Kurt Angle will be making his return to TNA Wrestling, after being sidelined with multiple surgeries, this weekend at TNA Slammiversary. Although he will obviously not be in action, ImpactWrestling.com has announced that he will be revealing the third member of the TNA Hall of Fame.
Kurt Angle is one of the most impressive athletes in the history of wrestling, both professional and amateur. In TNA alone, Kurt is a record five-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, one-time X-Division Champion and a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Still today, Kurt Angle is the ONLY Olympic Gold Medalist to compete inside a professional wrestling ring.
“When you get to the level of being a Hall of Famer, it is the greatest feeling of honor. You’ll go down in history as one of the all-time best,” said Angle. “In TNA, only one inductee is selected each year and so that is even more prestigious in my mind. Last year, I became the second inductee and I followed one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step inside a ring – Sting. Getting to this level takes a lot: being a great athlete, being an exciting character, telling a great story – and, above all else, being persistent and having real passion for this sport. You must love this business and put your heart and soul into it. If you do, great things will happen. So, I lift my hat to the next Hall of Famer to join our ranks because you are truly one of the greats."
Currently the only members of the TNA Hall of Fame are Kurt Angle and "The Icon" Sting. If they intend to induct a member of the current roster – as they have the past two years – Samoa Joe seems the most obvious choice. Bobby Roode, James Storm, and Eric Young have all been in the company since the first episode as well. If TNA reaches out to performers outside of the company, AJ Styles and Jeff Jarrett would most likely be the first guys to go in.