Kurt Angle recently spoke with Metro UK for an interview mostly about his recovery from pain pill addiction and how he can help others, but the topic of discussion soon turned to the possibility of the Gold Medalist's return to the ring. He was asked if he had a list of guys he'd like to work with, should the WWE clear him, and you can tell Kurt's been thinking about this.
"There are a lot of great athletes in WWE right now so I’m not going to be too choosy. I’d love to go another round with Brock Lesnar or Triple H or even John Cena again, but there is a lot of talent I really enjoy watching. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Sheamus, I love Rusev and I’d love to get my hands on Finn Balor. We’ll see what happens. I don’t know how long Kurt Angle will last, but I’m going to go as long as I can as long as I stay healthy.
I’m not here to do a one-off and ride off into the sunset, I’m here to help contribute to the company, whether it be one, two or five years."
Because Metro UK is, well, a UK publication, they took special notice of Angle saying he'd "like to get his hands on" Ireland's favorite son Finn Balor and asked him to elaborate.
"I’ve known Finn for ten years because I was wrestling over in Japan when he was there. I remember him as this young kid with a Justin Bieber style haircut with the hair spinning all over his head. When I came back to WWE, I didn’t even know he was the same person. He said Hi to me a couple of months ago and I just said hi back and walked past him. He was like ‘You don’t remember me do you?’ and I was like 'You’re the kid from Japan!'
What he’s been able to do over the past ten years is incredible, not just wrestling in the junior division in Japan to the heavyweight division, but bringing this character to life. Finn Balor, the Demon. He has transcended himself to being one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, and I remember him as a cruiserweight in Japan. You can’t believe how blown away I am by him.
I know that he was main eventing a lot of shows in Japan before he came to the United States, and he went through the Dojo camp over there, wrestling Japanese style which is very stiff and he was able to survive it.
He’s on top of the world, one of the top three guys right now and he’s just started. Being able to do a program with him would be awesome. I’m sure he dreamed of wrestling me back then, now I’m dreaming of wrestling him."
Pencil it in now: Kurt Angle vs heel Finn Balor, WrestleMania 34. With Gallows & Anderson in Finn's corner, and backing up Angle: American Alpha.
Be right back, fantasy booking.