OSR: WWE One Night Stand 2008 Review
In the final OSR of 2016, we go back to the Summer of 2008 with the WWE One Night Stand 2008 Review. At this time, the WWE Brand Split was still in force. The main feud for RAW was Triple H vs Randy Orton. For SmackDown, The Undertaker vs Edge. The later of which was reaching its gradual finale. But every match on this card was a stipulation match of some description, and featured stars from every brand at the time. RAW, SmackDown and ECW are all present. So here with the OSR is the WWE One Night Stand 2008 Review. Enjoy!
The opening package is not one feud orientated, but is more specific to various feuds which will be exploited throughout the evening, with the emphasis on the extreme rules nature which will be seen. We then go inside the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California for tonights event where we are joined by our commentators for the evening JR and The King before we are quickly off to the first match of the evening.
1. Falls Count Anywhere: Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga
Both men make their way to the ring, with no video package for the match. It makes you wonder the buildup to this match to ultimately justify the stipulation. The match quickly gets underway, with Umaga in control. It quickly goes backstage area which sees a couple of spots.
Soon enough, the action spills to the production area outside of the arena where there are a couple of near finishes from both men. The finish comes when Jeff nails a Swanton Bomb from the top of an 18-wheeler to the floor to pick up the win in a very enjoyable opening contest.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. Singapore Cane Match: CM Punk vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. John Morrison vs. The Big Show
NB: The Winner of the match would receive an ECW Championship opportunity at Night of Champions
The match gets underway, with The Big Show initially in control of the match before each of the other competitors are able to get the Singapore canes which are on posts around the ring. Ultimately, The Big Show is knocked down when holding the steel steps and suffers a legit nasty gash to his eye.
In the next few moments, Show takes out everyone in the ring, which leads to him getting the victory to become the new number one contender for the ECW Championship when he pins Dreamer. Average match which is only memorable for the bump Big Show received busting him open.
Winner: The Big Show
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. First Blood Match: John Cena vs. JBL
Both men make their way to the ring, and JBL being very dominant and vicious with Cena as he makes a considerable effort to end the match early. The match is very intense as a result with JBL attempting to resort to various methods in order to make Cena bleed.
Cena is able to have some offence, but it massively lays in the control of JBL. Cena soon locks in the STFU with a chain, which makes JBL bleed from in a very quick and unconvincing amount of time. From this, Cena is able to pick up the win in an average match with a little bit of a shoddy finish.
Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. I Quit Match: Melina vs. Beth Phoenix
Both women make their way to the ring, with Melina being the dominant force in the early moments. However, before long it falls within control of Beth who uses her power and dominance. The match is essentially a straightforward wrestling match, but contested under the rules of I Quit.
Beth uses some quite impressive moves to try and make Melina say “I Quit” which she eventually succeeds in doing following a very weird sort of rear naked choke. Interesting match, very interesting indeed.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. Stretcher Match: Batista vs. Shawn Michaels
The history package is shown for the match, which depicts back to HBK’s retirement of Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV but now apparently HBK has lied to Batista…right, now I’m lost. Anyhow, the match gets underway with HBK dominating the action on the outside.
Batista is soon fights back, sending HBK into the ring apron. The action continues to be back and forth, with the difficulty in ascertaining who the heel is gets even harder. Chris Jericho makes his way, encouraging HBK to continue as Batista nails a series of Batista Bombs and a spine buster.
This allows him to push the stretcher across the line, picking up the win. I’m not sure what to make of this match, they really didn’t make it interesting in the slightest. I believe the stretcher gimmick is one that has definitely aged very badly over the years and has lost its effectiveness.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE Championship – Last Man Standing Match: Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton
This history package is shown, which to its credit does cover a significant amount of history between the pair. They both make their way to the ring. The match is a straight wrestling match. As it spills to the outside, this allows Orton to display a great intensity and give Triple H a real beating.
Nonetheless, the match quickly ends when Orton attempts to nail an RKO. He is shoved over the top rope and legitimately breaks his collar bone. Triple H nails him with a sledgehammer to pick up the win in an unintentionally short, average match.
Winner: Triple H, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
7. World Heavyweight Championship – Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match – The Undertaker vs. Edge
The history package is shown for the feud surrounding the vacant World Championship and the controversy surrounding the finish to their match at Judgment Day. We then return to the arena as both men make their way to the ring.
The Undertaker really takes it to Edge in the first few moments, but the action becomes more even when it spills to the outside of the ring. Edge is able to display some great personality in his character whilst dissecting Taker. However, it appears that Taker is going get the win after taking out Edge.
As Taker scales the ladder, he is pushed from the ladder through four tables at ringside which allows Edge to climb the ladder and capture the championship in a very enjoyable match, Now, Taker is banished from the WWE, as Vickie Guerrero makes her way out to celebrate with Edge.
Winner: Edge, to capture the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Well, this was a very interesting event to watch. This editor is not a fan of full-out gimmick matches from start to finish. There needs to be a reason and purpose. Not just for the pure sake of it. This match, in honesty shown the gimmick for the absolute sake of it. Whilst in some places they tried to make it fit, it just didn’t seem to work. The only match where it worked very well was the main event between The Undertaker and Edge. And the reason it worked here is because of the extreme effort to utilize the tools in the inventory throughout the match to make it work even more.
But there is a real significance to this event in reality, it marks the end of a definitive TV-14 era in the WWE. Shortly afterwards, they went PG and everything began to be toned down. This event signified them still going at it tooth and nail to deliver a level of brutality – granted this wasn’t in every match, but hey you can’t have everything. The first blood match was good, but this editor remains bitterly disappointed that the bull whip was not used. Slightly sadistic, maybe. But that would have definitely spiced up the overall feeling of the match.
Whilst not an outright classic WWE event, this event is worth watching to signify the end of the TV-14 era. It does signify the end of an era in the WWE, with some of the matches showing the transition of what to expect in the TV-PG era. This can of course be watched as part of your 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network.
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