Kurt Angle To Appear In New Spike Show

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.

Kurt Angle Action Short

The Angle Diaries: TNA In Japan, IFL, Brock Lesnar & More

It’s time for another edition of “The Angle Diaries” starring, you guessed it, TNA Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle. This week we cover:

* TNA’s New Japan Tokyo Dome show

* His bout against Yuji Nagata

* More on his relationship, or lack thereof, with the IFL

* His thoughts on Ken Shamrock

* Why he hasn’t competed in an MMA match yet

* How much Elite XC offered him to fight for their promotion

* Brock Lesnar’s upcoming match against Frank Mir

* How Floyd Mayweather would fare in an MMA match

As always, Angle was very candid so this one is definitely worth a listen. After all, these are “The Angle Diaries.”

Kurt Angle – 01/14/08

Kurt Angle Responds To Shamrock & Otto

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.

The Angle Diaries – Turning Point, Favorite Matches & More

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.

Kurt Angle – 12/1/07

Kurt Angle Is Coming To HDNet’s ‘Inside MMA’

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 show you 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.

In case you missed it, here it is again:

Kurt Angle – 10/22/07

Kurt Angle discusses his DUI, his future in MMA, Lesnar signing and more

Kurt AngleWhat 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…

…But his year didn’t end there. Angle recently appeared at an International Fight League event fueling more rumors that he is interested in trying his hand at MMA, he’s charged with a DUI and UFC president Dana White continues to call him out. Then the UFC announced that they had signed Angle’s long-time friend and opponent, Brock Lesnar, to a two-year deal.

And while announcing the Lesnar signing, White didn’t forget to (sort of) take a shot at Angle:

“I don’t think there are any other pro wrestlers who can make the transition to MMA except for Brock Lesnar.”

It was time to reach out to Angle and ask him about his future in MMA, his recent arrest, Lesnar’s signing, Couture resigning and more. All in a year he will surely never forget.

(Sorry for the echo in our voice. It will never happen again. Enjoy.)

Kurt Angle – 10/22/07

Inside The Steroid Sting [Sports Illustrated]
Angle Gets Fired Up Ringside At IFL Finals [IFL]
Dana White: Kurt Angle Is “Full of Sh-“ [MMA Junkie]
Brock Lesnar Is The Latest Heavy Hitter in the UFC [UFC]
UFC Signs Lesnar [Yahoo! Sports]