One of the American Olympic heroes who most marked the history of TV and the discipline of pro-wrestling and wrestling in the late 90s and early 2000s, in the USA, is undoubtedly Kurt Angle, winner of a gold medal. Olympic in Atlanta '96 and then moved to the rings of the McMahon family company.
After spending a great period of training alongside sacred monsters of the discipline, Kurt Angle made his debut directly in the upper floors of the then WWF, with the Olympic hero who then also won several world titles, including the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship.
After a long period also spent in TNA, where Angle was one of the most renowned heels of the company, the same athlete went back to the WWE rings, where he made his farewell tour, first passing in the role of General Manager and then retiring in his last match against Baron Corbin at Wrestlemania.
In his last speech on the Kurt Angle Show, his personal radio show that airs online, the WWE Hall of Famer, winner of several world titles of the most important companies in America, wanted to talk about that little juncture in which he had managed to carve out a small space in some films, with his acting career which soon came to a halt and with the athlete who told: "At the time I thought I could have great opportunities.
I think they all came when I started making movies. I did Warrior, I did Dylan Dog, I also did a small part in Pain & Gain with The Rock, starting to make movies but my problems with alcohol and driving in an impaired state immediately closed the doors to me in Hollywood ( laughter ed).
So, they stopped calling me and I spent the last 8-9 years regaining my reputation, so Hollywood started calling me again recently. It's one of those things that pushed me into a black hole and I couldn't get myself out of there."
WWE may also release Goldberg!
Over the past few months, WWE has worked hard to cut all those unnecessary costs that have weighed on its coffers for years. The problem is that by cutting those costs, the federation has gone to release several employees, including wrestlers, road agents, referees, various insiders and even employees of the Stamford offices, with the WWE two years ago having at least 300 employees in more.
Obviously, all this was for a good 50% initially due to the covid, with the global academy that for almost a whole year blocked the WWE entirely, without letting any fans enter the live shows of the company, which had to invent itself also the ThunderDome, to remedy the lack of noise and people in the stands.
The loss of live show revenue and the missed tours that brought WWE a lot of money, even for the merchandise sold, as well as for the tickets sold, meant that WWE put in place a policy of unnecessary cost cutting, which not going to look anyone in the face, eventually seeing big names such as Braun Strowman, Nia Jax or Bray Wyatt excluded from the WWE main roster.
Apparently, after seeing the abandonment of the WWE of great athletes like Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Daniel Bryan, another great athlete could leave, obviously here we are talking about a real pro-wrestling legend: Bill Goldberg, already WWE Hall of Famer, as well as a recent former McMahon Federation World Champion.
In his agreement with the McMahons, there would in fact still be a match to be played, but as regards several insiders, the contract but above all the remuneration received by Goldberg, would be far too high for WWE and its new standards.
In his last speech to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wanted to say: "The biggest name that has a contract that is about to expire is Goldberg, who still has only one match left in his contract. His deal brings back a very large amount of money to have only a couple of matches a year and I believe that for the moment we will not have any cuts in this regard.
It's a deal that wouldn't make sense in AEW because they don't have the Saudi mainstream and the sheikhs' money on their side. Goldberg is 55 and I don't know if they think they'll keep this nostalgia effect, but they don't have any other big attractions other than Lesnar and Edge (and Shane McMahon who is still under contract) because I doubt Paul Levesque will fight again and Undertaker is done by now.
, even Undertaker and Austin have a very expensive agreement (as Ric Flair had), so as to remain in the company for life."