Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Feb 12, 2013
Kurt Angle Shocked At The Olympics Dropping Wrestling

Kurt Angle Shocked At The Olympics Dropping Wrestling

The Associated Press has an article up on he IOC’s decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics, which you can read here. TNA star, and Olympic Gold Medal winner in wrestling Kurt Angle was quoted in the article, stating the following…

“We’re going to fight this. They can’t just drop it. They’re keeping badminton and that sport where you jump on a trampoline, and they’re dropping wrestling. It’s just crazy. I don’t know what this world is coming to. Things are changing.”

As noted earlier, Angle, a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, tweeted the following: “I’m Shocked. Will Do an Exclusive Interview Later today. Wrestling Will Stay in Olympics.”

— James Jefferson, who worked as Spike of the MOD Squad for Jim Crockett Promotions and later in WCW, passed away on January 28th in South Carolina. Jefferson and his brother Mack began working as enhancement talent in the Crockett Mid-Atlantic promotion in the early 80s, billed as the Jeffers. They then took the biker cop gimmick, the MOD Squad, Spike and Basher, in 1986. They also worked in Florida, Mid-Southern (Memphis) and The Central States area during their time.

Our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Jefferson.


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12 Responses to “Kurt Angle Shocked At The Olympics Dropping Wrestling”

  1. dcxboxx says:

    i think it should be dropped in a way. i think the olympics needs a modern alternative like mma. that way they can also take out boxing from the events. and would make the ultimate olympic sport.

    • soyfenomenal says:

      No, fuck you.

      • dcxboxx says:

        mma has been in the original olympics . it was called Pankration a hybrid of of wrestling and boxing with an emphasis on leg strikes

    • Peckar says:

      I agree MMA would be a good induction, although prolly too violent for olympics. Wrestling is one of the oldest sports around. Wth would you drop it?

      • dcxboxx says:

        well it wouldnt fully be dropped as wrestling can be part of mma and is actually a strong part of mma. wrestlers usually go far, and wrestling with judo and jujitsu backgrounds and usually at the top. to violent hardly. wrestling in the oirginal olympics was to the death. but modern is different and much safer lol. but still it can work. they would obviously be a dif set of rules vs pro mma (ufc) and ufc has toned down a lot and its basis now would easily qualify for olympics. although i would make a few changes

        1 i would keep the various weight levels as they would want that, but offer a open weight divsion which is no limit. size doesn't matter so much in mma unless its someone with a strong wrestling background and knows how to use his weight to an advantage.

      • dcxboxx says:

        also mma is an original olympic sport it was called Pankration

      • andy3323 says:

        Nah, not too violent for the Olympics, I mean they already have fighting….they have ice hockey in the winter olympics still, right?

        But in all seriousness…….are they just trying to get rid of every last event I would actually watch to make it a complete 'pull my hair out' moment if my wife wants to have it on?

  2. tna24 says:

    they have sports like horse riding,bmx and shooting. but they drop something i bet people actually like to see, what next boxing goes. they already took baseball.

  3. ViceyThaShizzle says:

    While I don't give two shits about the olympics, it's interesting to note that wrestling was part of the original olympics in Greece over 2000 years ago. And they are removing it? I guess it isn't interesting unless somebody gets hit with a chair anymore.

  4. dcxboxx says:

    At the time of the revival of Olympic Games (1896), pankration was not reinstated as an Olympic event. Specifically, in 1895 Pierre-Hector Coullié, archbishop of Lyon, voiced his official decision on the reinstatement of sports to Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, by stating "Nous acceptons tout, sauf pankration" meaning "We accept all [events to be reinstated], except pankration".[11]
    "Amateur Pankration" was first introduced to the martial arts community by Greek-American combat athlete Jim Arvanitis in 1969 and later exposed worldwide in 1973 when he was featured on the cover of Black Belt magazine. Arvanitis continually refined his reconstruction with reference to original sources. His efforts are also considered pioneering in what became mixed martial arts (MMA).[12]
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not list pankration among Olympic sports, but the FILA, which governs the Olympic wrestling codes, also recognises pankration as "a mild form of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which forbids striking to the head".[13] Efforts to have pankration as a demonstration sport in the 2004 Olympics in Athens were unsuccessful.[citation needed] Pankration was first contested at the World Combat Games in 2010.[14]
    Pancrase is a Japanese MMA organization named after its promotion of pankration-style mixed martial arts.
    The modern Pankration was perfected by Jon Frank (Santa Ana, CA). Jon Frank was responsible for bringing the sport of Pankration to children throughout the country

    -from wikipedia-

  5. Bigmike885 says:

    as much as i dont agree with this discision, Kurt isnt going to be able to change it..it's been voted on..its done..they have a small chance as there is a "at large' compatition that gets voted in every year, but the olympics is trying to weed out "poor country" sports..and the olympics is one of them

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