Kurt Angle Compares Facing John Cena In 2002 To The Champ In 2005


WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was determined to help John Cena get over after being drafted to RAW in 2005.

During a recent edition of his “The Kurt Angle Show,” the Olympian discussed feuding with Cena in 2005 and the build towards their match at WWE Unforgiven. He said,


“They wanted me to get John Cena over even more. He was doing really well at this particular time, but they wanted to give him a little bit more of a push. And so they utilized me to do that.”

Cena would famously debut on WWE programming in 2002 by answering Angle’s open challenge and on his show, the Olympian addressed how Cena had changed. He said,

“Yeah, he was definitely more polished. He was a lot better than he was in his rookie year. I wrestled him probably three or four times during his rookie year, and maybe even more than that in the second year. I know we had some great matches at a couple of pay-per-views. I believe it might have been No Way Out, I think that’s the time when I made him tap out. But John was a lot better at this point in time. He still had room for improvement, but he was getting better.”

Angle also recalled working on-screen with Eric Bischoff who was the RAW General Manager at the time. He said,

“I enjoyed it. I wasn’t a huge fan of Eric, because I didn’t really know him. I thought he was like an a**hole. But meeting him for the first time, he was actually a really cool dude. I really got along with him. No problem there. I just thought he was an arrogant prick and he wasn’t. So it surprised me.”

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