Kurt Angle has been linked with a return to the WWE lately, but the former Olympic gold medallist is yet to return home over a decade after he left.
Instead, the 47-year-old has been taking selective independent bookings and enjoying a lighter schedule. After being a main draw in the WWE for close to seven years, Angle departed for TNA in 2006 and carried that company until his departure earlier this year.
However, Angle is a man seriously respected in MMA and wrestling. Like Brock Lesnar, Angle is a former NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and has won 12 world titles across WWE, WCW and TNA.
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In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Angle answered a hypothetical question about how WWE superstar and 15-time world champion John Cena would fair in UFC.
"John Cena would tap in twenty seconds in the Octagon, but he is still the biggest badass to ever walk the face of the earth. This kid has been on top for thirteen years. No one has ever done that. He's now in his fourteenth year on top. I couldn't do it. Hulk Hogan didn't do that, Stone Cold had four or five years tops, and it was the same with The Rock before he went to Hollywood.
"From a toughness standpoint, there is nobody tougher than John Cena. I would love to see Conor McGregor try to be on top of WWE for thirteen years. He wouldn't make it."
Angle is right in many ways; Cena has had an incredible run at the top of the card. People forget that comes with the longest, grueling matches and that's before you factor his travel schedule and media obligations - it would probably make McGregor sick.
Still, 20 seconds? It seems like Angle insulted Cena and then performed a complete 180. It's interesting that Angle would comment on the leader of the Cenation, especially as he is the superstar who Cena made his debut against.
What do you think: would Cena last in the Octagon? Let us know below.
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