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Old 10-16-06, 01:13 PM
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WWECW / TNA / ROH 10/16 - 22: TNA's Bound for Glory PPV

As usual, we'll begin the WWECW portion of this thread with the roll call of champions:

WWE Champion: John Cena (3rd title reign, defeated Edge on Sept 17 2006 in Toronto, Ontario)
Intercontinental Champion: Jeff Hardy (2nd title reign, defeated Johnny Nitro on October 2, 2006 in Topeka, Kansas)
Women's Champion: Vacant as of Sept 25 2006 (last held by Trish Stratus, defeating Lita on Sept 17, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario)
World Tag Team Champions: The Spirit Squad (1st title reign, defeated Kane & Big Show on April 3, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois)

World Champion: The Big Show (1st title reign, defeated Rob Van Damn on July 4, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA)

World Heavyweight Champion: King Booker (1st title reign, defeated Rey Mysterio on July 23, 2006 in Indianapolis, IN)
United States Champion: Chris Benoit (3rd title reign*, defeated Ken Kennedy on October 10, 2006 in Jacksonville, FL)
Cruiserweight Champion: Gregory Helms (3rd title reign, defeated Funaki in a 6-man match that also included Jamie Noble, Nunzio, Paul London and former champion Kid Kash on January 29th, 2006 in Miami, FL)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Paul London & Brian Kendrick (1st title reign, defeated MNM on May 21, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ)

* - 3 title reigns since the WWE revived the US title in 2003. Benoit also has 2 US title reigns when it was a WCW title.

Over on Raw, which comes to us pre-taped tonight:

Your line-up for tonight is (non-spoiler version)

HHH vs. Randy Orton

Vince McMahon makes a major announcement about the Cyber Sunday PPV main event

Intercontinental champ Jeff Hardy defends the belt in a 4-way match against Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters and Super Crazy

Spirit Squad vs. Cryme Tyme

Winner advances in the WWE women's championship tournament - Victoria vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Maria in a Bra & Panties match

Carlito vs. Rob Conway

Also appearing - John Cena, King Booker, Big Show, Umaga, Edge, Lita, Shawn Michaels, Jonathan Coachman, Johnny Nitro, Melina, and "several celebrity surprises."

For results of the show (in case you don't want to watch it), click the spoiler tag:


Edge & Orton come to the ring dressed as DX, this leads to HHH challenging Orton in the main event

Cryme Tyme defeated the Spirit Squad in what looked to be a non-title match. The Spirit Squad started arguing amongst themselves after the match

Jeff Hardy retained the IC belt in the 4-way match by pinning Chris Masters

Melina and Johnny Nitro brought out Kevin Federline. Cena came out, rapped about Federline and attacked Nitro. Big Show and Booker came out, then out came Vince McMahon with an announcement about Cyber Sunday - one of the titles will be on the line, and the fans will decide which one. Vena gives Federline the F-U.

Rob Conway complains about not getting any TV time, Carlito comes out and beats him in what's said to be a total squash.

Edge asks McMahon for another title shot, McMahon says that Edge and Orton will be facing DX (presumably at Cyber Sunday)

Steve-O and someone else from Jackass get in the ring and say they'll take on anyone, which leads to an ass-kicking courtesy of Umaga.

Maria won the Bra & Panties match. The tournament semi-finals are Maria vs. Lita and Melina vs. Mickie James.

HHH defeated Randy Orton

I'll be back later today or tomorrow to do the Smackdown and ECW portion of the post. My home computer is dead, and I think that the other computer I had access to has a virus, so I'm left with my work computer to do the updates. Most likely I'll be back tomorrow.
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Old 10-16-06, 02:46 PM
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TNA's Biggest Week Ever!

