February 19, 2007
The Alamo, San Antonio, TX
The second Showdown was just as filled as the last one. I couldn’t find an empty seat and the crowd seemed pumped for what was to come. The crowd was definitely hot for the entire show, which included Showdown and about 30-40 minutes or so of dark matches.
Showdown opened with Edge already standing in the ring. He cut a heel promo before the Showdown video started getting the crowd rabid when the camera went to him live. He cut one helluva promo on Sting about being screwed for the second night in a row out of the chance to be LSW Champion by Sting. It didn’t take long until Sting came out and said they each lost, but he’s tired of Edge blaming him. Sting said Edge needs to be a man and take some responsibility, but if he wants a fight, Sting’s right here for a fight. Edge looks furious and Sting is daring him. Edge almost goes to attack but stop and rethinks it all. He rolls out of the ring and walks to the back to a HUGE chorus of cheers as Sting stares at him the entire way.
Backstage, Edge goes to Shawn Michaels office and says he wants that freak Sting in the ring tonight. Shawn says no. Shawn says Edge will face Sting, but not tonight. Instead, they’ll face each other at Open Range because this little thing between the two of them needs to end. Edge says that’s not good enough and Shawn says he’s all about compromise, so how about tonight, it’s Edge and Chris Jericho vs. Sting and John Cena. The crowd goes ballistic and Edge seems slightly content.
Backstage, CM Punk is standing throwing little jabs in the air, warming up when he stops and smirks to himself. JBL walks up to him and talks down to Punk and says he’s going to break his neck tonight in their Iron Division match. Punk says JBL had a 10 month stretch in a 10 year career that didn’t absolutely suck, and that’s impressive. But Punk’s had a 7 year career that’s featured seven years of glory and tonight will be no different. Punk walks away confidently and JBL seems pissed.
1. AJ Styles d. Christopher Daniels. This was a First Round Fusion Divison Championship Match. A damn good match reminiscent of their TNA matches. Styles surprises Daniels with a quick roll-up for the 1-2-3. Daniels seems pissed and rejects AJ’s handshake after the match. Daniels walks off angrily and AJ tries to shrug it off.
Winner: AJ Styles in 12:35.
Backstage, Christian Cage watches the monitor smirking as Styles watches Daniels walk away.
A pre-taped video between Mike Tenay and Carlito is aired about Carlito’s attack on Jay Lethal last week. Carlito played it off arrogantly, acting like it was no big deal and that Jay Lethal was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carlito’s temper came out after Tenay said the rumors are Jay Lethal is looking for revenge. Carlito got in Tenay’s face and shoved him off his stool, telling Tenay “that’s not cool.” Carlito ripped his microphone off and walked away as Tenay looked at the camera shocked.
Backstage, Chris Benoit is grabbing a cup of water when William Regal walks into the picture talking down to him. Regal says that while they both won their matches last week, it took everything Benoit had while Regal didn’t even break a sweat. Regal says he feels a good warm-up would be good and challenges Benoit to a little “in-ring sparring” tonight. Benoit agrees and we have a match.
2. JBL d. CM Punk. The match was actually better then expected, with Punk playing the great baby face and JBL heeling it up as always. Punk was preparing for the Anaconda Vice with a Urange, but JBL powered out of it with elbows and when Punk turns around he was met with a BRUTAL Clothesline from Hell for the pin.
Winner: JBL in 8:12 minutes.
After the match, Punk was helped up and received a HUGE CM Punk chant on his way to the back.
Backstage, Paul London and Brian Kendrick cut a promo as London finished getting dressed for his match. Kendrick said he won last week and this time it’s London’s turn. London says this is where it all began, in a fed ran by Shawn Michaels. So if it ends up being London vs. Kendrick for the Fusion Division Championship, so be it. Kendrick agrees and offers his hand. Paul accepts it and leaves and Kendrick smirks to himself nodding his head.
A “Thrillseeker” Johnny Jeter promo airs. This time he was getting ready to jump out of a plane proclaiming he’ll do anything to get an adrenaline rush and that in 3 weeks, he’ll make his LSW debut at Open Range.
3. Paul London d. Shannon Moore. This was a pretty good match. Not as good as the Styles/Daniels match, but fairly good. Moore played the heel fairly well (and I was thrilled to see he ditched the whole “reject” gimmick) and Paul had the entire crowd behind him. Some real daredevil moves from each, especially from the ring to the floor. London ended up winning with the London Calling.
Winner: Paul London in 10:05 minutes.
