It's been over a year since Kurt Angle was a World Champion, more specifically the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
He was the Champion for the majority of 2007 with a very brief run from Sting in between. Then there was Lockdown 2008.
Angle put on a tremeddous cage match with my favorite wrestler from either WWE or TNA, Samoa Joe. Joe would finally climb the mountain and win the title from Angle. Kurt hasn't been able to grasp the gold since then.
Don't get me wrong, Angle has had his opportunities. Kurt has been involved in title matches at No Surrender, Against All Odds, Destination X, and Sacrifice. However, Angle came up short in all of those main events. That may not be the case tonight at Slammiversary.
Angle will be a part of the TNA World Title King of the Mountain match. I have to believe that Angle will be one of the favorites to win that match, the other being Jeff Jarrett.
Angle will be making his second appearance in King of the Mountain. In his first appearance, he won the match, making him the first ever TNA World Heavyweight Champion. However, he will be facing stiff competition.
His first opponent is the " Phenomenal" A.J. Styles. Styles will be making his fourth appearance in the King of the Mountain Match. However, A.J. has never won the match-up in his career. I'm a fan of A.J., but I just don't see it happening for him this year. I may have thought differently, but Styles is the TNA Legends Champion. I don't see Jarrett putting two belts on A.J.
His second opponent is Samoa Joe. Joe is making his third appearance inside King of the Mountain. The last time Joe was in a King of the Mountain Match, he became the first person to retain a TNA or NWA World title in the match. Joe would have been one of my favorites to win this years edition of the match. Unfortunately, Joe is wrestling less than 100 percent and will likely miss time after Slammiversary. As a result, that rules Joe out of the equation.
Angle's third opponent is none other than the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion himself, Mick Foley. Foley is making his inaugural appearance inside the King of the Mountain Match. That storyline wise puts him at a disadvantage. Reality wise, Foley is the least likely to retain here. Although Mick Foley has been entertaining as Champion, he is way past his prime in the ring. Plus, he said that if he retains the World Title at Slammiversary, he would only defend the Championship ONCE A YEAR. This match has title change written all over it.
All that's left in Kurt's way is the King of the Mountain himself, Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett is making his third appearance in his namesake match. His previous visits in the KOTM have resulted in two victories and two World Titles for Double J. In my opinion, he is the only other real threat to win the TNA title. Given the fact that this is his match, Jarrett just may give himself the title.
It could end up that way, but it could just as easily be Angles night as well in more ways than one.
Last month at Sacrafice Sting pinned Kurt Angle in a four way Sacrafice Match. As a result, Sting became the Godfather of the Main Event Mafia. Now, Sting is putting up his spot in the Mafia against "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan. I look for Sting to get screwed by his heel brethren (Booker T, Scott Steiner, and Kevin Nash all aren't on the Slammiverary card thanks [kayfabe] to Samoa Joe). Then I see them helping Angle win his second KOTM and his 12th World Title (IWGP reign is not recognized by NJPW).
With some of the matches seemingly thrown together and others looking good on paper (Knockouts Title match, X Division Title Match, Tag Team Title match) this years Slammiversary may end up being the night of Angle.
Watch out. The title of the following Thursdays Impact (like they do every week) could be "Rise of the Olympic Gold Medalist".