October 17, 2010- October 23, 2010
Welcome to the one-hundred twenty-ninth edition of the WWE Week in Review. Feel free to contact me on TWO or Wrestling 101 anytime with comments, questions, and anything in between. You can also find me on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheCiSH and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Straightedge_IL. Make sure to check out the section at the end of the article highlighting a different WWE Superstar, Diva, or Alumni every week. I have also added a section that lists where WWE will be hosting their weekly television shows and monthly pay-per-views.
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WWE Week In Preview
Monday Night RAW
If Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty Win, They Will Join The Nexus:
John Cena & WWE Champion Randy Orton Vs. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty
Bobb’e J. Thompson From Knucklehead To Appear As RAW Guest Star
Final Build To WWE Bragging Rights
Week #7 of NXT Season Three
The Nexus To Make Their WWE Superstars Debut
Darren Young Vs. William Regal
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Champion Vs. Champion:
WWE Champion Randy Orton Vs. World Heavyweight Champion Kane
Final Build To WWE Bragging Rights
Six nights before WWE Bragging Rights, the 908th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Pengrowth Saddledome in the historic wrestling city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After interfering in John Cena’s match against Wade Barrett at WWE Hell in a Cell and, by doing so, becoming directly responsible for Cena being forced to join The Nexus, former NXT Season Two Rookies Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty would get their opportunity to become a part of the brutal and seemingly unstoppable Nexus as Harris & McGillicutty would face the reluctant Nexus member John Cena and WWE Champion Randy Orton, just six nights before Orton defends the WWE Title against Nexus leader Wade Barrett, with John Cena in Barrett’s corner, and if Harris & McGillicutty win, they will become the newest Nexus members! Also, four days before Knucklehead, the new movie starring Big Show, opens in theaters, one of Big Show’s co-stars would appear as young actor Bobb’e J. Thompson would make an appearance as the Guest Star of RAW!
Monday Night RAW (October 18, 2010)
Good Week For: SmackDown (Team SmackDown and several SmackDown Superstars invaded RAW and won an interpromotional Battle Royal)
Bad Week For: RAW (failed to get the better of the invading SmackDown Superstars)
Six nights before Team SmackDown faces Team RAW in the 7-on-7 Bragging Rights Tag Match, the show kicks off with a shocking site as the General Manager of SmackDown Theodore Long kicks RAW off! Long states that he is there because he “can” be before vowing that he is going to “take over” RAW! The SmackDown General Manager is then interrupted with an email from the anonymous General Manager of RAW, which tells Theodore Long to get out of the RAW ring and Long responds by bringing out the Bragging Rights trophy that SmackDown won last year! The anonymous GM then chimes in with another email that tells Long to get out of the RAW ring “or else”! The SmackDown GM then makes his way to ringside where Long gets in a shouting match with commentator Michael Cole, the individual that reads the anonymous GM’s emails, but when the anonymous GM chimes in with an email, Theodore Long gets on the GM’s podium and announces that the anonymous RAW GM has been “disconnected” for the time being before closing the GM’s laptop! In an apparent takeover by the SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long introduces his Team SmackDown as Team Captain Big Show, Edge, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Tyler Reks, & Rey Mysterio come out and stand in the ring! With Team SmackDown standing in the ring, the Team Captain of RAW, The Miz, comes out, with his personally signed “apprentice” Alex Riley by his side and says Team SmackDown looks like “Smurf Village grew up next to a nuclear power plant”! The Miz then reminds Team SmackDown that he is Team Captain of RAW and the Bragging Rights will be coming to the “A show”! The Miz then introduces Team RAW as CM Punk, John Morrison, Santino Marella, Sheamus, and making his shocking return to RAW, Ezekiel Jackson! The seven RAW Superstars then come to the ring, prompting an interpromotional brawl to break out in and out of the ring with Team SmackDown taking over the ring with Team RAW deciding to make their leave! The captain of Team SmackDown, Big Show, then tells The Miz that, if he wants Team SmackDown to leave “willingly” then Miz will agree to face him on RAW in a Captain Vs. Captain Match and, after some assurance from his Team RAW teammates, The Miz agtees to the match! When former tag team partners face off in this interpromotional battle, will the Captain of Team RAW, The Miz, be able to overcome the size and power of the Captain of Team SmackDown, Big Show, just six nights before both teams go to war at Bragging Rights?
