Feature: Steve Anderson’s Advice to Kurt Angle – Shhhhhhhhhh!


Memo to Kurt Angle.

Not all thoughts need to be expressed verbally.

In other wordsâ<80>¦


Donâ<80><99>t get me wrong. I like a guy who speaks his mind. Nothing wrong with that.

But when it starts to affect your image and the company you work for, you need to choose your words more carefully, Kurt.

His talk about joining MMA has been just that. Talk. No action. No movement towards a career transition. Just what is becoming incessant yapping about how he could succeed in MMA.

Blah, blah, frickinâ<80><99> blah.

In addition to his pending jump to UFC or whoever will have him, Angle has outright ripped TNA for too many gimmick matches. Then, he took a breath and said how he is going to let his contract run out so he can start his career in — you guessed it — MMA!

On ripping the company, justified or not, it makes no sense to criticize the very company you work for in such a harsh fashion. Itâ<80><99>s not good for business. Dissension by a top wrestler in TNA will lead to dissension in the locker room. No one says he needs to follow Russo booking as if it were gospel. But, if he has a problem, go to Dixie Carter or, hereâ<80><99>s an idea, Russo himself.

Whining via public airwaves is not uncommon, but it is untoward. TNA is a company still struggling to make its mark. They have come along away, but have a longer way to go before they are considered on the level of WWE. You shooting off his mouth does not help. It hurts. You were brought into the company to be part of a solution. Quit being part of the problem.

As far as allowing your contact run out, TNA has made an investment in you and a large one at that. When you signed, you were considered a risk due to a checkered past. Dare I say the powers-that-be want you to stay beyond your first contract? Implying that you are not going to consider negotiating a contract gives pause to TNA to push you.

I recognize that your Olympic Gold medals were a solo accomplishment. But you were still part of a team. You need to recognize that now. Yes, you are the most high-profile TNA star right now. That makes you a leader. So, if youâ<80><99>re a leader, leadâ<80>¦ and by example. You start ranting and raving about MMA, gimmick matches or contract non-negotiations sets a piss-poor example.

You wear a mouthpiece in the ring, Kurt. Time for you to wear a gag outside of it.

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