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« Reply #555 on: Sep 30th, 2006, 11:40pm »

I think the wrestlers need a union. WWE would be forced into toning down the busy lives of their wrestlers, Angle would be healthier and Eddie would still be alive. Jesse Ventura tried to organize one but Vinnie Mac fired for it. Asshole.
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« Reply #556 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 2:22pm »

Yeah, I don't think that's ever gonna happen. Personally, I'd be perfectly happy watching guys once a week like I do now. It wouldn't change anything for us but Vince wouldn't make money from house shows so I doubt it'll ever happen.

BTW: ECW had a short schedule like that and RVD credits that schedule to his ability to have such great matches on ECW.
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« Reply #557 on: Oct 11th, 2006, 05:14am »

Haven't done one of these in a while. Even so, it's pretty half assed.

GAB 2006.

Pitt Bulls vs. LondRick.
Very athletic match. On the face side anyway. Kash was just punching and kicking the whole time. Noble did some nice stuff of his own. It featured a great length at 15 minutes (Normally a match like this gets 7 minutes maximum) which allowed for a PPV quality match.

***1/2

Finlay vs. Regal.
Finlay rules. "Teddy slap some skin brother!". The heel vs. heel dynamic took away from this match as I didn't really feel like this was an important title match. Also the Little Bastard interfereance went way overboard. Nonetheless it was not a bad match match by any stretch of the imagination.

**3/4

Gregory Helms vs. Matt Hardy.
Once again I had no real reason to care about this match. But towrads the end I was starting to get into it. It had a few too many restholds for my liking but the spots in between where very nice if somewhat unmotivated.

**3/4

Punjabi Prison Match: Undertaker vs. Big Show.
This match had like what, five wrestling moves stretched out into 20-someting minutes. Most of them where botched too. It had some cool moments here and there which made me laugh more than anything else, including the superplex, 'Takers tarzan swing, and 'Taker doing a fame-asser. Ultimately though, it was very, very boring.

1/2* (Being generous because it gave me a few laughs)

Mr. Kennedy vs. Batista.
The match starts off crazy, with Kennedy losing 3/4s of the blood in his body but goes nowhere fast and stays there for the rest of the match. The ending was terribly anti-climactic which left me very dissapointed.

*3/4.

Rey Mysterio vs. Kiiiiing Bookaaaaah!
These two really do work very well together. I enjoyed the idea of Rey being one step ahead of Bookah the whole way. "Underdog with brains" is much more entertaining than "Underdog who sucks". Everbody and their grandmother saw the ending coming a mile away which does dtract from the mach somewhat. All in all a very enjoyable main event worthy match.

***1/2.
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« Reply #558 on: Oct 14th, 2006, 3:44pm »

Finally Kane is on Smackdown

Give him the belt, dammit angry
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« Reply #559 on: Oct 14th, 2006, 10:01pm »

The best thing about Kane on Smackdown is, that whatever belt he wins next, it will be one that he's never won before.
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« Reply #560 on: Oct 15th, 2006, 8:53pm »

on Oct 14th, 2006, 10:01pm, dudelovebaby wrote:
The best thing about Kane on Smackdown is, that whatever belt he wins next, it will be one that he's never won before.


The worst thing about Kane on SmackDown(!) is that he'll probably lose a bunch of times to guys like Batista, Khali and Mark Henry. I know 2/3 of them are out right now but if not them guys who equally are undeserving of beating Kane.

Aside, from that, though, I'm really glad about Kane on SmackDown(!). WWE needs to circulate that talent a little more.
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« Reply #561 on: Oct 16th, 2006, 04:03am »

Cyber Sunday main even votes:

Which title is on the line?

WWE Title?
World Title?
ECW Title?

My guess is whichever brand has a title on the line is the brand that's gonna win. Vote for the World or ECW titles! That way Cena loses!

Kane vs. Benoit for the U.S. title plz!
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« Reply #562 on: Oct 17th, 2006, 5:39pm »

Well what do you know? Last night, they found a way for me to cheer for Cena.

