Angle wants a gift of Gaber
Says WWE brass must hire Egyptian gold medallist
TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
|Karam Gaber. -- Canoe file photo
Kurt Angle is a little ticked off. It's not because he's being booked in a storyline with The Big Show. It's not because the media picked up on his real-life backstage tussle with Eddie Guerrero at Smackdown last week.
It's not even because he's stuck doing an interview with the Calgary Sun when he should be enjoying a rare day off.
No, Angle is peeved because, in his opinion, wrestling got the shaft during the U.S. coverage of the Athens Olympics.
And as a former amateur wrestler and gold-medal winner at the '96 Summer Games, that kind of thing just doesn't sit well with WWE's resident Olympian.
"I don't think they gave wrestling enough exposure," Angle said from his home in Pittsburgh last week. "They centre the Olympics around women viewers. You have your gymnastics in prime time but combat sports like boxing and wrestling are on late at night. You need to have a better variety."
Angle stayed up late to watch some of his former teammates compete but he gave special attention to Egypt's wrestling sensation, Karam Gaber.
Gaber bulldozed through the competition to take his country's first gold medal in 50 years and did it with such pizzazz a WWE contract is rumoured to be in the works.
"Oh, he's awesome," Angle said of Gaber.
"The quicker he can come in (to WWE), the better it will be. The longer you wait, the less impact he will have.
"I just hope everybody is smart enough to realize the big match will be between him and me. One Olympic gold medallist against another. If they don't put him on Smackdown, then I don't know what WWE is thinking."
Whether or not he gets to feud with Gaber, Angle is just grateful to be back in the ring. A string of recurring injuries forced him into a non-wrestling role as the general manager of Smackdown earlier this year. It was a gimmick he absolutely hated.
"I didn't like my character and I didn't like doing it," Angle said. "They wanted me to be angry all the time. It was one dimensional and I have a lot more dimensions than that. I didn't enjoy it and I was just itching to get back in the ring."
Angle finally returned to action in August and put on a strong show with Guerrero at Summerslam in Toronto.
He has since moved into a program with the Big Show but Angle admits his storyline hopes lie elsewhere.
"I have my sights set on the Undertaker and John Cena," he said.
No surprises there. It's already common knowledge Angle vs. Undertaker is being set up as Smackdown's big winter feud. Could Angle be the next WWE champ?
"I see no reason not to (give me the belt). I consider myself the best wrestler on Smackdown."
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