Kurt Angle says that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon “just didn’t like him” as a babyface despite performing the role numerous times throughout his career.
During a special Q&A Session on Ad Free Shows, Angle touched on a number of topics from throughout his legendary career and beyond.
In the past, Angle has been open about the fact that he expected to arrive in WWE as an All-American style babyface character in light of his gold medal winning exploits at the 1996 Olympics. However, as history shows, Angle debuted as an ego-centric, overbearing heel and spent most of his WWE career on the dark side.
Although Angle later enjoyed stints as a babyface, he explains that Vince always saw him as a heel.
“Vince didn’t like me as a babyface. Every time I ever turned babyface, it was only for a couple months. I think what it comes down to is I was one of the best wrestlers on the roster. I was one of the best wrestlers in the world. Vince just didn’t like me as a babyface because I was more effective as a heel. I started out as a heel.”
“I would preach the three ‘I’s, but I wouldn’t actually back it up. I would do the opposite. I would do the lie, cheat, and steal like Eddie Guerrero, but I would say I had intensity, integrity, and intelligence. Vince liked that about me.”
The Hall of Famer went on to explain that he was a better wrestler as a heel, detailing that it enabled him to become a leader in the ring like Steve Austin and The Undertaker.
“I think I was a better wrestler as a heel because I could control the tempo of the match and I could start making other wrestlers. The wrestlers that made me like Undertaker, Austin, Stone Cold, Triple H, I became one of those ring leaders. It’s easier to work as a heel when you’re a ring leader than it is as a babyface. My job was to make other wrestlers and make them bigger than they were already. I did the best job I could, and that entails being the heel.”
Meanwhile, speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show. The former World Champion revealed that he was offered a “really good deal” by UFC President Dana White after he left WWE. While Angle turned down the offer to continue his wrestling career with IMPACT, he explained that White was lining up a clash with Daniel Puder for his first UFC fight.
H/t to Wrestling News for the transcription.