Bobby Roode defeated Kurt Angle for the third time in less than six weeks after an intriguing eight-man match-up, on a special Thanksgiving edition of TNA.
The special one-off bout was arranged a week earlier when company president Dixie Carter re-lit the flame at the heart of Roode and Angle’s recent feud, by challenging them to headline the holiday show with respective four-man teams.
In a tag-team elimination match, Angle selected James Storm, Gunner and Magnus to support his cause, while Roode opted for his partners in the Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Organisation: Bad Influence duo Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, along with reigning X-Division Champion Chris Sabin.
The match also presented another intriguing twist, with Storm and Roode clashing just a week after their ferocious Florida Death Match. On that occasion, Storm’s tag-team partner Gunner threw in the towel, just before Roode was able to dump the Cowboy onto a bed of barbed wire.
But Storm was denied his revenge as he was the first to be eliminated from the contest. Despite rebuffing the attack of Kazarian, he was caught from behind by Sabin, who was able to pin the one-time World Champion for the required count of three.
Storm’s frustrations were not helped by the actions of Gunner, for whom he already resented for his intervention in his previous match: although just mere metre’s away. The Modern Day Viking failed to come to his team-mate’s rescue and allowed Sabin to remove him from the contest.
Gunner himself went in controversial circumstances moments later. Mid-way through an attack on Kazarian he was taken out by Daniels, allowing the former to recover and grab the pin.
Magnus then left Angle to fend for himself as he picked up a match-ending injury when attempting to dive upon Daniels outside the ring. The Brit jumped from the canvas and connected with his opponent, only to land awkwardly on his left knee, flaring up a reoccurring problem.
Angle fought bravely against the opposing quartet. In fact, he looked set to remove both Daniels and Kazarian simultaneously when he locked them together in a double angle-lock submission hold. But as Roode approached with a steel chair, ready to come to the aid of his teammates, Angle was forced to release the duo so as to duck away from the attack.
The Olympic Gold Medallist proceeded to knock the IT Factor to the ground and steal his weapon. Despite the referee’s warnings, Angle grabbed the opportunity to attack Roode, as well as Kazarian and Daniels, causing both he and his team to be disqualified.
Several questions come out of the night’s action, most importantly as to whether Magnus will be fit enough to compete in his World Heavyweight Championship title tournament semi-final, which is due to take place next week against Angle.
The bout that was revealed by Carter at the start of the evening to be a ‘last man standing match’, as chosen by the Wheel of Dixie. It will also be interesting to see how Roode responds to his chair bashing, when he faces Jeff Hardy in a ‘tables match’.
Elsewhere, Bully Ray interrupted Ken Anderson’s mock ‘funeral’ for the Aces & Eights and warned both him and the people in attendance, that included Magnus, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle and Eric Young, that they better be on their guard ahead of his return.
Ethan Carter III defeated another ‘hand-picked’ opponent, Curry Man, who was flown in from Japan to face the match.
Lei’d Tapa collected a routine victory over Velvet Sky, as she stepped out of Gail Kim’s shadow to face her own match for the first time.
Finally the Bro Mans defeated Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes in the short-lived ‘Turkey Bowl’ match-up, as arranged by Eric Young and ODB.
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