nemanja6807 | 17 Novembar, 2008 01:43

Cyber Sunday (2008) was the fifth Cyber Sunday (the third under this name) professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on October 26, 2008 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It featured wrestlers from the Raw, ECW, and SmackDown brands. Eight professional wrestling matches and one miscellaneous segment were featured on the event's card.
Unlike other WWE events where the stipulations were determined by WWE's creative staff, stipulations for matches were determined by votes from WWE fans conducted on and by texting. The event was scheduled to feature eight professional wrestling matches and one miscellaneous segment. Although the stipulations resulted from votes by WWE fans, different wrestlers were involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines, which led to scheduled matches in which WWE fans could vote upon stipulations. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or fan favorites as they followed a series of tension-building events. All wrestlers were from either the ECW, Raw, or SmackDown brands – a storyline division in which WWE assigned its employees to a different television program.
The main feud from the Raw brand was over the World Heavyweight Championship. On the October 6, 2008 episode of Raw, General Manager Mike Adamle announced that World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho would defend his title against Batista in a standard wrestling match (singles match), in which a guest referee would be voted for by WWE fans; the candidates for the position were Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Earlier that night, it was also announced that Santino Marella would defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against a former Intercontinental Champion voted for by the WWE fans; the candidates were "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Goldust, or The Honky Tonk Man.The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand was over the WWE Championship. It was announced on the October 10, 2008 episode of Friday Night SmackDown that WWE Champion Triple H (Paul Levesque) would defend his title against either Jeff Hardy or Vladimir Kozlov in a singles match, or in a triple-threat match, a standard match involving both Hardy and Kozlov. Later that night it was also announced that The Big Show would face The Undertaker in a the fans choice of match, which included a Knockout match, "I Quit" match, or a Last Man Standing match.The only rivalry from the ECW brand was over the ECW Championship. It was announced on the October 14, 2008 episode of ECW that ECW Champion Matt Hardy would defend the title against the fans choice of an opponent, which were Mark Henry, Evan Bourne (Matthew Korklan), or Finlay.Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, Shelton Benjamin defended the WWE United States Championship against a superstar of the fans' choice in a match that was streamed exclusively on The candidates to be voted in were R-Truth (Ron Killings), Montel Vontavious Porter (Alvin Burke, Jr.) and Festus (Drew Hankinson). R-Truth won the poll by 59% over MVP and Festus, and hence faced Benjamin for the title. The match went back and forth, but ultimately Benjamin delivered the Paydirt to R-Truth and pinned him to retain his title.
The first match to be aired live was a No Holds Barred match between Kane (Glen Jacobs) and Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez). The No Holds Barred match stipulation was voted by the fans over a Falls Count Anywhere match and a Two out of three falls match. Early on in the match, Mysterio used his quickness and agility against Kane, along with some weapons like a kendo stick and a STOP sign. Soon, Kane overpowered Mysterio and dominated the later part of the match. Near the end, Mysterio drop-toe held Kane and drove him face-first into the steel ring-steps kept in the corner of the ring. Then he hit Kane with a steel chair multiple times, before delivering a 619 and springboard splash and pinning him to win the match.
The next match featured Matt Hardy defending the ECW Championship against Evan Bourne (Matthew Korklan), who was voted as the challenger by the fans over Mark Henry and Finlay (Dave Finlay). Early in the match, Bourne surprised Hardy with his agility, but Hardy eventually got control of the match. Nevertheless, Bourne hit several high-flying moves on Hardy, like a standing moonsault, a hurricanrana countering Hardy's Splash Mountain Bomb, and a diving knee drop from the top rope. In the end, Bourne missed the Air Bourne, and hence capitalizing, Hardy delivered a Twist of Fate to Bourne and pinned him to retain his title.
The third match aired was a tag team match with the team of John Morrison (John Hennigan) and The Miz (Mike Mizanin) taking on Cryme Tyme (JTG (Jayson Paul) and Shad). This tag team match was chosen over an intergender tag team match having William Regal (Darren Matthews) and Layla (Layla El) taking on Jamie Noble (James Gibson) and Mickie James, and a World Tag Team Championship match between the champions Ted DiBiase (Ted DiBiase, Jr.) and Cody Rhodes and the team of CM Punk (Phil Brooks) and Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah). The match featured numerous tag team moves from both the teams. At one point, Shad threw JTG over the ropes onto Morrison and Miz outside the ring. Back in the ring, Morrison and Miz controlled the latter part of the match. In the end, Miz, who was not the legal man in the ring, kicked Shad's knee behind the referee's back and Morrison delivered the Moonlight Drive to Shad for the pinfall.
The fourth match was between Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli) and The Honky Tonk Man (Roy Farris) for the former's Intercontinental Championship. Honky Tonk Man was voted as Marella's challenger by the fans over "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs) and Goldust (Dustin Rhodes). Before the match started, Honky Tonk Man danced to his theme music and asked Marella to do the same, but he delivered a cheap shot to Honky Tonk Man to officially start the match. However, the match ended soon when Beth Phoenix (Elizabeth Carolan), who was by Marella's side, tripped Honky Tonk Man as he preparing to hit Marella with his fist, and hence, the match ended in Honky Tonk Man's favour as he won via disqualification. Nevertheless, as per WWE rules, Marella retained the Intercontinental title as titles don't change via disqualification. After the match, Roddy Piper and Goldust made their way down to the ring to confront Marella. In the ring, Goldust hit the Final Cut on Marella, Piper hit him with a punch combination followed by an eye poke, and Honky Tonk Man delivered the Shake, Rattle and Roll to Marella.
The fifth match of the evening was a Last Man Standing match between The Undertaker (Mark Calaway) and The Big Show (Paul Wight). The Last Man Standing match stipulation was voted by the fans over a Knockout match and an "I Quit" match. In the beginning, Big Show threw Undertaker out of the ring, and after some time, Undertaker hit Big Show with a steel chair. The match continued with Big Show dominating Undertaker and striking him with punches. The match featured many other spots, like Undertaker thrusting Big Show's throat against a ringpost with a steel chair; Undertaker delivering a leg drop to Big Show on the ring apron, and then later countering Big Show's chokeslam into a DDT; and, then Big Show hitting Undertaker with a TV monitor and even chokeslamming him from the barricade through an announcer's table. In the end, Big Show hit Undertaker first with a chokeslam, followed by a knockout punch to the face and then with a steel chair, but Undertaker got to his feet each time before the ten count. Finally, Undertaker locked Big Show in the gogoplata and choked him out to unconsciousness, due to which Big Show could not get up before the referee's ten count and allowed Undertaker to win the match.


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