Kurt Angle Recalls Ric Flair Advising Him To Join WWE In 1996

10 months ago by Taylor Sanchez

Kurt Angle Recalls Ric Flair Advising Him To Join WWE In 1996

Kurt Angle has recalled Hall of Famer Ric Flair telling him to sign with WWE (WWF) in 1996, noting that he was grateful for Flair’s input.

In 1998, Kurt Angle signed with WWE, after declining a huge offer from the company in 1996. Angle has revealed that in 1996, Ric Flair advised the Olympic gold medallist to take up pro-wrestling, and choose WWE over WCW.

Speaking on his Kurt Angle Show podcast (via AdFreeShows), Angle argued that WCW wouldn’t have utilized him as well as WWE did. Discussing Flair’s guidance to join WWE, Angle said:

“Oh God, Ric brings it up all the time (he laughs). He actually rubs it in my face, ‘Hey, I saved your career by going to WWF instead of WCW, but Ric was right.  I think if I went to WCW, they probably wouldn’t have utilized me like WWE did.

“I’m very grateful for Ric’s advice.  He directed me in the right direction.  He’s a wrestler that’s not selfish.  He’s very giving.  He’s always been like that.  Ric’s never been political.  He’s really a good guy, and he’s going to give the right advice all the time.”

Angle retired from the ring in 2019 after his WrestleMania 35 match with Baron Corbin. Angle has revealed that he’s since received offers from both AEW and IMPACT to return to the ring.

During the Tokyo Olympic Games, a WWE prospect won gold in Olympic Freestyle Heavyweight Wrestling.

Quote via WrestlingNews.Co.

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