At WrestleMania 24, The Undertaker defeated Edge in the main event to once again become World Heavyweight champion. Never one to let the title slip through his fingers so easily, the "Rated R Superstar" spent April and May attempting to win back the gold. Unfortunately for the champion, General Manager of SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero, would outlaw the Hell's Gate submission hold. When The Undertaker continued to use it anyway, she had no choice but to strip him of the title.
At June's One Night Stand, the World Heavyweight Championship would be on the line in one of the most chaotic, dangerous and career-threatening matches World Wrestling Entertainment has to offer: Tables, Ladders and Chairs. The match type was the perfect choice for Guerrero. Her fiance, Edge, was a master of TLC while The Undertaker had never competed in one. The deck was stacked in Edge's favor and, in typical WWE babyface manner, it would be up to "the Dead Man" to overcome the odds.
With constant interference from Chavo Guerrero, Bam Neeley, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins keeping him from retrieving a championship that was rightfully his, Undertaker fell just short of regaining the title. Edge would leave the event with the title and as the unquestioned face of SmackDown.
Earlier in the evening, the latest chapter in the best story of 2008 would unfold.
Following Shawn Michaels' retiring of the legendary Ric Flair, there were several Superstars more than displeased with the "Heartbreak Kid", none more so than Batista. The man who looked up to Flair, considered him a mentor, did not mix words in discussing his anger towards Michaels. Eventually, they would meet at the Backlash pay-per-view. Chris Jericho, smack dab in the middle of the beef between the two, would serve as guest referee.
In that match, Michaels would fake a knee injury before catching Batista off-guard with Sweet Chin Music and picking up a win. Shawn would play up the knee injury, despite Jericho and Batista both questioning it. Two months later, Batista would look for a measure of revenge at One Night Stand, taking on HBK in a stretcher match.
This time, there would be no faking injuries. Batista was less-than forgiving, punishing Michaels before picking up a big win. The interaction between Michaels and Batista would eventually segue into the legendary rivalry between Shawn and Jericho, which dominated WWE programming for most of 2008.
In other matches: Jeff Hardy def. Umaga in a falls count anywhere match... The Big Show def. Chavo Guerrero, John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer and CM Punk in a Singapore cane match to earn a shot at the ECW title... John Cena def. JBL in a first blood match... Beth Phoenix def. Melina in an "I Quit" match... WWE champion Triple H def. Randy Orton in a last man standing match