August 2, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF World Champion Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle – (SummerSlam, 8/19/01)
We are probably at the “height” of the InVasion angle, which set up a nice three month Austin/Angle feud that ended poorly with Angle joining the WCW/ECW Alliance for some odd reason. They meet in the aisleway and slug it out to start. I’ve noticed Angle never starts a match slowly. It’s always attack at the bell. Austin tosses Angle in the ring and they continue where they left off with the trading of right hands. Crossbody block by Angle gets two, then Angle ducks low off a whip and gets caught. Austin decides to take Angle to school and works the knee. Angle seems unimpressed with Austin’s efforts to wrestle and takes him down for an ANKLELOCK! Austin reaches the ropes. On the floor, Austin draws Angle out to drill him with a clothesline. Back in, Angle starts slugging and takes a backdrop to the floor. Back in again, Austin hits a TRIFECTA of suplexes for two. Angle flips out of a fourth suplex and starts up the German suplexes, which Austin fears like the plague. COUNT ‘EM WITH ME! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN GERMAN SUPLEXES! ANGLE SLAM? No. Austin slips out and knees Angle down into the middle turnbuckle. They fight over a superplex, which Austin gets. Austin’s hurting too after that and hits a desperation STONE COLD STUNNER. Cover, 1-2-NO! He can’t believe someone could kick out of the Stunner and yells at Hebner about it. Once Angle gets to his feet, Austin delivers ANOTHER STONE COLD STUNNER, which bounces Angle out of the ring. On the floor, Austin slams Angle’s head not once not twice but three times into the ringpost. Austin wants to use the title belt, but Hebner pulls it away from him right quick. Austin flicks him off and drives Angle face-first into the ringpost again. GEEZ, dude. Make that a FIFTH toss into the post. Angle is busted open big time now. Austin unloads on Angle and beats him down to the floor. Awesome stuff here. In the ring, Austin covers for 1-2-NO! Back to the floor, Austin takes Angle into the ringpost for a SIXTH time! They head over to the announce table where Angle shoves Austin off a slam over the security wall into the front row. Angle is so beaten down though that while he’s draped over the wall, Austin grabs Angle and brings him onto the concrete with a suplex. Back to ringside, as Austin drapes his leg over the wall, he gets grabbed for an ANKLELOCK! Angle manages to pull Austin back into the ring and continues the ANKLELOCK! Oh, but Austin reaches the ropes and rolls out to the floor. Angle follows him out and delivers an overhead belly to belly suplex on the floor! How about a back suplex too while you’re at it, Kurt? There ya go. In the ring, Angle hits the Moonsault! Slow cover gets 1-2-NO! Austin slips out of a slam and grabs a Cobra Clutch! HOLY CRAP. Angle collapses on Austin to try and get the pin, but Austin rolls over. Angle’s arm drops once, twice, but NOT THREE TIMES! He dumps Austin off him to the floor. Austin comes up behind Angle and catches him for a STONE COLD STUNNER! Cover, 1-2-NO! The crowd cannot believe such is happening. Angle uses Austin to pull himself up. He goes for another Stunner, but Angle catches his kick and spins him around for an ANGLE SLAM! Slow cover gets 1-2-NO! Even with Austin in the ropes, Angle grabs an Anklelock. That’s no good. Austin walks and punches Hebner out of the ring. WHAT. Another ref comes down and counts Austin after a DDT for 1-2-NO! Austin low blows Angle and decks the new ref. Austin brings his WWF title in the ring, and a third ref gets nailed with the belt. ANGLE SLAM to Austin! Here comes Alliance ref Nick Patrick to count the pin. He counts one…and then calls for the belt and DQ’s Austin. (22:09) ANGLE WAS SCREWED! With Austin long gone, Nick Patrick receives the brunt of Angle’s wrath with the ANKLELOCK. Just an unbelievably awesome match. ****½

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