Assembling Team SmackDown
PORTLAND, Ore. -- With WWE Bragging Rights looming, six Superstars competed in a series of Team SmackDown qualifying matches, and The Undertaker accepted World Heavyweight Champion Kane's challenge to a Buried Alive Match.
The Undertaker accepted World Heavyweight Champion Kane's challenge to a Buried Alive Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
At the start of SmackDown, The Undertaker was ominously perched high on the outside of the Rose Garden Arena. By the close of the night, The Deadman made his way inside the arena to confront his brother World Heavyweight Champion Kane, who degraded both the WWE Universe and The Phenom. With Paul Bearer at Kane's side, the duo watched The Undertaker stride quickly and confidently to the ring. After a tense staredown -- that lasted for what seemed like minutes -- The Deadman unloaded on his treacherous brother, sending him and Paul Bearer running for cover. Who will be seeking shelter when the brothers look to end each other's very existence in a Buried Alive Match at WWE Bragging Rights? (Preview)
Kofi Kingston def. WWE Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In the final WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match of the night, Kofi Kingston earned a coveted spot on Team SmackDown, when he downed WWE Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre with Trouble in Paradise. In 2009, SmackDown brought the WWE Bragging Rights trophy home, "and it won't be any different this year," said SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long. Will Teddy's prediction come true? (WWE Bragging Rights Tag Team Match preview)
Tyler Reks def. Kaval (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After watching Kaval earn a spot on Team SmackDown, Tyler Reks hungered for the same and wanted to face Kaval right then and there. Despite an opportunity from SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to stop the match before it even started, Kaval claimed he was ready for action -- even after his grueling encounter with Big Show. However, his confidence proved to be his downfall when he was handily defeated by Reks, who scooped Kaval onto his shoulders and smashed him to the canvas. The impressive showing earned the young Superstar a tremendous opportunity on the pay-per-view stage, while usurping the opportunity from another.
Kaval lasted five minutes with Big Show (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In a unique encounter, Big Show agreed that if Kaval could last five minutes in the ring with him, he would earn a spot on Team SmackDown at WWE Bragging Rights. After withstanding Big Show's powerful offense for the full five minutes, the NXT season two winner was officially a member of Team SmackDown -- albeit briefly lived.
Edge def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In a highly-competitive encounter, both Edge and Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler pushed themselves to their very limits. In the end, The Rated-R Superstar prevailed when he blasted Ziggler with a mid-air Spear to earn a position on Team SmackDown at WWE Bragging Rights.
Alberto Del Rio def. Chris Masters (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Keeping with his trademark entrance, Alberto Del Rio drove himself into the arena in a luxury automobile -- this time a Maserati. Once the action began, Chris Masters fell victim to Del Rio's cross armbreaker, qualifying Del Rio for Team SmackDown. After the win, Del Rio refused to shake his captain Big Show's hand. Not offended, The World's Largest Athlete said he respected the move and that the "Bottom line is come WWE Bragging Rights, he has to pin someone from Raw."
Jack Swagger def. MVP (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After MVP kicked and threw the "Swagger Soaring Eagle" mascot across the announce table, Jack Swagger quickly retaliated by making MVP submit to his lethal ankle lock. With the win, The All-American American ensured his presence at WWE Bragging Rights.
Big Show pledged allegiance to SmackDown
With Team SmackDown captain Big Show part of the announce team, he was asked by Michael Cole about turning his back on Team Raw at last year's WWE Bragging Rights. The World's Largest Athlete made it clear. "My heart is with SmackDown, the Knucklehead star said. "My blood is blue for SmackDown." (Knucklehead microsite)
Rey Mysterio def. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In the first Team SmackDown WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match of the night, Rey Mysterio tangled with WWE Tag Team Champion "Dashing" Cody Rhodes. After defeating Alberto Del Rio last week, The Ultimate Underdog picked up another win by blasting Rhodes with the 619 followed up by a springboard splash.