The start wasn't pretty.
Neither was the finish.
But everything in between sure was -- and so was the score Marwayne's Denton Edge picked up yesterday to snag one of two wildcard entries into today's Showdown Sunday.
Edge stuck out a helicopter ride aboard Black Tail Switch, a yellow beast weighing in at 1,400 lb., to earn an 88.
That score was only bested by J.B. Mauney's 90 on Slim Jim to close out the show.
Mauney, though, didn't have his bull land on him after his ride. Edge was lucky he didn't feel the full weight of Black Tail Switch when the two hit the infield turf together.
"I was a little bit behind him. I had to do some pumping over my head to get around there and get back with him," said Edge of the ride that put another $5,000 in his pocket.
"Felt like I made a good ride, and when I went to get off, I kinda hung a spur in my rope or something, and the bull fell on me.
"I didn't know what the heck was going on for a minute."
He scrambled away pretty quickly before the bull got back up, so the crowd was left wondering whether adrenaline kicked in or if he escaped unscathed after the dismount.
"I felt him kind of fall on me a little bit," said Edge, who figures the beast got a piece of his leg at best but knew he better scoot away as quickly as possible.
"You want to get the heck out of the road. I knew he was right there on me or beside me, and I didn't know if he could have got up and get me."
Last out of the chutes, Mauney knew he needed a good ride to see another day at the Stampede. The Mooresville, N.C., bull rider did just that as Slim Jim did everything he could do to toss him off.
'Stay on' was all Mauney was thinking as he got ready for his ride.
"'Cause if you stay on, you can't really do more than that," Mauney said. "It's up to the bull. If you do your part, it's all you can do."
It wasn't easy. The big, black, 1,450-pounder out of the Peters and Sons pens changed direction with authority a few times.
"They said he'd turn back either way. I was trying to track him and see which way he'd go and then finally he sat down and went to spinning," Mauney said. "Luckily, I stuck with him."
Mauney once broke every rib on his right side and lacerated his liver in an altercation with a bull, so you know he was cringing when he saw Edge go down.
"It was a great bull ride. I was happy he was alright walking away from it," Mauney said.
BULL RIDING FINALE
Mike Lee $11,000
Matt Bohon $10,000
Scott Schiffner $9,500
Beau Hill $9,000
Tyler Thomson $9,000
-Denton Edge $9,000
Brian Canter $8,000
-J.B. Mauney $8,000
Wiley Petersen $7,000
Chad Besplug $6,500 -wildcard entry