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Karen Jarrett

Karen Jarrett
Birth name Karen Smedley
Born (1972-10-12) October 12, 1972
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Residence Hendersonville, Tennessee
Spouse(s) Kurt Angle (m. 1998–2008)
Jeff Jarrett (m. 2010)
Children Kyra Angle
(born December 2, 2002)
Kody Angle
(born October 26, 2006)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Karen Angle
Karen Jarrett

Karen Jarrett[1] (née Smedley, formerly Angle; born October 12, 1972) is an American professional wrestling valet and personality, currently working for Global Force Wrestling. She was formerly the Senior Vice President of the TNA Knockouts Division. She is the ex-wife of professional wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle and the wife of TNA and Global Force Wrestling (GFW) founder and wrestler Jeff Jarrett.[1]


  • Career 1
    • World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001, 2004) 1.1
    • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007–2008) 1.2
    • Return to TNA (2011) 1.3
    • Family Wrestling Entertainment (2013-present) 1.4
    • Global Force Wrestling (2015 -present) 1.5
    • Second return to TNA (2015) 1.6
  • Personal life 2
  • In wrestling 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001, 2004)

Karen was never involved in a storyline of Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship. She also made an appearance on the WrestleMania XX DVD set in a bonus segment regarding Kurt.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007–2008)

Karen Angle was introduced in Impact!, Karen came to the ring to the aid of A.J. Styles who was being beaten four on one by Booker T, Team 3D, and Tomko. After being ejected, Karen ran to the back to enlist Kurt's aid, who came out with a chair. Kurt threatened the four with the chair, only to turn around and see his estranged wife hugging a bloody AJ. Kurt freaked and hit AJ with the chair, thus prompting the four back in the ring. Team 3D held Karen up while Kurt held AJ's head, yelling at Karen, telling her this was all her fault. Kurt is quoted as saying to Karen, "This is your fault! You deceived me!" On the May 29, 2008 edition of Impact! after being assaulted backstage before his entrance, A.J. ran to the ring to help Karen only to be beat down by Team 3D and Kurt Angle for the second week in a row. Christian Cage came to the ring to aid Styles but was viciously assaulted for his trouble as well. It was then announced that at the Slammiversary pay-per-view it would be A.J. Styles one-on-one with Kurt Angle. Karen then interfered helping A.J. Styles win his match against Kurt Angle at Slammiversary 2008, turning her face again. Shortly thereafter, Angle was given her own interview segment, Karen's Angle on iMPACT. Her first interview was Kaz on July 24, 2008. On the October 9, 2008 episode of Impact!, it was announced that Karen had to step down as the host of Karen's Angle to focus on her family. Her profile and Knockout photos were taken off TNA's official website, but were put back up a few days later.

Return to TNA (2011)

On January 10, 2011, TNA announced that Karen would be making her return to the promotion on the January 13 edition of Impact!, appearing beside her new husband Jeff Jarrett, who has recently been feuding with Kurt Angle.[5] In her return appearance Karen confronted Angle just as he was about to attack Jeff, told him that she would not allow him to ruin their personal lives and promised to tell all about their divorce the following week.[6] The following week Karen slapped Kurt, providing a distraction which allowed Jeff to beat him down.[7] On February 13 at Against All Odds Jeff defeated Kurt in a singles match and as a result Angle was forced to walk Karen down the aisle, when she and Jarrett renewed their wedding vows on the March 3 edition of Impact!.[8] On March 3 Angle proceeded to destroy the wedding set with an axe and forced wedding guest, New York Jet Bart Scott to tap out with the ankle lock.[9] On May 15 at Sacrifice, Angle and Chyna, whom Angle had recently brought to the promotion to negate Karen, defeated the Jarretts in a mixed tag team match, after Karen submitted to Chyna.[10] Due to a storyline injury, Karen missed the culmination of Jeff's and Angle's feud at Slammiversary IX and the following Impact Wrestling, which led to the defeated Jarrett leaving the company for a tour of Mexico.[11][12] On June 18, Karen appeared beside her husband at Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración's (AAA) biggest event of the year, Triplemanía XIX, and provided a distraction, which led to Jeff defeating El Zorro for the AAA Mega Championship.[13] On the September 1 edition of Impact Wrestling!, Eric Bischoff named Karen the new Commissioner of the Knockouts Division.[14] On the October 20 edition of Impact Wrestling, Jarrett aligned herself with Gail Kim and Madison Rayne.[15] On the December 15 edition of Impact Wrestling, TNA's authority figure, Sting, fired both Jarretts from TNA as a result of Jeff losing to Jeff Hardy at Final Resolution.[16]

