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TNA Hardcore Justice: Breakdown of Styles vs. Daniels vs. Angle vs. Samoa Joe

Hey, guys, it’s Jake back with another TNA PPV breakdown.  Let’s get straight to it:

The Competitors

What’s better than AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels? Well, there’s AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Samoa Joe. What if we could make it just a little bit better? How about we add in Kurt Angle? Sounds great, doesn’t it? But wait, there’s more. For a little icing on the cake, the contest will be a ladder match.

Okay, get a hold of yourself. I know what I just mentioned would get any TNA fan in an orgasmic trance. I’m right there with you, practically foaming at the mouth. However, I will have to conduct myself as the constant professional that I ALWAYS am and will press forward with this breakdown.

First of all, let me get straight to the obvious. These competitors are four of the greatest wrestlers on the planet. On my list; Kurt Angle is #1, Styles is #2, with Daniels and Joe definitely making it into my top 15. These four have certainly worked hard enough in their careers to deserve to be considered the best. Each competitor is an experienced veteran and they’ve all had incredible matches throughout their tenure with TNA.

Kurt Angle:

He has something to prove. In TNA’s ‘Before The Bell’ videos and some Impact Wrestling backstage segments, Angle has been showing a new aspect of his character. He feels as though he needs to win the Bound For Glory Series to prove that he is indeed the best wrestler on the planet. He hasn’t necessarily doubted that he is but he feels he has to prove it once again. He wants the world to know that he is still Kurt Angle and not some washed up has-been version of him. That’s his motivation going into Hardcore Justice.

AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels:

I’ve been covering the breakdowns for this Styles vs. Daniels (w/Kazarian) feud since the Sacrifice ppv. If anyone knows this angle best out of the writers here, it would be me. Daniels and Kazarian are out on a vendetta to ruin AJ Styles’ name. The three used to be the best of friends now the tag champs have turned their backs on Styles. They are jealous of his success and all the opportunities that was afforded to him and not to them.

Styles, in the ‘Before The Bell’ videos has stated that the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belongs to him. If it wasn’t for him there wouldn’t be a TNA World Heavyweight Championship. While, Daniels claims that at Bound For Glory a new age will be dawned. An age where he finally achieves what he has failed to do so far in his career and that is be a world champion. Finally, Daniels will be the one ahead of Styles.  He will be the true face of TNA; no longer will that moniker go to AJ Styles.

Samoa Joe:

The Samoan Submission Machine is out for redemption. It’s no secret that Joe was in a very bad place in the company this time last year. He was out for blood and was dead last through most of the competition. He didn’t care about winning and he seemed lost in his anger. Now, he’s a changed man. Almost has if his tag team run with Magnus allowed him to tone himself down. He’s channeling the anger now, he is focused. The real Samoa Joe is back and he wants his world championship back.

The Quest

To win the Bound For Glory Series and to become the World Heavyweight Champion; that is what these men desire to accomplish. If they win this ladder match, they will gain twenty points in the series. If Styles or Daniels wins, it would be a huge boost to either man as they are in the middle of the rankings right now. If Angle wins, he will jump ever so closer to first. If Samoa Joe wins (or for that matter James Storm in his match), he will have blown by his competition as he’s been unstoppable so far in this. Whoever wins this match will become a favorite to win the series and go on to mainevent TNA’s biggest show of the year.

The Match

This contest will be match of the night, heck, it has the potential to be match of the year. With these four wrestlers plus the ladder match stipulation, the potential in this is mind boggling. The crazy spots, the superior wrestling that were gonna see is just making me wish I was already watching the match.

My expectations are rather high going into this. I expect nothing less than spectacular. I also would like to see some good plot advancement with Styles/Daniels maybe with a Kazarian run-in. I don’t want it taking away from the match itself but it would be good to see. Angle and Joe, being the big bulls in this match, should have an intense fight against one another as Daniels and Styles pull off the crazy X-division styles stunts.

As far as a predictions goes, I want to see either Styles or Daniels winning this. Both really need the points and being the smaller men it only makes more sense to have them win with the ladder stipulation. Will either of them win? No. Angle or Joe have this locked up tight. No matter who wins though, we’re gonna see a killer match that I hope lives up to my hefty expectations.

Well, that’s about enough marking out for one article. Make sure to catch this match along with the other great matches at Hardcore Justice this Sunday. Don’t forget to stay tuned to Wrestle Enigma for more breakdowns of the ppv card.

If you have any thoughts or a breakdown of your own, please write it out in the comments section below.


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  • Judas Thundersteel

    I didn’t watch BTB yet, but apparently there’s a past video of what Claire Lynch was doing before her TNA gig…

    I took a screenshot of the comments so far…

    I laughed out loud.

    • JacobStachowiak

      scary looking…..

  • Paul McIntyre

    (sing song voice) Somebody stole my format…

  • SiD

    Kurt Angle better win this match and he better win the BFG series. Kurt will win it for the 10k dollars I owe him. All in all, this match will be #AmazeBalls. Good breakdown, Jake. 

  • Kevin Berge

    Haha, marking out much, Jacob? I think this match looks absolutely phenomenal on paper. It has four of the best wrestlers in the company, and, excluding Aries and maybe Hardy, they may be the best. These guys are the elite, and they got the best stipulation of the night to work with: a ladder match.

    I hesitate to say it will be the best of the night, but it should be pretty close if it’s not. The one thing that worries me is the ability to follow four different men all going out of their way to do the next big stunt. There will be a lot of excitement and flair, but perhaps plain old fashion wrestling can trump it when Aries meets Roode in the main event. We’ll see.

    I see Angle pulling out the win here with Joe being too far ahead otherwise and Styles and Daniels taking each other out. I see Styles pulling out the biggest spot with some crazy 360 off a ladder to the outside into everyone else (or just Daniels) at some point. Should be part of the two elite matches on a night that should be good though nothing near the recent PPV output from TNA.

