Kurt Angle: TNA Feud With Samoa Joe Was Rushed
Angle broke Samoa Joe’s undefeated streak in 2006
When Kurt Angle arrived in TNA it wasn’t long until he tangled with the undefeated Samoa Joe, with Angle handing Joe his first loss in TNA at Genesis 2006.
However, Angle feels this inaugural feud between the two was rushed, talking about the angle on the Kurt Angle Show Podcast:
“I mean I did beat Joe and end his undefeated streak, and I had to return the favour. So you know, Joe needed, even though he was built up pretty strongly in TNA with his undefeated streak, I did defeat him, and that might have hurt his credibility a little bit. Not getting beat by a big star from WWE, but knowing that he did lose and he would have to gain a win back on me in order to have more credibility. And I was all for that.
“I agreed with it because somebody had to beat Joe, somebody had to end his undefeated streak. And it was going on for quite a long time. And even Joe was relieved after I beat him because you know, having the undefeated streak, Joe told me that they were finding excuses, like he would get DQ’d and they wouldn’t count it as a loss when they were trying to protect the other wrestler. So he was like, ‘Listen, I didn’t really, I’m not really undefeated because I did lose by DQ, I just never got pinned or submitted. And I couldn’t wait for my undefeated streak to come to an end.’ And I totally understood why.”
“I think it was rushed. I think we coulda done it for several months. We coulda spaced it out, let the fans digest the finish of every match and move on and continue the storyline, and move forward. But we jammed it all into three weeks and it was really fast.”
“I think they just got excited and they thought, you know, since the pay-per-view and Joe and I did so well, and had the record pay-per-view buys, she, I think that TNA felt that they needed to keep doing it… and shotgun it, you know, just have Joe and I keep grappling and wrestling each other. And you know, three times in three weeks was just ridiculous.”
Joe would beat Angle at Turning Point in December 2006, before Angle beat Joe at Final Resolution 2007. The two would feud off and on throughout their TNA careers, most notably at Lockdown 2008.