The bell rings and Punk goes after Rey and leaves the ring. Batista runs after Punk and Taker clotheslines Batista as they re-enter. Punk with forearms to Taker and kicks in the corner. Taker tosses Punk over the top rope to the floor and Rey with a seated senton onto Punk. Batista punches Taker and Taker with a leaping clothesline. Rey kicks Taker in the legs and then hits a springboard drop kick that sends Taker over the top rope to the floor. Taker returns to the ring and hits a big boot on Rey. Taker slams Batistaâ€™s head into the turnbuckles and then he works on Batistaâ€™s arm. Taker goes up for Old School and hits it. Taker tries to go Old School on Rey but Punk pulls Taker down. Punk throws Rey under the bottom rope to the floor. Punk tries for a superplex but he head butts Punk off the turnbuckles. Punk with a punch and he hits a superplex. Rey with a springboard splash but Punk pulls Rey up and throws Rey under the bottom rope again. Batista punches Punk and hits a clothesline. Batista with a clothesline into the corner followed by a power slam. Batista shakes the ropes and turns around into a big boot. Rey tries for a rana off the turnbuckles and Taker tries for Last Ride but Batista with a spear. Rey and Batistaâ€™s eyes meet and they do absolutely nothing until Taker sits up.
Taker grabs Rey but Batista sends Taker into the ropes. Rey with a 619 and Batista with a spinebuster for a near fall but Punk breaks it up. Rey with a forearm to Punk and then Rey tries for a springboard move but Punk hits Go To Sleep but Batista breaks up the cover. Taker puts Batista in Hellâ€™s Gate but Punk breaks up the hold and makes the save. Punk punches Taker and then kicks Batista. Punk with the running knee into the corner, but he spends too much time on the turnbuckles and Taker hits Last Ride on Punk and Batista breaks up the cover.
Taker and Batista with punches back and forth as the crowd cheers and boos. Taker with a choke slam for a two count. Punk punches Taker but Taker grabs Punk by the throat. Punk with kicks to Taker. Taker throws Punk over the top rope to the floor. Taker signals that it is all over and he tries to get Batista up for the Tombstone. Batista hits the Batista Bomb on Taker but Rey breaks up the cover and Rey covers Taker. Batista breaks up the cover by Rey. Batista and Rey yell at each other while the match is still going on. Batista throws Rey down and then Taker hits the choke slam on Batista. Taker gets a two count on Batista in a very lax cover. Taker waits for Batista to get up and we have no sign of Punk or Rey. Taker tries for another choke slam and Batista escapes. Batista and Taker with clotheslines to each other. Punk with a near fall on Batista followed by one on Taker. Batista throws Punk out of the ring. Batista catches Rey and throws him onto Punk. Taker hits the Tombstone on Batista for the three count.
After the match, Josh Mathews is in the ring with Batista and Rey for comments. He says that they were so close to winning, but Taker got the victory. Rey is asked how it felt to be so close. Rey says that they did their best and they had their confrontations but he congratulates Batista on his efforts. Rey says that they were close tonight. Josh asks Rey when it slipped away. Rey says that they didnâ€™t win tonight, but there will be another day.
Josh asks Dave how he is feeling. Dave asks Rey if they thought they were close. Batista asks everyone if they thought him and Rey were close tonight. Batista says that he thinks he was close tonight. He says that he thinks he is tired of coming â€˜this closeâ€™. Batista says that he is tired of his best friend stabbing him in the back. Rey tries to tell him that it isnâ€™t like that. Batista tells Rey that he is not playing. Batista tells Rey that he is going to rip his head off. Batista with a clothesline to Rey and then he throws Rey out of the ring. Batista asks Rey if he is still playing. Batista kicks Rey on the floor and then he chokes Rey. Batista tells Rey that he is supposed to be his friend while Rey begs for mercy. Batista tosses Rey into the ringside barrier. Batista with a running kick to the head.
We have a tale of the tape and Raw has a 373 pound and one championship advantage over Smackdown. We go to comments from fans on their picks for the Seven on Seven Match.
