October 18, 2009- October 24, 2009
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Good Week For: Triple H (defeated the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, John Cena)
Bad Week For: Ted DiBiase (was forced to endure a vicious beat down by Randy Orton)
And In Other News…
DX then brings the other five members of Team RAW to the ring and introduced each member of the team one-by-one; that is until they came to one of their former rivals, Cody Rhodes, whom they opted not to introduce. Rhodes took it upon himself to grab the microphone and introduce himself. With the co-captains and his RAW teammates in the ring with him, Rhodes proclaimed that he would not listen to DX and stated that they were co-captains "in name only". The confident second-generation Superstar then boastfully claimed that he might not bother tagging out of the match this Sunday and that he might beat all seven members of Team SmackDown on his own! Big Show steps in and demands that Rhodes respect him and that he will have no problem taking out any of his teammates who disappoint Team RAW at Bragging Rights. Mark Henry took this as a threat by Big Show and got in the face of "The World’s Largest Athlete". Jack Swagger then steps in and proclaims that he is "way ahead" of both Big Show & Mark Henry. After this, the team argued amongst themselves before Kofi Kingston stepped in and tried to play peacemaker for his team. Shawn Michaels then stepped in and announced that himself and Triple H had a feeling the team might meet some turmoil, so they had a back up plan in place. They then announced that the other five members of Team RAW; Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, & Mark Henry would compete in a 10-Man Tag Match against MVP, Evan Bourne, Chavo Guerrero, Primo, & Chris Masters! If Team RAW loses the match, whoever is defeated in the match will lose their spot on Team RAW to the Superstar that defeated them! Triple H then announced that the match would be next!
On the midst of self-destruction, five of the seven members of Team RAW battled against MVP, Evan Bourne, Chavo Guerrero, Primo, & Chris Masters with their spots on Team RAW on the line. Though the five members of Team RAW won the match, the ending caused an implosion of Team RAW; the end of the match came when Cody Rhodes hit his patented Cross Rhodes maneuver on Primo. Before Rhodes could get the pin, Jack Swagger tagged himself in and stole the pinfall from Rhodes! Though they kept their spots on Team RAW, the group was still unstable to say the least. After the match, the argument between the teammates picked up again, which led to Jack Swagger attacking Cody Rhodes and throwing his partner out of the ring! This was followed by Big Show shoving Kofi Kingston into Mark Henry and to the mat! Mark Henry then throws Jack Swagger out of the ring and Big Show levels Henry with a spear! Can Team RAW get it together before this Sunday or will the dysfunctional team fall to Team SmackDown?
Speaking of dyfunctional teams, WWE Champion Randy Orton confronted his protégé, and the man who pinned him last week, Ted DiBiase just moments before their one-on-one match. Orton told DiBiase that the Legacy member "betrayed" him last week and then "The Viper" orders DiBiase to not fight back in their match! Orton informed DiBiase that the third-generation Superstar needs to show respect to Orton to avoid being kicked out of Legacy! Orton then threatened DiBiase by telling him that, if DiBiase does fight back, he will "regret" it for the rest of his life! The WWE Champion then told DiBiase that the choice is his. What would DiBiase decide? Will he put his pride aside to remain a part of Legacy?
The time was at hand for WWE Champion Randy Orton to face Ted DiBiase. The match consisted of "The Viper" methodically attacking DiBiase, as well as taunting his protégé. Though the anger of Ted DiBiase reached a boiling point, DiBiase only lashed out once at Orton with a shove to the WWE Champion. Orton then got up and looked straight in the face of Ted DiBiase before hitting DiBiase with the RKO and picking up the win! Has DiBiase kept his spot in Legacy or does Orton have more in store for the young Superstar?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated one-on-one match between John Cena and Triple H in, what could be, John Cena’s final night on RAW. In a match that headlined WrestleMania 22 a few years ago, Cena and "The Game" battled like it was WrestleMania as both men gave it their all in the contest, including Cena kicking out of the Pedigree and Triple H kicking out of the Attitude Adjustment! After a grueling and hotly contested match, it was "The Game" who hit the Pedigree and finally pinned Cena! After the match, Triple H shook the hand of Cena, followed by an emotional Cena exiting the RAW ring; possibly for the last time. Was this truly Cena’s final RAW appearance or will Cena finally put his rivarly with Randy Orton to rest this Sunday in the Anything Goes 1-Hour Iron Man Match and reclaim the WWE Title?
