Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett to wrestle on AAA's biggest show of the year, TripleMania XX. Photo via upload.wikimedia.org.
On August 5th, Kurt Angle will achieve a fairly unique achievement of headlining the biggest shows of the year on three continents, WWE's WrestleMania, New Japan's January 4th Tokyo Dome show and now AAA's TripleMania XX (no guesses for where that name came from) in Mexico City, Mexico.
Angle will be managed by his ex-wife Karen Jarrett, who goes by the name of La Bruja Karen in AAA which translates to Karen The Witch, and tag with her new husband Jeff Jarrett on behalf of heel owner's son Dorian Roldan (think Shane McMahon). They will face Electroshock and L.A. Park (former WCW star La Parka) on behalf of babyface owner Joaquin Roldan (think Vince McMahon), where the losing Roldan will get his head shaved in a common stipulation for Mexican grudge matches.
The match was set up by an angle at AAA's last TV tapings with a xenophobic angle in poor taste where Jeff Jarrett and six other of Dorian's henchmen beat down Park, ripped his mask up, bound him to a chair, put a serape and sombrero on him and a bottle of Tequila by his knees to make him look like a stereotypical Mexican drunk, before pointing and laughing at him. Something WWE couldn't get away with in their PG environment, but AAA can with their much more lax programming standards.
AAA has been using TNA talent like the Jarretts, Sting, Rob Van Dam, Abyss, Mr. Anderson, AJ Styles, Hernandez, Rob Terry, Mickie James and Velvet Sky amongst others on their biggest shows for the last couple of years, but this will be the first time Angle will have ever worked for the promotion.
According to Konnan on Wrestling Observer Radio earlier today, the deal with Angle was struck at the last minute after attempts to get other big names to appear on the show like Rey Mysterio, Edge and Jeff Hardy fell through. AAA has tried on several occasions to bring Mysterio in for a non-wrestling appearance on a super show but unsurprisingly WWE always nixes it, while Hardy isn't legally able to wrestle in Mexico due to his conviction for possession of a controlled substance last September.
We'll let you know if Angle was victorious in his Mexican debut next weekend, Cagesiders.