Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
AJ came out to new, darker entrance music tonight.
The bell rings and Kurt Angle attempts a few takedowns that AJ Styles avoids. Styles attempts some kicks. Angle grabs the leg of Styles and Styles bails to the outside. Styles with big right hands to Angle on the outside. Styles connects with a huge dropkick through the ropes to Angle. Back in the ring, Styles connects with a quick flying forearm to Angle in the corner. Angle quickly responds with a quick tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Angle with boots to Styles in the corner. Styles comes back with some big leg kicks. Styles with a springboard dropkick to the leg/knee of Angle. Styles with more kicks to the body of Angle. Styles applies pressure to the calf of Angle and Angle gets to the ropes for the break. Styles with a big dropkick that stops Angle. Angle counters and gets the Ankle Lock applied. Styles gets to the ropes to break that up. Styles with big right hands and kicks. Angle fires back with a quick uppercut that sends Styles back to the corner. Angle with clotheslines and a big overhead belly-to-belly suplex on Styles. Angle with a T-Bone Suplex on Styles and Styles lands with a thud.
Styles plants Angle with a quick spinebuster and then quickly follows with a springboard moonsault. Angle connects with a german suplex on Styles hanging on. Angle with a second german suplex. Angle connects with a third and a release. Cover by Angle and Styles kicks out. Styles drops the jaw of Angle off the top rope standing on the entrance ramp. Styles with a springboard elbow drop over the top rope on Angle. Angle with a huge overhead belly-to-belly suplex on Styles with a release to the corner! Styles with a series of back fists and then a big clothesline that levels Angle. Angle with a kick to Styles as he springboards back in. Angle Slam. Angle hooks the leg and Styles kicks out. Angle is up and drops the straps. Angle stands over Styles first grabbing the ankle, turns over and Styles rolls through. Styles rolls through with Angle in the corner and gets his Calf Killer submission applied. Angle rolls through and gets the Ankle Lock applied. Angle drops down to keep it applied with even more pressure. Styles is teasing he will tap. Styles turns Angle over and drops some axe kicks.
Styles breaks free. Angle hits the corner with force when he charges and Styles moves. Styles props Angle up in the corner. Angle falls back in the tree of woe. Styles with a big dropkick to the chest of Angle. Styles misses a springboard attempt and lands on his face. Angle with a close rollup resulting in a two count. Styles counters an Angle Slam. Angle with a big takedown and holds Styles down to get the pinfall.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, we see a replay of the finish of Angle's big takedown on Styles leading to the pinfall. We see a shot of Angle celebrating at the top of the ramp saluting the crowd in Boston.
Backstage, we see TNA Champion Bully Ray. He said he isn't sure if Sting really understand what he got himself into with a No Holds Barred stipulation. Ray talks about how he wants to finish Sting tonight with the most feared move in pro wrestling today or in the past – the piledriver.
A video package runs focusing on Bully Ray vs. Sting tonight.
* Bully Ray defending the TNA Championship against Sting in a No Holds Barred match is up next to close the show.