Kurt Angle has been announced as TNA’s latest Director of Wrestling Operations, after MVP was surprisingly sacked from the position on the latest edition of Impact Wrestling.
MVP had maintained his control of TNA since he won it at Lockdown in March, when his four-man Lethal Lockdown team also containing The Wolves and Willow defeated a quartet representing company owner Dixie Carter.
However, MVP turned heel soon after, betraying World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young and declaring himself the number one contender for the upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view. Despite being ruled out of the event through injury, his associate Bobby Lashley captured the title just four days later on Impact.
With MVP exerting his power on the TNA roster, the board of directors have stepped in, stripping him of his power and handing over the company to Kurt Angle – much to the fury of MVP and company owner Dixie Carter, who was overlooked by the selection committee.
Angle has acted swiftly, handing EY a rematch for his World Title and reinstating the previously suspended Bobby Roode, who has turned face in recent weeks – supporting the likes of Young, Samoa Joe, The Wolves and Austin Aries.
The Olympic Gold Medallist is currently sidelined from in-ring action with a legitimate knee injury. In May, the five-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion was shown recording a short video message for his fans, thanking them for their support during his recuperation from his latest surgery.
TNA Hall of Famer Angle, who has been heavily linked with a return to the WWE franchise in recent months, said this: “Hey it’s Kurt Angle, I’m in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at my home, recovering from my knee surgery which was about three weeks ago.
“The knee rehab is doing really well, I’m progressing slowly, I’m still in a brace and crutching around, but things are improving – very, very slowly but surely.
“I want to thank all the fans for your support, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You guys always give me positive messages. I really, really appreciate it. I couldn’t do it without your support, so thank you very much.”
The 45-year-old has been circled by rumours of a potential upcoming retirement following his latest injury, officially sustained during a match with Ethan Carter III. The true nature of Angle’s injury is unclear, with the Warrior having been visibly uncertain on his damaged knee for several weeks leading up to his surgery.
Despite being officially ruled out for four months, he returned to TNA screens at Slammiversary, when he announced that Team 3D would be proceeding him in the TNA Hall of Fame. And it now looks like he’ll continue to feature on a regular basis, at least in an executive position, making in-ring decisions and matches.
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