Six nights before he meets his former tag team partner, John Morrison, at Bragging Rights, United States Champion The Miz was in action. However, before the match could begin, Snoop Dogg appeared and informed Miz that he has made a change to Miz’s scheduled match! Snoop then credited the accomplishments of former Rocker, Marty Jannetty, before introducing Janetty himself to face The Miz! Faced with what he has said he would not become, The Miz had some trouble with the former Intercontinental and tag team champion, but was able to hit the Skull Crushing Finale to defeat Marty Jannetty! Will John Morrison suffer the same fate this Sunday or will The Miz be the "Jannetty" of the Miz & Morrison team?
It was announced on RAW that the Divas of RAW and SmackDown would also be competing for "bragging rights" this Sunday as Divas Champion Melina teams with Gail Kim & Kelly Kelly to represent RAW against the SmackDown team of Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix, & Natalya! Which trio of Divas will represent their brand proudly in this interpromotional 6-Diva Tag Match at Bragging Rights?
In her required rematch from last week, Jillian was accompanied by Chavo Guerrero as she challenged the new Divas Champion, Melina, for the title. Chavo did all he could to assist Jillian, but Hornswoggle appeared and pulled Chavo off of the apron, which allowed Melina to pin Jillian to make her first title defense a successful one!
After the match, Chavo managed to get ahold of Hornswoggle, but Guest Host Snoop Dogg came to the ring to back Hornswoggle up! With some help from Hornswoggle, Snoop actually delivered a clothesline to Chavo, followed by a spear! Snoop, Hornswoggle, and the Divas then celebrated in the ring; Snoop-style.
It was announced on RAW that NASCAR’s Kyle Busch & Joey Logano will co-host next week’s RAW! What will the racecar drivers have in store for RAW just one night after Bragging Rights?
Then it was time for the main event as RAW co-captain took on SmackDown co-captain as Shawn Michaels faced Chris Jericho. However, after HBK entered the ring, Jericho got a microphone and stated that he could knock Michaels out right then, but he is not going to. The Unified Tag Team Champion then proclaimed that his leadership is what makes Team SmackDown better and that SmackDown’s dominance over RAW starts tonight! With those words, Cryme Tyme made their way through their crowd and into the ring, followed by Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Eric Escobar, & Drew McIntyre! Shawn Michaels backed out of the ring, but was quickly backed up by Triple H, who stood by the side of HBK, followed by Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, & Mark Henry! All seven members of Team RAW then entered the ring and went face-to-face with the invaders, Team SmackDown. Triple H then tells Jericho that Team RAW does not like Jericho, does not like Team SmackDown, and does not like SmackDown as a whole. "The Game" then stated that Team SmackDown might have "walked" into RAW territory, but they were about to be "thrown off" RAW territory! With the screeching, but familiar tone of the words "excuse me", Vickie Guerrero came out and revealed that she is the "official consultant" of Team SmackDown! The official consultant then ordered Team SmackDown to leave the ring! Triple H told Team SmackDown that they should listen to their "boss", but that Team SmackDown was already in "trouble" because Team RAW does not work for Vickie! With that, an interpromotional brawl broke out between RAW and SmackDown that spread in and out of the ring! The battle lines have been drawn between RAW and SmackDown. Which brand will prove to be the best come Bragging Rights this Sunday?
The 176th edition of ECW on Syfy came to you from the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina in the state capital of Columbia. The debate for #1 Contendership for the ECW Title would continue on ECW as reigning champion, Christian, readily awaits his next challenger.
Good Week For: Yoshi Tatsu (became the #1 Contender by defeating Zack Ryder)
Bad Week For: Chris Jericho (was put in his place by Tiffany and defeated by Christian)
And In Other News…
Finally putting the debate to rest, the opening match of the night was determine who the #1 Contender for the ECW Championship would be as Yoshi Tatsu went one-on-one with Zack Ryder. "The Burning Hammer" Yoshi Tatsu was able to use his lightning-quick, unique offense to put Ryder away and become the new #1 Contender for the ECW Title! Later in the show, it was announced that Yoshi Tatsu will get his shot at the ECW Championship as he challenges Christian for the title on next week’s ECW! Will the young Superstar prevail and become the ECW Champion or will "Captain Charisma" use his experience to retain his title?
