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Kurt Angle on why Goldberg did not get over in 2003, why he switched from wrestling boots to sneakers in the ring

WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle and Conrad Thompson covered WrestleMania 22 on the latest episode of “The Kurt Angle Show.”

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Kurt Angle gave his thoughts on why Bill Goldberg did not get over in WWE in 2003:

“Bill was a complex individual.  He was easy to work with.  Nobody had problems working with him.  What they did with him in the early 2000s when he first came in WWE, they didn’t book him right.  Goldberg made a lot of money for WCW by meaning dominant, a beast.  He dominated the matches.  They were 2-3 minutes, tops.  That raised eyebrows.  Raising eyebrows makes money for the company.  WWE booked him when he came in the early 2000’s, he was doing 10, 12, 15 minute matches.  It just wasn’t the Bill Goldberg that people remember from WCW.  When he had the match with Brock Lesnar that only lasted 15 seconds, that was the right call. That’s the Goldberg that people want to see.  It does raise eyebrows and raising eyebrows makes money for the company. Bill Goldberg, I understand why he was bitter.  I think the whole thing with Goldust and the whole situation where he was a little worried, concerned about his character, I don’t think that was really anything that hurt him.  I think that what hurt him was having him wrestle longer.”

Angle explained why he went from wearing wrestling boots to wearing sneakers in the ring:

“One night I had to do a run in.  I had to go down there in my street clothes and I had my sneakers on.  I ran down the ring and I got in and my kicks and stomps were sharper.  I was quicker.  I had more mobility and I thought, “Damn, why am I wearing boots?  I’m going to start wearing sneakers.’  It helped my performance more. It made me quicker.  I had a lot more mobility and I was really sharp with my kicks and stomps.  It just worked out a lot better, so I never looked back.  I never wore boots again.  That was it.”

Angle explained that the reason for the Triple Threat Match involving himself, Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton only going nine minutes was because Rey’s entrance, which included a live performance from P.O.D. performing his ring entrance theme, took up a lot of time:

“That’s what WrestleMania is all about and I don’t blame Rey for doing that.  It was his night.  He was winning the World Title.  The only issue was it went so long.  We had like 21 minutes for our match including entrances.  The entrances were pretty long as it was.  My entrance was 2 minutes.  Randy’s was 2 minutes. Rey’s had to be 8 minutes.  You add that together and that’s 12 minutes.  We only had 9 minutes to wrestle and this was one of the co-main events for WrestleMania.  We had to cut a lot of stuff.  It was a really difficult match to do especially in a triple threat match.  It’s really hard to cut stuff out because you have to have all 3 people in unison with each other knowing what’s going on next.”

Angle and Thompson also talked about the matches on the show including John Cena vs. HHH for the WWE Championship, Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred match, The Undertaker vs. Mark Henry in a Casket match, and Edge vs. Mick Foley in a Hardcore match.

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