Sorting out fact and fiction with Kurt Angle

xbox.jpegJosh Stewart recently wrote up an interview for longislandpress.com with Kurt Angle on the MEM, friction with Jeff Jarrett and ask the question, “What exactly is the DAMN truth?” Here’s some hightlights from the interview:

Angle was quick to highlight where MEM will be different from NWO, which many credit to the demise of WCW.

“What I think is that the NWO became so popular that people wanted to see them, but they rarely ever went to the house shows,” Angle explained. “They rarely ever did matches on TV. They basically walked out, kind of [did promos saying] that they were really cool, people liked them, but they didn’t really work that hard. The MEM, the Main Event Mafia, all of our guys are willing to go out there every night and work our asses off. We show up at the house shows, we show up at TV, we have matches, we have great angles and matches set up, thank God. So it’s completely different because our guys—I’m the head of the Main Event Mafia, and if they don’t want to work, I’ll kick them out.”

“It’s our job to elevate the young guys in the company,” Angle said, complimenting the writing of Vince Russo along the way. “We want to be able to bring back the X Division the way it used to be. We want some of these young guys to become household names, kind of like most of the guys in the Main Event Mafia. So it’s kind of a team effort. We’re setting ourselves up to go up against the young guys, and in the end, we want the young guys to come out winners.”

Did Kurt Angle feel he went over the line in bringing Jeff Jarrett’s departed wife into the promo on TNA iMPACT! leading up to last month’s Bound for Glory?

“I said that I lost my world championship, I lost my gold medal and I lost my wife. But I’m not the only one to lose their wife,” Angle remembered. “Jeff didn’t know I was going to say that. When I got backstage, I was ready to fight. I figured he was going to come up to me and he was going to be really pissed. But I didn’t see Jeff. I didn’t know how he responded that night. I didn’t mean anything personally to Jill, God rest her soul. It’s just that Jeff and I were going at it, and it seemed like the right thing to say at the right time to get some good heat. The fans, all of our wonderful, tremendous, great fans, sympathize with Jeff for everything he’s gone through. And to throw that in like that, it was like, ‘What an a**hole to say something like that.’ You know? So I actually thought Jeff would want to fight me. But he if wanted to fight me, he’s in for quite a hell of a fight. I was ready for him to jump me. So I was getting ready. Jeff and I don’t see eye to eye. A lot of stuff you see on TV is very transparent on how we feel about each other.”

“We do have a lot of creative liberty, and we’re really responsible, because we network out to the young demographic,” Angle said. “We’re trying to get the 18-to-40-year-old range, but let’s not kid ourselves or anybody else. We are marketing to children, too. And they watch us, and [if we’re not] marketing to children, why do we have video games, why do we have actions figures, T-shirts, merchandise for kids? So we are marketing to kids and I think it’s our responsibility that we don’t go too far into the gutter. So there are things you can say, like when I said that about Jeff’s wife, God rest her soul, at least the young kids didn’t get it. They probably thought, ‘Well, maybe Jeff and his wife got a divorce too.’ Who knows? But I would never say, ‘I’m not the only one without a wife because your wife died of cancer.’ That would have been in poor taste. I only gave the smart people who knew about Jeff enough of that for them to understand and not for kids. You can only go so far, and if you go past that line, you have to remember that this is a family entertainment business, and if you appeal to kids, you have a responsibility to not go too far.”

Angle said he punched and broke an elevator after storming out of Mancow’s Morning Madhouse radio show, after Jarrett supposedly belittled him on-air over the phone in another Bound for Glory lead-up.

Angle swore that was 100 percent not a work. It’s hard to tell sometimes, but it certainly keeps things interesting. Angle is quick to remind a scribe that he’s the best wrestler in the world because he could wrestle a chair and make the chair look good. The ego is apparent, but the result, he swore, is success, despite the personality clashes.

“I’m a professional. I’m going to go out there and have a great match and I’m going to make Jeff Jarrett look good,” Angle said. “We had our pay-per-view, and if that match isn’t match of the year, it’s pretty darn good. But my job was to make Jeff look great because he hasn’t wrestled in two years. And we had an incredible match and I take my hat off to Jeff. He really stepped up and did an incredible job, but at the same time, when it was over, we were back at each other’s throats.”

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