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Kurt Angle's Upcoming Surgery & Expiring TNA Contract, Original Sin Cara Quietly Leaves WWE But Not Without A Fight, Wrestlemania XXX Updates on Hulk Hogan, Goldberg & Sting

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- Kurt Angle is scheduled for TNA's upcoming European tour but as Alex Barie first reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, he'll undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on February 11, 2014. The projected timetable for his return is 6-8 weeks, meaning he's likely off Lockdown. Angle's TNA contract is up in September 2014 following a three-year extension he signed in 2011.

- The way the release of the original Sin Cara (real name Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde) was handled was part of the "no fire edict" where WWE doesn't release main roster stars but rather allows their contracts to lapse and doesn't re-sign them. Not only that but it would have been a confusing situation for the company to address considering they're moving forward with Hunico as Sin Cara. I contacted WWE's public relations department about the original Cara claiming to own the gimmick and fighting for it but haven't heard back as of press time.

- Hulk Hogan is very much in play for Wrestlemania XXX but I'm still not aware of a deal being signed. Neither Vince McMahon nor Triple H want a contract with Hogan being contingent on a match at the pay-per-view but it's still something that's been discussed (and continues to be discussed, apparently). The company really wants Hogan to be part of the WWE Network to entice older fans that might have left the product to come back.

- Goldberg claims he hasn't had any negotiations with WWE about returning for Wrestlemania XXX. I've been told by multiple sources negotiations have in fact taken place but it doesn't look like a deal will get done. The issues started over creative and are back to money.

- There is plenty of WWE interest in Sting but there was no deal in place as of the end of this week.

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