• “TNA was wasting money by not giving me more wins” – Former WWE Champion
Kurt Angle wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment during the Attitude Era and the Ruthless Aggression Era, from 1999 until he left in 2006 and joined Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA), where he wrestled until 2016.
On a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, he spoke about the year 2012 for him, which he spent feuding with Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and Aces & Eights, but also wrestling as a tag team with AJ Styles for a while.
Here’s what Kurt had to say about his not-so-great year 2012 in TNA:
“I felt like the new guys coming in, these big stars came in, Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and not that any of them I had a problem with, I didn’t have a problem with any of ’em, but I think they got together, especially Hogan and Bischoff, and decided that it was time to make the young guys.
There were times where I wasn’t even booked on the show. I didn’t even have a pre-tape, or a promo, or any match. I was not even on the show, and when I did I was losing quite a bit.
I didn’t mind putting younger guys over, but I think TNA was wasting money by not giving me more wins.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (December 25, 2003) – WWE SmackDown! *TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS – SPECIAL*
On this day in 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
This episode was pre-taped at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq on December 20th and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Royal Rumble 2004’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. The Acolytes vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas
2. Rikishi vs. Rhyno
3. Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit
4. John Cena vs. Big Show