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Kurt Angle gives high praise to Paul Heyman, why Brock Lesnar hates to travel

Conrad Thompson has launched a new podcast with Kurt Angle on On the debut episode of “The Kurt Angle Show,” Angle and Thompson cover WrestleMania XIX. Angle dropped the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar on that show.

On this show, Angle reveals that he was not supposed to be on the show because of his neck issues. He also reveals that he was supposed to drop the title on the SmackDown before WrestleMania and Chris Benoit was supposed to be his replacement in the match against Lesnar. Angle also talked about his issues with pain pills, Lesnar’s botched shooting star press, and more.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Kurt Angle was asked if he clicked creatively with Paul Heyman when Heyman came to SmackDown in 2002:

“Yes I did. I think Paul is very talented. I think that he comes up with excellent ideas and concepts. Him coming in definitely helped us out. It seemed like the writing was more geared for RAW, but when Paul came in, we were safe. SmackDown was taken care of because he has a great mind for the wrestling business. He comes up with some crazy things but they work almost all the time. Paul is the one who wanted me to change gears and become the wrestling machine. That’s what I did. I backed it up.”

Angle on when he knew he was main eventing WrestleMania XIX and if he knew it would be against Brock Lesnar:

“I knew before the Rumble. I ended up winning the title from Big Show and Brock in a match I believe in December. I knew that Vince McMahon wanted a program between Brock and I. Brock just started maybe six months before December. He was relatively new but he was kicking butt. He had a big impact on the business. His workrate was incredible. He looked like a monster. He had all the tools necessary to become a hugely successful professional wrestler. I knew that Brock got it. He got the entertainment aspect of it. He’s one of the best technical workers in the business, especially when he wants to sell for you. I remember a match between him and AJ Styles a couple years ago. He said, ‘What about this AJ kid? Is he any good? I said, ‘He’s really good. If you sell for him you’ll have a 5 star match.’ Brock sold for him and it was incredible.”

Angle on the degree to which Brock hates being on the road:

“He hated traveling so much that he bought a private plane so he wouldn’t have to go to airports. He hired a pilot and his pilot lived in his basement. He set himself up really good. He didn’t like to travel. He didn’t want to be on the road all the time. That’s the reason why he stopped wrestling. That’s why he tried out for pro football, the NFL, because he wanted to be in a city where he could train and compete and not leave except for eight weeks a year where he would have to travel to another town to have a football game every Sunday. It was less travel and more at home and that’s what Brock likes.  He likes to be at home.”

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