Kurt Angle has been out of WWE for nearly a decade now, and when his contract with TNA Wrestling came to an end this past fall, Angle expressed interest in returning to WWE. Unfortunately, WWE wasn’t interested in taking Angle back. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Angle even said that WWE treated him like a nobody, as they refused to even meet with the Olympic gold medalist.
Angle, who is 46, says that this year with TNA will be his final year as an active wrestler unless WWE calls and asks him to return. If that does happen, there are several new and old opponents who would be interesting match ups for Angle, including the current WWE United States Champion, John Cena.
This past week, the WWE web crew made a list of the top 5 people they wanted to see answer John Cena’s open challenge. It was a list filled with NXT standouts and WWE legends. But the most intriguing match up would be with Angle, who was the fourth name mentioned on the list.
During an episode of SmackDown on June 27, 2002, Kurt Angle laid out an open challenge, which was accepted by John Cena. The match was Cena’s WWE debut, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable WWE debut’s in WWE history. Angle ended up defeating Cena in a very competitive match. Since Cena made his WWE debut by accepting Angle’s open challenge, it would only be fitting if Angle made his WWE return by accepting Cena’s open challenge.
Kurt Angle is one of the people responsible for John Cena being where he is today, as Angle was one of Cena’s early feuds and did a very good job of making Cena look like he was ready to be a main-event-level superstar.
It’s unlikely that Kurt Angle would be the one to take the United States Championship off of John Cena if he returned, as WWE likes to defeat guys from the rival organization when they debut or return to the company. They’ve done it over and over again, most notably back in 2012, when John Cena defeated the returning Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules.
John Cena is set to defend the United States Championship against Rusev in a Russian Chain Match at this Sunday’s Extreme Rules. There’s a possibility that Cena could lose the U.S. Title at the event, but with WWE’s renewed focus on the secondary titles, it’s likely that Cena will hold onto the U.S. Title for quite a while.
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