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Kurt Angle Reveals Why He Didn’t Get A Run Similar To That Of Goldberg Or Sting When He Returned To WWE

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 9, 1988) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Sundome in Tampa, Florida and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1988’ event.

The card can be found right here:

1. The Islanders vs. Jerry Grey & Lanny Poffo

2. Jake Roberts vs. Wellington Wilkins Jr.

3. Dino Bravo vs. Scott Casey

4. Sam Houston vs. Terry Gibbs

5. Butch Reed vs. Sivi Afi

6. Demolition vs. Jim Evans & Mike Richards

• Kurt Angle Reveals Why He Didn’t Get A Run Similar To That Of Goldberg Or Sting When He Returned To WWE

During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle talked about why he didn’t get a run similar to that of Goldberg when he returned to WWE.

Below is what Angle said:

“I knew I would go back, I just didn’t know when. I probably waited a couple of years too long. I did stay in great shape when I got back to WWE in 2016. I was ready to wrestle.

I took a year off and I wrestled who I wanted I wrestled Rey Mysterio. I wrestle [Alberto] Del Rio. I wrestled Cody Rhodes a couple times, three times actually. So, I was just trying to keep my body fresh and obviously keep enough activity to keep my body in shape that if I did come back to WWE I’d be ready.

When I did, Triple H and Vince McMahon pulled me aside and said ‘We’re gonna induct you in the Hall Of Fame first. Is that okay?’ I said, ‘Yeah, but I’d rather wrestle first.’

I didn’t have any options and I think I understand why. I don’t think it was to criticize me because I did leave WWE high and dry in 2006. It was my choice to leave and I know Vince McMahon and I didn’t part on good terms and I went straight to the other company [TNA].

Coming back Vince never forgot that I had a severe painkiller problem and I had a severe neck problem and I think when Vince brought me back he looked at me as a liability.

I think that’s why he had me do the shorter matches. He had me put talent over. He never really ran with me with a title run or anything like that. So, I was expecting that.

Goldberg came back [and had a title run] Sting came in and I think he at least had a title match, but it wasn’t in the plans. I don’t blame Vince for that.

Me being a liability with my five broken neck and my painkiller problem from a long time. I don’t think he wanted to see me fall back into that.”

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