LSW Open Range
Date: May 6, 2006
Location: San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo is completely sold out as “What I’ve Done” blares through the speakers. The stage is set up slightly different and the ropes instead of the traditional blue have been replaced with red, white and blue ropes. Very patriotic. The crowd is really loud as graphics on the screen quickly flash the card.
Suddenly, Shawn Michaels pops up on the screen hanging over the entrance way. He thanks the audience for coming to Open Range, Lonestar Wrestling’s first ever PPV. He says tonight’s a huge night that he’s looking forward to and he hopes everyone else is too. He tells us to enjoy the show, and that’s that. Nice to see an authority figure who isn’t the center of the show.
Lillian Garcia is in the ring and she announces that the first match of the evening will be the Tag Team Gauntlet match for the LSW Tag Team Championships.
LSW Tag Team Championship
The first music that hits is Carlito’s. He walks to the ring looking a little pissed he’s one of the first participants. He climbs in waiting for his partner when Shannon Moore’s music plays. Moore walks out rather mundanely…almost depressed. He climbs in and Carlito jumps on him for looking so down. Carlito is trying to fire him up when Finlay’s music plays. Finlay walks out and waits for his partner. The crowd goes absolutely nuts when Jay Lethal’s music plays. Lethal comes sprinting out, passing Finlay, and slides into the ring. Carlito bails out of the ring, and Lethal gives him the chase. Carlito tries sliding back into the ring, only for Finlay to drill him and the bell rings finally starting the match.
Match One: Carlito and Shannon Moore vs. Finlay and Jay Lethal
Lethal never even tags in his partner, nor does he allow Carlito to tag in Moore. The match feels more like a one on one match.
Carlito finally tags in Moore, but Lethal quickly tags in Finlay, so he can continue attacking Carlito, with the two men brawling to the back.
In the ring, Moore is trying to stop the fighting Irishman, but Finlay’s sheer brutality gives him the advantage.
Carlito emerges from the back, limping and bleeding from his head. Lethal comes from the back, still chasing him. Carlito slides into the ring, and Finlay attacks him again, only for Moore to roll Finlay up for the pin!
Eliminated-Finlay and Jay Lethal
Finlay is shocked and pummels Moore. Lethal is still attacking Carlito, when Finlay grabs him and gives him the Emerald Fusion before leaving the ring with all three men laid out.
Gregory Helms’ music plays, and he walks out with an arrogant smile. He passes Finlay cautiously, but is applauding the destruction he caused. Helms pauses when Christopher Daniels’ music hits. Helms meets Daniels in the middle of the aisle and the two shake hands before heading into the ring.
Match Two: Carlito and Shannon Moore vs. Christopher Daniels and Gregory Helms
The ref clears Lethal from the ring and Moore and Carlito are slowly coming to. Helms starts the match off and goes straight after Moore. Helms tosses Moore around with real stiff shots, furthering the beating Finlay had already given him.
Helms and Daniels isolate Moore, but the young man refuses to stay down, always kicking out a half second before three.
Moore finally mounts offense, nailing an enziguri on Daniels. He crawls to his corner and almost gets to Carlito when Carlito smirks and spits in Moore’s face. Carlito walks away, still limping a little, leaving Moore all alone.
As Moore watched Carlito walk away, Daniels has recovered and tags in Helms. Helms climbs in and pounds on Moore with big boots to the back. Helms picks Moore up, who’s practically helpless by now, and gives him a HUGE vertebreaker for the pin.
Eliminated-Carlito and Shannon Moore
The crowd begins rumbling, because they know who’s left. The school bell rings and Matt Striker walks out looking upset. The crowd goes ballistic as CM Punk walks out, staring a whole in the back of Striker’s head. Striker turns around and he and Punk stare face to face. The two talk, pointing at Helms and Daniels and apparently setting some ground rules for the match, despite their problems.
Final Match: Gregory Helms and Christopher Daniels vs. CM Punk and Matt Striker
The four man stand in the ring, all eyeing one another. Daniels and Helms decide Daniels will go first and Striker will go first for he and CM Punk.
This is a much more traditional tag team match. The two teams trade back and forth, each making frequent tags, each working surprisingly well as a tag team.
Each team scores several near falls, until Daniels and Helms isolate Punk.
Punk takes the beating, but eventually makes the hot tag to Striker, who comes in EL HOUSE EN FUEGO~! Striker takes out both men, and has Helms in his sights.
