Kurt Angle’s feud with Ethan Carter III could potentially reach its climax this coming Thursday, when the pair finally come face to face in the ring in a singles match.
The Olympic Gold Medallist, who missed out on a match with EC3 at Lockdown in March due to injury, will be attempting to end Carter’s six month unbeaten record.
Angle interrupted Carter’s ‘exhibition match’ with Rockstar Spud last Thursday, promising EC3 that he was “out for blood”.
Carter meanwhile described his coming match-up with the Warrior as a “dream match”, and added that he cannot truly achieve his aim of becoming the next ‘American Icon’ until he defeats Angle.
One week earlier, ahead of the Sacrifice pay-per-view, Angle won his first TNA match since returning from injury, when he defeated Rockstar Spud via submission.
He was comfortable in victory, despite the attempted interventions of EC3.
Angle dominated the match, and eventually claimed victory when he dodged an attempted kick from Spud and turned him into an ankle lock.
After the bell, EC3 attempted to attack Angle, only for Willow to intervene. The result was similar to that seen the previous Thursday, when Angle ran out to save Willow from a beat-down, after he had defeated Carter and Spud in a handicap match.
At Sacrifice, Angle and Willow defeated EC3 and Spud in a tag team match, with Carter leaving his partner at the mercy of their two opponents after a difficult start to the match.
Angle, 45, became the second member of TNA’s Hall of Fame at Wembley in February, and now sits proudly alongside his close friend, the Icon, Sting, who became the maiden member of the company’s legendary assembly in 2012.
After turning down his first induction offer at Bound for Glory last October – citing personal and professional problems - he informed Dixie Carter that he would be taking up the offer, after ending his feud with Bobby Roode and helping Samoa Joe defeat Magnus and EC3.
After a touching ceremony and speech, in which Angle thanked his UK and US fans for all their support, EC3 came to the ring.
Carter Jr, who attacked Angle backstage earlier that week, claimed that the Olympic Gold Medallist had a torn ACL and MCL as a result of the confrontation, and that if rumours were to be believed he was on the verge of retirement.
Despite clearly carrying an injury, having been limping throughout the evening, Angle rebuffed EC3’s accusations, and knocked him from the ring with a single critical blow. Angle told EC3 that the company’s new investor had sanctioned a steel cage match between them at Lockdown.
In the pair’s next clash, EC3 boasted that he had created a new submission hold that was better than Angle’s iconic ankle lock… the leg lock.
He added that having beaten Sting, he had become pro wrestling’s new icon, the ‘American Icon’.
Angle laughed off Carter’s suggestions, but was attacked for his trouble’s, with his already injured knee the predominate target.
Angle was eventually ruled out of Lockdown, and did not make his return until over a month later.
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