  • Judas Thundersteel

    Orgasming? How do you say that?

    I was wondering with a show called “Hardcore Justice,” rather strange that nothing really hardcore was advertised. More or less a show on the road to BFG, it’s nice they spiced up the Series with these stipulations. It’s funny how the stipulations fit. For this topic, Styles and Daniels have ladder match experience, if I’m not mistaken. Styles in particular, I recall a ladder match with D-Lo Brown way back in 2002, as well as King of the Mountain matches, which are honestly ladder match like anyways. Speaking of KOTM, I want to see that match again. Joe’s got KOTM experience, and so does Angle. Furthermore, Kurt Angle, I think has been in only one actual ladder match. Maybe more, but the only one I can name is the third fall in the 2/3 Benoit/Angle match at Judgement Day 2001. It was for Kurt Angle’s gold medals, haha!

    I don’t think the match will have a lot of spots, but a good recent example of a well worked ladder match is the WWE title MITB match. It didn’t have a lot of spots, but it was heavy on experience and psychology. Styles and Daniels? Goodness, you and breakdown articles about Styles and Daniels is just as fitting, and with as much chemistry…as Styles/Daniels. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe have great history and chemistry, with them being fresh off a great Destination X match, as well as Styles/Daniels. Also, Styles and Angle have their moments, Daniels has had times with Samoa Joe. Really, the only non-potent matchup is Daniels and Angle. However, they have wrestled before, singles, and most recently, tag team. You keep mentioning Before the Bell and stuff. I never watched those, so good infor shared. One thing I actually just watched, was TNA Today with Kaz and Daniels. Awesome stuff, Kaz and Daniels hyped up the ladder match a good deal. What’s funny is that Kaz makes it known that he never lost a ladder match. I believe him, though I only know the classic ladder match with Christian at Genesis 2007. Daniels and Kaz both defeated the other 3 men in the 4 way, for the tag team championship. All in this year too. Hehehe.

    The match will probably have a lot of near victories, battles on top of the ladder, bumps to be taken over by AJ and Daniels, and punishment to be taken over by Joe and Angle. Meanwhile, the Styles/Daniels/Kaz feud will be progressed with a Kaz run in. All predictions, but whatever happens, it’s going to be a real barn burner of a match. Exciting stuff. As far as who will win? Kurt Angle. Joe goes back and forth for first place, Storm as well, but Styles and Daniels will be too busy with each other. That just leaves Kurt Angle, who needs an angle (haha!) heading closer to BFG. That angle being one of the leading guys in the series. A win here makes it so, and it becomes more of a 3 way struggle between Storm, Joe, and Angle. Add another element to the 4, one that I hope to be Bully Ray, if he wins the tables 4 way match. Ladders, submissions, high flying, violence, it’s going to be off the chain. The only thing to make it better would be Jerome Borash (as Daniels would like to call him) on commentary. Ah well, will be graced with the presence of one half of the world tag team champions of the world (that’s not redundant).

    So even though Styles and Daniels aren’t the only elemenys, it’s nice though that you have an article involving them. I expect No Surrender and BFG to have breakdown articles from you, involving those guys. Good work here.

    • JacobStachowiak

      yeah, apparently that’s not a word so I switched to orgasmic trance. haha

    • JacobStachowiak

      oh my god that TNA today was soooo fucking funny. Kazarian and Daniels just click so well.

    • JacobStachowiak

      there’s the Before the Bell down there at the end of the article, Judas, I suggest you watch it. It’s sweeeet. 

  • Sean Linhares

    Oh dear lord this match is going to be AWESOME!

    These four are arguably the 4 best wrestlers TNA has to offer, especially from an in-ring standpoint. If we had seen another Styles/Daniels match, I don’t think I would have had a big problem with it, seeing as their last match was awesome, but adding Joe and Angle to this match makes it AWESOME. Making it a ladder match was the right decision, as it allows for less predictibility in the match, which is never a bad thing.

    I’m expecting to see a match of the year nominee in this match, hopefuly it delivers.

    In terms of who will actually win it, I have ruled out Joe as having him win it would put him far above anyone else, thus taking out much of the excitement of the BFG Series. Angle is still in the middle of the pack, but within striking distance, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he won it, but I’m mostly looking at Styles or Daniels as the likely victors. They both have been wrapped up in their own rivalry, pushing them to the bottem of the BFG leaderboard. I’m going to say Daniels wins after interference from Clair or Kazarian.

    Please god, have this match fulfill potential and then some.

    • JacobStachowiak

      Thanks for commenting first of all, as a young TNA mark, I know this match will shape the way you feel about the company for some time to come. You’ll look back at this and hopefully remember it for how epically awesome it was. 

  • Eric

    Can’t wait for Hardcore justice, it’s shaping up to be a great PPV

    • Charlie G

      Hardcore Justice should be good. You know what should be even better than Hardcore Justice? BOUND FOR MOTHERFUCKIN’ GLORY!

    • JacobStachowiak

      Yes, they do have the least amount of points so it would be nice to see either one of them win. This WILL, as you said, be match of the night. 

      Thanks for commenting. 

  • Charlie G

    Nice breakdown. I knew you’d be marking out a lot through this match, haha.

    With these four, MOTY is definitely possible. I agree with AJ & Daniels needing points but, I think Kurt Angle might win. Angle will win just because…. he’s Kurt fuckin’ Angle & him being in the final four of the BFGS is badass.

    • JacobStachowiak

      True, Angle will win because……well, you know. 

      • Charlie G

        AJ & Daniels will be busy murdering each other, the ladder has a strict weight limit which disables Joe from climbing and that just leaves Angle alone to win, haha