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TNA Sacrifice 2012: Breakdown for AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle

The Competitors:

AJ Styles 

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.

Kurt Angle

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.

The Build:

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.

If you have any questions, comments or reviews, please write them out in the comments section.


About Jacob Stachowiak

I'd explain it to you better but I left my crayons in my other jacket.
  • Kevin Berge

    This should be match of the night though you never know. After Lockdown, I won’t doubt Angle again. He and Hardy were amazing together, and hopefully the pure wrestling here shines through. My main concern is that stupid overbooking especially involving Kaz and Daniels will ruin everything.

  • SiD


    • Kevin Berge

      Failed horribly.

      • SiD

         Uh, I think I passed..

        • Jacob Stachowiak

          Nah, you failed. 

  • SiD

    Good article. AJ vs Kurt should be must-see, but not must-see, like the Miz. 

  • Judas Thundersteel

     AJ’s slowed down? I never felt like he lost a step. I think it’s more of a result of maturity and preserving himself in the long run. For lack of a better term, AJ’s toned down his offense. At the height of the X-Division, he was flying all over the place, and doing moves that put both him and his wrestler at risk. Even if it wasn’t flying, AJ would also take and deliver some dangerous moves. AJ has scaled back on his high flying and has pushes his mat wrestling game. That makes him more suited in the long run. It hasn’t hurt him, as the simple fact that he could dazzle in 2002, and still do it in 2012, speaks highly of the skill, and intelligence of AJ Styles. For that long, he has to be considered one of the best wrestlers in the world, if not the best. For 10+ years. Now on the feeling of Kurt Angle, ok, that I agree with 100%. He has actually lost a step or two, and his injuries have piled up as he ages. Bad neck that still plagues him, early in his career. However, just going from 2009 onwards: reoccuring hamstring problems, pulled groin issues, the neck still creeps in. That has really been one big reason why Kurt’s been more inactive for a while. He’s getting up there in age.

    That being said, the thing to expect in this match, is that it will be very heavy on the ground, and won’t be so fast paced. It will accentuate Kurt’s strengths, and put AJ more at work, something he can more than handle. Also, with the overlooming Daniels and Kaz issue, it will have a major effect on this match. So it won’t be clean. There’s no heat at all to make this a feud, more or less a sideshow attraction because Daniels and Kaz are the leaders of this puppet show. Kurt’s strings are loosening, and once they break off, he pretty much will be a face. AJ will still be bound and their feud will continue. Kurt might actually challenge Roode after Bob Van Dam, or take a break…again!

    The basic prediction, it’s going to be a great match, possibly the best of the show. I look forward to that, and to see AJ light it up by himself on PPV. By himself, it’s been a while since he’s been in a singles match on PPV. Styles is the face of TNA, as you said, but sadly, he’s not booked like that. In a perfect world, AJ would own that douchebag Hulk Hogan and the segment rating for that on Impact will be 4.0. Oh, I wish!

    Anyways, short and sweet article. There really isn’t much to say, since essentially, this is still Daniels/Kaz vs. AJ Styles. Kurt’s a plugin. Hooligans, hehe, that’s a funny word.

  • Jacob Stachowiak

    Probably the second shortest article I have ever written. 

    • SiD

       What’s the shortest one?

      • JacobStachowiak

        My Cena losing at Mania was a good idea article.

        • SiD