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Kurt Angle believes Rusev would be the perfect opponent for him

Kurt Angle

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle recently spoke to Esquire Middle East and talked about many wrestling related topics. Below are some of the highlights from his latest interview:

Talking about what would be the best way to end his career, Angle said that his main aim would be to contribute and wrestle some younger guys; though later he also talked about a possible title run:

“I think everybody wants a title-run. I’m 48 years old – I’m still in great shape, I can still go pretty hard in the ring, but then again there are other talents out there that need the title more than I do. Don’t get me wrong it would be a lot of fun if I did get a title run, but at the same time as long as I’m contributing and helping out the company I’d be happy with that.”

Kurt has previously been asked about which wrestler he would like to face in WWE if he makes his in ring return and over a number of interviews, he has talked about more than half a dozen current WWE Stars he would like to wrestle with.

However this time he gave a specific reply and said he could have a really meaningful feud with the former United States Champion Rusev:

“There are obviously a lot of guys out there but one that I think I could have a really meaningful feud with would be Rusev. I really like the way he competes in the ring. I love his persona and I think I’d be able to have a nice program with Rusev. He’s a very talented individual, and I think that the clash of our styles would work very well.”

Unfortunately for Kurt Angle, Rusev is now a part of the SmackDown Live roster and even if the Olympic Gold Medallist makes his in-ring return sometimes down the line, the possibilities of a match between the two are not very bright.


  • D2K

    Unlike Lesnar, Rock,and Goldberg, Kurt Angle has had serious neck injuries and is one bad-bump away from the wheelchair or worse. Wrestling on even a semi-regular basis greatly increases that risk. I don’t know what he plans to do, but I feel it would be in his best interests to stay out of the ring unless it is against a VERY low-impact opponent that can take care of him while still looking good.

    Virtually no one on the RAW roster fits that bill. He would need to go back to Smackdown.

  • MrDr3w

    No, Vince will probably keep the match going until they’re BOTH paralyzed.

  • D2K

    Or last one NOT to get paralyzed wins.

  • MrDr3w

    Last one to get paralyzed wins?

  • D2K

    Kurt Angle was always better on Smackdown. There is a lot of potential for great matches with guys that can take care of him on that roster. Too many monsters on RAW he has no business in the ring with. I also would rather see Angle as a heel.

    Also, if Angle has a successful run that could work in Daniel Bryan’s favor of a case that he should be allowed to compete. They could even make a story line out of that.

  • Anutosh Bajpai

    Think it this way bud, Rusev has just moved to SmackDown, so logically wwe would like him to put against some SD superstars than putting him in a inter promotion match. Plus it’s not like Kurt Angle will have a long run with WWE. Even if he returns to the ring it will be for one or two match, currenetly Angle is penciled to face Triple H and if he has one more match later it’s likely to be against a Raw star. And i dont think the fired from Raw story line would do as it will damage the credibility of both Brand Split and Superstar Shake up, something which WWE won’t want.

    Ps- These are all just my personal views, and i respect your thoughts too and as a wrestling fan i hope you’d be proved right cause i would also love to see a feud between Rusev and Angle

  • Thomas Murray

    Anutosh Bajpaiyou you say

    Unfortunately for Kurt Angle, Rusev is now a part of the SmackDown Live
    roster and even if the Olympic Gold Medallist makes his in-ring return
    sometimes down the line, the possibilities of a match between the two
    are not very bright.

    I say what utter tripe, as inter promotion match, fired from SD and shows up on Raw or vice versa to bring back SMcM-H

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    I agree, I always thought that about Angle and Rusev.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Kurt vs Rusev
    Kurt vs Samoa Joe
    Kurt vs Lesnar (again)
    Kurt vs Fin Balor
    Kurt vs Pete Dunn

  • pitfallharry219

    The thing about giving Kurt the title at almost 50 years old is that, unlike Lesnar, Rock, and Goldberg, he would be ready to go every single show.