Total Nonstop Action delivered some good news last Tuesday with the official announcement that it had agreed to a new three-year contract with Spike TV.

That welcome development, however, was overshadowed by news that the company’s world champion, Kurt Angle, had spent nine hours in a Pittsburgh jail only three days earlier after being accused of violating a protection from abuse order filed by his live-in girlfriend, also a TNA talent, and possessing human growth hormone. Angle also was charged with driving on a suspended license.

That news came just weeks after word had leaked that Angle’s ex-wife, Karen Angle, had been romantically involved for months with TNA founder and main creative force Jeff Jarrett, who has since taken time off for personal reasons and has yet to return.

Angle claims his now ex-girlfriend, Trenesha Biggers, better known as TNA Knockout Rhaka Khan, set him up, and that he will clear himself of all charges when he gets his day in court.

Surprisingly enough, 24 hours after being released from jail, Angle was in a TNA ring in Orlando defending his title on a pay-per-view ironically called Hard Justice.

Police arrested Angle outside a Starbucks on Aug. 15 after Biggers told authorities he was stalking her. Police pulled the former Olympic gold medalist over in his car where they reportedly found a capped syringe with two vials of the human growth hormone Hygetropin. Angle told police that he had a legal prescription for the drugs, and later claimed they were old and that he used them in the past for therapeutic reasons related to recurring neck injures.

According to the complaint, Biggers filed a protection from abuse order, which was served at the home she shared with Angle earlier that morning. She later reported to police that she was surfing the Internet at a Starbucks when she noticed Angle circling around the parking lot looking at her.

An attorney for Angle said there was no way his client could have known Biggers was at the coffee shop.

“It was only by happenstance that they were in the same place to get coffee,” according to a statement. “They did not speak and Kurt did not know she was present.”

The attorney also said that Angle had a legal prescription for the drugs that were found in the car he was driving at the time of his arrest.

Angle said Thursday during an interview on the Tampa-based Bubba The Love Sponge show that he expects to be exonerated.

He characterized Biggers, a former model who played Division 1 volleyball at Florida State, as a manipulative extortionist who became distraught when he expressed no interest in marrying her. He claimed Biggers had approached him the previous night to discuss their respective futures, but he hold her he wanted to sleep. She instead went to the grocery store, he said, and seven hours later four police cars arrived at his house ordering him to leave after she filed a protection from abuse order.

Angle says he left, called his manager, his attorney and the TNA owner. They all advised him not to return to his house.

“Within 14 minutes, a police officer pulled me over and said I violated my PFA,” he said. “I said there’s no way I violated my PFA because I just left my house.”

Attorney Michael Santicola said there was no way his client could have known the woman was at the Starbucks where he is accused of violating the order. Angle said surveillance tape from his gated community showed he left the residence before her, so he couldn’t have been following her.

Angle claims there were no injuries, no one was threatened and there wasn’t even a conflict. He said Biggers, who is 6-2, claimed in the PFA order that he had yelled at her and that she felt threatened by a comment he made. Angle claimed the two had never even gotten into a fight.

According to the initial police report, however, Angle attributed the PFA order to an “altercation” the two had at his residence Friday night. He later denied allegations that an incident prompted the order during an interview with a Pittsburgh news station station.

“No, I wasn’t a threat,” he said. “There was no fight at all. It got to the point in our relationship where we weren’t even talking. She was just living in my house. She would never leave. I couldn’t physically move her.”

Angle, 40, claims Biggers, 27, changed her mailing address shortly after moving into his home in order to establish residency. He said she also wanted an engagement ring, but he wasn’t interested in marrying her and had attempted numerous times to break off the relationship.

A week before his arrest, Angle claimed, he tried to call the police but Biggers took the phone and left. Angle said Biggers wanted to control his life and didn’t want him seeing his two young children.

As for the vials police found, Angle said the HGH they uncovered was “buried deep” in an “old bag” he had grabbed and was two 2-year-old vials that he didn’t know were there. He said he had a legal prescription for the drugs, and that they had been prescribed for his neck injury.

“I’m not supposed to talk specifically, but I’ve injured my neck six or seven times. I was on growth hormone that was prescribed that was supposed to help with my overall health. It didn’t make me bigger. I’m not a very big guy in pro wrestling. I don’t use it for that,” he said during an interview Wednesday with Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate.

He said the DUI from last year was never expunged from his record. His lawyer has appealed the decision to suspend his license.

Angle, who said he plans to file a defamation of character lawsuit against his accuser, has three separate court hearings scheduled for getting the DUI expunged, the violation of the protection order and the HGH possession. He called the incident an embarrassment to himself, his family and TNA. Staying in jail, he said, was the most humiliating time of his life.

“I don’t like confrontation, so I kind of back away from it,” he told the Pittsburgh station. “This is really hard for me. I spent nine hours in jail and it was the lowest point of my life. I was sitting there in a county jail thinking about why I even started dating this girl. I don’t even know when I’m allowed back in my own home. I just hope that the hearing goes OK and I can move back into my home. I just want my life back.”

“You really find out your true friends. I’ve had a lot of support from my fans,” he added.

Angle said he’s going to spend time with his family while he waits for his court dates in September and October.

“I’m going to sit and wait for trial. Go see my family and my kids, my daughter. It’s just really hard. My ex-wife has been very supportive.”