The opening match of the night would feature Calgary’s own The Hart Dynasty would face the WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes in a non-title match! During the match, it would look like The Hart Dynasty were setting up for their signature double team maneuver, The Hart Attack, but David Hart Smith would instead lock in the Sharpshooter on Drew McIntyre, but Smith would release the hold and would argue with Tyson Kidd, which would allow Drew McIntyre to take advantage and plant Smith with the Future Shock DDT en route to picking up the win! The Hart Dynasty appears to be closer and closer to a complete meltdown in every match they have together, but can Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith keep their team together or will The Hart Dynasty cease to exist?
Backstage, WWE Champion Randy Orton confronts his tag team partner in the main event, John Cena, and tells Cena that he know that Cena would have “no problem” helping Nexus leader Wade Barrett win the WWE Title at Bragging Rights, but if Cena gets in his “way”, he will have “no problem” punting Cena in the skull! Cena replies by saying that if Orton tries to kick him, he will break Orton’s leg! Can these two Superstars with such a storied history co-exist in the main event?
After proposing to his NXT Rookie Diva Aksana on NXT last week, “The Bizarre One” Goldust, with his fiancé, Aksana, in his corner, would go one-on-one with “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder! The veteran Goldust would make quick work of Zack Ryder as Goldust would hit the Final Cut en route to picking up the win! After the match, Ted DiBiase & Maryse would rush to the ring to try and get the Million Dollar Title that Goldust took from DiBiase and Maryse would give chase to Aksana, who was holding the title, but this would distract DiBiase long enough for Goldust to lay DiBiase out with the Final Cut!
It was announced during RAW that, on this Friday’s SmackDown, it will be Champion Vs. Champion as, two nights before he defends the WWE Title against Wade Barrett at Bragging Rights, WWE Champion Randy Orton would invade SmackDown to go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Kane just two nights before Kane defends the World Heavyweight Title against his brother, The Undertaker, in a Buried Alive Match! When the two top Superstars on RAW and SmackDown clash two nights before Bragging Rights, which champion will emerge victorious?
Backstage, John Cena confronts Wade Barrett & The Nexus as Barrett tells Cena to give it his all against Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty in the main event as it is his opportunity to be the John Cena that the fans are accustomed to! Wade Barrett then orders John Cena to get him a glass of water and, when Cena returns with the water, Barrett throws it in the face of Cena, much to the enjoyment of Barrett and The Nexus! How much more humiliation can John Cena take at the hands of Wade Barrett?
Then it was time for the reluctant Nexus member John Cena to team with WWE Champion Randy Orton to face third-generation NXT Season Two Rookies Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty in a match where, is Husky & McGillicutty win, they will become the newest members of The Nexus with Wade Barrett and the rest of The Nexus watching from the stage! In the end, it was John Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Husky Harris and Randy Orton hitting the RKO on Michael McGillicutty that would allow Orton to pin McGillicutty to pick up the win! After the match, John Cena goes to shake hands with Randy Orton, but Nexus leader Wade Barrett interrupts and orders Cena to stand by the announce table or be fired and, after being forced to obey Barrett or be fired, Wade Barrett & The Nexus would surround the ring and, as Cena is given no choice but to helplessly watch, The Nexus would assault and dismantle Randy Orton in signature Nexus fashion with each member hitting their finishing move on the WWE Champion! After the assault, Wade Barrett would order John Cena to come back into the ring before ordering Cena to pick the already assaulted Randy Orton up and deliver the Attitude Adjustment to the WWE Champion, which Cena would reluctantly begin to do, but Barrett would change his mind and want the “spotlight” for himself, so, on Barrett’s orders, Cena would hand Orton over to Barrett so the Nexus leader could hit the Wasteland on Orton! What is the status of Randy Orton following this attack? When Wade Barrett has John Cena in his corner when he faces Randy Orton for the WWE Title at Bragging Rights this Sunday, what will Barrett order Cena to do to ensure Barrett becomes the WWE Champion?