Backstage, Chris Jericho meets up with ECW General Manager Tiffany in the GM’s office and reveals that he is there to "scout" the ECW roster for potential members of Team SmackDown! Tiffany denied the co-captain’s request and told Jericho that he could "watch" the show, but nothing else!
Despite the orders of the General Manager, Chris Jericho confronted William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, & Vladimir Kozlov and expressed his interest in Regal’s large cohorts for Team SmackDown, stating that "Big Zeke" & Kozlov would be a welcome replacement for Cryme Tyme on Team SmackDown! Tiffany then steps in and tells Jericho that he is no longer "welcome" on ECW! Jericho responds by telling the GM that he is one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions, meaning he can appear on any brand he pleases. Realizing that she would not be able to keep the stubborn Jericho from ECW, Tiffany put Jericho in a one-on-one match with ECW Champion Christian in the main event! Who will come out victorious when these two familiar foes face off?
"The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus was in action against J.T. "Puma" Quinn. Sheamus easily dominated the match, but repeatedly refused to pin the "Puma". However, Shelton Benjamin rushed to the ring and assaulted Sheamus in and out of the ring before Sheamus was finally able to escape "The Gold Standard"! With his shoulder healed, Benjamin is ready to continue his rivalry with Sheamus. When will we see these two Superstars face off again?
Paul Burchill, and his sister Katie Lea Burchill, made an appearance on ECW as Paul touted his win over The Hurricane last week. "The Ripper" referred The Hurricane as a "fraud", while he has "good family values". Burchill then stated that his victory last week was not only for him, but for "sanity and honesty". Burchill then proclaimed that his win last week has "exposed and eliminated" the "fraud" of The Hurricane. "The Ripper" then demanded that The Hurricane come to the ring and unmask in front of everyone and admit that Paul is the "better man". Hurricane came out and stood before Paul, who demanded that The Hurricane hand him the mask. Surprisingly, Hurricane easily handed the mask over, but when Burchill thought he had "exposed" The Hurricane, the man rose his head to reveal that he was neither Gregory Helms or the real Hurricane! Quickly realizing what was taking place, "The Ripper" sent the foe Hurricane out of the ring and anticipated the arrival of the authentic Hurricane. The Hurricane rushed into the ring and attacked Burchill with a "hurri-cane", which sent "The Ripper" away from the ring! Burchill expected that things were over between himself and The Hurricane, but it looks like the rivalry between these two is alive and well. What can we expect from these two next?
Then it was time for the main event as ECW Champion Christian went one-on-one with one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions and the co-captain of Team SmackDown, Chris Jericho, in a non-title bout. The former partners and rivals fought each other in a classic confrontation, but in the end, it was the ECW Champion who used the Killswitch to pick up the win over Jericho! With this win, Christian picks up some major momentum heading into next week’s title defense against the new #1 Contender, Yoshi Tatsu. Will Christian’s reign atop ECW continue or will Yoshi Tatsu upset Christian and claim the ECW Championship?
Three days before WWE Bragging Rights, the 28th edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL and from the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. The North Carolinian team of R-Truth & Matt Hardy would be looking for revenge as they teamed up to face the men that defeated them in Bragging Rights Qualifying Matches last week- Drew McIntyre & Eric Escobar. Jacksonville’s own, Kelly Kelly, would be in action as she squared off with one of her partners for this Sunday’s RAW Vs. SmackDown 6-Diva Tag- Gail Kim. The veterans Goldust & Tommy Dreamer would look to end the reign of destruction of Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov as the two teams squared off.
Good Week For: Drew McIntyre & Eric Escobar (was able to pick up some momentum for Team SmackDown)
Bad Week For: Matt Hardy (once again lost a match thanks to Vickie Guerrero)
And In Other News…
Next up was a tag team match from ECW as "The Bizarre Lonestar" Goldust & "The ECW Original" Tommy Dreamer were able to defeat the seemingly unstoppable duo of Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov! However, the large team was only down momentarily as "Big Zeke" & Kozlov recovered and attacked Goldust & Dreamer with Vladimir Kozlov laying both men out with the Iron Curtain! Goldust & Tommy Dreamer were able to defeat William Regal’s large cohorts, but were the ones left laying after it was all said and done.
