RAW General Manager Kurt Angle recently spoke with TMZ where he said that he owes his entire pro wrestling career to Ric Flair because he was advised by Ric to join WWE instead of WCW.
“I learned a lot from Ric Flair. He’s the guy that pushed me to go to WWE instead of the WCW. I was ready to do a deal with WCW and he said, ‘No, go to WWE because Vince McMahon will know what to do with you.’”
The interesting thing is that The Nature Boy was in WCW at the time he advised Kurt.
Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter says that Angle’s story could be possibly true but it’s hard to believe that the story was never revealed for 19 years.
“In 1998, Flair was in WCW at the time and all I know is that I’ve never heard that story before and Flair and I have talked countless times about Angle and he never brought that up and nobody has ever brought up Angle when it came to WCW. While I suppose it’s possible, it’s hard to believe a story that Angle was about to sign with WCW was kept quiet for 19 years, especially since I knew about lesser amateur wrestlers that WCW had talked about in that era.”
You can watch the interview here: