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Kurt Angle says TNA nixed plans for him to lose the World Title to Bobby Roode in 2011

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Kurt Angle talked about TNA Bound For Glory on his latest podcast at

Here are some highlights:

Kurt Angle said he wanted to drop the TNA Title to Bobby Roode at Bound For Glory 2011 but it got shot down the day of the show:

“I was expected to drop the title to Bobby. They were doing all these vignettes with Bobby and his family talking about how hard of a worker he was and what a great family man he was. It was all set up to drop the title to him. I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t me. I’ll be the first to admit that I did not ask to keep the title. As a matter of fact, I was severely injured. I had a torn hamstring, not a pulled hamstring, torn. It was almost torn all the way in half. My whole leg was black all the way down to the heel of my foot. I didn’t even know if I could wrestle at Bound for Glory. They didn’t tell me until the day of the show at Bound for Glory that I was going to retain the title. I was a little pissed off because I didn’t want to carry the title any longer because of my injury. I wanted to rest it up, heal up, and come back in perfect form. Unfortunately, they decided against Bobby getting the title which was kind of a downer for the PPV, Bound for Glory, especially with us being on last. It was a real flat finish.”

Angle was asked what his feelings of Hulk Hogan and Sting being pushed above him in TNA in 2011:

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“That’s a tough question because we were the workhorses, myself and Bobby Roode. Guys like us, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, but Hulk Hogan and Sting are two of the biggest names in the history of the business. You want them on your team. You want them in your company. They’re going to help promote the company. They’re going to draw ratings. They’re going to draw money. It doesn’t matter how old they get. People still want to see them. Sting was still going pretty hard at that particular time, and Hulk Hogan wasn’t doing too bad as well. I wasn’t upset about that. I did understand, but we are the workhorses. We deserve more of the attention, but understandably, they got more of the attention.”

Angle talking about the plans for Bobby Roode if Roode won the title from him:

“I know the plan was for me to drop the title to Bobby Roode, and then for Bobby Roode and James Storm to start a program together.”

The rumor was Hulk Hogan was the person who nixed the Bobby Roode victory over Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory in 2011. Angle asked to speculate why that decision was made:

“I talked to creative and I told them about my injury and I didn’t think it was a good idea. I didn’t want to win because I didn’t want to have a next match, especially with my injury. They said, ‘Your next match is only going to be 10 seconds.’ I said, ‘Well that’s kind of stupid. Why don’t I just drop the title tonight and have Bobby Roode have his moment?’ I think what the reason was, the reason why they went against that, was because they wanted Bobby Roode to have a world championship moment, and I think they felt that I couldn’t have the match that I was expected to because of my injury. I think that’s why everything changed. Because of my injury, they felt Bobby Roode wouldn't have the moment he deserved, so he would be able to earn it against James Storm down the line when James Storm beat me the next day in 10 seconds with a superkick. That’s all I had to do in that match, which is the quickest match I’ve ever been in. I knew that Bobby Roode should have won that match at the PPV. That’s just how I feel.”

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