Kurt Angle defeated Austin Aries in a submission match as two former World Champions clashed again in Dixie Carter’s World Title tournament, while the line-up for next week’s Turning Point event in Orlando Florida was completed.
Five-time heavyweight champion Angle won a tense match against one-time winner Aries, with the decisive moment coming when Kurt employed the ‘cross face’ hold synonymous with fellow rival Bobby Roode.
Roode, who has beaten Angle twice in recent exhibition matches, attempted to intimidate the 44-year-old by watching the match from the top of the ramp that leads to the ring, but his presence only spurred on Kurt to claim victory with the It Factor’s own finisher.
A furious Roode will attempt to join Angle and Jeff Hardy in the semi-finals of the World Title Tournament later this week when he faces former tag team partner James Storm in a bull-rope match.
The other quarter-final, which also pits two former tag team partners against each other, Magnus and Samoa Joe – was revealed to be a falls count anywhere match in an announcement by Dixie Carter.
Elsewhere, Mr. Anderson continued to stir up controversy as he again attacked the Aces & Eights. At the start of the night, Bully Ray announced his plans to accept Anderson’s challenge for a No Disqualification match at Turning Point, promising his former vice-president that he would “pile-drive him through the stage”.
Unperturbed, a street-clothes clad Anderson emerged to attack Ray and his cohorts, forcing an impromptu match with Knux that he won by pin-fall.
Later on in the evening Anderson attacked Garrett Bischoff backstage, dragging him out to the ramp following Angle match with Aries, and pile-driving his former associate in a style reminiscent of Ray’s attack on Anderson several months earlier.
Joseph Park also offered an intriguing challenge to his brother, the monster Abyss, who has only made sporadic appearances in the show in recent months. The challenge came after Park was riled by comments from Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, that he did not deserve his spot in TNA. Daniels defeated Park in a one on one match earlier the same evening, after the Bad Influence duo had defeated Park and Eric Young a week earlier.
Gail Kim comfortably defeated Hannah Blossom, has she entertained the first of her ‘open challengers’.
A week earlier, the ‘Knockouts’ Champion issued a challenge to any female wrestler outside of TNA, with a title shot the reward for victory over herself and Lei’d Tapa. But Blossom, from Manchester, England, proved no match for Kim, who did not even need help from her giant Amazonian associate to win the match by pin.
And finally, Ethan Carter III continued his winning streak, as he claimed his eighth successive success with a win in a ‘handicap match’ against Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes – EC3 pinning both his opponents at the same time.
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