The Official Consultant of SmackDown Vickie Guerrero would then make an appearance on RAW and stated that she is taking “credit” for Team SmackDown before introducing her boyfriend, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler! Ziggler calls Vickie the “most beautiful, intelligent, and talented woman walking the face of this earth” and that she is “with” him before calling Vickie his “little ray of sunshine”! Ziggler is then interrupted by United States Champion Daniel Bryan, who says that even he could do “better” than Vickie before saying that he does not have “move star good looks” or “peroxide infested hair”, but he does have the “ability to capitalize on any opportunity on that ring” and he can make Ziggler “tap out”! Bryan then challenges Ziggler to a Champion Vs. Champion match at Bragging Rights, which Ziggler accepts before slapping Bryan across the face! Bryan would then try and attack Ziggler, but Dolph would hide behind Vickie, but when Dolph starts to exit the ring, Bryan would tackle Dolph out of the ring and, after preventing Dolph from escaping through the crowd, Bryan would lock Dolph in the LeBell Lock on the arena floor, forcing the Intercontinental Champion to tap out! While Bryan was forcing Dolph to tap out on the outside of the ring, Eve Torres, Melina, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, & The Bella Twins come out and throw confetti on Vickie, scaring Vickie out of the ring! Daniel Bryan would then come back in the ring as the United States Champion would dance with the group of Divas! Can Daniel Bryan force Dolph Ziggler to tap out when it counts this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Six nights before she challenges either Layla or Michelle McCool for the Unified Divas Title at Bragging Rights, Calgary’s own Natalya would go one-on-one with former Divas Champion Alicia Fox! In the end, it was Natalya locking in the legendary Sharpshooter, forcing Alicia Fox to tap out to win the match! After the match, the self-proclaimed “co-Unified Divas Champions” Layla & Michelle McCool and, after insulting Natalya and Canada, Layla would come in and hold the legs of Natalya, allowing Michelle McCool to deliver a kick to the face of Natalya! McCool would then try and lock the Sharpshooter in on Natalya, but Natalya would counter, leading to LayCool ultimately retreating! Can Natalya overcome LayCool to become the new Unified Divas Champion this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Backstage, interviewer Josh Mathews asks SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long is Long thinks it is “brazen” for Long to invade RAW with Team SmackDown and Long responds by calling Mathews’ question “stupid” before telling the “mascot” of Team SmackDown, Hornswoggle, to help with another “surprise” of his as Hornswoggle, which leads to Hornswoggle leading, not only the seven members of Team SmackDown, but what appears to be a good portion of the SmackDown Roster, including Kaval, Curt Hawkins, Vance Archer, Chris Masters, JTG, Chavo Guerrero, Luke Gallows, & The Dude Busters! What “surprise” does SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long have in store for RAW?
Then it was time for the main event as the Team Captain of RAW and the Team Captain of SmackDown would clash in a Captain Vs. Captain Match as RAW Team Captain The Miz, with Team RAW and various members of the RAW Roster at ringside would go one-on-one with SmackDown Team Captain Big Show, with Team SmackDown and various members of the SmackDown Roster at ringside! Early on in the match, The Miz gets knocked to the outside and Big Show would follow, proceeding to attack a couple of RAW Superstars as well, prompting SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to come out and announce a RAW Vs. SmackDown Battle Royal!
