On a recent episode of his weekly podcast, Old School WWF Legend Kurt Angle talked about the evolution of professional wrestling from story-based matches back in his day to the more spot-fest like encounters you see nowadays, at least more often than not.
Here’s what the Olympic Gold Medalist had to say:
“Pro wrestling today is a lot different. It’s a lot more high action, a little more high flying, a lot of acrobatics, they do less selling, less storytelling.
I just think that pro wrestling, these guys should go back to the way it was. Start doing some chain wrestling and certain techniques to make it basic, because that’s the art of the sport.
It’s telling the story, having the good guy outwrestle the bad guy at the beginning, then having the bad guy cut the good guy down and get heat on him, and then have the good guy make the comeback and you have the finish.
Does the bad guy cheat and win, or does the good guy overcome and win? These are simple ways of doing it, and the thing is, now we got complicated.
Now you don’t know who the babyface or the heel is.”
Kurt Angle wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment during the Attitude Era and the Ruthless Aggression Era, from 1999 until he left in 2006 and joined Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA), where he performed until 2016.
The 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist then returned to WWE in 2017, got inducted into the Hall of Fame and worked for them until he officially retired in 2019.
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