Am I the only person left here that's still enjoying the return of DX? Though I have to admit I was laughing hard when Edge collapsed as HHH.
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« Reply #563 on: Oct 17th, 2006, 8:47pm »

on Oct 16th, 2006, 04:03am, dudelovebaby wrote:
Cyber Sunday main even votes:

Which title is on the line?

WWE Title?
World Title?
ECW Title?

My guess is whichever brand has a title on the line is the brand that's gonna win.


I figured that, too...


on Oct 16th, 2006, 04:03am, dudelovebaby wrote:
Vote for the World or ECW titles! That way Cena loses!


I voted for the WWE title because I'd rather see Cena win than risk King Booker or the Big Show lose their respective titles to Cena. See, I figure Cena still has a pretty good chance of winning if the match isn't for his title and since he might win either way, I'm not gonna have him win the ECW title or Booker T's title.

I'm still enjoying the D-X stuff. Hell, it's the best thing on any WWE show as far as I'm concerned (short of Raw's I-C title matches as of late).
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« Reply #564 on: Oct 17th, 2006, 10:02pm »

Dammit! You shoulda voted World Title. Even if Cena did win he'd lose it right bacl to Bookah. I could put up with a month of Cena holding the World title if it would mean King Bookah becoming the seven time, seven time, seven time, seven time, seven time, seven time, seven time World champion.

UMAGA~! vs. Jackass = Ratings.
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« Reply #565 on: Oct 18th, 2006, 9:50pm »

Kurt Angle rips Vinnie Mac a new asshole.

Kurt Angle was part of a media conference call put on by TNA today. The following is the first batch of key excerpts. More will be published soon...

"Iím ready to take any questions you guys have to offer," is how Kurt Angle began the TNA media conference call.

-He is asked how he will be different this time since he has been saying he's going to be unleashed, yet also saying he'll be safer: "In the past, I was never given enough time to properly heel and rehabilitate." He said when he made the deal with Dixie Carter, he said he would only wrestle when he feels 100 percent. He said he was travelling 260-300 dates a year with his "former employer." He said he expects to wrestle as much as he can when they need him the most. "I am the new name and face of TNA, therefore I do have responsibilities that I should be at the most important events. At the same time they're going to give me enough rest to so that I can heal up so I can go 100 percent." He said he's tried to go less than 120 percent, but "what I've learned about myself is I can't slow down."

-He is asked about frustrations with WWE. "The main thing that frustrated me is I wasn't getting the proper medical care. I wasn't getting enough rest. Basically, I felt I was getting buried into the ground. When I'd ask for time off, they'd say okay you're getting it, but when that time came, they'd say they needed me because someone else went down." He said WWE was in a position where they needed him more in this past year than they ever had before. He said he gave his heart and soul to the company, but they didn't return with time off he needed. He said he wasn't just used to wrestle; he was used to do media days, interviews, and appearances. He said he had to put his foot down at one point. "I didn't behave erratically, but I said the interviews and appearances and stuff, why don't we cut those short. I'll do those when I'm on the road. But I need to be at home to rehabilitate my neck and be with my family. So I was very unhappy."

-He was asked about his MMA intentions, and rumors of wrestling Brock Lesnar on New Year's Eve for the K-1 event. Angle said he was made that offer. He said he has received "retirement kind of money" to work MMA. "They obviously feel I'm a very big commodity as an Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the best known pro wrestlers today," he said. He said timing is important to him. He said he went with TNA because they gave him the room to spread his wings and get involved in MMA if he chooses to do so and take the time off to train. He said, "I have a boss, but I am no longer owned. I hated the feeling of being owned and being told what to do all the time." He said TNA gives him consultation, but when he was with the other company it was, "No, no, no, no, you're not going to do it. You're going to be a pro wrestler." He said he doesn't want to be owned ever again. He said he has a boss and her name is Dixie Carter, but she gives him flexibility to do other things. "That's what I wasn't getting in WWE. They owned your name and everything about you, and there wasn't anything you could do or say... It's strictly wrestling unless he gives you the green light, which he did not do because I was his best wrestler."

