Bragging Rights Rewind: SmackDown vs. Raw (2009)

Tonight at Vengeance, Divas Champion Beth Phoenix defends her title against Eve Torres. Leading up to the match, we’re going to take a look at other memorable matches at Vengeance and the various October PPV events.

The designated October PPV has changed its name often, from Taboo Tuesday to Cyber Sunday to Bragging Rights and finally to Vengeance. This rewind will look back at when the PPV was called Breaking Point.

2009 | The October PPV was most recently known as Bragging Rights, the event that pitted the two WWE brands against one another. 2009’s event featured a cross-brand Divas tag team match, in which Team Smackdown (Beth Phoenix Michelle McCool and Natalya) took on Team Raw (Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly and Melina):

Remember this match? Tell us your memories of it…

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  • Alex

    i liked how team smackdown could have also been called the powerfuff girls lol

  • JSciola

    Was that anecdote about Beth being the prom queen the same year she was the first women member of the wrestling team true?

    Because that’s awesome if it is.

  • Lily

    This match was probably the best Divas tag match in history. I think that’s because WWE chose to have 5 out of 6 talented women in it. The match was point blank solid, no botches at all not even a sloppy move. If only WWE hired real women wrestlers, we would be getting matches like these.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    Now Look At The WWE… No Michelle/Melina/Gail (in TNA) and Natalya/Beth Heels again and Kelly exacly the same!!!

    But i miss Michelle and Melina (i want Melina in TNA to help Velvet against Gail/Madion) and Michelle would never go to TNA but i hope she is a trainer on Tough Enough (if they have it again)!!!

    But It Was A Good Match and Nattie/Beth/ and Chelle are a GREAT team!!

  • Poison_Ivory

    The most typical match-up EVER: Powerful bad girls vs. Fast & flexible good girls. I think that makes this match even better than it actually is. Even Kelly was pretty good, being the least wrestler of these 6..

    • Williambitious

      She must have been so nervous.

  • Jhonmarco

    Easily one of the best matches from recent memory/years. Every girl played their roles very well, even Kelly Kelly. Matches like these show the Divas Division can be solid, its just management that won’t let them be.

  • Megumi

    This is one of my favorite diva matches.
    Team Smackdown was great as usual for those girls, I enjoyed the heel-work they were doing through the whole match.

    This is when I was a fan of Kelly. This was when she was just a popular mid-card diva who was shown improvement in her wrestling every week from her Extreme Expose days. I’m not really sure what happened when she just turned stale and seemed to have stopped pushing.

    I miss Melina a lot. Now that I can see Gail over in TNA where she’ll get treated better anyways, I don’t think I’ll be seeing Melina a lot because of her “expensive” booking.

  • shannymac

    It’s pretty sad that it’s only been 3 years and HALF of the women in this match are gone.

    This was an excellent match, and the crowd was clearly into it. It just goes to show you what can happen when WWE actually gives the Divas a chance to shine.

  • shokko22

    how come the glamslams dont look this impactful anymore?

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      Probly becuz no one can really sell it good enough

    • EveLover

      What #1ALFan said …Lack of selling . But Layla & Alicia actually sell it like its pretty devastating .

  • EveLover

    This match was really good. I really miss the days when the WWE gave a crap about their division. I loved how the crowd was into this only goes to show that the WWE could have a good division ,even with the divas they have NOW .Its only a matter of booking .

    I was sad when I heard that they took off BraggingRights ,since I love SDvsRaw PPV’s but at least we have SurvivorSeries .

  • Williambitious

    Amazing match! Melina was so impressive. I wish Mickie would have taken Kelly’s spot, too bad she was on SD at the time.

    • Missy_BonBon

      Thats what I had in mind too.

  • DivaDerby

    Yeah, this match was amazing. But, it made me miss Melina. She was unique. Hopefully we’ll see more of her in the future. Either in TNA, or maybe the WWE will rehire her, they did rehire Gail.

  • DivaDerby

    To be honest, I’m not that worried over Gail because AJ is there to take her spot… but, I don’t see anyone that’s even close to being like Melina. She had her own unique style. Hopefully we see more of her in the future somewhere.

  • Missy_BonBon

    I like this match. Not boring at all. L0L at powerpuff girls colour. Anyways, I wish it wasnt Kelly Kelly in team raw, Not that I hate her but it could have been somebody else, Mickie would have suited this team since she’s more of a veteran. But I would hate to see her lose but maybe Jillian since she’s more experienced than Kelly and she’s a heel. But anyways, good job to all since the match was so perfect. No botches and sloppy indeed. I wish to see perfect match to Eve and Beth tonight.

  • art

    kellys dropkick hit melina when kelly landed lol…kelly still looks the same in ring as she did here…

    the rest were amazing..i havent seen this match but melina came in & owned this match even if she lost…beth looks good in blue thou..

  • Envy

    Michelle, Beth and Natalya = what a dream team.

  • MNM4ever

    no one realised how good melina was till she left :P SHE WAS AMAZING!!! love her to bits :'( TNA should offer everything at her to try to sign her because she’s so useful and can be a valet and heel or face wrestler effectively… WWE were really stupid to let her go just like that,, i mean look how talented she was on the match

  • MrMantastic

    if Mickie James was on team raw it be better but Kelly did great!!
    Man hhow I miss Michelle lol!!!
    Melina did awesome job