Talk is Jericho with Chris Jericho
Guest Kurt Angle
Release Date: April 7, 2017
By Armando G. Ureña, PWPodcasts.com Reporter
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00:00: Sponsor Ads
00:38: Introduction (w/ some plugs)
03:20: Angle Interview Part 1 (early WWE career)
14:19: Sponsor Ads
17:41 Angle Interview Part 2 (amateur wrestling, WWE departure, and Benoit)
39:56 Sponsor Ads
43:34: Angle Interview Part 3 (TNA, Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar, and Shawn Michaels)
1:12:06: Sponsor Ads and Show End
Angle Interview Part 1
Angle talks about how high-level talent like Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero in his early career helped him develop as a pro wrestler. He discusses how his amateur wrestling background made it difficult for him to pick up in-ring storytelling and selling for his opponents. Angle credits the creative team and Vince McMahon for having a major impact on his character.
Angle Interview Part 2
Jericho and Angle talked about his amateur background and its relevance to Angle’s wrestling career. They talked about how having an Olympic Gold medal helped keep Angle a constant in-ring threat despite all the comedy he was involved in. Angle talks about his departure from WWE. He says he was dealing with a lot of injuries and a painkiller problem. He praised McMahon for reaching out to support him during this time, though Angle acknowledges his reluctance to accept help during that time. He continues, discussing that after getting clean, he feels WWE waited on him to ensure he would stay clean. He was eventually contacted by Triple H to be put in the Hall of Fame. The Angle Strong App is something Kurt had developed to help people who leave rehab maintain structure in their lives and avoid relapse.
They start talking about other wrestlers, with Angle mentioning he learned how to improvise from working with Stone Cold, and Chris Benoit forcing him to step up his ring work when they worked together. In regards to Benoit, Angle believes “he’s got be in the top 3 of all time.”
Angle Interview Part 3
Jericho asks Angle about his TNA work, not wanting to leave it out. Angle says he had a better wrestling career in TNA, finding his niche upon his entry in 2006, and having the opportunity to work with guys like A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe. Angle says TNA’s greed in trying to compete and beat out WWE led to their struggle. He says they should have focused more on their homegrown stars, rather than the older former WWE stars.
Angle talks about Eddie Guerrero, praising him as one of the greatest of all-time. He wishes he could’ve wrestled him during his prime in WCW, prior to Eddie’s car accident. Jericho asks about the shoot fight between the two. Angle discusses the misunderstanding between the two, and the fight itself which involved Eddie trying to take down Angle and failing. Angle and Jericho move on to Brock Lesnar and their shoot wrestling match. It took place during a live event when Angle had the chance to be one-on-one with Lesnar during a tag match. The ring was cleared, and Angle beat Lesnar, having taken him down once. Angle explains Lesnar’s technical wrestling was not that great, but his strength has played a big factor in his success.
Jericho asks about if Kurt will wrestle again in the WWE. Angle mentions they have yet to talk to him about it, believing he must further prove himself as reliable and clean before he receives the opportunity to wrestle again. The end of the interview involved a discussion of Shawn Michaels and the WrestleMania match Kurt had with him, which Angle says is his favorite. Both Angle and Jericho said they had not worked with Michaels at all prior to their WrestleMania matches with him and that working with him was amazing.
SCORE AND REVIEW (8/10)
It was great to hear Angle talking about his career. He was not afraid to get into anything that Jericho asked about, and he was very honest about the good and hard times in his career. Jericho, being a great interviewer, allowed Kurt to speak most of the podcast. Angle’s insight on Guerrero and Benoit were a treat to hear, and his thoughts on TNA were interesting to hear as well. A great podcast, serving as another little treat for the post-WrestleMania week.