|Date: October 26, 2008
|Venue: US Airways Center |City: Phoenix, Arizona
|Attendance: 7,981 |Buys: 153,000
|Brands: Raw, Smackdown & ECW
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Cyber Sunday 2008, the one night of the year that is controlled by the fans of the WWE. Tonight’s card is no different and has 7 matches with various opponents, stipulations and even the entire match itself can be voted for by the fans. CM Punk is on the poster and may or may not wrestle tonight. The WWE Championship is set to be defended but champion Triple H does not know who his challenger is going to be. There are three options for the fans to vote on, either Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov or a triple threat involving both men. Both Kozlov and Jeff Hardy have laid a claim to Triple H’s title and on smackdown a week ago Kozlov actually defeated Hardy. Will we get a rematch from No Mercy? Or will Vladimir make his PPV debut tonight? Or will we see a triple threat? There is no doubt that Jeff Hardy is the popular choice.
The World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as Chris Jericho defends against the man that became number one contender at No Mercy, Batista. Raw General Manager has made the announcement that fans will be able to vote on a special guest referee for the match with the options being Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Chris Jericho isn’t keen on any of them being referee for his match and has done everything in his power to get out of the match, unsuccessfully. Matt Hardy will also be defending his ECW Championship but he won’t know who it’ll be against because it is to be voted on by the fans. Mark Henry was the first potential opponent announced and the other two opponents were decided by qualification matches with Evan Bourne and Finlay winning those matches.
The Intercontinental Championship will be defended tonight with Santino putting his belt on the line against one of three WWE legends. The three candidates are Goldust who Santino has no history with, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper who Santino had problems with a couple of months ago and finally The Honky Tonk Man who Santino has had shots at recently whilst hoping to overtake him as the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all the times. Another big match coming out of Raw will be between Rey Mysterio and Kane. The two met at Unforgiven last month in a match that ended in a disqualification but this time viewers will be able to vote on the stipulation out of No Holds Barred, Falls Count Anywhere or Two Out Of Three Falls. The feud between these two men continues and has even involved ECW superstar Evan Bourne who looks up to Rey Mysterio.
A big match from the Smackdown brand will be between Big Show and The Undertaker. Viewers can vote on the stipulation for this match with the options being A Knockout Match, A Last Man Standing Match and an I Quit Match. There will be one other match tonight and that one will be voted in by the viewers. The options for this are Jamie Noble and Mickie James against William Regal and Layla, John Morrison and The Miz against Cryme Tyme and a World Tag Team Championship match between Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase and CM Punk and Kofi Kingston. Three rivalries that have been covered on Raw over the past few weeks.
On a WWE.com webcast before the PPV began, Shelton Benjamin defeated R-Truth to retain his United States Championship. R-Truth was voted in ahead of Festus and MVP.
A video package kicks us off with the wrestlers talking about voting. It’s a pretty weird video package and I hate it. Maybe it’s a play on something of the time but this just isn’t effective. It also portrays Vladimir Kozlov as a comedy heel. Terrible.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Cyber Sunday and tells us that the power is in our hands.
The first match between Kane and Rey Mysterio had a vote to decide the stipulation and the results are:
- No Holds Barred (39%)
- Falls Count Anywhere (35%)
- 2 Out Of 3 Falls (26%)
Rey Mysterio vs. Kane – No Holds Barred match
This is a second pay per view match between these two men. Rey Mysterio won the first match by disqualification at last months No Mercy. Kane has wrestled on every Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday PPV and has a 2-2 record whilst Rey Mysterio is 2-0 at the event. This match is a No Holds Barred match which is a pretty boring stipulation. Nobody has lost as many PPV matches as Kane. Mysterio starts quickly and low bridges the top rope, sending Kane to the outside before diving out with a somersault plancha. Mysterio then pulls a stop sign from under the ring and throws it into the ring before grabbing a kendo stick and smashing Kane with it. Back in the ring and Kane hits a big boot and then throws Mysterio into the ringpost. Kane then uses some cable to pull Mysterio around the ringpost, I thought he was going to tie him up which would’ve been cool.
