Deadman on The Cutting Edge
By: Michael Burdick
Written: May 30, 2008
Colorado Springs, Colo. – As the world waits to see what Mr. McMahon’s million-dollar giveaway will bring, Undertaker has a different type of prize on his mind: The World Heavyweight Championship. On SmackDown, just two days before their TLC Match at One Night Stand, Edge hosted The Cutting Edge with his special guest: The Phenom. (WATCH)
The Rated-R Superstar and The Undertaker have had a wild ride ever since Edge came to SmackDown last year, cashing in his Money in the Bank contract to steal the World Heavyweight Championship away from The Deadman.
The events leading up to their hellish confrontation on Sunday have proved to be one powder keg after another. Edge and his fiancée, General Manager Vickie Guerrero, continue to conjure up ways to stop Undertaker and once again make the Ultimate Opportunist the World Heavyweight Champion. First, the GM stripped The Phenom of his title, deeming The Deadman’s devastating submission maneuver an illegal choke hold. Then, when it appeared Undertaker had reclaimed the gold at Judgment Day via count-out, Guerrero once again turned the tables, determining that the title remain vacant.
Before introducing his special guest, the Rated-R Superstar did what he does best — gave his audience a show they would never forget. He kicked things off by showing highlights of his success in TLC Matches; footage that showed just how much of an art form he has made out of that type of contest.
When Undertaker finally made his way to the ring, complete with a ladder on display, Edge proceeded to make him feel more comfortable. He called on “The Family,” who quickly brought a casket down to ringside. Chavo Guerrero, Bam Neely, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder then attacked The Deadman, not stopping until he was inside the closed coffin.
When Edge decided to ascend the ladder to taunt The Phenom, giving his own prediction of what would happen at One Night Stand, the lights went out on him, literally. When they came back on, Undertaker was suddenly standing on the ladder with the Rated-R Superstar. The Deadman then knocked Edge to the floor, using the ladder to clean house. Undertaker then took Edge in his clutches, when Ryder sacrificed himself, receiving a Last Ride through a table. As the show came to a close, it was The Undertaker who held the vacant title above his head.
At One Night Stand on Sunday, there is more than just the World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance. Could The Phenom go home with the gold, or just go home for good?