Believe it or not, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle spent more time in TNA than he did with WWE throughout his career after jumping to Dixie Carter’s promotion back in 2006.
On the latest episode of the Kurt Angle show, Kurt discussed his match with Bobby Roode at the 2011 Bound for Glory show. That night marked Roode’s first shot at the TNA World Championship, and was expected to be the coronation of Roode as champion, before Angle went on to retain the gold.
Kurt spoke about the match, and wanting to drop the title to Roode due to injuries he was suffering from. He explained:
“I was expected to drop the title to Bobby. They were doing all these vignettes with Bobby and his family, how hard of a worker he was, what a great family man he was, and it was all set up to drop the title to him. And I don’t know what happened, it wasn’t me. I’m going to be the first one to admit, 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, but torn. It was almost torn all the way in half, my leg was black all the way down to the heel in my foot. I didn’t even know if I could wrestle at Bound for Glory. They didn’t tell me till the day of the show at Bound for Glory that I was going to retain the title, and 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 up, and heal up, and come back in perfect form. Unfortunately, they decided against Bobby getting the title, which was kind of a downer for the pay per view, especially us being on last. It was a real flat finish.”
Roode would eventually become TNA Champion before ultimately making the jump to WWE back in 2016, where he became NXT, United States, Raw Tag Team and SmackDown Tag Team Champion, but is yet to reach the summit of WWE’s mountain. Angle however believes that, in due time, Roode will one day become WWE Champion. He said:
“He had everything it took, from his looks, to in-ring ability, to promo skills, relating to a character that he wanted to do, Bobby was one of the best. I knew that he would have a lot of promise and have a lot of success anywhere he went, WWE, TNA, AEW, it wouldn’t have mattered. Bobby Roode was going to be successful. I think that the company is so wrapped up in making sure they’re producing their stars, sometimes they overlook other guys, and it’s unfortunate. But eventually, Bobby will get his chance. I know he’s gotten a lot of chances that didn’t last very long, but I think that he will eventually get his chance, and he will be WWE Champion, eventually.”
Roode is currently one half of the Dirty Dawgs tag team with Dolph Ziggler, and was recently unsuccessful in unseating current Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro on last week’s episode of Raw (October 25).
transcription via WrestlingInc