WWE has been called upon to face the harsh consequences of the global pandemic, which has brought all sectors to their knees in the past year and a half. The Stamford-based federation has had to release a large number of talents, including truly illustrious names such as Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Mickie James, Andrade, and Bray Wyatt.
In addition to all this, All Elite Wrestling has secured the services of two true champions of the caliber of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Vince McMahon's company responded at SummerSlam, where we witnessed the great returns of Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar.
The Irish superstar had been absent for over a year due to her first pregnancy, while the Beast had never set foot in the ring after her defeat to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36. It is reported that WWE will focus more on hiring in the future.
of more imposing and taller athletes, leaving aside those of the independent circuit that had made NXT great in the past. Interviewed by Wrestling INC. In recent days, Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has highlighted his concerns in this regard.
"I would not take this direction very lightly, as there are a lot of incredible wrestlers on the independent circuit," explained the former Olympic gold medalist.
Kurt Angle on WWE making changes to its hiring policy
“These are fighters who have never practiced a real sport, but who are very good at their job and who could make a fundamental contribution.
I personally was a true athlete and had won a gold medal at the Olympics. There are super talented guys who are trained to be professional wrestlers and cut their teeth in indie shows. In this way, they develop their character and skills in the ring.
I'm not so sure that NXT helps young people to grow from that point of view, indeed it is in independent shows that you improve your character” - added Kurt Angle. The new recruits arriving at the Performance Center also demonstrate the change in WWE politics, as none of those talents have a background on the indie circuit.
Despite being one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Kurt Angle wasn't always in the ring. Back in high school, Angle was both a football player as well as an amateur wrestler. Angle was an All-State linebacker and received multiple offers from different colleges to play college football.
Ultimately, Kurt Angle decided to pursue amateur wrestling, where he went on to become an Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and later on one of the most decorated wrestlers in professional wrestling history.