and so does Truth. Edge hits a series of clotheslines, but Truth is quick to fight back with a big back heel kick and a clothesline of his own. Truth tries for an axe kick, but Edge avoids it, hits the spear, and goes for the pin.
R-Truth is eliminated
Morrison is right in and he tries for the starship pain, but Edge avoids it, hits another spear, and eliminates another.
Morrison is eliminated
Punk tries for the G2S, but Edge fights it off.
Edge tries for another spear, but he misses and Del Rio tags himself in. Punk is able to surprise him with a backslide out of nowhere, and he scores a three count.
Alberto Del Rio is eliminated
Del Rio makes his way to the back, and while he does, he attacked by Rey Mysterio, who’s back in the match. Edge is able to score an enzugiri on Punk, and Punk tags out to Miz, who comes in and stops Edge from makes his own tag. Miz pounds on Edge before laying a boot into his chest. Miz distracts the ref so Jackson can kick Edge in the face. Miz tags out to Jackson, who hits Edge with a clubbing blow across the back before standing on his head, pushing it into the mat. Jackson slams Edge down into the mat before hitting a giant elbow drop that’s good for two.
Miz tags in and locks in a rear chin lock on Edge, trying to wear him down. Edge is able to fight back up to his feet, and out of the hold, but when Edge tries for an impaler, Miz counters with a neckbreaker combo. Edge tags out to Punk, who comes in and hits Edge with a series of kick, just being relentless. Punk sends Edge into the corner, but Edge avoids the high knee and counters with an electric chair drop.
Edge makes the tag and Mysterio comes in with a vengeance, scoring a kick to the head to Punk. Mysterio hits a springboard cross body, but Punk rolls through and gets a two count. Punk catches Mysterio in G2S position, but Mysterio fights out and he and Punk trade near falls for a bit. Mysterio sends Punk into the ropes and hits the 619, following up with a springboard splash, and scoring a three count.
CM Punk is eliminated
Jackson is right in, taking advantage of an off guard Mysterio, and laying into him with punches and stomps. Jackston sends Mysterio into the corner, but charges into a couple of big boots. Jackson comes back with a nasty pounce, launching Mysterio across the ring. Jackson slams Mysterio into the corner.
Mysterio is able to get Jackson into the ropes, but when he tries for the 619, Jackson comes back with a shoulderblock. Mysterio is able to score a DDT. Mysterio gets Jackson into the ropes and hits the 619, following up with the springboard dive, which is botched pretty badly. Mysterio pins Jackson and Jackson is gone.
Jackson is eliminated
Miz comes in and attacks Mysterio right away. Mysterio goes for the 619, but Riley distracts him. Mysterio goes for it again, hitting it on both Miz and Riley, who’s trying to protect Miz. Springboard splash and Miz gets his knees up but it’s not enough. Miz tries for the SCF, but Mysterio fights out, tags Edge, and Edge hits the spear. Edge pins Miz, and that’s it for this one.
Miz is eliminated
Winners: Team Smackdown, survived by Edge and Rey Mysterio
Edge and Mysterio celebrate with the Bragging Rights cup, along with Hornswoggle, as the crowd cheers along.
WWE Championship Match
– Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett w/John Cena
We get a video package, detailing the events of the past month that have led up to this match. Quite a bit of the recap has to do with Cena being forced to join the Nexus, and the repercussions of Cena being ringside for this next match.
Wade Barrett is out to the ring first, with one half of the new WWE Tag Team Champions, John Cena, in tow. Barrett, like make others here tonight, is the recipient of the dreaded apathetic reaction. Orton’s music hits, and he gets what has to be the biggest pop of the entire night, like the crowd’s just been waiting for him to come through the curtain.
We get formal ring introductions, and after a lot of stalling, it’s finally time to kick this one off.
Barrett asks for the mic before the start of the match. He tells Cena, just so they’re clear, if he doesn’t win this match, Cena will be fired tonight.
Orton and Barrett lock up, and Barrett backs Orton up, but Orton backs Barrett up to respond. Orton pounds on Barrett in the corner with a series of right hands. Orton catches Barrett with a boot and a big European uppercut, before sending Barrett hard into the corner. Orton kicks at Barrett’s chest, and Barrett responds with a kick of his own. Barrett tosses Orton to the outside, in front of Cena, and he and Cena look at each other, but nothing happens.
Orton goes back into the ring, and Barrett hops out, staring down Cena for a second. Barrett climbs back into the ring and catches Orton with a kick to the gut, and a head butt, along with a beat down in the corner. Orton responds with a clothesline.
Orton picks Barrett up and sends him into the corner, but he charges into the big boot, and Barrett lays into Orton with a series of stomps. Barrett locks Orton in a headlock before choking him on the middle rope with his knee on the back of his head. Barrett goes to the outside and begins arguing with Cena, for some reason, and this allows Orton to attack Barrett from behind. Orton slams Barrett head first into the ring steps before sending him back into the ring. Orton tries for the cover but only gets two. He transitions right into a rear chin lock, wearing Barrett down right in the middle of the ring.
Barrett is able to fight out of it, but Orton comes up with a back suplex that’s able to put him back down. Orton and Barrett fight on the outside, with Barrett sending Orton shoulder first into the ring steps. Barrett sends Orton back into the ring and tries for a cover but he only gets a two count. Barrett pounds on Orton with a series of right hands. Barrett tags Orton with a couple of rights and lays him down with a left. He again looks over to Cena and says something. Barrett goes to the second rope and leaps off with a big elbow drop that’s good for a two count. Barrett kicks and chokes Orton in the corner.
Barrett locks in a rear chin lock, hoping for the submission. Orton is able to fight up to his feet, and out of the hold, but Barrett hits him with a kick to the stomach, followed by a pump handle slam that’s good for another near fall. Barrett goes to the outside and brings Orton, alternating between slamming his head on the apron and barricade before sending him back first into the apron.
Barrett goes for a cover but still can only get two. Barrett locks in a rear chin lock, but Orton is quick to fight right back up to his feet. Orton fights out of it, but Barrett tries for another pump handle slam. Orton fights out of it, and is able to connect with a dropkick that sends Barrett to the apron. Orton goes for the rope assissted DDT, but Barrett fights out of it and connects with a clothesline. The ref is knocked down in the melee, and Barrett orders Cena to get to the apron, he does, but Barretrt is pushed into Cena by Orton, sending Cena into the barricade. Nexus make their way down to the ring and begin attacking Orton, four on one.
Cena comes in and goes after all the members of Nexus except Barrett. Barrett argues with him, but Cena points out that he doesn’t want to get DQ’d. Barrett picks Orton up on his shoulders and tries for the wasteland, but Orton fights out and hits a series of clotheslines followed by a snap powerslam. Orton goes for, and connects with the rope assisted DDT, planting Barrett. Cena climbs up to the apron, and comes into the ring behind Orton, he goes right for Barrett, and hits the AA. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner via disqualification Wade Barrett, but STILL WWE Champion, Randy Orton
Following the match, Cena goes to hand the title to Orton, and Orton responds with an RKO to take Cena out.
Orton celebrates with his title, and turns around to a charging Barrett. Orton plants Barrett with another RKO, much to the delight of the crowd. The announcers explain why Cena would want to cost Nexus, obviously so that Barrett would win the match and Cena wouldn’t be fired.
The show ends with Orton posing with his title.
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