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TITO DAILY - WWE Disrespecting Kurt Angle? Really? Does he forget 2006?
By Mr. Tito
Jan 6, 2012 - 9:03:14 PM

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Good ol' Kurt Angle is all over the press today for his Olympic Training. I saw him on a local Pittsburgh channel discussing how serious he is to make the Olympic team. Good for him... I hope he not only makes the team, but wins Gold as well.

But that doesn't stop him from being an idiot. Just check out what he said about the WWE allowing Jack Swagger to use his Anklelock submission hold in the New York Post today:

Kurt Angle, NY Post, 1/6/2012
“When Jack Swagger copies my ankle lock and Randy Orton does my Angle Slam, it’s disrespectful,” Angle said. “I didn’t come up with the Ankle Lock, Ken Shamrock came up with the Ankle Lock but I waited until he retired to do the Ankle Lock. That company has no respect for me.”

Oh, I'm sorry, how did you exit the WWE in 2006 again and then soon join TNA?

Angle reportedly had major issues through 2006 and many suspected that he was the unnamed wrestler that the Pro Wrestling Torch reported was being watched closely after taking Eddie Guerrero's late 2005 death incredibly hard (Chris Benoit, Ric Flair also suspected). Lots of great stuff from Ivan's Blog that shows how troublesome Angle was with prescription drugs through 2006 that the WWE virtually had no choice but to let him go to disallow the responsibility of his death on their hands.

Weeks later, Angle joins TNA in an aggressive fashion as the one who finally lets TNA become a real competitor.

Based on the way Angle bolted to a competitor, the WWE is well within their means use his moves for other wrestlers. It's called competition, brother... Do you think that Bill Goldberg enjoyed seeing Billy Gunn use his Jackhammer finisher as a regular move during 1998? Of course not, but through 1998, the WWE and WCW were in an intense competition and mocking the other fed was common. By Angle joining TNA in the manner that he did, he tried to challenge the man he once called one of his "best friends".

And Angle has readily admitted that if the WWE didn't let him go in 2006, he was toast.

Just goofy to read that statement of "disrespect" when you read this from Kurt Angle, same article:

Kurt Angle, NY Post, 1/6/2012
““It was a complete career adaptation. It wasn’t a step above, going from amateur wrestling to pro wrestling, it was going from real wrestling to sports entertainment,” Angle said. “A lot of people put me up there as far as saying he’s one of the best ever. And I’ve only been wrestling for 11 and a half years. I think that Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, guys who have put 30 years into it deserve it. Me getting that praise after only 11 years -- it’s not fair.”

It's VERY fair to give praise to you, Kurt. You are easily one on the best in-ring wrestlers of all time. It's incredibly fair to be compared to the all time greats. What you gave the WWE from late 1999 to 2006 was incredible and you paid a healthy price for it with your life. I could easily name 10 of Kurt's WWE matches off the top of my head that I consider incredible and would recommend to any wrestling fan to go out of their way to watch.

WWE is your past, Kurt... Look at it in your rear view mirror.

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