WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has heaped praise on AJ Styles, comparing his in-ring style to the late, great Eddie Guerrero.
While Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero clashed in the ring many times in the early 2000’s, the most fondly remembered bout between the pair is likely their WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.
Guerrero had captured the gold from Brock Lesnar at that year’s No Way Out pay-per-view, while Angle became the Number One Contender to the title on the same show. While the two had been allies, Angle quickly turned on Guerrero and brought up the champion’s real-life drug issues, claiming they made him unfit to represent the brand.
In the end, Guerrero retained his title at WrestleMania in a match that was praised by fans and critics alike. On the most recent edition of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show (available on AdFreeShows), Angle looked back on the match and revealed he believes Eddie Guerrero was one of the absolute best wrestlers he had worked with.
He also named current WWE Superstar AJ Styles – who Angle fought on many occasions when both were in TNA – as another man on the same list and went on to compare Styles to Guerrero from an in-ring perspective.
“Oh, it’s so hard to pick one person to be the absolute best. I’ve got to put him (Eddie Guerrero) up there with Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit, and I have to throw in AJ Styles in there.”
“I’m sorry, that kid is incredible; (he) reminds me a lot of Eddie Guerrero. Not from a character perspective, but from an in-ring wrestling perspective, very identical.”
At WrestleMania 38, AJ Styles is set to face another of the all-time greats, WWE Hall of Famer Edge. The match came about after Edge issued an open challenge to anyone in the locker room which Styles accepted.
Since then, Edge has taken on a darker persona, cutting promos bathed in purple lighting and even changing his theme music. He also brutally attacked styles on a recent edition of Raw, leaving the former WWE Champion unconscious after a one-man Con-chair-to.
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