Kurt Angle has discussed who he would have wanted to share the ring with if he had signed with Extreme Championship Wrestling before he ultimately joined the WWF.
The Olympic gold medallist was talking about his stint on the revived ECW brand in 2006 with co-host Conrad Thompson on The Kurt Angle Show [available at AdFreeShows.com]. Angle was asked which one of the ECW originals he would have liked to have faced but never got the chance.
Kurt Angle picked another technical wrestling maestro:
“I would say, Dean Malenko. I was a big fan of Dean’s. Watching him in WCW, when he came to WWE I was still a big fan of his. Him and Chris Benoit were two of the best technicians that I have ever seen. I definitely wanted to wrestle him before he retired and it never happened.”
Malenko competed for ECW for a year spanning 1994 and 1995. He formed the Triple Threat group with Chris Benoit and Shane Douglas. During his time in the company he held the ECW Television Title twice and the ECW Tag Team Titles once alongside Benoit.
Dean Malenko was not a part of the ECW revival alongside Angle in 2006 as he had his last match in WWE in 2001, losing to Scotty 2 Hotty. From then Malenko worked backstage as an agent and producer for the company until April 2019 when he was let go. Less than a month later it was announced Dean Malenko had joined the upstart AEW as a senior producer.
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