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August 14, 2005 / TJ Hawke

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe from TNA’s Sacrifice 2005

Recap from TJ Hawke:

This was the finals of the Super X Cup.

Joe booted AJ to the floor and hit an elbow suicida. AJ came back with a leaping forearm and then worked Joe over in the ring. Joe fired back and hit the facewash kicks. Joe then worked him over. AJ started to come back. AJ hit a Pele, but Joe came right back and got a nearfall with a lariat. They traded a bunch of strikes. AJ avoided a Muscle Buster and then applied a TORTURE RACK! Ref bump. Daniels gave AJ a STO. Joe stared down Daniels, and AJ sent him to the ring. Joe gave AJ a big slap, a Muscle Buster, and the Coquina Clutch. AJ had to tap out.

The Daniels interference at the end was unnecessary. They could have gotten to a triple threat match without having to resort to that. Other than that, this was the typical entertaining Joe/Styles match. They really made each other look fantastic, as they always did.

Match Rating: ***3/4

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  1. Jake Ziegler / Oct 16 2014 7:46 PM

    Yeah this match rocks. I feel like I’ve never seen you give 4 stars or more tho.

    • TJ Hawke / Oct 16 2014 10:26 PM

      The next post was the Unbreakable match, which breaks the streak. There are not a ton of (legally) free matches online that I would consider great though.

      • Jake Ziegler / Oct 16 2014 11:22 PM

        Yeah that’s true. Does TNA have all these matches available on their YouTube site?

  2. TJ Hawke / Oct 17 2014 4:52 PM

    Yea, nothing on this site gets posted unless it was released by the company. There are a handful of exceptions, but in those cases we had written permission to post it.

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