This Thursday Night on Spike TV it's Impact! (Replay Saturday Night)

Christian Cage vs Norman Smiley

X-Title Match
Senshi (c) vs Jay Lethal

Huge 8 Man Tag
America's Most Wanted & The L.A.X. vs AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels & The James Gang

- Kurt Angle in the TNA ring!
- Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy debut thier new music video!
- Will Jeff Jarrett get his belt back from Samoe Joe?
- Kevin Nash holds a press conferance!
- An update on Sting!
- More Bound For Glory matches announced.
and... The Naturals, Sonjay Dutt, Jerry Lynn, Chris Sabin, Rhino, Abyss, Raven and much more!


and this Sunday on PPV it's the biggest wrestling PPV of the year! Live from Detroit, Bound For Glory!

NWA World Title Match
Title vs Career with Kurt Angle as the ringside enforcer
Jeff Jarrett (c) vs Sting

NWA Tag Team Title Steel Cage Match
AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels (c) vs The L.A.X.

X-Division Title Match
Senshi (c) vs Chris Sabin

Street Fight
Christian Cage vs Rhino

Monsters Ball Match
Raven vs Samoa Joe vs Brother Runt vs Abyss

Loser Gets Fired
Eric Young vs Larry Z

The Kevin Nash Open Invitational X-Division Gauntlet Battle Royal

and more match announced on Impact!

Plus Friday Oct 20th big TNA house show in Toledo, Ohio

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Old 10-16-06, 04:17 PM
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My wife took me to the Staples Center last night to watch the Raw/Smackdown tapings. It was a surprise birthday gift, and I haven't been to a wrestling event since I was a kid in Hawaii, back when all matches were names vs. jobbers.

I'm actually way behind in my WWE viewing, but the storylines have basically been the same for months now, so I wasn't too lost. Kennedy didn't have a huge part, so I was a little disappointed, and very little Finlay and no Lashley, Benoit, or Kendrick and London. Also, a very interesting way of getting fans to cheer Cena.

Anyone know the reasoning behind taping Raw and Smackdown on a Sunday, instead of the usual live Monday Raw and Tuesday SD taping? Not that I'm complaining, mind you.
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Old 10-16-06, 04:20 PM
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I think they taped the shows early since they were going overseas.
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as for the "celebrity" guest tonight...

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Old 10-16-06, 04:43 PM
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as for the "celebrity" guest tonight...
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White Trash Invades Raw.
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Old 10-16-06, 05:09 PM
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i wonder if thats a form of publicity for him....
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Winner advances in the WWE women's championship tournament - Victoria vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Maria in a Bra & Panties match
If that's not enough proof at how much a joke it is to have a women's title, I don't know what is. Where's Madusa to throw that thing in the trash for a second time.
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Old 10-16-06, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by turborobb
X-Title Match
Senshi (c) vs Jay Lethal

and this Sunday on PPV it's the biggest wrestling PPV of the year! Live from Detroit, Bound For Glory!

X-Division Title Match
Senshi (c) vs Chris Sabin
Isn't that a spoiler right there?
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If that's not enough proof at how much a joke it is to have a women's title, I don't know what is. Where's Madusa to throw that thing in the trash for a second time.
Yeah, huh? What's even worse is who wins tonight...

Also, having Cena interact with K-Fed was a stroke of GENIUS!! That should put him WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY over.
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what made me laugh is if that was supposed to be positive press for k-fed then i must be dreaming..... people booing him without him saying anything was f'ed up already and should hopefully(but it wont) tell him he sucks

plus the IC belt match was awesome... best match in a while and says alot about shelton and hardy...
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At least all the damn Marine promos should start dying off soon. Then they can run all the promos for See No Evil again when it comes out on DVD.

The intercontinental match was ok. Shelton's only real talent seems to be jumping. Not much else to say about last night's show. Oh yeah, one thing...I think I officially hate Cryme Tyme.
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Old 10-17-06, 08:35 AM
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Hopefully the marine gimmick goes too. It was a subtle slow character morph from rapper to marine, but he can morph to something else anytime now...
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Old 10-17-06, 08:55 AM
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Hopefully the marine gimmick goes too. It was a subtle slow character morph from rapper to marine, but he can morph to something else anytime now...
It depends on what his next movie role is I suppose. I am predicting he will either be a professional arm wrestler or a nanny (or both).
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You have to give credit to Federline for being a good enough sport to be berated by the crowd, humiliated by Cena, and then FU'ed.

