August 13, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWE Champion Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar – (SummerSlam, 8/24/03)
Since WrestleMania where Lesnar defeated Angle for the WWE title, both guys had been buddy-buddy. Lesnar went to see Angle in the hospital after his neck surgery! Since Angle had regained the title from Lesnar at Vengeance in July, Brock SOLD HIS SOUL to Vince McMahon for another shot at the belt and broke the only ankle Zach Gowen possesses. And now that you know this, here we go! Angle outwrestles Lesnar to start with headlocks. Lesnar gets his confidence back by shoving Angle off a couple tie-ups. Angle suckers Lesnar into a third tie-up and ducks under to shove Lesnar away. Angle flips Lesnar the DOUBLE-BIRD! Ha. Angle armdrags Lesnar to the floor, where he throws a temper tantrum. Lesnar tries walking off with the belt and gets nailed from behind. Angle beats Lesnar back in and gives him an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for two. Lesnar gets all desperate and presses Angle out to the floor! After a ride into the steps, in the ring Lesnar overhead suplexes Angle while still staying vertical! Incredible. Angle slips out of another guerrilla press and O’Connor rolls Lesnar, but then charges into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. That’ll get a two-count. Lesnar gets all crazy on us during a body scissors. Angle battles out, but runs into a knee. Lesnar continues the punishment on the mid-section with a rib breaker. Delayed fisherman’s suplex gets 1-2-NO! I’ve always loved that move. More rib busting in the corner. Angle avoids a second running corner charge, causing Lesnar to connect with the ringpost. Like any smart man should, Angle starts dishing out shoulderblocks to the injured shoulder. He follows up with a Hat Trick of Germans for two. Lesnar quickly comes back with an overhead suplex. He avoids an ANGLE SLAM and drills Angle with a Spinebuster for two. F-5 counter screws up, so they go for it again and Angle counters the F-5 into a DDT. Cover, 1-2-NO! ANGLE SLAM! That gets two. DOWN COME THE STRAPS! ANKLELOCK! Brock rolls Angle off into the ref, but he’s not giving up just yet. Angle jumps on Lesnar’s back and clasps the waist while scissoring Brock’s head with his legs! Quite the funky submission there. Anyways, it puts Brock to sleep down on the mat so Angle can reapply the ANKLELOCK. Lesnar can’t make the ropes, so he turns Angle away from the entrance ramp as Mr. McMahon runs in and blasts Angle with a chair. Brock hits a one-legged F-5 and a slow cover gets 1-2-NO! Angle counters a second F-5 and heel trips Lesnar into the ANKLELOCK. Lesnar grabs the ropes, but Angle pulls him back to the center of the ring for the submission victory! (21:21) And now the “YOU TAPPED OUT” chants become directed at Lesnar for the next few months. This felt quite weak compared to their WrestleMania match. When Smackdown doesn’t get PPV time in September, these two finish up their feud in a 60-minute Ironman match where Brock would regain the belt. ***¾

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