Harrison's Analysis: A Look Back At The Bragging Rights 2009 Pay-Per-View
Battling a Stomach Bug and watching bad episodes of Impact, it's the return of Andre Harrison on The Bleacher Report. Apologies for the absence fine readers, it's what happens when illness sets in. Thanks to everyone on Twitter who tweeted me your well wishes, meant a lot.
Anyway, here is the third in Harrison's Look Back Posts, this time, looking at last year's debuting Bragging Rights Pay-Per-View. In this event, Randy Orton and John Cena had the Epic Blow-off to their feud in a 60 Minute Iron-Man Match, The Undertaker had to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk, Batista and Rey Mysterio and the first ever, Bragging Rights 7-on-7 Tag Team Match between Team Raw and Smackdown.
Let's get going, it's a Bragging Rights 2009 Review, on The Harrison Analysis!
Champion Vs Champion: John Morrison Vs The Miz (Bragging Rights Match)
Champion vs Champion Bragging Rights Match: John Morrison vs The Miz
Result: The Miz beats John Morrison after countering his Starship Pain. (10:51)
Harrison's Analysis: The battle of the the former Tag Team partners, as The Miz tried to avoid winding up being the "Marty Janetty" of the Partners. And he succeeded. This was dare I say, one of the better built matches on the card. Did it deliver? Yes and no. Was it a good match? Yes? Was it a great match? No. Reason being that they never really got out of 3rd Gear on this one. They did great for the time allowed and it was more than watchable, but Miz was only just finding his feet in his Second Coming, and if you remember my Night of Champions Review, as I said, it always takes two to make a really good match. Good match, but could have been great. Both are easily capable of better.
Harrison Match Rating: *** Stars
Raw Vs Smackdown Six Diva Tag Team Match (Bragging Rights Match)
RAW Divas (Melina, Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly) vs Smackdown Divas (Michelle McCool, Natalya Neidhart and Beth Phoenix)
Result: The Smackdown Divas after Beth Phoenix Glam Slam's Melina (6:53)
Harrison's Analysis: Considering how messy the 2010 Diva's Division is now, this was one of the best female matches in the WWE in 2009. Everyone played their roles well, in one of Kelly Kelly's best performances to date, she sold very well and her offence was very good. And besides that, there was good stuff from all 6 Women here.
The only downside here was the booking itself here. There was no way that RAW were going to win two in a row after The Miz won his match with Morrison. That would make the 14 Man Tag Team Match down the line utterly pointless. So it was pretty obvious here that the Smackdown Divas were going to pick up the win, and they did. Bit of a head-scratcher that the card was to thin so it made this match predictable. Ah well...
Harrison Match Rating: ** 3/4 Stars
Fatal Four Way Match For The World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker vs Rey Mysterio vs Batista vs CM Punk (Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship)
Result: The Undertaker retains after hitting the Tombstone Piledriver on Batista (9:55)
Harrison's Analysis: I have to give serious credit to all 4 of these guys. They managed to provide 15-20 Minutes of action in less than 10. That's no easy task. Everyone played their roles well, especially the teamwork of Rey and Batista as (former) friends, and CM Punk, being the hyena, trying to pick up the scraps and be sneaky in the background.
However, this match will forever be remembered for the infamous Batista heel turn after the match, where he basically goes crazy and almost destroys Mysterio altogether. Brilliant stuff by Dave, and I think most of us in the IWC can say that Dave was 10 times better as a heel anyway. Very good match, even better angle.
Harrison Match Rating: *** 1/2 Stars (**** if you include Batista's Promo)
P.S: Gotta say it..."YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE MAH FRIEND!"
7-On-7 Raw Vs Smackdown Tag Team Match (Bragging Rights Final)
Team RAW (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston and Cody Rhodes) vs Team Smackdown (Chris Jericho, The Big Show, Tyson Kidd, David Hart-Smith, Finlay, Matt Hardy and R-Truth) (Bragging Rights 14-Man Tag Team Match)
Result: Chris Jericho wins for Team Smackdown after pinning Kofi Kingston, who was Choke-Slammed by The Big Show (15:38)
Harrison's Analysis: Ah, now this was fun. When you put 14-Men in a ring, how can it not be. There was some great wrestling, headlined by Jack Swagger, another rare, but solid performance from Finlay, selling like a champ and Shawn Michaels was great here too. As I said, just a lot of fun, even if the crowd wasn't really into it. You can't blame them, I mean, why back a brand? Anyway, it's a small shame that many a guy didn't do much out of the 14, like Henry or Hardy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to match quality.
As for Big Show being Benedict Arnold, it was so predictable, it was unpredictable. Why would he be on a different team than his Tag Team Partner Chris Jericho. Still, very nice match.
Harrison Match Rating: *** 1/2 Stars
Randy Orton Vs John Cena (Iron Man Match For The WWE Championship)
Randy Orton vs John Cena in a 60 Minute Falls Count Anywhere, No Holds Barred, Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
Result: John Cena wins 6-5 in 60 Minutes to win the WWE Championship.
Harrison's Analysis: First off, massive props to both guys for going balls to the wall for 60 Minutes. That's no easy task and they deserve a mountain of credit for that. Also, this was an EXCELLENT match. Right from the get go, they showed brutality (Mic Checks and blood), amazing counters, 2 Attitude Adjustments, 2 RKO's, an STF, a Legacy Run, a Kofi Run-In, Blood, and FIVE Pinfalls...All in the first 20 Minutes. They also found great ways to fill up the time with good storytelling, like with the Pyrotechnic spots. It did drag on in the mid-to-late stages but it picked up strongly again in the last 15 when Cena snapped, like he did at Breaking Point.
Overall, a fantastic blow-off to the feud, and a really smartly wrestled match from both guys, with great action. One of the best WWE Matches in 2009, and arguably, the best ever for Randy Orton. Go check this match out if you can sit through 75 Minutes or so.
Harrison Match Rating: **** 1/2 Stars
Overall Thoughts On WWE Bragging Rights 2009
This was one darn good PPV from the WWE. Yes, there was only 5 Matches, but they all either delivered, or over delivered. Only one match was under 3 Stars, and the Main Event was one of the WWE's best in 2009. If you haven't already go check out this show, it didn't dissapoint at all. They might need to tweak the concept a little, but I'm sure it can be ironed out for this year's event next Sunday. I've been Andre Harrison...And it's great to be back...Oh right, and that was your Analysis. Sayonara!
Pros: Just About Everything? (Especially the Iron Man Match), Batista's Heel Turn
Cons: Only Three Raw/Smackdown Matches, Big Show becoming Benedict Arnold
Harrison's WWE Bragging Rights 2009 Rating: 8.5 out of 10 - Excellent, Recommended Watch