Professional wrestler Kurt Angle was arrested in Robinson Township on Saturday morning.
According to a criminal complaint, his girlfriend had filed a protection from abuse order against Angle, which was served at his home on Saturday morning.
The woman reported to police that she was at a Starbucks on the internet, when she claims she saw Angle stalking her.
She called 911, and police pulled over Angle in his girlfriend's car.
According to the criminal complaint, Angle was driving on a suspended license. Police also found a capped syringe and two vials of "Hygetropin," otherwise known as HGH. Angle told police he had a legal prescription for the drugs.
The charges against Angle include: driving while operating privilege is suspended, prohibited acts-possession, harrassment and prohibited acts.
Angle is currently the World Champion in TNA Wrestling, and was scheduled to wrestle in a pay-per-view match in Orlando on Sunday night. TNA Wrestling did not return calls for comment.
Well, holy shit. I hate to speculate, but I'd be surprised if Angle still had a job at TNA after this. Certainly, if nothing else, this hampers his attempt at a power play within the company.
Police also found a capped syringe and two vials of "Hygetropin," otherwise known as HGH. Angle told police he had a legal prescription for the drugs.
Wait, you're telling me Kurt Angle is not really drug free? I am shocked. (Also not actually shocking: the place shut down in Florida's in the only one willing to sell wrestlers HGH.)
Here's more details you'll regret knowing (except maybe Rhaka Khan's real name.) It's not clear in the original article, but this was two different incidents over a short period of time.
According to a criminal report filed in Pittsburgh today, Kurt Angle has been arrested and is currently in the Allegheny County Jail. There was an altercation at the home of Kurt Angle involving Angle and girlfriend Trenesha Biggers, aka TNA's Rhaka Khan. Biggers went to police and filed a protection from abuse order against Angle, and police came and removed Angle from the home this morning.
At around 8AM, Biggers called police again, stating that Angle was stalking her. She had gone to a Starbucks to use the internet, and told police that Angle had her phone and had been circling the parking lot. She claimed Angle was deleting photos from the phone, which were described as "pictures of abuse".
Angle was questioned by police, under suspicion of DUI, and when they searched the vehicle, they found used syringes and two vials of HGH. Angle claimed that he had a prescription for the medication, and could provide that to police.
Angle is currently awaiting arraignment on the following charges:
Originally posted by Karlos the JackalAngle's out, according to 411.
They should still take the title off him, I think.
Out of jail, not out of the PPV. Of course, qualifying it with "according to 411 Mania" gives me hives, so let's see if I can find a legitimate news story...
WPXI: hmm, nope, not mentioned. "Updated 4:53 ET" - well, maybe we can find something more recent.
Here's WTAE, "updated 6:16 EDT" - "He is expected to make bond, but it was not known whether he will participate in the event." Hmm, that's closer...
Maybe the newspapers? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette leads with "Pro wrestler Kurt Angle is free on bond following his arrest today on charges that he violated a protection of abuse order obtained by his girlfriend earlier in the morning." OK, there we go. "First published on August 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm" and there'll be more in the Sunday paper, they say. They also say there's a hearing on Tuesday...which I believe is a taping day for Impact, which adds its own wrinkles.
I think I can delete your 411 link now, at least. Also, we've learned that newspaper journalists write better web articles than TV journalists, who write better than "wrestling news website journalists."
(I, on the other hand, am more of a "content aggregator." WHERE'S MY PARADE)
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... If I were Dixie Carter, I'd let the situation play out before deciding whether to wash my hands of Kurt completely, but at bare minimum, the belt needs to come off of him tomorrow night regardless of what the creative plans were going forward (and I'm sure that under those plans, Angle probably wasn't losing the belt until BFG). Not only would be it incredibly bad for publicity, especially at a time when you're negotiating with Spike TV both for renewal and expansion of your TV contract, but you don't want to have your champion tied up in the will of the court system.