The Edge/Orton DX parody was pretty funny.
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Old 10-17-06, 09:58 AM
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Nowhere near the level of talk we usually have for a Raw show, even if it's just us talking about how much the product sucks. So did people not watch because the show was pre-taped and you could read the results and decide not to watch?
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Anyone know the reasoning behind taping Raw and Smackdown on a Sunday, instead of the usual live Monday Raw and Tuesday SD taping? Not that I'm complaining, mind you.
WWE RAW & ECW shows on Wednesday/Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. So they taped RAW a day early so the wrestlers will have a extra day or so to get used to the change/spend some time in Japan. I thought Smackdown was going to go over as well but after doing a house show in Visalia, CA last night, they are off until next Tuesdays taping in St. Louis.


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Old 10-17-06, 10:23 AM
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I watched most of Raw, even after reading the spoilers. Its not like knowing the results are really going to ruin a WWE show. There's not much there to spoil.

There just isn't much to talk about I guess. Even in regards to TNA...aside from Kurt Angle being involved, I don't think I give a crap about a single match on their biggest ppv EVER. I'm sure there are a few solid matches on the card, but it's still very BLAH to me.

However, I did watch ROH's War of the Wire II this past weekend. What a great show! The barbed wire match between BJ Whitmer and Necro Butcher was bloody fun. And also, Davey Richards is really impressing me. That guy has a real future ahead of him I think. He kicks like a mofo.
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Tonight on ECW (taped last week)

RVD vs. ECW champ Big Show in a non-title match. If RVD wins, he gets a title shot.

Sandman vs. Matt Striker in a Singapore Cane on a Pole match.

C.M. Punk vs. Renee Dupree (yet again)

Test vs. Balls Mahoney

Sabu vs. Shannon Moore

Spoiler-fied results, as this show was taped last week:


Sandman beats Striker by countout

Punk beats Dupree (again)

Test squashes Balls Mahoney

Sabu squashes Shannon Moore

RVD defeats Big Show after a ref bump, which lead to Test and Bob Holly interfering, and RVD hitting the frog splash.

Not taking tonight's matches into account, what's the biggest mistake so far in ECW?

1. C.M. Punk in the same squash matches week after week, many times facing the same person 2 weeks in a row.

2. Spending time and money to have numerous vignettes promoting Balls Mahoney, only to have him job in squash matches every week.

3. Spending time and money to have numerous vignettes promoting Shannon Moore, only to have him job in squash matches every week (and giving him that "I'm the gay Road Warrior" look).
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They might have wasted time, but I doubt they spent very much money on those promo vignettes for Balls and Shannon Moore. It was just them standing around backstage. Well I guess Moore was on the train or something that one time, so that was like the cost of a token or whatever you use to get on a train.
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They might have wasted time, but I doubt they spent very much money on those promo vignettes for Balls and Shannon Moore. It was just them standing around backstage. Well I guess Moore was on the train or something that one time, so that was like the cost of a token or whatever you use to get on a train.
Well, they needed another token or two for the camera crew guys. I did think it was odd that they debuted him as a whiner who then lost to CM Punk... was this some kind of "lesson" they're teaching him for backstage politics or something?

Along with the Sunday tickets, my wife also got me some ROH dvds for my bday... I actually showed her the list people made on this site for the 10 dollar sale last week, and had her randomly pick 3. My bday isn't until Thursday, so I've only opened one so far (Sign of Dishonor) but having never seen an ROH match before, I'm suitably impressed.
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Kurt Angle took part in a conference call and did an appearance on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show.