-When asked about TNA's growth with him involved. He said he believes ratings would have gone up even without him. He said the athletes in TNA are so phenomenal, they don't even know who they are. He said in WWE there are only so many guys who can main event, but in TNA, the list is endless. He said when he has watched TNA over the last year, he has watched every wrestler and said he thinks he could have a five star match with them. He said ratings are going to go up for TNA because people are going to want to see him in TNA and know why he went over there. He said TNA has so much room for growth, the company could be number one "in a year or two." He said he wanted to be a part of that. "I wanted to be able to say I went over there and helped TNA be a huge success," he said. "I believe TNA will be the top company eventually and Vince McMahon has a lot of work cut out for him to stop TNA from its continuous popularity."

-He was asked if he was pushed out of WWE, such as with the Bret Hart situation. Angle laughed and said, "Let me start with why I left. WWE just signed me to a new five year deal, so there was no reason for them to try to push me out. WWE needed me now more than ever. Vince just tried to compete with himself with the Smackdown, ECW, and Raw. He wants to keep it that way. He doesn't want TNA to succeed. He doesn't want to push out his best wrestler. What he did not do, I think WWE was so desperate, they kept me on the road all those times when they didn't necessarily need me on the road where they could have replaced me with younger talent. Instead, they were so nervous about making money on each and every show, they wanted me there. I decided to leave WWE. I'm the one who asked for the meeting with Vince up in his office. I'm the one who asked for the release. Vince asked me if we could make it a mutual release. I said yes. Rumors of me being pushed out and being fired are very false. I'm here talking to everybody just to tell the truth of what happened. Vince McMahon wanted me to stay. I didn't want to stay. I didn't enjoy working for him. I wasn't having fun anymore. I felt the company was going downward really hard, a downward spiral. I believed a person like me not being used properly wasn't the smartest thing in the world. I felt I was the best one there. If you ask any agent, they felt the same thing, that Kurt Angle was the best thing there... By no means did he want to lose me. I asked for the meeting, I asked for my release, Vince McMahon asked for a mutual release so the company could save face."

-He was asked if he'd go back. He said he doesn't see himself working for Vince McMahon ever again. He laughed and said his wife wouldn't let him. He said in wrestling you never know. "I found working for TNA and Dixie Carter that wrestling can be fun again. You don't get pressured into doing something you don't want to do. There's no politics involved in TNA. I can't really discuss WWE, but everybody knows what's going on up there. I saw room for growth for me as an individual or TNA." He said he expects to work for Dixie for the next 30 years be it as a wrestler, agent/producer, or writer. He said he can't leave wrestling. "I have a love for it, a passionate for it. I will always go back to it." He said he plans to work for TNA forever. He said he will be bigger than ever because TNA wants to use him the right way. He said nobody in TNA is trying to take his spot, but then he said he encourages everyone to try because that makes the company better. He said in WWE he was generous and "made a lot of athletes there and made them look very good." He said this will be a lot of fun for him and the company and it will grow quickly.

-He was asked about whether he'd have a different neck surgery and have his neck fused. "No, those guys are having a lot of problems with their neck," he said regarding the fusion surgery subjects. He said his neck injury was different, with different levels going out. He said if he had fused levels together, the other levels would have to pick up the slack for flexibility. He said fusion is prehistoric. "You see how far medical research has gone," he said. He said his doctor came up with a non-invasion, minimal invasive surgery that saved his career. He said he got hit over the head with a chair, and that won't ever happen again, and that caused another level to go out after his first surgery. He said he has full flexibility in his neck because he never had the fusion surgery. He said the other guys are hurting every day because that has taken a toll on the other levels of his neck. He said he tried to tell them to take his approach and they thought because he was getting injured all the time, his neck kept going out. He said when he started in WWE, all five levels were already damaged, so it wasn't that the surgery didn't work, it's that he was already in such rough shape. "My neck was a disaster before I got there, and it's actually better than when I started," he said. He said his neck is good enough that he could get the strength back in his arms and retain full flexibility in his neck. He doesn't regret his decision for a second.
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« Reply #566 on: Oct 18th, 2006, 9:51pm »

