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Impact: Sting looks to regain title in rematch with Angle
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: The show has hit the road again and tonight, two titles are on the line, as Mickie James challenges Winter for the Knockouts Title and Kurt Angle defends the World Title against Sting. Also on the show, Christopher Daniels finally gets his long-awaited rematch with AJ Styles.

And we are TAPED! from Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Ala. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.

Hulk Hogan is out to start the show. He says the network has decided to stand behind the offer Ric Flair made to Sting and they'll meet Sept. 15. If Flair wins, Sting is gone. If Sting wins, Sting gets Hogan at Bound For Glory. Hogan says he's sick of bowing down to the network and it's time for it to go the other way. He says the only time Sting's going to get him in the ring is when he's good and ready.

Now Kurt Angle comes out. Hogan says he wants Angle to do what he does best tonight pull Sting out by his ankles and cut the cancer right out of him so he won't ever live again. Angle tells Hogan that Hogan's enemies are now his enemies. Angle tells Sting he's getting his title rematch tonight. He says if he wins, he guarantees Sting won't walk out of here under his own power.

Now Sting's music hits. Sting says tonight it starts with talking the title away from Angle, then moving onto Flair and then Hogan. Sting takes off but Hogan demands his music be shut off. He wants to know who the hell Sting thinks he is. He says he calls the shots, so since Sting's so cocky tonight, he must have something in his bag of tricks. Because of that he names himself the special enforcer tonight.

(Ads)

Match #1 - Bound For Glory Series - Gunner (Atlanta, Ga.) vs. Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.)

Samoa Joe tries to walk down to ringside but Matt Morgan steps in front of him. They jabber back-and-forth and Joe just kicks him in the groin.

In the ring, RVD is in control, lighting Gunner up with kicks and then clotheslines. He sets him up and hits Rolling Thunder for two. Gunner eats a kick and Jerry Lynn comes to ringside. Another kick and now RVD sees Lynn and goes to the outside. He tells him to take off. He comes back in and Gunner's in the centre of the ring. He thinks about the Five Star but instead goes over to Gunner where he gets rolled up for two. RVD to the top with a thrust kick for two.

Gunner is in prime position and RVD goes up for the Five Star but Lynn runs back down and pushes him off the top rope and Gunner hits the rebounding RVD with a flying knee and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Gunner

(Ads)

The Knockouts are in the ring and Eric Bischoff and Traci Brooks come out hand-in-hand. He says he loves working with the Knockouts, but all the catfighting and such is driving him up the wall. He says Brooks went long and hard to show she wanted the position. He says the division needs good leadership, so your new VP of the Knockouts Division is, stand in the corner Traci, none other than Karen Jarrett.

Brooks flips out. Jarrett comes out and says they need to learn etiquette. She's a lady and they are not. She says her first piece of business is to hire ODB and Jackie full-time. She turns to Traci and says they know she really put herself out there for the position, but there's still a position for her and that's under her. She's making her her executive assistant. She says if the rest of them so much as look at her the wrong way, they be right back at the strip club sliding up and down the pole.

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Match #2 - Austin Aries (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Kid Kash (Nashville, Tenn.) vs. Brian Kendrick (Venice, Calif.) & Jesse Sorensen (Katy, Texas)

Kash and Aries aren't on the same page when it comes to attacking Sorensen and he brings in Kendrick and he goes to work on both men. It all breaks down and now we get a four-man tower of doom spot and oh man is this nasty. That should never be done again. Sorensen sends Kash to the floor and hits the ropes but Aries grabs his foot. Aries hits a suicide dive on Sorensen only to have Kendrick hit him with one of his own. Now it's Kash and Sorensen in the ring. Kash goes for the double underhook power bomb but Sorensen slides out into a sunset flip and gets the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Jesse Sorensen

(Ads)

Match #3 - Knockouts Championship - (c) Winter (England) vs. Mickie James (Richmond, Va.)

Mickie with a neckbreaker and she goes to the top and hits a flying Thesz Press while knocking Angelina Love out of the way in the process. She tangles again with Love and Love tries to throw the belt into the ring but referee Earl Hebner intercepts and tosses Love from the ringside area. Mickie locks in a half-crab but Winter gets the bottom rope. Flapjack lands for Mickie. Winter rakes Mickie's eyes but Mickie responds with the jumping DDT but Winter gets he foot under the rope.

Jumping kick lands for Winter for two. Winter has something in her hands but Henber takes it away. She then summons the mist but before she can, Mickie kicks her in the head and that's it.

Winner via pinfall and NEW Knockouts Champion: Mickie James

(Ads)

Matt Morgan calls out Samoa Joe and they brawl all over the ringside area.

(Ads)

Match #4 - Christopher Daniels (City of Angels) vs. AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.)

Jumping forearm lands for Styles. He goes for a suplex but Daniels slips out and hits an elbow and STO. Styles responds with a flying forearm. Styles on the apron and he jumps in looking for the reverse DDT but Daniels hangs onto the ropes. Now Daniels looks for a springboard moonsault but Styles gets his knees up. Now they each counter their own finishers. This is going fast and furious. Styles goes to springboard in but slips on the rope and falls. Daniels jumps in and covers and gets the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Christopher Daniels

(Ads)

Match #5 - World Heavyweight Championship - (c) Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.)

Sting getting the best of things early and Angle, for a second time, has to talk a walk. This time, Sting follows him and sends him into the guard rail. Back in the ring, Sting goes for the Stinger Splash, but Angle steps onto the bottom turnbuckle, catches Sting coming in and throws him. Angle with a headlock but Sting lifts and hits a back suplex. Angle, though, fires back with the three Germans for two.

Angle lines him up for the Angle Slam but Sting floats over and hits the Scorpion Death Drop for two. Now he looks for the Death Lock but Angle grabs the ankle and locks in the ankle lock. Sting rolls and pushes out. Angle charges him in the corner but Sting moves and Angle posts himself. They come out and Angle back drops Sting and hits the Angle Slam but Sting kicks out at the last moment.

Angle pulls the straps down and charges but eats a clothesline. He turns Angle and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock. Now Hogan at ringside mottos to the back and here comes Gunner with a chair. He comes flying in but referee Brian Hebner grabs the chair from him. Now he forces Gunner out in the corner while Angle is tapping. Hogan enters the ring and grabs the chair and hits Sting in the chest with it but he Stings Up and stalks Hogan. But doing this, he takes his eye off Angle who comes up from behind and hits the Angle Slam on the chair right in front of the referee. Angle clears the chair out, again, right in front of the referee, and pins him.

Winner via pinfall and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle

Sting gets up and is not happy. He dispatches of Angle and stalks Hogan. He backs him down in the corner when Immortal comes down and starts beating Sting down until Mr. Anderson makes the save with a baseball bat and cleans house.

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!.