...that's when this happened.
To explain why this was so great, let's flash back to 2006.
This was during Jeff Jarrett's reign of terror as the TNA champion. He was on his way to the main event of Bound For Glory against Sting when an enraged Jim Cornette booked him against Samoa Joe in a "Fans Bring The Weapons" match.
Joe completely decimated Jarrett and took his title with him because he's just cold like that.
In the weeks to follow, Cornette tried everything to convince Joe to give the title back so Sting and Jarrett could fight for it at Bound For Glory. But Joe wouldn't budge, and every attempt by Jarrett or his associates to get it back resulted in a lesson in bruises.
Meanwhile, the announcement had been made previously that Kurt Angle, recently released by WWE, had joined TNA and would be the guest enforcer for the title match at Bound For Glory. So when Cornette called out Samoa Joe and told him to either give the title back or be fired, a confrontation that had been growing in the hearts of fan boys everywhere for months finally came to fruition.
And what followed is perhaps the best television that TNA ever produced.
Now let's be clear. Kurt Angle came to TNA about three years after main eventing Wrestlemania. From the moment he walked through the doors, he was a bigger and more relevant star than the entire company and everyone in it. By comparison, Samoa Joe was an indy star and a rising TNA star who hadn't even held the World title by this point.
But rather than treat the situation like Angle was far superior, they made it clear from the very first segment that these two were on exactly the same level. This catapulted Joe's credibility about eight miles high right off the bat and would give Kurt Angle the nemesis he needed to be great again.
It didn't take long for these two to mix it up in the ring.
In Angle's first PPV match for TNA, he defeated Joe clean, ending the Samoan Submission Machine's 18-month long undefeated streak. This just made Joe hungrier, and in their return match, Joe defeated Angle cleanly to return the favor.
Finally they faced off in an Iron Man match to settle things between them. But the issue of who was better remained as hot as ever when Angle beat Joe 3-2 by milliseconds, as Joe had him in the Anklelock as time expired.
As time went by, Joe and Angle often found themselves on opposite sides of bitter conflicts and even found themselves as tag-team champions together. The two men collectively won every single title in TNA and put them all on the line against one another.
Again, Angle won the match, though with interference as an excuse, and again, Samoa Joe was foiled from conquering his ultimate equal and becoming the TNA World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. But after months and months of buildup and hype, these two men decided to settle matters between them one final time inside of the Six Sides of Steel for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
They both trained with MMA specialists to get ready for the fight of their life. When they clashed, it resulted in the most commercially successful pay-per-view in TNA history, and 10s of 1000s of people tuned in to watch Samoa Joe finally defeat his foe and take his place at the top of the mountain.
Since that night, this feud really hasn't been revisited much.
Joe has slipped down the card and Angle has slipped in and out of feuds and turns seemingly at random. But perhaps more than any other feud on this list, if these two got into a ring together, sparks would fly at the sight of it.
And it's never too late to happen again...