WZ.com Feedback: First Batch Of Responses On Angle/Joe Match

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Gerald Walker writes…

“I ordered “Lockdown” last night thinking I was going to see something spectacular but in the end that is exactly how I felt…LOCKED DOWN. I am not a writer or a booker, but I am a fan. When I say fan, I don’t mean a stupid person who will be happy with anything they are fed. The match last night between Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe was lame, boring and made Joe come off as weak. I did not see the same Joe from the brutal matches in the Japan. I did not see the same Joe that dominated ROH. I did not see the same Joe that took TNA by storm ever since his debut in 2005. Instead, I saw 10 minutes of Kurt Angle trying to convince himself and the world that he has what it it takes to make it in MMA. bullsh*t! I love both sports MMA and professional wrestling, but you can not merge the two.

P.S. Is there anyway I can get a refund?”

Mark writes…

“What a great night the show was and the Angle/Joe match lived up to the hype. It was quite refreshing to see a match with take downs, throws, mounts, suplexes and submission attempts. It shows just how good these guys really are!

All in all, great fight!”

Karim Sunderji writes…

“It was a beautiful match. It was a mixture of MMA (in the beginning) and wrestling (near the end), told a great story and had beautiful psychology. I found this match right up there with Angle/Negata’s and was very fortunate to watch this one.”

Tierre Cabbell writes…

“I thought that the Joe vs. Angle bout at Lockdown was a ***1/2 match. The beginning was slow, but picked up towards the end, and I’m glad that Joe finally has the strap as it was long overdue IMO.”

Lance Lumley writes…

“I am a big TNA fan, in fact I watch it more than WWE anymore, and I have been a wrestling fan for 20 some years. I was dissapointed in the Joe/Angle match. First, if I wanted to see MMA or Ultimate Fighting, I’d order their shows. Last I checked in wrestling, choking and closed fists were considered illegal. I also think that it lowers Joe’s status as champ because he had to win it in a match that wasn’t pure wrestling.”

Niklas Jonsson writes…

“I thought it was a good match but not as great as some might say. This is really “Love it or Hate it”. Some will like the MMA style and some wont. As for me I thought it was too slow at times and I thought it was too much MMA style.

But the match overall was still good. But a bit of a letdown. You could hear “Boring” and “We want wrestling” chants throughout the match by fans that didnt like this new style.”

Matt Del Greco writes…

“I thought that the TNA Lockdown PPV was decent. There wasn’t that much blood like they’ve been advertising and that was a disappointment. They were supposedly sending a guy around with tickets for backstage passes, but that never happened….yet again. The Samoa Joe/Angle match was unique in my eyes. It started off slow at first but then picked up and was a great finish.”

Curtis House writes…

“I will try to keep this short regarding my opinion of this match. I really was dreading this match for the sole fact that it would basically be an MMA-style predetermined match but I was completely shocked at how awesome this match truly was! In my opinion, Kurt carried Joe throughout most of this match and, even though Joe is a tremendous wrestler, he is still far away from being in the category of Kurt Angle. The match had me on the edge of my seat from bell to bell and even though I was pulling for Kurt, the match result was nothing more than an afterthought when it came to the actual greatness that took place between the six sides of steel. This one match alone was well worth the price of the ppv and, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this match made me want more of the MMA style to take place in TNA. This, by far, has been the best match of 2008.”

Mark Smith writes…

“As a match, it was good. With the way TNA was hyping the match, I can’t help but say I expected more from it. I did find Angle using the figure four, Joe using the liontamer, crippler crossface and the stf as lame jabs at the WWE, but maybe I’m just speculating. Overall, they pulled it off. For some reason though, I expected that the ending would feature Joe and Angle trading their finishing moves(and not the ankle lock or the rear no choke), a playbook out right out of puroresu, and they would kick out time and time again. I also figured they would give them a little bit more time, but it was good.

I think the major problem with the match didn’t effect it, but it effected the rest of the card. With Angle and Joe trading “legit” strikes back and forth, it made the old school style of punching and kicking look incredibly fake. Up until the main event, I was enjoying the rest of the card, but after I watched the encore(I spent my good money, so I’m gonna watch it twice!), I felt that the Main Event really exposed the rest of the wrestlers on the card.”

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