“As Lita checked on Matt we came to a point in the match I wasn’t all that comfortable with. I was going to spear Crazy Leets. She assured me beforehand that she’d be okay, and to bring it. I knew she’d be hot if I didn’t, so I brought it. I brought it so much that her head smashed into a ladder lying at ringside as J.R screamed, “That son of a bitch!” I saw her head hit and asked her, “You all right, girl?” Luckily she’s tough, and other than a goose egg, she assured me she was okay.”—An excerpt from Adam Copeland on Edge (via fuckyeahedgeandlita)
I can’t believe I was so emotionally invested in that match I’ve just watched. And it’s all because of one man - Kurt Angle.
As someone who doesn’t watch TNA an awful lot, Kurt Angle is the one man in that company who I always make sure to catch up on the progress of - not only because he’s my second favourite wrestler of all time (behind the wonderful Chris Jericho), but because he continues to put on A+ matches with every single person he’s put in the ring with. Hell, he had an outstanding match with Abyss, once upon a time - that takes some doing. I have a soft spot for wrestlers who can get in a ring and have a good match with anyone; wrestlers who bring the best out of others. Kurt, like Jericho, is one of those guys.
Kurt Angle is a prime example of TNA having all the talent they could need at their disposal. He’s arguably the greatest pure wrestler of his generation - perhaps of all time. Definitely the greatest pure wrestler I’ve ever seen, anyway. He gives so much to his matches, to this industry - sometimes, a little too much. He frightens me at times, I won’t lie. I wish he didn’t do some of the shit he does, but you can’t argue with his passion for this business. The sacrifices he has made to entertain people like us? Unquestionable, and you have to respect him for it.
He says and does some stupid things at times but, at the end of the day, Kurt Angle will go down in history as one of the greats. Or, if there’s any justice, he will do.
“There is gonna be a piece of him that goes in the ring with me every night, now that he has to step away, because unless you’ve experienced what it’s like to step through those ropes there’s no feeling like it in the world and that’s the hardest thing to step away from is the faces, the sounds, the vibe that you get from being out there in front of the WWE universe, From that I’m gonna take a little piece of him in the ring with me every time i step into the ring from here on out for the rest of my career.”—Christian speaking about Edge’s retirement. (via -wrestlingedits)