Kane smashes Mysterio into the ringpost on the outside before throwing Rey back into the ring. Kane gets the first near fall of the night and then hits a hard Irish whip. Mysterio beat Finlay in a stretch match at last years event whilst Kane was voted in to fight MVP and Kane won that one by count out. Kane hits a legdrop on Rey for a near fall and then hits a backbreaker. Mysterio fights back but is dropped with another big boot for a near fall. Kane applies a nerve hold but Mysterio kicks his way out of it only to be dropped again by a big boot. Kane hits another backbreaker but Mysterio fights his way out of it and this time hits a bulldog and an enzeguri which sets Kane up nicely for a 619. Mysterio tries for a 619 but Kane sees him coming and knocks him down with a clothesline for a near fall. Kane then leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair but Mysterio sees him coming and hits Kane with a dropkick and then a tilt-a-whirl headscissors.
Mysterio uses the chair for a legdrop and pins Kane who kicks out at 2. Rey heads to the top but Kane sees him coming and hits him with an uppercut for a near fall. Two veterans kicking off the show. Kane throws the ring steps into the ring and then sets them up in the corner. Kane then looks to chokeslam Mysterio but Rey slips down and hits a drop toe hold on Kane sending him into the ring steps. Mysterio then hits a springboard seated senton for a near fall. Mysterio jabs Kane with the chair before smashing it into his knee and face. Kane falls on the middle rope and Mysterio looks for a 619 but Kane counters it and grabs Rey by the throat. Mysterio counters the chokeslam with a hurricanrana sending Kane onto the middle rope again and this time Rey hits the 619! Rey follows it up with the west coast pop and this one is all over! Mysterio beats Kane tonight! Kane has lost more PPV matches than anybody else ever and that continues tonight.
We’re told that voting is open for the divas halloween costume contest.
Michelle McCool is dressed up in sexy army gear. She wants votes.
Katie Lea is dressed up as a vampire.
Lena Yada is a sexy ninja.
Candice Michelle is dressed up as Marilyn Monroe and sings. I’d rather hear Jillian sing I think.
Chris Jericho is backstage and bumps into Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and Manu. Jericho says he never got to thank them for taking CM Punk out last month. Jericho then says that they should do the same to Batista tonight. Cody says they don’t do Jericho’s bidding and they may have a tag team championship match to prepare for tonight. DiBiase says that they look forward to watching Jericho’s match tonight, it should be Priceless.
Todd Grisham is up at the Cyber Sunday control centre. He introduces ECW General Manager Teddy Long and his assistant Tiffany. Time to find out who Matt Hardy will be defending his ECW Championship against tonight.
- Evan Bourne (69%)
- Mark Henry (25%)
- Finlay (6%)
Matt Hardy vs. Evan Bourne – ECW Championship match
This is a first time PPV match between these two men. Mostly because it is Evan Bourne’s first ever PPV match. Matt Hardy has a 1-0 record at Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday events, he won in tag team action with Rey Mysterio back in 2005. Evan Bourne beat Chavo Guerrero to get the opportunity to be in the vote. Hardy uses his weight advantage in the early going but Evan drops him with a dropkick. Bourne hits a snapmare and applies a headlock but Hardy powers out of it and gets a one count on the pinfall. Hardy gets a few two counts and Evan bridges out of them. Evan hits a sunset flip for a two count. Plenty of quick pinfall attempts from Bourne. Evan hits some kicks and a hurricanrana but Hardy then sends him out of the ring. Matt Hardy has wrestled more PPV matches without main eventing than anybody else in WWE history. Only 8 men have wrestled on more WWE PPV’s up to now than Matt Hardy. He hits a clothesline and then looks to hit a bulldog but Bourne counters it and then applies an armbar.
Bourne hits a standing moonsault for a near fall and then applies a hammerlock. High octane match so far. Hardy gets out of it but Evan drops him with a kick to the face. Bourne then heads to the top but Hardy rolls out of the ring. Bourne then looks to hit a springboard moonsault to the outside but Hardy stops him and then slams him on the outside. Back in the ring and Hardy hits two powerslams and goes up to the middle rope and hits an elbow to the back for a near fall. The crowd are behind Evan Bourne in this one. Hardy applies an abdominal stretch which Evan gets out of but Hardy drops him with a clothesline. Hardy then looks to hit a crucifix powerbomb but Bourne counters it with a hurricanrana. Hardy hits a side effect out of nowhere for a near fall. Matt then hits a second side effect and again Bourne kicks out. Hardy heads to the middle rope but Bourne sees him coming and hits a spinning heel kick!
