Originally Posted by Merc_With_A_Mouth
Meltzer smoked some type of coke with the rating for Angle/Jarrett. Great match, but after the ref bump, it fell a few notches with me.
I definitely didn't think that, I agreed with the ****1/4 rating myself.
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett w/Karen Angle – Against All Odds 2011
Okay so I JUST finished watching the match there now, I was gonna go to bed and do a write-up in the morning but I felt oblidged to do one right away. This match was actually way way way better than I’d expected. It’s not like there was anything off-the-charts amazing wrestling-wise, but what there was, was really fucking good and tied in but I’ll mention that in a bit. What made this match so good was the actual emotion between these two. Even if you were unaware of the situation between these two, you could probably tell that these two have personal issues that sway beyong the wrestling business. Outside the ring, the guys seem to be able to work together, everything’s fine. But when they’re in the ring together, it just translates in a totally different fashion. It feels like the issues between these two aren’t yet resolved and that a personal distaste for eachother still exists. After all, how could there not be? Jeff is now living with Kurt’s ex-wife and kids for fuck sakes!
I know the gimmick of the match might seem a little cheesy and it is, but it works for me and made sense with the match. If Jeff wins, Kurt had to send Karen away at their wedding, If Kurt wins, he gets custody of his kids. Right off the bat, Kurt tried to keep his cool, he knew that if he went all out early-on, it’d be wrestling-suicide. He kept with what he knew best and what was effective; his actual wrestling itself. Kurt kept himself dominant in the early going without losing his cool. After all, he didn’t want to risk losing, not even a fluke loss.
But as Kurt grew more dominant, he began showing more emotion, and getting more cocky. Especially when he would tell Karen to slap him in the face, only to beat the shit into Jarrett some more. This slight over-cockiness cost him, as instead of staying close to Jarrett, not giving him any room to do anything, he gave Jarrett space for a second, and it cost him, as Jarrett swung Kurt flying into the ring post.
Jarrett knew he had the animal that was Angle slowed down, even just for a little while. So he began waring down Kurt repeatedly, a smart move but Jarrett just carried a real dickhead feel as he did it. Now might be the most effective Jarrett’s been a heel in years, never thought I’d be saying that after his wife died. Jarrett being the arrogant bastard he is, got cocky too, and instead of learning from Kurt’s mistake, he cost himself by giving Kurt not only room but some recovery-time qnd that led to the Super Belly-To-Belly which seemed to end the first half the match.
The image afterwards of both men, rising from their knees trading punches actually felt important, they both had something to gain from this match, something far more important than bragging rights, personal justice in their own view. After this, things remained pretty even, back-and-forth for the most part. Lots of near falls, false-finishes, ref-bumps, Karen-interferce. Kurt was built up as a real monster in this one, he just wasn’t going to lay down or even contemplate losing.
That’s why I find the ending so fitting for this part of the feud. After a chair-shot to the skull, Angle wasn’t quite as tight as he could’ve been, slightly dazed maybe. But as he attempted the Ankle Lock, a move he usually locks in so expertly, he left his foot hanging and Jarrett caught hold of it, to keep Kurt down and grant himself a victory. It mightn’t have been the way Jarrett had envisioned winning, but it was a victory nonetheless.
The stuff afterwards really drove home the emotion of the match. Jarrett was celebrating like an egotistical ass, while Kurt left his boots in the ring, signalling surrender. For a while Jarrett looked on in disbelief, only to then realise, he’d made Kurt ‘fucking’ Angle surrender. Jarrett then laughed his way backstage as everyone was silent, except Taz of course who explained the whole ‘leaving boots in the ring’ thing to the viewers at home. Commentary wasn't the best in this by any means, I think Tenay said at one point "out-physical'd" which was brutal in itself. I know the whole ‘Angle retiring’ this has been done before, but this wasn’t retirement, this was him seemingly giving up. His retirement was forced by stipulation and didn’t involve any true personal grudge like this does.
I myself thought that the match couldn’t live upto it’s previous incarnations but did it ever! I’d imagined it would’ve automatically been worsened by being in the Impact Zone, but it actually didn’t damage it because for once, the crowd played their parts well and weren’t smarky bitches. Granted, a live arena crowd would’ve been preferred but I’ll not complain. I’d say this match is on the same level as Bound For Glory 08 but below Genesis 09. It certainly does leave me excited for another bout between the two, however I think I’d rather they wait until Lockdown now instead of doing another match at Victory Road.
Fuck me, I love the pairing of Jarrett and Angle to bits. The role-reversal from their previous matches actually works really well too. At least from my perspective anyway.