In a match made by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, the RAW and SmackDown Rosters would clash six nights before Bragging Rights as the two brands would clash in a RAW Vs. SmackDown Team Battle Royal! Almost as soon as the bell rang, both Jey & Jimmy Uso from RAW and JTG from SmackDown would be eliminated, followed by RAW’s Alex Riley and, later on, SmackDown’s MVP would be eliminated! SmackDown’s Chris Masters would be eliminated followed by Mark Henry eliminating Team SmackDown member Tyler Reks! SmackDown Superstars Big Show, Luke Gallows, & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes would then team together to eliminate RAW’s Mark Henry! SmackDown’s Chavo Guerrero would then be eliminated, followed closely by RAW’s William Regal being eliminated! SmackDown’s WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes would then eliminate RAW’s Vladimir Kozlov and the tag champions would follow that up by eliminating Team RAW member Santino Marella! Team RAW member Sheamus would then eliminate SmackDown’s Luke Gallows followed by Team RAW member John Morrison and Team SmackDown member Alberto Del Rio eliminating each other from the Battle Royal! Then, with Team RAW member CM Punk and RAW Superstar Ted DiBiase would eliminate Team SmackDown member Jack Swagger followed by Team SmackDown member Edge coming from behind to eliminate both CM Punk and Ted DiBiase, but believing that Edge assisted in his elimination, Jack Swagger would drag Edge out of the ring, under the bottom rope, locking in the ankle lock on Edge on the outside of the ring before referees are finally able to send Swagger to the back! The newest, and biggest, addition to Team RAW would then make a trio of impressive eliminations as Ezekiel Jackson would manage to eliminate Team SmackDown member Rey Mysterio and both WWE Tag Team Champions, Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes! The Team Captain of SmackDown, Big Show, would then find himself in a two-on-one situation as, after managing to eliminate RAW’s United States Champion Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Ezekiel Jackson would beat down Big Show, but Big Show would manage to eliminate Ezekiel Jackson! The Miz would then re-enter the ring after spending some time on the outside and would try and help Sheamus eliminate Big Show and the two of them were set to knock Big Show off of the ring apron to eliminate the SmackDown Team Captain when Edge, after spending some time on the outside following the ankle lock by Jack Swagger earlier in the match, would rush in the ring and deliver the Spear to Sheamus, which would allow Big Show to eliminate RAW Team Captain The Miz, followed by Edge eliminating Sheamus to earn SmackDown the win with Big Show and Edge surviving! Will this be the same result come this Sunday at Bragging Rights when Team RAW faces Team SmackDown in the 7-on-7 Bragging Rights Elimination Tag Match?
Backstage, John Cena is in the locker room with Wade Barrett & The Nexus as Wade Barrett orders Cena to “practice” Barrett’s win over Randy Orton at Bragging Rights by raising Barrett’s hand as a “token of victory” and, left with no other choice, Cena does so, much to the enjoyment of Barrett and The Nexus! Will John Cena be raising the hand of the new WWE Champion this Sunday at Bragging Rights or will Randy Orton find a way to retain the prestigious gold?
The seventh week of WWE NXT Season Three came to you from the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Two weeks before the second NXT elimination of Season Three takes place, A.J., Naomi, Aksana, Maxine, & Kaitlyn would be looking to impress the WWE Pros and the WWE fans into keeping them in the competition!
WWE NXT (October 19, 2010)
Good Week For: Naomi (won both of the NXT challenges on the show)
Bad Week For: Kaitlyn (lost the opening match to Maxine following a collision with her WWE Pro, Vickie Guerrero)
The show kicks off with NXT Host Matt Striker, who introduces the five NXT Rookie Divas as A.J., Naomi, Aksana, Maxine, & Kaitlyn take their spots, but SmackDown Consultant and WWE Pro Vickie Guerrero interrupts to question the wrestling attire of her NXT Rookie Diva, Kaitlyn, before presenting her “gift” of a hooded sweatshirt to her Rookie Diva! After initially refusing to change her look to appease her WWE Pro, Kaitlyn would reluctantly wear the “gift” and, after a confrontation between Vickie and fellow WWE Pro Alicia Fox, the two Pros pitted their two Rookie Divas against each other as Kaitlyn would go one-on-one with Maxine in the opening match! In the end, it was the two Rookie Divas inadvertently knocking Vickie Guerrero off of the ring apron that would allow Maxine to get a sunset flip roll-up on Kaitlyn to pick up the win!
Then it was time for the first NXT Rookie Diva challenge of the night as the five Rookie Divas would compete in a “Who’s That Body?” contest where the Rookie Divas would take their guess at a series of photos of various WWE Superstars and Divas bodies! At the end of the challenge, it was Naomi winning the first NXT challenge of the night!
