With WWE giving out limited dates contracts to veterans like Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam, and TNA currently undergoing cutbacks, Kurt Angle would be an obvious candidate to jump ship. Well, that was until yesterday when Angle was arrested for his fourth drunk driving incident over the past six years.
Ironically, Dave Meltzer was asked on his August 1st subscriber only radio show, the day before the incident occurred, about how likely such a scenario was to happen in the future. Even without that knowledge, Meltzer, although he didn't completely rule it out, thought the possibility was extremely slim, pointing to the fact that WWE had every chance to sign Angle two years ago, but didn't want to touch him with a rusty old bargepole:
"Well, I can just tell you this, when Kurt's contract expired with TNA, he contacted WWE and they had zero interest in him. That was what a year or two ago? A couple of years ago and he's older now. I can't rule it out, he's still Kurt Angle, he's a phenomenal performer. He left on really bad terms there, you know, they didn't like what he said. I mean he apologised, he was all over the place, but whatever, I thought that spoke volumes when his contract was up and he contacted them, you know, and wanted to see if they were interested and they never called him back.... They didn't even do the courtesy call back."
Though DUIs are not uncommon with WWE wrestlers, I can't imagine anyone would be allowed to rack up four in a row like Angle has in TNA without facing some disciplinary action at the very least. More likely though, they'd be long gone.
So sadly, Kurt has proved Vince McMahon absolutely right for not giving him the time of day when he last came looking for a job. The next time will almost certainly be no different unless he gets the help he so obviously requires. Given that TNA has turned a blind eye to his past three alcoholic indiscretions, one unfortunately doubts that this time will turn out much differently than the rest, even with his public claims that he's entering rehab immediately.