Kurt Talks Accepting HOF In UK, Returning To WWE?
Kurt Angle discussed accepting his TNA Hall of Fame award in the UK, in an interview with The American:
We thought the best place for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame would be where we have our biggest and best crowd: London, England. I was originally going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during our biggest PPV of the year, Bound For Glory in October.
Sometimes we dabble from real life into storyline and that’s what we did with the Hall of Fame. They wanted the induction to be here in England so we’ve kept it hanging, when I heard the plan early on I was kind of sceptical, it is a real honor, it is a real award, I wasn’t too sure of using it as part of a story line.
They explained to me why and what they wanted to do with Bobby Roode and I, and that they would have the big ceremony here in London which I thought was a great idea.
Angle was also recently interviewed by the UK Sun on a number of topics. Here are some highlights …
On his desire to return to WWE:
“I can’t say when, not just from a personal standpoint, I don’t know. My contract’s up in September, I’ve left my options open. I’m very happy in TNA. Dixie Carter has been awesome, she’s treated me very well. She’s always been there for me, she’s been a great boss, a great leader. But, I can’t lie to myself anymore, I can’t lie to TNA, I can’t lie to WWE. Yeah, there is that desire to go back, I just don’t know when. Could it be this year? Maybe. Could it be next year? Maybe, but I don’t know yet.”
On Hulk Hogan:
“Hulk Hogan’s a good friend of mine. It was disappointing, but we had to make a company decision. It was, ‘Do we keep Hulk Hogan on without the physicality of wrestling?’ Because it seemed like Hogan wasn’t going to wrestle anymore. And, ‘Will he benefit the company?’ I believe he was benefiting the company,”
“I think that any amount of money he wanted was worth getting him, but the company at the same time had to make a business decision and decide if they wanted to keep him and pay him the big money or if they wanted to get rid of him and find some younger talent.”
On Sting’s departure from TNA:
“Sting is the cornerstone of the company. Kurt Angle is not. A.J. Styles is not, as much as people want to say is the Face of the Company or Kurt Angle has helped the company more than anyone. Sting has always been our cornerstone and the man. He’s your go-to guy. To lose him is about as bad as it can get.”
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TNA Bringing In More Women
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