WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recently took to his The Kurt Angle Show podcast, where he discussed his decision to drop the IMPACT X-Division Title to Jay Lethal at the 2007 No Surrender PPV Event and how he didn't get any heat for it, but Jay Lethal did and that would lead to Lethal not holding the title for very long.
Kurt Angle said:
“The crazy thing about that match is Jay Lethal wasn’t supposed to beat me.”
“Now understand that at this particular time, they wanted me to hold all the titles. So I was TNA World Heavyweight Champion, I was IWGP champion, I was TNA tag team champion, and I was X-Division champion. They wanted all the gold around me. I felt like, ‘You know what? I want to give back to these guys. Why not put Jay Lethal over in the X-Division?’ I thought it was a great idea.”
“Of course, we got a little heat for it and Jay Lethal didn’t hold that title very long afterwards. I didn’t get heat for it, but he did and it was unfortunate.”
Kurt Angle also talked about how the decision was made before the match and how he told Lethal to not say anything to anyone.
Kurt Angle said:
“No, it was beforehand. I told him let’s just not say anything. Don’t tell anybody. Let’s just put you over, and that’s what I did, and I wasn’t supposed to. It was a great match and it was a great moment. I thought it was awesome. It couldn’t have been better.”
“Jay Lethal was such an incredible worker. I loved working with him and I knew we’d have a great match. I just wanted to put the kid over. I was holding all the gold. I didn’t need all that gold.”
You can check out Kurt Angle's full comments at this link. H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the above quotes.