Kurt Angle has made the bold prediction that his former rival Robert Roode will become WWE Champion.
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has predicted that his former rival in TNA Robert Roode will one day become WWE Champion. Angle made the claims during a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, available via AdFreeShows, looking back at Bound For Glory 2011.
At the event, Kurt Angle successfully defended his TNA World Championship against Roode, who many had predicted would be crowned champion that night.
In fact, Angle himself thought that he would be dropping the championship to Roode, especially as he sustained a serious hamstring injury going into the event.
“I was expected to drop the title to Bobby,” Angle said. “They were doing all these vignettes with Bobby and his family, how hard of a worker he was, what a great family man he was, and it was all set up to drop the title to him. And I don’t know what happened, it wasn’t me. I’m going to be the first one to admit, I did not ask to keep the title. As a matter of fact, I was severely injured. I had a torn hamstring, not a pulled hamstring, but torn.
“It was almost torn all the way in half, my leg was black all the way down to the heel in my foot. I didn’t even know if I could wrestle at Bound for Glory. They didn’t tell me till the day of the show at Bound for Glory that I was going to retain the title, and I was a little pissed off because I didn’t want to carry the title any longer because of my injury.
I wanted to rest up, and heal up, and come back in perfect form. Unfortunately, they decided against Bobby getting the title, which was kind of a downer for the pay per view, especially us being on last. It was a real flat finish.”
Despite retaining the championship at Bound For Glory, Angle was defeated the very next night by James Storm. The match itself was over in a matter of seconds leaving many to question why Angle couldn’t have lost the title to Roode the night before. It’s a sentiment that Angle agrees with.
“I think what the reason was and why they went against that was because they wanted Bobby Roode to have a moment, a World Championship moment,” Angle said. “I think they felt that I couldn’t have the match I was expecting because of my injury. I think that’s why everything changed. Because of my injury, they felt that Bobby Roode wouldn’t have the moment that he deserved.
“He would be able to earn it against James Storm later on down the line, and James Storm beat me the next day for 10 seconds with a Super Kick and that’s all I had to do in that match, which is the quickest match I’ve ever been in. I think it might be the quickest match in the history of wrestling. I knew that Bobby Roode should’ve won the match at the pay per view, that’s how I felt.”
Continuing on, Kurt Angle praised Roode for his bell-to-bell ability as well as his skills on the microphone. The Olympian closed by predicting that Roode will become WWE Champion.
“He had everything it took,” Angle said. “From his looks, to in-ring ability, to promo skills, relating to a character that he wanted to do, Bobby was one of the best. I knew that he would have a lot of promise and have a lot of success anywhere he went, WWE, TNA, AEW, it wouldn’t have mattered. Bobby Roode was going to be successful.
“I think that the company is so wrapped up in making sure they’re producing their stars, sometimes they overlook other guys, and it’s unfortunate. But eventually, Bobby will get his chance. I know he’s gotten a lot of chances that didn’t last very long, but I think that he will eventually get his chance, and he will be WWE Champion, eventually.”
During their time in TNA, Kurt Angle and Robert Roode faced each other nine times, with Angle winning on five occasions.
Robert Roode signed with WWE in 2016, initially appearing in NXT. He went on to win the NXT Championship before establishing himself as a multiple-time Tag Team Champion on the main roster.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.