This was a cage match for Angle’s TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Joe’s career was on the line.
This was almost definitely the second best match that these two had together. TNA and poor match structures got in the way in the past, but here both issues were mostly not in play.
Their previous match was an overbooked nightmare which ended via a Karen Angle swerve. This match started out with Kurt kicking her out from the ringside area to signal to everyone that this would not be that match.
Instead, this match was treated quite seriously, as Kurt Angle got to live out his dream of pretending to be a UFC fighter. The match was a bit unnecessarily slow for fake shoot style, but they still managed to built to Joe’s eventual win in exciting and satisfying fashion. Good stuff. (***1/2)