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Kurt Angle Recalls “Lacking A Connection With Fans” At Stadium Shows

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Kurt Angle has wrestled all over the world in every kind of venue imaginable.

From starting out in front of a couple of hundred people in Power Pro Wrestling in Memphis to appearing at Maddison Square Garden and more than 80,000 fans at MetLife Stadium at WrestleMania 35.

Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, which is available via Ad Free Shows, Kurt Angle has discussed the difference in performing in a stadium compared to an arena.

The Hall of Famer explained that while stadium shows are an incredible spectacle, as a wrestler you don’t have the same connection with fans as inside an arena.

“The stadium shows are awesome, I mean getting 70- 80,000 fans there, its’ really impressive looking and the show is incredible, but you don’t have a connection with the fans – they seem so far away. If you’re in an arena match for WrestleMania, the fans are right on top of you, you can connect with them. It’s a lot more exciting show and the pyro and everything, all the explosions are a lot louder, there’s a bigger effect to the arena shows. So I like the arena shows better.”

Kurt Angle wrestled his final match at WrestleMania 35 inside MetLife Stadium. The Olympic Gold Medal winner had returned to WWE in 2017 where he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Following one last run which included briefly joining The Shield, Angle bowed out of active competition with defeat against Baron Corbin. In the years since his final outing, Angle has revealed his frustration with his last run inside the ring, declaring that his retirement match was “filler.”

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