Kurt Angle is one of the most celebrated wrestlers to ever set foot in the squared circle.
He famously -mainly because he won't let us forget - won a freestyle wrestling gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics back in 1996 and is one of only four people to complete an amateur wrestling Grand Slam with victories at junior nationals, NCAA, World Championships and the Olympics.
However, between TNA and the WWE, Angle is an 11-time world champion in professional wrestling and he knows a thing or two about sports entertainment.
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Appearing on Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast 'The Steve Austin Show', the former Olympian - commonly regarded as the greatest shooter of all-time - provided a voice of experience for the burgeoning WWE roster.
“I look at WWE, and there are a lot of good talent right now. Now, their style, I think they’ve picked up the pace a little bit more," Angle told Austin. "And I think they need to pull that back a little bit and get back to being a little more old school. I think the pace is going too fast. And I think the one thing they’re not doing is not selling as much as they used to. I think that down the road, if they continue to do that and continue to pick up the pace, it will, it could kill the business a little bit.
"[Austin knows] that wrestling goes in cycles and there was a time, I remember when I was in WWE where I’d say I had 50 straight matches where I didn’t tie up. It started with punches. But then, it slowed down, and then, the style came into technical wrestling and I know [Austin] and I did a lot of that, so I think that it’ll come around.
"I just think right now, they’re probably giving these wrestlers less time on TV and if you give them less time, they’re not going to have time to tell that story at the beginning, showing that wrestling ability. Instead, they just go right into a high spot.”
Kurt Angle is a first ballot WWE Hall of Famer when the time is right and with his expected return to the company seemingly only a matter of time, it will be interesting to see how the Wrestling Machine puts his advice into practice when he eventually makes his way back to where he started.
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