Originally Posted by Cactus
Explain what's so horrendous about it..
Same Angle nonsense tbh mixed in with Hardy being horrible execution wise (including breaking Angle's rib with a Swanton). They start doing chain wrestling etc but never build or develop it as 'Angle bests Hardy so Hardy tries somethig else', they just move into brawling and arm drags and shit. They throw things like swanton's to the floor out halfway into the match, Hardy's in an ankle lock for like 5 minutes which Kurt never touched prior and IIRC after the restart he's fucking awful at selling it and makes it look like shit on top of Kurt throwing it out there himself. I can't remember but I also want to say Angle takes a while going back to the ankle after he locks it in for the 5 minutes and attempts the Angle slam instead but I may be wrong there and confusing with another match of his.
The whole execution of 'there must be a winner' and then them doing some copout finish added to the massacre that was my eyes whilst watching that shower of shit. Nothing was built, sold or developed to mean anything in the context of the match, neither man brought much in the way of character or reacted to their finishers being kicked out of, I think Tenay even sold a Swanton kick out as 'did he get it??? No' and crapped on it as bad as Hardy & Angle did. Just ultimately never mattered in the end with them going the length they did as it wasn't sold or treated as impactful and after declaring there would finally be a winner to this 'epic' (Trading standards should have been consulted at this point) battle as they did a BS finish and then did a rematch on free TV a week later which again went longer than it needed to as they never built the match to be anything better than a 6 minute sprint would have sufficed.
The rematch also has by far Angle's worst moment of stupidity I've ever seen:
He attempts an ankle lock from nowhere and the match hasn't built at all well to this tease and Hardy manages to escape. Kurt then picks him up and hits two Angle slams like they're bloody bodyslams which Hardy kicks out of like they're a standard bodyslam, and as he's struggling to get to his feet Angle instead of now applying the ankle lock to a much more weakened Hardy prances around the ring for 20 seconds......picks Hardy up and hits a snap suplex and sleeper. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH