Kurt Angle One Of The Best, Where’s Kaitlyn?, Goldust’s Future, Stop Adding To The Corporation, My Favorite Matches

I was looking back at all the matches that Kurt Angle was in over his time with the WWE. I really don’t see him coming back to the WWE. But do you see the WWE putting him in the HOF?

It’s hard for me to predict who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I absolutely think Angle’s body of work in WWE qualifies him for the honor but it’s ultimately up to whether or not Vince McMahon likes him enough to induct him. Kurt is one of the best in-ring workers of a generation and was just recently passed in my book by Daniel Bryan. When Angle finally hangs it up the business will miss him. I also feel it’s worth mentioning that WWE would not induct Angle while he’s under TNA contract.  I know it happened before with Flair but it would be very unlikely to happen in this situation.

Is Kaitlyn injured or just on a hiatus?

Neither, Kaitlyn is still on the road with WWE and was at TVs this week. She is just currently without a storyline.

Do you see Goldust coming back to compete full time after his storyline with his family and the McMahons or will he somehow disappear off of TV once again?

I do not see WWE investing heavily in Goldust as an in-ring performer at 44-years-old. He’s better suited as a talent they put under a Legend’s deal and use him on a per shot basis (if they choose to extend such an offer). There may be some interest in a Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes program but other than what he is currently doing, I don’t see much else. One mistake I think WWE made was firing Goldust as a producer because I think he understands the art of playing his gimmick more than just about anyone.  One of the biggest issues I have with younger talent is they’re too robotic.  They go out  trying to accomplish what is written down without trying to live the gimmick.

With the reaction he gets from the crowds and his work in the ring, do you think aligning Ziggler with the “New Corporation” could be a good direction for both Ziggler and the company?

Many readers seem bound and determined to add to the corporation but I’m against that. The corporation is fine as is and there have already been more than enough problems with it. Dolph Ziggler is a guy that has found himself in the WWE doghouse and has been pulled back as a result. However, let’s stop trying to add to the corporation. It will only result in over saturation and an overdone angle.

Do you prefer to see a match between two big muscle guys or two high flying guys?

I prefer the latter but my favorite type of matches are matches that feature good technical wrestling. I like matches that tell a story and showcase workers that do not have to work in overdrive to pop the crowd. This is one of my disconnects with many in the IWC. A lot of IWCers see the highflying overdrive type work in promotions like Ring of Honor or Dragon Gate USA and just can’t figure out why Vince McMahon won’t do it in WWE. The style is risky and can easily be overdone. Sometimes when I’m watching shows that feature this “nonstop” style, I almost feel overwhelmed and just need a break. Give me workers like Daniel Bryan, Kurt Angle, CM Punk, Samoa Joe, etc. and let’s see a bout that features more than just high spot after high spot.

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  • smark calloway

    but richard what would you say is your favourite match of all times ?

  • GoldieFan

    Personally, Goldust is one of the most versatile characters in the WWE. Since his early days, there is always a storyline. I wouldn’t see why keeping him on in an Undertaker like role with a match every year or working a show in some form to make him relevant wouldn’t be possible. He is another superstar who works well and always performs whether it be promo wise or athletically. It’s funny because he is another one who has kind of been with the company (on and off) almost 20 years, but has always “been back” in a way.

  • Coopapalooza

    Best match I ever saw was HHH v SCSA in a 3 stages of hell match back in 2000(?) think it was No Way Out?

    • smark calloway

      no way out 2001

  • jack whittle

    Bryan is an amazing wrestler and currently the best in buisness alongside Davey Richards and cm punk but imho Kurt angle in his prime would out perform and technical wrestle anyone on any current roster he was a machine during the attitude era

    • Guy Landau

      I have yet to see Richards apply psychology to his work almost ever. His matches are spotfests as far as I’m concerned and I am appalled to see him in the same list as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan

    • smark calloway

      i respect what you are saying because i used to be a huge bret hart fan growing up ( one of the most technical ever ) but being a ” wrestler ” and ” technical ” doesnt sell tickets nowadays ( and thats what the name of the game is all about ). if knowing every technical hold under the sun is what draws the money in, then we would have had william regal vs dean malenko as our main event at wrestlemania 17 ( they were both in the company and healthy at this time ) instead of rock vs austin wouldnt we ?..the people care about the person behind the moves. thats why wwe superstars only need to do their 5 trademark moves because the people are more into the characters performing them ( mick foley even explained all of this in his first book ) . the top level wwe performers rely more on facial expressions and body language to get the reactions and emotions from the crowd rather than just doing thousands of holds just for the sake of it ,, because isnt that what the business is all about? getting a reaction from your audience . thats why punk is one of the best right now, because of the way he used his face and body to really tell the story, to manipulate the crowd , and make you feel what is going on in the ring is real . ambrose is another one who is so good at this …davey richards and most of the other roh and indy guys havent yet realized this is what they need to do ..and i admit i didnt in my yourh either, but now i am older and wiser i understand the ” taking the crowd on an emotional rollarcoaster ” and ” making sure every hold and move means something ” aspect of business so much more …

    • Robert Olley

      I agree mostly but richards is just more a none stop no sell style that i just cant enjoy anymore

  • Lebron James

    I disagree, they definitely need to add more members to the corporation. Ziggler, Rhodes, or Cesaro would benefit from it.

    • Dan

      I think Rhodes will join and lead to Goldust vs Cody Rhodes at WM due to Cody turning on his brother to join the man who “fired” him.

  • Jbreed

    Kurt Angle has always been a bit overrated. His whole arsenal was basically punch, kick, angle slam and ankle lock but somehow he had the ability to make it all look exciting.

  • Chris

    It’s kind of funny that two of these questions blend together for me. I
    was thinking about Kaitlyn and her gimmick a few days back and it
    occurred to me that she would work really well with the shield as a new
    member, her look wouldn’t need much change and while a heel turn she is
    in kind of in limbo at the moment so becoming a hound of justice in the
    women’s division would do nothing but help her. As a young wrestler in
    wwe her siding with the hounds wouldn’t be a stretch and since AJ and
    Steph seem to be one word away from a war she could be the heel enforcer
    for Stephanie McMahon without having to push Natalya or Naomi out of
    the title hunt.