We broke the story on May 8th that Kurt Angle would be undergoing knee surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. Kurt exclusively told us that he would be out of action for 4 1/2 months.
Since his surgery, Kurt has started a #MyComeback series on YouTube to walk the fans through his recovery process in time for his return.
TNA Wrestling just announced that Kurt Angle will be attending Slammiversary this coming Sunday to announce the next inductee into TNA’s Hall of Fame. Below is the official release (or at this link):
Exactly 2 years ago today, June 10th, “The Icon” Sting was announced as the first inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame. The announcement was made at Slammiversary in Dallas, TX.
This Sunday marks TNA’s first trip back to Dallas since then – for Slammiversary XII – and we have just learned that Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle, will announce the next inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame! Slammiversary has become the annual event where a new inductee is announced and, just last year, Kurt Angle became the second man in history to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.
Kurt Angle is one of the most impressive athletes in the history of wrestling, both professional and amateur. In TNA alone, Kurt is a record five-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, one-time X-Division Champion and a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Still today, Kurt Angle is the ONLY Olympic Gold Medalist to compete inside a professional wrestling ring.
“When you get to the level of being a Hall of Famer, it is the greatest feeling of honor. You’ll go down in history as one of the all-time best,” said Angle. “In TNA, only one inductee is selected each year and so that is even more prestigious in my mind. Last year, I became the second inductee and I followed one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step inside a ring – Sting. Getting to this level takes a lot: being a great athlete, being an exciting character, telling a great story – and, above all else, being persistent and having real passion for this sport. You must love this business and put your heart and soul into it. If you do, great things will happen. So, I lift my hat to the next Hall of Famer to join our ranks because you are truly one of the greats.”
Kurt Angle was actually contacted earlier today about appearing this weekend and didn’t even know he would be traveling to the event a day ago. He will also be part of the meet and greet session before the pay-per-view.
Slammiversary will be held in the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington on Sunday, June 15. We will have exclusive coverage of the event right here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com.