There's a lot of good possibilities you can go with. It'd be hard to justify inserting AJ from a storyline standpoint since Morgan beat him clean, but that's never stopped a promotion before, and AJ would be a fine choice for champion. They could do the simple thing and put the belt back on Sting, which would have intriguing implications for BFG since it's supposed to be where he retires and also because Sting has main-evented (and won) at every BFG he's been in. Or they could be bold and daring and have Hernandez cash in and win after he gets his briefcase back from Rob Terry earlier in the night. Considering that there's probably a reason they didn't want AJ here, I'd go with Hernandez if I were Dixie (lord knows that would pop the ratings in a WTF? sense for a week or two at bare minimum), but I expect them to go with Sting.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
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Originally posted by Texas KellyThey could do the simple thing and put the belt back on Sting, which would have intriguing implications for BFG since it's supposed to be where he retires and also because Sting has main-evented (and won) at every BFG he's been in. Or they could be bold and daring and have Hernandez cash in and win after he gets his briefcase back from Rob Terry earlier in the night. Considering that there's probably a reason they didn't want AJ here, I'd go with Hernandez if I were Dixie (lord knows that would pop the ratings in a WTF? sense for a week or two at bare minimum), but I expect them to go with Sting.
Yeah, these sound like the two most likely possibilities. I like the idea of Sting winning and carrying the title into BFG, with TNA playing up his streak, then whoever they'd like to push into the main event beats him. Sting cuts a promo on the next ¡mpact!, putting the new champ over, and retires. Makes far too much sense, I'm sure, but I'm under the impression that TNA gets their shit together for PPV's (maybe only from a wrestling perspective), so I'd like to see how this goes.
What a crazy life Angle has led. Has there been any point since he became a professional wrestler that his life HAS been in order? I feel sorry for him (though what he's accused of doing here is of course awful).
EDIT: Removed some stuff. CRZ's post below was directed at me.
You know, this would be an excellent opportunity for TNA to follow the lead of professional sports leagues who punish athletes for their actions outside of the playing field.
If they were to publicly chastise Kurt Angle, strip him off the title and suspend him for a period of time as would likely happen if Angle were in one of the major athletic leagues, it could possibly draw some media attention from major news outlets. Sure, Angle would look like crap but TNA would likely come out looking good for promoting good morals. (I'm operating under the assumption that nobody at CNN is going to bother digging up any of Russo's work to counteract that, of course. And for that matter, thanks to Spike TV's no male-on-female violence policy, they'd have to look pretty hard through PPV footage to find any examples of that and even then it's not generally glorified as is often done in the WWE.)
While it can certainly be debated at great length whether the people in charge of TNA actually have any clue about the wrestling business, I don't recall hearing about them doing anything retarded from a "pure" (for lack of a better term) business standpoint such as giving away tens of thousands of dollars in an attempt to draw ratings or creating an extreme basketball league.) As such, they could probably pull this off and get some positive press for the company.
Originally posted by rv581 I'd strip him of the title, suspend him immediately, and have his return conditional on counseling & mandatory drug testing. Otherwise they need to let Angle go for good.
The WWE did this, which is why he left the WWE in the first place. They wanted him to go to rehab, he said no, so they cut him lose (well, I believe it was "mutual" but reading between the lines the WWE wanted nothing of him if he didn't get the FREE professional help).
Can't say this is shocking in the least. Maybe this time ( due to there being no other major federation that would touch him right now) Angle will get the help he needs.
(edited by El Nastio on 16.8.09 0924) You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
Since the restraining order was requested at 6:20 AM and Angle was arrested at 7:50 AM, did he have knowledge that a restraining order had been issued? He may have been stalking her, but he may not have known that it was automatic jail for doing it. Can he travel outside the state of Pennsylvania while out on bond? Did he give up his passport, which, if not, then Japan is open for him to work in. Should Rhaka Khan show up at a TNA arena, does that mean Angle automatically goes to jail for showing up at work? Since Angle was the one rumored to be on Death Watch a few years ago, do you start getting concerned that he won't be going out alone?
Originally posted by redsoxnationSince the restraining order was requested at 6:20 AM and Angle was arrested at 7:50 AM, did he have knowledge that a restraining order had been issued? He may have been stalking her, but he may not have known that it was automatic jail for doing it. (edited by redsoxnation on 16.8.09 0956)
The original WPXI article says the protection order was served at his home that morning. I don't think they could serve it to an empty house--I believe "served" means actually given to him.
I'm a fan of the Von Erichs, but the claw hold is not the answer for a guy that is already painful to watch. Ugh. I am losing interest in this show in a hurry, after it had won me back over in the last year. It's not that the show is bad, it's just......