Backstage Angle Injury News, Morgan’s Gladiator Start Date

Ryan Clark

Credit: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Kurt Angle was removed from main event at Sacrifice after suffering what he claimed to be his sixth broken neck in a three-way match on 5/5 in Seoul, Korea. Angle was wrestling Yeok Bal San for the NKPW Heavyweight Title and when San bodyslammed Angle, he apparently dropped him right on his forehead. Angle finished the match, but said afterwards that his neck was screwed up bad and that he was going to have to go back to America to get the injury checked out. At the PPV, he said he wanted to wrestle, but his doctor told him that if he didn’t rest up, the next neck injury could signal the end of his career. According to a source within TNA, Kurt Angle’s injuries are very real and they are “waiting on a long term diagnosis”. TNA knew Angle was hurting but as late as Saturday hoped that he would be able do the one match and then take time off. It wasn’t until Sunday afternoon that it was clear to them that he couldn’t safely do it.

American Gladiators is holding off Matt Morgan’s debut on the show for a few more episodes to keep people waiting for his “beast in the cage” gimmick. Morgan debuts on the show during Episode 6, which is scheduled to air on Monday, June 16. That is of course if the show doesn’t get canceled by then. On a side note, he will perform under the name “Beast.” They plan on lowering him from the ceiling in a cage when he competes. Morgan originally backed out of the role after NBC wanted to sign him to a long-term contract with the show being his first priority. However, the two sides managed to come to an agreement and a deal was ultimately struck. Morgan has already filmed some segments. Both TNA & Gladiators have agreed to work dates out together.

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