One Night Stand (2008)

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One Night Stand (2008)
One Night Stand 2008.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Kane
Tagline(s) The One Night a Year When the WWE Goes Extreme
Theme
song
(s)
"Hell Yeah" by Rev Theory[1]
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Date June 1, 2008
Attendance 9,961[2]
Venue San Diego Sports Arena
City San Diego, California
Pay-per-view chronology
Judgment Day (2008) One Night Stand (2008) Night of Champions (2008)
One Night Stand chronology
One Night Stand (2007) One Night Stand (2008) Final

One Night Stand (2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that took place on June 1, 2008 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California. It was the fourth and final event promoted under the One Night Stand name. The event featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.

The main match on the SmackDown! brand was a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship between Edge and The Undertaker, which Edge won after retrieving the belt suspended above the ring. Per the pre-match stipulation, Undertaker was forced to leave the WWE.[3] The predominant match on the Raw brand was a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship between Triple H and Randy Orton, which Triple H won after Orton failed to answer the ten-count.[4]

The primary match on the ECW brand was a Singapore Cane match involving The Big Show, CM Punk, John Morrison, Chavo Guerrero, and Tommy Dreamer. Big Show won the match after pinning Dreamer to become the number-one contender to the ECW Championship at Night of Champions.[5] Featured matches on the undercard included Shawn Michaels versus Batista in a Stretcher match,[6] and John Cena versus John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a First Blood match.[7]

Background[edit]

Stage setup for One Night Stand.

The main feud heading into One Night Stand on the Raw brand was between Triple H and Randy Orton over the WWE Championship. At Backlash, a Fatal-Four Way Elimination match took place for the WWE Championship. The contestants were Orton, Triple H, John Cena and John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL). Triple H won the match after last eliminating Orton to win the WWE title. At Judgment Day, Triple H defended the WWE Championship against Orton in a Steel cage match. Triple H won the match after a Pedigree to retain the title. On the May 19 episode of Raw, General Manager William Regal booked a tag team match between Orton and JBL against Cena and Triple H. If Orton and JBL won, they would have received re-matches against Triple H and Cena, respectively, at One Night Stand in an extreme match of their choosing. If Cena and Triple H had won, however, then the pair would have faced each other for the WWE Championship, with Regal choosing the match type. After Orton and JBL won the tag team match, Orton announced that he and Triple H would compete in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship at One Night Stand. JBL announced that he and Cena would compete in a First Blood match at One Night Stand.[8]

Another feud heading into One Night Stand, was between Shawn Michaels and Batista. The feud began after Batista expressed his remorse over the retirement of Ric Flair at WrestleMania, which was caused by Michaels getting the pinfall over Flair in Flair's career threatening match.[9] During the rivalry, a match between Batista and Michaels took place at Backlash, with Chris Jericho as the special guest referee. At the end of the match, Michaels appeared to suffer a knee injury, lowering Batista's guard until Michaels sprang up to perform Sweet Chin Music on him and defeated him by pinfall.[10] In following weeks, Batista and Jericho remained skeptical about Michaels' injury, then Michaels admitted to Jericho that he'd staged the injury on the May 12 edition of Raw. Batista defeated Jericho on the May 19, 2008 episode of Raw to earn the right to face Michaels at One Night Stand in a Stretcher match.[8]

The main feud on the SmackDown brand was between Edge and The Undertaker, over the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. At Backlash, Undertaker defeated Edge to retain the World Heavyweight Championship, by making Edge submit to his submission chokehold, the Gogoplata. On the May 2 edition of SmackDown, General Manager Vickie Guerrero stripped Undertaker of the title and banned his chokehold to "protect the SmackDown superstars". At Judgment Day, Undertaker and Edge faced off against each other in a match again for the vacant World Heavyweight title. Undertaker won the match by countout, however, Guerrero announced that as per WWE rules, championships cannot change hands, or be captured by disqualification or countout. On the May 23 episode of SmackDown, Vickie announced a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match between Edge and Undertaker at One Night Stand for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship, with the stipulation that if Undertaker should lose the match, he would have to leave the WWE.

The main feud heading into One Night Stand on the ECW brand was between CM Punk, Chavo Guerrero, Tommy Dreamer, John Morrison and The Big Show. On the May 20 edition of ECW, General Manager Armando Estrada announced a Fatal Four-Way, Singapore Cane on a pole match, for One Night Stand featuring Punk, Guerrero, Dreamer, and Morrison, where the winner would receive an ECW Championship match against the ECW Champion Kane at Night of Champions. Later that night, the team of Guerrero and Morrison defeated the team of Dreamer and Punk in a tag team match. After the match, however, Big Show attacked all four superstars. Big Show then announced that he would also compete in the match One Night Stand, making it a five-man Singapore Cane match.[11]

Event[edit]

Preliminary matches[edit]

The opening match of the night was Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Both men took advantage of the stipulation battling around the arena, which included Hardy sliding down a stair rail and hitting Umaga. Both men continued to fight to the outside into a car park. The match ended when Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb on Umaga off a truck and scored a pinfall victory.