His main claim, which contradicts everything we've believed, is that he hasn't been hooked on pain pills for years. He claims his source of frustration between himself and McMahon is that Kurt wanted to take time off to get his body back together, and every time he tried he was called back in because someone else had to take time off. He also complained about being used to get Cena "ready" for Wrestlemania, when in his opinion Cena didn't belong there.

He swears that he will not be wrestling until he's 100%, although he claims that he's already 100% - something that I can't believe if his body is as screwed up as he said it was.
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Angle Press Conference Recap

Kurt Angle TNA-Spike TV Press Conference Report
By Dr. Keith Lipinski, host Dr. Keith Lipinski Show (www.drkeithshow.com, writer www.f4wonline.com)

Here's a general summary of the excellent 86 minute TNA conference call Kurt Angle had this afternoon. Call begin with ratings information and demographics begin the show.

Question: asks about Mania 19 against Brock attempting the Shooting Star Press
Kurt wasn't sure if Brock was coherent, Brock gave a response of "huh" and Kurt asked him if he was able to stand. "I helped to pick him up and told him what to do, his finish move." They turned a disaster into a success story. "It added to the match, in pro wrestling anything can happen." Kurt gives Brock credit for finishing the match and staying healthy.

Question: Everyone excited and concerned with him coming back, asks about how his health issues changed from the past
In the past Kurt wasn't given enough time to heel from his injuries, therefore he made an agreement with Dixie Carter of TNA Wrestling to only wrestle when he was 100%. Kurt mentions traveling a lot with his former employer. "I am the new name and face of TNA therefore I have responsibilities. I can't go less then 120% If I have a ten year career, great, if I have a five year career great."

Question: Kurt's frustrations with his former employer the WWE
Kurt wasnít getting the proper medical care and not enough rest from his injuries in the WWE. "Basically I was being buried in the ground." Was promised time off but because of time and incidents with other athletes he never got him. Kurt speculates the WWE needed him more this year. "I gave my heart and soul to that company, and wasn't getting the respect I deserved." His neck has been injured five times. "I didnít behave erratically, I wanted to tell them listen. I need to be home to rehabilitate my neck. I was very unhappy."

Question: MMA offers and the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar in Japan for K-1
"The Offer is there. I am interested in MMA." Every company come to Kurt with "retirement" kind of money. "Money is important but the timing is important as well. TNA has given me the room to spread my wings and get the time off to train, and do movies, and tv shows." Leaving the WWE, "I was no longer OWNED. I hated being told what to do or not to do. TNA gives consultation." Vince would tell Kurt "no, all your going to do is be a wrestler. I never wanted to be OWNED by anyone ever again. I have a boss, I listen to my boss, Dixie Carter." Puts over Carter for letter him do what he wants. On his relationship with the WWE "They own you, and there's nothing you can do or say to get out of your contract. You're strictly wrestling. I was his (Vince's) best wrestler."

Question: Is there added pressure and expectations to bring TNA to the next level
Admits there is new pressure with this new company growing rapidly, and with the new time slot on Spike TV and Kurt Angle coming in the network expects higher ratings. Kurt comments how great the athletes are in the TNA saying "they're five times better then WWE short list of guys main eventing. TNA is much better, every guy I could have a FIVE STAR MATCH with." Kurt Angle wanted to join TNA because "I saw a company in TNA that had so much room for growth that had the ability to be the top company in the next year or two" Kurt wants to make TNA the success it deserves to be. Vince McMahon has a lot of work ahead of him to stop TNA.

Question: Were you pushed out of the WWE like Bret Hart
They WWE attempted to sign him to a five year deal, as they needed him now more then ever. "Vince is trying to compete to himself, he wants to keep it that way, he doesn't want to push out his best wrestlers. So nervous about making money they wanted me (Kurt) there." Kurt wanted to meet with Vince and ask for his release. He wasn't fired from the WWE "those rumors are false." Vince wanted him to stay, but Kurt wasn't having fun anymore and saw a downward spiral in WWE, and he wasn't used properly as the top guy. "I asked for the meeting, I asked for my release, and Vince wanted it mutual to save face."