Striker boots Helms in the gut and hoists him high in the air and drops him with a brain buster. Punk knocks Daniels with a drop kick as he tries to climb into the ring to stop the pin. One…Two…THREE!
winner via pinfall, and NEW LSW Tag Team Champions, Matt Striker and CM Punk **1/2
Striker raises his hands high in the air, and he and CM Punk embrace in a huge hug as the ref hands them their new titles. The two raise them high, before hugging again. The crowd is going nuts as the two men walk to the back. Highlights are shown of how they won the match, before showing one more glimpse of the two men raising the titles high at the entrance ramp.
“The Thrillseeker” Johnny Jeter is backstage cutting a live promo about how happy he is to be here finally in the LSW. He talks about the competition, hyping up the tag match, when Finlay interrupts the interview. Finlay asks Jeter if he’s the guy who likes thrills. Jeter says yeah. And Finlay says he’s the guy who likes fights, and attacks Jeter. The two brawl until they are separated.
Maria is standing backstage with CM Punk and Matt Striker, the new LSW Tag Team Champions. The two talk their new partners up, agreeing to let their little rivalry be and defend these titles against anyone. Suddenly, Paul London and Brian Kendrick walk up together wearing street clothes to a big pop. Striker and Punk get ready to fight but the Hooliganz tell them not to worry. They want to know if they mean it when they say they’ll defend the titles against anyone. Striker and Punk nod yes, and London and Kendrick shake their heads in approval. They congratulate Striker and Punk again before walking away. Punk and Striker watch, but quickly brush it off and walk away proudly with their titles.
A video package highlights the feud between Brent Albright and Chris Benoit.
Brent Albright comes out first to the ring to good heat. He climbs in and waits. Chris Benoit comes down looking furious, slides into the ring and tackles Albright.
Brent Albright vs. Chris Benoit
The match is fast and furious, with the brawl spilling all over the floor.
-Benoit and Albright each are working the other man’s shoulder to lock in the Crossface or the Crowbar, respectively. Because of the similarity between the moves, each man is quick to reverse it.
-Benoit nailed a stiff looking snap suplex on the floor.
-Benoit went for a diving head butt, but Albright rolled out of the way.
-Albright tried rolling Benoit up for the pin, grabbing the tights, but Benoit still got away.
-Albright tossed Benoit outside and climbed out to get him. He went for the same suplex spot, but Benoit fought out of it. Benoit knocked Albright away and went to tackle him, but Albright side-stepped him and dropped him face first onto the steel steps with a drop-toe hold.
-Albright nailed Benoit with his own signature move, a DDT onto the ring apron.
-Albright nailed a few Germans, and still couldn’t get the pin.
Albright, frustrated, left the ring and grabbed a steel chair. He climbed in and ignores the refs warning. He measures up Benoit and goes for the chair shot, but Benoit ducks! Benoit boots Albright in the gut, causing him to drop the chair. Benoit drills him with a clothesline, and picks up the cheer. The crowd is cheering as Benoit measures up Albright and cracks the chair over his head! The ref throws the match out, but Benoit looks on with a toothless grin.
winner via Disqualification, Brent Albright ***
After the match, Benoit hits Albright in the shoulder with the chair, before locking on the Crossface. Refs swarm the ring trying to break it up and finally do. “Whatever” plays as Benoit walks away from the ring grinning as the refs help Albright try to raise to his feet.
A video promo aired for Samoa Joe, saying he’s coming to LSW at the next PPV, High Noon.
Backstage, Christian Cage is in his locker room and he cuts a promo about how he guarantees tonight he’ll walk away with the Fusion Division, no matter who he’s facing . He’ll grab the attention of everyone who’s ever ignored him and he will be the best damn champion in the company.
Danielson is wrapping his wrists when William Regal walks in and tells him that tonight, it isn’t a matter of youth versus experience. Regal says he’s spent his entire life fighting and being the Iron Division champion defines who he is. Danielson said he respects Regal but tonight, it’s about winning the title and tonight, he’ll leave the Alamo wearing gold.
A promo airs following the progression of the Iron Division Tournament. We relive each of Danielson and Regal’s individual victories leading to their match. Danielson comes out first to a solid pop. Personal side-note, I marked watching him wear the flowing cowl again. Regal comes out wearing his robe, seeming rather confident.
Iron Division Championship Finals
William Regal vs. Bryan Danielson
The match is a technical masterpiece, with counter after counter. Eventually the technical wrestling gives way to some serious stiffness akin to the Regal/Benoit matches or the Danielson/McGuiness RoH matches.
-Regal controls the flow of most of the match. He gains first blood busting Danielson open with some stiff head butts.
