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Kurt Angle Couldn’t Find the Right Deal to Compete in MMA

June 20th, 2012 by Tom

 We have seen two professional wrestlers make the transition into, MMA. They were, Brock Lesnar, and Bobby Lashley.

Lesnar went on to become the UFC heavyweight champion and quite arguably, made the UFC the PPV business they are today. Lashley, however, hasn't achieved the success that Lesnar had and has been a, marginal fighter in Strikeforce and various regional promotions.

It was announced two weeks ago that former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo "Lawal agreed to a deal with Bellator and, TNA Wrestling to do MMA and pro wrestling.

TNA Wrestling president Dixie Carter feels that one of her wrestlers could also make that transition into MMA and wrestling. His name? Kurt Angle.

Angle stated last year he had been offered a contract by the UFC, but UFC president, Dana White, rebuffed that statement and said Angle was offered a slot on, The Ultimate Fighter, Season 10. Angle was not able to pass a physical according to White.

Carter states though they need the right deal for Angle to do MMA.

"Absolutely, he was. Kurt's one of those unbelievable athletes that rises to the top of whatever field, "Carter told me. "Let's say it's amateur wrestler. Then what's the next big thing he's going to concur? Then he becomes the greatest wrestler in professional wrestling history. Then, it's like, 'OK. I've done that. Now, what else am I going to do?'

"He really wanted to fight, "Cater said., "He started training for it. But, I said, 'Look, if we can't get the right deal with the right organization to do it with, it's just not worth doing if we can't do it at the very top level.' So, that's why he decided to make a run at the Olympics at his age. And I've got to tell you, if it hadn't been for that last-minute injury, I think he was just pushing, himself so hard, working for me and training. I really feel like he had a good, shot of making that team."

With Lawal now signed with Bellator and TNA, could we see Angle in the cage? Only time will tell.

Kurt Angle Q&A: Verbal Sparring With The Wrestling Machine

July 22nd, 2011 by Tom

Kurt Angle

The Olympic gold medallist-turned-WrestleMania headliner on neck injuries, imminent movie stardom and why he's hoping to regain his title at London 2012.

You retired from amateur freestyle wrestling in 1996. What's convinced you to return at the age of 42?
Well, I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't think I could win Olympic gold. There's also the fact that my employer Impact Wrestling was happy for me to dedicate my time to the Olympics. It's not every company that would do that. Of course, I'm under no illusions about how hard it's going to be. Amateur wrestling's booming in the States at the moment so it's going to be damn hard to qualify. But if you know me, you'll know that I'm not someone to shirk a challenge.

Since freestyle wrestling's not that big over here, why should people buy tickets to see you compete at London 2012?
The fastest growing sport at the moment is Ultimate Fighting. And most of the top guys "Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and so on "their background is in amateur wrestling. So if you come and check out the freestyle wrestling at London 2012, the odds are you'll be seeing the MMA stars of the future. It could be like watching the boxing at Rome in 1960 and watching the young Cassius Clay in action.

If you qualify, most of the guys you'll be competing against will be college kids. How do you prepare to fight people half your age?
You might think I'd have to train like a young man, but that's not possible. The way I trained when I was in my early twenties was insane "I spent whole days running up and down hills. What comes with age is experience. I train much smarter now. I know I can't lift as much as my opponents, I can't spar as often. But I know how to get the best out of myself. And I know that if I dedicate my days to very specific tasks, to working on only one body part, say, I can get to where I need to be.

You've suffered more than your fair share of injuries during your amateur and pro careers. That can't help with your preparation.
I'm used to working hurt now. I won gold at Atlanta with a broken neck. Since then I've wrestled through a couple of broken necks as a pro.

"I've wrestled through a couple of broken necks" "that's not a sentence you hear everyday.
[Laughs] I know, but that's always been my approach. Had I taken time out to let all my injuries heel properly, I wouldn't have done much of anything these past 15 years.

Just for the record, how many neck surgeries have you had?
I've only had two surgeries but I've broken my neck five times. The last time was in Korea. I was wrestling a guy who's a huge star over there, Yeok Bal San. Trouble is, he's getting on a bit so while he's still very capable, he's prone to make the odd mistake, like dumping me straight on my head. Of course, he didn't mean to do it but the moment I hit the canvas I knew I'd broken my neck again.

Concussions are a big issue in combat sports today. Have you suffered your share?
I've had a few, yes. There was one time I was working with The Rock and Triple H and I was knocked for a loop. I have no memory of that match whatsoever. I was also in the ring when Brock Lesnar famously concussed himself at WrestleMania. Brock had gone to the top rope to perform a Shooting Star Press, a back somersault into the ring. When he mounted the turnbuckle, he paused for a moment and that's when I knew he was in trouble. Usually he wouldn't have thought twice, but because of the occasion perhaps, he took an extra second and that led to him landing right on his forehead. I thought we might have to end the match there; he was in such bad shape. In the end, I had to walk him through the end of the match. Then, when we got to the back, everyone was trying to get Brock to go to the hospital and he wouldn't hear of it. There was Brock unable to stand and vomiting everywhere and he wouldn't let any of the EMTs check him over!

