– We get a video package about Kurt Angle’s quest to beat the top ten competitors in TNA and make his way back to the top of the mountain, and how his next match came about.
Kurt Angle vs. D’Angelo Dinero
Angle and Pope lock up and Angle backs Pope up into the corner. We get a clean break, and Angle backs up to give Pope space before they lock up again. Angle locks in a front face lock and takes Pope right down to the ground, but Pope rolls over into, locking Angle up with a hammerlock. They trade holds on the mat for a while, with Angle trying different submissions, and Pope fighting out in different ways. A side headlock takeover puts Pope on his back on the mat, and Angle will not let up. Pope does fight out of it, but Angle drops him with a shoulder block. Pope responds with a couple of hip tosses, and even though Angle fights one off, Pope connects with another that sends Angle out to the floor. Pope holds the ropes open and motions for Angle to get back in, which he does.
Back in the ring, Angle wastes no time and hits a sick buckle bomb, before hitting a snap suplex and locking in a rear chin lock with his knee buried in Pope’s back. Pope fights to his feet and out of the hold, but Angle catches him with the kitchen sink and tries to go for a quick pin, but only gets two. Angle hits a quick back drop suplex and goes right back to the submission with another rear chin lock. Pope is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold, where he’s able to lock in a sleeper. Angle fights out and locks in a sleeper of his own, but Pope responds by dropping Angle with a back suplex.
Angle and Pope trade right hands in the middle of the ring, with Pope getting the better of Angle. Pope hits an inverted atomic drop and a series of elbows to the head, but he’s caught by Angle who hits an overhead belly to belly suplex that’s good for a near fall. Angle rocks Pope with a European uppercut, but Angle puts his head down, and Pope hits a suplex, followed by a German suplex, and a trip/lariat combo that’s good for a two count. Pope goes for the double knees, but Andle moves out of the way and hits Dinero with a trio of German suplexes himself, but it’s still only good enough for a two count. Angle tries for the Angle slam, but Pope fights out of it and sends Angle to the middle rope. Pope jumps through the ropes, coming down on Angle’s neck against the ropes. Pope goes to the top, but he’s caught by a big belly to belly superplex that’s good for a two count.
Angle tries for the ankle lock, but Pope avoids it. Angle charges Pope in the corner, but Pope moves and Angle connects shoulder first with the ring post. Pope hits a codebreaker, and pins Angle, but he only scores a two. Angle floats over the Pope in the corner, and he’s able to connect with the Angle slam, but it’s only good for a two count. Angle pulls his straps down, and goes right for the ankle lock, locking it right in. Pope crawls for the ropes, but Angle pulls him right back to the middle of the ring. Pope counters into a roll up out of nowhere, and then goes for another, which Angle converts into an ankle lock. Angle grapevines the leg and amps up the pressure, forcing Pope to tap.
Winner: Kurt Angle
The main event is up NEXT!!