Kurt Angle, a WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist who has been a six-time World Champion in WWE and a former six-time TNA Heavyweight Champion of the World, recently discussed TNA’s choice to prioritize Hulk Hogan and Sting over newer talent.
The choice to promote Hulk Hogan and Sting in 2011 was an odd one. One of the main reasons why WWE has been the most successful professional wrestling business is their emphasis on developing younger wrestlers. Of course, there have been notable outliers, such as Hulk Hogan capturing the WWE World Championship in 2002. Such things, however, would no longer be seen in WWE.
Kurt Angle Discusses TNA’s 2011 Decision to Prioritize Hulk Hogan and Sting Over Young Talents.
This is one of the main reasons why WCW couldn’t compete with WWE in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While WWE continued to create fresh faces throughout their legendary Attitude Era, WCW leaned on aging talent such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
Of course, there was a moment when they sought to foster emerging talents like Goldberg and Booker T, but everyone knows that Hulk Hogan exploited his creative license solely to advance himself. The altercation between Hulk Hogan, Vince Russo, and Jeff Jarrett at the Bash at the Beach pay-per-view event in 2000 painted a picture of WCW’s demise.
The same incident happened in TNA Wrestling. Hulk Hogan was 58 years old when he was pushed in 2011, while Sting was 55. Of fact, pushing these two individuals at that juncture of their careers when there were lots of fresh prospects who might be the future faces of the campaign was a foolish idea.
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Kurt Angle, a six-time World Champion in WWE and a previous six-time TNA Heavyweight Champion of the World, recently discussed TNA’s choice to prioritize Hulk Hogan and Sting over newer talent on a recent edition of The Kurt Angle Show. He stated;
“That’s a difficult question since Bobby Roode and I were the workhorses.” Guys like us, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, but Hulk Hogan and Sting are two of the most famous names in wrestling history. You want them to be a part of your team.