• “The problem is what Dave Meltzer said” – Kurt Angle On Why He Didn’t Compete At The 2004 Summer Olympics
During a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, the former WWF World Heavyweight Champion explained why he didn’t compete at the Olympics again, after he won a Gold Medal in 1996.
Here’s what Kurt Angle had to say:
“Yes, I was seriously considering it. I thought about it day and night all the time. The problem is what Dave Meltzer said, he’s right.
If I would have won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2004, I would have become the biggest star of all time. But if I don’t win the Olympic Gold Medal, even a Bronze or a Silver, I’m screwed.
So I didn’t want to take that chance by leaving the company and going to the Olympics, and it was a long shot. I mean, I really for me to win the Gold Medal, it was like 1000 to 1 odds, it really was because I was out of the sport for 8 years and come back and get yourself ready, it’s gonna take a lot more than a year of training to do that.”
Angle joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1999 and wrestled for them (later WWE) until 2006, before joining Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA, now IMPACT Wrestling) from 2006 to 2016 and returning to WWE in 2017.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 29, 1992) – WWF Superstars
On this day in 1992, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1992’ PPV, that took place later on the same day.
Here is the card:
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Joey Maggs
Tatanka vs. Pat Rose
“Ugandan Giant” Kamala vs. Jeff Daniels
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Louie Spicolli
“The Model” Rick Martel vs. Justin Taylor