WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recently opened up about his admiration for John Cena's early rap persona, revealing that it was as much a hit backstage as it was with fans. Speaking on his podcast, "The Kurt Angle Show," Angle lauded Cena's talents, claiming they even sparked some envy among fellow wrestlers.
“John really killed it with this persona. I’m shocked he didn't start his WWE career this way — it’s such an amazing gimmick," Angle remarked. "Nobody was laughing backstage; instead, everyone realized that Cena had something truly special, and to be honest, a lot of us were a little jealous”.
Cena, who debuted against Angle, initially struggled to find his footing in WWE's Ruthless Aggression Era. On the verge of being let go, his fortunes changed when Stephanie McMahon overheard him freestyling on a tour bus and saw potential for a new gimmick.
What followed was nothing short of a wrestling phenomenon. Cena captured his first championship at WrestleMania 20 and even released a debut rap album, "You Can’t See Me." Two decades later, Cena continues to make sporadic appearances on WWE programming and is set to compete in WWE Crown Jewel 2023.
Angle Teases Comeback
As for Kurt Angle, the wrestling legend, who retired following a loss to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35, hinted at a potential return to the ring in the same podcast interview. Wrestling retirements are notoriously short-lived, and fans are abuzz at the prospect of seeing Angle back for one more match.
“If the circumstances are right, you might just see me back,” Angle teased, sending social media into a frenzy of speculation. The candid interview adds another layer to both Cena's and Angle’s complex legacies, reminding fans why these two remain some of the most compelling figures in wrestling history.
With WWE Crown Jewel 2023 around the corner, only time will tell if either superstar will add new chapters to their storied careers.