Kurt Angle spoke with Forbes for a new interview, discussing Linda McMahon in the Trump administration, how many new faces are in the WWE locker room, fans speaking their minds (and sometimes getting what they want) and why John Cena is the #GreatestOfAllTime. (Sorry, Chris Jericho.)
"She has done the business aspect of that company (the WWE) for all this time. She deserves that. If anybody is going to be able to represent the United States for small businesses, it's Linda McMahon. She has taken WWE from a semi-small company into a worldwide mecca. She singlehandedly did that. Vince was more the hands-on approach, as far as entertainment was concerned, but Linda McMahon deserves that job more than anybody and I'm so happy for her."
"The thing is, there's great talent out there. I like the whole NXT thing, I think that helps WWE so much, I think Triple H has done a tremendous job, but you have to remember they're also taught by the same people so you want a little bit of a different flavor from everyone. You have Ring of Honor, you have TNA, you have New Japan [Pro Wrestling]. The UK is really coming on strong with wrestlers, so WWE has a lot to pick from and there's a lot of great talent out there right now."
"I believe that social media has made it much easier for the fans to semi-control what's going on.
"When somebody's in high demand, after a while, WWE can't ignore it. Daniel Bryan is a great example. So, I think that social media has given the fans a bigger voice and it's gotten to the point where companies can't ignore it anymore. If you're hot, you're hot. I believe maybe social media maybe had a little bit to do with me being able to come back to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.
"A lot of fans want to see Kurt Angle, one last run in the WWE and it's become so consistent, it's crazy and I'm actually in shock at how much support I get on social media."
"He has been the staple of sports entertainment for the last 11 years. The incredible thing about John, John has never been known, personally for all of us, as a fighter. He's not a guy who's going to to throw fists and mix it up. But what he has been able to endure for 12, 13 years. Nobody has ever done that.
"John Cena is the man. I don't know anybody else who has gone 13 years on top...I'm not going to say he's the greatest athlete in WWE history, but he will go down as the greatest of all time in WWE history."
"I would say (Steve) Austin, Cena, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are my four picks."
Angle also talked about the differences between WWE and MMA. You can read the entire interview by clicking here.
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