It has been said over and over again, but it can never be understated. AJ Styles is the true face of TNA Wrestling and always will be, whether management is behind him or not.
He breathes, sweats, and bleeds everything that is good about TNA. He is a natural athlete who, in my opinion, is the best wrestler in the world. It is true that, over the years (just like his opponent at Sacrifice), he has slowed down some, but he can still put on a five star match when called upon.
Currently, he is involved in a feud with former longtime allies Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. The duo seem to have a photo proving AJ’s guilt in something that, I assume, will be risque for such a squeaky clean guy like Styles.
Styles’ opponent is none other than the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle.
What can be said about Angle that hasn’t already? He is one of the greatest wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots. Yes, just like Styles, he has lost a couple of steps, but he can still put on a hell of a match on a frequent basis.
Unfortunately, Kurt has been somewhat lost on the roster lately. He’s been in entertaining, yet meaningless, feuds with guys like Jeff Hardy. He also seems to be losing the steam he has had in the past as a heel character.
A character turn and face run is now coming to pass as Kurt’s been showing signs of such while being entangled in the Daniels/Kaz/Styles angle.
You can’t break down this match without bringing up these two hooligans. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian have somewhat forced a new Kurt Angle to surface by annoying him to no end in matches and backstage segments.
It’s also no secret that the two have a grudge with Styles and are holding some power over him, which is really the MacGuffin of this entire storyline.
Now, Angle and Styles have been pitted against each other as a consequence of this pairing’s actions. This match could easily be a tag team match if Daniels and Kazarian weren’t already booked against the tag champs. Don’t let that fool you, though, the two will still play a big role in this match.
There will be inevitable shenanigans, and I highly doubt a clean finish will end this bout.
The wrestling will be the true star of this match. These two have faced off before, and whenever they do, it is always a surefire classic. Look for this to compete with Ray vs. Aries for match of the night.
Don’t forget to catch TNA Sacrifice 2012 this Sunday, May 13, as it is looking to be a great wrestling event.
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