Question: Will Angle ever go to the WWE again
"I don't think I'll ever work for Vince McMahon again" Kurt said as you can hear his wife Karen saying something in the background. Kurt replies "My wife wouldn't let me work for Vince McMahon again." In TNA "Wrestling for Dixie carter wrestling can be fun again. They look at your for ideas. There are no politics in TNA." He talks about the room for growth in TNA for the company and himself. "I plan on sticking with this for 30 years" and talks about being a promoter, an agent/producer, writer, talent relations. Kurt talks about wanting to do movies and tv but notes "I can't leave wrestling, I have a passion for it. TNA is my home for good for the next 30 years. I'll grow with the company, as big as Kurt Angle has been in the past, he's going to get bigger." Kurt puts over himself as being generous he was in the WWE and how good he made the other athletes. He's not selfish and is going to enjoy this and sees being in TNA being FUN!

Question: Would you redo the neck fusion surgery again with Dr. Jho?
Kurt had a five level problem, and talks about levels of his neck and how week his neck was and flexibility. He says that neck fusion is "prehistoric" and says Dr. Jho is innovative and innovative surgery saved his career. He talks about getting hit over the head with a chair and how he'll never take a chair shot without putting his hands up ever again. "Other guys are hurting everyday because of the fusion surgery because of lack of flexibility in the neck." All five of Kurt's neck levels are damaged, but his flexibility is still good. "My neck was a disaster when I got there, its good enough now." His strength is back in his arms, and he doesn't regret his surgical operation.

Question: Someone compares coming in TNA to now coming to WCW
"I have a lot of respect for Kevin Nash and Scott Hall but they couldn't hold my jock strap in the ring."

Question: Pain Killer Issues
"I haven't taken pain killers in over 3 years." Also "I had one problem with pain pills where he did become dependent on them." Kurt talks about WWE schedule and had to take the pain pills to function including large handfuls to function. Kurt and his wife found a pain doctor a few days before a PPV match with John Cena (I believe No Way Out before Mania 21) Doctor said he needed to go to rehab. Kurt wanted to go cold turkey, doctor said he could possibly kill himself by going cold turkey. Kurt called Vince and wanted 3 months off to rehab, Vince wouldn't give him the time. "I don't want to hear it, you rehab to yourself by your road." Doctor thought that was impossible, however Kurt was able to do it, 3 days later he was going through withdrawal and thought he could get a heart attack vs. John Cena in their PPV match. To the WWE it was more important making John Cena look good then Kurt's overall health. This is when Kurt's relationship with Vince went sour. "I felt like I was no longer-no body cared about me, they cared about me making someone look good. I made him look better then he actually was to make him ready for WrestleMania. Then Jon Heidenriech had high blood pressure and Kurt needed to take his place and fly to Baltimore. The respect factor got lower and lower where Vince and I didn't talk anymore." Kurt looking back wishes he put his foot down with Vince about the time off. The reporter asks if Vince thought about the business before Kurt's health. "Without a doubt." Kurt then talks about his debut with the WWE "I took the lowest offer for Vince, I had offers for movies, to WCW, to wrestling to Japan, and MMA. Vince gave me an avenue for my talents; Vince threw me into he fire as world champion my first year in the company." He gives Patterson and Brisco credit for helping him and notes "I would never trade in my life for a career in wrestling." He also would love to wrestle Bret Hart

Question: How did you deal with the WWE travel schedule?
"My wife was always right 'don't trust the guys there or buy into the bogus BS between the top guys there and Vince McMahon'" The scheduled caused a lot of animosity between Kurt and his wife. They separated for a while. If Kurt was single, Kurt believes Vince would have used him more. "Before I knew it, I was single; I wasn't able to see my daughter, so I regret that. If you are going to be my boss you better respect my wife and my family and having time off." Kurt puts over Dixie again for giving him the time off and her family values. "Vince works 24/7 and is always gone." Kurt speculates Vince didn't spend more then 10 days a year with his family and Kurt didn't want to be like that. "Number one priority is god, then family, then job. And thatís the way its going to be right now."

