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Kurt Angle on Today’s Indie Scene, Today’s WWE Matches Needing To Slow Down

Former WWE Champ and TNA Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle recently joined WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast The Steve Austin Show. You can check out the highlights here:

On today’s Indie scene vs. the WWE:

“It’s crazy, man. These indies now, they’re doing really well, especially in the UK, and Scotland. I mean, they’re getting 4,000 to 7,000 fans at these events and they’re live streaming it on pay-per-view. And, I mean, the money’s incredible, especially for an indie show, so it’s pretty good. Wrestling right now is really good no matter where you are. I never thought I’d be getting paid the money I’m getting paid to wrestle at these indies.”

“I think that right now I really believe the indie scene is just about as good as it is in WWE. I wouldn’t say completely because, obviously, WWE gets the cream of the crop. They continue to recruit and they have a lot of talented individuals. But the indie scene isn’t that much worse. I mean, there are a lot of great matches, a lot of great wrestlers.”

On WWE needing to slow down its matches today:

“I look at WWE, and there are a lot of good talent right now. Now, their style, I think they’ve picked up the pace a little bit more. And I think they need to pull that back a little bit and get back to being a little more old school. I think the pace is going too fast. And I think the one thing they’re not doing is not selling as much as they used to. I think that down the road, if they continue to do that and continue to pick up the pace, it will, it could kill the business a little bit. [Austin knows] that wrestling goes in cycles and there was a time, I remember when I was in WWE where I’d say I had 50 straight matches where I didn’t tie up. It started with punches. But then, it slowed down, and then, the style came into technical wrestling and I know [Austin] and I did a lot of that, so I think that it’ll come around. I just think right now, they’re probably giving these wrestlers less time on TV and if you give them less time, they’re not going to have time to tell that story at the beginning, showing that wrestling ability. Instead, they just go right into a high spot.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)

  • Dubs

    It’s true, it’s true.
    We need more wrestling, get the Hitman and Kurt involved in NXT and development centre.