SmackDown was represented in the main event as two of the seven members of Team SmackDown were in action as Drew McIntyre & Eric Escobar went up against the men they beat to earn those spots- R-Truth & Matt Hardy. Just like last week on SmackDown, Eric Escobar was able to use his girlfriend, Vickie Guerrero, to his advantage to allow Drew McIntyre to score the pin on Matt Hardy and win the match for his team. What role will Vickie Guerrero play in the 7-on-7 RAW Vs. SmackDown Tag Match this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Two days before WWE Bragging Rights, the 531st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, SC. Granted his rematch by WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, CM Punk would challenge The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Title in a Submission Match with General Manager Theodore Long at ringside and with Scott Armstrong as the referee; the same elements that led to the controversial title match at last month’s Breaking Point.
Good Week For: The Undertaker (forced CM Punk to tap out to retain the World Heavyweight Title)
Bad Week For: Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Cryme Tyme, & Eric Escobar (lost their spots on Team SmackDown)
And In Other News…
One man short on the count of Cryme Tyme’s Shad being unable to compete, the four-man team of Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Eric Escobar, and the other half of Cryme Tyme, JTG, went against the five-man team of Matt Hardy, R-Truth, Finlay, & The Hart Dynasty! The numbers game would eventually catch up to the four-man team and it resulted in Finlay hitting JTG with the shillelagh that led to Matt Hardy hitting the Twist of Fate and pinning JTG! In a complete upheaval of Team SmackDown, co-captains Chris Jericho & Kane will now be leading the team of Matt Hardy, R-Truth, Finlay, & The Hart Dynasty against Team RAW this Sunday at Bragging Rights! How will Team RAW prepare for this last minute change to Team SmackDown? Is this new Team SmackDown more capable of victory over Team RAW?
Backstage, CM Punk is with General Manager Theodore Long and referee Scott Armstrong, who both voice their worry and disapproval of being part of the Breaking Point rematch taking place in the main event. A proud member of the Armstrong family, Scott Armstrong told Punk that having a "good name" is important to him and that it may cost him his job, but he will not do Punk’s "dirty work". However, as Armstrong tries to leave, he is stopped by WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon who tells the veteran referee that they "need to talk".
Two days before he faces his former friend and tag team partner, The Miz, at Bragging Rights, Intercontinental Champion John Morrison was in action on SmackDown, picking up a big non-title win over Mike Knox! How will Morrison fare this Sunday night when he goes one-on-one with The Miz?
Before they lead a new Team SmackDown into the Bragging Rights Tag Match against Team RAW this Sunday, co-captains Chris Jericho & Kane were out to send a message to, not only Team RAW, but their own team as they squared off with two of the three challengers in the Fatal 4-Way for the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday- Batista & Rey Mysterio! The chaotic tag team match came to an end after Rey Mysterio took the "bullet" for his friend Batista by suffering a chokeslam by Kane. Though Rey paid the price, Mysterio distracted Kane long enough for Batista to hit a Spear on "The Big Red Machine" and pick up the win! Batista & Mysterio are still friends, but what will happen this Sunday when it’s every man for himself in the Fatal 4-Way for the World Heavyweight Championship?
Backstage, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon is with Theodore Long, Scott Armstrong, and an ecstatic CM Punk as "The Boss" talks to a troubled Scott Armstrong about Scott’s legendary father, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong being a possible Hall of Fame inductee the night before WrestleMania XXVI! Mr. McMahon then asked everyone if they were excited, which Scott Armstrong replied to by stating that he was "ready".
