TNA Star Kurt Angle is currently recovering from a torn ACL and is very limited, but has been doing some on-air work within the last couple of weeks mainly backstage with the likes of Kenny King, Bobby Lashley and MVP.
Last night “The Olympic Gold Medalist” was given the task to help hype up the New York City crowd before the taping’s began and he took full advantage with an incredible speech from one of the balconies at the Hammerstein Ball Room.
He noted how TNA Management made some mistakes especially letting guys like AJ Styles, Alex Shelly and Chris Sabin walk out the door within months of eachother.
All three men were considered great for business, leaders in the locker room, and after years of being employed with the company the trio were insulted with the offers and decided to move on from Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling.
All three men have been working the independent market domestically and internationally. They are in very high demand and are now making a larger income than they did while working with TNA.
Angle also brought up two things worth mentioning: since 2004 the company found a way to differentiate themselves from their competitor World Wrestling Entertainment, by one simple thing their ring was changed from a 4 sided ring to a 6 sided.
A few years back when TNA hired Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff (2010), both men who are long gone from the company now, they stripped the 6 sided ring and debuted a 4 sided ring.
Ratings and attendance went down hill from their rapidly and they are still recovering today.
Angle noted the return of the six sided ring during their enormous taping’s in New York City, while mentioning that the ring should be a symbol that TNA is rebooting the company and major positive changes are coming for the company.
They have also taken their show on the road after years have taping in front of the same live crowd in Universal Studios Orlando, FL.
Only time will tell if these changes will bounce the company back and be a legit competitor to Vince McMahon, Monday Night Raw and the WWE.