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WWE: Bragging Rights 2010

WWE // 2010 // 170 Minutes // Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // December 18th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Franck Tabouring loves bragging about the thickness of his hair.

Editor's Note

Our review of WWE: Bragging Rights 2009, published February 18th, 2010, is also available.

The Charge

Who will secure the rights to brag?

The Case

Every once in a while, the WWE pits the stars from Raw against the stars of SmackDown, and this year, it all goes down at WWE: Bragging Rights 2010. Additionally, Kane and the Undertaker fight for glory, while Randy Orton takes on Nexus. Let's take a closer look at what this PPV has to offer:

• Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match
Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler kick off this year's edition of WWE: Bragging Rights. Even though they both carry gold, this battle is not a title match. That said, they both put on a highly entertaining show, going at it full force for 16 fast-paced minutes. Leaving practically no room for a breather, the two athletes showcase a variety of strong moves and truly impressive kicks in an attempt to get the crowd to its feet. Needless to say, the end result is an excellent opening matchup, and that's exactly what a solid WWE PPV needs.

• Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre vs. John Cena & David Otunga in a WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Alas, the excitement doesn't last very long, because this match for the tag team titles is anything but memorable. Cena does all the work inside the ring while Rhodes and McIntyre desperately try to deliver a few maneuvers, and before you know it, the bell rings and the nightmare has come to an end. Good thing this match only runs for six minutes. Moving on…

• Goldust vs. Ted DiBiase
With two divas at their side, Goldust and DiBiase go at in this regular match. Even though they both occasionally deliver decent high-risk moves, they still fail to put on a notable show. The wrestling coordination here works for the most part, but in the end, this is by no means a nail biter. On the contrary, it's not much more than a bland matchup that should've been left off the card.

• Layla vs. Natalya in a Divas Championship Match
WWE's girls are at it again as well, and as usual, they keep it short and rather boring. This title match features a couple of strong kicks and one or two stronger maneuvers, but best of all, it's all over in less than five minutes. Hey, even the crowd got quiet during this one.

• Kane vs. Undertaker in a Buried Alive Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Undertaker and Kane are going head to head yet again, and this time, they're in for a Buried Alive match. Essentially, this means that one of the two monsters has to shove his opponent into a grave and bury him alive. No rules or counts in this battle. At 10 minutes, it's quite the short matchup between the two popular wrestlers, although I admit I'm glad it didn't go any longer. The action inside the ring is limited to about two minutes, and all Kane and Undertaker do here is stroll around the arena while throwing some easy punches and delivering some hard kicks. That's all there is to it, really. Let's just hope the WWE finally puts this monotonous rivalry to rest once and for all.

• Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown in a 7 on 7 Tag Team Elimination Match
This is the match that should've been the main event, but for some strange reason, WWE's show officials decided against it. A total of 14 wrestlers battle for a trophy and the rights to brag in this tag team elimination match, which runs for a long 28 minutes and features some of the night's most entertaining battle action. This tag team match will by no means go down as a great pay-per-view moment, but some of these participants actually manage to keep things moving at a steady pace via a solid assortment of powerful maneuvers, high-risk dives, and other cool tricks. Parts of this matchup do hang heavy at times, but overall, this is easily one of the better battles of this PPV.

• Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett in a WWE Championship Match
The main event puts Orton against Nexus member Wade Barrett, who's got John Cena in his corner in case he requires assistance. The WWE is famous for coming up with dull feuds and ridiculous story lines occasionally, and this one is certainly up there with the least interesting ever. Sadly enough, this so-called main event mostly lacks solid wrestling, even though Orton tries to showcase his skills and at least execute a few power maneuvers. Things quickly escalate though, and the final minutes of this rather short battle bring this rater disappointing pay-per-view to an unsatisfying close.

Ever since the WWE has started broadcasting shows and events in HD, the picture quality of these pay-per-views have improved. Strong colors and sharp images rule the day, and the audio transfer does a solid job as well. The disc also comes with a small bonus section, in which you'll find a silly backstage interview with the SmackDown team and a weird little video following Undertaker as he walks into the light. Yes, it's really as strange and absurd as it sounds.

With the 2010 edition of Bragging Rights, WWE has unleashed another weak pay-per-view. The quality of the matches fans get to watch here is mostly atrocious, and among the event's seven battles, only two stand out. I guess that doesn't make it a total disaster. Nothing for the WWE to brag about here…

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 64

Perp Profile

Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
• 1.66:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
• None
Running Time: 170 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Rated
• Sports
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Backstage Interview
• Bonus Clip


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