To this day, I still don't understand how Kurt Angle became so enamored with his current employer, TNA/Impact Wrestling.
Ultimately, I am sure he has his reasons; however, Angle has pretty much been this way since he came to the company.
Overall, Angle has been a true soldier for TNA and will probably retire there and help build its future. Keep in mind, before TNA had Kurt Angle, they employed current WWE Champ and IWC fave CM Punk. Even though Punk spent less than a year there, he made enough of an impression to get hired by the WWE.
Over the weekend, Punk was one of the headliners at Chicago's Wizard World Comic Con. Like most Comic Con's, the big names usually have a Q&A session with fans and press.
Punk was no exception. He took on all questions, even those about current TNA employees.
According to WrestleZone.com:
Punk was asked if he could work with anyone, who would it be and Punk said Samoa Joe. Punk was also asked which wrestler from an independent company he would like to see in the WWE. Punk said Samoa Joe again. The fan said that Samoa Joe works for TNA and Punk said something like, “I know. You said indy didn’t you?”
Luckily, thanks to the power of YouTube, I found the Chicago panel here and, yes, that's pretty much how it played out. Keep in mind, this is an hour-long clip, so if you want to see the comment in question, fast forward to the 38:27 mark.
Now, back to the topic at hand.
Kurt Angle apparently caught wind of this and took to Twitter to call out Punk.
Punk wants to Say Tna Is An Indy League? I Was On top in Wwe when You Were trying to Get a Job Anywhere. It Was My Choice to go to Tna....— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) August 14, 2012
If I ever See You Punk, Hide Bitch!— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) August 14, 2012
As a TNA fan, I feel like TNA may never be on the same level as WWE, simply due to the fact that the WWE has decades of history and TNA is really just getting started.
Don't get me wrong: TNA has done a lot, especially in the last year, to improve their product. In fact, I think it's safe to say that this is the best TV they have done in at least four years.
In the end, Punk was making a statement to appease the crowd with a lighthearted joke. Sadly, as Kevin Nash learned a week ago, not everyone will take these comments lightly.
In the long run, I am sure nothing will come of this. Angle and Punk may never cross each other's paths and, if they do, Angle will probably not even attempt to beat Punk up.
Let's face it, the punishment in the real world is way more intimidating than that of the wrestling world.
As of writing, Punk has yet to respond to Angle's threat. Either he doesn't care or Angle hastily forgot to @CMPunk when making these comments.
I am hopeful Punk reads B/R articles, sees this one and gives Angle a run for his money.