Well, these two certainly do have some amazing chemistry, and they proved it inside the Steel Cage. With a story of Legacy vs. Legacy, Pride vs. Pride and The Best vs. The Best, it wasn’t only what was on paper that made this match Don’t-Miss-Television, and it did not disappoint, by any means.
Angle and Roode began this match by using maneuvers to get the crowd interested and hot, before quickly breaking off into equal-sided big moves and great selling, showcasing the expert psychology of both men. The crowd-working would not stop there, with high-impact moves, perfectly timed reversals and involvement of the cage falling carrying through the early minutes of what was shaping up to be better than 90% of TNA circa-2013. It didn’t take long for Roode to being working an injury to his ankle, an injury he sold the hell out of, limping his heart out and in turn displaying the true artistic nature of selling in professional wrestling.
The crowd began to slowly explode during the middle of this match, as both men made their attempts out of the structure, breaking out into the patented “this is awesome!” chant as Angle proceeded to perform a perfect moonsault–and missing his opponent, this was indeed awesome. The crowd didn’t calm down as Roode made some very close attempts at leaving the cage, only to be caught in the Ankle Lock submission, much to the pleasure of the arena. Another big crowd pop came as Roode hit his finisher and Angle kicked-out mere milliseconds before the three-count. At this point, Roode was still selling the injured ankle with perfection, slowly climbing the top rope, only to be given an awesome Angleslam for an intense slow-cover and near-fall.
The finish saw Angle and Roode slowly race out of the cage, Angle climbing over the top of the cage and Roode crawling his way out the door (the crowd was insane at this point), with Angle’s feet hitting the floor no more than one second before Bobby Roode’s. Incredible, breath-taking match. MUST-SEE.