Monday, February 29, 2016

Why I Want Kurt Angle In The WWE

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Greetings fans of the man that won a Olympic gold medal with a broken freakin' neck, Kurt Angle! Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, is back with another blog, this time chronicling why I would love to see Kurt Angle back in the WWE and what I think he could do for the company. Oh it's's damn true!

Now for those that haven't been following TNA (I know there are some out there and some probably think Angle actually retired 16 years ago, cause they don't watch TNA.) Kurt Angle has closed out a very stellar 16 year career in TNA recently, as his TNA contract has expired and Angle has chosen not to resign. Inside the Impact Zone, Angle accomplished a lot in his TNA career.

6-Time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, 1-Time TNA X-Division Champion, 2-Time TNA World Tag Team Champion, 2-Time King of the Mountain, Back to back feuds of the year with Samoa Joe in 2006 and 2007, match of the year against Sting in 2007 and of course inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2013. Very impressive considering WWE was sceptical of Angle's future when he left the company in 2000.

But I'm not here to blog and bash WWE, I actually want to blog about why I'd love to see the Olympic hero back where it all started, the WWE. Now this blog will contain all pros on why I want Angle back in WWE, I'm not blogging any cons, because I really want to see Angle back in the WWE and I honestly don't care about the cons. (If you're looking for Angle bashing, you won't find it here cause I'm a huge fan of Angle.)

*** NXT and Mentoring ***

Of course the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Kurt Angle possibly returning to the WWE, is putting him in NXT. NXT has become not just a training ground for up and comers, but has now blossomed into its own promotion. Guys that have already made their names on main rosters, like Rhyno, Brian Kendrick, Jushin Thunder Liger, James Storm, Samoa Joe and Austin Aries have all graced the halls of Full Sail University. Putting Kurt Angle on NXT would not only be smart, but business smart. Putting Angle in matches against guys like Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, Austin Aries and of course Samoa Joe would be another huge shot to the arm of NXT and continue to build NXT as its own promotion. Angle could also be used as a stepping stone to the main roster, but in a good way. Basically if you can go toe to toe with Angle and impress him, then you're ready for the main roster.

Angle would also be there backstage for the mentoring. Any wrestler having second thoughts about a match or their limitations, Angle would be there to give his advice and help nourish that up and comer. Angle would be there to not only make a wrestler better at their craft in the ring, but also build their minds to appreciate what the business means and why it's so important.

*** A WWE Retirement Tour ***

TNA let Angle do a retirement tour, why not WWE? Right now WWE is known for many part timers on the roster. Guys like Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho and The Rock for example. It baffles my mind on why WWE wouldn't pull the trigger and give Angle a three month run and have one hell of a retirement tour. That's a definite guaranteed three months worth of quality five star matches and three pay per views that could gain huge subscribers that are Angle fans.

Now if I was Vince McMahon, I'd debut Angle the first week of January, have him announce his retirement tour on RAW and then go from there.  I'd have Angle wrestle on 2 RAW's in January, Royal Rumble, 2 RAW's in February, Fastlane, 3 RAW's in March and finally his retirement match at Wrestlemania. That's a total of ten matches that Angle would have against the WWE's best. After thinking about it for a little bit, I've decided on the 10 guys I would choose in this tour and why.

RAW: Neville. Angle praises the up and comer and sees a bright future for Neville. Angle vs. Neville would be the perfect kick off to Angle's retirement tour.

RAW: Alberto Del Rio. You definitely have to throw in just one opponent that hates America and have Angle stand up for our country. Del Rio and Angle are masters of mat and submission wrestling.

Royal Rumble: Kevin Owens. Owens wants to prove that Angle is way out of his league, has no business in the WWE and frankly is too "old".

RAW: Cesaro. Angle understands how Cesaro has been held back through the years and tells Cesaro to reach way down and give him a five star match and put the WWE back on notice.

RAW: Chris Jericho. Jericho and Angle had memorable matches with each other when both were starting out in WWE. This is a definite must on the tour.

Fastlane: AJ Styles. Angle is reliving his past matches against AJ back in TNA and wants to see if the kid still has it.

Kurt Angle comes out the night after Fastlane and brags about his great match with AJ Styles. Now it's time to look ahead to three guys that were a dominant faction in the WWE. Angle challenges all three former members of The Shield as his next opponents leading into his retirement match at Wrestlemania.

RAW: Dean Ambrose
RAW: Seth Rollins
RAW: Roman Reigns

Wrestlemania: John Cena. Without Kurt Angle there would've been no John Cena. Cena made his WWE debut, wrestling Angle on Smackdown. I think it would only be fitting that Cena was Angle's last opponent.

*** WWE Behind-The-Scenes Position ***

Of course once the retirement tour ends, where would Kurt Angle go from there? How about a backstage mentor, or a road agent or a wrestling talent scout. Angle could do what guys like Michael P.S. Hayes, Ted Dibiase and Arn Anderson have done in the past, be that go to guy backstage when needed. With Angle's experience in the business, Angle could be there to help that up and comer from NXT find their gimmick to put them over on the main roster. Angle could be there to give advice and tell a wrestler what he thinks is and isn't working for them when he watches them wrestle. Angle, being a follower of amateur wrestling could be on the look out for any impressive talent coming up that could be a WWE fit. Maybe a nice suit and tie job inside WWE Headquarters?

*** WWE Hall of Fame ***

Of course another reason to see Kurt Angle back in the WWE is so he can take his rightful place inside the WWE Hall of Fame. Angle definitely is WWE HOF worthy.

Maybe Kurt Angle will just ride off into the sunset and enjoy retirement from wrestling for good and not even attempt a WWE comeback. Now again this whole blog was nothing but my wishes of nonsense that'll probably never happen. I also know that all the pros I've listed above have many cons. One thing is for sure though, before Angle calls it a career, I would love to one day see him back in a WWE ring.

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