Winner advances to Bound for Glory
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy
Angle stuffs a takedown attempt by Hardy early on and applies a front headlock. Hardy with headlocks on Angle keeping the action on the feet. Hardy with a front suplex, leg drop and dropkick to the head combo on Angle. Angle catches Hardy with an elbow in the corner and connects with a huge snap powerbomb on Hardy! Angle applies a headlock on Hardy right away. Hardy mounts a comeback and Angle levels him with a clothesline. Hardy with his driving dropkick to the chest on Angle in the corner. Angle with a release overhead belly-to-belly suplex on Hardy. Hardy with a Twist of Fate on Angle. Hardy goes up top. Angle is pretty far away. Angle pops right up, jumps up top and launches Hardy off the top rope with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Hardy floats out of an Angle Slam attempt and Hardy hits another Twist of Fate. Hardy goes for a Swanton Bomb and Angle rolls out of the way. Angle connects with the Angle Slam. Angle attempts an ankle lock, but Hardy kicks him away. Angle with one german suplex. Connects with a second. Executes a third with a release. Angle is up top, attempts a moonsault and Hardy rolls out of the way. Hardy with his Whisper in the Wind off the top that connects right to the head of Angle. Angle rolls out to recover and Hardy drops him with a Twist of Fate. Hardy rolls back in, gets up on the top turnbuckle and jumps connecting with a Swanton Bomb on Angle to the outside floor! There was a loud thump when Hardy landed. Referee starts the count. Angle rolls in at eight. Hardy rolls in at nine. Angle hits a release german sulpex on Hardy. Angle is favoring his ribs when he goes up top and connects with a splash on Hardy. Both men are down. Referee starts the count. Hardy counters a powerbomb attempt and hits another Twist of Fate. Angle kicks out. Hardy immediately hits a leg drop, goes up top and hits the Swanton Bomb. Cover and Angle barely gets a shoulder up. Hardy up top again and hits another Swanton. Angle again gets a shoulder up at the last second. Hardy is back up for a third time. This time Angle gets the knees up. Angle with an Angle Slam. Hardy kicks out. Ankle lock on Hardy applied by Angle. Hardy counters out sending Angle to the outside. Hardy on the ring apron, dives and clotheslines Angle. Hardy rolls Angle back in the ring. Angle trips up Hardy and applies the ankle lock. Hardy tries kicking Angle away and reaches for the bottom rope. Hardy gets the bottom rope, but Angle drags him back out to the middle of the ring. Hardy kicks Angle away. Angle immediately clotheslines Hardy. Ankle lock applied again. Hardy tries turning over and Angle goes with him keeping the ankle lock applied. Angle drops down and keeps the ankle lock applied. Hardy is on his back screaming out in pain. Angle is screaming at Hardy to tap. All of a sudden the bell rings. The referee looks confused.
Jeremy Borash announces we have reached a time limit draw after 20 minutes. The crowd chants, “Five more minutes.” Eric Bischoff is walking out into the Impact Zone. He walks up to Dixie Carter and speaks with her. Bischoff is handed a mic and says they have no choice but to add another five more minutes on the clock.
The bell rings and here we go again. Angle starts kicking the leg of Hardy. Angle stomps over Hardy’s ankle. Angle drops his weight over Hardy’s ankle. Angle has the ankle lock applied. Hardy kicks Angle out of the ring. Angle is back in and Hardy is going up top. Angle crotches Hardy on the top turnbuckle. Angle with an Angle Slam on Hardy off the top turnbuckle. Angle covers and Hardy powers out after two. There is 1 minute and 23 seconds left. Hardy sends Angle to the outside once again through the ropes. The referee starts the count. 1 minute left on the clock. Angle returns to the ring right before the 10 count. 30 seconds left. Angle with a close rollup on Hardy. Double clothesline and both are down. 5 seconds left, Angle covers Hardy and Hardy gets a shoulder up as time expires.
Eric Bischoff tells the referee we need a winner and adds another five minutes to the clock. Angle drops Hardy in the corner and starts choking him with his boot. Angle with shoulder charges to Hardy in the corner. Angle misses a shoulder charge on Hardy and Angle drives his shoulder into the steel ring post. Angle is busted open at this point. 1 minute and 50 seconds left on the clock. Hardy applies a boston crab. Blood is pouring out of Angle’s head. The referee checks on Angle once, twice and Angle keeps his arm up during the third check. Angle rolls through and gets the ankle lock applied. Hardy gets to the ropes to break it up. Angle floats over and applies the ankle lock again. Angle drops down and keeps it applied on Hardy. 23 seconds left on the clock. Blood is still pouring from Angle’s head. 10 seconds left. Hardy is kicking and fighting. Time expires yet again.
Eric Bischoff gets in the ring and looks at a bloody Kurt Angle. Bischoff wants medical staff to check on Angle’s cut. Angle is cleaned up as Bischoff checks on Hardy. A TNA production member hands a headset to Bischoff. Taz wonders on the mic what the verdict is. Bischoff gets on the mic and says unfortunately due to Angle’s cut being too deep, they will have to declare this match a no contest. Bischoff apologizes. Angle is upset and starts heading to the back.
Winner: No Contest
After the match, we see highlights of the match leading up to the first finish after the 20 minute time limit expired. We then see the match being restarted two more times at five minutes each. Back live, Shannon Moore is out to help an exhausted Hardy to the back. Hardy favors his ankle on his way up the ramp with help from Moore and the referee.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero. He knocks Mr. Anderson for trying to call himself part of the human body. Pope promises a winner will take place next and he will be on his way to Bound for Glory.
* “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero vs. Mr. Anderson in a Semifinals match with the winner advancing to Bound for Glory is up next to close the show.