Kurt Angle is sounding off about how he was glad that he wasn’t a part of TNA’s Aces & Eights Stable due to having too many people in the group.
There are two stables that TNA Wrestling fans remember the most fondly during the company’s best years. One of them was the Main Event Mafia group that Kurt Angle led with Sting, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash and Booker T as the original members in the group. They started in 2008, had a very strong run and were brought back again because of it.
Another TNA group that is remembered very well was the Aces & Eights which was a bit like a biker gang you might see on a show like Sons of Anarchy. The group had some notable members in it along with slow reveals of who was in the group. The leader was Bully Ray, who became the TNA World Heavyweight Champion that used the group to manipulate Hulk Hogan and his daughter, Brooke Hogan, who was Bully’s “wife” in TNA as well.
While the Aces & Eights had a lot of success after forming in 2012 and running into 2013, they had over ten members in the group, which made it feel like they might have had too many people involved in the storyline. In addition to Bully Ray, some of the others in the group were Devon, D.O.C. (Luke Gallows), Mr. (Ken) Anderson, Knux (Mike Knox), Taz in a non-wrestling role and more.
On a recent episode of his Kurt Angle Show podcast, the WWE & TNA Hall of Famer was asked if he was ever approached about joining the Aces & Eights stable.
“No. no, they didn’t. I’m glad they didn’t. I don’t think I would have liked being [a part of it]. I know this – if I would have went in, I wouldn’t have been one of the top guys. I would have been hanging out in the mid card somewhere so that it wouldn’t [have] help me at any point in time.”
As Kurt Angle continued, he spoke about how the Aces & Eights group grew out of control and had too many people in it.
“That was the problem, the Aces & Eights storyline took over TV. It got so big. Same exact thing happened with the nWo in WCW. It was a cool little faction, then all of sudden it grew and out of control. They were just too many. At this point in time, there were a lot of members of Aces & Eights.”
“We were just treading water just trying to get through the storyline and see where our places were going to be afterward. It’s really difficult when they’re doing a storyline [and] they’re not trying to involve you. You’re not really involved in the storyline. That’s the main storyline going on TV and you got your top two guys – AJ Styles and Kurt Angle, that’s no part of it.”