He was asked about pain killer addiction. "I have not used pain killers in over three years," he said. He said he talked to Jim Ross, John Laurenaitis, and Vince McMahon and he said he told them, "I am taking so many, I am afraid I'm going to die." He again cited all of the travel demands from WWE. "I had to take them to function. I couldn't get out of bed unless I took a whole handful." He said he went to a doctor. He had a PPV match against John Cena three days later. He said the doctor recommended he go to rehab. He said the doctor told him to slowly get off of pills. Angle said he wanted to stop cold turkey. He said the doctor said he could kill himself if he did that. Angle said that was his chance to take. "So I called Vince McMahon and told him I needed three months off and I needed to go to rehab. He told me you're not getting three months off, you're rehabbing on the road. You're an Olympic Gold Medalist. You rehab yourself on the road." He said the doctor told him nobody's ever done that. He said he did it, but it wore him down. He said three days later he was going through major with drawl. He said he was worried he was going to have a heart attack. "All WWE was worried about was me making John Cena look strong, to put him over; that was more important to him than my health. From then on, my attitude toward Vince turned sour. We had a great relationship before that." He said he made Cena look better than anybody else has, "incredibly well, much better than he is." He said after the match he almost collapsed. He said when John Heidenreich's blood pressure was too high, they called him again. He said Vince insisted he take John's place in Baltimore. Vince told him "too bad" and to lift hard and run as hard as he can and then take Heidenreich's place. "At that point, I lost a lot of respect for that guy. Little by little after two or three years, the respect factor got lower to the point that Vince and I didn't talk much anymore." He said it wasn't Vince's fault, but also his fault, because he should have put his foot down and insisted on going to rehab.

-He was asked if he owes Vince McMahon anything. Angle said he would have been successful anywhere. He said when he signed with the WWF initially, he had offers from other places and WWE was the lowest offer. He said he thought that had the most opportunity. He said he learned quickly and he gives himself credit for that. He said the agents Pat Patterson and Gerald Briscoe deserve credit. "But at the same time I would have never traded my life for a career in wrestling, and that's what I felt I was doing."

-He said his wife was always right in telling him not to trust Vince McMahon and the top guys there. He said it caused a lot of animosity between he and his wife. He said they separated and he almost lost his wife and family. "I don't think my boss even cared. If I was single, he could use me even more," he said. "I don't think that was in Vince McMahon's plans to get your purposefully divorced, but when he saw that coming, he saw more money and opportunity in me being single. I didn't listen to my wife and did listen to the company. Before I knew it, I was single." He said now he can see his daughter more. He said he regrets not listening to his wife. "What I can say is, if you're going to be my boss, you better respect my wife, respect my family, and the proper time to heal and be with my family, or I won't be with you. Dixie Carter cares more about you having a relationship with your wife and you family than the business." He said she cares deeply about the business, but "she has family values and she knows what it feels like. On the other hand, the CEO of WWE didn't spend any time with his family. He was working 24/7. I can attest to that. I talked to some of the agents up there. They moved away because they couldn't handle the 24/7 up there and always being gone. I don't think Vince McMahon spent more than ten days a year with his children. I think Linda McMahon did all the parenting. I didn't want that to happen with me. I want to be a family man. God is first, my family is second, and the job is third. And that's the way it's going to be from now on."

-He was asked about Christian being the previous acquisition, and now him, so who would be a good person to follow their lead. Angle said he wouldn't have to even think about that. "It's Chris Benoit. The problem is he has a five year guarantee, so he's out of the picture for five years. If we could get Chris Benoit, that would just take it over the top." He said he is one of his favorite wrestlers to work with and he'd be a great teacher. He said the wrestlers in TNA are so good, they don't even know how good they are. He said his job is to make sure they know how good they are and what they are capable of doing and how far TNA could go.