-Danielson gets several desperate cradle pin attempts, but Regal always kicks out and continues the beating.
-Danielson also manages to grab a few quick arm bar submissions, costing Regal two rope breaks.
-Regal realizes his predicament, and quickly starts applying submissions close to the ropes, eventually costing Danielson all three of his breaks.
-Danielson avoids the stiff knee to the jaw from Regal by sweeping out his other leg and begins a barrage of elbows to the back of Regal’s head. Regal uses his last rope break to escape the elbows.
-With both men out of rope breaks, they each slow their pace. Regal’s temper comes out eventually, and the match turns into a hellacious brawl.
-Danielson busts Regal’s nose with a stiff forearm to the face and gets a near fall.
-Regal, bleeding heavily from his nose, catches Danielson with the Regal Stretch and nearly wins, but Danielson gets to the ropes. Despite being out of rope breaks, he continues pulling on the ropes, eventually tugging himself and Regal out of the ring completely, breaking the hold.
Both men are out on the ring until eighteen, when they slowly crawl in, each bloody and exhausted. They meet in the center of the ring and a slugfest ensues. Regal nails a huge gut wrench suplex and nearly gets the pin. He seems shocked, but measures up Danielson for another running knee to the head. Regal runs off the ropes, but Danielson blocks the knee in a move of desperation. Danielson fires several shots to Regal’s gut as he stands. Regal goes for a wild left hand, but Danielson sucks and locks on the Crossface Chickenwing! Danielson falls back and Regal is desperately trying to break the hold. He refuses to give up, and Danielson digs his free hand into Regal’s broken nose until Regal has no choice but to tap.
winner via submission and NEW Iron Division Champion, Bryan Danielson ****
Danielson relinquishes the hold and falls to the mat flat. The ref raises his hand and drapes the title across his chest. Danielson comes to slowly, standing up and staring at his title in awe. He helps Regal to his feet and extends his hand. Regal rips his arm away and goes to walk out of the ring. He stops and comes back towards Danielson and gets in his face. Regal grabs Danielson’s hand and shakes it firmly. He raises Danielson’s hand to a huge pop, before leaving the ring.
Backstage, Edge is shown arriving, rolling his luggage behind him. Maria runs up approaching him, but Edge tells her “beat it, skank,” as he walks motivated to the back.
In the arena, Shawn Michaels music hit and he walks to the ring to a huge ovation. He grabs the mic and says that LSW is continually trying to sign the best talent in professional wrestling. He says that the most recent signing is tremendous one, because after the fall of the WWE, this man’s contract became one of the single hottest commodities in wrestling. Just two weeks ago, he reached an agreement with LSW and he’s here tonight.
The arena goes black when all of sudden we hear “I turn up the trouble till it gets real loud.” The crowd goes nuts as Mr. Kennedy walks to the ring, arrogantly chomping on a piece of gum. Kennedy climbs into the ring, and Shawn moves to give him room. The spotlight shines on Kennedy as a microphone comes down from the rafters. Kennedy grabs the mic and says “I am the newest Lonestar Wrestling Superstar. I am the greatest entertainer and wrestler in the history of this business and I am here for one reason and one reason only, to win the LSW Heavyweight Championship. I am MISTERRRRRRRRR Kennedy…Kennedy…” The lights go back up and Shawn applauds for Mr. Kennedy as he poses on the turnbuckles.
Backstage, AJ Styles is standing in his locker room. He says that he’s heard Cage talking a lot. He says that all the years he’s known Cage, all he’s ever done is talk. AJ says he doesn’t just talk, he goes out there and proves it night after night. He lists off the multiple titles he’s won and says at the end of the night, there’s going to be one more; The Fusion Division Championship. He says the reason is simple, real simple…he’s simply phenomenal.
A promo airs for the next LSW PPV, High Noon, live June 3.
In the arena, Cage’s music hits and the crowd unanimously boos as Captain Charisma walks to the ring. He climbs in and flips his hood on the turnbuckle, blowing a kiss out to the crowd. The crowds jeers turn to ridiculously huge pops as AJ Styles walks out to the ring. He peers through his hood before flipping it off and posing in front of a small pyro display. Styles comes to the ring and poses some more.
Fusion Division Championship Match
Christian Cage vs. AJ Styles
The match is fast paced from the get-go. Styles is on fire, and it isn’t long until Cage rolls out to escape his fury. All this does though is get Cage a huge dive from Styles over the top rope, furthering the beating.
