Jeff Jarrett is a very famous professional wrestler and wrestling promoter, and he recently spoke about Kurt Angle joining TNA in 2016. Kurt Angle was one of WWE’s top superstars during that time. Kurt revealed that he actually requested Vince McMahon to release him so he could clean himself and get rid of his painkiller addiction.
Jarrett stated on the My World Podcast that he was shocked when Kurt called him up and stated that he wished to join TNA.
Jeff Jarrett Speaks About Kurt Angle's Reasons For Joining TNA
“When Kurt became available and he was signed, sealed and delivered, the weight of Jeff Jarrett being a talent evaporated in my mind,” Jarrett said.
“Kurt was much better, younger, fresher. Kurt didn’t have to worry about writing shows, Kurt didn’t have to worry about dealing with office politics, Kurt didn’t have to worry about anything except putting the company on his shoulders and taking it.
I was so happy to get Kurt on board”. Jeff then spoke about the animosity between Kurt Angle and the WWE. Kurt cut a promo soon after joining TNA. During that promo, he said a few things against the WWE. “This interview that aired I can remember hearing the uncut version and I had a conversation in private with Kevin Sullivan, David Sahadi and Dutch Mantel and at first I was very surprised,” Jarrett said.
“I didn’t know the deep, I don’t mind saying this, at the time there was a lot of animosity, venom. I did not know that existed in Kurt was against WWE. I know he had gone through his personal problems, I knew all of that but I didn’t know there was a lot of venom.
I said do we want to put our top babyface because that’s what Kurt was coming in the door even though we had Sting, do we want to put our top babyface in that light? Is that the best strategic move?" Then, Jeff Jarret said, “Yes, always punch up, I had no problem whether it was the three live crew or cookies and balloons, whatever it is, try to make noise.
We are number two, a very distant number two and it’s always great to try to make a chatter but was Kurt Angle the right guy to do that? Yes, he just came off of an incredible run and the whole world knew about his WWE run, not everybody knew that he had gone through a very personal rough time so was it the right move? I just remember having those conversations like oof, do we want to clean this up? Then you go back to the other side and my fundamental belief is that you take reality and blow it up and that’s how you make money.
I think that still works to this day so I didn’t want to edit and control the narrative too much. I can’t say that I regret it but I just remember it’s such a fine line to walk, I don’t mind saying those things but the top babyface coming through the door, do we want him saying that because he’s our new flag bearer.
Him talking about the cup of coffee and a quarter, that was a stiff shot. I knew that back then, I wasn’t just real comfortable but let’s roll with it, it’s how he feels, reality draws money”.