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Kurt Angle says he wasn’t aware he was being given preferential treatment backstage during his early TNA days

Kurt Angle took some time on this week’s “The Kurt Angle Show” to talk about rumors he was returning to the WWE, his thoughts on TNA Against All Odds 2007, and why certain wrestlers and he were getting preferential treatment around this time.

Kurt Angle said he went to The Royal Rumble last weekend to start a three-week program but it got canceled:

“I went to The Royal Rumble. The WWE wanted me to do a short program, and they ended up canceling at the last second,” Angle shared.

“We went to the Rumble, my wife and I. We saw Kim Orton, my wife’s best friend, and we had a great time. I also did some documentary interviews the day before and a photo-op with the fans, but I want to make it clear I’m not signed with the WWE. They weren’t gonna sign me anyway. It was gonna be a three-week program. It got canceled but you know, my obligation is to The Kurt Angle show and that’s it.”

Angle was asked if it was true that himself, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Sting, and Christian were getting preferential treatment during this time frame:

“You have to remember, I was new to the company,” he reminded listeners.

“I came in and I did what I was told I. I was told to change in a dressing room which was part of a building at Universal Studios and I didn’t know where the other talent was changing.”

“They were changing in trailer homes with no bathrooms. It was really difficult. I mean, it was hard on them. At the time, I didn’t know this and eventually I picked up on it. I saw what was going on, but by then it was too late.”

“I didn’t know about the shuttles to the building and back to the hotel. I didn’t know that they weren’t going to pay for them anymore. There was a lot of stuff going on that I don’t blame the talent for being upset because there was preferential treatment. The five of us were treated a little bit differently than the rest of the crew and I totally understand it, and I feel really badly about it.”

On why he thinks this happened:

“The think the reason why we were treated differently is because we became big stars in WWE and WCW and moved over to TNA, and the company felt like we want to treat these guys the way they were treated in WWE and WCW and give them their own locker room and do what wrestling usually does,” he said.

“The wrestling business has been like this since day one, you know, the top guys always got the better treatment and the bottom guy’s got the worst treatment, but unfortunately for AJ and Joe and Bobby Roode, they were established in TNA, but they weren’t established beforehand.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “The Kurt Angle Show on AdFreeShows.com” with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.


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