Last Knockout Standing: Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim
ODB is the ref. Kim's ring outfit it awesome.
They began scrapping right away. Kim smashed Terrell into the buckles and nailed a leaping clothesline. Terrell came back with a series of clotheslines and a suplex. Kim cut her off with an Octopus-like submission.
ODB got to five counting down Terrell but Kim attacked Terrell and broke up the pin. Kim smashed her leg against the apron, then came off the top with a missile dropkick. ODB started counting Terrell down as Kim went to the floor for a steel chair.
Terrell kicked the chair out of Kim's hand and started flinging her across the ring by her hair. Terrell went to the top for a bodypress but Kim pulled the chair up. The crowd chanted, "Holy sh**" at that. Kim began slamming Terrell's legs onto the chair and wedged it between the turnbuckles.
Kim tried to run Terrell into the buckles but Terrell saved herself. Kim nailed her and locked on the ringpost figure four leglock. Nice shout out to Bret Hart. ODB began counting out Terrell, who pulled herself out. Kim went for her running sideways splash in the corner but Terrell moved out of the way. Kim hit the chair at full speed and landed hard on the floor. That was nutty.
Kim barely made it up at nine but Terrell put the figure four leglock on the ringpost. Kim began screaming and being very vocal at being hurt, much more than she usually does in the ring. Kim was outside in front of the ramp. Terrell went for a spear but Kim move and Terrell dove through the ring and crashed hard on the ramp. That was INSANE.
Terrell barely made it up. She nailed Kim and teased another spear, this time off the ramp to the floor but Kim took her legs out from under her and she took a hard back bump on the ramp. She was up at 9. Kim went for a piledriver on the ramp but Terrell slipped out and bulldogged her off the ramp to the Arena floor. This match is beyond insane.
Terrell just made it to her feet right before the 10 count.
Your winner, Taryn Terrell!
This was just great and far better than anyone would have guessed going into the match. They took some really insane bumps and worked so hard, it was ridiculous. Huge thumbs up out of me. Shocker of the night and I mean that as a compliment.
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
AJ has this slow new theme music. He's bringing an entirely more intense look and body language to his presentation. He worked over Angle early and whipped him into the corner. Styles nailed a big flying forearm smash.
Styles drilled Angle but was caught with a tilotwhirl backbreaker. Angle began booting the hell out of him in the corner. Styles focused on Angle's leg, trying to set him up for the Calfkiller submission hold. He finally went for the move but Angle immediately grabbed the ropes.
Angle still grabbed at his leg, which was taped up. Angle reversed a leglock into an anklelock but Styles immediately grabbed the leg. Angle drilled him with a clothesline, turning him inside out. Angle went down grabbing his leg.
They battled back and forth. Angle nailed his overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Angle started unloaded with his series of German suplexes. Styles snapped Angle's throat on the ropes and used the ropes to vault himself over them into the ring with an full on body smash for a two count.
Styles went to the top for a move but Angle jumped up for a superplex. Styles landed on his feet, which was absolutely amazing. Styles charged Angle but was caught and suplexed hard into the buckles. The crowd chanted, "This is awesome."
Styles caught Angle with a spinning backhand. Styles went for the springboard forearm but Angle kicked him in the air and nailed the Angleslam for a two count.
Angle went for the anklelock but Styles rolled through. Angle was limping. Styles grabbed the Calfkiller and Angle teased tapping out. Angle reversed it into an anklelock. Styles tried to reach the ropes but Angle pulled him to the center and scissored him. AJ almost tapped but sucked it up and used a series of stiff kicks to finally break it.
Angle charged Styles but was sidestepped. Angle hit the ringpost. Styles turned him upside down and came running with a big dropkick to the mid-section. Styles went for a springboard 450 splash into the ring but Angle rolled out of the way. No water in the pool. They went into a series of reversals and finally Angle scored the pin.
Your winner, Kurt Angle!
Another really good match. Styles and Angle have had more spectacular spot-oriented matches but this was a really good wrestling bout with some awesome sequences, submission reversals and intensity. Angle was the right guy to win. It's hard to book him to lose when he's announced as your Hall of Famer and the loss adds to Styles' anguish and Lone Wolf persona. Styles' new direction really adds a nice, fresh feel to him.
TNA champ Bully Ray cut a promo backstage. He said that Sting didn't think about this before he made the match a No Holds Barred match. He said Sting warned him he was going to do all this things and warned Bully to try and do it to him. Ray said he wasn't going to do those things. He said there was one move that wrestlers try not to do to each other because of what it can do to people - the piledriver. He said that he's going to use it to break Sting's neck.
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