While I was never for TNA pushing the older guys on us, I felt that the Mafia fit in perfectly because they were facing the younger talent in the first run. Now of course, they are facing mainly former WWE stars in the Aces and Eights. But I digress.
One of the men in the group was and still is Kurt Angle. Said to be the face of TNA, Angle has had several issues with the law since coming to TNA. However they really occurred after the separation from his now ex-wife and new Mrs. Jarrett, Karen.
It’s hard to say whether or not the divorce and all did this to Angle, but from a psychological and sociological stand point, it would make sense. Angle’s main problems have been DUI’s. While it is a common thing to see for talent, it’s usually just once. Angle’s latest issue with the charge was his fifth I believe.
No matter if it’s five, four, or one hundred, you have to wonder what is wrong with Angle. Kurt did the responsible thing after his latest issue and entered himself into rehab. But let’s be honest, it was probably “advised” by the court or his lawyer to do so. And TNA/Dixie Carter probably also requested he do it.
So let’s not pat the former Olympic Gold Medalist on the back too much. However the good thing is that he will be getting help. Or is he?
According to Dixie Carter, TNA has decided to postpone the 5 on 5 match between Aces and Eights and the Main Event Mafia. I expected this to happen, as there would be no way that Angle could be involved if it happened at Hardcore Justice. Either that or the match would be changed up a bit. I felt the latter would make more sense.
But Dixie did not suddenly switch the match itself up. Oh no, she simply postponed it to August 22nd. While I am okay with the postponing itself, it seems to be idiotic on TNA’s part in some ways. Why?
They are making it August 22nd because they want Angle to be able to work the match, yet the event is literally taped the same day as Hardcore Justice. So it really makes no difference. I know, shocking that TNA would hope that a person in rehab would be out just in time for the event, right?
Otherwise, why would they postpone it? You could easily make it 4 on 4, as it would be completely fine to do. Angle’s not going to be there, so you simply go a man down. Or, you could make it 4 on 5. There are several options.
TNA obviously thinks Angle will be just fine in rehab and will be out by this week or kayfabe next week, so they made the match by then. This would mean that they are rushing the man to get out of something to better himself. Not only is this crazy but also irresponsible on TNA’s part.
You can troll this article all you want or you can tell me I’m nuts. But you DO NOT rush someone to get done with rehab. While I get that Angle is needed in TNA, he is helping himself get better so he does not put an even bigger black eye on TNA’s face by getting in trouble again.
Rehabilitation is a slow process for those who have severe issues. It is obvious that Angle has an alcohol problem. Rehab is different for everyone. Angle may be fine by August 22nd or this week. But that would simply be under one month in rehab.
While it is common for people to spend one month in rehab for alcohol problems, for someone older, the time is usually a bit higher. That is not to say Angle’s brain is not smart enough to train itself to do something. But the problem in drinking gets tougher to stop as you age. Your body needs the alcohol to work over time, especially if the drinking problem has been going on for a while.
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