NEW GENERAL MANAGERS | CONTRACT SIGNINGS
Vince McMahon opened the program with a special announcement. He said that over the course of the evening, there would be some major changes in store for the Raw and Smackdown brands. The first announcement is that of the evening was that the Brand that won the most matches at the end of the evening would host the first brand-exclusive pay-per-view event next month; the name of which is to be determined by the General Manager of the winning brand. Speaking of General Managers, Mr. McMahon stated that as promised tonight he would unveil the two new General Managers of Raw and Smackdown. He identified both men as money makers and men who were wise with their investments and thus he has entrusted the investment of his two brands to their hands: John Layfield to Monday Night Raw and Ted Dibiase to Friday Night Smackdown. The two General Managers entered the arena to a warm welcome from the crowd before they shook hands and McMahon addressed them again. He gave them each full creative power over their brands and promised to financially back them in their investments, starting with this. Two men walked out and handed a briefcase to each man; inside contained three free agent contracts for Raw and Smackdown to hire (each) three new superstars. Ted Dibiase said that as a Dibiase he knows how to run a business and it starts by pushing a Dibiase to the moon and back. Dibiase took out two contracts and said he would give his two sons a shot at glory. However, before he could sign the contracts, John Layfield interrupted him and said that he knew Dibiase was a family man, but beforehand he was always a business man. Layfield offered Dibiase a trade; Smackdown’s three free agent contracts in return for the single greatest acquisition in the history of Friday Night Smackdown. Dibiase said that no man was worth two free agent contracts, much less three. Layfield scribbled a name on a piece of paper and handed it to Dibiase. He was immediately shocked but smiled and asked if Layfield was joking. Bradshaw told him that it was no joke. After a few seconds Dibiase laughed and agreed to the terms. Dibiase handed Bradshaw the contracts and Ted announced that there was no use keeping it a secret and welcomed the newest member of the Smackdown roster, THE BIG SHOW. Show entered the arena amidst much confusion concerning his being traded to Smackdown even though he was representing the Raw roster in the Bragging Rights match later. Dibiase tells Bradshaw that he made a huge mistake. JBL simply stated, “We’ll see.”
PRELIMINARY CONTESTS | NEW BRAND CHANGES
The first match of the evening saw a title unification match between the Raw represented United States Champion, Jack Swagger, taking on the Intercontinental Champion from Smackdown, Rey Mysterio. After a twenty minute back and forth match, Jack Swagger was able to lock away the win for Smackdown giving them a one point advantage. After the match, Swagger accepted both titles and said that it would have been an embarrassment for someone who has such pride in Mexico to be wearing a title that represents the United States of America! In the next match, the tag team titles were put on the line as the defending Nexus group, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel from Smackdown defended against the Raw duo of Jay and Jimmy Uso. At one point in the match Jay Uso took a nasty hit from Slater and was out cold as almost simultaneously Gabriel took a spinebuster from Jimmy Uso. A mishap involving the officials saw both Jay Uso and Justin Gabriel pinned and two different winners declared for the match. With no clear winner, a point was not awarded to either team. After the fact, it was revealed that Jay Uso may have been legitimately injured during the match and was stretchered out with no news concerning his condition throughout the evening. The third match had more implications than just another point added to the brand war. It meant a whole new future for a brand in general. Six Divas from each brand (Natalya, Melina, Maryse, Gail Kim, Brie Bella, and Nikki Bella would represent Raw) while (Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool, Layla, Vickie Guerrero, Kelly Kelly, and Rosa Mendes represented the Smackdown brand.) The winning team would not only lock in a point for their brand, but would also draft all WWE Divas to their brand which would be declared the new home of WWE Divas. After a long hard fight, it would be Beth Phoenix who would secure the pinfall for her team, thus taking all Divas to Smackdown and tying up the score with Raw, one win a piece.
BRAGGING RIGHTS MATCH | 14 MAN TAG MATCH
Before the match began, there was more controversy surrounding who would compete in the fight than the fight itself. Smackdown replaced an injured Kaval with their newly traded Big Show to team up with Christian, Kane, Ted Dibiase Jr., Wade Barrett, Sheamus, and Alberto Del Rey. The Raw team was a member shy going into the fight and didn’t appear to have a replacement in sight. Taking up the reigns and captaining the team, The Miz lead CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Evan Bourne, John Morrison, and Kofi Kingston to the fight. Oversized and outnumbered, the six fought through the trials and tribulations and managed to keep the score fairly even throughout the encounter. With the match waning down, The Miz and CM Punk looked across the ring at Big Show, Kane, and Wade Barrett. CM Punk managed to escape the fireman’s carry position that would have certainly put him away by Wade Barrett and reverse it into his own Go To Sleep and evened the teams up. However, he turned and walked straight into a chokeslam and just like that The Miz was all alone against Big Show and Kane. The Miz’s efforts paid off very little and he spent a good duration of the match taking a beating at the hands of the World’s Largest Athlete and the winner of this year’s Money in the Bank (Kane). Suddenly, the fans lept to their feet to see none other than “The Game” Triple H running down the ramp and slide into the ring. He unloads on both large athletes but the damaged Miz is unable to help him. Somewhere along the way, the Miz is pinned by Kane, leaving Triple H alone to defend himself against both. However, a lucky knee would help Triple H nail the pedigree on Big Show and eliminate the newly traded big man from the match. With just himself and Kane left, the match turned ugly and both men began beating one another all over the ring. However, Triple H’s resilience proved to be most beneficial this evening and he scored another pinfall over the Big Red Machine to tally up another win for Raw, pushing them into the lead at two wins to one.