Bourne hits kicks and then a moonsault for a near fall. Evan then heads to the top and hits a double knees for another near fall. This is the second time the ECW has been defended at Cyber Sunday, CM Punk beat The Miz to retain the title last year. Bourne hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors and then heads to the top but Hardy is up to his feet. Bourne fights him off and then looks to hit the shooting star press but Hardy gets out of the way and sets up for the twist of fate but Bourne counters it with a backslide for a near fall. Hardy gets up first and this time hits the twist of fate which is enough for the three! Matt Hardy wins a great match tonight! More of Evan Bourne on PPV please! Hardy and Bourne shake hands after the match.
More now from the divas. Beth Phoenix is dressed as a gladiator.
Maria is dressed as a bunny. She gets my vote so far.
Kelly Kelly is a sailor.
Next up is the tag team match. Which match will get voted in? Surely the tag team title match.
- Mickie James & Jamie Noble vs. Layla & William Regal (27%)
- Cryme Tyme vs. John Morrison & The Miz (38%)
- CM Punk & Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase (35%)
A surprising result.
Cryme Tyme (JTG & Shad Gaspard) vs. John Morrison & The Miz
This is a first time tag team match between these two teams on PPV. Cryme Tyme have a 1-0 record on Cyber Sunday events whilst The Miz is 0-1. John Morrison makes his debut at this event tonight. JTG starts the match against John Morrison and JTG applies a headlock which John Morrison gets out of but JTG takes him down with a spinning elbow. JTG hits a big uppercut and Morrison tags in Miz who JTG hits with a dropkick. JTG tags in Shad Gaspard who hits a big splash in the corner on Miz. Shad hits a powerslam for a one count and then another powerslam before tagging in JTG who Shad slingshots in for a near fall. Miz hits a throat thrust and tags in Morrison. Double team elbows from Miz and Morrison. JTG forces Morrison back to his corner and tags in Shad. More double team from Cryme Tyme before they dispose of both of their opponents. Shad then gorilla press slams JTG to the outside onto both Miz and Morrison.
Back in the ring and Shad gets a one count on Morrison. Morrison hits a jawbreaker and tags in Miz. Miz works the left knee of Gaspard, dropping elbows on it and applying a leg grapevine. Miz tags in Morrison who continues to work the knee and locks on a single leg crab. Gaspard powers out of it but Morrison quickly tags Miz who goes back to work on the left leg. Shad kicks his way out of it and tags in JTG who takes Miz down and hits him with a neckbreaker. JTG knocks Morrison off the apron and then hits a slingblade on The Miz. JTG goes up to the middle rope but Morrison distracts him and The Miz knocks JTG out of the ring. Back in the ring and Miz gets a near fall. Miz tags Morrison and they hit a double gutbuster. Morrison is wrestling his 28th PPV match tonight, he’s yet to main event a PPV, only 7 men have wrestled more PPV matches without main eventing. Morrison hits a running kick on JTG for a near fall. Morrison tags Miz who hits his trademark running clothesline in the corner for a near fall.
So far every match has involved a current of former WWE ECW Champion. Miz applies an armbar and then tags in Morrison but JTG knocks Morrison off the apron. Morrison gets in the ring and JTG tags in Shad! Shad hits Morrison with clotheslines and then a boot for Miz. Shad hits a flapjack on Morrison and then a running forearm for a near fall. Morrison hits a low dropkick on Shad for a near fall. JTG saves the day but Miz disposes of him. Shad hits a spinebuster on Morrison and Miz saves the pinfall. The referee gets JTG out of the ring allowing Miz to hit a cheap shot on Shad. Morrison then hits the midnight ride on Shad and that’s enough for the three! John Morrison and The Miz win the match tonight! Good match.
More divas now and Tiffany is dressed up as a sexy nun.
Brie Bella is a dressed as Cleopatra.
Natalya is a cop.
Eve is a ninja turtle.
Todd Grisham tells us to go and vote on the stipulation for The Undertaker and The Big Show. Knockout, I Quit or Last Man Standing match?
