TNA champ Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
Not a lot of time here.
They started out fast with Roode going for the Crossface early. Angleâ€™s leg is wrapped up. Angle and Roode ended up on the outside with Roode chasing Angle around the ring. Angle rolled back in and nailed Roode with a kick as he returned through the ropes.
Angle worked over Roode with shoulderblocks, then snapped him with a suplex for a two count. Angle rode Roode on the mat, working him over. Roode fired back with a series of elbows but was caught with another suplex. Angle kneed him and covered Roode for another two count. Angle held Roode to the mat with a waistlock. There was a â€śLetâ€™s go Roodeâ€ť chant.
Roode fought his way to his feet. He nailed several right hands and went for a clothesline but Angle ducked and started throwing German suplexes. Angle went to the ropes for a moonsault but Roode jumped up and nailed a crazy throwing suplex into the ring. Angle did almost a full rotation taking the bump.
The referee was counting both men down as they returned to their knees and battled back and forth with punches. They exchanged uppercuts and right hands. Roode nailed a flying forearm and a series of rights. He clotheslined Angle down. Roode went to the middle rope and nailed a neckbreaker off the ropes for a two count.
Roode chopped Angle but was caught with an overhead release belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. Angle and Roode went back and forth with reversals until Angle nailed a DDT for a two count. Roode began trash talking Roode as he went for the Angle Slam. Roode slipped out and nailed the spinebuster for a two count. Roode went to the top rope but was caught by Angle, who suplexed him off for a two count.
The referee counted them both down. Angle tried to grab Roode, who maneuvered him down and locked in the crossface. Angle grabbed an anklelock and forced Roode into the submission. Fans chanted for â€śBobby.â€ť Roode reversed it back into the crossface, rolling through. Angle slipped out and rolled Roode up for a two count. Roode kicked out and went right back to the crossface.
Angle nailed the Olympic Slam, slipping out for a two count. Angle grabbed the anklelock. Roode rolled through and kicked Angle off, then caught him with a spinebuster. Roode nailed a Perfectplex but Angle kicked out at the last possible second. The fans began with the dueling chant.
Angle went back for the anklelock but Roode rolled through with a forward roll for a two count. Roode slipped out of an Olympic Slam and Angle was sent into the corner. Angle kicked Roode low as the referee missed it. Angle nailed the Olympic Slam but Roode kicked out at the last second. Fans were chanting for â€śBobby.â€ť
Angle nailed a German suplex and began the sequences of Germans. Roode slipped out of the third and went right back to the crossface. Angleâ€™s eyes were covered so he moved himself under the ropes reaching for them, forcing a break. Roode whipped Angle, who reversed it and speared Roode for a two count.
Angle went to the top rope for a double axehandle or something but Roode saw him coming and locked in the crossface again. Angle slipped out but missed the Olympic Slam. Roode missed the Perfectplex attempt. Angle nailed the Olympic Slam and covered Roode, whoâ€™s arm was under the ropes while Angle was grabbing the rope for the pin.
Your winner and still TNA champion, Kurt Angle!
Angle was helped from the ring as Roode sat up despondent over losing.
Match was OK but you could see they were rushing against the clock. They really needed a classic match for that sort of finish to work so the fans have this great sympathy for Roode coming out of it, but with the shortened time involved, it didnâ€™t come across. In fact, Iâ€™d describe it as deflating Roode more than helping him.