During tonight’s TNA Wrestling Hardcore Justice pay-per-view, the company made a slight tease of Kurt Angle turning heel. During his 15-minute bout with Sting, Hulk Hogan would come down the ramp and interfere while referee Brian Hebner was down and would go to attempt to attack Sting, who was lying down on the mat. From behind, Kurt Angle grabbed the chair from Hogan, as in the weeks building up to tonight’s PPV, Angle noted that he wanted a clean match.
As Sting was getting up, however, Angle would hit Sting in his back with the chair and hit the Angle slam and pinned him for the three count. Angle would then be declared the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Hulk Hogan and Angle simply then stared at each other as the PPV went off the air, teasing the viewing audience to tune in Thursday night to see why Angle decided to do what he did.