-Styles is just beating the hell out of Cage, nailing flying clotheslines, springboard forearms and even a huge Pele kick.
-Cage eventually gets the advantage when Styles crashes and burns with a dropsault that Cage avoids holding onto the ropes.
-Cage chokes Styles on the ropes, before mocking the crowd.
-Styles tries fighting back, but Cage always changes the tempo with a quick clothesline or boot to the gut, using his size as an advantage.
-Cage goes for several near-falls, never quite getting Styles to stay down. Cage even nails a stiff power bomb, but Styles still kicks out.
-Styles gets a bit of a comeback going with a flying kick to the head, but he’s unable to capitalize on it.
-Cage sets up for the Unprettier, but Styles manages to give Cage a huge, modified back body drop, crashing Cage hard on the back of his neck and folding him over.
-Styles only gets a LONG two-count and goes for the Styles Clash. He nails it, but right before three, Cage puts his foot on the ropes.
Styles is frustrated as Cage slowly gets to his feet, only for Styles to drop him with a stiff kick to the head. Styles lifts him up and goes to set up another Styles Clash, but Cage kicks Styles in the head repeatedly, until Styles releases him. Styles stumbles back, but charges at Cage, but Cage rolls ducks the attack and quickly rolls Styles up for the pin. He’s grabs a handful of Styles tights and grabs the cheap victory!
winner via pinfall, and NEW Fusion Division Champion, Christian Cage ***1/4
Cage quickly rolls out of the ring. Styles tries arguing that Cage had his tights, but it’s too late. The ref hands Cage the belt and he holds it proudly, clutching it tight to his chest. Cage drops to his knees and appears to be in tears as he raises the title over his head, ignoring his previous claims of “hating” the title and being a part of it.
Backstage, Mr. Kennedy is walking through the hallways, arrogantly mocking the people he sees. He stops when he sees someone in the distance. He smiles and walks over to the person, tapping them in the shoulder. The man turns around and it’s LSW Heavyweight Champion John Cena! Cena asks what Kennedy wants, and Kennedy goes to talk, but Cena cuts him off and says never mind, he knows what Kennedy wants. Both men look at the title on Cena’s shoulder. Cena says Kennedy can say he wants the title, but tonight, he’s going to face someone who’s earned the chance to get a shot at it. Kennedy says he’ll earn his chance, and he’ll make the most of it. Kennedy says he’s the future and that Cena better remember his name. He says his name twice, before walking off. Cena says what a tool, before walking away.
The camera is in a dark room and we can barely make out the figure. Only when he speaks do we know it’s Sting. Sting says that Edge has opened up a new place in his mind. He says tonight, he’s going to destroy Edge, body, mind and soul. Sting says that he’s been reminded of the sickness on Earth through Edge and that he’s going to begin his fumigation of evil tonight.
Edge’s music hits and he walks out to the loudest heat of the night. Edge comes down to the ring and slides in, looking extremely volatile. Sting’s music hits and Sting walks out calm. He walks slowly to the ring, never breaking his trance with Edge. Sting climbs in Edge immediately goes for the attack before Sting can ever take off his jacket, but Sting gets the upper hand, blocking Edge’s punches and dropping Edge with his own right hands.
Edge vs. Sting
The match is straight brawl, never getting technical.
-Edge takes a beating from an enraged Sting, but keeps trying to fight back.
-Sting has the advantage until he misses a Stinger Splash in the corner.
-Edge begins working on Sting’s ribs from the missed Stinger Splash and a great way to set up the Spear.
-Edge is stomping Sting’s ribs continuously, a nails a big rib breaker across his knee.
-Edge keeps trying desperate pins, but can’t get it.
-Edge is furious and nearly ripping his hair out. Edge waits for Sting to stand and goes for the spear, but Sting moves and Edge crashes into the turnbuckle.
Sting quickly goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, but Edge grabs the ropes before he can lock it in. Edge stands up and Sting goes on the attack again, but Edge nails a miraculous quick spear to the gut again! He can’t make the pin as he lies on the ground as well. Once he does cover, Sting is able to kick out. Edge slowly gets to his feet and lifts Sting up. Edge goes for the Downward Spiral, but Sting elbows out of it. Edge stumbles away and Sting grabs his hair from behind and yanks him back. Sting drops Edge with the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting covers for the pin!
winner via pinfall, Sting ***3/4
Sting raises his hand proud, but Edge sneak attacks him with a low blow. Edge pummels Sting until the refs finally pull him off. Edge is smiling as he watches Sting get lifted up slowly. Edge suddenly rushes in the ring and spears Sting again as he’s being helped up, before finally being restrained.
