The following story sounds like it was made up, but according to Dave Meltzer in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it really did happen.
On the night of Monday, July 17, people from both WWE and Global Force Wrestling ended up in the same bar in Nashville, Tennessee. People from GFW had meetings in Nashville earlier in the day, while WWE was in the city that night for Raw at the Bridgestone Arena.
Karen Jarrett, who works for GFW as an on-air personality running Impact Wrestling, approached Braun Strowman for an autograph since he is one of her son’s favorite wrestlers. Strowman, however, was rude to her.
“I’m not sure what got into Strowman but he was rude and may have sworn at her,” Meltzer wrote.
“The version I heard had it but that’s from someone far enough away that they didn’t hear the verbiage of what started it but was told he did, but everyone there saw what happened next.”
Their encounter quickly turned into a scene as Karen went on a loud rant.
While Karen was going off on Strowman, she said that she was going to tell her son’s father about this incident, and her son’s father is Kurt Angle.
Strowman did an about face and said he’d give her an autograph. He then begged her not to tell Angle or anyone and said he was sorry.
Karen then said she was telling Kurt.
He said he’d get on his knees and beg her not to tell Kurt.
She said she was still telling him.
Strowman got on his knees in front of a bunch of WWE wrestlers and begged her not to.
On Karen’s response to Strowman’s begging, Meltzer wrote, “She basically said something like now you’re acting like that because you found out that Kurt Angle is the father of her son, but even if he wasn’t, he should have never acted like that to a mother who asked for an autograph for her son, even if it was just another wrestling fan.”
Strowman did say that’s true and he was sorry.
“Of course, this story will be denied all week by everyone involved,” Meltzer added.