On a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, the 1996 Olympic Gold Medlist said that if John Cena had joined Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) back then, it would have changed the entire professional wrestling world, as we know it.
Here’s what Kurt Angle had to say:
“Well, listen, John Cena, I believe, would’ve made just as much of an impact as I did for TNA. But if we both would’ve come there, that would’ve changed the face of wrestling.
I really believe that. I honestly believe that John Cena coming to TNA would’ve probably changed the face (of wrestling). Think he was such a big name that he’d immediately have a huge impact.
Oh, like I did. I don’t know if he’d have more of an impact. Maybe, maybe not, but I, but John Cena was really talented, and what he’s done in WWE is unparalleled.
So, having him come to TNA, first of all, if WWE released him, or if John Cena’s contract expired, WWE has no right to say ‘Hey, you’re not allowed to do that’.
I mean, you know, if John wanted to go to TNA, he would go to TNA. But the question is, would John Cena do that? That’s the question.”
John Cena made his WWE debut in 2002, answering Kurt Angle’s open challenge on SmackDown. He then became an evil rapper towards the end of that year, which eventually made him a big star and turned him back into a babyface in late 2003.
Cena won his first World Title in 2005, when he defeated JBL in the co-main event of WrestleMania 21 to become the new WWE Champion … and the rest – so they say – is history.
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