Hogan tells Sting he's got it, and he hits Bischoff with a big windmill punch to a lot of love from the crowd.
Hogan tosses Bischoff from the ring, and he and Sting stand tall in the center of the ring. Hogan says he's back. Sting mounts the turnbuckle and the crowd chants for Hogan. Hogan offers his hand to Sting, and the Icon takes it. Hogan and Sting raise each other's arms before leaving the ring and heading to the back.
- We get a really well done video package that highlights Roode's journey to this title match, as well as Angle's history as the World Champ of TNA.
TNA Championship Match
- Kurt Angle (c) vs. Bobby Roode
The bell rings and the crowd seems pretty solidly behind Roode. We get a lock up and Roode locks in a side head lock. Angle sends Roode off the ropes and Roode comes right back with a shoulderblock. Roode blocks a hip toss and tries for the cross face, but Angle gets to the ropes to force a break. Angle rolls to the outside, and pulls Roode out after him. Roode hits Angle with right hands, beating him around the ringside area. Angle rolls back into the ring, and kicks the ropes into Roode's groin as he makes his way back into the ring.
Angle sends Roode into the corner and buries his shoulder in Roode's midsection before suplexing him hard for a two count. Angle locks in a waistlock trying to wear Roode down, but Roode is able to fight out of it. Angle hits Roode with a knee to the gut before going right back into the waistlock.
Roode fights out of the hold and goes for a clothesline but Angle ducks it and connects with a quick German suplex, then another and a third which is good for a two count for Angle. Angle goes to the top, but Roode is up on his feet and he goes up the turnbuckle, hitting a super German suplex to send Angle flying across the ring.
Both men are able to get up to beat the count and they trade right hands. Engle hits Roode with European uppercuts, but Roode won't die. Roode hits a running forearm, then a couple of clotheslines before being sent into the corner and coming right back out with another clothesline. Roode goes to the middle rope and hits a sort-of blockbuster that's good for another two count. Roode hits Angle with a nasty chop, but Angle responds with an explosive belly-to-belly suplex that's good for another near fall.
Angle is able to connect with a nasty DDT for another near fall, but Roode is able to come back with a spinebuster for a near fall of his own. Roode goes to the apron and climbs the turnbuckle, but Angle jumps up the ropes and launches Roode with a superplex of his own.
Roode is able to lock in the cross face out of nowhere. Angle looks to be in pain, but he's able to grab hold of Roode's ankle and transition into the ankle lock. Roode rolls through and locks in another cross face.
Angle is able to turn the submission into a near fall, but Roode kicks out. Both men get up but Roode takes Angle right back down to the mat in another cross face. Angle rolls over and shoulders Roode somehow, countering the cross face with an Angle slam. Angle locks on another ankle lock, and Roode struggles, and is able to kick Angle away. Roode plants Angle with a spinebuster before hitting the fisheman's suplex, hanging on to pin Angle for two.
Angle is able to lock in the ankle lock again, but Roode rolls through into a pin for a near fall. Angle goes for the Angle slam, but Roode reverses it. Roode goes to the top, but Angle pulls the ref in front of him. Roode comes to the mat, and pushes the ref aside, but he gets a kick to the groin and an Angle slam for his troubles. Angle goes for the pin, but he's still only able to get a two count. Angle stalks Roode and locks his hands around Roode's waist. Angle hits one German suplex, then another, but when he tries for the third, Roode rolls around and is able to lock in the cross face out of nowhere.
Angle is able to get his hand under the rope to force Roode to break the hold. Roode is sent into the corner hard and Angle connects with a big spear, but it's still not enough to keep Roode down for a three count. Angle goes out to the apron and climbs the turnbuckles. Angle gets to the top and goes for a flying clothesline, but Roode catches him on the way down and puts him in the cross face again. Angle fights out and tries for the Angle slam but can't get it. Roode tries for the fisherman's suplex but can't get it. Angle connects with the Angle slam and holds on to the ropes. It doesn't look like he got a three, especially as Roode got his hand under the ropes, but the ref calls for the bell and this one is over.
Winner and STILL TNA World Champion: Kurt Angle
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