Friday, August 25, 2006

Kurt Angle Released

Good for WWE. I applaud WWE for this move. Kurt Angle, with all of his physical problems, should simply not be wrestling. He's setting himself up for a very sad end of his story if he continues to wrestle. WWE can't stop him altogether from going elsewhere, but they can at least not lead him down a very bad path themselves. I have tremendous admiration for Angle, and I want to see him live to an old age and maintain good health. That's the most important thing for him, and continuing wrestling is not helping. I'm glad WWE was looking out for Kurt, even if having him around is probably better for their thin roster.


Anonymous Phil said...

I second that.

4:28 PM  
Blogger nevs999 said...

Todd - I trust what you're saying here, but how do we know this is WWE looking out for Angle? I'm not being cynical - I guess I simply missed something.

Selfishly, WWE television just got less entertaining. But I wish Angle the best (not that he cares what I think).

- Matt in Anchorage

5:17 PM  
Anonymous MAZ said...

What's the story on Angle. I know that he had neck problems some time ago so I assume that his problems stem from that injury.

It's a shame as Angle is one of the few wrestlers capable of attracting an audience.

I wish him the best.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

I suppose it's conceivable that something else is going on here, but it seems pretty clear to me.

Kurt Angle's body is breaking down. It's not just the neck. He's got problems all over the place. He's addicted to painkillers. He's in extreme pain and has trouble getting up some mornings. He shouldn't be wrestling, period.

He wants to continue. WWE has pretty much let him and even encouraged him. But last week's ECW show was a sign that they finally started to realize they need to take it easier on Kurt Angle's body because they don't want something bad to happen to him on their watch. They wanted him to stop wrestling or seriously cut down. He didn't want to. So they let him go. I hope Kurt realizes that he should retire. He could be a goodwill ambassador of sorts and wrestle maybe twice a year. I love watching Angle perform, but his health is more important.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Swain said...

Do we know if there's any sort of no-compete clause in the release? Either 90 day, or for the length of the remainder of his contract?

8:46 PM  
Anonymous MAZ said...

Truly a shame. Angle was one of those rare wrestler who you knew from day one was something special.

I always hoped that some day we'd see a Kurt Angle - Bret Hart match.

Once again, I wish Angle the best.

10:52 AM  
Blogger nevs999 said...

Upon further review, it's nice to come away with the sense both Angle and WWE are making the best moves for all involved.

Again selfishly, once Angle heals (especially from the med abuse) I'd hope he'd consider some sort of non-wrestling role on WWE TV. Angle ranks right up there with Rock, Austin, Foley and Flair as performers who can make us laugh our way through the rest of WWE's junk.

- Matt in Anchorage

11:21 AM  
Anonymous nivek navillus said...

Considering Kurt Angle's drive and obsession with being the best, he will not stop wrestling (even if doing so endangers his health). With this in mind, it makes sense for Kurt to take some time off to heal, then sign with TNA. While TNA cannot offer him the money WWE would (although if Spike subsidized his TNA salary like they did with Sting, they could come close), they can offer him a schedule that will allow him to recuperate after each match. In TNA, Angle would have to wrestle no more than 40 times per year. In contrast, he would likely have to wrestle 100-150 dates per year for WWE. For a person in his condition, this requires painkillers to maintain the schedule. In essence, going to TNA would allow him to continue wrestling without relying on painkillers.

6:39 AM  

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