Episode of two of “The Kurt Angle Present” is up now at AdFreeShows.com. This week’s present covers Angle’s transfer from the Olympics to WWE and his temporary cease in ECW.
Listed below are some highlights:
Angle talked in regards to the pay as an newbie wrestler:
“My agent informed me to not signal a WWE contract, however I don’t suppose he understood what professional wrestling was all about. I don’t suppose he had any curiosity in it, so he didn’t watch it. The phrases of the contract was a half million a 12 months for 10 years. That’s assured and also you make extra in the event you work extra. I by no means had cash so this was like a God ship. My household, we have been laborers so we by no means had cash. This was the primary time it was wanting me within the eye and I used to be like, I’ve to do that. It was actually tough to go up. Seeing that kind of cash on the time once I by no means had cash was unbelievable. I used to be overwhelmed. You’re not making hardly any cash (newbie). At the moment USA Wrestling was paying a stipend for the primary man on the Olympic staff of $1,000 a month. It was fairly unhealthy again then. Now there’s cash concerned. They make much more cash. Once I received the Gold within the Olympics in ‘96, I made $35,000. That was from the Olympic Committee. That was my prize for profitable a gold medal. Now I heard rumors that it’s as much as $500,00 to win, some say it was $250,000. I needed to fundraise. I didn’t have some huge cash. I wasn’t teaching anymore. My full-time job was coaching so I needed to exit and fundraise. I had to do that to deal with my prices of touring and meals. It was a extremely laborious time to be an newbie athlete, an Olympic athlete again then. I had a tough time making ends meet, however we labored it out. My household, we have been a staff and we made positive I made simply sufficient to deal with the payments.”
“What did your loved ones say while you turned down the half-million greenback supply?”:
“That was not good. They thought I used to be loopy. ‘Why wouldn’t you’re taking it?’ I stated, ‘Ralph (his agent) informed me to not.’ It was a tough time. My household, they weren’t that upset however they weren’t very blissful that I made that call and it weighed on my thoughts. These subsequent two years that I sat idle made me suppose how upset they have been and why I didn’t take the deal. I seen that issues have been closing up for me as a result of a pair years handed for the reason that Olympics and no person was knocking on my door anymore. It was time to make a transfer and that’s what I did.”
Kurt Angle didn’t watch wrestling earlier than stepping into it and was horrified the primary time he confirmed up on the ECW enviornment and the crucifixion angle. He stated, wanting again now, he sees it in a different way:
‘You must perceive I’m a Catholic Christian child from Pittsburgh and to see the crucifixion was actually offensive, however again then, I do need to say this as a result of I need to get this off my chest. I didn’t perceive the storytelling of professional wrestling and that you just need to get the ‘wow’ issue and shock individuals and get them excited or pissed off. Numerous emotion is concerned in professional wrestling. Again then, I didn’t get all that. I didn’t perceive it. Once I noticed it, I’m like, ‘Oh my God. That is somebody portraying Jesus on the cross. I can’t consider I’m right here.’ I used to be actually upset and I went to Paul Heyman and stated, ‘I can’t be on the identical present as this. You possibly can’t air this present with me on it. In case you do, you’re going to listen to from my legal professional.” Paul stated, ‘I didn’t even realize it was going to occur.” Okay, he’s the promoter. It’s the primary occasion and he doesn’t realize it’s going to occur. He’s filled with sh*t. Paul, I like Paul. He’s an awesome man however he mainly lied to me. I perceive why. He’s simply attempting to take the warmth off himself.”
Angle on his reminiscences of working with Randy Hales’ Energy Professional Wrestling:
“Randy Hales was alright however he didn’t have plans of doing something with me down there. Once I began out, I used to be opening card. Six months later, I used to be nonetheless a gap card. I solely did one promo on their TV present and that was the primary day I confirmed up. I didn’t have rather a lot down there. The factor was, at one level, when Vince wished to deliver me as much as TV, they contacted Randy Hales and stated, ‘Pay attention, we want Kurt to win the Memphis Championship Wrestling World Title. We’d like him to beat Rikishi.’ Randy stated, ‘I don’t have him ready to do this as a result of he’s solely been wrestling opening card matches.’ They stated, ‘Nicely, you might be simply going to must do it.’ He stated, ‘I can’t. How do I inform that story?’ They stated, ‘You simply determine it out.’ So I went from opening card to profitable the world title in Memphis Championship Wrestling beating Rikishi. That introduced me as much as TV. So Randy didn’t do rather a lot with me. I used to be actually shocked. He had no curiosity and I believe as a result of again then I used to be attempting to get away from my Olympic character. I had a distinct look. I had extra of the Stone Chilly look and I used to be attempting to be any individual else. I wished to be the unhealthy a*s. I used to be watching my idol on TV, Stone Chilly Steve Austin and I wished to be him. It simply didn’t work as a result of I wasn’t him, nor did I need to be, I simply thought I wished to be. Austin, when he was the preferred character within the WWE and the world, I wished to do what he was doing. I wished to succeed like him. I simply didn’t know if I wished to be him. I’m glad I didn’t transform him. I’m glad I went again to my Olympic character as a result of that labored out extraordinarily nicely.”
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