Deadman's last stand?
By: Mitch Passero
Written: May 23, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa – As one of WWE’s most widely popular Superstars, Undertaker has come to a major crossroads in his career – and the one who put him in this position is none other than SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero.
Defeat Edge at One Night Stand and The Phenom becomes the new World Heavyweight Champion – reclaiming the title Guerrero stripped from him on May 2. Lose, and The Deadman will be banished from the entire WWE.
In an attempt to weaken Undertaker before the fateful pay-per-view match, Guerrero ordered a reluctant Chavo Guerrero to face The Phenom on SmackDown. But the plan backfired – even with Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Bam Neely and Edge lurking at ringside – as Chavo fell victim to a devastating Tombstone from The Deadman.
If Undertaker can do to Edge what he did to Chavo, he will become the new champion and preserve his career. But, Undertaker’s fate will not be decided in any ordinary match. Instead, his future will ride on the outcome of an Extreme Rules Tables, Ladders & Chairs (TLC) Match at One Night Stand.
Although Undertaker has faced all kinds of adversity in his career – including brutal Boiler Room Brawl, Hell in a Cell and Buried Alive encounters – he has never been in a TLC Match.
With the extreme rules TLC Match, Guerrero has once again cleverly tried to stack the deck in favor of her fiancé, Edge. The Rated-R Superstar is no stranger to TLC Matches. The Ultimate Opportunist has used the Extreme Rules encounter to work to his advantage for years. In fact, Edge has been in every single TLC Match in WWE history.
At Judgment Day, WWE Referee Charles Robinson “made a mistake,” according to Guerrero, by counting Edge out and attempting to give Undertaker the title. The GM reminded everyone that a championship can only be won by pinfall or submission.
Now, at One Night Stand, the vacant World Heavyweight Championship will finally be decided when one Superstar climbs the ladder and grabs the gold. Will Undertake reclaim the title and preserver his career? Or, will The Ultimate Opportunist's relationship with the GM finally bring the coveted gold back to "the family"?