Blue Monday

Blue Monday

CALGARY -- As Team Raw prepares to make landfall at WWE Bragging Rights in just six days, the red brand found themselves awash in a stormy sea of blue when the SmackDown roster invaded Monday night.

Edge won a SmackDown vs. Raw Battle Royal (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The tensions between Team Raw and Team SmackDown proved too big to be contained. What was to be a match pitting Raw's Team Captain, The Miz, against SmackDown's Team Captain, Big Show, ended up escalating into an explosive Battle Royal.

When Show entered the ring, he called upon his fellow SmackDown Superstars to join him. Faced with a stormy sea of blue, Miz then enlisted his brand's roster to unite behind him as well. The blue and red collision threatened to spiral out of control, until Theodore Long arranged a SmackDown vs. Raw Battle Royal.

With bodies flying and loyalties tested, it was Edge who would prevail by sending Sheamus over the top rope with just six days until he and Team SmackDown head into battle at WWE Bragging Rights.

Natalya def. Alicia Fox (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Canada loves a native daughter. As evidence, the crowd inside Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome rattled the rafters when it became clear Natalya would prevail over her opponent, Alicia Fox. "Co-Divas Champions" Michelle McCool & Layla were a couple of notable exceptions. With six days before Natalya challenges for the title, Lay-Cool attempted to ambush her. Although Michelle nearly managed to lock in the Sharpshooter on Natalya, Bret Hart's niece reversed the submission move and came within moments of locking it in on Layla before McCool managed to snatch away her BFF.

U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan challenged Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler to a match at WWE Bragging Rights (PHOTOS | WATCH)
SmackDown continued their offensive into Raw territory. This time, Vickie Guerrero paraded her blond beau, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, around the ring. Before the two exchanged any PDAs, U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan mercifully interrupted. He challenged Ziggler to a match at WWE Bragging Rights, which Ziggler accepted. Six days, however, appeared too long a wait.

The two began to scuffle and Bryan clamped on the LeBell Lock. As Vickie whined for him to leave her boyfriend alone, several Raw Divas slid into the ring and surrounded her. After embarrassing SmackDown's Official Consultant, the Divas and Bryan began to celebrate with a little dancing. Lucky dog!

WWE Champion Randy Orton & John Cena def. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty; The Nexus attacked Orton (PHOTOS | WATCH: PT. 1 | PT. 2)
True to his word, John Cena held nothing back. After Wade Barrett told him to go all out in his tag team match with WWE Champion Randy Orton against Nexus hopefuls Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty, Cena showed what makes him so tough to beat. He and The Viper cemented their uneasy alliance in an effort to defeat their rookie rivals. After an impressive turn, McGillicutty dropped his guard long enough for Orton to level him with an RKO to win the bout. When Harris attempted to ambush the WWE Champion, the Legendary star foiled the attack.

Suffice to say, Wade Barrett was hardly amused. He ordered Cena out of the ring and instructed his fellow Nexus cohorts to attack Orton, his opponent at this Sunday's WWE Bragging Rights. The 4-on-1 beatdown left The Viper bruised and battered on the mat.

To compound Orton's injuries, Barrett commanded Cena to perform an Attitude Adjustment on him. Just as a reluctant Cena was about to hurt his tag partner, his English overlord took The Viper off his shoulders and crashed him to the canvas with Wasteland.

Goldust def. Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Ted DiBiase had a million reasons to confront Goldust. Before he did, however, The Bizarre One faced down the challenge of Zack Ryder, who he disposed of rather quickly. Afterward, DiBiase and his "harm candy," Maryse, entered to retrieve The Million Dollar Title, which Goldust had absconded with the week prior.

While The "Fortunate Son" ambushed Goldust, Maryse made a beeline for the goods. Unfortunately for her, Goldust's NXT Rookie, Aksana, wasn't giving up the title. Instead, the lithe Lithuanian clutched the glimmering gold and sprinted up the ramp to safety. Afterward, The Bizarre one punished DiBiase for meddling in his odd affairs.

WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes def. The Hart Dynasty (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Hart Dynasty may be showing some fissures. After another loss to the WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, Tyson Kidd departed in a serious huff, leaving Natalya and his partner, David Hart Smith, to ponder their future prospects.

Team SmackDown invaded Raw; Big Show challenged The Miz to a match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
With SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long leading the charge, the blue brand's team for WWE Bragging Rights invaded Raw. Long appeared to relish introducing Team SmackDown, including captain Big Show, Edge, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Tyler Reks & Rey Mysterio.

The seven interlopers paraded around the ring until Team Raw's captain, The Miz, confronted them and presented members of the red squad, including CM Punk, John Morrison, Santino Marella, Sheamus and newest member, Ezekiel Jackson. 

The two teams scuffled after Team SmackDown refused to exit the ring. Once the air had cleared, Show challenged his counterpart, Miz, to a match later in the evening. Bolstered by his teammates, Mr. Money in the Bank accepted.

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