Kurt Angle has heaped praise on fellow WWE Hall of Famer Sting for his lack of political involvement backstage.
TNA, now known as IMPACT Wrestling was home to The Icon Sting from 2003 until 2014. During this period, the WWE Hall of Famer is credited with helping establish the company in the minds of wrestling fans alongside the likes of AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
By the time that 2006 rolled around, Sting was already seen as a mainstay of the company, and he was now joined by Kurt Angle who had left WWE only two months previously. Angle made his in-ring debut at that years Bound For Glory serving as the ‘special enforcer’ for the World Championship match between Sting and Jeff Jarrett.
It has since been reported that the WCW legend was unaware that Angle was going to be part of the match until he arrived at the arena that day. Reflecting on his TNA debut on his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, available via AdFreeShows, Angle said he was unsurprised to hear that Sting wasn’t involved in the process behind the match.
Angle explained that Sting kept to himself when he wasn’t in the ring, praising him for not using his status for his own personal gain backstage.
“Sting did his own thing. He didn’t want to be bothered when he was at home. I believe that he always found out what he was doing when he got to the building. So, I’m not surprised that Sting didn’t know that I was going to be a part of that pay-per-view match. But, you know, that’s how Sting is. Sting is not political by any means. He is not going to push for himself to be the champion. He is a good guy, and he is very fair about wanting to be a part of the company. He is not asking to be “the guy” in the company; he just wants to contribute.
That’s what I love about Sting. No political-ness there. He has a great attitude, and he always did. I have never been told that Sting did anything political or tried to push himself above anybody else. I was always told that he kept his mouth shut and did what he was told, and that’s what I love about Sting,”
While Kurt Angle hung up his boots in 2019, Sting is still going strong after signing with AEW in December 2020. The Icon currently finds himself wrapped up in a feud with The Pinnacle alongside his protégé Darby Allin.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.