Then it was time for the second NXT challenge of the night as the five Rookie Divas would compete in a Limbo Contest! At the end of the flexible contest, it was Naomi showing how low she can go to win her second straight NXT competition and her third NXT challenge win overall!
Then it was time for the tag team main event as, after winning both NXT challenges of the night, NXT Rookie Diva Naomi would team with her WWE Pro, Kelly Kelly, to face WWE Pros The Bella Twins! In the end, it was The Bella Twins pulling their signature switch, allowing Nikki Bella to pin Naomi for the win! What else awaits the five NXT Rookie Divas with the second NXT elimination coming up in two weeks?
The 79th edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and from the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Three nights before Wade Barrett, with his newest recruit, John Cena, in his corner, challenges Randy Orton for the WWE Title at Bragging Rights, Wade Barrett & The Nexus would make their WWE Superstars debut as Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, & Justin Gabriel would invade Superstars! In a rematch from two weeks ago on WWE Superstars, Darren Young would go one-on-one with the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal!
WWE Superstars (October 21, 2010)
Good Week For: Santino Marella (with Vladimir Kozlov, picked up a tag team win over Jey & Jimmy Uso three nights before he is a part of Team RAW)
Bad Week For: Darren Young (lost to William Regal for the second time)
WWE Superstars kicks off with tag team action as, three nights before he is one of seven members of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Elimination Tag Match, Santino Marella and his tag team partner, Vladimir Kozlov would face Jey & Jimmy Uso! In the end, it was miscommunication between Jey & Jimmy Uso that would allow Santino Marella to hit the Cobra Strike on Jey Uso en route to picking up the win! With their being question regarding Santino Marella being the “weak link” of Team RAW, how will Santino fare this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Then it was time for a rematch from two weeks ago on WWE Superstars as former Nexus member Darren Young would go one-on-one with the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal! In the end, it was the same result as two weeks ago as, despite an impressive effort by Darren Young, it was William Regal blasting Young in the skull with a vicious knee en route to picking up the win!
Then it was time for The Nexus to make their debut appearance on WWE Superstars as Wade Barrett, Darren Young, Heath Slater, & Justin Gabriel appear just three nights before Wade Barrett, with John Cena in his corner, challenges Randy Orton for the WWE Title at Bragging Rights! Wade Barrett states that he will become fortieth WWE Champion in history at Bragging Rights before reminding everyone that, if John Cena does not follow his orders at Bragging Rights, then Cena will be fired! Barrett then proclaims that The Nexus is the most “dominant” group in the WWE and, after Bragging Rights, he will be the most “dominant” WWE Champion! Will Wade Barrett indeed be the new WWE Champion after Bragging Rights? What will be John Cena’s role in the title match this Sunday night?
Then it was time for the main event as the WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes would face the team of “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP and “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters in a non-title match! In the end, it was “Dashing” Cody Rhodes hitting the Cross Rhodes on MVP en route to picking up the win!
Two nights before RAW and SmackDown clash at WWE Bragging Rights, the 583rd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Two nights before he defends the WWE Title against Nexus leader Wade Barrett, with John Cena in Barrett’s corner, at Bragging Rights, WWE Champion Randy Orton would invade SmackDown to go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Kane, just two nights before Kane defends the gold against his brother, The Undertaker, in a Buried Alive Match!
