September 24, 2011
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe – (TNA Turning Point, 12/10/06)

In a match that was surely going to be Samoa Joe’s star-making match at November’s Genesis PPV, Angle defeated Joe in just 13 minutes with the Anklelock to give Joe his first loss in TNA. Now we get the rematch. Angle manages to ground Joe early, but Joe gets to his feet and nails Angle with a short-arm clothesline. Joe stomps a mudhole in Angle and we go out to the floor. Angle fires back and takes Joe down with a pescado (!). Joe eats the steel steps and takes a suplex back inside for two. They go back to the mat where Joe breaks loose out of a waistlock, but then runs into an overhead suplex. Angle grabs the waistlock again, but Joe stands up out of it and delivers a German suplex that lands Angle on his belly. Joe goes for the COQUINA CLUTCH, but Angle escapes and hits a Hat Trick of Germans. ANGLE SLAM? No! Joe slips out and goes for the COQUINA CLUTCH again. Angle slips out of that into a heel trip and the ANKLELOCK. Joe rolls Angle off into the corner, delivers a running knee strike, and goes for the MUSCLE BUSTER! Angle sunset flips out of it and goes right back to the ANKLELOCK! Joe rolls Angle away again, but staggers up into an ANGLE SLAM. Cover, 1-2-NO! They trade ANKLELOCKS and COQUINA CLUTCH holds for a bit. Pretty dramatic stuff. Angle grapevines the leg, but then Joe makes the ropes! Angle waits until the count of four to break, signaling a possible heel turn. Joe shoves off the Belly-to-Belly Superplex and gets caught with the Pop-Up Superplex. Cover, 1-2-NO! Joe armdrags out of the ANGLE SLAM and the ref gets knocked out inadvertently by Angle. COQUINA CLUTCH is applied and Angle taps. When Joe goes to wake up the ref, Angle low-blows him and grabs a chair. He charges Joe and misses a swing, causing the chair to bounce off the ropes and back into his face. COQUINA CLUTCH! This time the ref sees the tap out and Joe picks up the win. (19:15) I still feel like these two could have a better match with better booking. A corny ending for your two top stars isn’t necessary. ****¼

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