We get another Impact recap where we see Daniels and Kazarian accusing AJ Styles of having some sort of affair with Dixie Carter to achieve his status in the company.
JB is backstage with AJ Styles. Styles says this isn’t the first time he’s wrestled Kurt Angle, and if he’s not 100% focused on Angle, he doesn’t stand a chance. He’s not here to talk about photos, or Kaz or Daniels or Dixie. He’s here to wrestle Kurt Angle.
This leads into a video package that details the events between Kurt Angle and AJ Styles, as well as Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, that led directly to this match.
– Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
Kurt Angle is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a pretty good reaction from the crowd on his way out. AJ Styles is out next, and he gets a huge pop from the crowd.
The bell rings and both men begin circling. Styles goes for Angle’s leg, and the two wrestle down to the mat. Neither man gain an advantage before Styles rolls out of the hold. Kurt takes AJ down to the mat and the two wrestle for a bit before Styles bails to the outside.
Styles drops his knee pad and tells Styles to go for it. Angle drops to his knees and Styles kicks him in the chest. Styles beats on Angle in the corner. Styles tries for a suplex but Angle counters. Angle tries for a belly to belly suplex, but Styles fights out and rolls up Angle. Styles tries for the Styles clash, but Angle counters, trying for the ankle lock. Styles kicks him away, and the fans cheer.
Another lock up and Angle puts on a headlock. Styles fights out of it, but falls to a shoulder block and finds himself on the mat in another side headlock. Styles fights up to his feet and out of the hold, sending Angle into the corner, but he runs into a back elbow and is taken down with another side headlock.
Styles fights to his feet, sending Angle into the ropes and he follows it up with a beautiful dropkick. Styles picks up Angle and slams him to the mat before following with a knee drop that’s good for a two count. Styles tries for the Styles clash but Angle fights it off, so AJ hits a powerbomb instead. Styles pins Angle for two, then goes right into a rear chin lock.
Angle fights off the hold, but ends up sent out to the arena floor by AJ. Styles goes over the top, but Angle avoids it and catches him. Styles counters a German suplex on the floor by landing on his feet and hitting Angle with a right. Back in the ring, Styles misses a splash and Angle hits a belly to belly suplex to send Styles across the ring. Kurt lays in with a big right hand and a nasty set of boots.
Angle chokes Styles in the ropes before the ref forces a break. Angle snap mares AJ and locks in a seated bear hug, squeezing AJ’s back and midsection. Styles fights up to his feet, but runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that’s good for another two count. Angle goes right into a body scissors, putting more pressure on Styles’ gut.
Styles fights out of the hold and kicks Angle in the chest, but he runs right into a back drop from Angle. Angle goes for another pin but Styles kicks out at one. Angle locks in another side headlock, rearing back on the mat. Styles fights out of the hold and both men miss dropkicks, but connect with simultaneous cross body blocks. Both men crash to the mat.
Styles catches Angle with a big kick, but misses a springboard move. Styles comes right back with a nasty across the knee neckbreaker that’s good for another two count. Styles hits a springboard forearm to Angle’s face for another near fall. Styles tries for the Styles clash, but Angle blocks it with a back body drop. Angle charges, but Styles side-steps him and Angle crashes to the outside. Styles springboards to the outside with a flying forearm shot to Angle.
Styles sends Angle back into the ring, but on his way in, he’s caught with a huge kick to the ribs. Angle brings Styles in with a big suplex and he goes for the pin, but is only able to get a two count. Angle picks Styles up and seats him on the top rope. Angle goes up after AJ, but Styles fights him off. Angle runs right back in and up the ropes, sending AJ flying with a huge belly to belly superplex. Angle pins Styles but it’s still not enough for three. Angle tries for the Angle slam, but Styles counters out and hits the Pele. Styles hits the Styles clash and goes for the pin but Angle kicks out at two!
Styles tries for a German suplex, but Angle counters with a German suplex of his own. Both men are slow to get to their feet, fighting on their knees, then on their feet in the middle of the ring. Angle hits an uppercut, but runs into an uppercut. Angle avoids the moonsault DDT, but AJ avoids a suplex from angle. AJ rolls up Angle, but Angle kicks out and comes right back with the Angle slam, but AJ is able to kick out at two.
Angle picks Styles up and teases the Styles clash. Styles fights it off with a back body drop. Angle goes for the ankle lock instead, but AJ kicks it off and tries for a hurricanrana. Angle blocks and hits the Styles clash, putting Styles down for another two count. Styles rolls AJ to his back and heads up to the top. Angle tries for the moonsault, but way overshoots it and Styles moves. Styles hits a springboard flipping senton, but it’s still not enough to keep Angle down for three.
Angle heads to the top. Kaz and Daniels are down and cause a distraction, taking out Styles legs. Angle hits the Angle slam, but Styles still wont stay down. Angle locks in the ankle lock, and grapevines the leg, and Styles is forced to tap out.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Following the match, Daniels and Kaz leap into the ring and attack Styles. Angle is quick to fend of Styles’ attackers though, sending both Kaz and Daniels from the ring. Angle offers his hand to AJ and helps him to his feet. AJ and Styles hug in the middle of the ring, and Angle raises Styles arm.
In an attempt to kill more time, we get a recap of the Lockdown match between Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson that saw Angle go for a ridiculous moonsault of the top of the cage, and go on to win the match.
After some more time-killing from Taz and Tenay, they send it to the back to JB who says that according to a poll, 76% of fans expect to see RVD win the title tonight. Bobby Roode says something doesn’t feel right, and that’s the fact that he’s talking to JB without his title around his waist. He says the stipulation tonight is a ladder match, and his pride and joy is hanging over the ring. He says RVD thinks he’s going to outsmart him tonight, but he’s dead wrong. Hogan can try to stack the deck, but RVD’s plan wont work and no one can stop him. After he climbs the ladder and retains tonight, he’ll climb into the history books because in ten days he’ll go down as the longest reigning World Champion in Impact Wrestling History, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.