Kurt Angle was announced as a member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 at the start of this year, which comes after his 11-year absence from the company.
Fans of the Atittude and Ruthless Aggression Eras of programming are thrilled with the move to bring one of their favourite performers back into the fold.
Tuesday’s appearance backstage at SmackDown this week in Pittsbrugh was the first in a line of smaller signs that a return to a WWE ring for the first time in over a decade may not be far off at all.
His last match came in 2006, and while he has denied it on tape every single time he’s asked, it would be a proud moment to step back inside of a WWE ring.
On Saturday afternoon, the Olympic Hero took part in an interview with Fox Sports as a part of the lead up to his Hall of Fame enshrinement. These promotional stops have been part of the process of folding him back into the larger WWE ecosystem.
When asked for his thoughts on the best wrestler from his era, Angle did not hesitate to answer and the answer is surprising considering he didn’t pick himself.
He said: “I’ll give you an example: Who I think is the greatest of all time is - but he just wasn’t there enough - was Stone Cold Steve Austin. He had a great run for five years, but he was also out a year of that.
“So his babyface run was about five years, but he was out with a neck injury for a year. Nobody can sustain it like John Cena has, and consistency is definitely a key when you’re talking about the greatest of all time.”
Angle is like most fans when pointing out that, at the top of his game, no one could touch Stone Cold. He was literally the biggest star in sports entertainment at the time and helped the company during the blockbuster programming of the 1990s.
Hearing the six-time world champion reflect on the time that he spent with the company in the late 2000s might have fans rooting for more Attitude Era nods in current programming. The writers hear these cries and try to inject current storylines with some of the same punch.
Just like The Texas Rattlesnake, there will never be another Kurt Angle and luckily fans might not have to wait too much longer to see him in the ring again.
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