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Impact: Crimson puts undefeated streak on line against Angle
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: For eight months, Crimson has been undefeated, knocking off opposition left and right. Tonight, he gets the biggest challenge of his young career when he steps into the ring with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, putting his undefeated streak on the line with an injured knee.

Like usual, tonight's taped show emanates from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.

Kurt Angle is out to start the show. He immediately calls out Crimson and here he comes. Angle says not only will he end Crimson's winning streak tonight, he's going to end his career. He says Crimson has to earn his respect. Crimson says he plans on doing that tonight in the ring. He challenges Angle to start taking everyone tonight starting with him. He says when the final bell rings tonight and he's still standing, he'll have earned Angle's respect.

This is when Immortal's music hits. We've got Bully Ray, Abyss, Scott Steiner, Jeff and Karen Jarrett and apparently Gunner, who has not been fired. Jarrett is wearing a shirt that reads, "Officially endorsed by Mexican America." Awesome.

Ray asks Crimson if he knows who he's talking to. Ray puts Angle over and Angle interrupts. He says no disrespect, but tells Immortal if any of them interfere, especially Jarrett, they are going to have a problem. He takes off.

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Match #1 - Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario), Sarita (Mexico City, Mexico) & Rosita vs. Velvet Sky (The Big Apple), ODB (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Jackie (Tennessee)

The heels isolate Sky in the early going. Well, Sarita and Rosita do, refusing to give Angelina a tag. Angelina tags herself in and gets counted by Velvet and now it's all breaking down. Back in the ring, it's Angelina and Velvet going at it. Angelina hits Velvet with the neckbreaker. ODB and Jackie reenter the ring and Angelina offers Velvet up to her but instead, they attack Angelina and put Velvet on top of her for the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Velvet Sky, ODB & Jackie

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Match #2 - Kid Kash (Nashville, Tenn.) vs. Jesse Sorensen (Katy, Texas)

Sorensen with a big crossbody off the top for two. Sorensen with a float over in the corner and gets a rollup, but Kash reverses into one of his own and pulls the tights and gets the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Kid Kash

After the match, Kash runs Sorensen down on the mic as he walks away. Sorensen comes back and gets in his face only to have Kash slap him. Before he can retaliate, you guessed it, security comes in and breaks it up.

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Match #3 - Bound For Glory Series - Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.) vs. The Pope (Harlem, NY)

RVD goes for Rolling Thunder early but Pope gets his knees up. RVD actually locks in a submission with a back bridge, but Pope gets to the bottom rope. RVD sends Pope flying with a monkey flip. RVD with an abdominal stretch of all things but Pope flips him over and hits a DDT. Big fist drop from the top lands for Pope but he takes too much time to follow up and RVD hits him with a jumping spin kick.

Now RVD with a surfboard. Pope actually taps. Wow.

Winner via submission: Rob Van Dam

After the match, Samoa Joe attacks Pope and puts him out.

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Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are out. Hogan calls out Sting and here he comes. Hogan says they can't have this level of craziness going on. Hogan says he and Eric Bischoff might've made a few mistakes, but now they are going to run the company with impeccable precision. He tells Sting it's time to end the madness, brother.

Sting says under one condition: Milk and cookies for all, with colorful balloons and maybe even a unicorn. Puppy dogs all around. Flowers, especially red and yellow roses. Then he asks Hogan to hug it out.

Flair rips off his jacket and says this isn't a game. He says he'll give Sting crazy and drops an elbow on the mat. He says he's going to kick Sting's rear-end.

Sting says he's going to go through Flair to get to Hogan. He challenges Hogan for Bound For Glory. Hogan flips out.

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AJ Styles is out. He says he has an answer for Christopher Daniels and he wants him to come out. He wants to know why Daniels wants a rematch so badly. He says he wasn't sure if he wanted to continue after Destination X, and he was sad that Styles kept blowing him off when he asked for a rematch. He wants a rematch not because he wants it, but because he wants to know if he should hang 'em up. He starts crying.

Styles says, OK, one more time and that's it. Daniels hugs him and says he'll see him at No Surrender. Styles says that doesn't work because he'll be in the BFG series finals then, so they should do it next week.

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Match #4 - No Disqualification, Falls Count Anywhere Match in the Bound For Glory Series - AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.), Bobby Roode (Wall Street) & James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.) vs. Bully Ray (New York City), Scott Steiner (Detroit, Mich.) & Gunner (Atlanta, Ga.)

Fortune meets Immortal on the ramp and the brawl is on from there. In the ring, Steiner sends Styles into orbit with a belly-to-belly. This is pure chaos. Beer Money hits Ray with a double suplex. Styles hits a huge flip dive onto Ray but comes up holding his knee.

Now there's people everywhere and they go to a split screen. Gunner throws Storm into some lockers and then drops them on him. Back in the ring, Styles gets a near fall on Ray. Styles in control but Gunner is back in the ring. Styles lights him up with chops but now it's Styles against all three Immortal members and Ray hits him with the Bubba Bomb and that's it.

Winners via pinfall: Bully Ray, Scott Steiner & Gunner

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Match #5 - Crimson (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Series of headlocks but Crimson escapes and now both men are down and referee Brian Hebner is counting them both down. They both raise at eight. Crimson with a big T-Bone suplex that nearly puts Angle down for the count. Angle counters Crimson and hits with him a German suplex and pulls the straps down, only Crimson is already up behind him and spears him for a two count.

Angle goes back to work on the injured knee and locks in the ankle lock with the leg scissors. Crimson is thinking about tapping but instead rolls over and kicks Angle off. Angle is up behind him and goes for the Angle Slam but Crimson slips out and hits the Sky High but Angle kicks out at the last possible moment.

Then Samoa Joe comes out and attacks Crimson. Hebner calls for the bell.

Winner via disqualification: Crimson

Now it's Angle and Joe staring each other down. Angle tells Joe to go ahead and go back to work. Joe does, continuing to attack Crimson's bad wheel. Crimson, though, makes a comeback and runs Joe off.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.