Chris Jericho is backstage asking somebody to be in his corner tonight. The camera pulls out to show The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh. Khali says something in Indian and Singh translates it as a “no”.
Next up we find out who Santino is defending the Intercontinental Championship against tonight.
- Rowdy Roddy Piper (34%)
- Goldust (31%)
- The Honky Tonk Man (35%)
Santino vs. The Honky Tonk Man – Intercontinental Championship match
This is a first time match between these two men. Santino pulls up the Honk-a-meter to show that he has now been Intercontinental Champion for 11 weeks and he is nearly a year behind The Honky Tonk Man. Santino is joined by Beth Phoenix. Santino is making his Cyber Sunday debut tonight. As is Honky Tonk Man. Honky Tonk Man has the second worst PPV record of all time for anybody that has fought 10 or more PPV matches. Only Koko B. Ware has a worse record. Honky Tonk cuts a promo on Santino, telling him he could be Intercontinental Champion for ten years but he would never compare to the Honky Tonk Man. Honky does some dancing and challenges Santino to dance who does and then hits Honky with a cheap shot. This was a close vote but Honky made the most sense. Honky applies a headlock and hits a few right hands before knocking Santino down.
Honky then bounces off the ropes but Beth Phoenix pulls his legs. The referee sees it and calls for the bell. This one is over. Honky Tonk Man wins by disqualification! Santino keeps his title though. Goldusts music then hits and out walks Goldust! Goldust looks a bit porkier than I’ve seen him before. “Rowdy” Roddy Pipers music then hits and out walks the Hall Of Famer. Piper spits his gum at Santino and it bounces off his head. Santino gets back in the ring where Honky Tonk hits him with a kick. Goldust then hits Santino with the final cut, Piper hits some jabs and then a poke in the eye and Honky drops Santino with the shake, rattle and roll! Not really a match but it will go down as a win for Honky Tonk Man!
There’s a VT up next for Wrestlemania.
More divas now. Maryse is looking good as a French maid.
Layla is Prince Leia.
Victoria is dressed as a banana.
Mickie James is Lara Croft.
Gotta be Maria or Maryse for me with Michelle in third.
There’s a video package up next for The Undertaker and The Big Show.
Time to find out what type of match Undertaker and Big Show will be having. Vickie Guerrero is wheeled out by Chavo Guerrero
- Knockout Match (9%)
- I Quit Match (42%)
- Last Man Standing Match (49%)
The Undertaker vs. The Big Show – Last Man Standing match
This is the fourth PPV match between these two men. The Undertaker is 2-1 in their past three matches. The Big Show is 1-1 at Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday events whilst The Undertaker is 0-1 having wrestled at last years Cyber Sunday and lost to Batista. Only 8 men have fought more PPV matches than The Big Show and not only is Undertaker one of those men but Undertaker tops the list. Undertaker hits jabs as the bell rings, lefts and rights until Big Show throws him out of the ring. Undertaker lays into Big Show on the outside until Big Show throws Undertaker over the barricade and into the timekeepers area. Undertaker drops Big Show on the barricade and then swings a chair into Big Shows head. Back in the ring and Undertaker hits a couple of splashes in the corner and then a big boot but runs right into a clothesline from The Big Show. Big Show hits a headbutt and then some big rights and lefts.
Big Show hits a legdrop and the referee makes the first count of the match but Undertaker is up at 7. Big Show goes right back to work on Undertaker, kicking him out of the ring. Show hits more right hands to the ribs and then swings a chair but Undertaker gets out of the way. Undertaker then smashes Big Show into the ring post using the chair which is lodges into Big Shows throat. Big Show is counted down but is up at 8. Undertaker sets Big Show up on the ring apron and then hits a legdrop. Back in the ring and Undertaker hits some right hands but Big Show takes him down with a clothesline. The referee counts both men down but Big Show is up at 5 and Undertaker at 8. Big Show then drops Undertaker with more body shots and a couple of headbutts. The two men slug it out and Undertaker sets up for a chokeslam but Big Show also wraps his hand around Undertakers throat. Big Show looks to hit a chokeslam but Undertaker counters it with a DDT.
