Kurt Angle Ends Quest To Compete In The 2012 Olympics Games Due To Injury, Bischoff Gloats Over UFC’s Ratings Struggles, Touts Impact’s Upcoming ‘Season’, Scott Steiner Blasts Hulk Hogan Over Deeming Bobby Roode “Not Ready”
April 14, 2012 · 0 Comments
Kurt Angle officially ended his quest to compete at the 2012 Olympics Games in London, England as he announced Thursday via Twitter that he has pulled out of the United States Olympics Trials due to injuries amassed while training.
After injuring his hamstring last month, Angle revealed suffering a knee injury that could take four to six months to rehabilitate. However, he says the injury will not prevent him from wrestling Jeff Hardy at TNA Lockdown on Sunday as he will be heavily protected.
Angle’s announcement reads:
“Due to Hamstring@Knee Injuries, I’m forced to Pull out of trials. Had a talk W/ Usa Wrestling Coach Zeke Jones Who has Supported Me all Year. I trained Extremely hard for a full Year. I’m Very Disappointed. I want to thank All the fans for Ur Support. U Motivated Me.
“I Must focus On TNA and Lockdown PPV, Which Has Always Been My 1st Priority. I Hope to Be Able to Put On the Best Performance I Can. TNA Has Supported My Olympic Dream Since the Day I Approached Dixie Carter about My Quest for Gold! Thank You.
“I injured My MCL in My Knee. The Doctors Say It’s a partial tear which will take 4-6 Months w/ rehab. I Will have It Heavily Protected at Lockdown. I’ve Had Prior Knee Injuries More Serious than this @ Still Won Ncaa’s but I Must Put My Job in Tna 1st. Again, thank You all for Us Support. Ur Support. Your Prayers and Support Have motivated Me to Put On the Best Performance I Can at Lockdown, Considering My injuries.
“As Zeke Jones told Me, We Were Hoping that Father time Would Hold Off Until After London Olympics. Unfortunately It Hit Me Hard 1 Month Prior to Olympic trials. Thank You to All My training Partners, Especially Edinboro Univ Wrestlers and Coach Tim Flynn and Tony Dipietro.
“Training for Gold and Wrestling for #ImpactWrestling at the Same time took it’s toll. I’m Still Proud that I Went 4 It at age 43. Thx to all the fans Who Supported Me! I Will Heal and focus On What I Do Best and that’s Perform for all Of You. GOD Bless!”
Last Friday’s episode of UFC’s Ultimate Fighter series on FX averaged approximately 950,000 viewers, the lowest number in the seven-year history of the show and more than 400,000 less than last month’s network debut. TNA Wrestling executive producer Eric Bischoff gloated over the program’s ratings struggles via Facebook, stating Impact Wrestling draws 500,000 more viewers with a much smaller budget.
“Think we came close to hitting these numbers with a couple episodes of ReAction at 11pm on Spike,” Bischoff said of the record-low Ultimate Fighter rating. “Tons of promotion on Fox and FX, a budget 3x bigger than Impact and 500,000 less viewers? Impact has a larger audience than ever, and is going to have a great season with new elements following Lockdown. Can’t wait!”
Bischoff responded to a critical remark on Twitter saying he shouldn’t knock Ultimate Fighter when he has only come up with “one good idea” in his entire career—the nWo.
“Not knocking friend. Love the show. It is what it is and says more about Impact than anything. Get a grip mark,” Bischoff wrote. “And by the way, our prod. company has produced 9 different series on 8 diff. networks since we have been at TNA. One good idea?”
Scott Steiner, who parted ways with TNA Wrestling two weeks ago, has continued to fire off messages on Twitter trashing his former employer’s brain trust. In a series of messages posted Wednesday evening, “Big Poppa Pump” blasts Hulk Hogan for deeming Bobby Roode “not ready” in a radio interview days before his heavily promoted World Heavyweight Championship match against Kurt Angle at Bound For Glory.
“Nah, he’s not ready. He’s not the next guy,” Hogan said of Roode to Busted Open in October. “Ya’ know, they might think he is. Dixie Carter might think he is. The whole world might think he is. He’s not the next guy. If I had to bet money on anybody and really be serious about betting money on anybody, I’d say Jeff Hardy is the next guy if he keeps his act together. Um, that’s what you gotta to have, man. This is much more than being a wrestler, this is crossing barriers, medias, ya’ know media barriers, and, and entertainment barriers of all kind. Getting your character down verbally has 90% to do with getting over.”
Steiner says Roode was infuriated by Hogan’s remarks and planned to call out him out in a radio interview. Prichard, however, begged Roode not to and he ultimately kept quiet.
Steiner also slams for TNA for nonsensical storylines and compares the promotion to World Championship Wrestling. He wrote:
When i look at hogan i see the same thing as the nielson ratings system does …….low fuckn ratings
Hogan also attackd Bobby Roode on the radio b4 he was going to wrestle Kurt Angle
In Philli on ppv sayn Roode wasnt ready,Ive wrestled Bobby a bunch of times n he wrestles hard every nite n he can go
He can talk,wrestle and looks good,and hes proving that hogan doesnt know shit(except that garrett is the future)..WTF
At the ppv he was pissd n went up to Pritchard and told him he was going on the radio and calling hogan out
And Pritchard beggd him not to,so i see him n he tells me what happend,I told him thats whats hogan does,
In WCW hogan put his thumb on evrybody,deciding who wins in every match bcuz he has creative control in his contract
Hogan shows up and changes the outcome of his match,Bobby was going to kill him but he kept his cool
Every tv every ppv the place is zoo a circus bcuz these assholes change things every hour,the storylines are stupid and dont make sense
And when u ask questions they cant give u a reason why they want u to do something that doesnt make sense
And since hogan bitchoff n pritchard brought the chaos the circus to Tna they also brought their own clown,midget
Which is Jason Hervey,(yep that one)the insignicant bro in wonder years this 5’5″ midget walks around
Fn crazy,why is he there hes business partners with bitchoff just like hogan n bitchoff are business partners
Now do u know why Tna is the titanic and is sinking fast…..Need to save TNA
They are doin the same stupid bullshit that they did in WCW..except now instead of pushing Flairs son David
To the point where he beat Chris Benoit,he is now pushing his own son,where is David Flair today
Ive seen all this shit b4,Remember he made David Arquette champion,Fuck!!Ted Turner ownd WCW and they ran it into the ground
And he was a multi multi BILLIONAIRE
We were all in the back sayin WTF are we in the twilight zone ….fn crazy
That same wkend he was suppose to go on ESPN and promote the ppv,so he is on the show
And the host ask him whats his most embarassing monent in the ring..remember hes there to promote the ppv
He says wrestling Andre and he shits himself…the host asks him a couple more questions
Which i dont remember bcuz im on the floor belly laughing..then the host thanks him for bn on the show
And he says “Be COOL EAT FRUIT…thats right BE COOL EAT FRUIT…WTF way to promote the ppv DUMBASS
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