Friday Night SmackDown (October 22, 2010)
Good Week For: Team SmackDown (once again got the better of Team RAW)
Bad Week For: Kane (lost to Randy Orton in the main event and was dragged to the underground by The Undertaker)
Two nights before the 7-on-7 RAW Vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Elimination Tag Match, the show kicks off with the seven members of Team SmackDown; Team Captain Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, Edge, Tyler Reks, & Kofi Kingston in the ring and face-to-face with their opposition at Bragging Rights, Team RAW; Team Captain The Miz, with his personally signed “apprentice” Alex Riley, John Morrison, Sheamus, Santino Marella, CM Punk, & Ezekiel Jackson! SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then announces that he is letting the Superstars of the two teams choose the matches! RAW Team Captain The Miz speaks first as Miz says that Theodore Long should “thank” him for him and Team RAW appearing on the “B Show”! Miz continues that he has already proven his “superiority” over SmackDown Team Captain Big Show, so he is going to “spread the wealth” before announcing that he will team with Ezekiel Jackson and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus in a 6-Man Tag! SmackDown Team Captain Big Show then states that The Miz is “hiding” behind the “powerhouses” just like Miz did when they was a tag team before Big Show reveals that he is going to fight the power of Ezekiel and Sheamus of Team RAW with speed by teaming with Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio! After the two Team Captains completed their interpromotional match for the evening, Team SmackDown member Edge states that he wants a one-on-one match with a member of Team RAW; a Superstar who Edge describes as the “most obnoxious, self-righteous, condescending, sanctimonious Superstar on either brand” in CM Punk! Team RAW member John Morrison then steps up and makes a challenge to someone who thinks he is “too good” to be in the WWE and someone who has a “hard time speaking the English language” in Alberto Del Rio! Team SmackDown member Jack Swagger then makes a challenge to the “one RAW Superstar whose finishing move is even worse than the Sharpshooter” and the “only WWE Superstar in history with a unibrow” as Swagger lays down the challenge to go one-on-one with the master of the Cobra Strike, Santino Marella! After SmackDown took over RAW on Monday night, can RAW rebound in the series of RAW Vs. SmackDown matches?
The interpromotional matches quickly got underway as a RAW Vs. SmackDown 6-Man Tag Match kicked off SmackDown as RAW Team Captain The Miz would team with Ezekiel Jackson and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus to represent RAW against SmackDown Team Captain Big Show, Rey Mysterio, & Kofi Kingston! At the end of a chaotic 6-Man Tag match, it was Rey Mysterio diving off of the shoulders of Big Show in a splash on The Miz en route to Rey pinning RAW Team Captain The Miz to pick up the win! Is SmackDown’s win in 6-Man Tag action a sign of things to come this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Then it was time for the second interpromotional match of the night as Team SmackDown member “The All-American American” Jack Swagger, with his personal mascot, the Swagger Soaring Eagle, in his corner, would go one-on-one with Team RAW member, Santino Marella! After a confrontation between the Swagger Soaring Eagle and the mascot of Team SmackDown, Hornswoggle, that saw the Swagger Soaring Eagle hit with the Cobra Strike and the Tadpole Splash, it was Swagger locking in the ankle lock, forcing Santino Marella to tap out to win the match!
In another RAW Vs. SmackDown match, Team RAW member “The Guru of Greatness” John Morrison would go one-on-one with Team SmackDown member, Alberto Del Rio! In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio locking in the devastating cross armbreaker, forcing John Morrison to tap out, earning SmackDown the third of the night!
After the two Superstars were recently traded for the other, Team SmackDown member “The Rated R Superstar” Edge would go one-on-one with Team RAW member “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! In the end, it looked like Edge was set to Spear CM Punk, but RAW Team Captain The Miz and his “apprentice” Alex Riley would come out and pull Edge out of the ring and throw Edge into the barricade before Miz & Riley would help CM Punk to his feet, but Kofi Kingston would come out and hit Trouble in Paradise on Alex Riley, only to be planted with the Skull Crushing Finale by The Miz! Tyler Reks would then come out and hit the Reks Factor on The Miz before John Morrison would come out and hit a tornado DDT on Reks followed by Alberto Del Rio coming out and taking Morrison out with an enziguri! Ezekiel Jackson would then rush to the ring and plant Alberto Del Rio with Total Domination, only to find himself locked in the ankle lock by Jack Swagger, but Santino Marella would come out, but Santino would be easily dispatched by the Swagger Bomb! Sheamus would then rush out and strike with a Brogue Kick on Jack Swagger before Big Show would come out and would chokeslam Ezekiel Jackson before getting taken out of the ring by the Brogue Kick, but Rey Mysterio would come out and deal with Sheamus via the 619 and this would be followed by CM Punk coming back into the ring and hitting the GTS on Mysterio, only to have Edge blast Punk with the Spear he originally intended to hit, ultimately leaving Team SmackDown the ones standing tall in the ring! Will this be the same scene come this Sunday night at Bragging Rights when Team RAW faces Team SmackDown in the 7-on-7 RAW Vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Elimination Tag Match?