The referee counts both men down. Undertaker is up at 3 and Big Show is up at 9. Big Show looks to take off the top turnbuckle but can’t. He unties a different one and then looks to drop Undertaker on it but Undertaker pushes Big Show into it and then drops him with a flying clothesline. The referee counts and Big Show is up at 9. Undertaker misses with a running boot and falls all the way to the outside of the ring. Big Show smashes Undertaker into the announce desk and then both men takes apart a couple of the announce desk. Big Show smashes Undertaker with a TV monitor and then kicks him over the barricade. Big Show picks up a chair but Undertaker punches it into Big Shows face. Undertaker then climbs over the barricade but Big Show grabs him and chokeslams him through the ECW announce desk! The referee counts extremely slowly and Undertaker beats the count. Somewhere Paul Bearer must be holding up the urn.
Back in the ring and Big Show hits Undertaker with right hands but Undertaker fires back with some of his own. Undertaker hits a DDT and sits up. Undertaker looks to hit old school but Big Show catches him and chokeslams him into the mat! Undertaker is up at the count of 8 but Big Show hits him with a bug right hand which knocks Undertaker right back down. The referee counts and Undertaker is up at the count of 9. Big Show leaves the ring and grabs a chair before swinging it into the head of The Undertaker. Big Show then grabs Undertakers head but Undertaker locks on the triangle submission! Big Show taps out but it doesn’t count in this match! Undertaker breaks the hold and the referee begins his count! Undertaker gets up at the count of 9 but Big Show is counted down! Undertaker wins the match! A good Last Man Standing match but nothing special.
Chris Jericho is backstage with Mike Adamle telling him to get rid of the special guest referee stipulation. Adamle says that he won’t change the match. Jericho tells him that they can discuss this at a different time and then walks off looking at his phone.
Tazz is in the ring to reveal the results of the divas Halloween costume contest. He introduces the divas and out come Candice Michelle, Michelle McCool, Maria, Katie Lea Burchill, Tiffany, Victoria, Lena Yada, Mickie James, Maryse, Brie Bella, Jillian, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Eve, Layla and Kelly Kelly. We didn’t actually see Jillian in the backstage vignettes. I think Maryse gets my vote. Tazz then announces that Mickie James wins. All the divas then break out and tear each other apart! The babyface divas remain in the ring. Mickie James won last year too.
There’s a video package up next showing what has led up to the WWE Championship match.
Time to find out who will be facing Triple H for the WWE Championship. I fancy the triple threat.
- Jeff Hardy (57%)
- Vladimir Kozlov (5%)
- Jeff Hardy & Vladimir Kozlov (38%)
Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy – WWE Championship match
This is the third PPV match between these two men, they’ve both won one match each before. Triple H has fought on every Taboo Tuesday and Cyber Sunday PPV, he has a 2-2 record. Jeff Hardy has a 1-1 record at the event. For me, whenever the WWE Championship is on the line, the match is a main event. This match puts Triple H joint with The Undertaker for most PPV main events of all time, they have 62 main events each. The WWE Championship has never changed hands at this event before. This is the 8th title defence for Triple H during this reign, only one man has defended his title 8 times before during the same reign and that was John Cena. Hardy applies a hammerlock but Triple H takes him down with a drop toe hold. Triple H hits a headlock takedown which Jeff gets out of but Triple H hits a knockdown. Hardy hits a hiptoss and then an arm drag into an armbar. Jeff goes for twist of fate early but Triple H counters it and looks for a pedigree but Jeff escapes.
Another headlock takeover from Triple H but Hardy escapes and hits an arm drag into another arm bar. Triple H escapes and hits an Irish whip but then runs into a back elbow. Hardy goes to the top but Triple H pushes him down to the outside. Jeff gets back into the ring and Triple H lays in some stomps before throwing him into the ringpost a couple of times for a near fall. Triple H then applies a top wristlock. This is the fourth time in 5 Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday events that Triple H has fought in the penultimate match. He’s beaten Umaga and Shawn Michaels in this spot but lost to Ric Flair. Triple H applies an armbar which Hardy gets out of but Triple H hits a facebuster. Hardy hits a slingblade and then a legdrop and a low dropkick for a near fall. Jeff hits a face first suplex for another near fall. I miss the big keyboard on the stage. Jeff attempts a pendulum dropkick but Triple H counters it into a spinebuster for a near fall.
