Our old friend Kurt Angle (shhh don’t tell TNA Wrestling that we are friends) has been tabbed to host a new original series for Spike TV. Here are the particulars courtesy of Variety.com:
“Sharon Levy, senior VP of original series for Spike TV, said that the network has signed Kurt Angle, the TNA champion, to become host of “Caught in the Action,” a hidden-camera show.”
First off, doesn’t Variety know Angle dropped the strap to Samoa Joe at the last PPV. Sheesh, get with it Hollywood.
In all seriousness, though, it’s nice to see Angle land a gig outside of wrestling. We all knew he’s had serious aspirations of spreading his wings outside the wrestling world and this appears to be a step in the right direction.
The following short film that I wrote for him, on the other hand, was not.
A couple of weeks ago on HDNet’s Inside MMA, Ken Shamrock and Kurt Otto had some not-so-flattering things to say about Jarry Parker (catchy, eh?) Kurt Angle‘s interest in mixed martial arts. Basically, Otto said that after Angle sat in the front row at an IFL event in September 2007 he got cold feet and decided against fighting Shamrock at an IFL event. Shamrock then implied that Angle was scared to go toe-to-toe with “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
As always, there’s two sides of every story. Angle has been travelling all over this great earth lately so he wasn’t available for an official interview but he did tell me this when I asked why he backed out of the IFL deal:
“That’s because they tried to force a fight with me and Ken in two and a half months. (It’s) not enough time to take off from TNA and train for a fight. They rushed it…I would have never been ready. They didn’t care. He just wanted PPV buys.”
He went on to say that:
“They are only trying to push my buttons – to start another angle. My rep in MMA is that I back out. No I don’t. Usually they back out of the deal because of my price. I want giant money. Usually they say they will pay me what I want then they change it and tell me they will pay me on the back end. I want it up front PERIOD.”
At this point, I doubt we will ever see Angle fight in an IFL ring. Obviously, money talks but it appears that their unsolicited shots at him closed the door for good. And, while we’re at it, until he officially announces a deal with a promotion all the talk of Angle competing in an MMA fight should end.
We promised this bi-weekly feature when JarryPark.com first opened for business and while it had to be delayed a bit I am glad to finally roll out “The Angle Diaries.”
Obviously, we couldn’t deliver “The Angle Diaries” without TNA Wrestling’s Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, but, thankfully, he has returned.
So, what are “The Angle Diaries” all about, you ask? Basically, every second week or so (we are flexible when it comes to these things) we’ll be joined by Kurt to discuss his life in TNA, other projects he’s working on and other topics surrounding his career.
This week, we discuss tomorrow’s TNA Turning Point pay-per-view, the current direction of his character in TNA and his all-time favorite matches and opponents.
Friend of JarryPark.com, TNA Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, will appear on HDNet’s Inside MMA, this Friday, November 16 at 9:30 p.m. & 1:30 a.m ET only on HDNet.
Inside MMA is a new weekly series covering the latest news, rankings, stats and highlights from the world of Mixed Martial Arts. If you haven’t checked out the showyou must do so pronto. Great discussions, great guests and Bas Rutten. What more can MMA fan ask for?
Angle will discuss the week that was in the world of MMA as well as his future in the sport.
Angle was a guest on JarryPark.com in an interview that seemingly rocked the wrestling world. He spoke candidly on his MMA future, TNA and a whole host of other subjects.
What a year its been for Olympic Gold medalist Kurt Angle. First, he leaves World Wrestling Entertainment after a legendary seven-year run. WWE claimed they fired him for repeated drug suspensions; Angle claimed he pulled a fast one on Vince and tricked him into releasing him. Rumors then begin to circulate that Angle is talking with the UFC about fighting for their promotion. Then, all of a sudden, he signs with TNA wrestling and it appears as though his wrestling career is back on track…That is until his name comes up in a Florida steroid investigation, BodogFight begins negotiating an MMA contract with him and he wins the TNA heavyweight title…