TNA Madness, Round 5: The Finals of the TNA 32-Card Stud Tournament

Charlie GSenior Writer IApril 28, 2011

31 Jul 1996: Kurt Angle of the United States holds the American flag at the free-style wrestling competition during the Summer Olympics at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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First there was 32 men, now there is only two.

It wasn't an easy path in reaching the finals, but both men prevailed and are here now.

Those men are AJ Styles and Kurt Angle.

The two will square off in the final match of the 2011 TNA Madness 32-Card Stud Tournament.

Let's take a look at how far each man has come.

AJ Styles was placed in the Dixie Carter Bracket, alongside Samoa Joe, Robert Roode, Matt Morgan, Douglas Williams, Bully Ray, Max Buck and Tommy Dreamer.

AJ would make easy work of Dreamer in his first match of the tournament. The following week, AJ would defeat "The Blueprint, The DNA of TNA" himself, Matt Morgan. Upon entering the third round, Styles had to do battle with fellow TNA homegrown talent, "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe.

Which leads us to most recently, AJ Styles vs. Sting. AJ overcame "The Icon" and is now in the finals, and it was definitely not an easy path.

AJ had to pass through Tommy Dreamer, Matt Morgan, Samoa Joe and Sting to get to where he is now.

AJ Styles has accumulated 111 votes up to this point. 

It would prove as no walk in the park for Kurt Angle, as he joins AJ in the finals.

Kurt Angle was placed in the Ric Flair Bracket, which also saw Mr. Anderson, The Pope, Crimson, Jay Lethal, Robbie E, Murphy and Jeremy Buck.

In Week 1, Angle defeated Immortal's henchman, Murphy. The following week, Angle defeated the young star, Jay Lethal.

In Week 3, Angle would go head-to-head with an A**hole, Mr. Anderson. Most recently, Angle defeated TNA original Christopher Daniels to reach the finals of this tournament.

Angle had to surpass Murphy, Jay Lethal, Mr. Anderson and Daniels to secure his spot in the finals of the 32-Card Stud Tournament.

Kurt Angle accumulated 102 votes up to this point.

The winner is up to you.

Final Match in the TNA Madness 32-Card Stud Tournament

AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle

Who will win? 

Voting closes next Thursday, May 5, before IMPACT! airs. The following week, all results will be revealed.