With all those injuries is it any wonder you've been trying your hand at film acting?
[Laughs] Oh, acting's a lot easier on your body than wrestling. It has its challenges, though. For Warrior, the film I made with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, they wanted me to play this Russian MMA fighter "a sort of modern-day Ivan Drago [Rocky IV]. I didn't have to learn Russian but I did have to lose 30 pounds because Koba, the guy I'm playing, is a middleweight. Shedding weight like that's not so easy at my age. But that film, Warrior, it's going to be off the charts, man. The picture's set in Moscow, Koba's hometown, so when I walk to the ring, the crowd needed to be red-hot. To hype them up, the production arranged to give away a truck to whoever made the most noise. So there I was surrounded by 20,000 extras screaming at the top of their lungs. I get shivers up the spine just thinking about that.

And having mentioned Impact Wrestling, you'll be back working for them in the UK next January.
Absolutely. We have an incredible following in the UK. Our fans in the US are great but since we're over there all the time, they can be a bit spoiled. But in Britain, we're here once a year and you guys go crazy for us. Next year's tour, Maximum Impact IV, is going to be particularly special because, for the first time in a decade, Sting "one of the biggest ever names in our sport "will be wrestling in England. Will I be working with him? I don't know "but it'd be really cool if I was.

Olympic gold medalist attempts huge comeback

July 12th, 2011 by Tom

By Tyler Huey
Nisqually Valley News

Kurt Angle won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics and now, 15 years later, the 42-year-old is training to make a comeback in hopes of qualifying for next summer's 2012 Olympics. Maybe this is nostalgia talking, but if there's anyone who can do it, it's a true American hero like him.

I remember when Angle, who wrestles for TNA and turns 43 in December, made his WWF debut in 1998. That was back in the heyday of professional wrestling for my friends and I. Angle was introduced as "the most celebrated real athlete in WWF history" and became a heel by insulting the crowd's intelligence and rubbing his gold medal " which he "wore" to the ring " in everyone's face. Although I didn't like him at first, his arrogance became comical and I eventually started rooting for the bad guy.

Does Angle have a realistic chance at making the Olympic team? And if he does do it, could he medal against the best amateur wrestlers in the world, many of whom are 15-plus years younger than him? Eh, it's a long shot, but it's fun to cheer for the underdog. At least he is realistic about his chances.

"I am not going to be one of the guys picked to make the team and definitely not one of the guys picked to win a medal," Angle said in late-June, according to pwmania.com, a professional wresting website.

It would be easy to say Angle isn't a serious contender to make the team. Angle is approaching his mid-40s and has suffered countless injuries over the years during his pro wrestling career. However, it would be a mistake to overlook him. This is the same guy who not only won a gold medal, but did so with a broken neck after having suffered two fractured vertebrae in the Olympic trials.

When Angle says he'll be ready because he's been training for the last three months and still has eight more months to prepare, who's to say he won't accomplish his goal? He did it 15 years ago with a broken neck, so maybe next year he'll celebrate his sweet 16 in style.

Then again, Angle could fail, but you cannot count him out because for some athletes age really is just a number. For instance, Randy Couture, at the age of 43, won the UFC heavyweight title in March 2007 via unanimous decision. In August 2007, Couture defended his title with a TKO victory. And in November 2009, at the age of 46, Couture won a light heavyweight match to become the oldest fighter to win a fight in the UFC.

Heck, there are many other examples such as Bernard Hopkins who, in May 2011 at the age of 46, became the oldest boxer to ever win a world title by claiming the WBC light heavyweight belt via unanimous decision.

Angle isn't Couture or Hopkins, but it would be foolish to say he has no chance of resembling them in due time. I'm not saying Angle will, I'm just saying don't be surprised if he does.

I haven't watched pro wrestling in a decade. But if it wasn't for the WWF there's a good chance I and millions of others would have never heard of Angle because, let's be honest, wrestling isn't the most popular sport at the summer Olympics and its results may go unnoticed to casual viewers " especially former 12-year-olds like myself.

While in the WWF Angle's gimmick was to rant and rave that he's an American hero. If he accomplishes his goal next summer, not only would it be remarkable, it will further validate that claim.

It's true. It's true.

Kurt Angle – The Olympic Hero Who Cried Wolf Once Too Often?

May 17th, 2011 by Tom
Kurt Angle

Ten days ago, Kurt Angle announced to the local Pittsburgh media that he was seriously considering returning to amateur wrestling in an audacious attempt to make next year's U.S. Olympic team despite being 42 years old:

"It's not just this old man trying to lash out to get publicity. , It's about really making the team and making a point that, you know what, the 40s is not old. It's the new young."

Angle said he and his nephew, Mark, 34, have discussed the idea of making a run at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. , Both were All-American wrestlers at Clarion University.

"I feel really good at 42, and I might be making a statement that him and I are going to start training for the Olympics and go after the U.S. Open, the Olympic team trials, and then the Olympics."

