When Kurt Angle left the WWE, he departed for TNA Impact Wrestling. From there, he went on to win a championship and solidify his legacy apart from World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE fans sometimes think that stars who were created by Vince McMahon cannot last in other promotions. Angle is a good example of that not being accurate.
He became a legend inside the WWE. His charisma, combined with his athletic ability and raw emotion provided for great excitement in the ring. Just like Apollo Crews right now, Angle was silky-smooth as a wrestler. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-native made difficult moves look simple. At times, he would make a serious moment a comedic one.
For example, there was a backstage segment with Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker, Kane, and Vince McMahon. It was Team WWF backstage and Angle took Stone Cold’s guitar and started to play it. Austin swiped the guitar from Angle and his reaction was priceless. It was the little things that Angle did well that simply worked.
That said, Angle has made some decisions that weren’t best for business. The last several months have had WWE fans wondering if Angle would ever return to the company for one final run. Recent comments aren’t helping his cause as he recently demeaned one of the WWE’s biggest products.
“No. With all due respect, the talent on the NXT roster is phenomenal. They are doing something right down there as far as getting talent ready. I just don’t think it would be worth it for either side to have me go down there and work on NXT. Not saying I wouldn’t do it, but it is considered the WWE minor league. With that in mind, I think anybody would feel the same way about it.”
After his statement about WWE NXT, he addressed the possibility of going back to the WWE once again.
“Right now, I am not thinking that far into it. If I feel good after I take my time off, I might want to continue wrestling. That’s why I didn’t say I was retiring from wrestling for good. It was just the last matches I had under contract with TNA. It’s more of a TNA retirement thing rather than anything else. I’m enjoying everything about retirement right now.”
First off, Kurt Angle is a bit far-off when he talks about WWE NXT. Today in London, the NXT roster performed admirably and put on one of the best wrestling shows ever. That’s a big statement, but each time, the NXT wrestlers try to out-work each and every one of them. There’s a simple reason why they are so spectacular. That, and Triple H gives the final “okay” after the main writer plans all of the shows.
That way, there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen. For Angle to say that, is that a form of jealousy showing from the Gold medalist? Angle is still with Impact Wrestling. Unlike many of his former-co-workers, he is remaining loyal to Dixie Carter. He’s helping promote Impact Wrestling’s debut on Pop TV. Give Angle credit, he’s not saying to the public that it’s a bad decision.
Instead, perhaps Angle is having sour grapes that Triple H doesn’t want him to come back. That surely isn’t out of disdain for the former-WWE champion, but Triple H does have a point. Do they need Kurt Angle to succeed? He would increase ratings, but after the buzz wears off, where would he go from there? A proper WWE Hall of Fame induction would be great and maybe even a guest appearance at a WWE NXT taping.
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