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By Mike Johnson on 2011-12-11 20:11:28

TNA X-Division champion Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash

They locked up and jockeyed for position in a collar and elbow tie-up.   Aries chopped him hard in the corner then ran when he saw Kash was getting angry.  Back in the ring, Kash nailed several armdrags and scissored Aries' head in his legs.  Aries slipped out and nailed a dropkick to Kash, who was still in the sitting position.

Aries grabbed a side headlock.  Kash grabbed him by the ear.  Aries grabbed Kash by the ear as well.  They went back and forth into reversals.  Kash clotheslined Aries down and dropped an elbow for a two count.   They went back and forth in a series of near falls.  

They battled to the outside.  Back in the ring, Aries tried to uses the ropes to get the pin but the referee caught him.  Kash sent him to the outside and hit a slingshot pescado to the outside.  Kash worked him over with chops as he rolled Aries back in.  Aries nailed a back mule kick to sent Kash to the floor.  Aries nailed a great looking tope to the outside.   He brought Kash back into the ring and used the ropes for a neckbreaker, scoring a two count.

Kash started to fire back and they exchanged blows.  Kash was nailed into the corner and rolled up for a two count.   Aries teased the pendulum elbow for a two count.    Kash and Aries went into a series of  reversals.   Kash drilled him with pair of right hands for a two count.   Aries tried to come back with a bulldog like maneuver but Kash grabbed him and slammed the champion down for a two count.  Kash argued over the count.

Aries drilled Kash and went to the top.  Kash crotched him on the top and Aries crashed to the mat.  Kash went to the top but was crotched as well.   Kash fought off a superplex attempt.   He went for a top rope powerbomb but Aries turned it into a rana mid-move. 

Aries and Kash battled back and forth in the ring.   Kash went for the moneymaker but Aries stomped him and nailed a neckbreaker.   Aries charged him in the corner but ate a big boot.   Kash went for a powerbomb but Aries countered and slipped out.  Aries put brass knuckles on his fist but the referee caught him.  Kash tried to do the same but was caught.  As the referee took the objects out of the ring, Aries grabbed the X-Division belt and tossed it into Kash's hands.  The referee grabbed the belt from Kash.  Aries kicked the distracted Kash and nailed the brainbuster for the pin.

Your winner and still X-Division champion, Austin Aries!

Decent back and forth match.  Both have done a really good job this year in their roles.  I thought the finish was clever.

TNA Knockouts champion Gail Kim vs. Mickie James

They started out pretty hot in the ring.  They battled to the corner, where Mickie went for a forward roll out of the corner but was stopped and slammed down face-first.   Kim nailed a leaping clothesline for a two count.   She mounted James and drilled her with punches

Kim used a counter to score a two count but was drilled with a right hand for a two count.  Kim continued working over James.   She grapevined James' knee and began working over James' knee with submission moves.   James was choked against the ropes.  Kim whipped her into the ropes but missed a dive into the corner.  She connected with the ringpost then landed hard on the floor.

James flipped her back into the ring and nailed several forearms.  James nailed a rana and drilled Kim with a series of clotheslines.  She nailed a flapjack and went to the top.  Kim cut her off and drilled James with forearms.  She went for a top rope rana but James held on and nailed a Thesz Press off the ropes for a two count.

Kim went for her finisher but James countered and snapped her over by the leg.  Kim ended up on the floor and began walking out.  James attacked her and dragged her back towards the ring.  Kim kicked her and whipped James towards the ringpost but James reversed it and Kim nailed the post, flying to the floor.

Madison Rayne ran down and grabbed James' leg as she returned to the ring.  James kicked her off but walked right into Kim's Eat Defeat.  Lame finish.

Your winner and still TNA Knockouts champion, Gail Kim!

They worked their asses off but the finish took some of the edge off of this.

Jeremy Borash interviewed James Storm, who said her was as a beer drinking, ass kicking machine.  He said he was going to raise some hell.  He said that no matter who you are in life, there is always someone bigger and badder that can knock you down.  He said tonight, he's that guy.  He said that be beat Kurt Angle twice in a row.  He told Angle from the bottom of his heart, then corrected himself "from the  bottom of my balls, sorry about your damn luck!"  Great promo.  Storm has been ON in recent weeks.

Kurt Angle vs. James Storm

They charged each other at the bell.  Storm backed him into the corner.  They broke up and locked up again.    Angle tried to use a single leg takedown but instead just slammed Storm to the mat.  They did some nice reversals on the mat.  Storm grabbed a hammerlock but Angle grabbed the ropes.

They locked up again and Angle began working over the arm.    Angle and Storm worked over each other on the mat.  Angle got control and backed Storm into the corner, working over Storm with shots to the head, playing off the concussion.  Storm made a comeback and clotheslined Angle over the ropes to the floor.   On the outside, Storm drilled Angle with several shots to the head and tossed him into the guard rail.

Storm broke the referee's count and went after Angle, who grabbed him and pulled Storm into the ring steps.   Angle used his feet, stepping on Storm's head.  Angle locked in a side chinlock.    Angle was sent off into the ropes but drilled Storm and began punching him in the head.  Angle continued beating Storm down on the mat.  Storm was woozy and out of it.  Angle went to the floor and drilled Storm with a series of elbows while he was out of it on the apron.

Back in the ring, Angle sent Storm into the ropes and locked in a sleeper.    Storm went down to one knee and was almost ruled out of it but fired back with a series of elbows to the mid-section.  Storm nailed a backdrop suplex to finally break the sleeper but was out on his feet.  

Storm and Angle exchanged rights and Storm began cleaning house with a series of right hands and clotheslines.  He charged in the corner but Angle nailed him with an elbow.  Angle charged but Storm drilled him with a pair of backstabbers for two count.    Storm nailed a big right hand and whipped Angle into the ropes.  Angle reversed it and nailed an overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count.

Angle went for his rolling German suplexes but Storm broke free from the first with an elbow.  Angle was able to grab him for an anklelock attempt but Storm kicked him off.  Storm nailed him in the head and went for a piledriver but was shoved off.  Angle slipped behind him and nailed the rolling German suplexes.   Angle covered Storm, who kicked out at two.

Angle stalked behind Storm for the Angleslam but Storm ducked and went for the Whirlybird.  He nailed it and scored a two count.  Storm went to the top rope but Angle met him and drilled the superplex for a two count.   Storm countered a move with an armdrag.  He went for a kick but was stopped and locked in an anklelock.  Storm kicked him off.  Angle charged him but Storm moved and Angle hit the ringpost shoulder-first.  Storm grabbed Angle and held him over the apron, then dropped him into as hanging DDT.

Storm pulled Angle up and rolled him back into the ropes.    Storm set up for the superkick but Angle blocked him and nailed the Angleslam for a two count.   Kurt Angle went for the moonsault but missed.   The crowd rallied Storm, who nailed the superkick and scored the pin clean.

Your winner, James Storm!

Solid match.  It was all the spots you'd expect to see and do see from Kurt Angle on PPV.  They told a nice story about Storm coming back from the concussion and the beating Angle gave him.  Storm winning clean was the absolute best finish they could have done if they want to truly get him over as a top name. 

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