Question: Who would be a good fit in TNA from WWE
Chris Benoit is an easy answer. Kurt would like to see him in TNA but he's out of the picture for five years. "If we can get him, we'd be over the top. He would be a great teacher and mentor for the guys in TNA. My job is to make sure they realize how good they are and capable they are. They don't know how good they are."

Question: Did the fans questions about your health stuatus after your TNA debut surprise you?
" I can't tell you what kind of response I got. When people thought it was Goldberg they were kinda excited but when it was me, it was WOW!" He has respect for the fans and the audience, he was happy to see they cared about my wellbeing and seeing him healthy. "From the bottom of my heart, I am 100% healthy; there are no issues and nothing to worry about now. I am focused on making TNA the top company in the world." He took the critizism to heart and listed to himself and god was telling him he hadn't hit the tip of the iceburg with his wrestling ability. "The WWE didnít give me the abililty to carry the ball when they should of." His doctors thought there was no problem with him coming back. He had a full blown physical, blood test for medication, he's cleared to wrestle.

Question: WWE guys aware and concerned with TNA?
"Oh yes, they're innovative. The heavyweight division very popular and so is the x-division division. The cruiserweight division in WWE isn't squat. They put the word wrestling back into wrestling." Kurt doesn't like to say he's the best wrestler in this industry, but says TNA doesn't have enough time on tv. "If they get a 2 hour slot, the ratings will go up quicker and higher. With TNA, everyone is hungry, they want my spot and I encourage them. I'll open up the spot, I'll go behind you. I'm the kind of guy where I won't block anyone politically."

Question: On coming into TNA as the special enforcer for this weekends PPV match and scouting opponents
"I study films for hours and hours, my wife complains about the amount of tapes I watch. For one, me being involved in the main event, we get more viewers watching the PPV, as Bound For Glory is the biggest PPV of the year." He notes if the timing was right and he came in early, he could see himself in the main event. "There is so much talent (in TNA) we don't have time to show it all." Kurt doesn't want to take away from Jarrett and Stings tremendous main event match. He puts over the PPV card as "phenomenal" and he will be in action to some degree but "they are easing him into the main event mix. If they threw him in, they'd be despirate, they're not. Its an honor."

Question: WWE.com discussing confrontational meeting and Angle being an emotional wreck, the competitive streak being his demise.
Vince didn't think Angle would go anywhere else. He thought he would end up with the WWE. He was going to give Kurt another 5 year deal when he came back. "How would you be if you were treated like a dog for five years?" Kurt either wanted to work part time or be released. They started telling me I was acting erratic. "Was I acting erratic? Yes. Was it drugs? No." He did start crying, and thought there was no way to get out of the WWE. Vince had a change of heart after seeing this, and let him have his release. Kurt believes someone told Vince of the rumor that "30 million in pride for five years" and that lead to WWE.Com releasing the information about the release meeting.

Question: How did TNA get in the picture?
"I never talked to TNA until I got released; Vince never thought TNA was in the picture. " Kurt says "Spike TV is where its at. Itís the cool station, not to put down USA." Kurt did what he had do to do to get out of his WWE contract. Vince dropped and gave him the release. " It was so quickÖVince wanted me back for five years." Vince didnít' want to be libel for Kurt if something happened but wanted him back ASAP, and their meeting was supposed to be confidential. The information was leaked because "the wrestling business knows well ahead of time what's going on." Vince had a feeling Kurt was doing something and needed to strike the iron while it was hot. Kurt was offended with Vince saying he fired him. He went to the meeting to get released. Vince did what he could to hurt Kurt's but Vince just drew attention to himselfÖ

