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hayden
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
I stumbled across an interesting interview with Kurt Angle that was conducted by a station named KCCI out of Des Moines, Iowa. It looks to have been conducted in September. Some highlights:

- Angle said when he left WWE he was working 300 dates a year and had "four neck injuries, two neck surgeries, broken bones, and I was still wrestling full-time. I was never getting any time off", which seems to imply he never had time off for any of that, which isn't entirely true

- he said Vince "wouldn't let my career explode onto the acting circuit where I wanted to go"

- he feels that within a year or two the ratings are going to "switch and flip-flop" and we'll have a ratings war

- he said that when he left WWE, he was their top guy, making the most money on the roster, being in the most main events, and utilized the most on every house show, every TV, and every PPV

- stated that every week, TNA ratings go up a little. Yep, he said every week.

- he said TNA is currently only one rating point behind Raw, and that TNA has fifteen main eventers in the main event right now. Fifteen.

- he then talked a bit about Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero

It's an interesting listen, if for nothing else than to hear Angle make a bunch of questionable statements (several of which I've pointed out above), which seems to be a hobby of his since leaving WWE.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.82
    Originally posted by hayden
    - he feels that within a year or two the ratings are going to "switch and flip-flop" and we'll have a ratings war

    - stated that every week, TNA ratings go up a little. Yep, he said every week.


The next TNA PPV is set to feature a match in which four briefcases hang on four poles. SMELL THE BUYRATE!!!

I can see why Kurt brought up the "working 300 dates in WWE" thing. No way he's working half that much in TNA. But he's still partially responsible for overworking himself and that's been very evident in TNA. No one forced him to work three times in one night a couple of months ago.

No offense to Kurt, because he's one of the most entertaining guys in the business right now, but he's no actor. I couldn't take him seriously in any kind of movie or TV role. I'm afraid Vince knew what he was saying on that one.




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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.93
    Originally posted by It's False



The next TNA PPV is set to feature a match in which four briefcases hang on four poles. SMELL THE BUYRATE!!!




And if you manage to get a briefcase, you get a title shot...or, possibly, get fired.

What a load of idiocy. Would someone really take a one in four chance of losing their job just for a tag title shot? Just stupid.

As for the main point, I'm so enjoying the way Angle's career has exploded on the acting circuit since he got away from WWE. B^}
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TNA is getting better, actually. Dumping useless loads like Junior Fatu and Pacman Jones really helps. There's still a bit too much Russo-style winking at the camera, but then I suppose that the people who are watching TNA every week are the internet-savvy type anyway.

Evidently TNA has turned the corner recently and is starting to make money, so good for them I guess.

And TNA actually does employ mostly really talented women wrestlers as opposed to hiring fitness models and training them to do sunset flips and the such. It's kind of a nice change in pace.

And as bad as people dog on Tenay and West, they will never be as bad as Mark Madden was back in the day. Never ever ever ever.

I do think Kurt Angle is more than a little delusional/overexposed, but he does seem to be in better health these days.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
    Originally posted by It's False
    >I can see why Kurt brought up the "working 300 dates in WWE" thing. No way he's working half that much in TNA.


Oh, I agree completely that he's working much less in TNA. I mainly pointed it out, though, because I'm highly skeptical he worked 300 dates a year in WWE, as that'd be about six days a week. I don't know, maybe he was working or travelling 300 days a year, but I'm pretty sure he didn't actually WORK 300 dates a year.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.92
No one forced Kurt Angle to start working in TNA IMMEDIATELY after he left WWE.

If he was hurt so badly, why didn't he take any time off? TNA would've still answered his phone calls and given him everything he wanted if he waited another few months.




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.35
Other than saying he was nearly worked to death, he went out of his way to ensure he didnt say a negative word about WWE.

At least he's smart in that regard.
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