TNA News TNA News: Report on Kurt Angle's future in TNA - full-time into movies after wrestling career, claims he was close to signing with UFC
Jun 22, 2009 - 2:33:43 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor
Kurt Angle says he expects to go full-time into movies after a few more years of wrestling in TNA. Based on interviews Angle did this past weekend when Angle said his TNA contract expires in two years, Angle probably won't re-sign as a full-time wrestler with TNA, but perhaps stay with the company as an "ambassador" beyond his wrestling career.
Angle was asked on The Pain Clinic radio show on Saturday whether he's going to balance full-time wrestling and acting like John Cena or move into acting exclusively. Angle said TNA has helped him do both for right now, but he believes he'll become a mainstream actor after his wrestling career is over.
"I believe I'll eventually just cross over to movies, but I don't plan on doing it full (time) for at least for a few years," Angle said. "I believe that I have a responsibility in TNA to help them grow in ratings and help them grow as a company."
Angle said TNA management has supported his pursuit of movies as the company sees potential for Angle to draw new eyeballs to the product as they continue to grow.
"(TNA president) Dixie Carter has been a God-send for me. She doesn't want to just contain me within the TNA bubble, but break through it and become a mainstream actor and also wrestle at the same time," Angle said. "I don't plan on leaving TNA for a few years, but when it's all said and done, I think my career will spring over to acting."
Angle also nixed the idea of moving into MMA out of personal obligation to TNA. Angle says TNA took a chance on him to wrestle after he left WWE in 2006 and he didn't want to leave TNA "high and dry" by moving strictly to MMA.
"I was thinking about making the cross-over from wrestling to MMA, but I decided right now, what's best for me and what's best for TNA is me to stick with professional wrestling," Angle said. "I really believe in TNA. It would be a crucial time for me to quit TNA right now."
Angle claims he met with UFC president Dana White on three separate occasions to discuss fighting for UFC. He says he even passed the Nevada State Athletic Commission tests to be licensed to fight in Las Vegas.
However, Angle says Dana White doesn't want performers to split time between UFC and any other organization. "Dana won't allow you to do anything but UFC. You can't do professional wrestling and fighting at the same time," Angle said.
Ultimately, Angle said he decided to stick with TNA even if it means passing up an opportunity to compete in a legit sport. Angle didn't sound disappointed reflecting on a potential opportunity gone-by.
"I'm not getting any younger. If I was ever to do MMA, I would have to do it pretty soon," Angle said. "If I don't, I can just thank Dana for the opportunity. TNA is right now my top priority."
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