Question: UFC, who were they pitching you to fight, and Dana Whites comments about Kurt being an actor:
"Dana White is a great guy, like McMahon as they wanted him exclusively." He didn't want to be owned, no one would own Kurt Angles name again. TNA allowed him that opportunity. The long term exclusive deal with UFC was for ONE MATCH against someone who "doesn't belong in the octagon. He was on tough enough, he was trying to get rich off my name. I had a broken neck and couldn't feel my arms when I was in the ring with them. Dana White knew I would annilate this person." Dana wanted Kurt to represent the UFC, and Kurt couldnít picture just sitting there doing nothing and not having any purpose. On UFC "Those guys are on the rise and part of Spike TV as well." Puder vs. Angle could have lead to the "biggest buy rate in UFC history" As far as Dana White "its always open."

Question: Would he work with Puder:
"Yes, if TNA signed him. But he doesn't have the athletic ability to be a pro wrestler. He's no where near the level of the guys in TNA. I don't know what he's doing now buy blabbing on the internet, I don't know I don't read the internet. If TNA signs him. I'll take him out in 40 seconds and thatís a guarantee. This is a Kurt Angle with full strength. I was 208 with 14 inch arms during the Tough Enough. Olympic Kurt Angle would beat the snot out of him."

Question: Who in TNA are you looking forward to looking with:
Angle is quick to answer Samoa Joe "I haven't seen a guy with his size and his athleticism to follow. Samoa Joe is further along; he's been undefeated for 18 months and is a monster. At one point I thought we shouldn't touch for a long time. The angle with the belt was that chance. Watch this Thursday night you will LOVE~! what happens in the segment." Kurt stresses from the ring entrance, to the physically, it was the perfect way to debut in TNA. "The two top guys in the business, Joe is going to be a huge name in the future, one will be inducted in the hall of the fame. It was more of a shoot then anything and it got my blood flowing, it got pretty serious towards the end."

Question: If Kurt was never happy in the WWE, then why did he resign?
He didn't have time to look at other options. "They didnít' wait until the contract was up, they kept on pushing him to sign." His manager wanted him to hold out, WWE wanted it seven months early. They hounded him and he had it at home. Kurt tried to hold out by not having it notarized and kept it in his bag for two weeks, the final time the person came to Kurt in the locker room and said "GIVE ME THE CONACT" Kurt wasn't happy with it. He said it was fun run in the WWE, angles with Stephanie/Triple H and Stone Cold but it had "started getting old and in dead ends". They weren't using him as a champion. "I have a blessing from god itís a gift and curse." Vince saw the diamond and the diamonds in the rough (keith note: no, not Elix Skipper and David Young) and had Kurt make wrestlers. Kurt didnít have his run like Rock, Austin had. They never spread his wings and let him be Kurt Angle until the end. They told him to "be a dork, be hokey." Kurt wasn't political; "I tried to elevate wrestlers. I encouraged wrestlers to talk to Vince and take a step forward" Kurt wasn't insecure about his spot unlike other guys. Kurt suggests thatís the problem with the company today, the guys running it are wrestling. TNA gave him the greatest entrance in sports entertainment ever. Detailed his entrance in the WWE and how they gave him The Patriot's old music and how unorganized it was, unlike TNA. Puts over his new music and how it relates to him as its music wrestlers train to and is motivating. "It blows Rey and Triple H's entrance away."

Question: Who is the real Kurt Angle and who will we see in TNA?
You'll see it in TNA, towards the end of his WWE run you saw it. "I was always playing characters, WWE has a fetish with characters, we're all characters in one sense. I was a good actor so I could be mean nasty guy, or be the gullible funny guy. I didn't enjoy playing them, but people were laughing. I went to Vince one day and said 'let me be me.'" Kurt had ideas for merchandise but Vince wasn't responsive. In the top 10 wrestling matches the WWE had, Kurt suggests was probably in all ten of them. Dixie is letting Kurt be the real Kurt Angle. "I am a vicious person, I treat it like it is real. Thatís the way I am when I go in there when I compete. I finally get to be me!" On the mouthguard, TNA will help him sell them. They can be used for non-gimmick purposes and thru his website he's worked with a company that can make a mold of your teeth and you can put whatever you want on it. "Mouthguards lower your concussion rate six times" and Kurt notes the five concussions he had while a member of the WWE.

