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Kurt Angle: A Shakespearean Tragedy

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Once upon a time, Kurt Angle was the crown jewel of sports entertainment. He was the total package; an ultra-talented in-ring performer, a bedazzler on the microphone and a dependable company man. His ties to the attitude-era drove up his stock within pro wrestling, and his reputation as an Olympic athlete lent credibility to the entire WWE. During his tenure in WWE Angle put on some of the greatest matches of recent history while working with the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Shawn Michaels and Brock Lesnar.

Today, the Kurt Angle of TNA is a shadow of his former self. The quality of his matches has dropped considerably and he resides on a roster that is bloated with egomaniacs and WWE outcasts. Outside of the ring, his personal life has fallen into a Lohan-esque downward spiral. His use of both performance enhancing drugs and narcotics has been well documented. Angle's wife and the mother of his two children left him for his boss and former friend Jeff Jarrett. Additionally, Angle has recently been involved in several run-ins with the law including a somewhat disturbing stalking allegation.

How did Angle fall this far? TNA enabled him to.

TNA lacks the willingness to take a hard stance against its performers who conduct themselves unprofessionally. This is especially true when it involves a top draw such as Angle. TNA's decision to turn a blind eye to Angle's bad behavior outside the ring and allow him to continue to collect paychecks has allowed them to retain their top star at the expense of his wellbeing. Essentially, TNA has taken the easy way out. Rather than taking a proactive approach and having a tough conversation with their star, TNA chose to pretend that the problem didn't exist. With no incentive not to engage in these self-destructive behaviors, Angle began falling apart at the seams.

TNA's most glaring and inexcusable action here is their failure to institute an effective wellness policy. It's no secret that over the last few years Kurt Angle hasn't quite been sober as a bird. In fact, in a recent interview Angle mentioned that his drug use was a large factor in the collapse of his marriage. It is reasonable to think that if TNA had a system of drug testing in place, Angle's problem with substance abuse could have been nipped in the bud and many of the issues in his personal life could have been averted. Beyond that, it should be mentioned how grossly irresponsible it is that TNA puts such little effort into protecting the health of its performers in an industry that has been plagued by premature deaths over recent years.

Where does Kurt Angle go from here? With his recent contract extension it's safe to say that Angle will remain at TNA for the near future. Kurt has stated that he wants to retire from professional wrestling in the near future to pursue an acting career. Unfortunately for Angle this is a rather far fetched plan. Angle isn't the household name that The Rock and Steve Austin were which opened the doors for them into acting, and he will never achieve that sort of stature working in TNA. Given the recent push by the WWE into the film industry it's a bit surprising Kurt hasn't shown any interesting in returning to the company that launched his career. Kurt and Vince might not have parted ways on the best of terms, but Vince is known for letting bygones be bygones in the name of good business, and Angle returning to the WWE would be great business for both parties. I would speculate that Angle's lack of desire to return to the WWE is him not wanting to swallow his pride.

Every tragic hero has a tragic flaw. In the case of Kurt Angle that tragic flaw is certainly his decision to sign with TNA. However, every tragic figure also has the opportunity to redeem itself and make things right. As Kurt approaches the twilight of his career, here's to hoping he hasn't missed that opportunity.

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  1. Rassling_Fan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod Coolbeans
    TNA lacks the willingness to take a hard stance against its performers who conduct themselves unprofessionally. This is especially true when it involves a top draw such as Angle

    What about when Samoa Joe barged into the production truck, he got suspended on the spot, and he is one of TNA's biggest attractions.
    Jarrett sleeps with Angles wife/ex-wife and he gets sent home for months, and he founded the company!!
    Sandman no-shows iMPACT! and he gets released
    Hall and Waltman screw up (again) and they're gone
    TNA is not a walk in the park where anybody gets away with everything
    Seriously, ever since the Hogan Era, how close were they to the title picture? Joe got kidnapped by ninjas, Jarrett lost his power as founder, and honestly comparing Sandman, Hall and Waltman to Angle, Joe and Jarrett is insulting. There's also Nash making a big ruckus on Twitter badmouthing TNA and resulting in nothing and also Hardy with his court issues.

    it should be mentioned how grossly irresponsible it is that TNA puts such little effort into protecting the health of its performers in an industry that has been plagued by premature deaths over recent years.

    In the 7 plus years that TNA has been operating, guess how many wrestlers from the TNA roster have passed away? NONE, ZERO, ZILCH
    How about the safe, caring, supportive WWE? Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Crash Holly, and im sure theres more, i just dont have time to look it up.
    As far as I watched wrestling, three died while being in the WWE. Owen Hart (who died doing a stunt that went horribly wrong), Eddie Guerrero (who died because his drug addiction from the past got to him) and Chris Benoit (who killed his wife and kid and then himself). Mike Lockwood (AKA Crash Holly) died while he was in TNA (by drug overdose). And Chris Candido also died while in TNA (who died because of a surgical complication because of a stunt he did in TNA).

