A WWE Hall of Famer has shot down suggestions that at one point he wanted to take over the creative direction of TNA alongside the controversial Vince Russo.
Following a very successful run in WWE, Kurt Angle set his sights on new pastures in 2006 and joined TNA, the company where he would spend most of the next decade. Angle became a six-time TNA World Champion in the company and in 2013 he was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. However, his time in the company was not always smooth sailing.
Angle was arrested several times for DUI offences while he was in TNA as he struggled with alcohol issues. He was also part of a major rift in the company when it emerged Jeff Jarrett had begun a relationship with Angle’s ex-wife Karen.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medallist addressed rumours that suggested he was looking to force Jeff Jarrett out of the company he founded and take over the booking alongside former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo who was also part of TNA at the time:
“No I could tell you this, there are rumors sometimes and there’s the truth. That’s a complete rumor. I didn’t even know about that. Vince and I had no intention of taking anything from anybody. Maybe Vince did, I don’t know. I don’t know if Vince did this, I don’t think he did. He probably said ‘hey, Kurt and I want to take over from Dixie and we want to take Jeff out. Vince Russo got along with Jeff (Jarrett), too. So, I just don’t see how that came to be.”