28 January 2014

Kurt Angle's Desire to Return to WWE

"My contract is up in September and I've left my options open. I'm very happy in TNA. Dixie Carter has treated me very well and always been there for me. But, I can't lie to myself anymore. I can't lie to TNA or WWE. Yeah, there is that desire to go back. I just don't know when. It could be this year. It could be next year. I don't know when. It's not a bad thing to stay in TNA at all. I just have some unfinished business in WWE. Whether it's this year or three years from now." 

This is what Kurt Angle admitted in an interview he did a mere days before TNA's biggest tour of the year and I must say, I'm disappointed that he went there.  I'm not at all a fan of talents under contract with one company publicly expressing their desire to work for another.  TNA are paying Kurt Angle good money to represent them, particularly on a tour that's as important as the annual UK Tour and which will be the site of his TNA Hall of Fame induction.  His main objective, while in the UK, is to hype the upcoming shows and the company in general, not share with the media his desire to work for another company.

I have a lot of respect for Kurt Angle's career, in TNA and elsewhere, and I have a lot of respect for the athlete that he is.  But Kurt Angle, the person, isn't as easy to root for.  I won't judge him for the mistakes he's made in his life simply because it's not my place but as a TNA fan I find his behavior, on social media and in interviews as someone who represents TNA, unacceptable.  He's quick to say that Dixie Carter has been so good to him.  Why can't he return the favor?  Why can't he, when asked to represent the company on a media tour, stay on message?  Not only for the company that pays his paycheck, but for the company that's had his back when some in the media lobbied for his dismissal after he time and time again used poor judgment in his personal life, one of which happened while he was the TNA world champion.  Yet TNA always stood by him.

Let me be clear...if Kurt Angle wants to return to the WWE, that's his right.  I don't at all begrudge him that.  In fact, I'd like to see him retire in WWE.  But that can't happen for another eight or nine months.  In the meantime, I'd like to see him focus his energy on helping the company, that supports him and his family, by being an advocate for them.  We all have desires but there aren't many industries that would tolerate a person publicly claiming to have a desire to work for another company.  It simply isn't the norm.

Why doesn't TNA deserve that same courtesy?

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