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Kurt Angle on why Vince McMahon took the ‘you suck’ part out of his theme song, why he started wearing a mouthpiece, praise for Randy Orton

On the latest episode of The Kurt Angle show on, Kurt Angle and Conrad Thompson covered the WWE-produced ECW One Night Stand 2006 show that took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Angle faced Randy Orton on that show. Angle also talked about the news and notes surrounding the build to that match, Mick Foley, the hostile crowd, and much more.

Angle talking about Orton being an effective heel:

“Randy was always good in the ring.  He needed to sharpen his skills from a promo perspective, and he did.  He is so cold and calculating in the ring.  He takes his time.  He controls the tempo of the match.  He doesn’t let the fans control it.  He had to do that with his promos too because sometimes when he would talk, the fans would start responding and he would speed up his conversation.  Randy learned how to slow it down and be cool and calculating in his promos as he was in his matches.  Randy is a natural heel.  That’s his best asset.  There’s no other heel like him.  There’s no other heel better than him.  He’s great at it.  I don’t know if he’s a real life a**hole (Kurt laughs), but you have to have a little a**hole in you to be that kind of character, to portray it, but Randy just had it all together.  He knew how to take his time.  He didn’t let the fans control anything.  He would slow the promo down to frustrate the fans until they listened.  He knew how to pull back and make sure the fans knew he was in control.  That’s Randy Orton…Randy is effective as a babyface, but he still does heel tactics.  He doesn’t change much of his match or his psychology.  Randy is just Randy, and he is a very special talent.  The great thing about him is he doesn’t have to have these long, drawn out false finishes in matches.  His RKO, he protected it so well, he can hit it out of nowhere and the fans are going to buy into it that it’s the finish.”

When and why did you start wearing a mouthpiece and who made them for you?

“In 2004 or 2005, John Cena punched me in the mouth and knocked three of my teeth out, my three front teeth.  I went to the dentist, and I had temporaries made, and I had to wear a mouthpiece.  I wore the mouthpiece from there on.  I had to go to my dentist to get a custom mouthpiece.  My dentist would make them for me.  He would take the molds of my mouth, make the mouthpiece, and make the color with the letters on it.  They did everything, so I didn’t have to take it anywhere else.  The dentist did it.”

Angle talking about the ‘You suck’ chants being taken out of his song when he was a babyface:

“I actually never wanted WWE to take the ‘You suck’ chants out of my ‘You Suck’ song.  I loved them, as a babyface and as a heel.  It was Vince McMahon that didn’t like it.  He didn’t want fans chanting, ‘You suck’, when I was a babyface, when I was the wrestling machine.  Vince wanted to deter them from doing it, so he decided to take the ‘You suck’ chants out of my song.  I loved them.  I always liked it.  I never had a problem with it, whether I was a heel or a baby.  I knew when I was a heel, it was disrespectful, and as a baby, it was out of respect.  It was something that the fans related to me, and it stuck for the rest of my career.”

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