TNA Final Resolution: Kurt Angle Vs. James Storm
JB is standing backstage alongside James Storm. James says he's a beer drinking, a** kicking machine. He says he learned a long time ago that whoever you are in life, there's always someone out there bigger and badder that can knock you down, and tonight he's that guy. He tries to get the crowd behind him, telling them to get pumped up. He says tonight, he beats Angle for the second time in a row, before telling Angle that he's sorry about his damn luck. This leads us right into a video package that details the events leading up to this match.
The Olympic Gold Medalist vs. The Cowboy
Kurt Angle vs. "Cowboy" James Storm
The bell rings, and we get a lock up straightaway. Storm backs Angle up into the corner and breaks clean. Another lock up and Angle backs Storm up before picking him up and slamming him to the mat. Angle wrestles with Storm on the mat, and Storm is able to lock in a hammerlock. Angle fights up to his feet and heads to the ropes to break the hold.
Another lock up and this time Kurt works over Storm's arm, wrenching it and hitting him with a couple of big shots to the shoulder. Storm is able to fight out of the hold, put Angle on the mat, and lock in a side head lock. Angle fights it off only to be locked right into another side head lock. Angle fights out of it by locking in a headscissors on Storm. Storm escapes the hold, only to be put right into a front face lock and taken back down to the mat.
Storm is able to fight up to his feet and pushes Angle into the ropes. Angle hits a shoulder block, but Storm comes right back with a hip toss, then an arm drag, holding onto the arm to lock in an arm bar. Angle fights up to his feet and pushes Storm back into the corner, raking Storm's eyes as soon as he breaks the hold. Angle beats on Storm in the corner, hitting him with big clubbing blows to the side of Storm's head. Angle brings Storm out of the corner, and Storm is able to drive Angle's face into his knee, then hit a neckbreaker for a two count. Storm clotheslines Angle over the top rope and out to the floor.
Storm follows to the outside and hits Angle with a big right hand. Angle walks away, but Storm follows, hitting Angle with another big right before slamming Angle head first into the barricade. Storm breaks the count, but when he turns back to Angle, he walks right into a drop toe hold that sends Storm face first into the ring steps.
Angle sends Storm back into the ring where he stomps away at him. Angle puts his foot on Storms head and grinds it in, using the ropes for more leverage. Angle locks in a rear chin lock and pulls Storm by his neck back into the middle of the ring, where he continues to wear away Storm with the hold. Storm fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but Angle puts him right back down to the mat with a big back elbow. Angle mounts Storm and hits him with repeated rights to the face.
Angle stalks Storm, waiting for him to get to his feet, and when he does Angle unloads with a huge right hand that drops Storm to the mat. Angle steps on Storm's head again, grinding away, before Angle goes to the outside and hits Storm with a series of elbows to the face a neck while Storm lays on the apron. Angle drags Storm back into the middle of the ring and Storm starts to fight back, hitting a couple of right hands, but it's short-lived as Angle locks in a sleeper hold on Storm.
Angle wears Storm down, taking him down to the mat and yelling at Hebner to ask him if he gives up. Hebner raises Storm's hand and drops it down once, then again, but Storm's hand doesn't drop the third time. Storm fights up to his feet and elbows Kurt to the stomach, but eventually breaks the hold with a belly to back suplex. Both men are slow to get to their feet, and when they do they trade rights in the middle of the ring. Storm gets the advantage, taking Angle to the mat with a big clothesline, back elbow, then another clothesline. Storm catches an elbow to the face from Angle, but Storm responds with a codebreaker, then a backstabber, but it's not enough to keep Angle down for three.