Two nights before she challenges “co-Divas Champion” Layla for the Divas Title, Natalya would team with Kelly Kelly to face self-proclaimed “co-Divas Champions” Layla, who opted to dress as Natalya, complete a Jim Neidhart goatee, and Michaelle McCool, who opted to dress as WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart! In the end, it was Natalya forcing Layla to tap out to the legendary Sharpshooter to win the match! Will Natalya force Layla to tap out this Sunday at Bragging Rights to win the Divas Title or will Layla, and Michelle McCool, find a way to retain the gold?
Then it was time for the main event as RAW’s WWE Champion Randy Orton would go one-on-one with SmackDown’s World Heavyweight Champion Kane, with Paul Bearer in his corner in a WrestleMania caliber Champion Vs. Champion Match! In the end, it looked like Kane was closing in on a victory as he readied the chokeslam, but the familiar sounding of the gong and the total dimming of the lights that typically signifies the arrival of The Undertaker would distract Kane long enough for Randy Orton to hit the RKO en route to picking up the win! After the match, an enraged Kane would search in and out of the ring for his brother, The Undertaker, but “The Phenom” would emerge through the ring mat and would grab a hold of his brother, Kane, and pull his brother through the ring and into a dark hell that both men know so well! Which brother will be buried six feet under when Kane defends the World Heavyweight Title against his brother, The Undertaker, in a Buried Alive Match at Bragging Rights?
Superstars of the Week: Team SmackDown (Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, Edge, Tyler Reks, & Kofi Kingston)
The second annual WWE Bragging Rights will come to you, live on pay-per-view, this Sunday night from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.
7-on-7 RAW Vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Elimination Tag Match:
The Miz (Captain), R-Truth, John Morrison, Santino Marella, Sheamus, CM Punk, & Ezekiel Jackson (Team RAW) Vs. Big Show (Captain), Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, Edge, Tyler Reks, & Kofi Kingston (Team SmackDown)
World Heavyweight Championship: Buried Alive Match:
Kane © (with Paul Bearer) Vs. The Undertaker
Randy Orton © Vs. Wade Barrett (with John Cena)
Champion Vs. Champion:
United States Champion Daniel Bryan Vs. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero)
Layla (with Michelle McCool) Vs. Natalya
Alumni Profile of the Week
Ring Name: Matt Hardy
Real/Full Name: Matthew Moore Hardy
Born On: September 23, 1974 in Cameron, NC
Resides: Cameron, NC
Trained By: Dory Funk, Jr.
WWE Run: 1998- 2005 & 2005- 2010
Find Matt Hardy on Twitter: @MATTHARDYBRAND
One Time ECW Champion
One Time United States Champion
One Time Cruiserweight Champion
One Time European Champion
One Time Hardcore Champion
Six Time WWE World Tag Team Champion (w/ Jeff Hardy)
One Time WWE Tag Team Champion (w/ MVP)
One Time WCW Tag Team Champion (w/ Jeff Hardy)
Did You Know?
Along with his brother, Jeff, Matt Hardy competed in the Trampoline Wrestling Federation (TWF), which was a wrestling show The Hardys did in their backyard on a trampoline, which would lead to Matt & Jeff creating their own wrestling organization, OMEGA Wrestling (Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts). This would prove to be the rise of The Hardys as Matt & Jeff would rise through the North Carolinian wrestling ranks and ultimately found themselves in the WWE.
Next Week’s WWE Television Schedule
Sunday, October 24: WWE Bragging Rights, LIVE on pay-per-view, from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Monday, October 25: Monday Night RAW, LIVE, from the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
Tuesday, October 26: WWE NXT from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, October 28: WWE Superstars from Green Bay, WI & Milwaukee, WI
Friday, October 29: The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI Hosts SmackDown