Kurt Angle vs. EC3 Officially Off Lockdown; Why It Should Have Never Been Announced

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Kurt Angle has officially been pulled from the TNA Lockdown card, nixing the announced steel cage bout against Ethan Carter III.

The storyline is EC3's kayfabe attack "severely injured" Angle's knee. The legitimate reason is Angle underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last month immediately after the European tour.

Angle Tweeted the following:

">@MVP.

Gonna be watching Lockdown this Sunday from My Home. Not How I planned but will be Cheering team @MVP. @tnadixie sux!

— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) March 7, 2014

">@tnadixie sux!

— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) March 7, 2014

Ethan Carter III Tweeted the following:

">@RealKurtAngle's status and injury.

— ec3 (@EthanCarterTNA) March 7, 2014

">@RealKurtAngle. In the heat of competition, things happen. For that, I am truly sorry. #GetWellKurt

— ec3 (@EthanCarterTNA) March 7, 2014

This match should have never been announced. While Angle's arthroscopic knee surgery was originally scheduled for January and bumped up to February so he could make the European tour, the new date was known before the Lockdown match was announced.

Part of me wants to believe TNA went ahead and announced it, hoping Angle would be back but I can't help but be skeptical. If we knew in the middle of January he was a question mark for the pay-per-view, TNA had to have known before then. One of my biggest pet peeves in pro wrestling is advertising something and not delivering.

I realize several episodes of Impact were taped a month ago so it's not like the footage could be changed but why shoot it in the first place? Angle will be back in TNA Wrestling, however, his contract expires in September 2014.

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