The Main Event Mafia was a staple in TNA, and Kurt Angle has now given an insight to the faction’s creation and goals.
Whilst trying to establish now household names like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, TNA had a plethora of talent with experience from the top echelons of the wrestling industry, such as Kevin Nash, Booker T and Kurt Angle. These wrestlers went on to form The Main Event Mafia, a stable which dominated the company for an extended period of time.
In a discussion on his Kurt Angle Show, the WWE Hall Of Famer discussed how Kevin Nash came up with the concept and presented it to TNA management.
It was really cool to be able to bring all these guys together, and have a faction with the wrestlers that had the huge success. Kevin Nash and Booker T and Scott Steiner, Sting, Kurt Angle. It was a really cool faction. And Kevin Nash came up with the idea and concept, and I thought it was awesome… Kevin presented it to the writers, and the writers spoke to me, and I was game. I was on board with this thing. And so we started with Booker T versus AJ, and I assisted Booker T in the win. And that’s how we all began the storyline.
Continuing on, Kurt Angle discussed how the group was designed to elevate the less established talent across the board.
It was the guys from WWE and WCW, that were gonna go up against the TNA originals. And I thought it was a great storyline. I thought it would be very compelling. We’d have a lot of great matches together. And the whole idea, the whole concept wasn’t to make us. It was to make the younger talent in TNA.
Obviously we’re gonna win everything at the beginning and dominate. And then these guys were gonna come back on us and, you know, win the titles back. And we were gonna make more stars. Not just the AJs and the Samoa Joe’s, but everybody. We wanted to elevate everyone. We thought this was a great idea to do this.
In line with wanting to see people get the right chances, Angle also recently discussed which WWE superstar should get the push they deserve.
With thanks to 411Mania for the transcription.