    WWE have been offering rehabilitation for all their former employees at their expense, which Hall have taken up numerous times.

    But the blog itself is pretty dumb. As you mentioned, Angle has been given great matches in TNA. One of the few reasons I still watch that show.
  2. Hotrod Coolbeans's Avatar
    You cant just compare the number of tna performers that have died compared to wwe performers. Look at the math, thousands of wrestlers have appeared in WWE over the past 25 years. Tna has been around for a fraction of that with a fraction of the number of wrestlers. Obviously the odds of a performer being linked to wwe that has died is greater than one being linked to tna that has died simply because there have been WAY more wwe performers than tna performers.
    I did say in the last 7 years, not the last 25 years.

    Seriously, ever since the Hogan Era, how close were they to the title picture? Joe got kidnapped by ninjas, Jarrett lost his power as founder, and honestly comparing Sandman, Hall and Waltman to Angle, Joe and Jarrett is insulting. There's also Nash making a big ruckus on Twitter badmouthing TNA and resulting in nothing and also Hardy with his court issues.
    We dont all judge how good somebody is, or how important they are to the company, purely on "how close they are to the title picture", Joe and Jarrett are two of TNA's biggest stars, and Sandman, Hall and Waltman were all heavily involved in major storylines when they were released.
    Also Nash's "outburst" was a work, and Hardy hasn't been found guilty of anything yet, and as far as im aware being accused of something is not a punishable crime.

    Mike Lockwood (AKA Crash Holly) died while he was in TNA (by drug overdose). And Chris Candido also died while in TNA (who died because of a surgical complication because of a stunt he did in TNA).
    Fair point about Crash Holly, but Chris Candido's death had nothing to do with TNA, it was the morons at the hospital that botched his surgery, and TNA surely can not be held responsible?
  3. THEKEVINBRAND's Avatar
    "Mr Perfect" Curt Henning also died while working in TNA but that's not TNA's responsiblity. He overdosed on painkillers and was addicted to 'roids. And I might add, Tammy Lynn Sytch, who was Candido's girlfriend at the time of his death claimed that after Chris Candido died TNA refused to send her his last paycheck. She does not hide the fact that they weren't married, but says she wanted to pay his outstanding bills. I say it's fine for her to not like TNA. The comments are out of context, so that could mean anything. Although, you can't just give your employees paycheck out, it would have to go to the executor of his estate, since he's not around to cash his check. Otherwise they could just be sued. Sure, they could just give out money, but it's a corporation, they have responsibility to the owners assets . You could easily point out that if he's not around, then paying his bills is not a priority, and if one paycheck makes that big a difference then someone didn't manage their finances too well considering the past careers they had. No knock on Sunny, since I liked her wrestling contributions.
  4. Rassling_Fan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod Coolbeans
    We dont all judge how good somebody is, or how important they are to the company, purely on "how close they are to the title picture", Joe and Jarrett are two of TNA's biggest stars, and Sandman, Hall and Waltman were all heavily involved in major storylines when they were released.
    Also Nash's "outburst" was a work, and Hardy hasn't been found guilty of anything yet, and as far as im aware being accused of something is not a punishable crime.
    According to the ranking system, only Joe was anywhere near the title picture. And after starting the tournament, not even considered since his outburst. As for the rest, "the Band" was only close to the Tag Titles which lost it's shine when Matt Morgan defended it solo (and gained it back thanks to MCMG and Beer Money). Outside "trying to gain contracts", the Band did virtually nothing except win the tag titles. EV2.0 has yet to win any match against Fortune, so they're more like top card jobbers then an important part of the storyline. As for Jeff Jarrett, the last time he competed in a world title match was in June 2009, in a tag match.

    Fair point about Crash Holly, but Chris Candido's death had nothing to do with TNA, it was the morons at the hospital that botched his surgery, and TNA surely can not be held responsible?
    I'm just saying. He (like Owen) could of refused to do the spot but since they want their job they went through it.
  5. AngrySamoan's Avatar
    Curt Hennig also died while in TNA I believe.
  6. Rassling_Fan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AngrySamoan
    Curt Hennig also died while in TNA I believe.
    Well, he died a month after his last match with TNA, not sure if he was signed up still or not.
  7. crazyj11's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thai
    Didn't Mike Lockwood (Crash Holly/Mad Mikey) pass away 4 months after debuting in TNA? Sure he came to TNA after getting released from WWE, but I'm just saying someone did pass away while in TNA.
    Also Chris Candido passed away there but I think what he meant to say was no one could have potentially died because of TNA.
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