WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recently sat down with William Mullally of Al Arabiya ahead of today’s Saudi Arabian Crown Jewel pay-per-view. Angle talked about today’s event, dream matches, how long he has left before retirement, his relationship with WWE CEO Vince McMahon, and more.
On How It Feels To Be Back In Saudi Arabia:
It’s a long trip, but it’s worth it. This country is so different, and the last time we were here we had such a great turn out. It’s great to have a whole new dimension of fans. To come over here and show your gratitude back to them for being so loyal and coming to this event, these stadium shows are just phenomenal.
A Comparison Of Crown Jewel & The Greatest Royal Rumble:
On What He Is Most Looking Forward To About The Crown Jewel World Cup Tournament:
Dream Matches Before Retirement:
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Cesaro, Sheamus, and I want AJ Styles in WWE, not TNA. I did wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura in Japan, but I’d love to hit him in WWE too. There’s a lot of talent out there right now. I haven’t been a talent pool this deep ever. These guys are animals now. It’s a whole new breed. It’s good, and nice to know that I can still go toe to toe with them. These guys are wrestling with the intensity that I wrestled in 2006, and nobody matched my intensity back then except Chris Benoit. These guys are doing it at my intensity now, all of them are doing it. It’s pretty amazing how these guys have stepped up their athletic ability.
On His Current Physical Condition:
I have issues—pain now in my neck, my back, my knees, but nothing that I can’t handle. I’m going to be 50 years old in December. My body—I worked it hard, my whole life. Ever since I was 7 years old, I’ve been doing something that was probably detrimental to it. But I’m feeling pretty good right now for what I put my body through. The secret is staying active. I never stopped wrestling, I never stopped training—I followed through. The moment you stop, you lose it all. I didn’t want to do that. I kept going, even when I took a break between TNA and WWE. I did eight matches in a year and a half span when I wasn’t signed with a company. I wrestled Cody Rhodes three times, I wrestled Alberto Del Rio once, I wrestled Rey Mysterio once. I kept it alive for a while so that when I got to WWE I knew I’d be ok. I wrestled a handful of matches here. Not as much as I’d like to, but hopefully in the future it will be a bit more.
On What He Brings To Matches Nowadays:
Experience. There’s a lot of things that I could do to make that match better than what I could have done 10 years ago. I could tell you all of it but most of it’s more or less just knowledge. When to do things at the right time, when not to do things, but as far as my athletic ability, I’m pretty good right now. I may be half a step behind what I was 12 years ago, but I’m up there with everybody else. All my life I’ve always been a step ahead of everybody. Now I’m right there with them. I can hang with these guys so I’m pretty excited about my performance.
On His Relationship With Vince McMahon:
On Mentoring Younger Talent:
On What He Enjoys Most At This Point In His Career:
Being back with the boys and the girls. It’s always a family. There are very seldom times when we’re fighting or we don’t’ like each other. Just about everybody loves everybody. It’s camaraderie, it’s a family. I was out of it for a long time, and when I came in I felt like I missed a generation—which I did. I felt like an outsider. They pulled me in, and they said, you’re part of us now. That was like—wow, because everyone I wrestled was gone, so this is a whole new slew of people. They took me under their wing, and made me an honorary member of the family.
On What His Future Plans Include:
I don’t know—I haven’t given it much thought as far as being a producer, an agent, and that sort of stuff. I’m not there yet. I don’t know. When I talk to you about being a manager, that’s also wrestling part time. Managing wrestlers, and using those wrestlers to put in front of me to keep the wrestler away from me until it’s the right time for the main event for me and that wrestler, you understand? I would manage wrestlers to have them do my dirty work. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m not quite where I want to hang it up and never wrestle again.
On Doing More Comedy & Heel Work In Wrestling & How Long He Has Left Before Retirement:
Yeah. I still have some left in my tank. I want to utilize that before it’s gone. We’re talking three years at the most.
On Any Other Plans In Saudi Arabia:
Angle participates in today’s Crown Jewel World Cup tournament where he will get things started in round one against Dolph Ziggler. Stay with WrestleZone for complete live coverage throughout the event.
Kurt Angle Talks Crown Jewel, Relationship W/ Vince, Retirement, & More