Tuesday 12 July 2011

An Open Letter to Kurt Angle

Dear Mr Angle,

I write to you as someone who has followed your professional career for twelve years. From your first match at Survivor Series ’99 to your amazing WrestleMania bouts with Shawn Michaels and Brock Lesnar to your TNA matches against Samoa Joe, you were truly the best in the world at one point in time. You clearly have a great understanding of what it takes to succeed in pro wrestling, and the skill and passion to rise to the top.

But I am concerned, Kurt. Concerned at the news you intend to throw it all away by trying out for the 2012 Olympics.

I fully appreciate that you won a gold medal at the ’96 Games with a broken (freakin’) neck, but that was fifteen years ago now. By the time the 2012 event rolls around it will be sixteen years. Are you in better shape than you were sixteen years ago? Let me cut your bravado-laden answer short: no, you are not.

Going for a second gold medal would have been perfect for you in 2004. You were in a better condition medically. You were working for a company that had (and has) the media profile to use that decision to its, and your, advantage. Your current employer is not in a position to parlay an success you may attain into anything worthwhile. Even if it was in such a position the management team is so inept that they wouldn’t try if they could.

In 2011 and ’12 your chances of making the US team are slim. Your chances of winning a medal, let alone a gold one, are virtually nonexistent. Should you qualify you will open yourself up to ridicule and humiliation, not to mention further (potentially career ending) injuries.

Please walk away while you still can. Both from the Olympics and from TNA.

Yours sincerely,


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