WWE Bragging Rights Odds: Breaking Down the Team RAW-Team Smackdown Match

Cec Van GaliniAnalyst IIINovember 21, 2016

The now-annual Bragging Rights match is a curious affair this year. Indeed its been a curious affair since it was created.

Two organisations supposedly fighting for supremacy, despite the fact that little to nothing is actually said about the rivalry during the rest of the year.

Like all new traditions, its flawed and difficult to sell but if the matches are strong, then the WWE Universe will warm to it. If it succeeds, the death of the Survivor Series cant be too far behind.

The thing that makes this years Main Event slightly peculiar are the teams. Created via a series of matches, it has thrown up a strange concoction of wrestlers, some of which look misplaced.

The sight of Sheamus in a Raw T-shirt supposedly playing the role of a strong team member looks bizarre.  Albert Del Rio has hardly been an endearing Smackdown friend either, but you already know that.

The idea that they would all come together for some greater purpose, is difficult to accept. However there is still a number of interesting competitors and it should provide some memorable encounters.

On Team Raw - Miz, John Morrison, R-Truth, CM Punk, Ezekiel Jackson, Sheamus and Santino

For the Blue Team - Big Show, Rey, Edge, Swagger, Tyler Reks, Kofi, and Alberto Del Rio.

Strong teams but somewhat mixed bags in terms of cooperation and styles. It is a strong possibility that at least one member from each team will turn on the other with Swagger and Edge even kicking off on Raw this past week. Expectations that Rey will be screwed by Alberto.

While the individual members are strong, the teams collectively are not. There has been little to no preparation to this PPV.  This should have been weeks in the making but owing to the ridiculous scheduling of having three PPVs in quick succession, Bragging Rights has been hastily put together.

The Main Event match will be good, but I can't but help feel that the Stanley Cup of WWE has little value. The gimmick is a good one but this year it just hasn't been sold well enough.