For 2009, WWE made some huge changes to its pay-per-view slate. Gone were past favorites such as Unforgiven, No Mercy, and Armageddon to make room for a bunch of new events. For the most part, these new PPV offerings focus on specific match stipulations. For instance, the likes of Hell in a Cell, Extreme Rules, and TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs used the match types they’re named after as the centerpieces of their respective cards. Then there was Bragging Rights, which pitted the superstars of “Raw” and “SmackDown” in a series of matches against each other in the name of brand supremacy.
If that description sounds familiar to you, that’s because Bragging Rights was basically Survivor Series just with the brand warfare aspect pushed more heavily. As it turns out, this wasn’t some kind of oversight on WWE’s part, since there were actually plans in place for Bragging Rights to replace Survivor Series going forward. “We think that Survivor Series is obsolete, as far as that title is concerned. It was something that worked many, many years ago, in terms of a creative standpoint, various teams competing,” Vince McMahon said during a 2009 WWE conference call, noting that Survivor Series buyrates had dropped to a worrisome degree (via Bleacher Report).
Thankfully, for whatever the reason may be, WWE didn’t end up ditching the Survivor Series after all. In fact, Bragging Rights is the event that wound up on the cutting room floor, disappearing from the promotion’s event calendar after the second and last edition in 2010. Sure, Survivor Series might not be everyone’s favorite WWE event, but it’s a classic nonetheless. Besides, if the show wasn’t selling, why try to replace it with basically the same one?