Match Number Four: Match for Ultimate â€˜Bragging Rightsâ€™: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, and Kofi Kingston versus Chris Jericho, Kane, Finlay, R Truth, Matt Hardy, David Hart Smith, and Tyson Kidd
Before the match starts, the referee holds up the Bragging Rights Trophy over his head.
Truth and Cody start things off as they reignite their feud that lasted almost an hour. Cody and Truth exchange punches. Truth with a split to avoid Rhodes and Truth with a leg lariat for a near fall. Rhodes with a punches and rollup into a series of punches. Truth with punches and a kick. Show tags in and then Truth tags in Kane. Show and Kane stand face to face and Kane punches Show. Show with an Irish whip but Show misses a charge into the corner. Kane with a clothesline into the corner but Show with a running shoulder tackle and a leg drop for a near fall. Swagger tags in and he punches Kane. Kane with an uppercut and clothesline to Swagger. Hardy tags in and he connects with a forearm to the back and he slams Swagger in the turnbuckle and hits a clothesline for a near fall.
Hardy tries for a Side Effect but Swagger with elbows and punches. Hardy with punches and Swaggerâ€™s shirt comes off. Hardy with boots to Swagger in the corner followed by a silent leg drop from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Swagger goes to the floor and he hits a clothesline. Rhodes distracts Hardy and Swagger attacks Hardy from behind. We have a standoff and the referee sends everyone back to their corners.
Swagger with a divorce court and a near fall. Mark Henry tags in and he punches Hardy. Henry with a series of arm wringers to Hardy followed by a head butt. Henry misses an elbow drop. Henry keeps Hardy from making the tag and then he Irish whips Hardy. Michaels tags in and he chops Hardy. Michaels slams Hardy into the turnbuckles and then he chops him. Hardy with a kick to Michaels and Hardy tries for the Side Effect and he hits it. Finlay is tagged in and he slams Michaels. Michaels with punches to Finlay and Michaels does the Michaels flip. Finlay kicks Michaels in the corner and punches him. Finlay and Michaels collide in the center of the ring and both men are down.
Michaels with sweet chin music to Finlay but Smith made the blind tag and then Hart and Smith hit a springboard Hart Attack. Smith with a slam and Jericho tags in. Jericho throws his shirt at Michaels and they puts Michaels in a reverse chin lock. Michaels punches Jericho and gets a rollup for a near fall. Jericho with a clothesline and a near fall. Jericho with a kick to the ribs and then Kane is tagged back in. Kane with a snap mare and a drop kick to Michaels. Smith tags in and he puts Michaels in a reverse chin lock. Smith with knees to Michaels followed by a Saito suplex for a near fall. Smith with a slam and Kidd tags in but misses a springboard elbow drop. Hunter tags in and he hits a mid level knee on Kidd. Hunter with a face buster to Smith followed by a clothesline. Hunter with a spinebuster to Finlay and Kidd. Kane with a choke slam to Hunter and there is carnage in the ring. Kidd gets a near fall on Hunter.
Jericho tags in and hits a bulldog but he misses the Lionsault. Kofi tags in and he hits a springboard clothesline and a drop kick followed by a leaping clothesline. Kofi with the Boom Boom Leg drop attempt but Jericho trips him and Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho. Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Jericho runs into Trouble in Paradise but Smith and Kidd break things up. Henry takes care of Smith and Kidd. Henry is taken down in the ring by Hardy and Truth and then on the floor as well after Henry catches Truth. Finlay with a firemanâ€™s carry slam to Rhodes. Swagger with a Doctor Bomb to Finlay. Kane with a big boot to Swagger but Show with a spear to Kane. Show wants Kofi to go up top and Show with a choke slam to Kofi. Show with a knockout punch to Hunter and then Show leaves the ring. Jericho covers Kofi for the three count.
Winners: Team Smackdown
After the match, Jericho raises the trophy above his head and Team Smackdown celebrates.
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