Welcome to the second installment of Ringside. Let’s get right into things with the main event of Against All Odds.
February 11, 1969.
A day which will forever be instilled into the minds of old-school followers of the sport. On that night, Dory Funk Jr. defeated Gene Kiniski for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling title in Florida, a reign which lasted for over four years. Last Sunday, 38 years later to the day, two of Funk’s trainees battled it out for that same 20 pounds of gold in Orlando. The reigning champion, Christian Cage, has been undefeated by pinfall in Total Nonstop Action since his debut in November 2005. His challenger? The 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. After a successful seven-year stint in WWE in which he won the King of the Ring, an unprecedented six world titles, along with the Intercontinental and European titles, Angle left to pursue other endeavours in TNA. While Cage has yet to suffer a defeat, Angle’s accolades provided a solid challenge for the champ. Both men went toe-to-toe for 30 minutes in a classic encounter. In the end, Kurt Angle came out on the losing end due to interference from Scott Steiner, but this story is far from over. Angle wants to become the only man to have held every major title of our generation (WCW, WWE Raw and Smackdown, and now the NWA title) and nobody, not even the “Big Poppa Pump”, can stop him in the long run. If you looked closely, you were able to see Dory Funk celebrating, not as a wrestler but this time as a spectator in the crowd. He was proud of his two prot