• “No, not at all” – Kurt Angle On If He’s Happy With His Final WWE Run
During an appearance on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle talked about his recent surgery, Ric Flair coming out of retirement & more.
Below are the highlights:
If he had a knee replacement surgery recently so he could return to the ring:
“No, my knees were shot. I had to have them done. I didn’t have a choice. I’m not going to mess these knees up.
I’m not going to try. I’m just trying to have a better quality of life. I’m not trying to get back in the ring. I just want to feel better about my body.”
Ric Flair returning to the ring for one last match:
“I think it’s awesome. I think that if he’s going to do it, I’m not sure who he’s going to wrestle. I was told possibly Ricky Morton, or maybe even Jay Lethal, but I think Ric needs to go with a younger wrestler, somebody that can carry him a little bit better.
If he goes with an older wrestler, it’s going to look a little bit like two old men wrestling. I think that Ric needs a younger talent if he wants to have a great match.”
If he’s happy with his final WWE run before retirement:
“No, not at all. I went back to WWE. It wasn’t a big welcome home. It was more of a, ‘we’re going to show you what you did when you left us.’ I didn’t have any hard feelings about it, but Vince McMahon just didn’t have any plans for me.
I was doing more jobs than I was winning. I don’t blame him for that. I left the company high and dry in 2006, and coming back, I think he felt that I was a little bit of a liability because of my broken necks.
I had four broken necks in WWE back in the 2000s. I also had a painkiller problem that I got myself out of, but I think that he thought I was a little bit of a liability so he didn’t want to utilize me the way he should have.”
His relationship with Vince McMahon:
“I have a great relationship with Vince. I did when I started. It got a little shady after I left. I was pretty bitter about what transpired with my injuries and the painkiller problem. It was just a lot going on at that particular time.
I stopped contact with Vince when I went to TNA. But when WWE called me back from my retirement, we left off where we started.
Basically, we became close again. He was always a father figure to me, and he still was when I returned to WWE.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 24, 1996) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Brown County Expo in Green Bay, Wisconsin and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 9: International Incident’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Ahmed Johnson vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
2. The BodyDonnas vs. The Brooklyn Brawler & Jerry Fox
3. Vader, Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith vs. Aldo Montoya, Savio Vega & Barry Horowitz
4. The Undertaker vs. Steve Austin