Angle wrestled in the main event of last Sunday’s Hard Justice pay-per-view in Orlando where a number of fans chanted “Jailbreak” during the event. TNA talent reportedly were told not to discuss the Angle situation with anyone.

Angle joined TNA in September 2006 and soon after admitted to a painkiller addiction. He had been granted an early release from WWE, where he had been suspended for allegedly using steroids after the wellness policy was implemented, due to “personal issues.” He later claimed that he had become addicted to painkillers and that WWE denied him time to go off to rehab, although the company recently stated that it had offered for him to go to rehab but he refused, claiming he could rehab while on the road.

Angle summarized his condition in a 2006 interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in which he admitted being a “junkie” who popped as many as 65 pills a day and was hooked on painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin, Norco and Lorcet.

“My body is so beat up and run down, I can’t even think straight. I need my body to re-heal and rehab. I have done this for too long without a break. I haven’t been able to really enjoy my life. I haven’t seen my family, I’ve had problems with medication — I’m just fried physically and mentally.”

Biggers, who was signed to a WWE developmental contract in late 2005, made her TNA debut in February 2008. She and former TNA performer Roxxi (Nicole Raczynski) both served 60-day suspensions in April following a backstage altercation where Roxxi confronted Khan about working too stiff.

Former WCBD-TV reporter and current Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O’Dell will be guest-hosting a future edition of Raw to help raise awareness of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and her nonprofit foundation.

O’Dell, whose mother passed away from the disease last year, heads up has a nonprofit group called Betty’s Battle she founded in her mom’s honor. The organization is a special MDA ALS Division campaign that raises funds supporting services and research to find treatments and a cure for those with ALS.

The Myrtle Beach native, Clemson grad and former Miss South Carolina, who was Nancy Humphries while at WCBD, also will be featured as a backstage interviewer for tonight’s Summer Slam pay-per-view.

- Chris Jericho hit the nail in the head when he recently told the Baltimore Sun that WWE was in a “crisis period” regarding the lack of talent development.

“We’re in a crisis period in WWE and we need to build new guys. When Shawn Michaels came back to Raw, he said, ‘Who’s been built since I left?’” Jericho told the paper’s Kevin Eck.

Jericho noted that Smackdown has done a much better job in elevating talent, citing John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler and Cryme Tyme, along with the elevation of the Intercontinental title thanks to Rey Mysterio. Since Michaels left the scene following Wrestlemania, however, no upward mobility has occurred on Raw.

“They better do it soon, because when this generation of performers is gone, who will replace them?”

- The Miz echoed Jericho’s sentiments last week in an interview with the Miami Herald.

“I think it will be an absolutely incredible match,” he said of Jeff Hardy and C.M. Punk main-eventing tonight’s Summer Slam. “These two are definitely extreme and know exactly what they’re doing and know how to do a main event-level match. It’s also two new guys in the main event. We’ve seen the same five people in the main event for so long now. It’s a breath of fresh air to see these two there.’’

- Jeff Hardy’s match with Punk most likely will be his final WWE bout for the immediate future, as he is expected to take a hiatus from the company.

Brother Matt said that last week’s six-man bout on Smackdown could be the final time the Hardys team up.

“The Hardys team again in what could possibly be the last time ever — you never know what the future holds,” he said on Twitter.

- Tazz (Pete Senerca) has replaced Don West as Mike Tenay’s announcing partner on TNA.

West has been promoted within the TNA organization to oversee merchandise development and sales initiatives.

- Nearly 1,000 people turned out for last weekend’s Family Fun Night at Miles Road Baptist Church in Summerville. The event, which featured three old-school pro wrestling matches, was a great success, said pastor Jim Palmer, who has successfully used wrestling as a community outreach vehicle for a number of years.

The show featured several former Mid-Atlantic favorites including The Barbarian, Manny Fernandez, George South and Baby Doll.

“I think everything went extremely well,” said Palmer. “I’ve had nothing but positive feedback, which is really not unusual, but we’ve probably had more positive feedback for this than some of our past events.”

The family-friendly event also featured jump castles, food courts, carnival games and other assorted exhibits.

This year’s offering marked the first wrestling-themed show since 2006.

“Wrestling always has done well for us,” said Palmer, who over the years has brought in a number of current and former wrestling stars to share their testimonies. “It’s one of the things I stress — just our way of giving back to the community. It’s important for us as a church not only to be on the receiving end, but also to be on the giving end back to the community. That’s why we do this at essentially no cost to anyone who comes.”

- I’ll be on “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant’s weekly wrestling show 5-6 p.m. Thursday. The show can be accessed on the Internet at Call in at toll-free number 1-888-639-4900.

- Old School Championship Wrestling will present a show Aug. 30 at Weekend’s Pub, 428 Red Bank Road, Goose Creek. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bell time is 6.

Former WWE star Al Snow, who will be making his second appearance for OSCW, will square off with Chris Mayne in the main event. Robert Gibson, one half of the legendary Rock ‘N Roll Express, also will make a special appearance and will be available for autographs.

Adult admission is $10; kids 12 and under $5.

For more information, visit or call 743-4800.

- Happy birthday to longtime wrestling fan, local entertainer and former American Idol contestant Shane Clark. The ultra-talented musician has a new song out called "Gypsy Road" that's been getting airtime on WEZL Radio. You can catch the Shane Clark Experience tonight at the Folly Beach Holiday Inn from 8-11 p.m.

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