Family Wrestling Entertainment (2013-present)

On October 12, 2013, Jarrett appeared at Family Wrestling Entertainment's Grand Prix, where she was named Commissioner.[17]

Global Force Wrestling (2015 -present)

She is the co-founder of Global Force Wrestling. [18]

Second return to TNA (2015)

Karen, alongside her husband Jeff returned to Impact Wrestling on the June 24, 2015 tapings. Jeff announced that he will be the first entrant in the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary 2015.[19] Karen became a villainess on the August 26 episode of Impact Wrestling when she revealed that she orchestrated the attacks on TNA General Manager Bully Ray and Drew Galloway. [20]

Personal life

Karen has two children with her former husband Kurt Angle: a daughter named Kyra Angle (born December 2, 2002) and son named Kody Angle (born October 26, 2006). In 2008, Karen filed for divorce, which was finalized on October 26, 2008.[21][22]

In 2009, it was reported that Karen was romantically linked to TNA co-founder Jeff Jarrett. The relationship was said to have started while Kurt and Karen were separated.[23] This resulted in TNA president Dixie Carter placing Jarrett on a leave of absence.[24][25][26][27] The situation was revealed in July 2009 when a caller claiming to be a former TNA employee called the Bubba the Love Sponge Show.[28][29] On April 6, 2010, Karen announced that she and Jarrett were engaged.[30] Karen and Jarrett were married on August 21, 2010.[1] Karen has three stepdaughters as a result of her marriage to Jarrett.

In wrestling

Karen and Kurt Angle watching a match at ringside during an episode of Impact!.
  • Entrance themes
    • "Born and Raised (Instrumental)" by Dale Oliver
    • "My Quest" by Dale Oliver
    • "Gold Medal (Instrumental)" by Dale Oliver and Tha Trademarc
    • "Beauty Queen" by Dale Oliver[34]
    • "My World (Remix)" by Dale Oliver


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  13. ^ Cano Vela, Eduardo (2011-06-17). "Triplemania XIX (Cobertura y resultados 18 de Junio de 2011) – LA Park vs El Mesias Mascara vs Cabellera, TNA invade Triple A" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
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  16. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-12-15). "Caldwell's TNA Impact Wrestling report 12/15: PPV fall-out, Jarrett firing, Hardy-Ray". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
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  22. ^ Martin, Adam (2008-10-26). "Divorce between Kurt and Karen Angle is now final". WrestleView. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  23. ^ McNichol, Rob (July 21, 2009). "Jarrett in limbo after TNA row". The Sun (London). 
  24. ^ "Jeff Jarrett, Karen Angle story confirmed to be true". 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  25. ^ "New details on Jeff Jarrett's TNA status". 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  26. ^ "Latest on Jeff Jarrett and TNA". 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  27. ^ "TNA News: Transcript of the "Bubba the Love Sponge" phone call detailing Jeff Jarrett & Karen Angle living together". 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
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  29. ^ "Reports: Jeff Jarrett pulled from TV". 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  30. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2010-04-06). "Karen Angle engaged to top TNA star". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  31. ^ a b c "Karen Angle". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  32. ^ a b  
  33. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-04-21). "Caldwell's TNA Impact report 4/21: Complete coverage of TNA Title match, Tag Title match, Knockouts Tag Title match, Jarrett-Angle continues". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  34. ^ "Karen Angle Theme (Beauty Queen)". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 

External links

  • Karen Jarrett TNA Profile
  • Karen Jarrett GFW Profile
  • Lethal Women of Wrestling Profile
  • Online World of Wrestling Profile
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