The two worked together for a short time in TNA and during a recent interview with Hannibal TV, Ortiz reflected on his time in the promotion as well as how Angle would have done in MMA.
It would’ve depended on Angle not making the decision to get into the pro wrestling business but instead, MMA after competing in the Olympics in 1996 as a wrestler, which saw him win a gold medal with a broken neck.
“Probably one of the best American collegiate wrestlers, heavyweight at least, to wrestle. An amazing athlete but he went to professional wrestling. If he had gone to the MMA side, it might have been the same thing and he’d be a world champion. Once again, it would’ve come down to him learning how to punch, kick, and do submissions. I was the [UFC] champion at the time, so I would have beat him.”
Ortiz continued, “He’s done great at his job as a professional wrestler. It is hard work, it is dedication, it takes perseverance. He’s shown it through his career with all the injuries throughout his career and how he’s battled through it.”
H/T to WrestleZone for the transcript