TNA’s website has posted a message from President Dixie Carter regarding Kurt Angle signing with the company along with a quote from Angle.
“First, let me say to our talent and our staff, congratulations on our move to primetime. Each of you have worked so hard for this and deserve all the great things that will come with the move. To our fans, none of us would be here without you. Your belief in our product has made all of this possible, and from all of us, thank you. This is just the beginning.
I hope the hype of our announcements last night lived up to or exceeded your expectations. In this industry, it is very hard to keep anything quiet. We are thrilled to have Kurt Angle join our team. Just like with all of our wrestlers, Kurt’s family and health will always come first. I’m sure you will be hearing from him in the coming weeks.
I asked Kurt’s agent to provide me with a quote for our announcement release. Most times a publicist, manager or agent will prepare a statement for the talent. But after a long film shoot in Nashville last week that ended at midnight, Kurt sat down and hand wrote his heartfelt comments on a hotel note pad. Instead of just pulling a small part from that to use in the press release, I thought his fans would love to share in his full emotions from that night:
“Being with TNA feels like I have finally found my home. I had fun in WWE at certain times, but I was never really happy. Now being a part of TNA, I know I have a purpose. I feel like I am part of history, part of a company that is not only on the rise – not only going to be the number-one watched wrestling show in the world within a short period of time – but TNA gives me an opportunity to spread my wings. This company has no limits to where it can go. The sky is the limit and the main reason is because they brought the “real” back into wrestling and that is a perfect fit for the greatest wrestler in USA Olympic history. I have room to grow here and to help TNA grow. Working for these caring and very giving employers of TNA makes me feel like I have a purpose and that the sky is the limit. I don’t feel trapped or held back like I did the first six years in my tenure with the other company. They held me back. Now, our wonderful audience will see the real Kurt Angle doing what I love to do – real wrestling – and that’s what puts a smile on my face each time I come to work. I even smile when I think about it. TNA will be the most watched television show on cable television. It’s only a matter of time. Now, I get the opportunity and privilege of being a part of it. Thank you TNA for saving my career, my life and my desire to do what I love. I will be here in some capacity for the rest of my life. That’s real…that’s damn real.” – Kurt Angle
Abyss Discusses Impact Wrestling’s Turnaround
Abyss has been with Impact Wrestling for quite a long time, and is important to the brands momentum, both as a superstar and as a member of their creative team.
Abyss spoke to WrestleZone Radio about the turnaround that Impact has seen recently, and how he credits Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt and Don Callis for the recent surge.
“I’ll credit Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt, and Don Callis. They have really hunkered down, and you can see it in the production, you can see it in our commitment to moving the show around, and you can see it in the talent.
“Those guys really, really, really hunkered down and I think that our roster right now is as strong as any roster in the world. Guys like Pentagon, Fenix, Sami Callihan, Austin Aries, Moose and Eddie Edwards.
“I think our roster has really started to take shape in 2018 and I think it’s really starting to come together as a top notch roster. The women as well, with Tessa, Su Yung and Allie. We’ve got them in good places.”
You can hear the full interview below:
Aj Styles Talks TNA Negotiations Before WWE Signing
One of the biggest debuts in WWE history was the debut of Aj Styles at the Royal Rumble in 2016.
Styles was the face of TNA for many years and despite the company’s push to sign him at the last minute, he chose to go to WWE.
“When you want to become a lesser version of something else, and when I say that, I mean WWE Light, you’re not giving people an alternative.” Styles said (h/t Wrestling Inc) on Lillian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast.
“If they want to watch WWE they’re going to watch WWE. You’ve got to be something different, so, they [TNA] went with a regular square ring. I thought that was a big mistake. You [brought] in guys that I don’t know people wanted to see anymore because they had grown so used to a certain style of wrestling that was happening at TNA.
There were a lot of things that [brought] it down and it was guys like Christian and Kurt [Angle] who came over before all this happened that really sparked TNA and made it something bigger. It was growing because of them. But around 2009, 2010, around there, they forgot who they were and didn’t rely on the guys that got them there to the ballgame in the first place, the big game, anyway. And therefore, it started going downhill.”
“Despite all that, I saw myself as, ‘this is my home,’ and I was loyal to TNA,” Styles reflected. “But when you don’t allow me to provide for my family the way I think I should be able to by all the time and all the years I put in, well then, it’s not making much sense to me. And so, ultimately, that’s why I left, because they wanted me to take less than I was making. I hadn’t done anything wrong and I tried to be the best ambassador for the company that I could. A lot of things I thought I did right, but they didn’t see it that way, so I left. I bet on myself and I left.”
Styles also discussed the final push from TNA after his stint with NJPW.
“It wasn’t too long after that [NJPW stint] that TNA came back to me and said, ‘okay, we’ll give you pretty much when you’re asking for to come back.’” Styles elaborated, “I said, ‘well, I’m not coming back without somebody. I need Anderson and Gallows.’ I said, ‘I want them to come with me.’ We actually had a meeting over at Dixie Carter’s house. There were still some things we weren’t sure about and I had talked to WWE a little bit, but they hadn’t gotten back to me, so I just assumed they had other things going on. They didn’t need AJ Styles, which… WWE is a big place. I get it. I’m not the most important person in the world. I know that. But luckily, Triple H and I, we had a great conversation, like a 30-minute conversation the first time we talked. I said, ‘oh, this is going well.’ And within a week, the ball really started rolling.”
Jeff Jarrett Rumored To Join WWE Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018
As the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 continues to take shape, there is one name that is being mentioned in the rumor mill.
Goldberg, the Dudley Boyz and Ivory have all been officially announced to join WWE’s Hall of Fame and it appears another big name is rumored to join them.
According to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, Jeff Jarrett is a name being mentioned as a potential inductee.
“There are guys inside of WWE that have come to me and said that they have heard that Jeff Jarrett is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. While I have no idea that this is the case or not but there certainly seems to be some smoke floating around. Whether there is fire to that smoke, I don’t know.”
I checked my sources and have no heard anything to confirm or deny Johnson’s report, but it is likely that all information is being held under wraps as WWE likes to feed the breaking news to media outlets such as ESPN.
Jarrett certainly does warrant the induction, although it can be argued that his best work was done outside of WWE.
Not only has Jarrett been a Hall of Fame performer in the ring, his work outside of the ring, and behind the scenes with brands such as TNA and GFW (that he started) is also worthy of recognition.
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