Monday, February 28, 2011

"Project 33" - Match #92 - Lesnar vs. Angle

Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
29 June, 2007
Sumo Hall; Tokyo, Japan
Title Unification Match

Part 2

OK, let me set the stage for this match a little bit.  Brock Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in October of 2005.  In July of 2006, Lesnar basically quit working for New Japan, and refused to return the belt.  So, on July 17th of that year, they held a tournament and crowned a new champion, and said that Lesnar was unable to defend the title in Japan due to visa issues.  By 2007, Antonio Inoki had been forced out of New Japan in a coup of sorts, and he started up a new promotion.  This match took place as the main event of his debut show, and it was labeled as a unification match between the true IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and the TNA Heavyweight Champion.  Lesnar brought the IWGP belt he refused to return to New Japan, which essentially showed that Inoki was paying Lesnar a ton of cash so that he could say "fuck you" to Yukes, the new owners of New Japan.

So essentially, what you have here is Kurt Angle defending the TNA Championship against Lesnar, who is defending a stolen belt that no longer represents the championship of which it is being billed - thus being non-existent. 

The match itself isn't that bad.  It is pretty action packed and straight forward, if not short.  I thought these guys had much better matches against each other in the WWE though.

What this match was, was Inoki throwing a ton of money at someone who didn't really want to be there, so he could "stick it" to New Japan.  In the process Angle got to establish himself (and to an extent, TNA) in Japan.  So it was short, sweet, and to the point.

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