By Ryan Clark | September 26, 2006
A MESSAGE FROM TNA PRESIDENT DIXIE CARTER TO THE FANS REGARDING THE SIGNING OF KURT ANGLE
First, let me say to our talent and our staff, congratulations on our move to primetime. Each of you have worked so hard for this and deserve all the great things that will come with the move. To our fans, none of us would be here without you. Your belief in our product has made all of this possible, and from all of us, thank you. This is just the beginning.
I hope the hype of our announcements last night lived up to or exceeded your expectations. In this industry, it is very hard to keep anything quiet. We are thrilled to have Kurt Angle join our team. Just like with all of our wrestlers, Kurts family and health will always come first. Im sure you will be hearing from him in the coming weeks.
I asked Kurts agent to provide me with a quote for our announcement release. Most times a publicist, manager or agent will prepare a statement for the talent. But after a long film shoot in Nashville last week that ended at midnight, Kurt sat down and hand wrote his heartfelt comments on a hotel note pad. Instead of just pulling a small part from that to use in the press release, I thought his fans would love to share in his full emotions from that night:
Being with TNA feels like I have finally found my home. I had fun in WWE at certain times, but I was never really happy. Now being a part of TNA, I know I have a purpose. I feel like I am part of history, part of a company that is not only on the rise not only going to be the number-one watched wrestling show in the world within a short period of time but TNA gives me an opportunity to spread my wings. This company has no limits to where it can go. The sky is the limit and the main reason is because they brought the real back into wrestling and that is a perfect fit for the greatest wrestler in USA Olympic history. I have room to grow here and to help TNA grow. Working for these caring and very giving employers of TNA makes me feel like I have a purpose and that the sky is the limit. I dont feel trapped or held back like I did the first six years in my tenure with the other company. They held me back. Now, our wonderful audience will see the real Kurt Angle doing what I love to do real wrestling and thats what puts a smile on my face each time I come to work. I even smile when I think about it. TNA will be the most watched television show on cable television. Its only a matter of time. Now, I get the opportunity and privilege of being a part of it. Thank you TNA for saving my career, my life and my desire to do what I love. I will be here in some capacity for the rest of my life. Thats real&thats damn real. Kurt Angle
There is no word at this time of what Kurts contract with WWE was as many expected a no compete clause, which is obviously not the case. No word yet on how Vince McMahon reacted to the announcement but one has to believe it was not positive.
In the end, regardless of how you feel about the deal, TNA managed to pull off something that is very rare in todays wrestling market, especially with the internet they pulled off a huge announcement that lived up to the hype. No one knew this was coming and it was definitely a shocker. Where does it go from here remains to be seen, Kurt Angle could rise like a phoenix and get a second run like Hulk Hogan did when he signed with WCW, or this could be potentially the beginning of the end of the most celebrated athlete in the wrestling industry.
Late Notes: Kurt Angle is back with his wife Karen and is not going to rehab, but is going to see a doctor on pain management. We've also been told that Angle was scheduled to be paid by WWE until February 25, 2007.
In any event these last 48 hours have been exciting for a wrestling fan. We want you to stick with WrestlingINC.com for any more in this breaking story as we are sure to know more in the coming days on what is certainly the biggest story in the business right now.
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