WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has left an indelible mark on the wrestling world with his remarkable rookie year and legendary career. He gained the trust and favor of none other than Vince McMahon himself, becoming a true icon in the business. However, despite all his accomplishments, Angle now looks back with regret on some controversial moments from his time in WWE.
Throughout his illustrious career, Angle achieved numerous accolades and held the prestigious title of multi-time World Champion. He stepped into the ring with legendary pro wrestlers like The Rock and The Undertaker, etching his name in wrestling history.
Yet, as his WWE tenure neared its end before his departure for TNA in 2006, Angle found himself involved in storylines and segments that left a sour taste in his mouth. Notably, the controversial ‘I like to play with boys’ and ‘Beastiality’ promos created quite a stir and put the Olympic Gold Medalist in an uncomfortable position. Despite his discomfort, Angle didn’t object and went along with the storylines.
During Q&A session at Steel City Con, a fan confronted him about these controversial WWE promos. The WWE Hall of Famer openly admitted that he regrets blindly following Vince McMahon’s orders for those promos.
“Listen, I said a lot of stuff back then. This was the time when I was cutting a promo on Rey Mysterio [I like to play with boys promo]… I did this like three times, I messed up and said something perverted. So it became a meme and fans loved it… I said a lot of stuff back then I said I don’t like black people. I said some crazy stuff that Vince McMahon had me say and it just wouldn’t fly today. That was one of the promos that people took offense to and I enjoyed doing it. It was funny… Unfortunately, no. I said whatever Vince McMahon told me to and I probably should’ve said somethings I said, yes. I regret somethings, yeah.”
Kurt Angle also expressed regret about not achieving the same level of merchandise sales as wrestling legends like Steve Austin and John Cena. Additionally, he’s set to undergo fusion neck surgery next year, adding another layer of complexity to his career and legacy. While Angle may have some regrets, he continues to live with them, knowing that there’s not much he can do to change the past.
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