• “That was the beginning of the end for me” – Kurt Angle
On the newest episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, the Olympic Gold Medalist remembered the time he joined WWE’s reincarnation of Paul Heyman’s Old School Hardcore Wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Kurt joined WWE’s ECW in May 2006, shortly before the 2nd installment of the ECW One Night Stand PPV, but was let go by the WWE a few months later in August.
Here’s what Angle said:
“Vince approached me before anyone else, he came to me and said, ‘Hey, I’m going to start a new promotion and I want you to be the face of it. But you’re going to make less money and work in smaller arenas’.
I said, ‘Why the hell would I want to do that Vince?’. He said ‘Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you on the pay-per-views,’ and Vince did.
Whether it be WWE, WCW or ECW, as long as Vince owns it and he’s running it, I’m going to do it because Vince has never done me wrong.
I didn’t think he would do me wrong in this situation either. I was in a really bad time in my life, the injuries were piling up, the painkiller issue was not getting better. I was acting erratic with Vince McMahon and we weren’t getting along very well.
This was angry Kurt Angle lashing out. That was the beginning of the end for me, that’s when I pretty much decided I was going to quit.
Right when I started ECW, a couple months later, it was right around that time.”
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• Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Mr. T (Real name: Laurence Tureaud) celebrates his 69th birthday today.
World famous actor Mr. T (Rocky III, The A-Team) teamed up with Hulk Hogan in the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985.
A year later at WrestleMania 2, Mr. T competed against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in a (worked) boxing match.
In 2014, Mean Gene Okerlund inducted him into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. T!