In a recent episode of "The Kurt Angle Show," TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle delved into his experiences collaborating with Nigel McGuinness during their tenure in TNA Wrestling, shedding light on their intriguing partnership.
Nigel McGuinness, renowned for his globetrotting wrestling career before transitioning to a commentator role, made waves in promotions such as Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and TNA Wrestling. Between 2009 and 2011, McGuinness was prominently associated with TNA, performing under the moniker "Desmond Wolfe." Angle, himself a wrestling icon, reminisced about their time together.
Angle expressed his admiration for McGuinness, acknowledging his exceptional technical prowess. However, Angle pointed out that McGuinness sometimes leaned too heavily on his technical abilities, overlooking the essential element of psychology in wrestling.
Angle recounted a specific instance during their encounters when McGuinness, portraying a heel, engaged in intricate chain wrestling with Angle, who played the role of the babyface. Angle noted, "He would put me in something and put a lock on it so I couldn't reverse it.
I'm like, 'What are you doing, Desmond? I'm the babyface. I'm supposed to out-wrestle you. You have to give me an opening.' "
Angle's Mentorship Transforms McGuinness
Angle's constructive feedback prompted McGuinness to adjust his approach and better grasp the storytelling aspect of wrestling.
Angle emphasized, "I'm the one that needs to be out-wrestled. You need to be the better technician because you're the babyface." During McGuinness' stint as Desmond Wolfe, he and Angle engaged in over a dozen thrilling bouts, including their memorable showdown in a Three Degrees of Pain match inside a steel cage.
The match followed a two-out-of-three falls format, with the third fall exclusively attainable by escaping the cage. Angle ultimately emerged victorious, solidifying their rivalry as one of the highlights of TNA Wrestling during that era.
Kurt Angle's recollections of working with Nigel McGuinness shed light on the dedication both wrestlers had to their craft and their commitment to delivering memorable matches that entertained fans worldwide. McGuinness' evolution as a performer, under the guidance of a seasoned pro like Angle, contributed to the rich tapestry of professional wrestling history, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.