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Kurt Angle Not Signing TNA Wrestling Offer

The TNA Wrestling roster continues to bleed as the promotion’s biggest stars exit stage right in 2014. It appears that the next man up is Kurt Angle. Angle’s deal is coming due in a few months and if it were up to him we will all be seeing him at WrestleMania 31.

I don’t think anyone could argue that Kurt Angle is the biggest star in TNA Wrestling. That also makes him a prime target for a budget cut when his contract comes due. Angle reportedly makes more money than anyone on the roster. In the last twelve months TNA has seen three of its big five walk due to finances in AJ Styles, Hulk Hogan, and Sting. That is why it is no surprise to hear that Angle is on the bubble. What is a surprise is that Angle’s future is not resting on finances according to the former champion.

Angle recently appeared on Jim Ross’ podcast and discussed his impending free agency with J.R. According to Angle, the decision to stay or go is completely in his court. Angle told Ross that he has an offer on the table from TNA to stay. Angle went on to say that he has not signed that agreement. Angle said that this next contract will probably be his last and needs to take everything under consideration.

In other words, Angle would like to return to the WWE. This is not big news. Angle has said over the last several months that he would like to return to the WWE. Rumors have been spreading for months about Angle possibly going back. Unfortunately it may not be as easy as you or he would think.

Dave Meltzer reported on the story in a recent F4WOnline.com podcast. Meltzer commented that Vince McMahon has told people that he would never bring Angle back out of fear that he’d “have an Olympic gold medalist dying” on his watch. As most know, Angle has struggled with substance abuse issues going back to his days with the WWE.

Meltzer also reports that Angle’s body is in real rough shape. Meltzer questioned whether Angle would even pass a physical upon returning to the WWE. UFC president Dana White claims a few years ago that Angle was offered a spot on The Ultimate Fighter but never made it to the show due to a failed physical.

Complicating matters is an odd story that popped up over the weekend. According to reports, Angle was on a flight with some WWE employees over the weekend. The WWE staff took pictures of Angle sleeping on the plane, giving the impression that Angle was drunk. Angle claims he was simply sleeping. I thought the whole story was bizarre myself as it is not uncommon for a guy to sleep on a plane.

What is also interesting about this story is that it would appear that TNA wants Angle back. Losing Angle would leave Jeff Hardy as the lone survivor of that big five group. TNA has yet to receive a renewal agreement from Viacom and their deal is up in the fall. I am sure that plays a huge part in Angle’s decision. He would obviously have more leverage to negotiate a deal with the WWE now as opposed to trying to work something out if TNA does not get renewed.

It appears the ball is in Vince McMahon’s court. I’d love to see Angle back. I still find him to be one of the most entertaining stars in and out of the ring. At the same time, you can’t fault the WWE for passing on a hurt guy in late forties with a record of outside-of-the-ring issues.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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