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Kurt Angle on his weight gain during the pandemic, why Vince McMahon preferred him as a heel

WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle took some questions on a bonus “Q&A” on The questions ranged from his wrestling career, his training, Vince McMahon, and how he got back into shape after gaining weight during the pandemic.

Here are some highlights:

Angle said he gained some weight during the pandemic but now has gotten back into shape:

“I gained a lot of weight during this pandemic.  I got up to 260.  I got by butt down to 210 pounds.  I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, even before the Olympics as far as looks.  Not on a conditioning level and strength level, but as far as how I look, this is the best I’ve ever looked, and I’m very happy with my progress.”

Angle said Vince McMahon preferred him to be a heel:

“Vince didn’t like me as a babyface.  Every time I ever turned babyface, it was only for a couple months.  I think what it comes down to is I was one of the best wrestlers on the roster.  I was one of the best wrestlers in the world.  Vince just didn’t like me as a babyface because I was more effective as a heel.  I started out as a heel.  I would preach the three ‘I’s, but I wouldn’t actually back it up.  I would do the opposite.  I would do the lie, cheat, and steal like Eddie Guerrero, but I would say I had intensity, integrity, and intelligence.  Vince liked that about me.  I think I was a better wrestler as a heel because I could control the tempo of the match and I could start making other wrestlers.  The wrestlers that made me like Undertaker, Austin, Stone Cold, Triple H, I became one of those ring leaders.  It’s easier to work as a heel when you’re a ring leader than it is as a babyface.  My job was to make other wrestlers and make them bigger than they were already.  I did the best job I could, and that entails being the heel.”

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