The Olympic Hero is finally back where he belongs. While his debut came as a rush, we can all be thankful that the official singlet and entrance theme are still available for the right moment. With Kurt Angle back as an active wrestler, and likely set for an in-ring role as Team Raw’s leader at Survivor Series, singles matches are only a matter of time. At FRS Slam!, we can’t wait. Here is why.
Three New Matches We Hope to See…
- Kurt Angle vs. Rusev – Unfortunately, all of the real meaning in this feud died shortly after Rusev’s tank let him down against John Cena against WrestleMania. What originally could have been the best American patriot storyline in 20 years still has some potential. Rusev and Angle both tell powerful submission stories within the ring. Both are power houses. What goes under the radar is both of them can pull off the comedy. Angle was a straight man behind some of the funniest segments of the Attitude Era, and Rusev’s best moments since the end of his winning streak came with his comedy gene. Can anyone say White Russian Truck?
- Kurt Angle, American Alpha and Shelton Benjamin – The details of the match are not as important as the parties involved. From the second Chad Gable awkwardly teamed up with Jason Jordan in NXT and revitalized their runs in WWE, the World’s Greatest Tag Team comparisons began. Angle and his son against his former protegé and his son’s former partner? Let’s do it. Angle and Jordan hit their inevitable rough patch? Have both go back to partners they trust for a match. When Angle and Jordan eventually wrestle each other, we can only hope the strange storyline from this summer leaves both in good places.And in the modern landscape, who says Charlie Haas cannot be available for a brief stay. WWE brought in Tommy Dreamer and the Great Khali for recent one offs, why not the Haas of Pain?
- Kurt Angle vs. Roman Reigns – Think about this one from Roman’s perspective. You are Superman and something as human as illness just screwed you. You just lost out on your only chance all year to have the entire WWE arena support you. And who inserted himself and stole your spotlight? Not only did your general manager take your moment, he also took your signature tactical vest (foreign object anyone?) and the pinfall. Reigns has a believable issue, and one that he can aggressively attack without the full-on villain moniker WWE refuses to give him.
Of course the match can only end when Reigns kicks out of a super Angle Slam, powers out of a grape-vined ankle lock and spears the gold medalist three times for a clean victory. That is a problem for another day, while the build up and first 90 percent of the match will tear the house down.
Three Epic Rematches
- Kurt Angle vs. Triple H – This build up seems inevitable unless the man with three H’s goes to bat for his father in law on the blue brand instead. A match in 2018 between Angle and Triple H can have all of the storytelling and shenanigans of his WrestleMania match against Sting but with twice the wrestling ability. There are only so many “Attitude Era” stars still in the game, and any chance to see two of them tell a story that means something is worth my $9.99 a month.
- Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles, Version WWE – If you are enough of a wrestling fan to read this column, then you probably know that Styles and Angle have a history the same way Styles and Nakamura have history or Styles and Finn Balor have history. Unfortunately for the wrestling industry, your average member of the “WWE Universe” has no idea about the great matches and stories Angle and Styles told alongside other stars like Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and Sting. The rest of the world deserves the chance to see what hardcore wrestling fans already know.
- Kurt Angle vs. John Cena – It all comes back to the stories. Shawn Michaels likes to say that the same character that threw Marty Janetty through a window ended his career against the Undertake. When you think about one linear story arch, there is no better way and no better person to send Angle out the right way. Cena made his mark in a thrilling debut against Angle 20 years ago. It is only right that the student becomes the master in one final clash.