I didn't blog about it at the time because it seemed like yet another of Angle's tall stories, who is up there with the likes of Hulk Hogan and, Chael Sonnen as the biggest bullshitters in the business. , We're still waiting for Angle to do an MMA fight, after years of big talk and complete inaction which involved stringing along multiple promotions including the UFC, IFL and Bodog into believing that he was serious about signing with them to fight. , The comment about feeling "really good at 42 "was a red flag, given that Angle's clearly still got substance abuse issues, as demonstrated by his recent, arrest for drunk parking, and his, history of severe spinal injuries is well documented.

However, this may be a case of the Olympic hero crying wolf once too often. , As Dave Meltzer reports in the subscriber only, May 10th Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Angle has already started training extremely hard with his nephew Mark and is actually deadly serious about the Olympic goal. , Of course, this is still a pie in the sky fantasy. , Between his age, wear and tear, lengthy layoff from the sport and all his distractions (wrestling professionally for TNA, making bad moviespushing his line of nutritional meals, etc), the chances of him even making it to the Olympic team trials are exceptionally slim. , Indeed, the likely end result is that Angle comes to his senses and realises that making the Olympics is a much bigger long shot today than it was eight years ago, when he last flirted with the idea of an amateur wrestling comeback, which he never followed through on.

Source:, cagesideseats.com

Kurt Angle confirms Olympic comeback, Couldn’t agree with UFC

May 16th, 2011 by Tom
Kurt Angle

Former 1996 Olympic gold medalist, and current TNA superstar, Kurt Angle publicly re-confirmed his commitment to making an amateur wrestling comeback in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. On his official Twitter page, Angle addressed the negative publicity surrounding his Olympic wrestling announcement back in April and reiterated that he is definitely getting ready.

"much negativity goin round @ Olympic comeback. I truly am getting ready. Don't compare it to my Ufc- mma attempts."

Two years ago, Angle, now 42, stated that he wanted to enter the world of MMA especially after the success he saw former collegiate and WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar having in the UFC. Rumors popped up that Angle was trying to get into the UFC. Unfortunately, his MMA aspirations never materialized and he ended up staying in TNA. However, many MMA critics blasted Angle for his foolish talk. Angle also revealed on Sunday that he tried negotiating with the UFC but they couldn't come terms.

Kurt Angle won the Olympic gold medal for the heavyweight weight class at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Even more amazing was that Kurt did this with a broken neck as he suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck during the Olympic trials.

Soon after his Olympic success, the WWE offered Angle a wrestling contract. However, Angle rejected the offer. But in 1998, Angle changed his mind and signed an 8 year contract with the WWE. Angle would go on to have huge success with the WWE and became an even bigger star. Unfortunately, the 6 time world champion left the WWE in 2006 after contractual difficulties.

Angle would go on to become a 4 time TNA world champion and put the small wrestling promotion on his back. Angle helped to propel TNA into the #2 wrestling promotion in America, eventually attracting other top stars like Mick Foley, Rick Flair, and others. Currently, Angle is in a feud with Jeff Jarrett and they will wrestle in a tag-team match at the upcoming Sacrifice PPV on May 15th.

Continue reading on Examiner.com:, TNA superstar Kurt Angle confirms Olympic comeback, Couldn't agree with UFC

 

Kurt Angle Arrested for Breaking Protection Order, Possession Charge

August 26th, 2009 by Tom

Kurt Angle arrested on PFA violation, possession of HGH
By Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

Mr. Angle, 40, of Moon, was arrested by township police around 7:50 a.m. in the parking lot of a Giant Eagle Supermarket where his girlfriend, Trenesh Biggers, had taken refuge, according to a police affidavit that supports his arrest.

She told police Mr. Angle, who already had abused her physically, had been stalking her from outside a Starbucks where she was using a computer to send e-mails.

She said she was afraid to use her home computer because Mr. Angle lives there, the affidavit said.

She called police after she again saw him circling the supermarket parking lot.

In addition to the PFA violation, Mr. Angle also was arraigned on charges of harassment, possession of the human growth hormone Hygetropin, and possession of a syringe to use the controlled substance, police said.

Mr. Angle told police the drug is prescribed to him legally, the affidavit said.

Police ordered his car, a Cadillac, to be towed from the scene because Mr. Angle's license is suspended in connection with a previous drunken driving arrest.

After police were dispatched this morning, an officer pulled over his car on Park Manor and Robinson Town Center Drive.

During the traffic stop, Mr. Angle told police he and Ms. Biggers had an altercation last night. He said Moon police removed him from his residence.

He denied stalking Ms. Biggers, claiming he was looking for a hotel in which to stay since he was barred from his home.

Ms. Biggers reported to police that Mr. Angle had taken possession of her Blackberry cell phone, and that she feared he was erasing text messages and photos that showed injuries she suffered during their altercation.

Police recovered the cell phone and returned it to her.

Mr. Angle will face a preliminary hearing scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday before District Judge Carla Swearingen in Robinson.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.