-He was asked if he was surprised that fans cared more about his health than wrestling when he was TNA's surprise announcement. "First of all, I have no problem with the fans. I have a lot of respect for them. To call them fans, sure they're fans of TNA, whoever they like. I was very happy to see they cared about my well-being - so much they'd rather see me healthy and not wrestling than get in the ring and not be healthy. But I can assure them I am 100 percent healthy. There are no issues. I am 100 percent focused on making TNA the best company in the world. They have nothing to worry about. I am glad they are concerned. I have heard a lot of feedback... He gave us so much enjoyment the last six years, we'd rather see him alive than dead. I took that to heart. I thought about it. I thought, am I to the point that I can't wrestle anymore. My heart tells me no, my heart tells me no, and my mind tells me no. I can only listen to myself. I am spiritual guy. I pray to God quite a bit... I have a lot further to go. Although I was one of the top guys, WWE didn't give the ability to per se carry the ball when they should have. Obviously, my doctors felt there was no problem with me coming back. They were, lke, Kurt, you're 100 percent healthy, there's no reason you shouldn't come back. They checked everything. I had a ful blown physical. They did a blood test for the medication I was taking. Everything like that. Basically, everything came out great. They were like, you're cleared to wrestle. We couldn't clear anybody more than you. I've been training hard and I'm off my medication and I'm doing fantastically well." He said he's excited to wrestle for TNA.
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He was asked whether WWE wrestlers pay attention to TNA. "Without a doubt," he said. "They see this new, innovative style of wrestling they've never seen before." He said TNA has a heavyweight division that is popular, but they've made the X Division just as popular. He said WWE "has a cruiserweight division that doesn't mean squat." He said TNA has put wrestling back into wrestling. He said he is the best wrestler in wrestling period and he wanted to be part of a company that wanted to go back to its roots, "rather than a sports entertainment where you're pulling your pants down and making someone kiss your butt. There are certain things you can do to help ratings go up without going into the gutter." He said TNA has too much talent for just one hour. He said if Spike gives TNA a second hour, ratings will go up much higher. He said then TNA could show all of its talent. He said the talent isn't miserable and moping, even the talent not being used. He said in WWE the guys not being featured mope and complain. He said in TNA the younger guys are hungry. He said they can try to take his spot. "They probably can't get it," he said, but he invites them to try. "If someone is better than me, they deserve that spot. Until then, it's going to be very difficult to take Kurt Angle's spot away from him."

-Regarding his role at Bound for Glory, he said he is satisfied to be a ringside enforcer. He said he wants to feel out his role with the company. He has been studying the wrestlers. He said he sits down and studies films for six or seven hours a day at times and studies his opponents. He said he wants more PPV buys by him being involved in the Bound for Glory main event. He said to throw him into the ring without any issue with be ludicrous and stupid. He said if he had come in one or two months earlier, he could have wrestled at Bound for Glory, but given the timing, he's happy being a ringside enforcer. He put over Sting and Jeff Jarrett and said he doesn't want to take that away from them. He said that's a match he'd buy if he were sitting at home. He said the entire card is great. He said, "You will see Kurt Angle in action in some form in that match." He said they are easing him in. He said it would be a sign of desperation to thrown him in there. He said he is vary happy with his role.

-He was asked about the statement after his departure that WWE issued which contradicts everything Angle has said about the nature of his departure. WWE portrayed Angle as an emotional wreck and that his competitive nature prevented him from taking time off to let himself heal. "For one, Vince McMahon never thought I was going to go anywhere else. Vince McMahon told me he was going to release me to (let me explore other options)." He said he thought he'd come back at which point he'd offer him a five year deal. Regarding being an emotional wreck, "How would you be if you were treated like a dog for the last three years and you go to a meeting and they're attacking you like a dog." He said he wanted to talk about a reduced schedule or getting released, and that was a shock to them. "Was I acting erratic? Yes. Was it drug use? No. Was it purposefully? Yes. Because I had to be heard." He said they rushed me to sign a new five year deal which he didn't want to sign. He said when he signed it, he signed a deal with the devil for another five years. He said he got emotional and started crying during the meeting. He said he couldn't believe the position he was in. He said at that point Vince may have had a change of heart and offer him his release. He said he heard a rumor that he'd make 30 million dollars in Pride for three years. He said Vince told him to take time off and all he has to do is come back to have that five year deal offered again.