Question: Eddie Guerrero's passing and WWE making money using his name in angles
"Eddie and I had a different situation, Eddie died with exhaustion." Kurt hopes the WWE takes care of Eddies family but having his named involved makes people remember Eddie. "every cent the WWE makes from any Eddie's related angles should go to Eddie's family."

Question: Was he upset with going to ECW?
Vince pictured ECW was going to be more real, the wrestling company of the WWE. "When I got over there-there was no one for me to work with. There was RVD, Sabu who uses chairs, and sandman and balls. Who am I going to work over here in a main event status?" Angle puts over RVD and Sabu as being fun to work with. He made Sabu work his first non-gimmicked match in a while and Sabu listened. WWE appointed Angle as an agent on the road to teach these wrestlers. A lot of them were getting upset because of Angle's time in the business compared to there's. Kurt "I have a gift, I can watch a match and tell you what you did right and wrong." He stopped being an agent after ECW guys complaints. He started the feud with Orton, but wondered why they started cross promoting anyway? "I tell a story in a wrestling match by wrestling. I wrestle in the ring, it's what I do best. The business has been turned apart (keith note: he might have used another word here) due to overexposure, and people getting hit with chairs five times and they should be dead." He wasn't the new face of ECW. On Van Damn, "Rob deserved the title, he needed the title." Kurt found out he wasn't on SummerSlam and wondered why he didn't have someone to work with. He was unhappy.

Question: what does TNA need to focus on to get to the next level and problems with the six sided ring.
Kurt doesn't think it will take to long as he stays in the middle and lets his opponents run around him. TNA needs to keep on doing what it is doing to get there. "I'm just part of the picture here. I saw TNA coming. I saw this team of guys rapidly growing and wanted to be part of something making history. When I got to the WWE they were at the top." TNA has tremendous athleticism. "They need to stay with the basics, we have the best writer in wrestling, Vince Russo, and the best wrestler and we have the best wrestlers in wrestling. I have told four wrestlers if they learn a few tricks of the trade they'll be better then me. TNA will make history with Kurt Angle and Spike TV." There's room for two companies to have success. "Vince will always have success because he's a sports entertainment. We're WRESTLING~! We're not a sports entertainment kinda thing, we're going back to the basics of telling stories in the matches and have great matches. They don't need to see sex in a bed; they need to see a great main event a half hour long when we do two hours god willing. They have it together. Compared to Vince they're (TNA as a corporate entity) primitive right now, they're going to have their own HQ like Vince, the amount of employees Vince has, they're all meshing together and there is no one butting heads." This could be the biggest thing in wrestling since the ratings war. Kurt thinks its an honor to be compared to Hogan switching from the WWE to WCW. "TNA is not a gimmick company; they're in it for the long hall. TNA runs for 30 years so will Kurt Angle. I pray to god we stay with Spike TV as their potential is unlimited. This is going to be a wrestling marketing machine."
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There was a correction Spike TV and Kurt wanted to clear up according to pwinsider.com:

by Mike Johnson @ 6:05:00 PM on 10/17/2006

SpikeTV issued the following statement to media outlets that took place in this afternoon's Kurt Angle conference call:

After the completion of today's call, Kurt Angle called us to correct an error he made in answering one of the questions. Kurt was asked by King Jordan of the NY Daily News about injuries he had incurred while working for his former employer. In answering the question, Kurt stated that he had not taken any painkillers in three years. He realized, after the fact, that he began using painkillers three years ago, and has been clean, rather, for eighteen months since the Cena PPV match he referenced (Feb 2005).

Sorry for any confusion this causes, Kurt felt it important to set the record straight.

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to today's call. I apologize to anyone who waited to have a question answered but couldn't due to our time constraints.
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