Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Kurt Angle – Returning to WWE, Shoot Incidents with Eddie Guerrero & Brock Lesnar, One More Match? More!
Jericho welcomes Kurt Angle to the show.
Angle says that when he transitioned from collegiate wrestling to wrestling for WWE, he was put with great guys right from the beginning. He says he basically only had one year of training before getting thrown into programs with Jericho, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero. From there he went on to work with The Undertaker, The Rock and other WWE Superstars.
Although people say he took to the business very quickly, he admits that he was simply listening to great performers in the ring and that allowed him to learn. He doesn’t think his collegiate background had as much of an impact on his professional wrestling career as the things that were taught to him by guys like Jericho and Undertaker early on.
Angle admits that he struggled with the idea of ‘giving his body’ to his opponents in the ring early on. His entire collegiate career he was taught to never give his body to an opponent, and it was very difficult for him to change his mindset in this matter.
Jericho asks Angle if he was initially supposed to be a babyface or a heel. Angle says that early on Vince McMahon told him that he was going to be positioned as a babyface, but by constantly bringing up how good he is at everything, he would become an annoying character who is ‘above’ everyone in the audience and that would garner boos. Angle didn’t believe that he’d get booed by WWE’s fans since he was just coming off of an Olympic gold medal win, but McMahon was right.