TNA Hardcore Justice Results & Recap – Kurt Angle Turns…Again!

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TNA Hardcore Justice resultsKurt Angle vs. Sting ended about the same way most TNA pay per view main-events do. In somewhat of a screwy finish that left more questions than answers, Kurt Angle pinned Sting to win the TNA world championship at Hardcore Justice 2011 with a little help from Hulk Hogan.

Where do I begin? Well, let me say this before I go off on a bit of a tangent here. I am certainly not a TNA Wrestling fan. It is just not my cup of tea, but more power to those that enjoy it. Yet, I don’t hate them. So please don’t take my opinion as that of a “TNA hater.” It just isn’t my thing and well, this main-event reinforced it for me.

Angle and Sting wrestled in the main-event this Sunday night. The match went about 20 minutes. It wasn’t bad, but the crowd at the Impact Zone just weren’t into the bout, making it seem a lot worse than it probably was. Sting and Angle at one point traded finishing moves and the crowd didn’t pop at all for a potential finish. They just sat there waiting as if they knew the match would end with some kind of run-in or screw job and guess what? They were correct!

[adinserter block=”2″]Angle knocked out referee Brian Hebner with an Eziguri, a kick to the head. At that point the Impact Zone fans got up on their feet as if they were all on cue. Hulk Hogan hobbled out to the ring with a steel chair. Sting, Angle, and the referee were down when Hogan measured up Sting. Angle got up first and grabbed the chair out of Hogan’s hands. Hogan retreated, Sting turned around, and Angle clocked him. An Angle Slam later and Kurt was the new TNA world champion. Was he in cahoots with Immortal or did he just seize an opportunity? I think we all know where this one is going.

How many times have we seen identically booked swerves like this in TNA Wrestling? How many times has Kurt Angle turned heel? How many times has a babyface argued with Immortal only to join them a few weeks later? How many times has a main-event ended with a screw finish? You get the idea. Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo, and anyone else responsible for booking this finish are working Dixie Carter like a mark at an old school carnival. It is as if these ideas are on a 30-day cycle and they go back to square one at the end of the 30 days and start again. It’s beyond ridiculous!

The thing that may bug me worse than almost anything in TNA is that they end almost all of their pay per views on a cliff hanger. Instead of the logical idea of using your television to build up pay per views so people will pay to see the pay off, they book their pay per views to leave fans hanging with hopes that they will tune into Impact. Hey, it’s their product and they can do what they want, but maybe that is why most of their shows are averaging 8-10,000 buys? The whole philosophy makes zero sense to me and is unfair to the fans who got suckered into paying to see this show.

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As for Kurt Angle, I am a fan, a big fan. I still love watching him talk and wrestle, although tonight was certainly not one of his best matches. Kurt will now enjoy his fifth reign as TNA world champion, the most of any wrestler in TNA history. I honestly don’t have a big problem with it, but once again TNA falls back on the past instead of elevating new stars. Again, I like Angle so I am a little torn on this one. He is certainly a much better choice than Sting but at some point TNA has to freshen up the top.

[adinserter block=”1″]So get ready for more of the same over the next few months TNA fans, because we are gearing up for the big Sting vs. Hulk Hogan match at Bound for Glory. I don’t get it. Hogan and Bischoff have been at it with Dixie Carter in this storyline for months. The ratings and the buyrates have fallen, yet they continue to shove this thing down their poor fan’s throats with very little end in sight.

You’d think with the kind of excitment the WWE is generating these days with their main storylines, that TNA would feel the pressure a little bit and step up their game. Nope and why should they when the guys booking this stuff have more job security than Peyton Manning.

Full TNA Wrestling Hardcore Justice 2011 results…
Brian Kendrick defeated Alex Shelley and Austin Aries in a three way match for the TNA X Division Championship
Ms. Tessmacher and Tara defeated Mexican America (Rosita and Sarita) (with Anarquia and Hernandez) in a TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship match
D’Angelo Dinero defeated Devon in the Bound for Glory Series
Winter (with Angelina Love) defeated Mickie James for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship
Crimson defeated Rob Van Dam (with Jerry Lynn) by disqualification in the Bound for Glory Series
Fortune (A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian) defeated Immortal (Abyss, Gunner, and Scott Steiner)
Bully Ray defeated Mr. Anderson
Beer Money, Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm) defeated Mexican America (Anarquia and Hernandez) in a TNA World Tag Team Championship match
Kurt Angle defeated Sting for the TNA championship

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8 COMMENTS

  1. TNA is known for quick heel/face turns, and it does so much damage because fans don't know what to do anymore (except those in the Impact Zone, who are programmed to cheer all faces and boo all heels). I remember Mick Foley starting as a face, turning heel and then turning face again in less than a year, only to watch Matt Morgan do the exact same thing (plus another turn or two) a short time later. It's damn near impossible for a casual fan to even attempt to keep track of who is a heel or face in that company anymore, and not much easier for more regular fans.

  2. You know you do have a point Joe. I was very hesitant about declaring Angle a heel but after thinking about it, he did turn. Now whether he is with Immortal or not is up in the air. But picking up a chair and using it to beat the top babyface turns you heel in my opinion but I do get the gray area here.

  3. I think it's a little early and unfair to say that Angle turned, but in a company where you are very hard pressed to find anyone who has stayed as a beacon of honor it was very odd that Angle would do something so "heelish." That ending also desperately needed a promo of some sort afterward. And Eric, you were SPOT on about Lil' Hebner going down and nothing else really mattering before that.

    @ Dustin: I feel that Crimson has a lot of potential for growth as an entertainer, but for now he has the quintessential Heavyweight look and an impressive move set. But with such wacky writing lately, who knows who will benefit? The most embarrassing goof came last week when Crimson and Steiner were on opposite teams and the announcers didn't even mention that Steiner was mentoring him not but three months ago. Do TNA fans even remember that? This is just one of many on a laundry list of angles that they've either swept under the rug out of apathy or squashed because of fairweather convenience.

    • Oh, I remember that, Joe. That was yet another example of a nonsensical heel turn where Steiner was a face one day, a heel the next with no explanation. Matt Morgan has also suffered from this on numerous occasions.

  4. Not only that, but TNA has now switched the world title again. This is the 6th title change this year alone. 6 title changes in less than 8 months! Compare this to the situation on RAW. Not counting the current situation where there's two champions on the WWE championship, in this same period of time, has changed hands a grand total of…two times. And one of the TNA title changes took place after just 11 days. As for now, Kurt Angle is the third person to hold the belt in three months. How in the hell are we supposed to take any championship as being credible with that kind of exchange rate. While they probably won't defeat WCW's record of swapping the world title 20+ times in just one calendar year, they are on their way to at least making second place. And, like you said, anyone could predict this was going to happen. TNA is passing the belt around by has-beens like Angle and Sting with the occasional never-will-be like Mr. Anderson, yet there is an entire locker room full of guys who would love to get the chance to hold that belt just once who, at this rate, will probably never get that opportunity. And mark my words on this: I don't like Crimson, but he's obviously well-protected and being groomed to be the face of the company. He's undefeated right now, and he will remain so through the BFG series. However, I almost guarantee he does the job to Angle at BFG because L. Ron Hubbard forbid someone new is at the top. At the same time, even if Crimson goes on to win the belt at the next PPV, he will become the 4th champion in just 4 months, continuing the cycle (and will probably lose it back to Angle at the next show). It's a no-win situation for Crimson; he's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't.

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