Former WWE Wrestler Kurt Angle Lands Role in 'Sharknado 2'

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMarch 9, 2014

Angle, enemy of the Sharknado.
Angle, enemy of the Sharknado.Eric Charbonneau/Associated Press

Former WWE performer, and current TNA star, Kurt Angle has snagged himself a role in upcoming and, er, long-awaited sequel Sharknado: The Second One

The Hollywood Reporter notes Angle has signed on to portray the FDNY fire chief in the film, due to debut on Syfy on July 31 this year.

Airing last July, Sharknado was yet another in a long line of low-budget and frankly ridiculous Syfy TV movies (Sharktopus, Ghost Shark and Dinoshark are other notable shark-themed movies in the collection).

Likely due to its zany title and absurd-even-by-Syfy-standards plot, Sharknado managed to break through, becoming a Twitter phenomenon on the night it aired, as CNN noted, and becoming a genuine and beloved worldwide cult hit. (Shockingly, it got snubbed at this year's Academy Awards, though.)

The Hollywood Reporter also offered some plot details:

Sharknado 2 centers on a freak weather system turns (sic) its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the city's population and its most iconic sites, with Fin and April the only ones able to save the city.

Of course, as anyone who has had the misfortune of seeing his previous work can attest to, Angle isn't exactly a stranger to bad movies.

In fact, some of the cinematic disasters he's starred in make Sharknado look like Citizen Kane. Calling these flicks "B" movies would be giving them far too much credit. (Even labeling them "Z" movies seems a stretch.)

First there was 2009's End Game, which saw the Olympic gold medalist play a deranged serial killer. He also dresses up as a clown at one point, for reasons that are never truly made clear.

Two years later, Angle starred in River of Darkness, in which he took on the role of a tough, no-nonsense sheriff hunting down two vengeful zombie brothers (played by fellow wrestlers Kevin Nash and Sid Vicious).

That was quickly followed by 2012's Death from a Above, which revolved around an ancient druid (Angle) attempting to bring about a thousand years of darkness on planet Earth. TNA wrestler James Storm also had a big role in the movie as a psychic steel worker. Yes, really.

Man, what was Angle thinking? You know things are bad when Sharknado 2 is actually a step up the career ladder.