Hardy looks for a springboard cross body but Triple H counters it into a crossface! Who does this move remind you of? Hardy manages to counter into a pinfall that Triple H kicks out of at 2. Triple H is up first and kicks Hardy out of the ring. Triple H looks to Irish whip Jeff Hardy into the ring steps but Hardy reverses it and sense the WWE Champion crashing into the steps. Hardy then hits poetry in motion, sending Triple H into the barricade. Back in the ring and Hardy hits whisper in the wind twice which is enough for a near fall. Jeff hits a pendulum dropkick for a near fall. Hardy looks to hit twist of fate but Triple H shoves him into the corner and then sets up for the pedigree but Hardy counters that into a pinfall for a near fall. Triple H applies a sleeper but Hardy gets out of that quickly and hits twist of fate! Jeff gets a near fall. Hardy then heads to the top and hits the swanton bomb!
Jeff Hardy throws off his top and then goes back up to the top. He leaps off with another swanton bomb but Triple H gets his knees up! Both men get up and Triple H looks to hit a pedigree but again Jeff Hardy gets out of it, counters it it with a mule kick which sends Triple H out of the ring. Hardy then dives out at Triple H. Jeff rolls the champion into the ring and heads to the top but Triple H sees him up there and drags him down before hitting him with a pedigree in the middle of the ring! Triple H gets the three and beats Jeff Hardy tonight! A big clean win for Triple H tonight.
There’s a video package next for the Chris Jericho & Batista match.
Time to find out who will be the special guest referee for the World Heavyweight Championship match.
- Randy Orton (4%)
- “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (74%)
- Shawn Michaels (22%)
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Batista – World Heavyweight Championship match with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as special guest referee
This is the second PPV match between these two men, Batista beat Jericho at Vengeance 2004. Batista is 2-0 at Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday events whilst Chris Jericho makes his debut at this event tonight. It’s a second PPV defence for Chris Jericho who beat Shawn Michaels in a ladder match at last months No Mercy. Jericho and Austin get in each others face as the bell rings and Jericho then slaps Batista who forces him into the corner. Jericho manages to escape and leaves the ring and walks towards the back. He’s looking for a count out loss but Austin chooses not to count. Austin then grabs the microphone and tells Jericho that if he gets counted out or disqualified then he’ll also lose the title! Stone Cold then starts to count and Jericho gets back in the ring where Batista knocks him down with a clothesline. Batista hits a hard Irish whip, a slap and a reverse elbow before hitting a big suplex for a one count.
Batista smashes Jericho into the top turnbuckle and then hits him with some elbows and then a hiptoss. Jericho manages to toss Batista out of the ring and then follows it up with a baseball slide. Only 5 men have wrestled more PPV matches than Chris Jericho. He tries for a springboard dropkick but Batista swats him out of the way. Jericho manages to hit Batista with a dropkick the second time and Batista gets tied up in the ropes so Jericho lays into him. Back in the ring and Batista manages to apply a body scissors but Jericho gets out of that and targets the left knee of his challenger. Jericho hits a low dropkick to the injured knee of Batista and then applies a leglock. Jericho then applies a sleeper but Batista breaks it by forcing Jericho to the corner. Jericho keeps the advantage with a drop toe hold sending Batista into the middle turnbuckle and then looks to hit some right hands but Batista sets him up for a Batista bomb. Jericho manages to counter it with a roll up and gets a very close two count.
Jericho goes back to working the left leg of Batista but then runs into a big boot. Batista hits a splash in the corner and then a running powerslam. Batista then sets up for the Batista bomb but he hesitates because of his knee and Jericho counters it into a walks of Jericho! Batista gets to the bottom rope and Jericho doesn’t break the hold so Austin drags Jericho off by his hair. Batista hits a side slam for a near fall and then sets up for a Batista bomb but Jericho grabs on to the top rope. The World Heavyweight Champion then heads to the top but Batista catches him with a clothesline for a near fall. Batista sets up for a spear but Jericho sidesteps it and Batista hits the ringpost. Jericho then looks to hit a superplex to the outside but Batista throws him back into the ring and then hits a flying shoulderblock for a near fall. Batista looks for a spinebuster but Jericho counters it with a DDT for a near fall.