-He was asked if he thought TNA was an option, would Vince have given him a release. "He never thought TNA would ever be in the picture." He said he never talked to TNA before he asked for his release. He said Vince assumed MMA was the only other option. He said he always wanted to be on Spike TV. "I thought it was the best network in the world. Spike TV is basically where it's at." He said he did what he had to do to get out of his contract. Regarding being an emotional wreck, he said: "Could I say I did it on purpose? I have no comment on that." He said Vince cracked and gave him a full release. "He thought I was an emotional wreck when really I wasn't." He said Vince didn't want to be liable if something bad was going to happen, and he wanted him back when he got better. "Vince McMahon played the good guy and the bad guy." He added, "I would have never talked about this if he hadn't talked about this publicly. That meeting was supposed to be confidential." He said the whole reason WWE lashed out was because he was going to TNA. He said they knew ahead of time what was going on. "Vince had a feeling I was doing something and he needed to strike the iron while it was hot. When he said it I was acting erratic and he said he fired me, I was offended." He said he wanted a meeting so he could get released, and he did what he had to in order to get released. He said Vince may have thought he was going to MMA because MMA is beginning to compete with pro wrestling. "Vince wanted to hurt my reputation. It didn't. Not at all. Another thing he did, he drew attention to himself, which he likes to do."

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« Reply #568 on: Oct 18th, 2006, 9:57pm »

-He was asked about Dana White's comment about how he wasn't interested in "actors." Angle said: "From the deal he offered me, he was definitely interested in actors. Dana White is a great guy. He has done tremendous things for UFC. I give him credit for that. I compare him to Vince McMahon in that he wanted me exclusively. He wanted to own me. Nobody is going to own my name again. If you give that promise (freedom), I will work even harder for you." He said TNA didn't demand exclusive use of him. He said Dana White wanted him to fight a guy from Tough Enough (Daniel Puder). "I don't even want to mention his name because the guy doesn't belong in the Octagon with me." He said "the kid" was calling around and trying to make a lot of money off of him. He said when he got in the ring with the Tough Enough guys on WWE TV, "I had a broken neck. I could not feel my arms. That's a far cry from how I am now. Dana White knew that. He knew I would annihilate this person. At the same time, he was asking me to just do one fight." He said that's the only fight White wanted and then from there he'd just be a representative for the company. He said, "I couldn't envision myself sitting i the crowd for the next whatever years and not having any purpose. So being owned exclusively hurt me. Having only one fight hurt me."

-He said he is open to Dana White and he's one of the first guys he'd go to if he had a fight, but he would not give him an exclusive deal. Angle said he'd work with Daniel Puder if TNA signed him, but he said he just doesn't have the athletic ability to be a good wrestler. "If he's training and trying to pick it up and he gets good enough to have a good tryout, then maybe so. But he's nowhere near the level of these guys in TNA. If he wants to be, he ought to be." He said he hears Puder is mouthing off on the Internet and trying to build a feud. He said he'd take him out in three seconds, "and that's a guarantee." He said he is a completely different Kurt Angle now than back then. He said he only weighed 208 and his arms were only 14 inches then, that's how bad a shape he was in. "I wasn't worried about him, I was worried about the bigger (Tough Enough) guys." He said Olympic Kurt Angle "would have beaten the snot out of all of them at the same time." But he said he had atrophy in his arms and it wasn't the right time for him to be in the ring and it was a bad call by Vince McMahon.