Backstage, Gregory Helms is being interviewed by Maria. He says he was the longest reigning WWE Champion in years, holding the Cruiserweight Championship for over year and he‘s going to hold the Iron Division Championship even longer. He became a household name and was the reason people still bothered with the crap known as the WWE. But Bryan Danielson? He looks at Maria and asks “honestly, who the hell is Bryan Danielson?” Maria kind of shrugs when suddenly, Danielson steps into view smiling. Helms asked who let the stage worker take his shirt off? Danielson laughs and says that Helms was a year long Cruiser champ. He mockingly applauds him but stops. That must have been great. A whole year. What is that, he says, about 4 appearances on TV? The crowd laughs and Helms looks pissed. Danielson says he could talk about all his title reigns across the world, but unlike Helms, he lets his actions in the ring speak instead of begging the crowd to think he’s great. Danielson smiles and walks away and Helms looks pissed.
The crowd erupts as video of John Cena show arriving plays. He walks through the hallways when out of nowhere Jericho blindsides him! The crowd goes nuts as the two begin brawling backstage, slamming through doors and over tables. Agents (I spotted Dean Malenko!) and referees finally break the two apart. As they’re trying to get at each other, Shawn Michaels runs into the picture screaming at them. He says that he’s not going to let these two rip each other apart before Open Range, so from here on out, if they lay a hand on one another in a non-sanctioned manner, Jericho loses his title shot and Cena will be stripped of the title. Each man calms down and looks at Shawn shocked. Shawn says one man runs this show and it’s him. He walks away as security slowly lets them go. Jericho and Cena stare at each other before Jericho walks away.
3. William Regal and Chris Benoit went to a draw. One helluva match between these two mat geniuses, but before it could really get going, someone rushed through the crowd and attacked Chris Benoit. It took a second but once he looked out I was shocked to see it was Brent Albright (formerly known as Gunner Scott *shudder* in the WWE). Brent attacked Benoit’s arm, eventually locking on the Crowbar until the refs could pull him off. Regal just smiled during the whole thing.
Winner: No Contest at 7:54 minutes.
After the attack, Albright left back through the crowd. Benoit refused help and walked out under his own power to huge applause and a loud Benoit chant.
Backstage, Shannon Moore was shown to be in a dark corner curled up on a box mumbling, shaking really hard. Almost sounded as if he was crying. “Wow” was all I could see. Definitely a creepy moment.
4. Bryan Danielson d. Gregory Helms. This was a much better match then I expected. Fun to see Helms get to show what he’s really got against someone with a load of talent and little limitations. Some great ground wrestling. Helms looked like he was going to nail the Vertebreaker, but before he could hoist Danielson up, Danielson tripped Helms to the ground, stomach first. Danielson quickly got on top of Helms and started the rolling elbows and didn’t stop until the ref pulled him off, calling the match!
Winner: Bryan Danielson in 13:20.
After the match, Danielson celebrated with the crowd. In the ring, Helms came to slowly, bleeding from his nose and his mouth. The ref helped Helms to his feet, only for Helms to drop him with a right hand. Helms lifted the ref up and nailed a Vertebreaker to huge boos. Helms walked to the back, wiping the blood on his hand, pissed off to all hell.
Backstage, Jericho and Edge were in the locker room cutting a promo about their match. Each wanted the man they were feuding with and pretty much told the other to stay out of his way. Edge ended by saying he hopes Jericho wins at Open Range, because after being Cena so much last year, he wants a new conquest when winning the title. Jericho says Edge’ll have to actually get a win over the 40 year old man before he even thinks of titles. Edge smirks and the camera fades with both men staring at each other.
5. John Cena and Sting d. Chris Jericho and Edge. Basic tag match with the heels cheating every chance they could while Cena plays the baby face in peril. He finally hit’s the hot tag to Sting who comes in HUGE, but actually gets double teamed by Jericho and Edge slowing his momentum. Sting manages to tag Cena again, but Jericho and Edge get the double team again. Jericho grabs Cena and holds him for Edge. Edge goes for a spear, but Cena moves and Edge nails Jericho! Cena throws Edge out of the ring, grabs Jericho and nails the F-U for the pin!
Winners: John Cena and Sting in 17:25.
After the match, Jericho goes to sneak attack Cena and Sting with a chair, but they catch him before he can and Jericho drops the chair and retreats quickly. Cena and Sting stand tall and this appears to be where the show ends.
BONUS Dark Match:
Sting d. Edge. Edge grabs a mic and says he’d kick Sting’s ass, but he knows Cena and Sting will just screw him over. Cena grabs a mic and says if it’s a fight Edge wants with the Man Called Sting, it’s a fight he’s gonna get. Good night San Antonio. Cena raises his belt and leaves, leaving just Sting in the ring. Sting “Whoo’s” loudly and Edge runs into the ring. A short match, but lots of fun with Edge almost nailing a spear, but Sting avoiding it and nails the Scorpion Deathdrop for the pin.
An Awesome show with a great atmosphere.