In her debut match as a SmackDown Diva, former Women’s & Divas Champion Mickie James picked up an impressive victory over Layla. When will Mickie get her shot at Michelle McCool and the Women’s Title? What will Beth Phoenix have to say about it?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated main event as it was a Breaking Point Rematch as The Undertaker defended the World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk in a Submission Match with Scott Armstrong as the referee and General Manager Theodore Long at ringside. In the middle of the contest, CM Punk ordered Theodore Long to hand him a steel chair, which Long slowly and relunctantly retrieved. However, Long wanted to keep his hands "clean" and decided to hand the chair to referee Scott Armstrong! Punk then snatched the chair out of the hands of the referee and went after Undertaker with it, but "The Deadman" countered with a big boot that sent the chair into the face of CM Punk! Believing that Scott Armstrong handed the chair to Punk, Undertaker delivered a thunderous chokeslam to the referee! The Undertaker then turned his attention to Theodore Long, as he glared at the GM. However, this allowed CM Punk to recover and blast Undertaker with a series of chair shots! With Undertaker out of it, CM Punk locked in the Anaconda Vice on the World Heavyweight Champion. However, the assigned referee, Scott Armstrong, had been laid out by Undertaker and was unable to ring the bell! Finally, a second referee made it to the ring, but Undertaker was able to counter the Anaconda Vice into the deadly Hell’s Gate, which forced CM Punk to tap out! Despite all the "players" being the same, The Undertaker was able to foil the plot of CM Punk and force Punk to submit to retain the World Heavyweight Title! How will "The Phenom" fare this Sunday at Bragging Rights when he defends the title against three former World Heavyweight Champions; Batista, Rey Mysterio, & CM Punk in a Fatal 4-Way? Will the legendary Undertaker be able to retain the gold or will a new champion be crowned this Sunday?
Superstar of the Week: World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker
The battle lines have been drawn and the two teams have been assembled as RAW and SmackDown go head-to-head in a battle of brand supremacy. The legendary D-Generation X will lead Team RAW into the "war zone" this Sunday with one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions, "The World’s Largest Athlete" Big Show, the second-generation Superstar Cody Rhodes, "The All-American American" Jack Swagger, former United States Champion Kofi Kingston, & "The World’s Strongest Man" Mark Henry filling out the seven-man team. However, Team RAW will have their hands full as they face Team SmackDown, led by the other half of the Unified Tag Team Champions, Chris Jericho, and "The Big Red Machine" Kane. They will be joined by Matt Hardy, R-Truth, Finlay, & The Hart Dynasty. As red and blue collide, who will emerge as the #1 brand in the WWE and ultimately earn their "bragging rights"?
Finally, after two years of battling over the WWE Championship, the rivalry between Randy Orton & John Cena will come to an end this Sunday at Bragging Rights when these two intense rivals clash in an Anything Goes 1-Hour WWE Iron Man Match. It will be all or nothing for John Cena as the former WWE Champion not only fights for the right to be WWE Champion, but he will fight to remain a part of Monday Night RAW! It was agreed on by both men that, if John Cena loses this Sunday, he will leave RAW forever. In one of the rarest matches in the WWE, these two long-time rivals will go to war for one solid hour with no disqualifications and no count-outs. Whoever gets the most pinfalls and/or submissions within the 60 minutes will walk out of Bragging Rights as the WWE Champion. Will Randy Orton retain the WWE Title and finally get John Cena out of his life by forcing him off of RAW or will Cena regain the gold and show that he has what it takes to go the distance for the WWE Championship?
At WWE Hell in a Cell, The Undertaker claimed the World Heavyweight Title from CM Punk inside the demonic Hell in a Cell. At Bragging Rights, Undertaker will have to endure the challenge of three men as CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, & Batista challenge "The Deadman" for the World Heavyweight Championship. Can even The Undertaker survive the odds he is faced with this Sunday or will one of these former World Heavyweight Champions reclaim the gold?
The Miz & John Morrison were deemed the 2008 Tag Team of the Year and rightfully so as the duo dominated the tag team division throughout 2008. What a difference a year makes as, at Bragging Rights, these two former tag team champions will go head-to-head in a RAW Vs. SmackDown showdown as the United States Champion The Miz squares off with the Intercontinental Champion John Morrison. Defeat for either man does not come easily. Which braggadocios champion will clench the "bragging rights" this Sunday?
The Divas of RAW and SmackDown will also go head-to-head in a 6-Diva Tag as RAW is represented by Divas Champion Melina, former Women’s Champion Gail Kim, & Kelly Kelly against the SmackDown team of Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, former Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix, & Natalya. Which trio of Divas will earn the "bragging rights" for the Divas division of their brand?
Name: Ted DiBiase
Born On: November 8, 1982 in Clinton, MS
Resides: Tampa, FL
Billed From: West Palm Beach, FL
Wrestler Since: July 8, 2006
Trained By: Chris Youngblood & Harley Race’s Wrestling Academy
Two Time World Tag Team Champion (w/ Cody Rhodes)
Son of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
Grandson of "Iron" Mike DiBiase