-He was asked who he was most looking forward to wrestling. Angle immediately said Samoa Joe. "He is a superstar in the making. He is just one of many, but Samoa Joe is a little further along than the other guys." He said with his 18 month winning streak, he's been built into a monster. He said at first he thought they shouldn't touch for a long time, but he thought it was a great opportunity for them to face off at the last taping. "If you watch Thursday night, you're going to love what happens in our segment. From my ring entrance to the physicality to everything, it was tremendous. It was a perfect way to begin my debut in TNA. It just happened to be an altercation with Samoa Joe. You're talking about the two top guys in the business. One of them is very promising and is going to be one of the biggest names in the business and the other who will be in the Hall of Fame. It was quite, I have to say, it was more of a shoot than anything. It really got my blood flowing. It was a lot of fun, but it began to get serious at the end."

-He was asked why he signed with WWE when he did rather than explore other options. He said management kept pushing him to sign and they never give you a chance to talk with others. He said they wanted him to sign seven months early because they feared he might consider going elsewhere. He said they called him at home and told him to bring it. He said he'd forget it, then he'd forget to notarize it. He said he finally had it notarized and signed and kept it in his bag for two weeks. He said finally a WWE official walked into the locker room as he was getting dressed and he finally handed it to them. "I wasn't happy about it," he said. He said he had fun with Triple H and Stephanie and fun working with Steve Austin, but things began getting old for him. "They weren't utilizing me as a champion, per se. I have a gift, a blessing from God. God has given me tremendous talent. But at the same time it's a curse." He said Vince saw how good he was and he said, "Let's put the diamond with all the other diamonds in the rough and make them." He said he saw others get their top runs, and he never had that run. "I never understood why." He said he can't see any reason he shouldn't have been pushed above Triple H or Shawn Michaels. He said if he was the owner of a company who had an Olympic Gold Medalist who made the transition, I'd make as much money as I could with him. He said instead they sent him to the mid-card to make people. "It was a compliment, but at the same time I like being the top guy and carrying the ball. I'm used to being the champion and carrying the ball that the company can depend on." He said they never gave him a chance to be him. "The company always wanted me to be something else. A dork. Be funny. Be hokey. It was so political. I just did not want to be a part of that. I was a guy who always tried to elevate wrestlers. I'd talk to wrestlers and tell them this is what you need to do, you need to talk to Vince. A lot of other wrestlers wouldn't say a word." He said a lot of top guys would never encourage younger wrestlers to work at getting a top spot. He said the problem with that company is that the people in charge are also the top wrestlers and it's not right.
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-He praised the ring entrance TNA provided for him with his favorite ring entrance. He said the music is what Olympic athletes use to train to. He really gushed about the entrance that will debut on Thursday's TNA Impact.

-He was asked who is "the real Kurt Angle." WWE has this fetish for gimmicks and characters. I think we're all characters in a sense. You don't want to take the personality out of the person." He said he was a good actor so he could play all of these idiot characters. He said it worked because people were laughing. He said he went to Vince one day and asked him to let him be him. He said Rock was the Rock and he just amplified himself 100 times. He said Stone Cold was Stone Cold. He said when he did get permission from Vince to just be himself, he wrestled Cena and everyone was turning on Cena and cheering me. He said that upset Vince. He said of WWE's ten best match ever, he was probably in all ten of them. He said that doesn't count gimmick matches because he doesn't like gimmick matches. He said when he enters the real, he treats it as if it's real, as if he wants to annihilate the person in front of him. He said that's how he competes.

-He said he is going to market mouth guards with the word "Impact" on them. He said they are real mouth guards that can be used and customized with wording on it molded to your teeth. "It's a really cool idea," he said. He said he began wearing the mouth guard because he got his teeth knocked out during a house show match. He said he had five concussions in WWE, but since wearing the mouth guard, he hasn't had one.

-He was asked how he feels about how WWE handled Eddie Guerrero's death, and using it to write TV on Friday nights for the past year. "First of all, a lot of people say they don't want to see Kurt Angle end up like Eddie Guerrero. Eddie died from exhaustion. It had nothing to do with pain killers. WWE using Eddie in the storyline, obviously they're taking care of his family. They're also making money from using Eddie's name. Is it good? Yeah, to a certain extent. It makes people remember Eddie, so I enjoyed that. But I'd like to see every cent made on Eddie Guerrero go to his family. I loved Eddie Guerrero. He was one of my best friends. He died with dignity and honor. If WWE really wants to be the good guy in this, they're not going to make money on his name. I guarantee his wife and kids didn't get the top of the iceberg from what they made on Eddie."

