The Miami Herald has a story on Kurt Angle. He talked about taking a month off recently to rest nagging injuries, but had actually hoped for two or three months off.
“It was one of those things where 3 years straight, and you didn’t really take any time off. I didn’t really spend a lot of time with my family,” he said. “At the same time I felt a huge gigantic responsibility to helping TNA get more popular and elevate them. I was doing overseas tours. I did a lot of media. I was pretty much the media guy for two, three years. So even if I wasn’t wrestling three or four days a week, the other two or three were on the road doing something for TNA. They pay me really well, and I earn my money.”
He was kind of critical regarding booking, both here and in WWE: “I like (creative) to look at an individual and say all or nothing. In other words, push him to the moon or don’t push them at all. No halfway. Let’s ride them as far as you can ride them, and then maybe get somebody else. Once they
rise to stardom, God willing, then maybe we can do another one as well. It’s going to take a little time. We need to follow through with our characters. We were getting there with AJ Styles. He was just at that elite status. He was very close. Then we kind of pulled the title off. AJ, in my mind, still is the best wrestler today. His championship run was a little short.”
He also touched on some recent free agents that he would love for the company to bring in: “I think Batista is an incredible wrestler. I think he has improved more than any wrestler in the past three years. I like to see some younger fresh talent from Ring of Honor. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, I’ve been knocking on the door for them for probably a year now. I’d love to bring back Team Angle, from a babyface perspective first. Then we could spread off. We never really had an ending. We just split off, when I got injured. They are two really solid wrestlers. They’ve both been wrestling for over 10 years. If anything, they could help elevate these younger guys.”
(credit: The Wrestling Globe Newsletter)