Date of last BTB: It's been a month
OOC: I actually started this last month but I messed up with it. I've organised stuff out, and have pre planned this one in advance, and am ready to go with it now. Hope you enjoy.
***Full roster to be posted in this space***
Frustrated with his direction in TNA, Kurt Angle
made the shocking announcement to resign from the company and terminate his contract immediately. Having had broken bonds with Vince McMahon, it was quite evident a move back to the WWE would be out of the equation, and Angle questioned his future.
A month after his resignation, Angle made it clear of his intent to participate in the UFC. His first opponent couldn't be a better pick, as he was scheduled to face none other than a former rival in the wrestling business, Brock Lesnar, in an highly promoted exhibition bout. The bout attracted the highest audience in the history of UFC, recording a staggering audience of over 100,000 fans in the arena, as fans from the wrestling world joined in to watch. Olympic champion Kurt Angle won his debut match after a grueling match via a 6th round TKO.
Post match Angle realized how much of a sell out he really was, and saw a business opportunity in the wrestling industry to bring it back alive, with the theory of mixing the ideals of Mixed Martial Arts with Sports Entertainment. On July 11th, via a web announcement that would soon change the foundations of the wrestling industry forevermore, Kurt Angle officially launched Shoot Wrestling Federation
, a wrestling promotions who's objective was clear to offer competitive wrestling with an influx of sports entertainment that couldn't be matched by its rivals.
On July 14th, Angle released the following statement on his website as part of his blog:
“Over recent days there has been a lot of people doubting the business model for my company, that is mixing the ideals of MMA into sports entertainment. Firstly it hurts me to see the current state of wrestling. Recently the mainstream industry has become a joke to what is sports entertainment, yes, this is about entertainment, but when you have guys dying in an explosion and then coming back to life, people giving birth to a hand, and having tasteless bikini contests every other or so week you know it's cheap 'entertainment', if you can even call it that. What I plan to do with MMA is give sports entertainment a new breath, give an edge of realism, an edge of true competition. That's what my company is all about. Being a World champion in SWF actually means something and means you can truly call yourself the champion of the world, as we only allow the best athletes to compete. SWF respects this business, we are serious about what we do, this isn't a soap opera, this is wrestling, but still sports entertainment. Rock N Roll was the past, attitude is the present, this is the future. SWF is as real as it gets...oh its damn real!