Batista looks for a shoulder charge but Jericho ducks it and Batista nails Austin which sends him out of the ring! Jericho then hits the codebreaker on Batista but there’s no referee! Shawn Michaels run out and does not make the count. Jericho gets in his face and Michaels hints at sweet chin music, Jericho swings round and Batista nails him with a spear! Batista hooks the leg but before Michaels can count the three, John “Bradshaw” Layfield drags Michaels out of the ring and hits him with a clothesline from hell! Jericho grabs the World Heavyweight title belt but Austin gets up to his feet just for Randy Orton to appear from nowhere and punt Austin in the head! Jericho nails Batista with the belt and pins him and Orton counts the pin but Batista kicks out at 2! Austin gets back up and Stunner Orton! Austin then looks to Stunner Jericho but Jericho shoves him away! Batista then hits a spinebuster and the Batista bomb which is enough for the three! Batista wins the match and the World Heavyweight Championship!
And that was Cyber Sunday 2008. It felt like a good show to be fair. I like that you don’t know how the show will pan out due to the voting element of it. Rey Mysterio and Kane kicked the show off in a No Holds Barred match. The stips were a much of a muchness for this and I actually thought it would be a 2 out of 3 falls match but it wasn’t to be. Rey Mysterio won the match which might go down as a surprise to some and it makes me think that this is the end of the feud. It has been a strange feud where Kane has said he’s done a lot to Rey Mysterio but we never actually saw what Kane did and Mysterio hasn’t said anything about it. Really strange. But Rey wins which probably means that these guys move on to different things.
Evan Bourne was voted in to face Matt Hardy and I’m glad he was because the two men had a great match. I can’t really see Bourne as a world champion yet but he’s damn entertaining and I’d like to see more of him. Hardy won the match predictably and the two men shook hands. Really solid match. Next up Cryme Tyme, John Morrison and The Miz were voted in to have a tag team match. This surprised me, I thought we’d see a World Tag Team Championship match. Miz and Morrison won the match which was the right result. There’s an ECW/Raw crossover at the moment at ECW has switched from being recorded with Smackdown to being recorded with Raw. Entertaining enough match between two decent tag teams. I like Miz and Morrison but I think I’d have preferred to see the title match.
Next up The Honky Tonk Man was voted in to take on Santino in the closest vote of the night. It was the right guy I think based on what Santino has been doing with the Honk-a-meter this month. This match never really got going and Honky won by DQ which was a surprise. Santino was never dropping the title though. This was a fun interlude in reality and it is nice to see the legends, especially those like Honky who we don’t see a lot of these days. The Undertaker beat The Big Show in a Last Man Standing match. I actually thought this one would be a Knockout Match but I couldn’t be more wrong. Solid enough matcgh from these two, it did make me think that I do like Last Man Standing matches. I guess this feud could be over but Undertaker did use his “illegal choke hold” to win so maybe the focus will be on that going into Survivor Series should they want to continue the feud.
Mickie James won the costume contest for the second year in a row. I’d rather see a battle royal to be honest. Jeff Hardy was voted in to face Triple H for the WWE Championship, I’d rather the triple threat. Triple H beat Jeff Hardy clean which pretty much puts a stop to Jeff Hardy’s main event run. How can he come back from this? He’s not got a leg to stand on. I guess Vladimir Kozlov will be up next for Triple H. Decent match again. And then it was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin voted in to referee the match between Chris Jericho and Batista. I was very surprised that Batista won the match and the title, I was enjoying Jericho’s run. Jericho will blame Austin for costing him the match and I guess this feud will continue into Survivor Series. Good match again.
Overall Rating: 65.83/100 (ranked joint 31st out of 231)
Match Of The Night: Matt Hardy vs. Evan Bourne
Worst Match Of The Night: Rey Mysterio vs. Kane / The Undertaker vs. The Big Show
Surprise Of The Night: Batista wins the World Heavyweight Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: Jeff Hardy loses clean again
Superstar Of The Night: Batista
Cyber Sunday 2008 Will Be Remembered For: Batista becoming World Heavyweight Champion