Angle’s talks with WWE


Apparently Kurt Angle would return to WWE if he could work a part-time schedule, and he's in talks with WWE. 

What possible interest would WWE have in a 45 year old, broken-down wrestler with mental health and substance abuse issues?

He's been off WWE TV for 8 years, which means that many of the kids and teenagers who make up a good chunk of the core audience have no memory of ever seeing him in WWE, so they'd have to build him back up again as something special.

And for what purpose? To feed him to Brock?

Is there any up-side WWE hiring Kurt Angle as a performer at this point? I can't see any.

Putting over Rusev.  But that's more of a one or two shot deal where he can get the big pop on RAW for interrupting the Rusev speechifying, build up to a match at Royal Rumble where Rusev Crush, and then Rusev can bridge to the big Cena program at Wrestlemania.  

Plus Kurt would be a fantastic trainer, but that's hardly a role he would want to take at this point.  

Rehashing angles


Scott, it occurs to me that many WWE fans were to young to live through the days of Memphis and all those other territories, and were unable to witness so many great angles that happened. So if you could remake an angle that happened back then (say the "I'd like to talk to Tom angle from Continental" just as an example) with WWE wrestlers playing the roles this time, what angle/angles would just like to see WWE rehash and who would be in them?

Well they already tried the Tom Pritchard angle with Chaz and Marianna or whatever her name was, but with good wrestlers it would probably still work.  I don't think there's THAT many original ideas to be swiped because everything is basically the same stories redone in a new fashion, and the psychology is totally different now anyway.  Like, the Freebirds blinding JYD would never go over now.  

Most counterproductive angles?

So as you know, WWE booking isn't exactly lighting up the logic meter these days; we have the heel champ making the valid points and the top babyface acting like the disrespectful punk, not to mention Sheamus pulling cheap shots to win and committing grand theft auto (Maffew summed it up best on Twitter: "WWE: Where faces are heels and heels are faces!"). That got me thinking about what would be some of the most counterproductive angles in recent memory, ones that made the good guy look like a dipshit, undermined a guy completely, etc, basically achieving the opposite of what the goal is. 
The first thing that jumps to mind is the Lance Storm/Stone Cold "Boring" angle. I understand the endgame there (repackaging Lance Storm into a goofy, cabbage-patching face, just give him some kind of persona), but having maybe the biggest 'face of all time bury Storm out of the gate with "BOOOORRRRRRRINNNNNG" chants (and as we learned with "What?", Stone Cold has a knack of getting the crowd to chant the simplest of words) that poor Lance would never live down was probably not the best way to do it. Why not have Bischoff, still effective as a heat magnet, berate Storm for killing his ratings every time he was on and THEN having Stone Cold light a fire under his ass? Instead, turning him into a jiving square (with a huge dick apparently) did nothing to change the fact that Storm was done once Stone Cold brought out a pillow and blanket to the stage.
What say you and the Commentators of Doom?

Oh, by far I'd say Kurt Angle getting his nuts cut off by HHH in 2000, where the finish of the angle was the exact opposite of what should have happened.  Angle should have stolen Stephanie and given HHH a reason to be jealous and pissed off, but instead Angle lost the girl and then ate a Pedigree.  It was mind-boggling.  Still is.  Same idea with the initial Randy Orton face turn in 2004, where Orton was made to look like a goof week after week and then lost the belt to HHH a month after winning it.  Took him years to fully recover from that.