I have a 10yr and 6yr old. They love to wrestle and the 6yr old is 2 time triple crown. What is your advice to keep them interested? I also coach for the little guys in our club- what is the best thing I can do to help the little guys stay interested? That’s truly Awesome. The best way to keep them interested is variety. That means allow your child to do other sports. Encourage them to. Wrestling is a physical and mentally demanding sport. Keep it fun by giving them variety. Having other sports in their lives helps. It helped me
Hey Kurt, my question is, if you had the chance to join WWE to finish your career who’d be the #1 guy in that locker room you’d want to feud with? I’d love to see Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar one more time. Good question. Brock is a good one. So is Cena. But the young guys are really talented like Bryan or Rollins or Cesaro or even Rusev. Love watching them work. I don’t think I’d go back for just one. I’d want a few of them. And no, I didn’t forget Ziggler. Lol!
How would you view your so-far career? It’s easy for a fan of yours (or professional wrestling in general), to just say “Awesome” or “Legend” or something good. They say that the biggest critic of someone is himself. How would you criticize yourself and the work you’ve done so far? Thanks in advance. I’m always hard on myself and I always will be, but looking back, I’ve had a career that perhaps could be second to none. In other words, from the day I started to this day right now, I’ve had more consistently great matches than anyone else. I’m not bragging, it’s just the truth and I’m very proud of that. But I still think I could be better than I am, because I’m very very critical.
Which wrestler do you think brought the best out of you? I would say Chris Benoit. This is simple: Chris Benoit, because we were very much alike: aggressive, technical, in superior shape and we told a great story every time we wrestled. We are two rare breeds and I don’t think you’re going to see the intensity that we brought to each other in this lifetime or the next. It was pure magic.
If you could wrestle anyone from the WWE main roster or NXT roster now who would it be? Bryan, Owens and a few that I mentioned in an earlier question.
I was wondering in your mind what is the one thing that is missing in pro wrestling today? I don’t think there’s anything that missing. I do believe things should be changed a bit, but that’s my opinion. I think we’ve allowed the fans to come into our “behind the scenes” world and that’s great, but the mystique is gone now. I wouldn’t mind heading back to the Kayfabe days of keeping a lot of stuff away from the fans. Not forever, but just long enough to get that mystique again.
How did it feel having Austin tied up and blindfolded on the bridge then pushing him into the swimming pool? For Austin to even consider that story line shows how much he believed in me. Austin will always be #1 in my book. He brought wrestling to a whole new level and he could do it all. I felt I could have done the same, but injuries plagued me during my strong run…But that’s life. I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been. Crazy huh?
There was a backstage segment between you and Austin that still cracks me up to this day. He had went on a trip and brought back sombreros for you guys (including Vince) but your hat was insanely small! My question is, do you still have the hat? I do not have the hat. I believe that WWE does, but I wouldn’t doubt if Austin stole it. That whole angle was Austin’s idea. He’s so entertaining and creative and funny. I loved working with him!!!!
How do you feel about recent TNA talent (The Real Sting, Dudley Boyz, etc.) contracting with WWE? Those guys deserve it. They deserve to be on the biggest stage. So does Joe and Storm. We all get opportunities in life. Whether you’re with WWE or TNA, you have to make the most of it, and those guys will.
If you didn’t win the Olympic gold medal where do you think you would be now? Where would I be now if I didn’t win gold??? I believe where I am right now. Somehow I would have found my way to WWE. I had the desire and talent, but I also believe I could have been a great teacher and coach. I always make the most of everything I do. That’s so important no matter what you do in life.