As you’re all now well aware, Kurt Angle has been announced as the first inductee, and likely headlining act, for the 2017 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame. And just after his induction was announced, Angle talked with Sports Illustrated about a variety of topics, including who he wants to induct him, as well as why he wishes WWE had access to TNA’s tape library.
For his Hall of Fame induction, Angle says he wants Steve Austin to be the man to induct him:
“That’s a no-brainer. I had just started with WWE and had a program with Austin right after I beat Rock for the world title. I had a quick skit with Stephanie and Triple H, and then it was right on to Austin. We had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments, so he is at the top of my list.”
“Steve was one of the most giving individuals. He took me in and allowed me to shine even when it was still his time. I don’t ever compare myself to Stone Cold. He is the guy who elevated wrestling to a level that nobody ever went before, but he enabled me to show my talents when he very well could have said no. He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.”
On spending the last decade in TNA, a company that WWE has taken great pains to never acknowledge on their programming:
“Even though I was wrestling all these great matches, most WWE fans didn’t see those matches. That makes me sad, but it would be nice if WWE somehow got my TNA library, as well as AJ Styles’s, Samoa Joe’s, and Bobby Roode’s so people can see the stuff we did. Those guys will continue to have great matches, but we also had some great ones in TNA.”
Angle also said that currently, there are no specific plans for him to be involved in anything with WWE beyond the Hall of Fame ceremony, but that things like potential (though unlikely) return matches, or appearances on TV and in upcoming WWE video games, could certainly happen in the future. You can read the full interview on SI.com.