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH | EDGE VERSUS ORTON
The former group, Rated RKO, would meet once again, this time in the most unlikely of scenarios that would see them representing different brands of the WWE in brand warfare. Edge, the WWE Champion, would defend his title and the Smackdown brand he represents against Randy Orton from Raw in hopes of tying up the score against Raw and retaining his title. The match saw a lot of back and forth action that spilled out of the ring numerous times and even once saw Edge and Orton take the fight into the stands. The official allowed much leeway as to what would be allowed; most would wonder if that was because the official in charge of the match worked for Smackdown? Nevertheless, he called the match down the middle and gave both men the same opportunities, but in the end, the match would end in the squared circle and not as a result of count-out or disqualification. Nearing the end of the fight, Randy Orton squanders on the mat, eyeing a downed Edge. He balls up his fists and begins pounding away at the mat. As Edge gets to his feet, Orton hops up looking for an RKO, but the resilient Edge shoves him into the ropes. Off of the return, Edge would drive Orton hard into the mat with a nasty Spear. Three slaps of the mat later and Edge would retain his WWE Championship and even up the score between Raw and Smackdown with two wins apiece. Edge celebrated his win in much rock star fashion, jumping on every turnbuckle and holding the title up for all of the fans to see. As he hops off of the turnbuckle, he turns and walks straight into an RKO from Orton. Randy rolls Edge over and snags him up into a pinning position. Orton instructs the official to make the count. The referee doesn’t know what’s going on, but then a second official runs down and slides into the ring. He makes the count. 1……….2…………. EDGE KICKS OUT! The fans are shocked. What’s going on? Orton stands up and can’t believe Edge kicked out. He backs against the turnbuckle but then charges out and punts the side of Edge’s head, knocking him out cold. He jumps back on Edge and the second official makes the count, getting the three count with much ease this go around. Afterward, Orton takes to the microphone and says that prior to the match, he made a deal with Ted Dibiase to make Smackdown his new home. In return, Ted Dibiase promised Randy Orton a title shot against the Smackdown Champion, anytime, anywhere. Dibiase comes out and congratulates Orton, only to the surprise of Dibiase receives an RKO for his efforts as well.
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP | CENA VERSUS UNDERTAKER
Prior to Bragging Rights, John Cena and the Undertaker had experienced their fair share of confrontations. Last month, at WrestleMania XXVII, John Cena accepted the challenge from the Undertaker to put his World Heavyweight Championship on the line against the Deadman in return for giving him a shot to end his 18-0 streak. This match was the most anticipated match in nearly a decade for most WWE fans, most of which dreamed of this scenario for years before it became a reality. The match was everything you would expect. The veteran Undertaker commanded most of the match, dishing out every bit of punishment humanly possible to Cena. But in the end, “the Champ” would rally against the Deadman. Cena would put the nail in the Undertaker’s undefeated streak with an Attitude Adjustment and one of the biggest celebrations in the history of the WWE afterward. A month later, the Undertaker is given the opportunity for revenge. With so much on the line, will lightning strike twice for Cena, or will the Deadman even the score with his new nemesis? The winner of this match brings home the Bragging Rights trophy to his respective brand, as well as the World Heavyweight Championship and as an added bonus give his brand the right to host the first brand-exclusive pay-per-view next month. This match saw all members of both rosters empty out of the locker room onto the entrance stage and ramp to watch two of the most beloved wrestlers in the WWE today unleash hell upon one another. In the end, the Undertaker would lock Cena upside down in position for the Tombstone Piledriver. However, Cena would use his momentum to reverse and pick Undertaker up into the same position. Cena uses all of his strength to then hoist Undertaker out of a Tombstone Piledriver, up onto his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment. However, he flips ‘Taker just a bit too hard and the Deadman lands on his feet and snags the throat of Cena. He snaps him up into the air and drives him hard into the mat with a chokeslam. The Undertaker then picks Cena up and finishes off what he started with a Tombstone Piledriver. He folds the arms of Cena and the official counts to three. And just like that, The Undertaker wins the World Heavyweight Championship. Smackdown wins Bragging Rights and Ted Dibiase’s announcement later that night would prove that Smackdown would host the first Brand Exclusive Pay-Per-View in May, just three weeks away, entitled Judgment Day. And Monday Night Raw is left without a World Championship, while Smackdown has two and Bragging Rights goes off the air.