The next match was the Singapore Cane match between The Big Show, John Morrison, CM Punk, Chavo Guerrero and Tommy Dreamer. The match started with The Big Show dominating. But all the other superstars grabbed canes and teamed up on The Big Show knocking him out the ring. Bam Neely and The Miz came out to help Guerrero and Morrison. The Big Show split his eye open after falling on the steel steps. The Big Show took out all the superstars with canes including Neely and Miz. The Big Show won by pinning Dreamer after a chokeslam and striking him with a cane.

The third match of the pay-per-view was the First Blood match between JBL and John Cena. Both men tried their best to get their opponent to bleed first by utilizing steel steps, the steel barricade and chairs. The match ended when Cena got tied up in the ring ropes & JBL claimed a bullwhip to use on Cena, but Cena gave him a low-blow and then used a steel chain to pull JBL's neck back, a move Cena calls the STF. That drew first blood. John Cena was the winner.

The "I Quit!" match was next contested between Melina and Beth Phoenix. Both used very creative and sharp submissions to make their opponent say the words "I Quit". Beth Phoenix won the match after a Glam Slam, and a very powerful submission pulling Melina's body back, thus, making Melina say "I Quit".

Main-event matches[edit]

The first main-event match was contested between Shawn Michaels and Batista in a Stretcher match. Both men tried to put each other on the stretcher, but failed to do so. The match ended with Batista rolling Shawn Michaels on the stretcher across the finish line.

The following match was a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship between the champion, Triple H, and the challenger, Randy Orton. Both men started the match with hard strikes trying to keep each other down. Orton hit Triple H with a DDT off the announcer's table but only kept Triple H down for a 9 count. Orton then hit Triple H with the steel ring steps, but only got a 2 count. Orton tried to choke Triple H with a cable but failed. Following this, Orton tried to execute the RKO on Triple H, but was countered with Triple H pushing him over the top rope. Orton then landed on the outside, but on his collarbone, which was broken legitimately. Orton could not answer the 10 count and as a result Triple H won the match and retained the WWE Championship.

The final match of the night was The Undertaker versus Edge in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Throughout the match both men used all the weapons in different ways. At one point, The Undertaker choke-slammed Edge over the top rope and through a ladder. All members of La Familia got involved. The match became a 5-on-1 handicap as along with as along with Edge, Chavo, Neely, Hawkins and Ryder also got involved. The Undertaker attempted to climb the ladder; Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder interfered and tried to put The Undertaker in between two tables, but he threw both Hawkins and Ryder through both tables on the outside. As The Undertaker was distracted, Edge started to climb the Ladder but The Undertaker executed a Last Ride on Edge off the ladder and through the two tables. The Undertaker again started to climb the Ladder but was stopped by Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely. The Undertaker hit both men with steel chairs. As The Undertaker reached the top of the ladder, Edge recovered and tipped The Undertaker off the ladder and crashing through four tables on the outside. Edge then climbed the Ladder and got the World Heavyweight Championship, thus winning, and as the per-match stipulation, forcing The Undertaker to leave the WWE.

Aftermath[edit]

The feud with Edge and The Undertaker continued to SummerSlam. After Edge banished The Undertaker from the WWE, CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on June 30, and defeated Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. During the wedding of Edge and Vickie Guerrero, Triple H came and showed a video with Edge cheating on Vickie with Alicia Fox. Vickie became angry and started to hit Edge. After failing to win the WWE Championship, Vickie Guerrero revealed that she had rehired The Undertaker on SmackDown and booked a Hell in a Cell match at SummerSlam. At the pay-per-view, Undertaker defeated Edge and after the match, Undertaker chokeslamed Edge through the wrestling ring with fire coming out of it soon after.

The Big Show would challenge for the ECW Championship at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, he would soon run into Mark Henry who also challenged for the title. At Night of Champions, Mark Henry defeated The Big Show and Kane in a Triple Threat Match for the ECW Championship.

After Randy Orton broke his collar bone, Triple H would later defend his WWE Championship at Night of Champions, by defeating John Cena. On June 23, Triple H was drafted to SmackDown and started a feud with Edge. He would later defeat Edge at the The Great American Bash for the WWE Championship. After defending the title against The Great Khali, Jeff Hardy, and Vladimir Kozlov, Triple H finally lost it to Edge at Survivor Series in a Triple Threat Match involving Kozlov. One month later, at Armageddon, Edge defended the championship in a Triple Threat match, which was won by Jeff Hardy.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[2]
1D Matt Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin Singles match N/A
2 Jeff Hardy defeated Umaga Falls Count Anywhere match[12] 9:27
3 Big Show defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer and Chavo Guerrero Singapore Cane match for an ECW Championship match against Kane at Night of Champions[5] 8:35
4 John Cena defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield First Blood match[7] 14:30
5 Beth Phoenix defeated Melina "I Quit" match[13] 9:14
6 Batista defeated Shawn Michaels Stretcher match[6] 17:00
7 Triple H (c) defeated Randy Orton Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship[4][14] 13:15
8 Edge defeated The Undertaker Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship; had The Undertaker lost, he would have had to leave WWE[3] 23:50
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

References[edit]

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