Backstage, Chris Jericho cuts a promo about achieving his destiny tonight. He says he’s going to regain his pride and he’s going to take John Cena’s away. Jericho says Cena will never…EVER…be the same again.
Chris Jericho’s countdown appears on the screen, and the self-proclaimed King of the World walks out to huge heat. He struts to the ring and does his tradition entrance. The arena goes silent before the roof absolutely blows off as the LSW Heavyweight Champion John Cena walks to the ring to an amazing reaction. Cena comes to the ring and rips off poses with his title. He rips off his shirt and throws it into the crowd as the ref displays his title to the crowd. Cena and Jericho meet in the middle of the ring and start talking smack in the stand-off.
LSW Heavyweight Championship: No Disqualification
Chris Jericho vs. John Cena ©
The stand-off quickly deteriorates to a brawl, as the two men trade punches in the center of the ring. Jericho gets the advantage, but Cena quickly reverses it, pummeling Jericho and the two of them falling through the ropes to the arena floor.
-Jericho and Cena take full advantage of the no DQ stipulation, battling through the arena. Neither man is going for the win, instead going to hurt the other one.
-Jericho controls it early, battering Cena around the arena.
-Jericho goes for a piledriver on the concrete floor, but Cena back body drops him onto the floor instead.
-Cena takes full control, throwing Jericho into concrete walls, crashing him down stairs and all-around maiming Jericho uncontrollably.
-Eventually they make it back to the ring, with Cena dragging Jericho, only for Jericho to kick out of the pin-attempt.
-Cena lifts Jericho up and goes for the modified gut wrench power bomb, but Jericho grabs Cena’s head with his legs and nails a head scissors, taking Cena down.
-Stumbling to his feet, Jericho brings Cena to his feet and nails a forearm to the head, knocking Cena back. Cena responds with his own forearm, but Jericho quickly leaps up and nails a standing enziguri, knocking Cena down.
-Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho and locks it on, but Cena manages to get to the ropes eventually.
-The crowd is slowly splitting between Jericho and Cena, as the two men battle it out with all their hearts.
-Jericho is distraught and lifts Cena up. Suddenly, Cena throws Jericho on his shoulders and nails the FU! Cena covers but Jericho kicks out right before three.
-Cena is arguing with the ref, as he stands Jericho up again. Cena drills him with several right hands, knocking him into the ropes. Cena puts him up on the top turnbuckle and goes for a top-rope FU, but Jericho manages to elbow out of it. He knocks Cena to the canvas, but Cena quickly hops up to his feet and goes after Jericho again. Again, Jericho blocks Cena from getting a hold of him. When Cena attacks again, Jericho leaps off and nails a missile drop kick.
-Jericho stands up and pumps his fist to a huge pop. He grabs Cena and goes for the Breakdown, but Cena quickly trips Jericho’s leg out from underneath him and locks on the STFU! The crowd is cheering as Jericho inches to the ropes. They also cheer as Cena locks it on harder. When Jericho finally grabs the ropes, the crowd is completely split.
Cena stands up absolutely furious. He rolls out of the ring and grabs a steel chair and comes into the ring. Jericho is slowly getting to his feet, and Cena drills him in the knee with the chair. Jericho falls holding his knee, and Cena hits him again in the knee. Jericho is in severe pain as Cena continuously smacks the chair across his knee. Jericho is in the corner and Cena grabs his hurt leg and stomps on it. Cena pulls Jericho out to the middle of the ring to huge boos and flips Jericho off. Jericho mockingly does the You Can’t See Me, which only makes Cena slam Jericho’s leg down hard onto the mat. Cena locks Jericho’s leg and does his “You Can’t See Me” thing to Jericho, before going off the rope and nailing the move onto the chair. Cena unwraps Jericho’s leg and locks on the STFU again to HUGE boos. Jericho refuses to tap and Cena eventually clutches around his throat tightly, choking the life out of Jericho. The ref lifts Jericho’s hand and it falls three times and the ref calls for the bell.
winner via submission, and STILL LSW Heavyweight Champion, John Cena ****1/2
The crowd is booing uncontrollably as Cena stands up with a disgusted look on his face. He rips his belt from the ref and holds it up proudly, ignoring the boos. Cena walks over the unconscious Jericho and rolls him onto his back. Cena smacks Jericho in the face a few times before doing the You Can’t See Me again. Cena raises the belt high over his head as LSW Open Range fades to black.
End of Show