Responds to McGregor
Angle tweets in response to McGregor’s statements about WWE.
very funny little guy. Why don't you get your head out of Dana White's ass
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) August 7, 2016
The Swerve interview
Angle is a guest on The Swerve to discuss Sting, Hulk Hogan and deciding to stay with TNA.
At this point in my career, I can’t really do a full-time schedule. I need to look at how they want to take care of me, what they want to do with me, what’s important to them should be important to me and everything I do has meaning. Most important is the invested interest. Secondly, making sure I keep my life straight and that I spend time with my family. Thirdly is basically financial situation. It’s not that I’m in dire need of money. Thank god I made a lot in this business. At the same time, the amount of money speaks volumes with what they want to do with you and how they want to utilize you. is the money important for a financial standpoint? No. Is it important on how important you are to the company? Yes. I want to make sure it’s a best suit for me.
105.9 The Xin interview
Angle sits down for interview to discuss his future career plans and where he plans to go when his TNA deal is up.
My contract is up September 21st. I’ll say this, TNA has been really loyal to me. At the same time I want to do what’s right for me.
Angle disputes rumors that he passed out on a plane due to public intoxication.
I’m excited to say I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of being clean and sober. I’m very humbled. God has truly blessed me. It’s been a difficult but exciting road to living alcohol/drug free. Then some heartless individuals want to create rumors of me ‘passed out’ on a plane. Wow! I guess you can’t take a nap on a plane when you’re a recovering addict. But it only makes me want to stay clean even more!
Ross Report interview
Angle is a guest on The Ross Report to discuss his recent surgery and wrestling Brock Lesnar.
The match was tight. There’s no doubt about it. There was only one takedown. I took Brock down, and that was it. That’s when I put the fingers up, said two, and it’s over. But we went a good 12 to 15 minutes. It was a good battle; Brock did outweigh me by about 70 pounds at the time. He was a big boy, but I knew that. It was a tight match. Did I beat him? Yeah, I edged him.
Wrestling 101 interview
Angle speaks to Wrestling 101 about wanting to come back to WWE to work with Triple H.
The one that I wanted and still want is Triple H because when I was wrestling him I wasn’t very good and I know he had to do a lot of carrying me around when I first started. I would love to do a program with Triple H someday because he is that good, to be where I’m right now and where he is right now I can’t imagine what the match would be like but maybe that is something that can happen down the road.
Angle talks about being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame:
Yeah, we thought the best place for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame would be where we have our biggest and best crowd, London, England. I was originally going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during our biggest PPV of the year Bound For Glory last October. Sometimes we dabble from real life into storyline and that’s what we did with the Hall of Fame. They wanted the induction to be here in England so we’ve kept it hanging, when I heard the plan early on I was kind of sceptical, it is a real honour, it is a real award, I wasn’t too sure of using it as part of a storyline.
Angle speaks to NDTV.com about Steve Austin and people calling wrestling “fake”.
If one calls it fake, then it’s an insult to the commitment of a pro wrestler. It is (an insult if you call it fake). It is rather pre-determined. We both know who the winners are going to be. It is one of the barbaric form of athletics I have done.
Declines Hall of Fame induction
Angle declines to enter the TNA Hall of Fame at Bound for Glory. Angle explains to the fans in attendance:
The truth is I have let myself, my family, and the fans down…by not living up to my real potential and the standard that you have set for the Hall of Fame, which is why I respectfully decline this Hall of Fame induction.
Busted Open Radio interview
Angle talks to Busted Open Radio about injury recovery and Bound for Glory.
Basically putting God first. Realizing my whole life has been revolved around me and high expectations of myself and never really enjoying what I have done and what I have accomplished, whether it be in the Olympics or in pro wrestling. I have never really been satisfied.
Steve Austin Show interview
Angle is a guest on the Steve Austin Show to discuss WWE, TNA and who he watched when he started wrestling.
The thing I did when I started was that I watched the top guys. I watched you. I watched Triple H. I watched The Rock. I watched Undertaker. I watched whether it had to do with promos or it had to do with wrestling…with you it was both because people don’t know this, you’re so underrated as a wrestler because your character was so damn strong that people don’t know how good you were.
Joe vs Magnus vs Hardy vs Angle – No. 1 Contender
Hardy becomes the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Joe, Magnus and Angle on IMPACT. Hardy picks up the pinfall victory over Joe after landing a Swanton Bomb at twelve minutes and twelve seconds.
Angle discusses TNA’s potential and when he will retire with ChicagoNow.com
I might be involved in some way but not in the ring. I might have a part time schedule where I do some selected shows, which I can handle. If I decide to do that I won’t announce my retirement. But I’m going to give TNA the next 3 years of my absolute best and see what happens.
Angle vs Devon – TV Title
Devon retains the TNA Television Championship by defeating Angle in singles competition on IMPACT. Devon picks up the pinfall victory after striking Angle with a pipe at eleven minutes and six seconds.
Angle vs Hardy – TNA title
Hardy defeats Angle in singles competition to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on the special “Championship Thursday” edition of IMPACT. Hardy picks up the pinfall victory by delivering a sunset flip pin.
Bad Influence vs Angle & Styles – Tag Team titles
Bad Influence retain the TNA Tag Team Championships by defeating Angle and Styles at No Surrender. The match comes to an end when Kazarian rolls up Styles for the pinfall victory at nineteen minutes and twenty seconds.
Bad Influence vs Styles & Angle – Tag Team titles
Angle and Styles defeat Bad Influence at Slammiversary to become the TNA World Tag Team Champions. Angle picks up the submission victory over Kazarian by applying an ankle lock hold at fourteen minutes and twenty-five seconds.
Angle vs Roode – TNA title
Angle defeats Roode in singles competition at TNA Bound for Glory on pay-per-view to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Angle picks up the pinfall victory after delivering an “Olympic Slam” then using the ropes for leverage at fourteen minutes and twenty seconds.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion
Sting defeats Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Wrestlemania 22 is held at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The event features Edge vs Mick Foley, Trish Stratus vs Mickie James, The Undertaker vs Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton and John Cena vs Triple H