WWE Bragging Rights will be remembered for two things. The World Wrestling Entertainment event will be remembered for an overrated Iron Man WWE title match between John Cena and Randy Orton and the turn of Batista. In the end, it will be John Cena who will be bragging about his WWE championship win over Randy Orton. Cena regained the title and will remain on WWE RAW.
John Cena won his fifth WWE championship, and seventh overall WWE world title by defeating Randy Orton after 11 falls of action in the Anything Goes Iron Man Match. Cena and Orton were tied at five falls a piece going into the final seconds of the match. Cena caught Randy Orton after Orton missed a punt with an STFU and tapped him out for the eleventh and final fall.
It will be interesting to see where the fallout goes tonight on WWE RAW. I can’t think of anyone that has been set up to challenge John Cena. Other than Randy Orton, you really don’t have another top or up-and-coming heel to challenge a babyface champion. The loss to Triple H immediately sets up a title match, yet I can’t see them going there this soon. Another Randy Orton match would be dreadful but quite honestly, I don’t know where else they go.
Randy Orton’s future is also a big question mark to me. He has feuded to death with both of the top babyfaces on WWE RAW. They could go back to another Orton-Shawn Michaels feud, but it looks like DX as a unit is sticking around for a little while. The Legacy breakup is coming but likely not until we get closer to WrestleMania. Orton is being advertised on house shows against Triple H, so maybe they go that way for another month?
The big news of the night was the heel turn of Dave Batista. The Undertaker pinned Batista after a tombstone piledriver to beat Batista, Rey Mysterio, and CM Punk in a Fatal Four Way. At one point in the match, Batista had Undertaker covered and Rey Mysterio broke up the pin. Batista was upset, yet the idea of the match is that the guy who scores the pin wins the title (this is not an elimination match). Batista screamed something about being “friends” to Rey after the incident. Things got really interesting between these two following the match.
Following the match, Josh Matthews interviewed Rey Mysterio. Batista then said he was tired of his best friend stabbing him in the back and nailed Rey with a vicious clothesline. Batista continued beating on Mysterio. I really liked this a lot, and it finally gives WWE fans something new. I really liked the turn and I think at this point Batista is a better heel. The WWE is overcrowded right now of the same babyfaces and heels on top, so a heel Batista really gives SmackDown a much needed change. Unfortunately for CM Punk fans, Punk will now take a backseat to being the top heel on the brand.
This obviously sets up another series of matches between the Undertaker and Batista. Back in 2007, Batista and Undertaker had arguably the greatest short series of matches of the last five years. For some reason or another, the two just had tremendous chemistry and continued to steal the show until injuries brought the series to an early end. Physically, these guys have suffered a lot in the two years since those matches. I don’t know if they have today what they had then, but I am really excited to see what these two have in the tank. Back in 2007 these guys had a personal mission to steal every show they wrestled on. I hope they can do it again in 2009.
Full results of WWE Bragging Rights…
SmackDown Divas (Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix and Natalya) defeated Raw Divas (Melina, Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim)
The Undertaker defeated CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, and Batista in a Fatal Four-Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Team SmackDown (Chris Jericho, Kane, R-Truth, Matt Hardy, Finlay, The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith) defeated Team Raw (D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels), The Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry) in a 14-man Tag team match
John Cena defeated Randy Orton in an Anything Goes Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
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