Date June 1, 2008
Venue San Diego Sports Arena
Initial release 2008
City San Diego, California
|Tagline(s) The One Night a Year When the WWE Goes Extreme|
Themesong(s) "Hell Yeah" by Rev Theory
Brands WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, ECW
Cast John Cena, Melina Perez, Mickie James
Similar WWE The Bash, Extreme Rules (2009), Night of Champions (2009), SummerSlam (2009), Taboo Tuesday (2005)
One Night Stand (2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that took place on June 1, 2008, at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego. 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. 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.
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. Featured matches on the undercard included Shawn Michaels versus Batista in a Stretcher match, and John Cena versus John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a First Blood match.
At Backlash, Randy Orton, Triple H, John Cena, and John "Bradshaw" Layfield fought in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination match for the WWE Championship occurred. Triple H won the match, last eliminating Orton to win the WWE title. At Judgment Day, Triple H defended the WWE Title against Orton in a Steel cage match. Triple H won the match after a Pedigree to retain the title. The next night on Raw, General Manager William Regal booked a tag team match, with Orton and JBL facing Cena and Triple H. If Orton and JBL won, they'd respectively get rematches against Triple H and Cena at One Night Stand in an extreme match of their choosing. If Cena and Triple H had won, however, they'd face each other for the WWE Title, 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 Title at One Night Stand. JBL announced that he and Cena would compete in a First Blood match at One Night Stand.
Another feud heading into the event 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. 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. 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.
At Backlash, The Undertaker defeated Edge to retain the World Heavyweight Championship, by making Edge submit to the Hell's Gate. On the May 2 episode 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 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, and if Undertaker should lose the match, he would leave the WWE.
On the May 20 episode of ECW, General Manager Armando Estrada announced a Fatal 4-Way, Singapore Cane on a pole match, for One Night Stand featuring CM Punk, Chavo Guerrero, Tommy Dreamer, and John Morrison, where the winner would get an ECW Championship match against Kane at Night of Champions. Later that night, Guerrero and Morrison defeated Dreamer and Punk in a tag team match. After the match, however, Big Show attacked all four superstars. Big Show then announced that he'd also compete in the match One Night Stand, making it a five-man Singapore Cane match.
The Divas feud heading into One Night Stand was between Beth Phoenix and Melina. On the May 5 edition of Raw, Phoenix was defeated by Mickie James in a lumberjill match for the WWE Women's Championship after Melina accidentally struck Phoenix with her boot. On the following week, Phoenix and Melina were defeated by James and Maria in a tag team match. During the match, Melina accidentally knocked Phoenix off the ring apron, which resulted in Phoenix abandoning Melina and allowing James and Maria to pick up the victory. After the match ended, the evil Phoenix attacked Melina in a backstage segment, ending a long-time alliance between the two and leaving Melina in the process of a face turn. Both Phoenix and Melina competed in a triple-threat match for the Women's Championship at Judgment Day that was won by James. The following night on Raw, Phoenix defeated Maria in singles action, and Melina (who was on commentary) attacked Phoenix with her boot before she was thrown to the entrance ramp by Phoenix, solidifying Melina's face turn. It was later announced that Phoenix and Melina would face each other at One Night Stand in the first ever women's I Quit Match.
The opening match of the pay-per-view was a Falls Count Anywhere match between Jeff Hardy and Umaga. The pair fought around the arena, including in the audience stands before they made their way out to a car park. The match ended when Hardy performed a "Swanton Bomb" (a high-angle senton bomb) on Umaga from the top of a truck and pinned him for the victory.
The next match was a Singapore Cane match between Big Show, Tommy Dreamer, WWE Tag Team Champion John Morrison, CM Punk, and Chavo Guerrero. The match started with Big Show dominating, until the other competitors teamed together to knock him out the ring. During the course of the match, Guerrero was aided by Bam Neely and Morrison's tag team partner The Miz helped Morrison. After Big Show incapacitated the other wrestlers, including Neely and The Miz, he chokeslammed Dreamer and pinned him.
John Cena faced John "Bradshaw" Layfield, a First Blood match, in which the winner is the wrestler who makes his opponent bleed first. Both men utilized weapons in their attempts to win, including steel steps, the steel barricade, and chairs. The match ended Cena executed his STF submission hold on Layfield while using a steel chain to draw blood.
An "I Quit" match between Melina and Beth Phoenix was aired fourth. Both women used a variety of submission moves throughout the course of the match, which Phoenix won by making Melina say "I quit".
The first main event match of the event was a Stretcher match contested between Shawn Michaels and Batista. The match ended with Batista rolling Michaels across the finish line on the stretcher.
The following match was a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship between Triple H and Randy Orton, in which the objective is to ensure the opponent cannot answer a ten count. Orton took control of the match by using the steel ring steps and then tried to execute the RKO on Triple H; Triple H countered by pushing him over the top rope. Orton legitimately broke his collarbone landing on the outside, and could not answer the ten count, allowing Triple H to retain the WWE Championship.
The main event was The Undertaker versus Edge in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Throughout the match, all members of La Familia got involved, attacking The Undertaker and preventing him from climbing the ladder. The Undertaker put both Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder through tables on the outside, before executing a Last Ride on Edge off the ladder and through two tables. The Undertaker failed to capitalise as Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely interfered, prompting The Undertaker to hit them both with steel chairs. He again climbed the ladder, but Edge had recovered and pushed the ladder over, sending The Undertaker through four tables on the outside of the ring. Edge then climbed the ladder and retrieved the championship, winning the match and forcing The Undertaker to leave WWE, as per the pre-match stipulation.
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.