-He was asked whether he was upset about being moved to ECW. "Vince painted a picture for me. He said we're going to make it more real. When I got over there, they didn't have anyone for me to work with." He said other than RVD, they had Sabu, Sandman, and Balls Mahoney. Then Big Show. He said Vince told him to make Sabu look like a million bucks. He said he did it and Vince thanked him and showed appreciation that night. He said Sabu did a good job of listening and showed he could have a wrestling match. He said he looked around and didn't see anybody else to wrestle. He said he was appointed to be an agent on the road, but wrestlers were getting upset with him for telling them what to do because he's only wrestled for WWE six years and they've been at it 15 years. He said he gave them tips on what to work on, but he began getting a negative reaction. He said he tried to give them more positive feedback then negative. He said he didn't want to be an agent anymore and there was nobody to wrestle. He said then he started wrestling Randy Orton, who wasn't in ECW. He said he wondered why they put him in ECW to begin with. "Damn right I wasn't happy, I had no one to wrestle," he said. He explained that he wrestles, he doesn't use barbed wire and chairs. He said the business has been torn apart by overexposure of gimmicks. "When you see a guy get hit over the head with a chair five times, that guy shouldn't be alive. You talk about being taken out of reality." He said he realized he didn't want to be there, he'd rather go back to Raw or Smackdown and do his thing. They pep talked him and said he was the face of ECW, but in reality Rob Van Dam was. He said RVD deserved that spot and he was happy for him. He said he didn't want the title, he just wanted to wrestle. Then he saw he wasn't on Summerslam and he was told because there was no one for him to wrestle. He said he was the best wrestler and they had no one for him, so it was frustrating.

-He was asked what TNA needs to focus on to reach the next level, and what does he think about the six-sided ring. Angle said the six-sided ring is awesome and it won't take long to get used to it. He said he doesn't run around a lot in his matches, he lets his opponents do it. He said all TNA needs to do is keep doing what they're doing. He said Dixie Carter is doing a great job as owner and he's just a new part of the picture. He said he saw it coming. He said it's selfish of him, but he saw this team of wrestlers who were rapidly growing and he wanted to be part of it. He said in WWE, they were already at the top. He said he got paid well thanks to guys like Rock and Stone Cold and Undertaker "and even Triple H to a certain degree." He said he saw so much room for growth and tremendous athleticism. He said if they stay with the basics, now that they have the best writer in wrestling Vince Russo, and the best wrestler in Kurt Angle, and great cast of other wrestlers, there's no limit. He said he's told some young wrestlers that if they pick up a few tricks of the trade, they will explode. He said he wants to be part of a company not just for the money, because he said money has never been that important for him, but a company that will make history. He said there is room for two companies to make money. He said Vince McMahon will always make money at what he does. He said Vince is a sports entertainer, while TNA is Total Nonstop Action, wrestling,, not a sports entertainment thing. "Our basic thing is going back to the basics of what wrestling used to be, which is telling a story in the wrestling matches. That's what people pay to see. They don't pay to see someone having sex with someone in bed." He said when they get two hours, they'll be able to tell those stories each week. He said compared to Vince, TNA is primitive, but within the next two years, the company will grow so rapidly, they'll need headquarters like Vince has and maybe more employees than he has. He said TNA and Spike are meshing so well and nobody is butting heads. He said all together, there is a marketing machine that will be nonstop all the time. He said it will be Nonstop Action Marketing and it will be the biggest thing in wrestling since the wrestling wars. He said he's been compared to Hulk Hogan switching organizations. He said TNA won't be a gimmick company that draws ratings for a year and then drops off. He said he wants to be here for 30 years. He said he hopes TNA stays with Spike because they're unlimited with their potential. He said it will be a wrestling marketing machine that won't stop and will keep going forward.

END OF INTERVIEW

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